Epson America showcased conceptual demos, including utilization for the Internet of Things, with its second-generation Moverio BT-200 smart glasses for augmented and virtual reality experiences at the SXSW Conference this week. Initially unveiled at CES 2014, the device now includes apps that provide a glimpse into future use cases.
“The unique core technologies powering the Moverio BT-200 allow developers to push the boundaries of what’s possible with new applications that promise to change our world,” said Anna Jen, director, New Ventures/New Products for Epson America. “Epson’s Moverio developer program offers companies the opportunity to create innovative smart glasses applications for both the consumer and enterprise markets.”
As examples, smart glasses app developer Sean McCracken, CEO of Imaginary Computer, demoed three new conceptual apps on the Moverio BT-200s, including:
Gesture Control Beyond
This is the first smart glasses app integrating the Myo gesture control armband from Y-Combinator alumnus Thalmic Labs. With the Myo wearable device and Moverio, a user makes a fist to ‘grab’ data streams and then moves their arms to relocate the data wherever they wish in their field of view — enabling a transparent, virtual 3D desktop on top of the user’s real-world environment.
Moving beyond the gestural computing made famous in the futuristic movie, “Minority Report” where the characters are tied to hardware displays when accessing information gesturally, users can walk around with the Moverio smart glasses and view multiple data windows anywhere.
Integrated Second-Screen Experience
For the entertainment-focused users, McCracken has created a second-screen experience that enables the Moverio smart glass wearer to watch their favorite TV programs while viewing real-time updates from their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds with a simple turn of the head with Moverio’s on-board head-motion sensors.
The augmented reality app allows user to choose any focal point such as a TV, computer monitor or even live concert or sporting event, and sit back and access their “lifestream” without interrupting their viewing experience.
Future collaboration in the workplace might be seen in that McCracken’s PSYCLOPs arcade game for smart glasses has been updated to allow up to four Moverio users to play the game simultaneously via Bluetooth. Tablets and smartphones can also be integrated, demonstrating how smart glasses could fit into a larger eco-system of devices in consumer or enterprise applications involving shared experiences.
With APX Labs’ Skylight platform incorporating SK Telecom’s Indoor Location platform, the Moverio smart glasses app enable users to control lights completely hands-free, with broad implications for intention-based interaction and control of Internet-connected devices in commercial settings.
Sporting a sleek, light design, the Epson Moverio BT-200 is a true binocular display using a miniaturized LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide in each side of the glasses. The platform’s advanced binocular optical system projects see-through overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the smart glasses’ field of view. Enabling a seamless blend of the physical and digital world, the Moverio BT-200 technology platform makes a new world of augmented reality applications possible for consumers as well as commercial enterprises.
The Moverio BT-200 projects a stereoscopic virtual display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 23-degree field of view. A 360-degree panoramic experience is possible through third-party software that takes advantage of the glasses’ head-tracking features. For optimum viewing privacy, Moverio’s projection system features unique light guide angles which prevent other people from viewing the projected content.
The smart glasses will sell for $699. Pre-orders are being taken now.
Bright, transparent display with 960 x 540 pixel (qHD) resolution
Sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetic compass) enable head-motion tracking for gaming and hands-free navigation A front-facing camera enables image and video capture as well as marker detection for AR apps that give users relevant information related to the real-world
A handheld controller unit powered by Android 4.0 provides a robust open-source development environment and gives users access to a growing selection of augmented reality apps
Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity offers a wireless way to enjoy streaming video content while an optional wireless mirroring adapter enables streaming of high-definition video from content source devices with HDMI connectivity such as DVD players, set-top boxes and more
Native support of MP4 with H.264 plus AAC encoding allows high-definition video playback
Bluetooth 3.0 support allows wireless connectivity to headsets, speakers, keyboards and other peripherals
A MicroSDHC card slot supports up to 32GB of external memory, allowing users to view and enjoy personal content like photos, videos and music even when wireless access is unavailable
Dolby Digital Plus produces a full-body surround sound experience to complement the rich visual experience