Olympus has recently announced its own prototype of a wearable, glasses-mounted and heads-up display, the MEG 4.0 after a week of revealing head-mounted Project Glass technology from Google. It comes with a 320×240 QVGA resolution display, a built-in accelerometer and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity. Olympus MEG 4.0 is planned to depend on your smart-phone handset for processing power that depreciates it from Google’s Project Glass technology.
Olympus Meg 4.0 has a decent 8-hour battery life in Intermittent Display Mode which will mechanically activate the screen each 3 minutes for just 15 seconds only. This device’s battery life is two hours for continual projection/non-stop play. The MEG 4.0 does not contain camera but Google’s Project Glass contains it for photography or video conferencing and this may be one of the strong points of Google’s product versus Olmypus’ offer. This device is powered by See-through pupil division technology.
This device is light-weight, just 30 grams and measures 196 mm and display is easily removable from the glass which further decreases the overall weight. The display is not a separate structure and requires a normal glass wear to be attached to. The position of the user’s head is noticed by accelerometer in MEG 4.0 and then it responds accordingly. This device can connect with compatible devices such as smart-phones and other wireless devices with its Bluetooth 2.1 version.
Olympus is planning to expand the application compatibility and operating system support for GPS products after the development of its device. Users can adjust the brightness of the display panel according to the exterior lighting for optimum display. As per Olympus, the display of MEG 4.0 can be observed without obscuring vision. Users can walk around normally with the device on with usual straight and peripheral vision due to it will be similar to a regular view through glass.
This display does not hinder the visibility of the exterior world naturally. Users can raise the consumption efficiency of light of the display panel to reach at a higher level of brightness devoid of sipping too much power. Information about Olympus pricing or availability as well as video demonstration of their technology is not available yet.