February 23, 2016: “The Moverio BT-300 are the lightest binocular see-though smart glasses announced to date, and are more than 20% lighter than the Moverio BT-200, setting a new standard for augmented reality smart eyewear,” said Epson in a press release on the new smart glasses.
The Moverio BT-300 features silicon-based OLED digital display technology and features a quad-core Intel Atom X5 processor, on-board sensors, a 5 megapixel front-facing camera, and runs Android 5.1. The camera and sensors “enable the Moverio BT-300 to more precisely determine the location of objects in the real world” and the Si-OLED digital display “can then seamlessly render and lock 3D content to these objects, with no display background or edges in the field of view.”
“Moverio is distinct from other smart glasses on the market where form often supersedes function, to the detriment of the product’s usability,” said Atsunari Tsuda, the GM for the new Moverio smart glasses. “Every design decision we make is driven by consideration for the product’s ultimate usage scenarios and our Si-OLED technology opens a new world for us in binocular see-though smart eyewear development.” Eric Mizufuka, Product Manager of New Ventures for Epson America, added, “The Epson Moverio BT-300 is a major leap forward in mobile AR smart eyewear, with its comfortable, lightweight form factor and amazing new display engine – and at a price comparable to smartphones.” The smart glasses will be available in late 2016 and are available for pre-order on Prelaunch.com now for $799.
Moverio smart eyewear maker Epson has become the first corporate sponsor of Super Ventures’ AR Incubator.
Super Ventures announced a first-of-its-kind incubator and investment fund dedicated to innovation and growth in augmented reality; now, Epson has announced its support. “Over the past five years, our AR partners have built thriving businesses around the Moverio platform in such fields as dentistry, remote support, manufacturing, drone piloting, and more,” said Eric Mizufuka, Product Manager of New Ventures for Epson America. “Epson has chosen to invest in the Super Ventures incubator to support the accelerating growth of the AR ecosystem.” As the first corporate sponsor of the AR Incubator, Epson will “provide pre-production versions of the Moverio product to entrepreneurs to communicate the unique benefits and technical details of the platform.”
At Mobile World Congress, Epson revealed its latest Moverio smart glasses: the Moverio BT-300. These smart glasses are the smallest and lightest from the company, which has been selling Moverio smart eyewear since 2011. The lenses have been upgraded to silicon-based OLEDs, bringing HD picture quality to the glasses, and the BT-300 features a 5-megapixel camera.
The Moverio BT-300 fits over regular glasses and is aimed at businesses and consumers. The glasses are expected to be available sometime in late 2016. The smart eyewear is available for pre-order now for $799 through Prelaunch.com, though Epson notes that this price may change. The earlier generation Moverio BT-200 is priced at $699.99, but these smart glasses are only available as a developer version.