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VIRTUAL DISPLAY: Second Sight High Resolution Viewer
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 05.02.03 - 12:02:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 10705x
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My fellow MVP Brad from Pocket PC Thoughts just found this fancy accessory for Pocket PCs: The Second Sight portable High Resolution viewer, designed for Pocket PC handhelds. Second Sight connects directly to virtually any Compact Flash or PCMCIA slot. Our software allows for full VGA screen information (640 x 480 pixels) to be displayed on the Second Sight display. If your application demands higher resolution then you can get with a standard PDA, Second Sight may be the perfect solution.

Specifications

  • Compatibility: Any Pocket PC PDA or notebook with card slot. OS - Win CE, Pocket PC 2002, Windows 9x, NT, 2000/XP.
  • Weight: Display - 40grams, Card - 5grams
  • Operating Temperature: 32 - 104F (0-40C)
  • Display Format: 640X480, color, 72Hz refresh rate.
  • Video Input: Standard VGA, via CompactFlash or PCMCIA.
  • Focus Range: Virtual display has equivalent adjustable focus from 2 to 15 feet to work with almost anyone's eyesight.
  • Field of View: 16 degrees horizontal. (15" VGA monitor at 21")
  • Battery:  Low power consumption, no extra batteries required.

The proprietary software allows users to collect and view all of the picture images resident on the PDA and view them in high resolution. The touch screen functions as a mouse and allows the user to navigate through image files, Internet Explorer and email attachments (with desktop resolution.)

Wow, this sounds pretty interesting to me and I'm a big fan of this kind of technology since I bought the Nintendo Virtual Boy in 1995 (which was unfortunately a low burner and mostly forgotten today).

It's pretty cool to have the screen right in front of the eyes and I'm sure that this technology was enhanced during the past years. While the Virtual Boy worked with a red/black screen only, Second Sight seems to work in full color mode. Also interesting sounds the possibility to increase the screen resolution which might make that technology even more useful. The only downside I see here is that I wonder who will run through the streets like a "Borg"?

Cheers ~ Arne

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