The Epson 2018 launch was chock full of goodies that fill specific
market niches. A 20,000-lumen laser projector
for digital signage and store décor, a high-speed
mono inkjet printers because 90% of printing is
black, large format plan printers, high-speed
business printers, a FastFoto scanner and the new Moverio smart glasses.
GadgetGuy was at the Epson 2018 launch. Here is an overview of the most interesting devices.
The FastFoto FF-680W scanner
drew my attention. You see I have several large boxes of photos spanning most of my sexagenarian
life. Yes, my Millennial friends, in my day we used good old Kodachrome and
sent it off to get expensive prints. Vale Kodak. Thank goodness for low cost
it is the world’s fastest personal photo scanner. Indeed its auto document feeder
can spit out a 300dpi scan of a postcard pint at the rate of one per second. What
is more, you can mix different sizes, and it handles them with aplomb.
The software is pretty slick too. It can ‘fix’ old photos adding more
contrast or bringing out details. The results were pretty impressive on old
black and white shots.
Manager – Sales & Marketing for Epson Australia’s Consumer Division Bruce
There was a
need for an ultra-fast and easy scanning solution that enabled people to
digitise hard copy photos often stored in albums or boxes and vulnerable to
many kinds of irreversible damage. The new FastFoto FF-680W not only saves
these photos but also comes with a host of new features, making it easier to save and bring memories back to life using the
latest digital technology.
It is also a
document scanner, can scan in 600 and 1200dpi (slightly slower) and has Nuance
Omni-page OCR for editable PDF, Word and Excel files. Technically it is capable
of 90 inches per minute scanning rate – that is fast.
GadgetGuy’s take: I have one on order. Once
I have used it, I will send it to my two
siblings for their use. At last, a digital history of the Shaw clan. My take – it’s
a tad expensive but it is fast, and the added software functionality adds
According to Epson 90% of inkjets use is for mono -occasional colour only.
If you have a niche like a small workgroup
or an invoice printer, at .004 cents per page this
is one of the lowest cost to run printers ever. The first page out is eight seconds, and replacement ink tanks are $24.99 for 6,000 pages. The ET-M1120
adds Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct and iPrint to the standard USB connectivity.
for high capacity ink tank has been growing at a rapid rate in Australia. Mono
EcoTank meets the needs of a sizeable section of the market that includes
individuals, families, small businesses and home offices who want to print
large volumes in black and white at an incredibly low cost per page.
GadgetGuy’s take: Cheap to run, not so
cheap to buy. But let’s assume that a comparable ink-jet costs around 1 cent
per page you will recoup the capital cost in a few reams of print.
Laser beating ultra-efficient inkjet business
Epson introduced two mono and two colour
WorkForce printers. The monoprint up to
40,000 pages per replaceable eco tank and
the colour print up to 50,000 mono and 20,000 pages for each colour. Epson’s
precision core inkjet technology uses up to 87% less energy and is faster for the
first page out and sustained print speeds.
They support Google Cloud Print, Apple
AirPrint, Epson’s Print Admin and Device Admin software, PaperCut, and Epson Document
Capture Pro6 – intelligent document management of scanned invoices, purchase
orders, delivery dockets, contracts and other important
General Manager of the Business
Division at Epson Australia, Craig Heckenberg, said
laser-beating inkjet printers save money, energy and time, and are packed full
of business productivity and document management features. They keep
cost-saving at the heart of what they do. The low intervention and
environmental benefits make these devices ideal for specialist verticals too,
such as education, healthcare, public administration and retail, to meet both
their print and corporate social responsibility needs.
These are 2400 x 1200dpi models with borderless print speeds
ranging from an A1 roll sheet in 22 to 34 seconds. They will also print on A4
and A3 sheets. They are for the low-to-mid-range
CAD, AEC, GIS, POS poster and education markets.
Epson Australia’s GM
sales & marketing of their business division Craig Heckenberg said
The SureColor T3160 and T5160 are for the technical community including engineers, designers and architects who are looking for a fully functioned and compact printer that fits neatly in their office. These new printers also produce quality colour posters and displays, and they enable users to wirelessly produce accurate and vibrant prints from tablets and smartphones virtually anywhere.
Epson is in AR (augmented reality)
for the long haul. Moverio is a self-contained, binocular augmented reality
(AR) system to help combine the digital world with the real world.
Its first ‘public outing’ was the BT-200 smart glasses in early 2014. When Google gave up on its Glass concept, Epson powered ahead finding use cases. It released the BT-300 in November 2017, and one such case was the remote flying of drones. Another use case was from the Griffith University’s School of Pharmacy to help students retain teaching by enabling walking through a patient journey in 360° from the ambulance to discharge.
Bealby reeled off dozens of uses
Providing sightseeing commentary atop a tour bus
Sports performance (Manchester United use the
glasses and drones for athlete/game analysis)
Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 racing team (that use
it for analytics, training, and performance tuning), Live Opera (for subtitles)
Sports matches (for live updates and sports
estate companies and engineers to survey ground or housing
field support such as the checking of power lines health
experience in museums and galleries where ‘wearable’ information is the best
way to communicate facts.
The Epson Moverio is the first real smart glasses to have truly made it into the mainstream with their
wide variety of uses and apps in the consumer, government and commercial
worlds. They represent a major leap
forward in mobile AR smart eyewear with their comfortable, lightweight form
factor and powerful display engine. Si-OLED enables higher contrast levels, a
wider colour gamut and true display transparency which makes it game-changing
The BT-35e updates the
BT-300 with HDMI video input, USB-C DP Alt Mode, 5MP camera and the latest
smarts. A major advantage is that they fit
over prescription glasses.
Epson claims it has
over 60% of the Australian projector market. GadgetGuy attests that its 3 LCD
colour system produces superior colour to DLP systems.
One interesting item was the LightScene EV-100 that resembles a spotlight seen in many store lighting rigs. The barrel-shaped 2,000 lumen, laser light powered (20,000 hours use), the 3LCD projector offers enormous flexibility in both design and location use.
It can be used to provide
information, show video or moving patterns, and even projection map imagery
onto small objects. It comes with Epson
Projector Content Manager Software, which allows single or multiple playlists
to be easily loaded via SD Card and
changed using remote control by employees, with no need for a computer. The
software also allows you to add overlay effects including colour and shape
filters to permit tinted and irregularly-shaped images, as well as creating and
editing playlists, timetables and custom filters.
General Manager of the Business Division at Epson Australia, Craig Heckenberg, said,
The LightScene EV-100 is a completely new type of projector solution from Epson Australia and a great addition to our range of laser signage solutions. The design is stylish and visually unobtrusive, without compromising performance, versatility or reliability.
Epson also had three new large venue projectors and said
these are popular in the staging rental market. Features include HDR, sealed light
source, remote installation, geometry
correction assist and edge-blending assist etc.
L600 series 5-6000 lumen laser for business and education use
These new projectors solve many of the issues commonly
encountered by rental and staging companies by integrating features such as
backward lens compatibility, swappable interface boards, robust and compact
chassis, new tiling assist alongside geometry correction assist and an edge-blending