Sony announces head mounted image processing unit

We know that the next big thing in the world of consumer electronics will most probably be wearable technology – the likes of Google Glass will definitely make quite a splash in the industry, if you ask me. Well, there is a place for the likes of Google Glass, but do remember that wearable tech could have so much more potential. Case in point, Sony has just announced the launch of a head-mount image processing unit which is capable of receiving and outputting endoscope image signals, as well as controlling video images, and these can subsequently be displayed in 3D or 2D via an accompanying head-mounted monitor. This head-mounted monitor can also be picked up as a separate purchase.

The medical fraternity is one that will appreciate this head mounted image processing unit, especially those who are involved in the world of laparoscopic surgery. In this procedure, an endoscope is inserted via multiple keyhole incisions in a patient’s abdomen, letting the surgeon confirm video images that are shown off on a monitor in real time, and it has become a common procedure since it minimizes the strain on patients when compared to open surgery. Sony’s head-mount image processor will come in handy for sure, where it is equipped with a 3D head-mounted monitor and will play nice with a 3D surgical laparoscope. This is made possible thanks to the incorporation of Sony’s advanced 3D and display-related technologies, where it can realize a standard of 3D images which will be able to meet the demands of medical professionals.

This new Sony unit maximizes the technological advantages of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels, allowing one to enjoy extremely detailed image representation of the target area. Some of these characteristics will include high resolution, superb reproduction of blacks, excellent video image response times, as well as precise color reproduction. A couple of panels have been fitted inside the monitor, where each one is meant for the respective eyes. Independent HD images will then be displayed on the left and right panels, where there will be no visual crosstalk, so that you can check out the target area in high definition glory complete with faithful color reproduction and highly-precise information relating to depth. We do look forward to see what else technology can throw up in the world of modern medicine.

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