Epson and IEEE Computer Society Announce Winners of Moverio 'Smart Glasses' Application Contest

 Epson and IEEE Computer Society Announce Winners of Moverio 'Smart Glasses'
                             Application Contest

Top Innovative Ideas for Moverio BT-100 Smart Glasses Include Immersive
ExerGaming, 3D Animation Creation in Real Space, and Environmental Quality
Visualization

PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 17, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Epson America and the IEEE
Computer Society today announced the winners of its Moverio "Smart Glasses"
Contest with innovative application ideas that could enhance kids' health
while they're playing video games, bring assistance to those with depth
perception issues, and allow users to create 3D animation in real space with
hand movements.

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The contest challenged full-time college students who meet the contest
qualification requirements to come up with an application idea for the
Moverio™ BT-100 "smart glasses" either via a short YouTube video or a written
essay.

Powered by a handheld Android controller, Moverio smart glasses allows users
to view digital content on a virtual 80-inch perceived screen that appears to
be floating in the user's real world environment. The unique characteristics
of the see-through wearable display glasses provide for an endless array of
potential applications.

The winning entries were:

  oGrand Prize Winner -- Suneil Nyamathi, Graduate Student, UCLA
    "Truly Immersive ExerGaming," an application idea that combines exercise
    with gaming to enable kids to be active and have fun at the same time; the
    3D game idea would let kids run in place and dodge obstacles through the
    eyes of an on-screen character;
  oHonorable Mention -- Kamal Kajouke, Undergraduate, UCLA
    "Depth Perception," an application that would modify the Moverio BT-100
    with a depth-sensing camera and sensors to give people who lack
    stereoscopic vision the ability to perceive depth by varying degrees of
    contrast in their field of view;
  oHonorable Mention -- Ryan Burgyone, Undergraduate, Arizona State
    University
    "SpaceCraft," a 3D application idea that would enable users to craft, view
    and control 3D animations in real space anytime, anywhere for education,
    entertainment, science and more;
  oHonorable Mention – Shane Pase, Graduate Student, Fielding Graduate
    University
    "Geo-Based Location Air Quality," an augmented reality application that
    would provide up-to-date air quality data, UV indexes, airborne allergen
    contents and ocean quality via a colored graphic overlay using the Moverio
    BT-100.

The Grand Prize winner will be awarded an $8,000 scholarship cash prize while
the Honorable Mentions will win scholarship cash prizes of $2,000 each. A
Moverio BT-100 unit was also given to each winner. Entries were judged by the
IEEE Computer Society based on creativity, novelty, practicality of
implementation, and benefit to humanity.

"We developed this competition to encourage college students to bring their
next-generation ideas to the forefront, and test the boundaries of our
exciting Moverio technology," said Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Markets
at Epson America. "We received some very creative and compelling ideas and are
grateful to all who participated. We hope they will continue to be inspired
by the possibilities of the platform and work on seeing their ideas come to
pass."

"The contest received numerous entries from university students around the
country," said Brian Kirk, lead editor of IEEE Pervasive magazine. "Having the
opportunity to see and judge all of these creative submissions was a highly
rewarding experience, and my hope is that many of these students' application
ideas find their way into the real world."

For more information about Epson's innovative, transparent smart glasses,
please visit www.epson.com/moverio.

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About Epson

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from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices.
Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers
customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision
technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and
industry.

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than 81,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its
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