Google Glass too expensive? Half-price Epson version coming soon

Epson has been making augmented reality glasses for some time, but now they have a new model that gives Google Glass a run for its money.

The Moverio BT-200 improves on the old BT-100 with a less clunky design, but it still can't match the Google's product's sleekness. One of the biggest problems is that the Moverio connects to a smartphone-like controller with a wire, whereas Google Glass connects wirelessly to your phone to run the MyGlass control app. That's not such a big issue when you consider that Epson doesn't expect Moverio users will be walking around town like geeky hipsters. Instead, they see the BT-200 primarily as an augmented reality headset for gamers sitting on a chair in their bedrooms at home.

Unlike Glass which puts the image in the periphery of your vision, the BT-200 can fill your field of view like a giant TV with a virtual screen that appears about four feet in front of you. It also features dual cameras, which allows it to project a 3D image. Built-in Motion sensors mean that the image can be manipulated to follow your direction of view just like the Oculus Rift headset, which should add a lot of realism to first-person shooter type games.

Epson is counting on third party software developers to come up with applications that take advantage of the Moverio's capabilities, but this can turn into a bit of a chicken and egg thing. Hopefully, with VR headsets like the Oculus Rift coming online, it should be a relatively simple step to make a version for the Moverio.

Other pluses include easy drop-in prescription lenses, and a tinted lens so you don't have to squint when you go outside. Most attractive of all however is the $700 price tag, and the fact that it will be available on April 1. (It's not an April Fool's joke. We promise!)

Epson, via Wired Gadget Lab

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