Vuzix launches widescreen eye-sets for mobile devices

A display technology firm has unveiled eye-sets that give moble device users a wide view of their small screens.

A display technology firm has unveiled eye-sets that give moble device users a wide view of their small screens.

Worn like a pair of glasses, Vuzix claims its AV310 is the first video headset to feature the full 16:9 widescreen ratio.

The AV230XL uses organic LED (OLED) screen technology for a bright, high-contrast display that uses less power than rival technologies.

There are four models to the Vuzix range. The AV920 is the top of the range video headset. The VR920 is a virtual reality headset aimed at the gaming market. It adds motion tracking and 3D capability to 80 PC titles and online games such as World of Warcraft, Second Life and Call of Duty.

The products are designed to complement a range of devices with TV Out capability. These include: the Apple iPod range MP4 players games consoles such as Wii and mobile phones from Nokia, Sony Ericsson, LG, Samsung and HTC.

"Connectivity and access to content is now at such a level that most consumers across Europe could sit and watch on their personal devices cinema-sized video from YouTube, BBC iPlayer or other on-demand TV channels using a Vuzix headset," said the company.

Vuzix CEO Paul Travers said: "As screens in our homes get bigger, the screens we use on the move have stayed roughly the same size.

"With Vuzix iWear you can get the full big-screen cinema experience, in a device small enough to carry in your pocket. The range of products you can connect to is increasing all the time as more and more mobile phones are released with video out capability."

The Vuzix models are both shipped with an approved "made for iPod" cable. It connects to the full range of iPod devices - including the Classic, the Nano and the Touch - and also to the iPhone. Leads for other leading handsets such as Nokia's N95 and N96 are also included within the pack.

The AV230XL costs £129.99 and the AV310 Widescreen is £149.99.

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