Epson's new augmented reality glasses can plug into your phone
Epson has a new pair of augmented reality glasses on the market — and while they're not meant for everyday wear, they're still supposed to be more convenient than their predecessors.
Epson has a new pair of augmented reality glasses on the market — and while they're not meant for everyday wear, they're still supposed to be more convenient than their predecessors. The Moverio BT-30C glasses connect to an Android smartphone or a Windows PC over USB-C, unlike earlier Epson Moverio products, which plugged into a custom Android controller box. They cost $499, and they'll ship in June of this year.

Moverio is a relatively old augmented reality brand; its BT-100 glasses launched in 2011, before Google Glass or the Microsoft HoloLens. The BT-30C glasses couldn't pass for normal eyewear — they're chunky and still heavy at 95 grams. They also aren't as technically sophisticated as the HoloLens or Magic Leap One, which project semi-realistic images into real space. The glasses essentially pin screens in mid-air and let you control them with a phone.

In my brief demo, however, they perform this task well. I got a sharp, bright image, albeit with the field-of-view restrictions I'm used to finding in AR headsets. (The glasses feature a 23-degree FOV, which is small even by those standards.) The BT-30C also seems to feature better fit options for small heads than Epson's old glasses, which slipped straight off my face.

And they're not just projecting a single app. You can load three apps on three different screens, switching between them by turning your head — so you could put a web browser on one side, watch Hulu on the other, and... load a spreadsheet on the third, maybe? Look, this isn't a product I'll be buying any time soon. And Epson is prepared for that reaction.
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