ROCHESTER, N.Y., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vuzix Corporation (TSX-V: VZX, OTC:BB: VUZI, FMB: V7X) ("Vuzix" or the "Company") announced today that is had successfully delivered to the Natick Soldier RD&E Center (NSRDEC) two different sets of highly advanced optical see-through helmet mounted display (HMD) systems. Each of Vuzix' waveguide and quantum beamsplitter optical systems delivered to NSRDEC demonstrate various performance characteristics. The first design affords a smaller form factor, and the second, a super high brightness system achieving a display screen outputting 2400 nits for use in direct sunlight.
The delivered HMD systems are monocular see-through head mounted displays designed to clip-on to ballistic glasses or helmets. The monocular displays improve the user's situational awareness over current immersive monocular models and incorporate state of the art optics and image processing electronics that may connect to any device with VGA or composite video out capability. The systems delivered have been optimized for brightness and functionality, colors are bright and the image is true, with low distortion. For additional operator comfort, the systems employ a Liquid Crystal light shutter as a means to control non desired external light and the level of translucency.
Paul Travers, Vuzix President and CEO said, "Situational awareness is critical to a user's safety in the field, and their ability to react quickly. We continue to improve our technology to solve these issues and create larger, brighter and higher performing near-eye imaging systems for a broad range applications and environments."
The main goal for this $345,000 project awarded to Vuzix was to integrate several key technologies within the wearable sensors and physiological status monitoring technologies in the fire fighter's duty uniform and protective gear worn by emergency responders as well as soldiers. Further this tool could provide information that will lead to better fitness programs to help individuals cope with high stress levels and other stressors.
About Vuzix Corporation
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear products in the defense, consumer and media & entertainment markets. The Company's products, personal display devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, thermal sighting systems, tactical wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. With its origins in defense research and development for next generation display solutions, Vuzix holds over 51 patents in the Video Eyewear field. The company has won 9 Consumer Electronics Show Innovations Awards, the RetailVision Best New Product and several wireless technology innovation awards, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (TSX-V:VZX - News, OTC:BB: VUZI, FMB: V7X) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan. For more information visit www.vuzix.com.
About Natick Soldier RD&E Center (NSRDEC):
The Natick Soldier RD&E Center (NSRDEC) is located at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, under the Army's Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). NSRDEC has the dedicated mission to maximize the Warrior's survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectiveness and quality of life by treating the Soldier as a System. Situated near the birthplace of the Nation's Army, NSRDEC is also the birthplace of the Soldier as a System concept.
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