Ships First Nomad Personal Display Systems
Unique head-worn display will improve workplace productivity and
Inc. has announced that it has begun shipping the first Nomad Personal
The first shipments reflect the diverse applications for the Nomad
system that Microvision is developing with customers and partners:
The Nomad display system is a high-resolution headworn display
that presents images and information to the user in a see-through
or "head-up" mode. This unique personal display
will enable head-up, hands-free access to information such
as diagrams, instrumentation, maintenance records, moving
maps and interactive training manuals. The Nomad display features
full daylight-readability, allowing users to view high contrast
images in even the most challenging ambient lighting conditions.
High quality, Super VGA resolution makes the Nomad immediately
compatible with a broad range of existing applications and
By enabling users to merge selected electronic images into
their natural field of vision, the Nomad Personal Display
System can bring critical information to the point of task.
From flight lines to factory floors, surgical suites, and
more, systems utilizing the Nomad display can deliver major
improvements in productivity, quality and safety for virtually
any type of manual task.
The company is targeting applications for workers in four
vertical markets - industrial, aerospace, medical, and military
- that enable customers to keep information in front of people
engaged in manual tasks or on the move.
Leibinger (a division of Stryker Corporation) will couple the
Nomad system with a surgical workstation. The display will provide
surgeons with a see-through display so they can visualize the surgical
field while viewing targeting and guidance information provided
by the workstation. The system has the potential to improve accuracy
and decrease operative time.
a leader in providing product solutions to assist people with low
vision, will assess the Nomad system as a device intended to improve
the ability of people with low vision to read printed material.
the European Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation, will evaluate
its first Nomad systems as tools to improve visualization for air
traffic controllers, potentially reducing stress and workload, reducing
delays, and improving airport safety.
- a consortium of German companies including Audi, Siemens, Volkswagen,
and Airbus - is researching augmented reality technologies to support
development, production and servicing of complex technical products
in a user-oriented, application-driven manner. ARVIKA will adapt
Nomad systems into its research projects. Consortium members will
also evaluate the Nomad display for their own specific near-term
"This year will be an exciting time for Microvision,"
noted Rutkowski. "We are now shipping a ground-breaking display
product that enables a whole new paradigm for how electronic information
is visualized in applications from maintenance and manufacturing
to air-traffic control, surgery and security. As a result of our
work, the U.S. military recently awarded us contracts to further
develop and enhance the Nomad display technology for both combat
and medical applications. With Nomad, Microvision has the opportunity
to play a role in shaping and defining a very significant new market
in information technology as it develops over the next several years."
Microvision set stringent performance expectations for the Nomad
system, said Rutkowski. "Based on feedback from customer evaluations
of prototypes and the field trials we've conducted in the last two
years, we're confident that the Nomad display delivers a level of
performance that is both essential to safe head-up visualization,
and absolutely unique in the marketplace."
Headquartered in Bothell, Wash., Microvision Inc. is the developer
of the patented retinal scanning display technology and a world
leader in micro miniature optical scanning technology for display
and imaging applications. The company's technology has applications
in a broad range of military, medical, industrial, professional
and consumer information products.