Epson’s Moverio BT-300 smart glasses could really put Augmented Reality back in the picture for wearable tech followers. The Moverio BT-300 marks the third generation of Epson’s AR glasses and looks to combine all the right technology to develop a wearable product that you’d actually wear. Fortunately, we got a chance to get our hands on the BT-300 to check out what it has to offer.
We were instantly amazed at how good the glasses appear. They have a modern look that’s quite different from the chunky BT-100 and BT-200 models.
A fairly slim plastic frame preserves the weight down to 60g, which is 20g lighter than the BT-200 and 160g lighter as compared to the BT-100. This makes the BT-300 relatively comfortable to wear, perhaps more so than usual glasses.
The BT-300’s fixed displays use silicon OLED tech for each eye, thus providing a screen extent of 80in at anticipated distance of five meters. The images projected on the OLED screens are large enough to view without concealing the wearer’s vision.
Images are exhibited at a resolution of 1280×720. Epson offers a 3,415ppi density, which is about 10 times that of the modern generation Retina screens equipped in the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6S Plus. The usage of OLED displays makes sure that the BT-300 has a striking contrast ratio of 100,000:1.
The android version running on the BT-300 is the Android 5.0 Lollipop. The open style of Google’s mobile operating system makes it suitable for developers to use as a genuine platform to build apps and software.
The BT-300 is not yet in complete production, so obviously there isn’t much software to lay to the test. However, Epson released a version demonstrating how videos streaming from a drone camera can be utilized to regulate it from a first- and third-person view, thanks to AR.
The BT-300 possesses a 1.44GHz quad-core Intel Atom X5 processor that will surely provide a reasonable amount of processing power for a medium range smartphone.
The processor processes images pretty smoothly, but we’ll need to wait and see if more challenging AR apps cause it to flag.
We didn’t have the chance of testing the battery life, but Epson states it to be around six hours, an improvement over the previous models. Six hours also looks like a seamlessly rational battery life for a lightweight pair of smart glasses with a fast mobile processor.
The BT-300 is also equipped with a 5MP camera, but it wasn’t accessible to test at the moment so we’ll have to wait for the production version to see whether it can strive with the latest smartphone cameras.
We checked out only the pre-production model of the BT-300, but Epson’s state-of-the-art smart glasses promise well for AR in the future. The company is trialing it in engineering situations like demonstrating how-to instructions in front of the eyes of engineers. But it could be appropriate for fans of wearable tech who are fed up with looking around in pockets for smartphones to deliver information to them.