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Epson Announces World’s Lightest OLED Binocular See-Through Smart Glasses, The Moverio BT-300

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Cutting edge display technology brings HD resolution, 3D-heavy content and high contrast to the already popular Moverio range

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona, Spain, 22nd February 2016: Epson has today announced the third generation of its Moverio smart glasses for Augmented Reality.  Available from October 2016, the Moverio BT-300 features Epson’s own cutting edge silicon-based OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology.  The device will be the lightest binocular see-though smart glasses on the market and is now 72% lighter than the original Moverio launched in 2011, setting a new standard for augmented reality smart eyewear.

Epson’s focus on a wide range of commercial and other applications distinguishes the Moverio range from other smart glasses on the market.  Developed with function at the forefront, the range has proved popular with business customers and independent software vendors (ISVs).  The Moverio BT-300 continues Epson’s commitment to binocular smart eyewear, delivering real optical see-through overlay, and increased performance, both of which are essential for professional use and new consumer applications opportunities. 

Valerie Riffaud‐Cangelosi, new market development manager for connected and wearable devices at Epson EMEA commented:   “At Epson, we have a stated strategy of focusing on business use of technology. Since 2011, working alongside more than  2,000 ISV partners, the Moverio range has been delivering value to businesses including engineering, education and training, doctors and dentists, retailers, tourism, cultural and heritage organisations.  Designed using our 5 years’ experience in smart eyewear, the BT-300 brings significant improvements to both developers and users.”

Built with a quad core Intel Atom processor and Android OS 5.1, the BT-300 has significantly increased power to enable it to render 3D heavy content, and maintains up to six hours of battery life.  Seeing and making sense of the user’s environment through a 5 mega pixel front-facing HD camera and other sensors, the smart glasses render content based on what is seen. As on previous models, and cautious of privacy standards, the device features an LED to indicate when the camera is recording.

Mr Atsunari Tsuda, general manager responsible for Moverio commented: Moverio is distinct from other smart glasses on the market where form often supersedes function, to the detriment of the product’s usability. Every design decision we make is driven by consideration for the product’s ultimate usage scenarios and our Si-OLED technology opens a new world for us in binocular see-though smart eyewear development.  With OLED we can take advantage of reductions in power usage and weight, and improvements in response times, HD resolution, brightness and contrast.  By choosing silicon rather than glass for our base wafer we achieve an even more precise pixel display.”

The Epson Moverio BT-300 will be available from October 2016 and will retail at around 800 euros.

The Moverio Range is shortlisted for three Global Mobile Awards 2016, to be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 23rd February.  Categories in which Epson Moverio is shortlisted are:

  • Best Wearable Mobile Technology
  • Best Use of Mobile for Retail, Brands & Commerce
  • Best Use of Mobile for Accessibility & Inclusion

About Epson

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing. Epson’s lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 72,000 employees in 93 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental burdens.http://global.epson.com/