Epson outs Moverio BT-200 Smart glasses at CES 2014

posted on Wednesday, 8th January 2014 by Steve May

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Epson may be better known to the custom install industry for its home projector range, but at the 2014 International CES, the brand launched heavily into the fast moving wearable tech market. Leading its charge are second-generation BT-200 Moverio Smart glasses. These Wi-Fi-enabled binocular spex utilises a miniaturised LCD-based projection lens system to project overlays of digital content onto real-world images. The brand believes that the eyeware will herald a new era of augmented reality applications for both consumer and commercial users.

The BT-200 offers a stereoscopic 16:9 display with a resolution of  960 x 540; using third party apps that take advantage of the glasses' head-tracking features a 360-degree panoramic experience is possible. The eyeware boasts gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetic compass sensors for hands-free navigation and gaming. A front-facing camera makes capturing images and video a snap.  

The glasses can be used in conjunction with an Android-powered handheld controller unit.  Users can mirror content source devices with HDMI connectivity such as DVD players, set-top boxes and more, with an optional accessory. The BT-200 is also compatible with H.264 and AAC audio, and features support for both Dolby Digital Plus and Bluetooth 3.0. There's also a MicroSDHC card slot which handles media up to 32GB.

"The Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses offer consumers crystal clear video as well as access to incredible new augmented reality experiences and relevant information according to their personal interests and needs," says Atsunari Tsuda, GM of Epson's Visual Products division. At the CES, the company organised a variety of application demos, including video games and a wearable medical imaging system which enables nurses to see 'through' a patient's skin to the vasculature beneath.

The Moverio BT-200 smart glasses will begin shipping Stateside from March, priced at $700.

Epson also launched a Pulsense Smart watch and fitness band at CES, along with a golf swing analyzer. "We are taking our industry-leading patents and technology and launching a whole new range of consumer-focused devices," said Yoshiyuki Moriyama, COO of Epson's Sensing System group. "From a broad consumer perspective, Epson is primarily known for our strong technology leadership position in printers and projectors. Epson's vision is to promote personal health and continuously create a pleasant living environment by using our unique precision sensor technology to capture and visually present useful data from the daily lives of customers."

According to Juniper Research, smart wearable device shipments will reach 70 million units annually by 2017. For more on Epson's new wearables tech, visit the brand's Smartware website here. For more on Epson and its video projector line-up, visit our partner page here.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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