Should google be afraid of new competitor in the augmented reality market? Let's see what Epson can offer.
First of all Epson Moverio BT-200 are full glasses not monocular that will cause stupid look :)
Display and sound.
Two integrated displays in Epson invention works in resolution qHD (960X540) and gives feeling of 320 inch screen. That's huge! Also it supports Dolby Digital Plus sound.
Epson Moverio BT-200 is more comfortable than previous model - BT-100. Manufacturer decreased the weight and dimensions of the glasses of 60% (Without cable weighs only 88 grams). This is a very important change from the perspective of the user who will be wearing them on his head for several hours.
What is inside?
Glasses are compatible with Android (installed 4.0.4) and are powered by dual core 1,2 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM memory and 8 GB built-in memory (can be extended with micro SDHC cards). Built-in battery allows you to keep working for 6 hours. Like similar mobile devices, BT-200 is equipped with full range of sensors (gyroscope, GPS, accelerometer, compass), camera with a microphone and support for wireless communication (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, Miracast). Glasses are also compatible with the USB host (OTG) technology.
Price and availablility
Epson said that price of their glasses will be around 699 EUR and points out that the competitive product with similar characteristics (data from the press release) in November 2013 have cost 4699 euros.
Usually after such promises we receive information that you will be able to buy product "in next 2 years" or "as soon as it will be ready", but not this time - prepare to storm the stores in May 2014!
Possibilities of usage?
Endless! My idea is to use them for example as virtual hologram display for business presentations. And how would you use them? Share in comments.