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Gadget Corner: 'Big' Screen

New gadget increases iPod's omnipotence

 by Zach Richter
 published on Thursday, March 30, 2006


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While watching those episodes of "The Office" that you illegally downloaded onto your video iPod, have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish this screen was bigger, then I'd be able to count Steve Carell's nose hairs?"

Well, you're in luck. The EyeBud 800 plugs into your video iPod and creates a virtual big-screen television for your eyes only.

The EyeBud 800 is a headset that covers one eye and uses optical technology to give videos a higher resolution and make them appear larger than on the iPod's screen. Using the device is akin to watching a 105-inch display from 12 feet away.

The EyeBud system uses its own control device that is about the size of the iPod. The system includes a rechargeable battery pack.

The device can also be used in conjunction with regular computer screens.

The EyeBud 800 is scheduled to ship before the end of June, and may sell for as much as $599.

Reach the reporter at zach.richter@asu.edu.



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