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Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Vuzix WRAP 920AR eyewear hands-on

Do you know what's difficult to demonstrate on video?  Vuzix's WRAP 920AR augmented-reality video headset, that's what - after all, while to the outside observer  you could be merely enjoying some hands-free media playback from your PMP, in actual fact the eyewear is blending together a real-world view with computer-generated imagery on a virtual 67-inch display.  We caught up with Vuzix to try the 920AR headset out, and collared Michael Kwan to pose for some photos and a brief video.

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Opto-electronic contact lenses promise wireless displays

Opto-electronic contact lenses promise wireless displays

The opportunity to jab yourself in the eye with a tiny computer display is one step closer, thanks to the ongoing work with opto-electronic contact lenses taking place at the University of Washington in Seattle.  The lab there has been showing off the latest prototype, the handiwork of Dr. Babak Parviz: a semi-transparent array - including an LED - embedded into a contact lens that receives 330 microwatts of power wirelessly from a nearby RF transmitter.  Parviz has been using the prototypes to display biosensor feedback about the wearer's vital signs, but they'll eventually serve as a heads-up display for displaying other data.

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Gumstix-based wearable Linux computer packs WiFi, digital compass

Gumstix-based wearable Linux computer packs WiFi, digital compass

Tempt you with a difficult-to-pronounce acronym, sir?  No?  Well how about a wireless head-mounted embedded Linux wearable computer?  The work of Pascal Brisset, the WXHMD takes a pair of Vuzix VR920 video eyewear and straps to them a Gumstix Overo Fire computer-on-module stick, making for - with some wireless networking, a battery and a few other gizmos - a self-contained heads-up display ideal for telepresence work and augmented reality guidance.

NEC Tele Scouter wearable computer goes on sale in 2010

NEC Tele Scouter wearable computer goes on sale in 2010

Wearable computer concepts aren't new, and we've even seen the odd DIY effort, but NEC are hoping to drive the idea into the mainstream market.  The NEC Tele Scouter also attempts to solve one of the fundamental issues wearables suffer: sufficient processing power for real-time functionality while ensuring the end result is light and compact enough to be carried and doesn't guzzle its way through batteries.

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Q-London 3D 80″ Video Eyewear review

Q-London 3D 80″ Video Eyewear review

Video glasses still haven't caught on quite as manufacturers might like them to have, but that hasn't stopped them from scaling up the specifications and the marketing hyperbole to try and tempt us in.  Latest to cross the SlashGear test bench are Q-London's 3D 80-inch Video Eyewear, billed as providing the same viewing experience as having an 80-inch TV two meters away.  Bold claims; read on to see whether the Q-London system delivered.

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AMOLED with integrated camera for interactive eyeglasses

AMOLED with integrated camera for interactive eyeglasses

The Fraunhofer Institute has been demonstrating a bi-directional OLED microdisplay, squeezing not only display pixels but camera photodiodes into the array.  Currently a 320 x 240 prototype panel capable of 8-bit color, the Fraunhofer AMOLED could be used for heads-up displays, integrated into eyeglasses or used to track eye movement and perception in drivers.

Basically, the photodiodes each fit into a 12.4 micrometer gap between the 38.7 micometer OLED pixels.  That allows the panel to both display information and capture an image of whatever is looking at it.

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Kopin Golden-i wearable computer headed for production

Kopin Golden-i wearable computer headed for production

Kopin have come up with a head-mounted "virtual 15-inch display" to show off their new CyberDisplay micro-panel, a 0.6-inch screen capable of 800 x 600 resolution.  The Kopin Golden-i concept - which they've given Motorola branding - integrates the CyberDisplay into a swing-down boom arm, linked to a hefty Bluetooth headset running Windows CE 6.0 R2 and supporting voice-recognition.

Video demo after the cut

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Vuzix ships widescreen iWear AV310

Vuzix ships widescreen iWear AV310

Vuzix has today announced an immediate shipping of its Vuzix iWear, AV310, a personal video eyewear that’s virtually wielding a giant 52-inch large screen display over your head, from any video sources on-the-go. The new AV310 claims World’s first virtual reality eyewear with widescreen aspect ratio, and is a better-equipped unit compares to the AC230 XL we reviewed last month.

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Carl Zeiss Cinemizer mobile eyewear gets Gold Treatment

Carl Zeiss Cinemizer mobile eyewear gets Gold Treatment

Not the 24k Karat gold you are expecting, that would be too much of an attraction for a portable home cinema goggles. Carl Zeiss has updated its Cinemizer mobile eyewear with Gold version for design-oriented and fashion-conscious people. Only 500 units of the Limited Edition golden glass, branded as the Cinemizer Gold will come to the market.

Zeiss’s cinemizer is mobile eyewear for Ipod and Nokia N

Zeiss’s cinemizer is mobile eyewear for Ipod and Nokia N

The German Optics Specialist has spoken- To the crowd of Nokia N users, wears das Cinemizer if you want to watch realistic cinema quality movies and television. The Zeiss’s Cinemizer is a portable home cinema goggles weights at a mere quarter of a pound, and can simulate 39-inch of display with viewing distance twice the screen size from compatible mobile phones.

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