Posted 11 October 2007 - 09:11 AM
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Posted 11 October 2007 - 08:42 PM
Here is a link to the top 10: www.coolbuzz.org/entry/top-10-video-glasses/
I really liked The Lumus PD-20 series which look like regular clear eye glasses but they project the image directly in your line of sight. You can't really tell that you are wearing anything other than a normal pair of eyeglasses. They won't be out for another year or two. The technology is made available by Lumus but the end product will be manufactured by some one else. Check out the video demonstration at their website: www.lumus-optical.com/
Posted 12 October 2007 - 05:21 AM
The problem as yet is the low resolution mini lcd's, around 640x480 res just doesn't cut it when you're used to viewing at least 1024x768 on you're PC monitor.
Cheap high res mini lcd's will come in time though, I give it 5 years, then this tech will explode.
Posted 12 October 2007 - 10:11 AM
Believe it or not, most folks using the MallinCam report better images on an old CRT monitor type television than the LCD screens on the laptops. I found my best images were projected on my 50" plasma TV in my home but when you're out at a dark sky location or star party it's hard to beat a large screen image in the video glasses.
I mounted a 3.5" WATEC-35 high resolution color monitor on my UTA which has excellent images, but it is a small screen. I use it for centering and focusing on targets while the camera is in the focuser. It is great for viewing but the glasses provide for a much larger image which allows you to see the center star in The Ring Nebula much better.
Posted 12 October 2007 - 10:58 AM
Posted 12 October 2007 - 11:18 AM
You can split the signal - one line to monitor one to glasses
Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:28 PM
Posted 12 October 2007 - 03:28 PM
At the WAA club meeting tonight we're going to pass a resolution requiring you to bring the 50" plasma screen to observing night!
Posted 15 October 2007 - 02:47 PM
Posted 15 October 2007 - 03:04 PM
Mark, a MallinCam yahoo forum participant, came up with this link to many, many HMD options. It is a very cool website with excellent gear: www.vrealities.com
Posted 16 October 2007 - 06:58 PM
Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:46 AM
I really was encouraged to read your article on electronic bino viewing on CN. I've been thinking along these lines myself. Yours is the ideal answer to my mental wanderings.
I have wanted to build either a long slow newtonian or a binocular newtonian. I've been asking questions on a couple different forums. I've been trying to find someone who could tell me if you could get as good a view on a monitor as you can get looking through an eyepiece.
My thought for a binoscope was to use two cameras and put both images on one or two monitors and then view the monitor(s) with a stereoscope type setup.
The problems with binonewtonians is that you have to view them from the front with your back to the image. Your left eye is viewing the right mirror and the right eye is viewing the left mirror. I'm not sure how that will mix up the image but I'm guessing it puts images that should appear close, in the distance and images that should be distant would appear in the foreground.
If it is possible to use an HMD and get the image from the right mirror into the right monitor and the left mirror into the left monitor, the HMD could be a huge improvement over a stereoscope.
I believe the technology you are using is about to come into it's own. I think we will always look through eyepieces but with the improvement in high resolution cameras and monitors the views will be as good or better using electronic viewing and you won't have to climb a ladder or sit backwards to enjoy incredible views.
Thanks for spending the time to write and submit your article. I would appreciate hearing what you think about the image quality in the HMD as opposed to viewing through an optical binoviewer.
Posted 18 October 2007 - 07:53 PM
You have nothing to fear - JMI makes bino-newtonians I do not own one but I tried one - no problem they work
anyway left eye right eye is relative to which way your looking at scope
there are 2 kinds HMDs
steroscopic and monoscopic
my motive was at first to save weight - its a pain to lug a video monitor
Then I noticed that you get a big TV view in a small package
but it's still a TV view - not 3D TV
think of going to the movies - big screen still 2D
you can do what you want - it cost more
HMD's run from 150 dollars to 50,000 dollars !
3D is possible but it requires software and PC and steroscopic HMD
1) capture video image
2) apply 3D software algorithm
3) Use steroscopic HMD
4) Image will have 3D feel
5) keep in mind - its a brain trick - all objects are so far away - true 3D is impossible
6) the up side - you get better contrast because you are using both eyes and all visual part of your brain
binoview scops and binoviewers give very good 3D effect - the human eye-brain thing is really something else
however u are still limited in quantum eye capture few percent
video camera like mallicam go go very deep - u get color something thats very hard to do with eyes alone
I hope this article will inspire others to dig deeper
go this link
Posted 24 October 2007 - 02:43 AM
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Posted 23 September 2008 - 03:54 PM
How about the Toucam?
Posted 02 April 2009 - 09:27 PM
they have different hook up lines
they cost a little more