Epson and Apx Labs demo antiGlass headset at Google IO

first_imgWhile Google Glass has taken over the conversation in the wearable computing market, it’s far from the only game in town. Epson’s Moverio BT-100 wearable display is available today, it’s 3D-capable, and it sells for about $400, making it very much the Anti-Glass. What’s interesting is that it’s here at Google I/O and, thanks to Apx Labs, it’s been modified into something that’s far better then Epson’s current product.The Moverio BT-100, which we’ve covered in the past, is not quite a Google Glass competitor. Its dual prism design allows for 3D viewing, it doesn’t have a camera or sensors, and it relies on a host device, so it’s a wearable display, not a face computer. The BT-100 runs software made by a company called Apx Labs who have gotten a stock unit and then hacked it into what is truly a next-gen wearable display.Apx’s BT-100 prototype, as seen in the image above, adds on HDMI, a 9-axis sensor, a microphone, and a 5MP camera. These additions transform the BT-100 into a much more capable device — not something Apx plans to sell, but something they’ll use as a example of just what can be done with their software platform and some good wearable display hardware. By focusing on a product like the BT-100, Apx can get test units on-demand for a few hundred dollars, where a representative told us specialized products cost in the range of of $25,000 and can take up to 6 months to be built.The Google I/O demo of the prototype, not surprisingly uses the Nexus 10 tablet as a host device and tapped into the YouTube API for content. After putting the (rather heavy) hacked BT-100 on my face I was able to scan through a modified YouTube screen using the direction of my head for controls. Looking up selected a video at the top, looking down picked one at the bottom, and looking to the side scrolled. While playing a video tilting my head triggered fast-forward/rewind, looking up paused, and tapping the motion sensor module twice took me back to the main menu.Apx made it clear that this was just a demo showing what developers could do with their platform. They are focused on enterprises and commercial sales, with the thinking being that specialized workers who need real-time data but don’t work at a desk could benefit greatly from smart glasses like these. Ideal candidates would be people working in inventory management, healthcare, and field repair.Apx’s platform is called Skylight and it’s currently in beta. The public release in planned for August. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Moverio conceptMoverio conceptCyborg Sal wearing MoverioMoverio Concept 1Moverio Concept frontMoverio Concept 2Moverio Concept BackEpson Moverio OriginalMoverio backDual Lens ARMoverio frontMoverio and ControllerMoverio with controllerOriginal MoverioSal in the FutureController for MoverioMoverio ControllerCyborg Sal wearing Moveriolast_img read more

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