emagin Z800

The promise of the near view display is there, though prior implementations have been poor. A head-mounted screen should theoretically provide the equivalent to a very large disply viewed from a few meters away, for immersive gaming and other virtual reality endeavors. The trouble is, users usually walk away with headaches and nausea instead of a great gaming experience. EMagin is throwing some OLED into the mix and hoping that puts them into the sweet spot with their Z800 3D visor (at right — you'd think a graphics company could put some effort into some decent hi-res prototype shots, but no). The viewer will include stereovision and headtracking features as well as audio output and input (via noise-cancelling microphone). The total system cost will be lower than the equivalent near view with LCD, as well as consuming less power. The USB device supposedly simulates a 105-inch view at 12 feet, at a resolution of 800 x 600. We'll believe it when we see it, which won't be til at least Q2.

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