Epson Releases Smart Glasses, Targets Businesses

Augmented reality may soon become a real possibility now that consumer printer maker Epson has released its Moverio BT-200, a new and enhanced version of its smart glasses. The smart glasses market has been focused on Google Glass but unlike Glass, the Moverio provides a platform suitable for business applications. Glass doesn't add a high-tech digital overlay to reality so it is not great for businesses, but that is not the case with Moverio.

At $700, Epson's glasses are also cheaper than the current version of Glass, which is being sold for $1,500. Although Google is expected to cut the price of Glass once it is made available for retail sales, Google's smart glasses have far functionality than Epson's Moverio.

True Augmented Reality

During demos of the device and in press releases, Epson has continued to aim the Moverio at businesses rather than individual consumers. Early Google Glass testers have been criticized just for wearing the polished consumer-oriented product, so consumers might not want to walk around wearing the Moverio.

When looking through Epson's glasses, which include displays covering both eyes, unlike the current version of Glass, a variety of augmentations can be applied. If you are a technician, for example, you can use Moverio to see the insides of an appliance using pre-loaded schematics.

Notifications can be received and examined on Google Glass with ease, but that sort of functionality doesn't truly help people in the workplace. With an augmented reality device, digital information can be applied to the real world so that workers can act on that information and complete a task more efficiently.

Great for Businesses

Compared to the first-generation Moverio, the BT-200 is brighter and larger but not nearly as heavy, making it more comfortable to wear without compromising on functionality. Anyone who would like to purchase the glasses...

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