Wows the Crowd Again with its PC Eye-Trek Monocular
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heart of the device is a so-called "free-shaped optical prism,"
which combines a surface optical system and a special aspherical
lens, and eliminates the bulky structure of a concave mirror
and half mirrors employed in conventional head-mounted displays.
By using the reflective LCD, the monocular power consumption
is kept to a minimal 1.6 watts.
As developed, the PC Eye-Trek Monocular is designed for connection
to a portable PC through GVIF (Gigabit Video Interface), a
transmission method pioneered by Sony for sending digital
information to a flat panel display via a single RGB signal
wire. Tests conducted by Olympus to date have used a conventional
TMDS connection to the PC, with a converter altering the TMDS
signal to GVIF format for monocular viewing. The preferred
configuration of "straight through" GVIF minimizes interconnections
and makes the monocular well suited for a myriad of portable
applications. Weighing only about 3.5 ounces, the PC Eye-Trek
Monocular is slated for a wide range of uses ranging from
pocket-size computers to next-generation PDA's. Stay tuned
for more information on this amazing product as it continues
As we might see this product only for industrial/business
related applications, the technology of this high-res screen
could "hit" us in a more entertainment oriented
format by June 2000.
That's when Olympus plans to ship a competitor (?!) of the
FWD-150W, the FMD-700 Eye-Trek.
We will keep you posted.
Screen Resolution: 800 x 600 pix