Google’s Glasses may not have been the success the search giant had hoped for, but the next generation of augmented reality tech may come from a company more known for printers.
Over the past few years, Epson — maker of printers and projectors — has reportedly been finessing a technology that could change the way we view the world.
Not just figuratively, but literally.
Called the “Moverio”, they are essentially an evolution in augmented reality, that is a computer-assisted representation of the world as applied through a pair of glasses.
Almost as if you were a computer or had one embedded in that skull of yours, augmented reality transposes information through what you see allowing to get more information at once.
In many ways, augmented reality or “AR” is the embodiment of a world going digital, where instead of needing to check our phones or even our smartwatches for information, augmented reality glasses like Epson’s Moverio are about delivering this information to your eyes as you walk, as you move, and as you traverse the physical world.
This week, Epson has announced an update to the platform that aims to make them faster, lighter, and better than the previous two generations, and for the first time, they should even make their way out to regular people, though that won’t happen for a while yet.
The new generation is the third version, now called the Moverio BT-300, and these will rely on an OLED screen based technology devised by Epson, allowing the glasses to be what Epson calls the “lightest see-through binocular smartglasses” currently available on the market, decreasing weight by a good 20 percent from the original.
There’s also some improvements in the specs, with an Intel Atom quad-core chip going inside to make things faster and a better resolution display jumping up from quarter-HD’s 960×540 to a more relevant High Definition (HD) 720p with 1280×720.
Wireless and Bluetooth has also been upgraded to faster versions of the same, and there’s still a processing unit needed for this, running Android 5.1 making it fairly up to date, even if it’s not the Android 6.0 “Marshmallow” that is getting rolled out gradually to all Android devices.
But the specs that let you run the apps for the Moverio glasses isn’t the pivotal part here.
Rather, it’s the glasses and their ability to transpose information in real time over what you see, allowing the wearer to take in more information at once.