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08 Jan 2004

The world’s first 800 x 600 pixel OLED head-mounted display for consumer applications goes on show in the US.

Delegates at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2004) being held in Las Vegas, US, have had their first glimpse of an 800x600 pixels (SVGA) head-mounted display based on organic light-emitting display (OLED) technology. The display, named X-eye, is the result of a collaboration between the US OLED specialist eMagin and Leadtek Research of Taiwan.

Both monocular and binocular versions are on display at CES 2004. Leadtek says that the headset provides a screen size equivalent to a 15-inch notebook computer or a 60-inch television. The device will initially be targeted at PC, PC DVD and PC game users.

The display plugs into an RGB port and can be used a second “virtual” monitor for notebook PCs for editing multiple documents or to provide data privacy while travelling. This allows a user to view a document on the notebook screen while simultaneously viewing a second document on the headset screen.

Leadtek says that the binocular version of the X-eye can provide true 3D stereovision imaging when used with specially-designed computer software that provides frame-sequential 3D.

“eMagin’s OLED display power requirement is many times lower than that of LCDs, enabling the headset to be powered by a USB connection without separate batteries or AC power,” said Leadtek’s president K.S. Lu. “The high visual quality provided by eMagin’s displays has enabled such a product to be created with great portability.”

Jacqueline Hewett is news reporter on Optics.org and Opto & Laser Europe magazine.

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