- Epson’s new smart glasses, the Moverio BT-300, use OLED technology, allowing the glasses’ display screens to hover immersively in space, rather than seem as if they are a part of a semitransparent screen.
- The technology allows the glasses to show 2d/3d content, play applications, or be used in AR form to read QR codes or other markers.
- The Moverio BT-300s target consumer users, as opposed to enterprises which Epson previously has targeted.
From the CNET article:
The new glasses are thinner, and the displays, which are projected onto part of the lens, use OLED. And OLED, as enthusiastic videophiles will tell you, can achieve perfect black: without needing a backlight like LCD screens, OLED displays are far more immersive. The end effect is that glowing parts of the display feel more like they’re hovering in space, versus being a part of a giant semitransparent screen.
Epson’s smart glasses float this display in front of your face in 2D or 3D for playing back videos, showing apps or diagrams hands-free, or using 3D VR-like content which can be controlled with head movements and an included wired touchpad controller. The glasses can also achieve augmented reality, popping up information that matches QR codes or other markers seen by the in-glasses camera. You could use them to control drones. It’s not like using Microsoft HoloLens, but there are enterprise uses like virtual blueprint apps already in place. I used to watch Netflix on an older pair of BT-200s.Epson plans to sell the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses late in 2016 and is looking at everyday people as a target audience, as opposed to the enterprise-targeted nature of previous Epson glasses. That’s a tall order for a weird-looking pair of smart glasses with their own wired controller and Android-powered base unit. But OLEDs in transparent smart glasses are a great idea. They’re discreet, and they look better. Now, smart glasses just need to tackle everything else.
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