Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart-Glasses to Be Used in Virtual Guide System Demonstration

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CG characters serve as virtual guidesCG characters (conceptual representation)
serve as virtual guides

- TOKYO, Japan, February 17, 2014 -

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson"), in partnership with Asukamura (a village in Nara Prefecture, Japan), the Ikeuchi Laboratory of Tokyo University, and Tokyo-based AsukaLab Inc., will demonstrate "Kofun Virtual Guide" using Epson's new Moverio BT-200 smart-glasses. The demonstration will be conducted on the weekends of February 22-23 and March 1-2 at the Ishibutai Kofun, an ancient stone tomb located in Asukamura.

Asukamura and Tokyo University have been working together since 2004 on "Virtual Asukakyo," a project in which Asuka, an ancient capital of Japan, is recreated using computer-generated images and augmented reality (AR) technology. Epson will provide 10 pairs of Moverio BT-200 smart glasses for use in a joint demonstration associated with this project. Moverio smart-glasses will be tested with an augmented reality application to allow interested visitors to use the Kofun Virtual Guide service to view 3D images depicting the construction of the Ishibutai Kofun. Visitors will easily be able to enjoy amazing stereoscopic, 360-degree panoramic computer-generated images overlaid on the real-world environment.

Asukamura will use this demonstration to evaluate the advantages of see-through smart-glasses and identify potential issues as it explores practical uses for tourist guide services and systems that virtually recreate ruins.

Epson believes that the Moverio's binocular, transparent display and hands-free navigation offers users a new way of seeing the world by transforming the way they experience and interact with the world around them. The Moverio technology platform can serve as a foundation for the development of new visual tools in a wide variety of consumer and commercial fields.

Virtual Guide for Kofun (photos are conceptual images)

CG characters serve as virtual guides

CG characters serve as virtual guides

Epson Moverio BT-200 Smart-Glasses

Sporting a sleek, light design, Moverio BT-200 smart-glasses offers the ability to enjoy crystal clear video entertainment, games, music, and web content, anytime and anywhere. With transparent lenses and motion tracking sensors that make navigation hands-free, the Moverio projects see-through overlays of digital content onto the real world so that users can enjoy a compelling AR experience while still being able to see their surroundings. The ways in which smart-glasses can be used and enjoyed is rapidly expanding with the development of an increasingly diverse range of applications.

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