We're live at the Epson press conference, anxiously waiting to hear what technology Epson will unveil for 2014. On January 3, Epson announced an app-enabled label printer for iOS and Android devices - perhaps we'll hear more about that? Let's find out!
History of Wearables
Epson has historically been focused on imaging technology and will be leveraging this technology as they expand into the wearables category moving into 2014.
In 1985, Epson created the world's first electronic smartwatch, the RC-20 wrist computer. They will build on this history to move forward into wearables. Epson believes the "quantified self movement" will drive the wearables market. Epson believes there are four cornerstones when making a successful wearable - sensors, mobile platforms, big data/analytics/algorithms, and data visualization.
Epson believes the value to the customer includes improved accuracy, compact sizes, product quality, and enhanced battery life. Epson's technology has the ability to use LEDs to see below the skin to accurately monitor the contraction of individual blood cells.
Epson has developed it's own 3-in-1 chip that is less than half the size of conventional 3-in-1 chips. Epson believes their ability to completely control their entire product pathway from design to manufacturing makes them able to create highly efficient and well-designed wearables.
Epson's next generation activity monitor. The world's first continuous heart rate monitor with built-in storage. It measures enhanced biometrics to be more accurate in targeting fitness goals. With built-in storage, there's no need to be connected to a mobile device. Pulsense has two versions - PS-100 with a basic LED band and the PS-500, a smartwatch. These will be on the market this summer.
The Moverio is a pair of smart glasses with a binocular design. Moverio gives an augmented reality experience with the ability to display data across the entire length of the glasses. Moverio is Android-based. Epson believes Moverio has applications in the gaming and video entertainment as well as the industrial sector. These will ship in March 2014 for $699.
So what is Epson's future product direction?
At CES, Epson is demonstrating a prototype of its Swing Smarter technology to assist amateur and professional golfers alike. Swing Smarter can detect angular motion with precision to 1 degree. Epson plans to apply its Swing Sensing technology across a variety of sports, from baseball to tennis, in the coming year.