A head-mount display (HDM) product that allows users to enjoy movies while still being able to see their surroundings was recently released.
On July 11, Epson Korea (Motoshi Suzuki, president) held a press conference at the Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel where it presented, for the first time ever, the private see-through theater Moverio BT-100. There have been other products, wearable like glasses, that allow users to enjoy videos through their lenses, but users could see only the videos and not the real surrounding world at the same time.
The new product features a headset with microprojection technology. Moverio allows users to privately view video, experience side-by-side 3D content, play games, and enjoy content on a floating see-through display projected into their environment. No matter where you are, if you are traveling on a plane or train or out at the park or beach, you can comfortably enjoy movies. And when you are doing a presentation, you can interact with the audience while simultaneously reviewing information for the presentation.
Moverio has a 0.52 inch screen that can be adjusted to fit into your field of vision. If you are looking five meters ahead, the screen will be appear to be 80 inches diagonally, and if you’re looking 20 meters ahead, the screen will appear to measure 320 inches. In addition, the product is Wi-Fi compatible, so you can stream movies from sites like YouTube.
Moverio includes a glasses-shaped head mount display and a controller with a lithium-ion polymer battery, which allows users to watch videos for up to six hours. The earphone is connected to the head mount display, and Dolby mobile surround-sound with an 18-equalizer effect is supported.
Seo Chi Hyun, Epson Korea’s director, says, “The new product has intensive beam projector technology, which is meaningful because it suggests where the projector technology may go in the future. I hope the new product will be the first of many new head-mount products.”