GITEX 2019: Epson demos a ‘shared’ VR experience

October 8, 2019

The company also has its new line of 4K projectors on display.

When I passed by the Epson stand at GITEX Technology Week, I was expecting to find multifunction printers and other office products on display – but what caught my eye is this new curved wide cinema-like structure located in the middle of their stand.

Epson calls this a new ‘shared VR experience’ – a custom-built structure that acts as a huge VR headset. But instead of wearing the traditional headgear, you can sit in the middle of the curved-screen and enjoy the world of VR without the need for those bulky VR headsets.

Made in collaboration with Igloo Vision, the shared VR experiences three Epson EB-L1755U laser projectors with ELPLX02 ultra-short throw lenses complete the setup. They’re all seamlessly controlled through a tablet where it can also calibrate the projector so that you won’t even notice that there are three projectors are operating to complete the image.

Nikola Aksentijevic, Head of Sales – Consumer at Epson also gave T3 a tour around their stand, highlighting some of the incredible new technologies that the company has developed that go far beyond the normal office devices.

We got a chance to look at the Moverio BT-35E, a new hands-free Si-OLED-powered binocular that reminded us of the first-generation Google Glass. These see-through smart glasses can give you various information that is shown within your field of view. 

But my personal favorite may have to be the new Epson EH-LS500W ultra-short-throw projector. Perfect for home cinemas and games, this 4K projector can give you a large viewing area without putting the device on a specific distance. We had a short time playing with the projector but from what we’ve seen the colors are brilliant, and it’s bright enough to show details even when the lights are on. Not to mention the elegant looking design that would blend nicely to any home theater setup.

You can check out the immersive VR experience at the Epson booth in Hall 4, stand G20, in Hall 4 at the  Dubai World Trade Centre.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. When he’s not busy playing with the latest games, Victor usually spends his time collecting Blu-rays and building his own movie library. As the Online Editor for T3 Middle East, he develops and writes content for which includes reviews, features, and videos in addition to managing its social media and web content.