Epson has revealed the Moverio, a wearable eyeglass computer product which instantly evokes echoes of Google Glass. Moverio is arguably boxier and nerdier looking, doesn’t offer the kind of integration to Google services that Glass does, and it suffers the ignominy of coming from a printer company. But it’s on sale to the public and costs a mere $700. That’s in contrast to the current $1500 Glass price tag.
To be fair, Glass hasn’t yet been officially released to the public, and $1500 is essentially the developer guinea pig price. Google hasn’t yet said what Glass will cost when it’s all said and done, but the $700 Epson Moverio price does offer some guidance as to where Glass might ultimately end up being priced. Epson is also giving Google the opportunity to make Glass look like a value play if it ends up debuting at a more palatable, say $500, price point.
The entry of Epson, which makes products for a myriad of markets but is known to most consumers only for its printing and scanning products, into the wearable market is an indicator of just how widespread the wearable push is expected to be once the product launches get fully underway. Vendors like Samsung and Sony have jumped in early, even as other likely participants like Apple continue to wait for the right time to enter the wearable market.