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E3 2015: PDP Announces Project Delphi, a Wearable HUD for Current Consoles

By Jermain Jackson in Tech

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The folks over at Performance Design Products has announced their wearable augmented reality (AR) device, Project Delphi. Described as “Google Glass for gamers”, Project Delphi is designed to run smartphone companion apps such as Smart Glass, offering a hands free second screen experience for console gamers. PDP wants gamers to stay focused on playing while Delphi projects a “24” virtual secondary screen into their peripheral vision for information snacking.”

“You can think of Delphi as Google Glass for gamers, without the forward facing camera,” said Tom Roberts, CTO of Performance Designed Products. “It’s simple and flexible, yet powerful, in its hardware approach. Delphi displays whatever content users choose, from the companion apps to YouTube gameplay tutorial videos – all with an HDMI input. It allows a dual-monitor set up, except that monitor is a wearable.”

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Project Delphi will simulate 24” screen (at 4’ distance) with a 20 degree field of view, thanks to its optical engine. Its Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) display is a WVGA (800×480) resolution, allowing widescreen imaging and brightness control of up to 5000nits (~450 lumens)

“PDP is committed to investing in Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies. We are excited and optimistic about the future, not only as it relates to the Video Game space, but other industries as well,” said PDP CEO Chris Richards.

Those attending this year’s E3 can check out Project Delphi in its prototype stage over at PDP’s booth in West Hall #4512. Release date and pricing will be announced at a later time. Stay tuned.

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