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eMagin Z800 3Dvisor

21, Jun 2006

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The Z800 3DVisor is the world’s first personal display system to combine two OLED microdisplays with stereovision 3D capabilities, stereo audio, a noise-canceling microphone, and an integrated head tracker. The eMagin Z800 3DVisor uniquely provides a view equivalent to a 105-inch screen at twelve feet with 3D capability. Its high-speed head tracker enables full 360-degree virtual-surround viewing.

At the core of the Z800 3DVisor is a pair of eMagin SVGA 3D OLED (organic light-emitting diode) microdisplays. These microdisplays incorporate the same OLED display technology currently being used by the US Army Land Warrior program and many other high performance display systems. They deliver high-speed, high-resolution (800×600 triad pixels), high-color (>16 million) imagery for near-eye applications. eMagin’s OLED microdisplays are thinner and lighter than Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs). In addition, because OLED materials emit their own light, they require less power, permitting the Z800 3DVisor to deliver stereovision, head tracking, and hi-fi sound from a single USB power source.

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OLED displays offer higher contrast and a wider dispersion of light, making them more comfortable for near-eye use. eMagin’s patented 3D OLED displays can recognize and deliver left-eye and right-eye stereovision signals with unsurpassed efficiency. Color data is buffered under each pixel site, eliminating flicker and smear. If only 2D information is available the Z800 3DVisor still delivers unsurpassed visual quality.

Stereovision 3D
The Z800 3DVisor uses two OLED microdisplays to accomplish this 3D effect with an advanced stereoscopic technique. When a frame-sequential 3D signal is input into the Z800 3DVisor, the Z800 divides the signal so that it alternates between both OLED Microdisplays. Each eye sees a different, but constant, perspective to mimic normal stereoscopic sight, creating a realistic 3D image. Since the OLED Microdisplays refresh so quickly, much faster than your average LCD display, no noticeable flicker is produced. To further eliminate flicker, each display uses analog DRAM to grab and hold information from refresh to refresh, meaning the display never has an opportunity to go black or “decay.” The responsiveness and constant imagery combine to create the best 3D experience on the market today.
Many games on the market do have stereovision 3D compatibility. Many times, this compatibility is not detailed on the game’s packaging. Therefore, eMagin recommends that for specific games you download a demo version or contact the game’s manufacturer. Some examples of compatible games are Unreal Tournament 2003 and 2004, Doom 3, Painkiller, Half-Life 2 and America’s Army.

Integrated Headtracker
The Z800 3DVisor’s integrated headtracker uses micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) accelerometers and gyroscopes to detect motion. The headtracker features three gyroscopes, one each for the X-, Y-, and Z-axis. In addition, the headtracker contains corresponding compasses and accelerometers to ensure performance over varying forms of motion.
The Z800 3DVisor comes bundled with mouse emulation software specifically designed for use with the eMagin headtracker. After installation, the program runs in the background and translates detected head motion into motion on your screen. Specialized settings in the bundled software, Windows mouse controls, and special in-game settings can all be used to fine-tune the mouse emulation to your preferences.

Specifications
Model Name: eMagin Z800 3DVisor & eMagin X800 3DVisor*
Viewing Equivalent: 105 inch diagonal movie screen viewed at 12 feet
View Angle: ~ 40 deg diagonal FOV
Headtracking: 360?’?° horizontal, >60?’?° vertical (Not included in the X800)
Aspect Ratio: 4 x 3
Resolution: SVGA ???‚??? 800 x 600 triad pixels per display (1.44 megapixels)
Number of Colors:24-bit color for more than 16.7 million
Brightness: >50 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: >200:1
Stereovision: Automatic detect of frame-sequential stereovision data Renders 2D or 3D video
Controller Dimension: 6.1 in L X 3.45 in W X 1.15 in D
Weight (display set): <8 oz (<227 g) Power Consumption: <1.25W typical Power Supply: USB or 5V DC regulated Signal Input Mode: RGB Signal Input (PC D-Sub) 24 bit per pixel color Audio Output: Attached stereo sound Microphone System: Built-in noise-canceling microphone

Price of the eMagin Z800 3DVisor European Version is $649.

