Google Glass is quite hot these days, especially because it’s quite unique when you think about it. Google Glass is expected to get more and more competition when Samsung comes up with Gear glass and when other companies also come out with their variants. Epson has joined the que as they have launched a Google Glass competitor. This second generation Smart Glass by Epson is called the Moverio BT-200, which can do pretty much everything that Google has on offer and more, for a significantly lower price point.
The Moverio, which will sell at $699.99, is primarily an augmented reality eyewear that will make it easier for its users to mix the real world with the virtual one. The device is equipped with a front-facing camera, GPS chip and sensors such as accelerometer, gyroscope and other to enable capturing of user movement data.
The AR images are overlaid the Moverio’s lenses using two micro projectors on both sides of the lenses. It’s noteworthy that Moverio isn’t a standalone device; it needs to be paired up with a separate mobile-like unit for functioning, which in turn runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
The controller unit, however, is primarily aimed at navigating around the Moverio’s UI, and not really a functional piece of hardware itself. Since Moverio BT-200 is equipped with WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity modes, it can be hooked up with a smartphone or tablet.
Checkout the First Look Video Epson did below,
This device is available for purchase right now. This doesn’t look as good as Google Glass for me, but it’s a step in the right direction. What do you think?