Epson Unveils First Consumer See-Through Mobile Viewer Making Big-Screen Multimedia Entertainment Accessible on the Go

–First generation of new multimedia glasses for entertainment away from home–

  

- TOKYO, Japan, November 9, 2011 -

Anticipating future growth in demand for wearable, portable devices for entertainment and enterprise, Epson has unveiled its first generation of see-through multimedia glasses. The Moverio BT-100 offers the ability to watch a variety of content through transparent lenses, ensuring users can remain aware of their surroundings, while viewing content in total privacy.

The pocket-sized control unit with its Android™ 2.2* platform offers web browsing capability allowing users to watch a variety of content from most websites including MPEG 4 videos, files or applications and side by side 3D viewing on the move. As well as powering the BT-100, this smartphone-sized box has dedicated buttons for common functions and a touch-sensitive trackpad for ease of use.

Developed with travel environments in mind, the Moverio BT-100 draws from Epson's expertise in imaging technologies and delivers a perceived image equivalent to that of a 320-inch display viewed from 20 meters away. The QHD display resolution, which equals to a quarter of Full HD, ensures that the experience is similar to watching a big-screen projection, even in confined environments such as aeroplanes and trains.

The Moverio BT-100 is very easy to use and comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, control unit, detachable headphones, 4GB SD card, internal1GB memory and a carry case.

Valerie Riffaud-Cangelosi, senior business manager at Epson Europe said: "As a business, Epson is focused on innovation and identifying and catering for future technology trends - and we are particularly excited about the opportunities for bringing wearable see-through technology to market. This wearable content viewing device offers users the opportunity to watch content on the go, without being cut off from their surrounding environment.

"The BT-100 is the first generation of this kind of innovative conceptual product that we are committed to developing further and delivering real customer value."


Key Features
Transparent lenses for see-through viewing
Large perceived image - equivalent to watching a 320-inch screen from 20 meters away
QHD screen resolution (one quarter of a Full HD display)
Android™ 2.2 platform and Adobe Flash player for easy web browsing and faster application speeds
Easy access to the internet with Wi-Fi connectivity
Easy-to-use control unit, featuring dedicated buttons and touch-sensitive trackpad
Carry case and battery charger
Store content on the 4GB SDHC card (included)
Up to 32GB memory capacity for large file storage
Built-in 1GB internal memory
Watch side-by-side 3D content
Replacement nose pads and adjustable side arms
Fits over glasses
Intuitive smart-navigation user menu
Digital user guide enables quick, helpful problem solving whenever needed
Enjoy both audio and visual content with a pair of Dolby Mobile2 stereo sound earphones (included)
Six hour battery life
Removable transparent lens shade

* Android is a trademark of Google

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product line-up ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for enterprise and the home, to sensors and other microdevices.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 78,000 employees in 99 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.
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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 1,594 employees, Epson Europe's sales for fiscal year 2010 were 1,583 million Euros.
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