Glasses-like Display Projects Video on Its Lens

Jun 24, 2013
Tadashi Nezu, Nikkei Electronics
The "GlassUp"
The "GlassUp"
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The "Online & Mobile Game Pavilion"
The "Online & Mobile Game Pavilion"
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Video is projected to the light blue film attached to the right lens. The projector device is seen in the right side of the picture.
Video is projected to the light blue film attached to the right lens. The projector device is seen in the right side of the picture.
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At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), one of the largest trade shows for the game industry, which took place from June 11 to 13, 2013, in Los Angeles, there were many other exhibition sites than the main sites, "West Hall" and "South Hall." And the "GlassUP" glasses-like display was exhibited in a booth named "Online & Mobile Game Pavilion."

Video from the ultra-small projector embedded in one of the temples of the glasses is projected to a special translucent film attached to the inside of the lens. And the user watches the video reflected on the film. In the view of the user, the video is superimposed on the real view.

With Bluetooth capability, the display is expected to be connected to a smartphone and show relatively simple information such as e-mail and SNS messages and route guidance. Currently, a development fund is being raised through the "indiegogo" crowdfunding system, and the exhibited display was a just prototype, a staffer in the booth said.

The pixel count of the projected video is 320 x 240. According to its catalog, the display can show only green color. But the video on the display was reddish.

The GlassUP is also equipped with acceleration and magnetic field sensors. The developer of the display aims to realize a standby time of 150 hours.