Epson's latest version of the Moverio smart eyewear series offers a pillow that brings versatility and mobility to the world.
While previous generations of Moverio Smartglasses were connected to Android-based controllers, the Moverio BT -35E5 has been able to connect virtually any device to any device with an HDMI or USB-C port.
Allows users to connect to drones, PCs, smartphones and tablets ( via HDMI-Out or DisplayPort Alt mode via USB Type-C) and the video output to the Smartglass display mirror as long as the source device is present is capable. According to a company spokesman, the device can even mirror iPhones and iPads via an HDMI to Lightning adapter.
"Prior to the new Moverio BT-35E smart glasses, Moverio's products were stand-alone and had an Android-based control unit," said Leon Laroue, technical product manager for Augmented Reality Solutions at Epson. "The Moverio BT-35E smart glasses, developed from customer insights, are Epson's first smart eyewear to give users wider access to content through portable output devices."
The Moverio BT-35E is not just a secondary display. Epson has also developed an SDK for Windows and Android that allows developers to create apps that use the device's camera and sensor data. However, the SDK does not support iOS, so iPhone and iPad apps can not connect to cameras or sensors.
As far as the technical data are concerned, the binocular transparent displays are silicon-based OLEDs with high contrast without backlight, even under outdoor conditions, and with a resolution of 720p. The device is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera and the usual sensors for measuring position, orientation, movement and ambient light. The headset approved for IPx2 impregnation has an adjustable hinge to compensate for different head sizes and can be mounted using prescription eyeglasses.
Pre-orders for the 899 device are available through MagicSky FlyMotion Unmanned Systems or Gresco Technology Solutions
Epson has created a niche in the drone market with a Moverio version specifically designed for drones and apps like the Edgybees AR racing game and Epson's own AR flight simulator supported. Likewise, the Moverio BT-35E is also suitable for the unmanned aircraft market because the interface unit is able to connect to the camera of a drone and give the pilot a first-person view of their aircraft
Mirrored display: Corporate customers can deploy the device to their employees, giving them a free hand to view productivity apps. In this way, the device competes with the Vuzix M-300 in combination with the Toshiba dynaEdge Mini-PC and the Kopin Golden-i Infinity, which offer similar tethered capabilities.
The new Epson Moverio underscores the industry standard of reality that hardware manufacturers have not yet been able to conveniently scale down processing units to the form factor of smartglasses. Indeed, Epson's untimely announcement for this issue of Moverio on August 8 was overshadowed by the launch of Magic Leap One, which relocates processing power to a connected computer.
Still, Moore's Law Does not Do It As fast as some would like, it will still be a few years before the cutting of lines between smartglasses and computers becomes more commonplace.