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Microvision Ships Heads-Up Display to Customers

Bothell, Wash.-based Microvision Inc. Wednesday began shipping its Nomad Personal Display System to customers.

The Nomad is a high-resolution display system, worn on the head, that presents images and information to the user in a see-through or "head-up" mode, enabling hands-free access to information like diagrams, instrumentation, maintenance records, moving maps and interactive training manuals. A number of customers and partners have already announced some of the ways they will utilize Nomad. Stryker Leibinger plans to couple it with a surgical workstation, while the European Agency for the Safety of Air Navigation (EUROCONTROL) plans to evaluate it for tools to improve visualization for air traffic controllers.

"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," said Rick Rutkowski, CEO of Microvision. "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."