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Carl Zeiss anounces new Cinemizer plus Video Eyewear

Zeiss announces the Cinemizer "plus", an updated and improved version of the original Cinemizer video eyewear. The Cinemizer plus uses the same high quality optics as the original, plus it now incorporates improved comfort and usability features. The Cinemizer combines LCD screens with individual diopter focus adjustment (-3.5 to +3.5D).. The resulting image appears as virtual 45-inch screen, as viewed from six feet away. The Cinemizer plus adds the ability to override the built in headphones and plug in third party models...

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All about the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer EyewearHead Mounted Video and 3D-video Eyewear from the leaders in precision optics
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Carl Zeiss, leaders in precision optics announce the ZEISS Cinemizer plus, and updated and improved version of the original ZEISS Cinemizer video eyewear. Since its launch in Germany last year the original Cinemizer has gained great acclaim. The new Cinemizer plus uses the same high quality optics as the original, plus it now incorporates improved comfort and usability features.

The ultimate in optical precision

The Cinemizer combines high-resolution LCD screens with individual diopter focus adjustment (-3.5 to +3.5D). This means even if the user wears glasses the screen image can be focussed for crystal-clear viewing. The resulting image is optically tuned to appear as virtual 45-inch (diagonal) screen, as viewed from six feet away (2 meters).

The original Cinemizer incorporates on-ear headphones. The Cinemizer plus adds the ability to override the built in headphones and plug in third party models. This means that users that have high-end audio equipment can use them with the Cinemizer plus.

In order to improve cable management, the previous on-cable controls have been moved to the main battery unit. There are two additional nosepad adaptors, and the sliding ear pieces are made of a softer compound for extra comfort and a better fit for people of all ages.

The Cinemizer is “Made for iPod” which means it is designed specifically to work with all iPods that have video. The Cinemizer also works with both the original and the 3G iPhone.

Future of portable video is 3D

Both the original and plus versions of the Cinemizer feature a 3D mode that enables stereoscopic viewing of 3D content. Content that is produced in side-by-side 3D format can be displayed from any video source, then the views are split for left and right screens. The resulting experience is a rich and immersive 3D image.

Carl Zeiss is actively lobbying Hollywood studios to offer consumer versions of the 3D movies they are creating. Of 5,545 (indoor) cinemas in the US, there are 1,068 3D capable screens, which are showing a rapidly growing number of 3D movies. But currently there are very few options to bring the 3D experience into the consumer realm.

Andreas Klavehn, Senior Manager for the Carl Zeiss Multimedia Devices, said “Carl Zeiss has been working on video eyewear for professional uses since 1999, and we are very excited to be able to bring that technology to the consumer market. We believe our experience in precision optics makes the Cinemizer a market leading product in terms of quality, and we have big plans for this new and growing sector.”

Availability

The Cinemizer plus will be available in the USA, UK and Germany from March 2009. The original Cinemizer is still available, and for the first time for sale in the USA and UK.

The original Cinemizer is $449 in the US, £299 including VAT in the UK, and €369 including VAT in Germany.

Additional information: All about the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer Eyewear
January 10, 2009
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