Over the past few weeks, we have been talking about the growing trend of smart-class manufacturers moving their brains to their devices to smartphones, and now a space veteran has joined that movement.
On Wednesday, Epson revealed the Moverio BT-30C, the company's first smart glass that removes a separate control module, and instead uses the smartphone in the pocket to power the portable functionality.
"The Epson Moverio BT-30C Smart Glasses are an excellent accessory for 5G smartphones that utilize high bandwidth to deliver premium quality multimedia," said Hugo Swart, director of Qualcomm XR, in a statement. "Tethering X ] R Viewer for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 5G-enabled smartphone will offer in-depth "big screen" experiences and provide transformative benefits for both consumer and business sectors. "
Although the glasses work more like a heads-up screen rather than as a tool to interact with fully immersed 3D content, portability still provides a wide
With a USB-C connection, portability can now be automatically detected by a smartphone or computer as an HDMI display device, and opens up a series of use cases for everything from looking at short videos, film with functional length, reading documents and in some cases having information about real-time card orientation in front of you.
I got the chance to try the Moverio BT-30C and there a number of good and Not so good things to talk about.
The BT-30C is easy to use at about 95 grams, so it is not necessary to worry about how it can feel during prolonged use (movie viewing, etc.). But like previous Moverio devices, the design is not exactly targeted to ordinary users. And that's a shame because it was smart to use the dynamic smartphone so that the device could lead the way in smart-powered smart glass space.
Instead of offering a bulky, goggle-like feel or a smoothly removable feel Borg-like science nerd look, the BT-30C looks more like a pair of oversized reading glasses, which is not a glance that can most be adopted on the streets and in the cafes in larger cities.
On the upside, when it comes to using the device, dead is easy to start using for most Android smartphone users. Currently, most of the usage cases are about the device simply looking at content while looking at a projected image of what is on the smartphone, so the controls are primarily in your hands.
In addition to the smartphone, the device is delivered with a volume and brightness control connected to the connection cable. That control also comes with ports that support adding a wireless headphone and microphone. But if you are already in the wireless headphone camp, I should note that connecting my Bluetooth Apple AirPods to the Android smartphone was easy while using the BT-30C to listen to the audio component of the content projected by smartglasses.
Among the apps I tried were Hulu, Netflix, Google Maps, email and a gallery app. The device's Si-OLED microdisplay functioned brilliantly and delivered rich, high definition colors, despite the most insignificant transparency, making the BT-30C a very feasible option for enhanced video content.
The device also comes with a smooth shading visor that clamps magnetically on the smart glass (with a satisfactory click), for the moments when you don't need a glance and
For the most part I using the device it is powered by regular smartphone apps, but I also got the chance to try a beta app called the Moverio 180 Viewer (pictured below). ). The app uses the BT-30C's dual 9-axis sensors so you can switch between multiple apps by simply moving the head either up, down, left or right. So, for example, if you commute on a train or plane see a movie, you can constantly check email by just looking to the left and then checking out a real-time image view by looking directly.
The dynamics can also be programmed to show nothing when looking in a certain direction. So, for example, looking down can be programmed to show nothing, allowing you to watch a smartphone screen or a paper document, unlimited by the content projected on the BT-30C. There is no release date for the Moverio 180 Viewer, so at present it serves more as a proof of the concept of inspiring developers to create their own solutions for the BT-30C's dual sensor array.
Aside from being used to view personal content, Epson hopes that the device is embraced by other uses, which presents multiple views of smart glass presentations to a group, and acts as a subtitle / closed caption tool for hearing impaired or those seeking only additional information during theater performances. For those who are used to using Epson smartglasses for drone piloting, bad news, the BT-30C does not support DJI drone control.
In addition to using your Android smartphone (without iOS compatibility right now) as its brain, Moverio is The BT-30C is also much cheaper than previous Moverio models at just $ 499. Will the lower pricing and smartphone compatibility enable these prisoners visualized in Epson's well-produced BT-30C photo spreading? It is for the public to decide.
But if the public's fine reaction to more common, common uses such as Spectacles is any clue, the bar is to get people to wear something on their face much higher than for something like a smartwatch. And while the functions may be different, it is style in addition to function which is the same challenge as potential competitors Nreal Light and North & # 39; s Focals face.
If the public is ready for Epson's latest look, we will soon know, because the Moverio BT-30C is slated for sale in June.