Epson’s wearable augmented reality platform smart glasses, Moverio BT-200, are now available to purchase in Australia, costing $849.
CSIRO, University of Western Sydney, Griffith University and Monash University have been using and developing applications for the glasses.
The Moverio BT-200 binocular, transparent smart glasses feature two times the virtual screen size, and can connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well as Android apps certified by the Moverio App Store. Each lens also has its own display in the right field of vision, projected into the users surroundings.
With a front-facing camera and motion tracker, the BT-200 can also deliver large 2D and 3D images.
Griffith University manager of the visualisation lab at the school of ICT, Dr Ruben Gonzalez, said it was looking for a platform to be able to integrate its computer vision research with visualisation research for a variety of students in new application areas.
Monash University current runs the world’s largest Cave2 immersive, ultra-scale visualisation facility.
Cave2 is an 84-million pixel, hybrid 2D – 3D display wall, curved into a cylindrical configuration and is large enough for up to 20 people to explore a 3D scene. Cave2 is used for the visualisation and analysis of large scientific and engineering datasets, as well as immersive environment simulation, collaboration, and arts and humanities applications.
“The intent in working with Moverio BT-200 is to explore ‘augmented virtual reality’ so that different users in the CAVE2 can overlay/see personalised data and or 3D models while viewing a common large dataset,” Monash’s Dr David Barnes, said. “The Moverio BT-200 pass through the 3D effect perfectly. Our strategy will be to get the demo applications running, then implement a simple test in the Cave2 of using Moverio BT-200 to overlay some additional "heads up" information in the Cave2 environment. We are pretty excited about glasses-based display technology as a way to augment the ultra scale immersive environment of the Cave2.”