Epson Opens Booth at the G7 Transport Ministers' Meeting

- World leaders experience smart glasses and industrial sensors -

The G7 Transport Ministers' Meeting, a part of the G7 Summit, was held in the town of Karuizawa, in Nagano Prefecture, on September 23 and 25, 2016. Japan's Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, along with his counterparts from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, and the European Union, met to discuss issues concerning the future of transport.

Epson, which is based in Nagano Prefecture, set up a booth in a corner of the venue to showcase some of its advanced technologies and the products and solutions based on them to visitors from around the world. In line with the theme of the G7 exhibition area, Epson's exhibit focused on developments for transport infrastructure.

Among the most attention-grabbing parts of the exhibit were Epson's latest smart glasses, the Moverio BT-300, which are scheduled for release within the year. The BT-300 uses see-through lenses and optical technology adapted from Epson's world-beating projectors* to deliver perceived large-screen images right before your eyes. Installing applications as you would with a smartphone significantly expands their uses and convenience.

*1 Epson has the world's highest unit volume share for projectors with 500 lumens or more. (Source: Futuresource Consulting Limited, 2001-2015)

Drones are currently being used in civil engineering, construction, and a host of other industries. Epson demonstrated how Moverio smart glasses can be used with drones to increase their safety, security, and convenience. With a pair of Moverio smart glasses you can keep your eyes on the drone while simultaneously viewing images taken by the drone or information that is useful in piloting the drone, such as its altitude, direction, and speed.

Alexander Dobrindt, Germany's Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and Keiichi Ishii, Japan's Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, both experienced the value of augmented reality (AR) with see-through eyewear.

The ministers also used Epson Moverio smart glasses to watch a video presentation during the meeting.

Epson also exhibited industrial sensors that it developed by combining technologies from its crystal devices business and semiconductor business. These sensors can be installed on bridges and other items of infrastructure to sense even very slight vibrations or tilting, to detect signs of deterioration over time.

The exhibit was a good opportunity for Epson to share information about its products and initiatives with a large number of people, including leaders from various countries.

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