Epson Press Tour, 20th Anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology

VR-Zone was one of the regional media who was invited by Epson for a press trip this week to their headquarters in Nagano Prefecture, in Japan. This year is the 20th anniversary of Micro Piezo technology and the company also announced two new photo printers based on the new Thin Film Piezo (TFP) print head technology.

 Epson Press Tour, 20th Anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology

The regional media arrived at the “Mozukiri” museum at Epson Suwa headquarters and were introduced to the EP-101 that was the first electronic printer launched in 1968. (EP stands for Electronic Printer). Epson’s name was derived from EP-101 - with more product from EP (or “son” of EP) and thus EP+son, or Epson as known today.

 Epson Press Tour, 20th Anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology

 Epson Press Tour, 20th Anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology

Besides printer, Epson also went into other developments including the monsieur, a miniature, self-propelled mobile robot which was developed in March 1993. With a body volume of only 1cm3 and containing a total of 98 components, the Monsieur was the world’s smallest robot in the Guinness Book of World Records in 1994.

 Epson Press Tour, 20th Anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology

The Epson MJ-500 was the first inkjet printer to incorporate Micro Piezo technology in 1993, using  Stylus 800 cartridge.

 Epson Press Tour, 20th Anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology

Aside from the aged products, Epson also showcased their new ones including the EB-1775W projector, which claims to be the thinnest 3000 lumen projector in the world.