Epson appeared at CES 2014 to announce its second generation of smart glasses, the Moverio BT-200. Epson has been busy over the last year developing collaborations with talented developer partners. As a result, the company returned to CES this year to show off some amazing augmented reality applications that work with the BT-200.
The Moverio BT-200 makes a number of educational and training applications possible, and provides new ways to play games. Epson demonstrated some of the benefits of viewing and interacting with digital content that’s present in the everyday environment at CES.
Among the demonstrations were LyteShot, which turns any place in the world into a gaming arena and an endless supply of game types; EON Experience VR, which is designed to provide training by doing; APX Labs, which offers real-time information when you need to keep your hands free; and Aero Glass, which applies augmented reality to aviation through a 3D, 360-degree experience in the cockpit.
One of the other intriguing uses of the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses is their compatibility with drones to provide a unique first-person-view experience. They can connect to DJI’s Phantom 2 Vision+, for example, to provide users with a new take on the world and ample opportunity to capture interesting footage.
Once the BT-200 smart glasses are connected to the DJI Phantom drone, you no longer have to look down at the smartphone on your controller. That makes it easy to eliminate glare and means that you can frame shots and control the camera without losing sight of your precious drone. The video below gives you an idea of how it works. By using a camera in conjunction with the BT-200 smart glasses, filmmakers and photographers could have another tool in their creative belt.
Digital glasses could be one of the big tech things this year. Google’s Glass will be more readily available, and the likes of Oculus Rift or Project Morpheus could hit the market too. But there are key differences. Google Glass is more of a notifications service, while the Rift and Morpheus offer virtual reality. The BT-200 smart glasses fall somewhere between the two, utilising real and virtual objects in tandem to create an alternative interactive world for the user.
Creative freedom has a price tag. The Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses will set you back around $700. For now, Epson is mainly targeting enterprise customers and delivers functionality to suit their needs. However, there are still entertaining uses. Plus, Epson learned valuable lessons with its first pair of smart glasses, so it is likely that Epson will continue to develop them and make them even more appealing to consumers.
In Short: Epson showed off its Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses at CES this year with a slew of augmented reality applications.