Epson Adds Moverio Helmet

By Bob Raikes

We were impressed when we saw the first prototypes of the Epson Moverio 2200 headsets at MWC last year. The headset is based on an OLED microdisplay that is made in-house by Epson. (Epson Ditches LCD for OLED in Moverio). At the Laval show, Epson was showing a new version of the Moverio Pro that has been designed to work on a helmet. This is a ‘two box’ design that puts the battery and processing into a separate box that can be belt-mounted to power the headset.

Epson had its Moverio glasses in a helmet configuration. Image:Meko

The company also has two versions of the new glasses which will be available in April, at €799 to €1260. The glasses are designed with a kind of spring clamp that allows a very wide range of head sizes to be accommodated. Epson told us that the more expensive version is more robust and is designed for locations such as museums, which are very interested in using the devices to provide information to visitors that are viewing objects.

Epson Moverio 2200The Epson Moverio 2200 starts to ship in April. Image:Meko

Analyst Comment

We tried the Epson glasses and found the clamp to be not particularly comfortable and they are more heavy than I would want to wear for a long period of time. However, the optical quality is very good.