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New Heads Up Displays enter the work place


September 12, 2005

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September 13, 2005 Not long ago, we were waxing on about the incredible feat performed by Motion Research in bringing the world's first consumer Heads Up displays to market for motorcyclists, cyclists and auto racers. Now we're equally as enthusiastic about the company's new consumer Heads Up displays, knowing full well that the functionality afforded by the displays could change the face of the modern workplace. VersaVue Heads Up displays are now available for commercial and industrial applications.

The patented, wireless VersaVue display system mounts onto hardhats, soft hats or helmets and gives the user a constant real-time view of critical information.

The powerful software allows for both serial and USB interfaces and is programmable for universal applications. The data appears in a personal display in the wearer’s periphery, focused at task length. This breakthrough technology frees the worker from distracting glances down at wrist-mounted or hand-held meters and displays.

It transmits critical data in low light and bright light, and is perfect for noisy environments.

It is also lightweight, compact, and very affordable.

VersaVue’s workplace applications are vast and varied, and include construction, agriculture, law enforcement, firefighting and HazMat, caller ID/instant messaging, multimeter, and military, among others. Motion Research Corporation is now offering the VersaVue DK1 developer’s kit which can be tailored to a specific application.

The following are VersaVue features and benefits:

    Lightweight and compact - Users may already be burdened with other critical monitoring and safety equipment. At a weight of 2.4 ounces with a self-contained power source included, VersaVue has very minimal impact to the overall weight of the user's gear. Mobility thru wireless data transmission - Real-time data is transmitted wirelessly and hands-free, minimizing its effect on the user’s mobility. Interface - The proprietary, user-friendly interface is simple and provides a good balance of functionality and security. This interface is also programmable which allows for versatility of the content displayed in the HUD. Light Condition Adaptability - The presence of the patented ambient light window and LED backlighting allows for versatility in various light conditions. For example, two-level backlighting can be used for darker environments. For brighter conditions, the ambient light window gathers the appropriate light and automatically adjusts the display light level. This allows for one of the brightest daylight-visible HUD displays ever made. Task-focused - For quick data access, the display itself is visible in the periphery and focused at task length (3 - 24 feet). This unique feature is very critical, especially in emergency situations as it allows for minimal change in focus by the user. Mount Versatility – VersaVue’s patented form factor allows it to be mounted on various headgear such as helmets, hard hats and soft baseball type caps. Display Versatility - The display presents the both scrolling and fixed text and numerical and graphical data in a clear and bright image that´s easy to read. You see and instantly grasp critical data. Overrides can easily be setup to inform the user of critical levels. This display has applicability in a number of industrial, military and law enforcement applications, including digital multi-meters, inventory control equipment, crane operations, firefighting and other extreme occupations.
About the Author
Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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