Epson backs Super Ventures to push OLED-based AR

May 09, 2016 // By Julien Happich
Epson has announced its inaugural corporate sponsorship of Super Ventures, a combined incubator and investment fund dedicated to driving innovation and growth in augmented reality.

Through this sponsorship, the company will assist startups in the Super Ventures incubator by giving them insight and access to next-generation smart eyewear, such as its in-house developed Moverio BT-300. The Super Ventures fund invests in early-stage startups developing fundamental technologies that augment the human experience. The incubator provides extensive business and technical mentoring to passionate entrepreneurs to help them successfully launch and fund their companies. Both the fund and the incubator are supported by the Super Ventures community of over 150,000 professionals, one of the largest AR and wearables community in the world.

"Over the past five years, our AR partners have built thriving businesses around the Moverio platform in such fields as dentistry, remote support, manufacturing, drone piloting and more," said Eric Mizufuka, product manager, New Ventures for Epson America.

"The AR space is maturing rapidly, with many of our partners having already raised significant capital. Epson has chosen to invest in the Super Ventures incubator to support the accelerating growth of the AR ecosystem."

As Super Ventures' inaugural corporate sponsor, Epson will provide pre-production versions of the Moverio product to entrepreneurs to communicate the unique benefits and technical details of the platform. Leveraging the deep ties the Super Ventures team has to the AR community, Epson will also evaluate and develop potential partners as well as expand its connections to the growing AR universe.