Epson has launched the third generation of its Moverio smartglasses for Augmented Reality. Available in New Zealand later this year, the Moverio BT-300 features Epson’s
own cutting-edge siliconbased OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology, enabling the device to be the lightest see-through binocular smartglasses on the
market, and setting the new standard for augmented reality smart eyewear. The Moverio BT- 300 is approximately 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, the BT-200.
Epson’s focus on a wide range of commercial and other applications including the potential for using the BT-300 to help fly drones distinguishes the Moverio range from other
smartglasses on the market. The previous BT-200 model is already in wide use in some of Australia’s top education and research organisations including the CSIRO, the University of Western Sydney, Griffith University, Monash University’s Immersive Visualisation Platform and CAVE2 and Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology.
Developed with function at the forefront, the range has proved popular with business customers and independent software vendors (ISVs). Built with a quad core Intel Atom
processor and Android OS 5.1, the BT-300 has significantly increased power to enable it to process 3D heavy content, and maintains up to six hours of battery life. Seeing
and making sense of the user’s environment through a 5-mega-pixel front-facing HD camera and other sensors, the smartglasses render content based on what is seen. As
on previous models, and cautious of privacy standards, the device features an LED to indicate when the camera is recording.
In last month’s magazine the new Crucial BX200 solid state drive was featured. I have been trying a unit out for myself these past couple of months and I have to say I have been impressed. Although those of you with your state-of-the-art tablets will groan, I still have my netbook. It is tough; it has been all over the world in jungles in high humidity, on beaches in hot sunlight and in the cold and snow up the Matterhorn. It does what I want and I know its foibles so I don’t want to part with it. Like me, it was getting older and slower but the BX200 seems to have fixed all that. It even survived getting snatched up at the last minute, stuffed into my back pocket and sat on (and, sadly, I do have an ample butt). All in all, a good solution to extending the life of my netbook.