Ng Ngee Khiang, Regional General Manager (SE Asia), Epson Singapore
Epson, a leading industrial robot manufacturer, will be launching its new N2 series of compact 6-axis robots at Manufacturing Technology Asia 2017. The N2 robots feature a patented compact folding arm technology, a world’s first innovation in 6-axis robot design that brings extreme maneuverability, improving efficiency of motion for complex and high precision assembly tasks. The robots will be showcased for the first time, at the Epson booth from 4 to 7 April 2017. The Epson N2 robots have the unique ability to fold through itself, versus moving around. This reduces the number of intermediate points and shortens cycle times. Designed for confined workspaces and smaller payloads, the N2 robot reduces required workspace area by up to 40% compared to standard 6-Axis robots. The robots are able to operate in areas as small as 600mm x 600mm, enabling more efficient assembly line layout and improved productivity. The N2 series of robots comes with Epson’s proprietary Residual Vibration Technology, a motion control feedback system using Epson’s Quartz Micro Electro Mechanical Systems that reduces vibration, enabling high performance for outstanding speed, precision, acceleration and deceleration rates. The industrial robots are equipped with Epson Vision Guide software – advanced machine vision and image processing systems that provide an interface for developing robot vision applications. With a maximum reach of 450mm and with a 2.5kg payload, the industrial robots can be used across the manufacturing industry, for a wide variety of applications including precise assembly of electronic components, medical and consumer products. “With the N2 robots, companies can easily automate their assembly line with minimal design change to the current line layout, while dramatically enhancing productivity. Indeed, these new line of robots with its revolutionary technology, has brought a new breakthrough to the market and challenges current assembly line standards,” said Mr Ng Ngee Khiang, Regional General Manager (Southeast Asia), Industrial Robotics, Epson Singapore. “There is positive demand for robotics in SE Asia, reflected in Epson’s business in the region having grown at an average of 30% over the past 3 years. As a market leader for SCARA robots, we will continue to develop innovative new robots with extreme maneuverability that will bring new levels of productivity and efficiency for our customers,” he said. Epson and SO Sofitel Singapore collaborate to pilot Moverio BT-300 smart glasses to enhance guest experience through augmented reality, the first in Southeast Asia
Epson, a global leader in projection technology and visual
communications, partners SO Sofitel Singapore for Southeast Asia’s first augmented reality smart glasses design experience within a HOTEL. Using Epson’s latest Moverio BT300 smart glasses, members of the public can embark on an audio-visual adventure, SO Augmented, within the French luxury boutique hotel’s lobby (for public) and So Lofty suite (for guests staying in the room). The pilot project, which begins from today to end 2017, will see eight sets of the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses, the world’s lightest binocular see-through smart glasses on the market with an OLED display, bring graphic elements within SO Sofitel Singapore’s heritage building to life. Guests can look forward to a true see-through immersive experience with the Moverio BT-300’s HD highcontrast display, which uses Epson's cutting edge silicon-based OLED (organic light emitting diode) digital display technology. Powered by software from EON Reality, a world leader in Virtual and Augmented Reality-based knowledge transfer, the curated experience transports viewers into a part-real part-virtual world where informative content and videos blend seamlessly with real design elements found within the HOTEL lobby and suite. “It is our pleasure to partner leaders in Luxury Hospitality, Design and Augmented Reality to curate this experience that is a first in the region. With Moverio, Epson believes that the potential of Augmented Reality is limitless for commercial and enterprise usage – to create exceptional experiences using one of the most lightweight and comfortable smart eyewear on the market. By bringing the flavours and secrets within the heritage building to life through our technology, we look forward to deliver new and exciting multi-sensory experiences and showcase the familiar in a brand new way,” said Mr Siew Jin Kiat, Regional General Manager (Southeast Asia), Printers and Visual Products Division, Epson Singapore. “We are So delighted to partner with Epson Singapore to be the first to launch the augmented reality smart glasses experience in Southeast Asia. When you step into SO Sofitel Singapore, you will be naturally captivated by the different elements of French design blending with local touches. With this AR smart glasses experience, guests will be able to discover and be intrigued by the surprising design elements,” said Mr Piotr Kupiec, General Manager for SO Sofitel Singapore. A launch event was held today at SO Sofitel Singapore, where invited guests were the first to experience the AR tour on smart glasses. At the HOTEL lobby, guests wearing the Moverio BT-300 smart glasses begun the AR experience in front of ‘The Lion’s Seal’ emblem, designed for the hotel by legendary fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. They were greeted virtually by Isabelle Miaja, the interior designer of SO Sofitel Singapore. As the guests explored the lobby, a layer of graphical information and audio narration emerged through the smart glasses, revealing the inspiration of SO Sofitel Singapore’s beautiful design - a story of French elegance blending with the building’s unique history, and modern Singapore chic. Wearing the Moverio, guests continued to discover the whimsical secrets within the luxurious space of SO Sofitel’s So Lofty suite. Isabelle returned on a composite screen, sharing her thoughts for designing the HOTEL as well as the special touches within the suite. Layers of dynamic information, videos and visuals highlighted her artistic inspirations for the art pieces that fuse Singapore’s local culture with French indulgence. On the pilot project, EON Reality Singapore’s Managing Director Mr Sridhar Sunkhad added, “Collaborating with Epson to augment the SO Sofitel unique guest experience will be an exciting journey that will teach us how Augmented Reality will become a part of our everyday lifestyle.” Members of the public who wish to enjoy the SO Augmented HOTEL lobby tour can check directly with the Guest Relations Officers, with sets subject to availability. Guests who stay in the designated So Lofty suite for the pilot project can experience the SO Augmented room tour as well. About Epson Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 73,000 employees in 91 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
Ng Ngee Khiang, Regional General Manager (SE Asia), Epson Singapore
Piotr Kupiec, General Manager SO Sofitel Singapore