Vuzix Tac-Eye LT: Full on Terminator eyewear

Vuzix Corporation recently announced that its Tac-Eye Monocular Display System is now available for purchase across Europe. The Tac-Eye LT is a lightweight, low profile, high-resolution monocular eyewear piece designed for use in the field where rugged hands-free video displays are needed.

Part of Vuzix’s handy (and award-winning) technology, the Tac-Eye LT unit enables users to view the real world alongside relevant computer generated information, graphics and alerts (full-on ‘Terminator’-type stuff, innit).

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Designed with the mobile user in mind, its high-contrast SVGA (800×600) display is close to perfect for displaying images from a wearable computer, laptop, vehicle mounted computer system, security cameras, or any other video source. Combined with some of the new Ultra Mobile PCs, European users now have access to one of the lightest, rugged wearable computer systems ever built. Yep. It’s just that good.

David Lock, Director of Operations EMEA Region, Vuzix commented,

“The Tac-Eye has been a popular choice among the defence, security and industrial sectors across the US for some time now and we have regularly received requests for information on the Tac-Eye products from interested parties in Europe. We’re delighted to now be offering these products and to have the ability to fulfil all of the potential sales requests that come into the European office.”

Mounted on Oakley SI Ballistic M-Frame 2.0 eyewear (but it also clips onto standard safety glasses, FYI), the monocular display will improve the user’s situational awareness (with a super 30 degree diagonal field of view) over other monocular models. It is expected to be a popular choice with industrial organisations across Europe due to being able to withstand varying degrees of shock, vibration, water, dust and temperature fluctuations. Told you. ‘Terminator’-type stuff!

The VGA unit includes a standard VGA connector as well as a rugged mouse, the video unit provides a BNC and RCA connection that will accept NTSC, PAL, and RS-170 video signals and the VGA/video unit includes all of the connectors and input devices from both of the VGA and video configurations. Power, display brightness, and display orientation are controlled by the inline control pad. You have the power. You have the technology, and so on.

Ready in three formats: Video, VGA and VGA/Video the Tac-Eye LT is available now from www.vuzix.eu.

Quick look: Vuzix Wrap Virtual Reality Tracker 6TC

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If I offered to put an LCD screen centimetres from your face, you’d probably punch me in mine. Enter Vuzix, a company that makes its trade on doing just the. The difference, however, is that the company uses specialist glasses with high-density screens to give the illusion of distance. And now, with the Wrap Tracker 6TC add-on, the goggles lets you move the images on the screen as you move your head.

The video eyewear, the Wrap 920, is the basic product. Two screens, two noise isolation earphones (in three sizes) are mounted into a set of glasses that black your senses from the outside world. You’re then immersed in a world of stereo sound and simulated 67-inch screens, where gaming comes alive.

The company states that Wrap 920 makes you feel like you’re watching a huge screen TV from three metres away, which sounds great. The issue, however, is that those two LCD displays are only 640 x 480. This is super-high resolution for their size, but it means there’s potential for low-picture quality and certainly not HD performance.

The battery life is also a bit of a pain – a paltry three hours from 2 AA batteries. On the plus side, at least this limitation will cut down gaming sessions to a mroe health- and safety-friendly period of time (which is around an hour).

The Wrap Tracker 6TC is the real innovation. Once plugged in (it comes as a cute little chip), the assorted magneto-resistive sensors, accelerometers and gyro offer highly accurate head tracking.  For gamers, this means:

“The Wrap 920 VR bundle adds a unique 3D ‘in game’ element for PC gamers. When you hear the enemy coming up behind you, the ability to physically turn your head and view them or to be able to view the complete landscape of the game play zone offers the player a unique advantage over their game opponents.” – Paul Travers, Vuzix CEO

The Tracker 6TC is compatible with over 100 popular PC games, including Batman: Arkham Asylum, Call of Duty, GRID and World of Warcraft. More can be found at the company’s website: www.vuzix.com/UKSITE/consumer/products_vr920_support.html.

The ability to turn your head to change the view in-game is a level of immersion that just isn’t possible with any other technology on the market. With the addition of the sound-isolating headphones, you’re able to totally leave the real world behind as you explore fantastic lands. As long as you can use a keyboard and mouse without seeing them.

Vuzix Wrap brings large screen video to, err, sunglasses!

While most people assume (and quite rightly most of the time) that it always rains in Britain, that hasn’t stopped Vuzix from kindly bringing their stylish sunglasses-style video eye-wear to our shores. To be fair, the company does point out that they can be used whenever and wherever, you want and not just on a sunny beach!

Through the technology embedded in the Wrap product range, you can view a picture that, in theory, recreates the experience of watching a standard large screen – providing a virtual viewing choice from 44 to 67 inch, right in front of your eyes.

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The Vuzix Wrap is compatible with devices which have composite video-out (found in mobile devices as well as things like camcorders, portable DVD players, games consoles, etc.). and it comes complete with an iPod/iPhone adaptor which most people have come to expect these days.

Launched in time to cash-in on the Christmas shopping, the Vuzix Wrap comes in three versions The Wrap 230 (£129.99 inc VAT), Wrap 280 Widescreen (£179.99 inc VAT), and the Wrap 920 (£249.99 inc VAT) and is available directly from the company as well as through Apple, Firebox and Play amongst others.