Friday, October 21, 2011

NEC Creates Mini Computer that Projects Images Directly on Your Eye

NEC Tele ScouterNEC just released a statement on Tuesday saying that it will begin selling a wearable mini-computer with a head-mounted display that projects its screen directly onto the naked eye.

Known as the "Tele Scouter", this device will initially be targeted at factory workers as well as other industrial settings. In addition to that, the company hopes to advance the technology to expand into the entertainment and augmented reality applications in the future. NEC stated that the computer is about the size of a thick paperback novel and can be worn clipped to the user's belt. The display is mounted to a pair of clear glasses, allowing the wearer to view the screen alongside the real world.

The display, which is manufactured by Japanese company Brother and known as the "AIRScouter", uses a tiny projector to flash images onto the wearer's naked eye. This allows the wearer to experience images as if they were being seen on a 16", 800 x 600 resolution screen from about 3 feet away.

Considering the fact that the image only takes up a small portion of the wearer's field of vision, NEC has stated that it is targeting applications where workers could use it to view instruction manuals or other images while on the job. The handset that comes with the device is equipped with a camera as well as microphone and NEC is also selling a software package that will allow supervisors at a remote control center to share images and chat with the workers via WiFi.

The small computer that hangs on your belt runs a version of Windows CE for embedded devices on a 500 MHz ARM processor. Overall, the entire package weighs less than 1 pound and will run for over four hours on a single charge. NEC stated that shipments will begin on December 26 and that the device will cost $5,200 per unit. The control system software will cost you an additional $26,000 as well.

Source: PC World - NEC to Sell Mini Computer With Eye Projection Screen

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

ViewSonic's New PLED-W200 and PLED-W500 Projectors

ViewSonic PLED-W500ViewSonic has just unveiled its new brand of LED projectors, an announcement that also included the availability of the PLED-W200 and PLED-W500. This new projector line is both ultra portable as well as energy efficient making each product perfect for the business traveler who is always on the road.

This line's projectors feature miniature form factors as well as 20,000 hour LED light sources. In addition, both the PLED-W200 and PLED-W500 come 3D-ready with 120Hz frame rates for immersive 3D visuals. The PLED line from ViewSonic also doesn't skimp on the features.

These short-throw projectors feature WXGA widescreen resolutions for large screen HD projection in small spaces. In addition to that, these projectors are also paired with USB and HDMI connectivity , Microsoft Office Viewer functionality and an SD card reader, providing you with a versatile plethora of ways to display documents, PDFs, videos, photos and other multimedia files without the need for a PC. 1GB of internal memory is also included.

According to ViewSonic's Projectors Product Manager Roger Chien, "Mobility and energy efficiency are two main trends in the projector market. The PLED series transforms the projector from a cumbersome gadget to an incredibly lightweight, compact device that can be carried anywhere to meet all of your projection needs. With a mercury-free LED light source and power consumption of less than 50 watts, these pico projectors are as eco-friendly as they are portable, making for powerhouse business solutions."

The PLED-W200 weighs less than one pound with the PLED-W500 weighing less than three pounds and both are palm-sized projectors that are perfect for slipping into a briefcase, laptop bag or purse for convenient presentation as well as transportation. In addition to that, both projectors also deliver brilliant color thanks to a high native WXGA resolution that is optimal for 720p HD viewing. The 250 ANSI lumens of the PLED-W200 and the 500 ANSI lumens of the PLED-W500 also don't hurt.

Both projectors are teamed with integrated speakers as well as an assortment of connectivity options, allowing you to present anywhere, anytime without the need of a PC. The PLED-W500 adds to the connectivity with an HDMI 1.3 outlet that allows you to simply connect to a Blu-ray player, DVD player, tablet or other HD media device for a widescreen, HD home gaming or home theater experience.

Both devices will be available in North America as well as Latin America in mid-October with the PLED-W200 selling for $499 with a three-year limited warranty and the PLED-W500 selling for $699 with the same warranty.

Source: Market Watch - ViewSonic's New Ultraportable LED Projector Line Means Business; Delivers Ultimate Combination of Power and Mobility

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