Epson Moverio BT-300

The Epson Moverio BT-300 was announced in October 2016 and it was available in the Southeast Asia region in the first quarter of 2017. The Epson Moverio BT-300 is a pair of smart glasses, nice, stylish and compact design. The smart glasses are gaining more foothold in the augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) markets, that can be applied in different industries such as hospitality, travel, museums, aerial photography etc.

On a personal note, I had seen for myself how some of the technology companies moving into the VR and AR devices sector. In my personal opinion, this sector would grow and expand in the near future. From 3D reality gaming, to hospitality, travel, museums, training etc etc … keep a lookout for the VR and AR devices that might one day be a B2C device and not just a B2B device.

At a recent media event, I witnessed and experienced it for myself on how the Epson Moverio BT-300 can be applied to a hospitality organisation, giving their guests additional and enhanced experiences, on top of the aesthetics, customer service, accommodation and f&b experiences. For this special event, I would write and share my AR experiences in another separate article. Keep a lookout for it and I would update my article here when the article is up!

I can still remember when Epson first launched the BT-100 and I had a chance to see and try it out. Over this period of time, we can see the changes and improvements from the BT-100 to the BT-300. I hope to see more AR and VR technology being available and applied to enhance a visitor experience in museums, travel and hospitality industries.

Hopefully, in the near future, I can utilise smart glasses for aerial photography.

For this article, I want to introduce and share more information and details on the Epson Moverio BT-300:

The Moverio BT-300 features Epson’s own cutting edge silicon-based OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology, enabling the device to be the lightest see-through binocular smart glasses on the market, and setting the new standard for augmented reality smart eyewear.

Leveraging Epson’s patented optical and precision technologies, Epson’s Moverio BT-300 smart glasses has micro projectors located on each side of the eyeglasses that project transparent overlays of digital content directly in the user’s field of view over the real-world environment.

The Moverio BT-300 bring hands-free operability through a front-facing 5-mega-pixel HD camera and intelligent tracking sensors that detects the dimensions and spatial positioning of objects in relation to each other. A key feature is that users can take HD-quality video and pictures hands-free, bringing new levels of productivity for deploying the device for work-related purposes. The device features an LED to indicate when the camera is recording.

Designed to be worn with ease for use at work or play, the Moverio BT-300 is compact and lightweight, and fits over normal glasses comfortably. It is approximately 20% lighter than its predecessor, the BT-200. Built with a quad core Intel Atom processor and Android OS 5.1, the BT-300 maintains up to six hours of battery life for processing of 3D heavy content.

Augmented reality smart glasses can improve worker efficiency enabling hands-free and real-time display across various industries such as warehouse/logistics, field service, manufacturing, healthcare, travel and hospitality, retail and more. Uses for the Moverio smart glasses include learning and training purposes, remote field service support for complex repair assistance and troubleshooting, managing of inventory and warehousing, guided museum tours and others.

“The Moverio BT-300 continues Epson’s commitment to binocular smart eyewear, real optical see-through overlay, and increased performance. We see potential for growth for industry use in the region. The Moverio has the potential to revolutionise workflow for onsite or remote operations. It adds a new dimension to professionals for improving their efficiency and accuracy at work, enabling workers to share their experience virtually or provide hands-free movement for hands-on work,” said Siew Jin Kiat, Regional General Manager (Southeast Asia), Printers & Visual Instruments Division, Epson Singapore.

Epson is currently working with businesses and independent software vendors to develop applications for use. It has partnered with DJI, a leading maker of drones, to develop applications for the Moverio smart glasses that will enhance safety, productivity, and piloting experience for hobbyists and professionals alike.

Using the optimized DJI Go app for the Epson Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, drone pilots will be able to see crystal clear, transparent first person views (FPV) from the drone camera while simultaneously maintaining line of sight with their aircraft. The Epson/ DJI partnership is timely as businesses look to expand the use of drones for a variety of aerial photography and videography purposes.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Epson Singapore and Asia PR Werkz *

Introducing Epson Moverio BT-100

The world of personal technology was given a boost with the announcement on the arrival of Epson Moverio BT-100, a state of the art modern technology equipment in the pursuit of a perfect amplified reality. I was invited by Epson Singapore and XPR to the witness the official launch of the Epson Moverio BT-1oo and had a hands on experience with this new device. I would like to thank them for inviting me to the official launch of their latest innovative product.

The Epson Moverio BT-100 is a sleek and portable mobile viewer that can help you in your everyday routine of work, play and leisure, with the features all packed inside it without having you to look at a physical screen. You can check your emails, surf the internet, watch movies or listen to MP3 songs, whether you are on the move or relaxing at nice cosy corner in your home.

Here are some key features of the Epson Moverio BT-100 –

– LCD Technology: Leveraging Epson’s leadership in LCD technology and visual imaging, the Moverio is able to project a 320-inch perceived “floating” display 20 meters away from the user.

– Excellent Mobility: Rechargeable battery offers nearly six hours of battery life.

– Download and Go: Transfer content, games and apps to the included 4GB microSDHC card or internal 1GB of user storage on the controller.

– Operating System and Support: Google Android-powered with 802.11n wireless connectivity to stream videos from popular television websites which features Flash 11 content and content rich Flash-enabled websites.

– Big Sound: Dolby Mobile surround sound delivered to personal earphones or Moverio’s detachable earphones (included in-box).

– Innovative Navigation: Touch-enabled track pad and navigational buttons enable easy interaction of content.

– Immersive 3D: Enjoy side-by-side 3D formatted content like never before.

How do I feel after having a short hands on experience with the Epson Moverio BT-1oo ? Here are my thoughts during the short hands on experience with the Epson Moverio BT-100

Pros

– It’s pretty innovative to have many features all in built inside this portable viewer

– You don’t feel giddy when you are watching 3D movies that near to your eyes

–  The sound system is great with Dolby Mobile surround sound, suits perfectly for watching a movie or listening to your MP3 songs

– If you are wearing glases, it still can fit onto you nicely and comfortably

– You can be in your own private world with this portable mobile viewer, watching a 3D movie, listening to MP3 songs

– Portable and easy to carry around, the Epson Moverio BT-100 suits your traveling needs

Cons

– The design looks a bit bulky

– The aesthetic is a bit too rectangular and squarish, preferring curves and rounded sides.

– You might be too engrossed with your portable viewer that you ignore the surroundings or happenings around you

If you are keen to own the Epson Moverio BT-100, they are now available in Singapore from 23rd July 2012 exclusively at selected Best Denki outlets at the recommended retail price (RRP) of S$999.00.