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Epson and MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Partnership #AUSGP

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 2016 is on! I was invited to Epson’s new products launch media event yesterday and also a tour to the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team garage and pit lane.

Epson has been one of the official team partners of the team MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS since 2015, having the same pursuit of being the leader in innovation.

The team relies on compact Epson printers (check out Craving Tech’s review on a couple of Epson printers: EcoTank ET-4550 and WF-7620) and scanners that can be easily transported in between races. For example, here is a compact Epson printer spotted within the garage of the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team (and also Nico Rosberg, their second driver).

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Surprisingly, Epson also introduces a world’s lightest OLED see-through wearable smartglasses (I honestly didn’t know they have one – they actually started it in 2011) called the Moverio BT-300 which is the 3rd generation of the Epson smartglasses, running Android 5.1 with Bluetooth smart technology with a quad core Intel Atom processor.

Moverio BT-300

The previous generation, Moverio BT-200, is also being used at CSIRO, the University of Western Sydney, Griffith University, Monash University’s Immersive Visualisation Platform and CAVE2 and Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology.

The Moverio has been used globally in many areas such as in museums, hospitals for keyhole surgeries, drone pilots, and more. Yesterday, I had a try of the Moverio smartglasses for the first time when we had the garage tour. As we were given a brief on how the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS work with all the engineers, we could see visual information being displayed through the see-through smart glasses AND see what’s in front of us at the same time.

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Seeing the engineers’ profiles through the smartglasses while trying to spot them in the garage was kind of cool.

Earlier on the day, Epson also announced a few new innovations such as the Epson PaperLab magic machine and laser light technology projectors.

The EB-L25000 projector, for example, has an amazing 25,000 lumens which projects crisp images with high colour accuracy. It will have the 3LCD projector technology within that produces beautiful, sharp, vibrant, natural colours.

I was able to see these laser projectors with my own eyes. And, comparing it with a DLP (Digital Light Processing) projector [the one on the left] and the 3LCD is like night and day:

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With a “lamp-free” 3LCD laser technology, it also removes the maintenance cost of having to replace the lamp every now and then.

The EB-L25000 also has a 4K enhancement feature, automatic color calibration, has a range of lens option, inorganic LCD panels, and comes with a 5 years warranty/20,000 hours. It will be available at the end of the year.

They also brought with them their large format printer that prints in superior quality:

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Disclosure: I attended the Grand Prix as a guest of Epson Australia

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