Epson Announces World’s Lightest OLED Binocular See-Through Smart Glasses, The Moverio BT-300
Cutting edge display technology brings HD resolution, 3D-heavy content and high contrast to the already popular Moverio range
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spain, 23nd February 2016: Epson has announced the third generation of its Moverio smart glasses for Augmented Reality. Available from October 2016, the Moverio BT-300 features Epson’s own cutting edge silicon-based OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology. The device will be the lightest binocular see-though smart glasses on the market and is now 72% lighter than the original Moverio launched in 2011, setting a new standard for augmented reality smart eyewear.
Epson’s focus on a wide range of commercial and other applications distinguishes the Moverio range from other smart glasses on the market. Developed with function at the forefront, the range has proved popular with business customers and independent software vendors (ISVs). The Moverio BT-300 continues Epson’s commitment to binocular smart eyewear, delivering real optical see-through overlay, and increased performance, both of which are essential for professional use and new consumer applications opportunities.
Valerie Riffaud‐Cangelosi, new market development manager for connected and wearable devices at Epson EMEA commented: “At Epson, we have a stated strategy of focusing on business use of technology. Since 2011, working alongside more than 2,000 ISV partners, the Moverio range has been delivering value to businesses including engineering, education and training, doctors and dentists, retailers, tourism, cultural and heritage organisations. Designed using our 5 years’ experience in smart eyewear, the BT-300 brings significant improvements to both developers and users.”
Built with a quad core Intel Atom processor and Android OS 5.1, the BT-300 has significantly increased power to enable it to render 3D heavy content, and maintains up to six hours of battery life. Seeing and making sense of the user’s environment through a 5 mega pixel front-facing HD camera and other sensors, the smart glasses render content based on what is seen. As on previous models, and cautious of privacy standards, the device features an LED to indicate when the camera is recording.
Mr Atsunari Tsuda, general manager responsible for Moverio commented: “Moverio is distinct from other smart glasses on the market where form often supersedes function, to the detriment of the product’s usability.Every design decision we make is driven by consideration for the product’s ultimate usage scenarios and our Si-OLED technology opens a new world for us in binocular see-though smart eyewear development. With OLED we can take advantage of reductions in power usage and weight, and improvements in response times, HD resolution, brightness and contrast. By choosing silicon rather than glass for our base wafer we achieve an even more precise pixel display.”
The Epson Moverio BT-300 will be available from October 2016 and will retail at around 800 euros.