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Don’t want to shell out $1,500 for Google Glass? Here’s a new half-price option

Published Feb 14th, 2014 1:06PM EST

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We still have no idea when Google Glass will become available to the general public but considering the $1,500 price tag for the current “Explorer” version, Google’s connected eyewear will likely still be fairly pricey when the launch version debuts. Those looking to augment their reality but still have some money left over to live in said reality have a few upcoming options, and now Wired points us to yet another pair of connected glasses set to launch in the coming months.

In some ways, Epson’s new specs are better than Google Glass. For example, the Moverio BT-100 features dual displays integrated into the lenses, so it can show the wearer 3D images and it can cover a much wider field of vision than Glass. But there is a pretty huge drawback: Epson’s eyewear is connected to a control module by a thick black cable that will run from the side of the glasses down to the user’s pocket while in use.


For some, that will probably be a deal breaker. But is connected eyewear with a big cable hanging off it really that much geekier than connected eyewear without a cable?

Those who don’t mind getting triple takes instead of double takes as they walk the streets should note that Epson’s Moverio BT-100 AR glasses can be pre-ordered now for $700, or less than half of what Google Glass costs for the time being.

Epson’s new headset is currently slated to launch on April 1st.

Zach Epstein
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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

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