Epson Releases Moverio BT-100 Android-Powered Glasses

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A couple times over the past few months, we’ve heard rumblings about a special project Google was working on, one that would produce an Android unlike any we’re familiar with. Supposedly, the company was attempting to create a wearable Android system built-in to a pair of glasses. It sounded a bit out there, or like the kind of thing Google might turn into a prototype but never develop for commercial release, but we kept the rumor in our mind. There’s still no word if Google will ultimately come out with a system like this, but we now know for sure that Epson is, as the company today announced a pair of Android-powered glasses of its own.

The Epson Moverio BT-100 combines a glasses-based display with a wired, hand-held controller, providing a large touchpad interface for input. The glasses themselves contain a qHD screen, which when it’s right up by your eyes is supposed to seem like it’s eighty inches large. Just as we’d hope from a pair of Android glasses, the BT-100 supports playback of 3D content.

Epson’s very light on providing technical specs on the BT-100, so we’re largely in the dark when it comes to things like processor speed and memory. We know there’s 1GB of on-board flash, and that the glasses come with a 4GB microSD card. Software-wise, look for Froyo with a customized Epson UI on top.

The Moverio BT-100 is definitely an unusual piece of hardware, and while we don’t expect Android-powered glasses to replace our smartphones anytime soon, it’s a neat idea that we haven’t heard the last of. If you’re curious to try it out, you can pick up a pair of Epson’s new glasses yourself for just about $700.

Source: Epson

Via: Android Central

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