BY GERRY YARRISH PHOTOS BY PETER HALL
A visual “heads-up” display system that can put you
in the cockpit of your RC airplane
LET’S FACE IT: technology today is nothing short of amazing. As far as I’m
concerned, many of the neat electronic
gadgets and products available today seem
to work like magic! You can get lost for
hours surfing the web, driving getaway cars
or even blasting away aliens. What more
could you ask for? How about a way to view
electronic images that has broad appeal and
is tailor-made for computer gamers, movie
The “Liberator” control unit provides connections to VGA, S-video USB and Compact Flash.
You can adjust the
optics of the visor to
suit your eyes.
downloaders and even us RC modelers?
Well, read on!
PERSONAL CINEMA SYSTEM
The new Headplay Personal Cinema System
(PCS) is a portable visual headset and multimedia system that brings the images right
to your eyes. Headplay is compatible with
most types of media output devices and the
images you see have a 3D look to them. The
The “Navigator” hand control unit allows
you to select various menu items while
wearing the visor.
high-resolution optics immerse you in
whatever you are viewing. When you slip
on the visor, it’s easy to adjust for a perfect
fit. Both the focus and the width (
interpupillary distance) between the two view
screens are adjustable so there’s no eye
strain at all. The Headplay system includes
a visor, the Liberator control unit, a Navigator hand control, a storage case, AC
power adaptor, an RCA-style adaptor cable,
a USB flash memory stick key, noise reducing ear buds, a lens cleaning cloth and
cushioned inserts to custom fit the visor to
any size forehead.
The Liberator control unit is “the black
box” or nerve center for the whole system.
It includes dual USB host inputs, slots and
ports for VGA input and an S-video/composite AV RCA adaptor port. It will also
work with compact flash cards. To set up
the unit, all you have to do is plug in the
power cable and attach the visor connection. The power button has four display
indicator colors. Blue means the unit is on,
green means the battery is fully charged,
flashing green means the battery is charging and red means the battery voltage is
getting low (when the AC adaptor is not
connected). To switch the unit off, just
press the power button again.
Headplay is compatible with:
• Desktop computers and laptops (so RC
flight sims are a natural)
• Cable and satellite TV systems
• iPod Nano/Shuffle mp3 players
• iPod video players
• DVD players
• Wii, X-box 360, PS2 & PS3 consoles