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.
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:
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