Last Updated: August 1st, 2012

Epson announced today that the Moverio BT-100, the first Android-powered see-through wearable display, is now available from the Epson store.

While Epson's Moverio glasses aren't exactly the fabled augmented reality spectacles Google is said to be working on, they are at least an interesting entry into the wearable display market, utilizing a wired, Froyo-powered track pad controller and micro-projection technology to put a perceived 80" display over whatever you're looking at. The interesting thing is that the virtual display is ever so slightly translucent, meaning it won't totally block your vision.

The glasses also support side-by-side 3D imaging, have Wi-Fi connectivity, and a microSD slot preloaded with a 4GB card, expandable all the way to 32GB. As for sound, the device includes detachable earphones, or supports your own headphones, delivering Dolby Mobile surround sound.

Epson also seems to be heavily encouraging developer involvement with the Moverio glasses, setting up the Epson Moverio Developer Program, which will offer free development tools, program updates, and announcements.

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Taking some hands-on time with the Moverio BT-100, Artem got some more detailed shots of the device, which offer a more realistic picture of what users can expect out of the box:

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While there's a certain feeling of futuristic awesomeness associated with wearable interactive displays, Epson's Moverio glasses definitely don't seem very practical for everyday use, and frankly I am struggling to come up with a situation in which these may be a great device to have at hand. Another factor to consider is their price. In Epson's web store, the glasses go for a cold $699, which may be a bit much for a technology that may or may not be ready for prime time. 

That being said, those interested in the glasses should check out the Epson PR linked below, and the glasses' listing at Epson's web store.

Source: Epson PR

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Greg

    Taking porn to the next level! hahaa :P

    • http://blog.cmsjr123.com craig simpson

      That's a funny comment. I'm sure people will do that lol

  • GraveUypo

    i'd buy it if i had the money laying around.
    that or the galaxy beam.

  • Sorian

    Since it is always connected to the controller, this does limit how much you can do with it. Now, if you could attach a VGA, RCA, microHDMI, and/or HDMI so it can be used with more devices....

    • http://www.liamspradl.in Liam Spradlin

      The controller is a sticking point for me as well. I understand that the glasses themselves are just a display, and the Android interface is held within the controller, but it might be cool if the glasses could be controlled from a phone app. I guess we'll have to wait and see what Google is (or isn't) cooking up.

  • shenzhenstuff
  • Frank Walker

    "At this time lancotek does not accept credit cards..." There goes my perception of quality and dependability.