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July 24, 2013

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Heads Up
Eye2 Talks with Epson's Eric Mizufuka

Exhibit Highlights 35 Years of AR Vision

Sight Seeing
Smart Glasses for the Vision Impaired

Peripheral Vision
MD's Honored for Inventing Iris Scanner


Heads Up

Epson Exec Says Optical's One-on-One Sales Approach is 'Ideal' for its Wearable Display Glasses

By Andrew Karp

One of the most innovative wearable displays on the market—and one of the most fun to use—is the Epson Moverio BT-100. Introduced in 2012 by Epson America, a leader in projection technology, the feature-packed BT-100 is the world's first Android-based see-through wearable display. Using micro-projection technology and an Android-powered track-pad controller, Moverio lets users view streaming video, experience side-by-side 3D content and enjoy downloaded digital content on a virtual 80-inch perceived screen projected into the user's real environment. Featuring built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and nearly six hours of rechargeable battery life, Moverio offers a portable way to interact with content from virtually any location. Check out the Moverio YouTube Channel for a close-up look at what the BT-100 can do.



New York Exhibit Presents 35 Years of AR Technology

Google Glass, FreeGlass, MannGlas, Meta, and various other forms of DEG (Digital Eye Glass) were the subject of a special exhibit at AWE (Augmented World Expo) on June 4 to June 5 in New York.

The first-time exhibit covered DEG—35 years-in-the-making—with original artifacts including the world's first wearable computers and wearable AR vision systems, and the world's first Digital Eye Glass. The exhibit and meeting, which brought together leading players in the Augmented Reality field, coincided with the launch of the Transparent, Open AR Vision Working Group discussion entitled "Open and Transparent AR Vision, FreeGlass, and Veillance" at AWE 2013.


Sight Seeing

New Device Helps Vision Impaired Read and Navigate

A innovative smart glasses device developed by an Israeli company is helping people with vision impairments read printed text, get around on foot or public transportation, shop, recognize and find objects and know who is near them.

The new device, also known as OrCam, consists of a compact, eyeglass-mounted camera that is connected by a cable to a portable computer that fits in the user’s pocket. When the wearer points at an object, the system reads it and transmits the audio to the wearer using a bone-conduction speaker. The device can be clipped onto almost any eyeglass frame, including sunglasses, according to the company that developed it, which is also known as OrCam.



Peripheral Vision

Ophthalmologist Inventors of Human Identification Technology Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

Many people are familiar with the sight-saving role ophthalmologists play in diagnosing and treating eye conditions, but few may be aware of the revolutionary contributions they make beyond medicine. One such innovation gained the spotlight this month when Leonard Flom, MD, and the late Aran Safir, MD (1926-2007), were inducted into the U.S Patent and Trademark Office's National Inventors Hall of Fame for their invention of the iris recognition scanner. The technology is now widely used in a number of high-security sectors, ranging from government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to private companies such as Google.


Andrew Karp, Group Editor, Lenses and Technology

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