For the past few months, there have been talks about Google creating glasses or goggles with their Android OS somehow embedded into them. We’re still not clear on what to expect but Epson has decided to take the spotlight with their version. For $699, the Epson Moverio BT-100 can be yours. What are you getting with that price tag?
- 80″ perceived projection display
- WiFi connectivity
- 6 hours of battery life
- 1GB of built-in storage and microSD slot with 4GB card (supports up to 32GB)
- Dolby Mobile surround sound
- A developer platform
- additional trackpad controller
According to Epson, apps like Angry Birds, Netflix and Kindle work very well with these goggles.
“As the world leader in visual imaging technology, Epson continually strives to set industry benchmarks for quality and innovation,” said Anna Jen, director of New Business Development, Epson America. “The Moverio BT-100 see-through display is poised to significantly impact not only the way people interact with content for personal enjoyment, but the development of content for future applications – from virtual training platforms to a new way to interact with 3D CADenvironments to visualizing 3D design renderings.”
So yeah, no augmented reality yet but as you can see, this is a developers’ platform. There doesn’t seem to be a GPS chip in the goggles so something Layer Browser (geo-augmented reality) might not work on this version. What do you think? Honestly, it reminds me of those goggles at Sharper Image that mimicked a larger screen for your movies on your iPhone but it’s a start.