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Augmented reality glasses may find competition from Epson

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Epson Augmented Reality Glasses

AR eyewear gaining more attention from consumers

In the world of technology, augmented reality glasses are becoming a big deal. These glasses are not a new concept; many technology companies have worked to develop such products in the past, though consumers had shown only mild interest. It was not until Google unveiled its ambitious Project Glass initiative that augmented reality glasses truly began receiving a great deal of mainstream attention from consumers. Google is expected to face strong competition in the market, but its most formidable opponent may be Japanese technology giant Epson.

Epson reveals Moverio BT-100 glasses

Epson has taken the concept of wearable electronics and put a new twist on it. The company recently unveiled the Moverio BT-100, Andorid-powered glasses that combine 3D-technology with a myriad of other features. Epson’s glasses do not feature augmented reality, but are capable of providing wearers with 3D digital images. The glasses feature two, high-definition screens that allow consumers to view transparent digital images in gratuitous detail. The glasses will be able to access image galleries, music applications, videos from YouTube and Vimeo, and allow wearers to surf the Internet. This is all done through the use of a simple controller.

Glasses combine Android Platform 2.2 with Flash 11

The Moverio glasses may not be as sleek looking as Google’s Project Glass, but Epson’s product is packed full of powerful technology. Epson is making use of the Android Platform 2.2 and Flash 11 in order to provide consumers with a high quality visual experience. The glasses’ ability to connect to the Internet and stream video from popular websites is also expected to win favor with consumers, especially those who enjoy a constant connection to the online world.

Though costly, Epson believes Moverio BT-100 glasses will be able to compete with Project Glass

The Moverio BT-100 glasses are not cheap – they cost $699. The price is high, but within the same price range that Google’s Project Glass is expected to inhabit. Consumers have shown great interest in augmented reality and high tech eyewear, but whether they will purchase products that incorporate the two has yet to be seen. Epson believes that the Moverio BT-100 glasses will be a success with consumers, but only time will tell for certain.

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