Inside CES: Epson Moverio BT-200

A couple of years ago, Epson released smart glasses. The technology was interesting but they were pretty clunky and not quite ready for consumers. Today, I made an exciting discovery at the Consumer Electronics Show: the Moverio glasses are back! Not only are they back, but they’ve also gone through a lot of improvements. In fact, I had a lot of fun testing them out!

The Moverio BT-200 glasses are smart glasses that display an augmented reality overlay onto what you see in front of you. The content overlay is projected in front of you using two tiny projectors on either side of the glasses. Connected to the glasses, there is a touchpad powered by Android’s Jelly Bean operating system. This touchpad is used to select and click items on the screen. It can also be a useful tool when playing games using the device.

The display on the glasses is 16:9 and with a resolution of 960px by 540px. What’s really cool here is that the display supports 3D content, giving you a very immersive experience that watching a TV just can’t deliver.

The glasses have built in Wi-Fi, making it easy to connect to the Internet and stream video. They also have an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetic compass that sense your movements and allow you to navigate by simply moving your head. This navigation is especially useful for gaming as it allows you to navigate your way around through the game by simply moving your head.

The look of these glasses as improved by leaps and bounds since the first iteration I saw a couple of years ago. That being said, they’re still bigger than Google Glass. The nice thing about these, though, is that they would likely fit over my glasses.

Aside from being innovative and on-trend with wearable technology, these glasses promise to have a wide range of applications. For example, Evena Medical has used Epson’s Moverio to design a medical imaging system that allows medical professionals to see veins in their patients. This stands to change the way standard medical tasks such as blood tests and IV insertions are performed. The Evena Eyes-On Glasses beam a light that can penetrate the patient’s skin revealing the veins beneath it. That makes it easy for even inexperienced nurses to find veins!

Evena Eyes-On Glasses

For the early adopter who’s dying to get the mitts on the latest wearable technology, Epson’s Moverio BT-200 is set to release in March at $699.

By Mike Agerbo

January 08, 2014