An evolutionary new way of experiencing FPV is available right Here and Now.
The Epson Moverio is an innovative new class of Augmented Reality device using transparent glasses to project FPV images for your DJI drone.
The Moverio is a paradigm shift in the way goggles are used. Traditionally, wearing googles means you are totally blinded to the outside world and you would lose your spatial awareness. The Epson Moverio is a See through OTG (Over The Glass) media-centric device. Epson has created a new product category with the Moverio. Epson calls it Augmented Reality platform and the Moverio combines innovative transparent glasses and Head Up Display (HUD) style image projection. The Moverio is the world’s first stereo graphic projection glasses designed with lightweight portability, rich audio and amazingly precise video. For DJI drone owners like us, the Moverio introduces Head Up Display which enables you to see HDMI images direct from the camera and still see the drone directly.
Seiko Epson is a well renowned Japanese company best known for being a world leader in printers and image projection technology. With expertise at high-precision manufacturing, Epson introduced the 1st generation of commercially available smart eyewear in 2011 via the BT-100. In 2014, Epson released the BT 200, a second generation OTG augmented reality platform. The BT-200 is 60% lighter than the BT-100 and was extremely popular with Phantom 2 pilots who used it to project the DJI FPV App whilst maintaining direct line of sight.
With the release of the DJI Inspire 1 and subsequent Phantom 3 and 4 drones and dedicated HDMI output from the DJI’s RC, an opportunity was presented to feed this HD output directly to the Moverio. DJI director of education, Romeo Durscher inspired and encouraged project manager Eric Mizufuka at Epson to reduce the size of the HDMI feeder box specifically to suit the DJI RC. Colorado Video in USA was tasked to produce a Limited production of the HDMI feeder box to enable direct feed of the DJI’s HD Signal to the Movario, I was fortunate to be an invited tester and reviewer of this prototype.
The Moverio is a totally new and different category to all other goggles currently on the market. There is currently no other product on the market which can compare or even come close to the Moverio. Even the defunct Google glass was a monocular projector glass. The BT-200 is an innovative micro-projection and see-through imaging technology with Binocular, transparent, wearable display. The media content is projected front and center in stereo on a “floating” 60-inch perceived screen. Put simply, think of it as a Digital Light Processing projector projecting onto a transparent screen right in front of your eyes allowing the viewer to enjoy content in private while still seeing and being aware of the real world.
The BT-200 has a OMAP4460 processor capable of 960×540 QHD/60Hz dual display in 24bit full color (16770k color). The projected images are much more clearer, crisper and brighter and you cannot see any pixelation with images. The image size is equivalent to watching a 60″ TV in a normal sized room or sitting in the last row of a movie theatre. It is definitely not iMax size nor does it feel like you are watching a 42″ TV. The Moverio’s high quality image gives you the immediacy and vividness of the natural world. Running via DJI HDMI RC’s output, I was able to see much more details from the feed than what was showing on my iPad PRO.
In many countries including Australia, it is illegal for a drone pilot to use FPV goggles whilst piloting a drone. The Moverio is perfect for a single operator enabling the pilot to fly and frame a shot with full control and remaining within all legal limitations. As the Moverio doesn’t fully enclose your eyes and is transparent, you can use it to supplement the view from your tablet display in sunlight while maintaining legal status of non exclusive FPV goggles usage. With the Moverio, you are able to have direct LOS to your drone with full HD imaging while still being able to glance down and access informations such as map, radar and camera settings from your DJI GO App.
If you wear glasses like me, the Moverio can accommodate a wide range of eyeglass styles. The frame is designed so that it can be worn over 80% of existing glasses via the clever adjustment of the nose rest. A bendable nose-guard sits on the inside, allowing you to better fit the glasses to your face. It also can lay flat on top of prescription glasses. Further adjustments can be made with the plastic arms and rubber side stabilizer fins to get that snug fit. The glasses are fully transparent and also come with two removable covers providing varying degrees of contrast and have been perfect for use in bright sunlight. There is also a lens insert for prescription glasses which you can have your optometrist fit custom lenses for your eyes.
As long as your devices provide a HDMI output – the Moverio is fully compatible, you can enjoy any content from TV shows, movies, streaming video, games and more. Simply plug in the supplied HDMI cable and watch your media content. The Colorado box is capable of accepting Input Formats: 1080P60, 1080P59.94, 1080P50, 720P60, 720P59.94, 720P50, 576P50, 480P60. I bought a couple of Apple to HDMI adapters which enable me to use the Moverio with my MacBook Air and iPhone and iPad Pro.
The Colorado HDMI (DM485) box has 3 simple buttons – brightness adjustments + / – and Hide. Hide is perfect to turn on and off the HDMI HD display within the glasses. This can be use to temporarily turn off the HUD at a touch of a button during take off and landing or navigation in tight spaces. It is so simple to use and fast to set up with connections via Mini HDMI from DJI’s RC to mini HDMI. A Micro USB connection feed power from a USB battery power bank and a proprietary connector to the Moverio. The DM485 can be secured to DJI’s RC via the 3D printed bracket file provided here.
The BT-200 is $699 on its own, the Colorado HDMI box can be purchased as a bundle for $799. You will need to add 3D printed mount, USB battery and HDMI and USB cable to this package. I have given feedback that all the cables and mount should be included in the package. This is a limited production run so if you want to enjoy the Moverio with your DJI drones, get in quick before the production batch are all sold out. As a comparison, the Google glass was $1500 and it is only a monocular projector. The Moverio is a premium product offering innovations like no other product on the market so it is definitely an enthusiast’s must have. During my extensive tests involving the inspire 1, Phantom 3 and Phantom 4, nine out of ten of my friends (with and without interests in drones) preferred the Moverio over another premium top quality googles.
The Epson Moverio is an innovative and new class of FPV HD glasses. The technology is advanced and totally different to everything else currently on the market. As a media device it is also perfect for everyday use. With the many currently available augmented reality apps, it is a product which can be used both in our hobby / business and for day to day media use too. If you are looking for the best FPV glasses to use with your DJI drones, you must not miss out on the limited edition Epson Moverio BT-200 Colorado HDMI bundle.
Enjoy and safe glasses. Lynh Phan
Disclosure : I am not employed or affiliated with Epson or Colorado Video.