Epson BT-200 Glasses Inspire New Apps for Work and Play
Epson first unveiled its Moverio BT-200 smart glasses at CES 2014, and the wearable accessory has gained some healthy app support in just a few months. A variety of Moverio app developers flocked to SXSW 2014, showing off the various business and entertainment benefits of Epson's futuristic goggles.
We spent some time with Apx Labs, a software maker that walked us through some of the enterprise and home automation functions of the BT-200. The company's Skylight platform is centered around fieldwork, allowing you to get crucial workplace information when your hands are occupied with other tasks.
To show this function off, Apx designated a fixed point on the SXSW show floor that was meant to simulate a working windmill. When looking at the object with the BT-200 on, a four-bubble menu popped up to keep a user up-to-date on the status of the windmill and ensure that it was working. An Apx representative then made a video call to the glasses, which showed up in a window that left plenty of room on the display for statistics.
Apx also had a more domestic use case for the BT-200, showing off a simple home automation prototype. During this demo, we used the BT-200 to change the color of a lamp by simply moving our head up and down in accordance with the color spectrum on our lenses. Apx noted that it would like to use this technology to eventually allow lights to turn on and off automatically based on whether or not the user is home.
Imaginary Computer CEO Sean McCracken debuted three new BT-200 apps at the show, including a gesture control program that utilizes Thalmic Labs' Myo armband. This "Minority Report"-inspired application allowed users to grab app icons and images and move them freely within their fields of view.
McCracken has also tapped the BT-200 to allow for second-screen entertainment experiences, so users can watch a TV show while receiving social media updates on the side. Lastly, the developer's "PSYCLOPs" AR game has been updated so that four Moverio users can work together to blast virtual aliens out of the sky.
Epson's Moverio BT-200 goggles launch next month for $699. You can pre-order a pair now on the manufacturer's website.