On March 16, the Japanese company Epson introduced in Moscow the third generation of Epson Moverio video glasses - the BT-300 model. The gadget supports a variety of augmented reality applications, but the manufacturer relies on the improved quadcopter control interface, which is able to provide points for the pilot. Moverio BT-300 demonstrated its new capabilities using the example of a drone from DJI, a strategic partner of Epson.
Moverio BT-300 and DJI GO glassesEpson started creating Moverio video points about 5 years ago: the Moverio BT-100, then the BT-200 and even the BT-2000 were the first to be born. A qualitatively new stage in the life of this curious, but not too well-known to the mass consumer, development began in the fall of 2016, when it announced cooperation with DJI , the leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, drones).
The result of collaboration was the DJI GO application , optimized to work with the latest Moverio BT-300.
What is the Moverio BT-300?Epson Moverio BT-300 - the lightest in the world (at the moment) binocular transparent augmented reality video glasses with OLED displays. They work on the Android 5.1 operating system (with the possibility of updating), combining Si-OLED technology and Android OS 5.1.
Unlike the popular VR glasses, which completely close their eyes and broadcast their picture, the BT-300 resembles ordinary glasses as much as possible: a thin frame, transparent rectangular glasses. This design allows you to complement the visible reality with various effects.
Of course, we, ordinary journalists, were not given a drone to test the program, but they showed the basic principles of the gadget using a simpler example. You put on glasses: the program’s desktop “hangs” above a completely existing table, where, using the manual “pedal” of control, you select the desired program as directed by the consultant. It works simply and clearly, like a graphic tablet for fingers.
After opening the program, you take up pictures of animals in your hands, and right on top of the sheet you see 3D animation on the topic. The images are bright, clear, although somewhat “plasticine”, but this is a matter of rendering. The principle of operation is clear. The only thing, the Moverio BT-300 does not have the usual arches, so the design strives to get off the head all the time. You also have to make sure that the hair does not cover the sensors, otherwise it will not work.
- Si-OLED display;
- Resolution HD Ready 720 p;
- front camera with a resolution of 5 megapixels;
- contrast ratio 100,000: 1;
- a quad-core Intel Atom processor with a frequency of 1.44 GHz;
- 2 GB of RAM;
- 16 GB of internal memory + the ability to install memory cards up to 32 GB;
- high-quality sound Dolby Digital Plus;
- battery life - up to 6 hours;
- perceived image size: 40 inches from 2.5 m - 320 inches from 20 m.
- OS - Android 5.1;
- light sensor, compass, GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, microphone;
- Connection - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Wi-Fi Miracast.
How it works?So far, the most promising and sought-after niche for using the Moverio BT-300 is piloting drones. To get started, you need to download the DJI Go application from the Moverio App Market and install it on the glasses and, having launched, follow the prompts on the glasses screen (there is no Russified version yet).
Thanks to transparent displays, the user simultaneously sees the image from the drone’s camera and can directly observe the flight of the drone itself. Of course, you need to get used to such a perception, but the pilots themselves say that this is a comfortable solution for work that meets the European requirements of aviation agencies for unmanned aerial vehicles, in particular, the principle according to which UAVs must remain within the pilot's direct visibility.
The DJI GO app is compatible with the DJI drones of the Phantom, Inspire, Matrice and Mavic series, as well as the DJI Osmo system.
Demand for high-quality aerial photography is growing rapidly. According to experts of the J'son & Partners Consulting research agency, the Russian UAV market in 2016 will be $ 147 million with a growth potential of up to $ 224 million by 2020. Espon Moverio BT-300 video glasses take the drone control process to a whole new level: the translucent optical system of video glasses allows the pilot to simultaneously take pictures from the drone’s camera without losing the drone’s visibility. In addition, this is the first such solution available to users of the mass market.
Yuri Artyukh, wearable device manager, Moscow office of Epson Europe
In addition to improving the safety of UAV piloting, the comprehensive video and drone solution provides users with a new tool for working with augmented reality in such areas as construction, agriculture, emergency rescue services, environmental protection, scientific research, cinema and many others.
Other formats of work with augmented reality in these glasses so far look like a beautiful utopian picture from entertaining videos about future technologies. But work with drones was shown clearly and quite intelligibly. The idea is not bad, but it risks remaining a niche specialized product.