Thursday, 31 March 2016 10:19

Epson Moverio Smartglasses enhance Mercedes F1 experience

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Epson's smartglasses bring alive augmented reality to the Mercedes team's Grand Prix trackside environment.

Guests of the reigning Formula One World Champions, the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, enjoyed more than just a winning start to the 2016 season courtesy of team partner, Epson, who introduced their Moverio smart glass technology to the Albert Park race weekend to bring alive a rich seam of narrative with their unique augmented reality eyewear.

A highlight for the more than 100 guests that enjoyed the weekend hospitality experience in Melbourne was a full Formula One induction at the nerve-centre of the team’s operation, the race garages. Traditionally guests have enjoyed a show and tell tour through the various functional areas where racecar sub-assemblies are prepared, where data analysts track car performance and the team mechanics wait in readiness for impending pit stops.

The introduction of Epson’s Moverio smart glass technology in Australia enabled this moving experience to be augmented by a wide range of user-selected, contextual content, from video technology explainers to live social media feeds and driver statistics all in big-screen format directly in front of the wearers’ eyes.

The Epson eyewear technology allows users to view their surroundings while projected material is overlaid on the lenses of the glasses, enabling the anatomy of a pit stop to be displayed to guests in slow motion or the race day roles of engineering staff on the pit wall to be explained. Motion sensors in the Moverio BT-200 allowed the wearers to gesture call preferred content as well as contextual material, such as seeing under the skin of the Mercedes Hybrid F1 W07 racecar and its revolutionary Power Unit in a captivating and compelling fashion.

Cameron Arnold, a guest who experienced the Moverio tour commented that it was ‘absolutely compelling,’ ‘rich and informative’ and a ‘whole new visual experience.”

After its successful debut in Melbourne, the Moverio garage tour will be a regular feature of the Mercedes AMG Petronas experience for the team’s VIP guests at all remaining 20 races this season from Montreal to Monaco.

A visual demonstration and more information is available on YouTube, demonstrating how the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team enhances its guest experience using Epson Moverio and augmented reality.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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