In an effort to enhance the safety, productivity and capabilities of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Epson and DJI have partnered to create new solutions for the Epson Moverio smart glasses and DJI’s suite of products and software development kit (SDK).
As one of the first initiatives of the partnership, DJI will optimize the DJI GO app for the Epson Moverio BT-300 AR smart glasses, to be shipped late Q4.
With the app and Moverio glasses, drone pilots will be able to see clear, first-person views (FPV) from the drone camera while they simultaneously maintain their line of sight with their aircraft, according to the companies.
The DJI GO app works with the DJI Phantom, Inspire and Matrice series of UAVs, as well as the Osmo handheld gimbal and camera.
The two companies will co-market the Moverio BT-300 as a compatible DJI accessory. The Epson smart glasses will be available for purchase on DJI.com, and the DJI GO app will be available for download from the Moverio Apps Market.
The companies say the partnership coincides with the Federal Aviation Administration’s requirement in Part 107 that UAV pilots remain with the line of sight of their aircraft.
“The Moverio BT-300 marks an impressive advance in performance for the platform and will make flying and filming safer and help users stay in compliance with federal regulations,” says Michael Perry, director of strategic partnerships at DJI.
Eric Mizufuka, product manager for new ventures at Epson America, adds, “In addition to validating Epson’s investment in its Moverio line, this is the first time AR smart glasses will be widely available for a mass-market consumer application – marking an historic milestone in the evolution of the category.”