Epson Unveils its Latest Moverio AR Smart Glasses
There are already three devices in Epson’s Moverio range of augmented reality devices, a product lineup that targets the enterprise market. Epson is now expanding the Moverio range of its AR glasses with two new devices, the Moverio BT-40 and the BT-40S that are now available for pre-order.
Epson is already an old hand in the data glasses market segment. However, its devices have so far only targeted the enterprise market. This will change with the new BT-40 glasses which Epson markets as “multimedia glasses” for displaying digital displays.
The BT-40 glasses do not have built-in tracking technology like the newer AR devices such as Nreal, Lenovo and Vuzix. It therefore, probably, won’t anchor 3D graphics permanently at a single point in space as is the case with the Nreal smart glasses. However, the BT-40 at least supports rudimentary motion detection with a gyroscope an accelerometer.
Both the Moverio BT-40 and BT-40S have a binocular design that is powered by Epson’s see-through Si-OLED display technology and both of them offer a 34-degree field of view (FoV), a full HD 1080 display resolution, improved connectivity as well as greater wearing comfort.
Setup is Equivalent to a 120-inch TV at 5 Meters Viewing Distance
Both Epson glasses give you an integrated Si-OLED display with a resolution of 1.920 by 1,080 pixels, a full RGB structure as well as a refresh rate of 60Hz. This setup gives viewers an equivalent of “viewing a 120-inch screen from a distance of 15 feet” and both glasses will be able to connect to a range of devices through the USB-C connection. Epson has specified that the display has a contrast ratio of 500,000: 1.
The BT-40S, however, has an Intelligent Controller which the BT-40 doesn’t have. This controller is what sparates th two smart glasses and it houses various features including an integrated touchscreen, an expandable memory of up to 2TB, customized user interfaces, Wi-Fi, Google Play compatibility, GPS, Bluetooth, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and a 13-megapixel AF camera among others. The controller lasts up to five hours on a single charge.
The two glasses are connected via a USB-C to different kinds of players such as laptops, tablets and Android smartphones. The iPhones aren’t supported.
The glasses act like a second monitor on the feeder streaming in data, reflecting the content of the source or expanding the work surface. The two glasses are semi-transparent and, according to Epson, they can also be worn over prescription glasses. They weigh just 95 grams which is quite light but they also feature a head attachment and, if necessary, an optional blackout attachment.
The BT-40S model is intended for developers and includes an intelligent controller and player along with an Android interface for custom software. The Moverio Intelligent Controller is compatible with the Play Store and is also designed for commercial use.
Both the BT-40 and BT-40S glasses have IPx2 waterproof protection. There is also a high-performance battery included in the scope of delivery that powers up to five hours of video playback.
Both of these glasses will be available for pre-orders with the Moverio BT-40 costing $579 and the BT-40S smart glasses costing $999. The shipments are set to begin in Q2 2021. More information on the two smart glasses is available on the official website.