Tuesday, 09 October 2018 16:26

VIDEO: Epson launches next-gen Moverio BT-35E Smartglasses with HDMI, USB-C input

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Epson Australia has launched its next-gen Moverio BT-35E augmented reality smartglasses with a transparent Si-OLED display.

The new HDMI and USB-C smartglasses "offer more flexibility for users connecting to an existing device", and will sell for $1199 from mid-October.

We're told the new BT-35E features an "interface unit with HDMI and USB Type-C ports to easily connect to popular output devices and seamlessly blend digital content into the real world".

"The new smartglasses bring Epson’s optical expertise to an expanded audience for applications.

"These include enterprise drone piloting often used by real estate companies and engineers to survey ground or housing, remote field support such as the checking of power lines health and visitor experience in museums and galleries where ‘wearable’ information is the best way to communicate facts."

Epson Australia's Consumer Division general manager of Sales and Marketing, Bruce Bealby, said, “Prior to the new Moverio BT-35E smartglasses, Moverio products have been standalone and have included an Android-based controller unit.

"The Moverio BT-35E takes this to a new level and represents Epson's first smartglasses that provide users with wider access to content that they want on a wearable display through existing output devices.”

The device functions as a wearable display for any standard HDMI (HDMI 1.4) output device, as well as any USB Type-C output device supporting DisplayPort Alt Mode, eliminating the need to create or port new content to the Moverio platform.

Here is Epson's official intro product video:

Billed as "comfortably and durably designed for daily use, the Moverio BT-35E smartglasses allow users to keep their display in front of them as they carry out their tasks allowing for increased productivity".

"Offering an easy out-of-box experience, the Moverio BT-35E smartglasses provide easy plug-and-play operation with no special software required."

The Moverio BT-35E smartglasses come equipped with several new intuitive features, including:

  • Transparent Si-OLED display: Highly transparent Si-OLED HD wearable display gives users a second-screen experience that seamlessly blends digital content into the outside world.
  • HDMI and USB Type-C support: Compatible with popular HDMI 1.4 and USB Type-C output devices, including Android mobile devices.
  • No external power required (USB Type-C): When used with a compatible USB Type-C output device, the interface does not require an external power source.
  • Dual (Binocular) displays: Ideal for stereoscopic 3D content, each lens has its own display in the user’s field of vision.
  • ANSI Z87.1 safety-glass compliant: ANSI certified protective shield allows glasses to be worn in a variety of commercial environments that require safety glasses.
  • HDCP 1.4 support: HDCP 1.4 support for copyright protection enables access to protected content.

Over at the YouTube page hosting the video embedded above, we can see owners of previous Moverio models asking interesting questions.

"Peter7 do it yourself mods" asks: "Hi, can I purchase the interface unit by itself, because I do have Moverio BT-300 already, Thank you in advance".

The person running the Epson Moverio account replied: "The new interface unit will be compatible with the BT-300, however at launch, it will not be sold as a standalone accessory. That said, we appreciate your input and are investigating options."

A question from "Luminous Flux" was: "+1 for Selling the HDMI unit separately for existing BT-300 users to upgrade with. (Bonus points to Epson if you respond with a comment other than the canned response and a 2x bonus multiplier for a particularly creative response!)".

The person running the Epson Moverio account replied: "Challenge accepted. Here's a custom response: Near term, we're in the process of building out an incentive based program where you can earn an HDMI box. Please email us for more details!"

Whether this incentive-based program will be available in Australia is unknown at this stage, but it's good to see that Epson is thinking about selling the HDMI unit as a separate device in the future, even if it's not part of the current launch plan.

Pricing and availability

The Moverio BT-35E smartglasses will be available from mid-October for an RRP of A$1199 with more detail here.

Epson is sending one for review, we'll have more info on what it's like to use after we've had a chance to have a play!

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