Epson Moverio – yep, they’ve gone and made Android-powered glasses

Right then, there was a rumour going round a while ago (that I did a blog post about), saying that Google were planning on developing Android-powered glasses. Well, they haven’t done that, yet, but it turns that Epson has. Here, have a look…

Granted, this beastie, called the Moverio, seem to be a bit less advanced than what Google are rumoured to be planning, since it uses an auxiliary remote unit (attached with a wire like the old Ferguson Videostar from my childhood) instead of head movements, to control the interface. So, super-advanced and brilliant, right? Weeeeeeeell, let’s examine that claim… 

The Moverio has an internal, qHD resolution screen, but the simple fact that it’s up so close to your eyes means that it’ll have an apparent size of over 8 inches. That’s big. That’s bigger than the HTC One X. That’s bigger even than the utterly vast Samsung Galaxy Note. Hell, let’s be honest, that’s tablet-sized, that is. However, it’s a qHD screen, and the actual, physical screen size is, well, tiny. So, the number of dots per inch is going to be rather low.

That basically translates, in my mind, as “grainy as all hell”.

I’m not entirely convinced that the Moverio’s going to be that user-friendly, either, since you’re going to have to try and look through the screen, to see what you’re doing on the touchpad remote control.

So, intriguing idea, but I’m not sure about the execution. I guess we’ll see how this one pans out…

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It's a little known fact Technical Markus has now beaten both his Transformers addiction AND his Mass Effect addiction, by replacing both with an equally obsessive addiction to XCOM: Enemy Unknown and buying Humble Bundles for his Android phone. At the moment, he's pondering the actual usefulness of smartwatches and smart glasses, even if the nerd in him is shouting for joy at how sci-fi they are. He spends his spare time being whinged at to figure out what's wrong with other people's mobile phones, and drinking unimaginable quantities of tea. With milk. And three sweeteners, thanks for asking. Oh, and he's got an HTC One X, but he reckons his next phone might be a Sony, the turncoat...