Hands-on review of the Epson Moverio BT-100 transparent multimedia glasses
You can then scroll through the various options available to you, for example the Gallery and then you can view your content. You can also access various online content, as long as you are connected to a wireless connection.
And this is what the glasses look like when you are wearing them.
Ok, so I really liked the idea of being able to view my digital media content but also be able to see what was around me. For example, if I was on a plane and watching a movie, it would be useful to still be able to see my surroundings.
I certainly wouldn’t recommend walking around with them on whilst watching something. Firstly this would be very dangerous, and secondly you would actually look a bit silly!
Seeing “the outside world” while watching a movie works quite well, although I occasionally found that I had to face another direction so that I could see the movie properly.
The shade can be removed to help with this (or hinder depending on your surroundings), however removing it does have a slight effect on the image quality.
Epson refer to the Moverio BT-100 as “See-through OTG (Over The Glasses)”. This basically means that you can use them even if you already wear glasses.
They are rather big and bulky, and actually quite heavy, although they are very well cushioned so they don’t feel uncomfortable to wear, although I could imagine if you were using them for an extended period, say on a transatlantic flight you may need take a break between movies.
I found the control box to be a bit of a pain at times. As I mentioned earlier it was quite cumbersome to actually get into the menu at times. The more I used it, the easier it became, but you really expect it to be simple, quick and easy.
Unfortunately video support is limited to MPEG4, so you may find that you will have to convert your content before you watch it. But what content it does support plays back quite well (although not actually at HD, but that isn’t really a problem as the quality is good enough for watching something).
The sound is very good and is supplied through Dolby Mobile. You can change the earbuds to suit the size of your ears and a few are supplied in the case.
The carry case is sturdy and a useful idea – given the cost of the glasses, the last thing you would want is for them to get damaged in your bag!
Overall the glasses are a really neat idea, but they are a little let down by the size and lack of video support and the price is rather high for what you get. They are worth trying if you get a chance though.
The cost of the Epson Moverio BT-100 glasses is £519.16.