Vuzix Delivers its First "Blade" See-Thru HMD to Sarnoff Corporation

By Michael Silbergleid

The following is from a Vuzix press release:

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, May 13, 2010 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Vuzix Corporation  announced today that it had successfully delivered to Sarnoff Corporation several highly advanced optical see-through helmet mounted displays (HMD) for inclusion in an augmented reality training system being designed for the US Department of Defense. This HMD is the first of its kind to utilize Vuzix’ state-of-the-art Blade based wave guided optics which combine computer generated video images with an unimpeded real world view. Video data is fed to the HMDs’ twin high definition 1280 x 1024 displays from the side into a thin transparent optical waveguide resulting in an unobstructed view of the outside world.

The video image provides a 37 degree field of view that is equivalent to looking at an 80″ television screen at 3 meters. The HMD has dual HDMI inputs that allow separate images for each eye so that the wearer can view the computer generated imagery in full natural 3D. The low power HMD system, is driven by a standard USB connection and was specially designed for the training and simulation environment, but also has broad application across industrial, commercial and advanced gaming markets.

“This system is useful in environments where cognition of surroundings is essential,” says Mr. Paul J. Travers, President and CEO of Vuzix Corporation. “Vuzix believes that innovative display systems for augmented reality applications are the future of mobile video displays and next generation video games. Vuzix’ Blade technology is approaching the thicknesses of just a few millimeters and Vuzix is committed to commercialize this technology across our product lines and in form factors that look and feel like a pair of normal eyeglasses; but containing HD displays.

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