Epson unveils its next generation of Moverio Augmented Reality Smart Glasses

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March 4, 2021 – Epson, a global provider of imaging and projection technology, has this week announced the Moverio BT-40 and BT-40S, a new generation of Moverio augmented reality (AR) smart glasses designed to deliver a high-quality AR viewing experience.

The company stated that its new Moverio solutions, which are powered by Epson Si-OLED technology, offer users a number of advances including a wider field of view (FoV), full HD 1080p display resolution, high contrast, improved connectivity, and a more comfortable, adjustable and easy-to-wear design.

Remi Del Mar, Senior Product Manager, Digital Experiences, Augmented Reality and Commercial Display Solutions at Epson America, Inc., commented: “These new Moverio models bring advanced image quality in a binocular display with improved comfort and wearability to the rapidly increasing markets where we are seeing AR adoption grow, including industrial field service and front-line applications such as remote assistance and accessibility usage scenarios. As a pioneer in this space, we look forward to seeing how these new smart glasses are implemented by customers.”

With a 34° Field-of-View at a comfortable position for the eyes, the Moverio BT-40 and BT-40S deliver a heads-up, hands-free experience with higher resolution equivalent to viewing a 120″ screen from a distance of 15 ft, according to the company. Epson also noted that an up to 500,000:1 contrast ratio allows unused display space to appear transparent, and the binocular design offers a see-through Si-OLED display. Additionally, the new headset design features advanced weight distribution and optional nose pads that help to improve comfort and an improved aesthetic design offers a glasses-style form factor and optional dark shades. 

Equipped with USB Type-C connectivity for a range of compatible smartphones, tablets and computers, the Moverio BT-40 smart glasses offer a plug-and-play solution that can also be managed with the free Moverio Link app. With a large, high-resolution second display only viewable by the wearer, the Moverio BT-40 is also suited for business users working from home, at the office and public spaces, where privacy and comfort are essential.

Above: The BT-40S with Intelligent Controller.

The Moverio BT-40S also includes the option of an ‘Intelligent Controller’ running Android 9.0 that supports Google Mobile Services (GMS) for custom software integration. Features of the controller include:

  • Integrated touchscreen;
  • Customized user interfaces;
  • Expandable memory up to 2TB;
  • IPx2 rating for durability;
  • Google Play compatibility;
  • High-performance rechargeable battery that provides up to five hours usage;
  • 13-megapixel AF camera;
  • Noise cancelling microphone and audio jack; and
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, compass, accelerometer, gyroscope, flashlight.

Epson stated that the controller has been tailor-made for a range of commercial applications in mind. 

The Moverio BT-40 and BT-40S smart glasses are available for pre-order and will be available on Amazon and through Epson’s distribution in Q2 2021 for USD $579 and USD $999 MSRP, respectively. For more information on Epson’s Moverio augmented reality technology solutions, please visit the company’s website.

Image credit: Epson

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