Epson Launches New Version of its Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

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Epson Launches New Version of its Augmented Reality Smart Glasses
Epson on Tuesday announced the commercial availability of its second-generation Moverio BT-200 smart glasses.

The company launched the first Moverio BT-100 Android-based see-through wearable glasses in 2012.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 is now available at $699.99 (Rs. 42,000 approximately) via the company's online store Epson.com and at prelaunch.com.

The company claims that the Moverio BT-200 offers "an unparalleled binocular smart glasses experience optimized for augmented reality applications". The new smart glasses from Epson feature micro projectors on each side, projecting transparent overlays of digital content.

Further, the Moverio BT-200 glasses include a number of sensors such as an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetic compass for head-motion tracking and hands-free navigation. There is a front-facing camera for taking images and videos, while it also helps in augmented reality (AR) apps.

The Epson Moverio BT-200 comes with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, built-in card slot (which supports up to 32GB microSD card), and Dolby Mobile surround sound. The company says rates that the new smart glasses can deliver up to six hours of battery life on a single charge.

Commenting on the announcement, Anna Jen, director, New Ventures/New Products for Epson America said, "Moverio BT-200 is Epson's second-generation smart glasses and incorporates much of the feedback provided by both the AR developer and end-user communities. With these improvements, Moverio BT-200 is poised to deliver an AR experience that will revolutionize workflow, training and repair in the enterprise environment."

The Epson Moverio BT-200 has been priced way below Google's controversial Internet-linked Glass eyewear which was available in the US at $1,500 to the general public for a limited period as a part of the company's Google Explorer programme in April. The Mountain View giant had later noted that its Google Glass eyewear was sold out within a day.

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