Epson launches the Moverio transparent head-mounted display
Recently in Japan, Epson showed off its new head-mounted display, the Moverio - billed as world's first transparent video eyewear. Users wearing the Moverio can see images displayed on a background of the real world, which could be particularly useful when using the glasses in public spaces, such as trains or planes.
The Moverio is equipped with two TFT LCD 0.52-inch displays, both running at 960×540 resolution, and a pair of earphones. The device is capable of simulating a maximum 320-inch image as seen from a distance of 20 meters (65.6 ft). MPEG-4/MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video files are supported in both 2D and 3D (side by side). AAC and MP3 audio files can also be played.
Running Android 2.2, the Moverio offers Wi-Fi connectivity, which gives direct access to YouTube and web browsing. There's no Android Market onboard, although some basic apps will be pre-loaded, including a gallery, music player, and web browser.
Along with the eyewear, the Moverio package includes a wired control box with a touchpad that allows users to control the unit's features. It's also equipped with 1GB of built-in memory, a micro SD slot, volume control, 2D/3D toggle button and a headphone out jack. The Moverio also comes with a built-in lithium polymer battery that is good for up to six hours of video playback.
Transparent design and features aside, it's hard to overlook the Moverio's goofy shape, which perhaps makes the unit a dubious rival to the likes of the Vuzix Wrap 1200. The Moverio is aimed at the Japanese market, however, which is sometimes quite surprising given Western standards.
Available in Japan beginning November 25th, the Epson Moverio will be priced at around JPY60,000 (US$772).