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Epson Reveals its New AR Glasses, Moverio BT-300

As with last year, the 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC) event in Barcelona, Spain has kicked off with a decidedly big push for virtual reality (VR) technology. HTC returned to the show that it used to reveal the HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD) in 2015 with news of the $799 USD price tag and more, while Samsung made the Gear VR mobile-based HMD a big part of its reveal of the Galaxy S7 smartphone. But it’s not just about VR; there’s also some augmented reality (AR) involved. To that end, Epson has today announced its latest AR glasses.

The company has introduced the Moverio BT-300, which now represents the third generation of its Moverio glasses. The see-through HMD features a silicon-based OLED digital display that’s designed to be light with increased performance for the see-through overlay. The kit houses a quad core Intel Atom processor and utilises Android 5.1 to render 3D content with six hours of battery life.  There’s also a 5 mega pixel front-facing HD camera. A video taking a look at the device can currently be seen below.

“Moverio is distinct from other smart glasses on the market where form often supersedes function, to the detriment of the product’s usability,” Moverio General Manager Atsunari Tsuda said of the news. “Every design decision we make is driven by consideration for the product’s ultimate usage scenarios and our Si-OLED technology opens a new world for us in binocular see-though smart eyewear development.  With OLED we can take advantage of reductions in power usage and weight, and improvements in response times, HD resolution, brightness and contrast. By choosing silicon rather than glass for our base wafer we achieve an even more precise pixel display.”

The Moverio BT-300 is set to go on sale in October 2016 for around 800 EUR. Stay tuned to VRFocus for the latest updates on HMD tech.

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