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Monday, January 02, 2006, 09:00 am PT (12:00 pm ET)

eMagin to debut wearable iPod video headset

A company that makes video display products for military and industrial uses has developed a wearable headset system that plugs into Apple Computer's video iPod, according to SeattlePI.

Bellevue-based eMagin Corp. plans to unveil the device sometime this year with a suggest retail price of $600 — about $200 more than the cost of Apple's most expensive iPod.

Dubbed the EyeBud 800, the device will display video from fifth-generation iPods in the front of one eye using optical technology designed to give the picture a higher resolution and make it appear larger than on the iPod's screen.

"With the proximity of the screen to the eye, and the magnifying effect of the company's optical technology, the company says that using the headset is akin to watching a 105-inch display from 12 feet away," according to the report.

The EyeBud system reportedly uses a separate control module, about the size of the iPod, which includes a rechargeable battery pack.

"Suddenly you've got this big-screen, movie-screen, home-theater experience, wherever you are," said Gary Jones, eMagin's president and CEO.

Consumers will likely be able to get their first look at the EyeBud 800 a this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, which eMagin will be attending.