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OmniVision announces tiny wearable display and camera

OmniVision provided this mockup of how its display could be incorporated into wearable technology. The rendering looks an awful lot like Google Glass.

Watch out Google, OmniVision is getting into the wearable camera market, too. OmniVision's new technology—called OmniGlass—combines a tiny LCOS, 1020 display with a 4-megapixel camera into a wearable device similar to Google Glass.

OmniVision has made the imaging components of many smartphones, most notably Apple's iPhone 5 and the Sony Moto X. OmniGlass, which is available as a 'development kit' for industry customers, could be used by Google's competitors to challenge Google Glass in the wearable technology market.

From OmniVision's press release:

The OmniGlass reference design is a complete optical head-mounted display (OHMD), equipped with a 4-megapixel autofocus camera that delivers high quality 720p HD video, and a best-in-class display enabled by OmniVision's high-performance OVP2200 LCOS solution. The device's image processor is capable of supporting various wireless connections, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and enables on-screen display (OSD) features for augmented reality applications.

The single-chip OVP2200 is a color field sequential LCOS device with a native resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a diagonal measurement of 0.26-inch. It uses all-digital technology to produce clear, stable images. The OVP2200's ultra-compact form factor and low-power consumption make it an ideal LCOS solution for applications ranging from wearable smartphone displays to sports and medical cameras.

The OVP921 companion chip provides enhanced system performance without the need for external memory or an image processor. It has built-in keystone correction, frame rate conversion, video input scaling, interface to LED controller and an embedded microcontroller. The OVP921 can accept video data from three different signal inputs: 24-bit RGB, MIPI or USB.

A prototype of OmniGlass is currently available for demonstrations, and a development kit is available for customer sampling upon request. The OVP2200 is currently sampling, with volume production expected to begin during the second quarter of 2014.


Total comments: 7
Bart B Van Bockstaele

I absolutely love it. While it wouldn't replace a 'real' camera, it definitely has the potential to make my field work a lot easier in that it would help me to document the presence of animals where I would otherwise be too slow to take a picture.


It's bad enough when mobile phone users don't look where they're going, donning a pair of glasses with a real time video display is asking for more trouble as you'll think they've seen you when they haven't. At least you can tell when someone isn't paying attention to you when they're using their phone.



By (unknown member) (Oct 15, 2013)

utterly without point.


More perverts coming soon....

1 upvote

Perverts are already there. But these new gadgets will make them more harmful...

Bart B Van Bockstaele

Harmful? While I may or may not *like* that someone takes a picture of me, I fail to see how this would be *harmful* to me. My failure to see harm is not rhetorical. I would love to hear the reasoning behind this.

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