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AR smart glasses trialing in London’s National Theatre

Epson is a global technology company dedicated to connecting people, things and information with efficient, compact and precision technologies. Their latest innovative push comes from their Australian outpost, and is about to bring AR smart glasses to theatres!

The Epson Moverio BT-300 AR smart glasses feature Epson’s silicon-based OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology, enabling transparent mobile augmented reality experiences. The glasses are supposedly the lightest binocular smart glasses to date; lightweight and comfortable enough to be worn through a performance or film. They give users the option of changing the positioning, size and colour of caption to suit their individual preferences.

Powered by a quad-core Intel Atom X5 processor and Android 5.1, the glasses are efficient in rendering complex 3D experiences. A 5MP front-facing camera and onboard sensors allow the smart glasses to more precisely determine the location of objects in the real world. The projection system can then render and lock 3D content to these objects.

The technology has launched as a trial in London’s National Theatre. It will see deaf and hearing-impaired customers receive a more engaging experience by providing them with the smart glasses so they are able to read subtitles during the performance while still clearly following the actors’ performance. The trial is set to run for 1 year, finishing up in October 2018.

These innovative and cool solutions are why we love technology so much! We can’t wait to see how this goes, and if it starts to pop up in other cities around the world.