Epson returns to DroidCon with AR top of the agenda

Augmented reality applications take centre stage as Epson showcases the Moverio BT-200 to the European Android community

Epson returns to DroidCon with AR top of the agenda

Developers interested in exploring the world of augmented reality (AR) will be delighted to hear that Epson will be returning to Droidcon Berlin in June, with its Android-powered, Moverio smart glasses taking centre stage.

At this year’s event, the company will be joined by influential developer Sean McCracken of Imaginary Computer, one of the world’s leading voices in smart glasses applications. Epson and McCracken will demonstrate how the technology behind Moverio can be used to create next generation AR apps. The company will also showcase its range of sport devices and explain how developers can use heart rate and GPS data in new fitness apps.Available across Europe, Epson’s binocular, see-through Moverio BT-200 smart glasses present a wealth of new opportunities to Android developers, particularly in the realm of augmented reality (AR). Developers have already started creating apps for businesses and consumers, with for instance Tarkett[1], a global leader in innovative flooring solutions, just one of the companies already using the platform to enhance its operations.

Epson will also be showcasing its Runsense and Pulsense wearable sport devices at Droidcon Berlin. The devices, launched late last year, produce a wealth of data, helping users to track their training runs, analyse their sleep patterns, heart rate, activity levels and much more. Epson representatives will be available throughout the show to speak with developers interested in developing apps that rival Strava, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper, or those that have innovative ways to use the data collected by Runsense or Pulsense.

On 3 June at 12pm (CET), Sean McCracken will host a workshop at Droidcon Berlin. During the session, he will give attendees insight about the AR and VR landscape, and a detailed overview of the Moverio smart glasses, covering the technology and its unique capabilities. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive some tips, best practices, and research from a top Head Mounted Display developer on how to make amazing experiences.

Having won best Glass Application at TechDisruptSF 2013 and recently led a team that won the NBC Universal Studios Orlando Hackathon with Moverio, McCracken is a fan and a talented example of what the technology behind Epson’s smart glasses can do. He commented: “I’m delighted to be joining Epson at Droidcon Berlin. I have been working with Moverio BT-200 since the very beginning and believe that is one of the few devices capable of opening the door to this new world of applications. I’d encourage everyone attending the show to stop by the stand and try it, because by simply trying on the smart glasses you will have an idea for a new app or game. I’m looking forward to meeting all the developers at what is an exciting time for our industry.”

Valerie Riffaud-Cangelosi, senior manager at Epson Europe, commented: “We believe Moverio has the potential to offer much more than any tablet or smart device, and presents an opportunity to change the way the world consumes information and content. But to achieve this, we need the expertise and creative minds of the Android community to help us develop applications that make the most of our product’s revolutionary technology. And that is why we are excited and looking forward to presenting the second generation device at this year’s Droidcon event in Berlin.”

Droidcon Berlin takes place at Postbahnhof, Berlin, from 3-5 June 2015.

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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 70,000 employees in 94 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.

About Epson Europe

Epson Europe B.V., based in Amsterdam, is the Group’s regional headquarters for Europe,

Middle-East, Russia, and Africa. With a workforce of 1,700 employees, Epson Europe’s sales for fiscal year 2013 were 1,517 million Euros.

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[1]  Tarkett worked with 360World to produce an app  based on Epson Moverio BT-200  that allows users to instantly switch between more than 100 floor coverings, viewing them in the setting of three different rooms, or in Augmented Reality, in order to deliver an instant image and atmospheric representation, ultimately helping to ease the decision making and buying process.

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