Test: Epson Moverio BT-200

So it will all look like in the future according to Epson.

So it will all look like in the future according to Epson. Or maybe not exactly like this, but Moverio is a step towards a new type of mobile use, and we’ve got to see what the future has to offer.

Moverio BT-200 is no product we will test in the context of the normal testmallar. Anyone can certainly purchase from Androidbrillorna, but not through normal dealer but only by Epson themselves. They think that the BT-200 to operate as a kind of easily accessible development file for developing apps to get started and for that there should be a strong apputbud when the more consumer-friendly versions are released.

BT-200 is actually the second generation from Epson. This time they’ve got everything that they consider necessary in this type of gadgets, such as camera on my glasses, gyro and accelerometer built in, and the like. Of course, they are aware that my glasses in and of itself is not something you go around with on the town because of how they look. But they see developing in front of them and expects the generation four will be something more suitable for normal use.

But to try to take it all from the beginning, what in the Hälsingland is this for something? Well, Epson Moverio BT-200 is, functionally, roughly the same as a tablet with Android. It has no funktionalitat phone, unless you call via Skype or similar online services, but it is a wifi or Bluetooth tethering. The device itself will never win any prizes for performance, and it is extremely doubtful if it will ever be upgraded to something fresher than Android 4.0.4.Because it is such an odd device, it was apparently not the whole way with certifications in Google either, which means that Googleappar like Chrome, Youtube, Gmail, and Google in particular might Play is missing, something they hope to fix for the next version of the device. Instead, you find the apk files, apps and sign up as a developer to get access to the ability to install apps via SD card or by the Android Development Kit on your PC, and since it seems most involve little common bonnflyt for the app to install at all. In short, not the most consumer-friendly and it is not the idea, either.

The “mobile” in this context is something that looks like a big and bulky phone, but instead of the screen, you have a larger touch pad to control a mouse pointer in the Android interface. The box also contains the battery and other hardware to make the glasses slightly less. From socket then a pretty hefty cord up to the glasses and half way there is a headphone jack.

The interface itself, you see first when you wear the oversized my glasses, then two small projectors projecting the image out to each glass. It makes you see all the Android interface in front of you, but also what actually happens in front of you. That said, there is also a camera mounted on the glasses to take pictures, but mainly in order to work with the augmented reality features which is kind of the main track here, but more about it late. With a screen that is the equivalent of transparent, it is of course a lot about the environment for you to see anything at all on the screen (which is the equivalent of eighty inches at five metres according to Epson). A white wall works pretty good, a window in the back light not at all. In front of projiceringsyta, however, you can stop at two different filters. A filter looks like a pair of sunglasses and suppresses ambient light to give better contrast (or see anything at all in a lit room) and the second filter is even more muffled, verging on sound, and should be used for video display. If you wear glasses already comes Epson’s glasses that do not remain on your nose, but only fall off unless you are holding them. As a solution to the sending Epson with the additional bet consisting of an empty eyeglass frame that is placed in front of the screen. Join it to your optician and ask them to poke into suitable glass for your Visual defects (against their usual fee, of course) and also we with worse eyesight can use my glasses without having to locate the contact lenses.

Speaking of video viewing has Epson made use of the fact that it projected an image per eye, through a conversion button you can activate the 3D mode. For video viewing, it actually works really well, even if it is not the main purpose here.

But what is its main purpose? To go around with a screen on the nose that shows the whole Androidsystemet is hardly ideal, it has well Google Glass tried to teach us the correct time now? And although the basic version is Android’s own interface, it is not what Epson imagines will be connected-glasses are used. Instead, it is a question that said a lot about augmented reality, augmented reality, as we have seen a lot of tests on over the years. But instead of that you should go with your own phone tucked up in front of the grass snake to see something you benefit from that screen sits on your nose already. Epson has developed some sample apps where you through image recognition and device camera can look at a picture of a wheel or a pair of shoes can make up a 3D model of them and thus be able to see them from all angles. Another example are the games that are preinstalled, where the sensors in your device understands where you’re looking, and if you go, making the first-person shooter gets a lot more feeling rich.

The big thing that makes Epson imagines that this is what we will all walk around with in the future (when they look a little more like regular glasses) are apps like Wikitude.

By having sensors that know how to have the head, if you move around and through the GPS knows exactly where you are, the whole world could be reinforced by what smart phones can give us. In front of you, you’ll see a rendered line to the location you’re trying to go. Around you, you see all the time the name of the street you are on, any speed rules, how far you have left, and so on. Are you looking at any building on the road where the equivalent Death up and learn what it is. Once inside a store, you can see what the widgets you want is available, where the cost and, of course, fully functional 3D models of them so you know if they fit your purpose.

It is there that the BT-200 comes in as a first step. For though my glasses itself is big and clumsy and the least limited in functionality compared to normal Android devices is an entry-level model for what is to come. There is still a long way to go, but this is a first step on the road even if the most laugh out of people in our neighborhood. Epson themselves hoping to cut down on the size of the need for eyewear while the sladdkopplade dose reduces to the next generation. Where they talk about more kinds of cameras, such as infrared cameras, to allow you to control the device with hand movements above the glasses instead of with a mouse pointer. Forward generation four, really much have happened and they should at least according to the current plan, be it going out more against consumers, but exactly how far away in time, it is a little unclear. The point of the BT-200 is to show that it actually goes, a little like a sellable proof of concept, and to be able to attract developers who want to make a reality of the vision now to Epson then should have a broad base of apps ready when the actual launch takes place.