Epson might be known for its printers, but as of today it has joined the club of companies selling a pair of smart glasses. The company is now accepting orders for its Moverio BT-200 glasses, which retail for $700.
The glasses, which are better suited to business applications than individuals, project a screen in front of the wearer’s eyes that Epson said is equivalent to an 80-inch TV. Virtual images can be displayed among the real objects in the wearer’s field of view.
The glasses contain a front-facing camera that can capture photos and video as well as sensors that track head movement. The new model is 60 percent lighter than the first generation model, according to Epson. It’s not nearly as polished-looking as Google Glass, but it is somewhat slim and relatively in line with the size of other emerging augmented reality options.
Instead of allowing wearers to interact with virtual images via voice or hand gestures, the glasses rely on a trackpad the size of a deck of cards. The trackpad contains additional sensors and a surface that users can move their finger across to select items in their vision. It’s a big departure from the hand tracking augmented reality startups like Meta and Atheer are pursuing, but it will likely make the glasses more immediately accessible to the generations of people who have become very familiar with touch mobile phones.