More information about eMagin 3Dvisors
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Pleo is quite an interesting soon to be commercially available robot pet. Pleo, a Ugobe Life Form is the authentic recreation of the long extinct Camarasaurus, a dinosaur from the Jurassic period. Pleo is a ‘designer species’. He incorporates all the basic traits of autonomous life. He is specifically engineered and enhanced to mimic life and relate to his owner on a personal level.

Pleo is equipped with senses for sight, sound, and touch. He learns as he explores his environment. He will exhibit genuine reactions to sensory stimuli. Every Pleo begins life with certain tendencies but, interaction with his environment has subtle effects on his behavior. Every Pleo eventually exhibits a unique personality.

Pleo is capable of expression. He can feel joy and sorrow, anger and annoyance. When Pleo is tired, he will become drowsy and go to sleep?“?–even dream. Two or more Pleos will recognize one another. Be careful though. They can transmit colds to each other. Achoo! Pleo even sneezes!

Pleo is a one-week old infant Camarasaurus from the Jurassic period. Camarasaurus were born and raised in giant fern forests. They evolved camouflage that allowed them to blend with their environment of ferns, moss and ruff, the detritus that littered the forest floor. The first Pleo created is a Fernback. His markings help him to survive by hiding among the giant fern fronds in his habitat.

Pleo is an authentic Life Form. Treat him gently like any other living thing. Your Pleo will let you know how he feels at any moment. That’s because he is capable of actual emotions including joy, aggression, sorrow, and fear. He can also yawn, sigh, sniff, sniffle, snore, cough, hiccup, and sneeze.

Pleo wants to explore his environment. He will be cautious when he walks to the edge of a table. He may cry when he is frightened. Pleo will stretch when he first wakes up. He may stomp his foot for food when hungry.

The Pleo is expected to be available for purchase this fall with a price of about 200$


See the Pleo dinosaur robot in action…

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You have a laptop, but when you are on the go its battery doesn’t last long enough. Have you ever wished you could have a battery that will allow you to run your portable computer without the need of a power outlet for 12, 16 or even 24 hours? Then Electrovaya PowerPad 160 is just the thing you need…

What is Electrovaya’s PowerPad?
Electrovaya PowerPad 160 is a kind of external rechargeable battery for notebook computers that can store 160 watt-hours of energy in a package less than 3/8″ (10mm) thin and having the same footprint as a standard laptop computer (weighting only 2.4lb or 1.1kg). It can run a laptop for up to 16 hours from a single charge. The pack is convenient to use with a universal cord with detachable connectors to fit most portable computers and can be easily stored away.

What is run time of the PowerPad 160
Electrovaya has tested the PowerPad 160 with simulation software and has achieved 16 hours of run-time, with the notebook’s Power Management set to its most efficient battery use. Our internal tests indicate that the PowerPad160 has approximately 160 watt-hours of energy capacity and enables users to run most laptops for 12 to 16 hours, compared to single batteries typically installed in portable computers, which generally have between 30-40 watt hours and 2 to 4 hour run-times. This simulation package runs through various software programs to simulate “regular use.” The actual run-time will vary depending on the type of software used, the type of screen, etc. For instance, continuous running of the DVD will reduce the run-time achieved due to the greater consumption of energy by this application.

How long does it take to recharge my PowerPad 160?
The PowerPad 160 takes approximately 4 hours to charge to 80% capacity and another hour to charge fully. To recharge the PowerPad, connect your notebook computer’s AC Adapter to the recharge port on the PowerPad connection cable and then plug the other end of the adapter into a wall outlet.

Other choices…
Besides the PowerPad 160, which seems to be the best model in terms of price/performance ratio, there are also 80, 120 and 300 Wh models, so you can easily get the one that best fits your needs. You should have in mind that the top model (PowerPad 300) is quite expensive ($799) although it offers up to 24 hours run time… it is just that for about 800$ you can get a quite decent laptop 😉

PowerPad 160 specifications
– Capacity: 15~20 Volts, 11Ah, 160 Wh
– Charge time: 80% charge in 4 hours
– Dimensions: 3/8″ thin, 8.75″ x 11.75″
– Weight: 2.4 lbs or 1.1 Kg
– Casing: rugged metal casing
– Operating temperature: 0°C (32°F) to 60°C (140°F)
– Run-time: up to 16 hours for most laptop computers

Price of the PowerPad 160: $449

Get more information about Electrovaya’s PowerPads
List of mobile computers that are supposed to work with PowerPad


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