Epson America introduces the first Android-powered see-through wearable display

I know we’ve been waiting for something like this from Google, but Epson America just announced the Moverio BT-100, which is the first Android-based see through wearable display. I actually had a chance to test out a prototype at CES so I’m excited to see the final product. The glasses feature a virtual 80-inch perceived screen that projects into the user’s real environment. It also includes an Android-powered track-pad controller. In the prototype we saw, the UI was completely custom, and it was a complete forked version of Android 2.1. It was able to download apps through the Amazon app store so you can literally play Angry Birds, interact with other apps and games, browse the internet, or watch YouTube videos. It’s not expected to be compatible with the Play Store, but you can also sideload apps. Epson is also hoping the development community will jump in and create some really cool applications. In fact, Epson is offering programs to assist developers. See the presser below for more information.

The Moverio BT-100 has actually been available in Japan for several months, but this is the first time it will be available here in the U.S. As one would expect, the price tag isn’t cheap. The cost is $699.99 and is available for pre-order on Amazon or at the online Epson Store. Hit the break for the full features, a few more pics,  and the press release.

Features include:

  • Enhanced Mobility: Rechargeable battery offers nearly six hours of battery life
  • Removable Memory:  Built-in card slot supports up to 32GB microSDHC card
  • Download and Go: Transfer content, games and apps to the included 4GB microSDHC card or internal 1GB of user storage on the controller
  • Adobe® Flash® 11 Support:  Stream videos from popular television websites featuring 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 content like never before

 

 

Full press release:

Epson America Ships World’s First Android-Based See-Through Wearable Display

EPSON Moverio BT-100 See-Through Display Offers New Way to Interact with 2D and 3D Digital Content and Innovative Platform for Android-based App Development

LONG BEACH, Calif. – March 28, 2012 – Epson America, Inc. today announced its newest and most innovative display technology, EPSON®Moverio™ BT-100, the world’s first Android-based see-through wearable display. Using micro-projection technology and an Android-powered track-pad controller, Moverio allows users to view streaming video, experience side-by-side 3D content and enjoy downloaded digital content on a virtual 80-inch perceived screen1 projected into the user’s real environment. Featuring built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2 and nearly six hours of rechargeable battery life3, Moverio offers an innovative, portable way to interact with content from virtually any location. Users can also easily access downloaded content via the microSDHC card slot (4GB card included) and built-in 1GB internal user storage, even without wireless network access.

“As the world leader in visual imaging technology, Epson continually strives to set industry benchmarks for quality and innovation,” said Anna Jen, director of New Business Development, Epson America. “The Moverio BT-100 see-through display is poised to significantly impact not only the way people interact with content for personal enjoyment, but the development of content for future applications – from virtual training platforms to a new way to interact with 3D CAD environments to visualizing 3D design renderings.”

Enhanced Mobility and New Content Interaction

Moverio BT-100 leverages Epson’s leadership in LCD technology and visual imaging to project an 80-inch perceived “floating” display into the user’s environment for browsing the web, playing games, watching videos and interacting with content privately, while still allowing the user to experience and see the real world. Using Moverio’s Android-powered controller with Wi-Fi connectivity, users can watch streaming video from sites such as YouTube or Vimeo or manage, download and interact with apps and content from nearly anywhere.  Additional features of the Android-powered controller include:  

-          Enhanced Mobility: Rechargeable battery offers nearly six hours of battery life

-          Removable Memory:  Built-in card slot supports up to 32GB microSDHC card

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

-          Adobe® Flash® 11 Support:  Stream videos from popular television websites featuring 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 content like never before

Android Development Support

Moverio BT-100 offers a unique platform for technology enthusiasts and developers to create new Android-based applications and side-by-side 3D content for this innovative see-through display technology. To help support application and content development for Moverio BT-100, Epson is offering a range of programs for developers residing in the United States. For additional information on the Moverio BT-100 Android developer program, please visit www.epson.com/moverio.

Pricing and Availability

The EPSON Moverio BT-100 ($699.99 MSRP) is now available through Epson’s own retail site www.epsonstore.com, select resellers and by pre-order on Amazon.com.

 

About Epson

Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product line-up ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for enterprise and the home, to sensors and other microdevices. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 78,000 employees in 99 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates. To learn more about Epson, please visit: http://global.epson.com.

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  • RTWright

    No thanks!  I feel this is going to be a very bad idea as people cannot seem to stay the heck off of their phones while on the highway as it is, even still today.  This I can see being a leading increase to future accidents on the road all due to the fact they’re paying attention to what’s on the screen and not what’s going on, on the road in front of them.  While I will admit that this is a great advancement in technology and I even welcome such for home use, but I recognize what will become the new fad once they catch on and are much cheaper.

    Not to mention, REALLY Epson??? Those things look hideous!  At least try for a less block-design.  Ugh they don’t look comfortable to wear lol