Look, play, fly: augmented reality glasses from Epson
What is it like
Google is considered to be a pioneer in the field of transparent augmented reality devices, some time ago, for the first time, it announced the headset for Google Glass smartphones. At the announcement stage, the device attracted considerable interest, but at the moment it has not reached the level of mass production. At the same time, Glass in essence is neither a smartphone, nor glasses, and also allows you to project an image in front of only one eye of the user. In general, the idea is interesting, but the company has not yet succeeded in bringing it to life.
This is not the case with Epson, which presented to users from all over the world the third (!) Version of its Moverio BT-300 augmented reality binocular video glasses. They are called binocular because, unlike Glass, the device displays a picture for two eyes at the same time and resembles ordinary optical glasses. And “augmented reality” is attributed because the glasses are transparent, which allows you to “project” virtual elements on top of the surrounding space.
In this case, the glasses are designed in such a way that only the person who put on the glasses sees the image. This guarantees complete privacy viewing of any content.
The glasses themselves and the control panel from them are connected by a wire. The control panel is another “feature” of the device, because it is thanks to it that the glasses themselves are probably the lightest in their class today and only weigh 69 grams on the nose, so they can be worn tirelessly as much as you like.
The device is controlled by Android OS, it is based on a platform with a quad-core Intel Atom processor with a frequency of 1.44 GHz, with 2 GB of onboard RAM and 16 GB of storage space for files (with the possibility of expanding the space by installing MicroSD memory cards). There is also a built-in camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels and a complete set of a variety of sensors, from the accelerometer to the compass and gyroscope.
Such a device can be useful in a variety of areas of life and business.
In the field of training, augmented reality allows you to place virtual elements directly "in the room", making the learning process more visual and interesting.
And for the average user, the device will allow you to play both regular and 3D games based on the use of augmented reality, watch movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere.
Find for the pilot
But the glasses have another very interesting, albeit more specialized, purpose. They can be used as the so-called “FPV” display for controlling the quadrocopter! Due to the fact that the glasses themselves are transparent, this allows not only to see the picture from the camera mounted on the quadrocopter, but also not to lose sight of the aircraft itself, because the glasses are transparent.
At one time, Epson and the manufacturer of some of the most famous and technologically advanced quadcopters DJI entered into a partnership agreement, so Epson promises that the companies have done everything possible to make the union of the two types of devices as harmonious as possible.
Thanks to this, the video stream from the quadrocopter’s camera and the basic statistics about the flight are displayed on the points displays through the DJI proprietary application running on BT-300 video glasses. This solution, among other things, significantly improves the safety of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) flights.
At an event dedicated to video goggles, Epson demonstrated how the quadrocopter control process will look both from the side and from the pilot's point of view (flight starts at 2:30):
As the saying goes, "it’s better to see once than hear a hundred times." Therefore, Epson invites everyone to personally test video glasses in their showrooms.
Who knows, maybe in the future it is the Moverio BT-300 that will set a new wave of popularity for FPV piloting and become the favorite of modellers from all over the world? .. Time will tell!
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