Epson unveils wearable Pulsense health trackers, Moverio smart glasses at CES


As wearable computing is set to weave its way even closer to the consumer, Epson has unveiled its Pulsense health trackers at the ongoing 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA.

While, Epson’s Pulsense health trackers will work towards gathering heart rate data as well as data on calories burned, time in the aerobic heat zone and sleep, its next-generation smart glasses are set to deliver a whole new experience of augmented reality.

It is important to note that Epson has created some of it sensors and microchips for industrial usage. However, with today’s wearable device becoming a buzzword, the company has miniaturized them to fit on the consumer’s body.

Sporting a sleek, light design, the Epson Moverio BT-200 is a true binocular display using a miniaturized LCD-based projection lens system and optical light guide in each side of the glasses. The Moverio platform’s advanced binocular optical system projects see-through overlays of digital content onto the real-world in the center of the smart glasses’ field of view.

Enabling a seamless blend of the physical and digital world, the Moverio BT-200 technology platform makes a new world of augmented reality applications possible for consumers as well as commercial enterprises.

The Moverio BT-200 projects a stereoscopic virtual display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 23-degree field of view. A 360-degree panoramic experience is possible through third-party software that takes advantage of the glasses’ head-tracking features. For optimum viewing privacy, Moverio’s projection system features unique light guide angles which prevent other people from viewing the projected content.

“The Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses offer consumers crystal clear video as well as access to incredible new augmented reality experiences and relevant information according to their personal interests and needs,” says Atsunari Tsuda, General Manager, Visual Products Division, Epson. “Leveraging Epson’s leadership in LCD projection technology and visual imaging, the Moverio BT-200’s transparent display and powerful new features allow users a new way of seeing the world.”

“In addition, the Moverio technology platform can serve as a foundation for designing highly effective visual tools in a wide variety of commercial and vertical market applications, including training, logistics, science, medicine, security, education and more,” Tsuda said. “Epson is currently working with premier organizations and development partners to bring these applications to market.”

Moving forward, Epson’s success in the wearable segment will primarily depend on the way the company builds and maintain an ecosystem of business partners and online alliances in order to move these wearable computing products towards different consumer sets in enterprise as well as retail side.