04.02.13

Augmented reality gets gesture boost with Epson and meta

Epson has joined forces with a Columbia University spin-out to push development of augmented reality glasses that utilise gesture control to rival Google's much-hyped Project Glass. Meta and Epson have made a developer kit and platform for augmented reality available which promises a host of applications for consumers and hopefully professional markets including R&D and visitor attraction.

Wearers of the system, which incorporates modified Epson Moverio glasses and a 3D camera, can control virtual 3D objects with hand gestures.

"We’re thrilled to work with Epson to create a new paradigm of natural computation, and will not rest until we are the standard," said meta founder and CEO Meron Gribetz. "It’s the way computers always should have been: wearable, viewed through both eyes, and directly controlled using their entire arms and hands. Epson has the experience of a large company and impressive agility. They’re a perfect partner for this aggressive new venture."

"When meta came to us, we were really excited by their energy and their insatiable drive." said Anna Jen, Director of New Business, Epson America. "We see endless applications for meta’s product using Epson’s see-through wearable technology. We’re excited about the effects on productivity, media entertainment, retail, and of course, an amazing new class of games entering our real world".

Check out the promotional video at www.meta-view.com