- At last month's International Symposium on Wearable Computers
in Seattle, MicroOptical debuted its prototype projectable-display glasses
(see the photo). A tiny LCD in one temple generates high- resolution, 24-bit
text, graphics, and video, viewed through optics hidden in the lenses.
The display is projected in front of users, right in the middle of their
surroundings, as if they were watching television.
- MicroOptical is in partnership talks with PDA manufacturers
and wearable-computer companies. Within the next two years, thanks to
an alliance between MicroOptical and Essilor International, a maker of
ophthalmic lenses, consumers will be able to purchase Bluetooth- enabled
eyewear with MicroOptical's embedded technology from stores such as LensCrafters
as part of a complete prescription eyeglass package, which will cost $400
to $600. MicroOptical is also looking to make the glasses compatible with
- Letting users pick standard frames and not blocking
their view of their surroundings have been elusive design goals, according
to Paul Zavracky, MicroOptical's president. "These have been our
objectives from the beginning," he says. "People will be able
to sit on a train or walk around and have access to information like e-
mail, the Internet, GPS, and movies-and they won't have to wear helmets."
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