They may be better known for printers, but tech giant Epson continues to grow innovation in the arena of Smart/VR glasses — and that’s a win for drone users.
On Wednesday, the company announced the launch of Moverio BT-35E Smart Glasses, a device a company spokesperson says, “seamlessly blends digital content into the real world.”
The new model expands application for commercial and recreational drone users – especially in the realm of FPV flight. The glasses feature an interface unit with HDMI and USB Type-C ports to connect to popular output devices.
Epson technical product manager Leon Laroue explains:
“Prior to the new Moverio BT-35E Smart Glasses, Moverio products have been standalone, and have included an Android based controller unit. Developed from customer insights, the Moverio BT-35E Smart Glasses represents Epson’s first smart glasses that provide users with wider access to content that they want on a wearable display through existing output devices.”
- Transparent Si-OLED display: Highly transparent Si-OLED HD wearable display gives users a second-screen experience that seamlessly blends digital content into the outside world
- HDMI and USB Type-C Support: Compatible with popular HDMI 1.4 and USB Type-C output devices, including Android mobile devices 
- When used with a compatible USB Type-C output device, the interface does not require an external power source
- Dual (Binocular) Displays: Ideal for stereoscopic 3D content, each lens has its own display in the user’s field of vision
- ANSI Z87.1 Safety-Glass Compliant: ANSI certified protective shield allows glasses to be worn in a variety of commercial environments that require safety glasses
- HDCP 1.4 Support: HDCP 1.4 support for copyright protection enables access to protected content
Launched in 2017, the Moverio line is the result of a partnership between Epson and DJI.
As Moverio product manager Michael Levya explained in a previous DRONELIFE article:
“What’s different with glasses than with a phone or tablet? Your head is always up. When you are looking for a lot of information, you don’t want to be confined to a small screen. With the sky as your screen, you are getting a lot more data in front of you – so you can get to that decision immediately.”
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