It seems like Google Glass has got another competitor in the form of Moverio BT-100. The second generation of Moverio smart glasses which was unveiled by Epson America at the 2014 International CES is going to prove to be a tough competition for Google. A set of new features have been incorporated in these glasses which will change the experience of the consumers in terms of gaming and video entertainment. Let us check out what Moverio BT-100 has got to offer to its users.
Advantage over Google Glass
The interface in Google Glass is visible only through one eye. Moreover, to navigate through the device, users need to tap their finger alongside the Glass or use their voice. But, the Moverio BT-100, which has been enhanced by the APX Labs do not require any hand movement to navigate through the device. This is one of the greatest advantages of these smart glasses over Google Glass. All you need to do is tilt your head and you can move through a virtual wall of YouTube videos. This is possible with the help of the Northstar user interface of APX Labs.
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When you move your head to your right or left, you can navigate through the videos. If you want to watch any video, you have to look up or down at the video, so that you can highlight it. Once highlighted, the video will start playing. You can rewind or fast forward any video by turning your head left or right respectively.
While Google Glass is for consumers, the second generation Moverio glasses are targeted for commercial use and for developers.
Specifications of the Moverio BT-100
- A pair of transparent lenses is there through which 3D AR content is seen. This will give the users a feel that they are viewing a ‘floating’ 80-inch display.
- On-board Wi-Fi connectivity is there.
- It is attached to a mini touchpad which is Android based.
- There is a microSD card slot through which users can side load content.
- These glasses have been updated with a microphone, a 5-megapixel camera.
- Motion sensors like a magnetometer, an accelerometer and a gyroscope have been added in the BT-100.
- The updated features are put together in a white box above the lens of the Moverio glasses.
- It is priced at $700.
The additions that have been made in Moverio BT-100 have made the glasses a bit broad. Both APX Labs and Epson have the intention of working on these features so that they can be added in the frames of the glasses, thereby making them look slicker over time.
With its hands free navigation, it can be hoped that Epson brings these glasses soon for consumer use as well.
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