Multimedia on a Wire

Multimedia on a Wire

by / November 30, 1995
MultiMedia Monitor
The TruePoint T-15 is a 15-inch, high-resolution, multimedia touch monitor designed specifically for multimedia producers. It includes an advanced audio system and high-contrast display.

The TruePoint T-15 is a combination of the ClearTek 2000 and the Tatung CM-15VBE Audio 15 monitor, providing a dot pitch of 0.28 mm, a maximum video resolution of 1,024 x 768, a touch-screen resolution of 1,024 x 1,024 and a touch-down speed of 8 to 15 ms. Integrated stereo speakers include a headphone mini-jack.

MicroTouch Systems Inc., 300 Griffin Park, Methuen, MA 01844. 508/659-9000.

Portable Organizer
The it-Clip is a portable, multi-use copy holder and organizer that can be attached to computers, monitors, or can simply free-stand on a desktop. It-Clip attaches to a monitor by means of a swivel adapter, allowing 360-degree movement. It-Clip's special design uses a gripping mechanism that attaches to laptop computers without adhesives. Folding down to the size of a small pocket calculator, it-Clip is also convenient to carry.

Merritt Computer Products Inc., 5565 Red Bird Center Dr., #150, Dallas, TX 75237. 800/627-7752.

Cordless Mouse Pen
The Cordless Mouse Pen is designed to free computer users from the constraints of both the cable and the mouse pad. Using miniaturization to combine infrared, mouse and battery technology together in the narrow shape of a pen, the Cordless Mouse Pen communicates with the computer from up to 10 feet away. Unlike standard mice, it works on any surface at any angle.

The Cordless Mouse Pen comes with a small infrared receiver that can be placed on the side of your computer or attached with its own clip to your laptop. It also has a compact battery charger which can recharge the pen overnight. The Cordless Mouse Pen will operate for eight hours on a full charge, can be used on any portable or desktop PC, and is compatible with Microsoft Windows.

Fellowes Manufacturing, 1789 Norwood Ave., Itasca, IL 60143-1095.

High-Tech War on Crime
The System Six Wearable Computer is a portable computer that fits inside helmets. Originally designed for use by troops in combat, the computers are now being tested for use in police functions. The devices come with a head-mounted display screen that fits over the eyes, held in place with a headband. Through a special optical display, the image on the screen appears as it would on a desktop machine.

Using the device, officers can communicate with headquarters via a microphone attached to their chin strap and a small video camera that transmits real-time images. The system's voice recognition software also allows officers to call up documents such as criminal records and building plans as they work, consult experts instantly when in an emergency situation, and record interviews with witnesses or suspects.

InterVision Inc., 5237 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604. 919/850-2511.

The ComputerWall is a multi-screen processor available for use with the latest in flat-panel display technology. The panels feature a 21-inch diagonal screen with a total depth of less than two inches, 260,000 displayable colors, and a wide viewing angle.

With ComputerWall, these 21-inch screens can be grouped together to create a wall-sized display suitable for mobile command centers and other applications requiring high resolution and minimal space usage.

ComputerWall splits any computer image up to 1280 x 1024 pixel resolution across an array of display devices -- projectors, monitors, or flat-panel screens.

RGB Spectrum, 950 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501. 510/814-7000.

CD Duplication System
ImageMaker CDR, a one cabinet, two-to-six Yamaha drive hardware and software system, is a CD duplication system that duplicates and verifies as many as six full disks per hour in its two-drive configuration. It comes complete with a 486 computer system including keyboard, monitor, two gigabyte hard drive, 4X reader and full software. It is fully upgradable to its parent system, the ImageMaker, a CD and tape duplicator producing up to 30 disks per hour.

Featuring true bit-for-bit duplication and read-after-write verification, ImageMaker CDR keeps track of the number of good disks produced, and reports quantity and time to complete each job.

MicroTech Conversion Systems, 940 Industrial Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94303. 415/424-1174.

Multimedia Projection
The MagnaByte M3x Series Desktop Panel is a LCD desktop panel designed to provide presenters with a multimedia resource for portable, high-performance active matrix LCD projection. The panel includes full audio support, with stereo speakers boosted by a powerful amplifier, and a complete set of audio outputs and inputs. It projects text and graphics in more than 16 million colors. MagnaByte includes multilingual on-screen menus, with all function controls accessible on the panel, as well as on a backlit infrared remote control.

The MagnaByte also includes full-color resolution video decoding, which allows the user to project video sources in any video standard worldwide.

Telex Communications Inc., 9600 Aldrich Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55420. 612/884-4051.

Compression Tech
HARC-C is a wavelet-based algorithm software capable of compacting an image at a variable compression ratio depending on the application. HARC-C can compress pictures, film and video while maintaining the clarity and defining characteristics of the original image.

Other uses for HARC-C include archiving of cultural, educational, scientific, medical, financial and military images, image transmission, interactive communications, publishing and "on-demand" entertainment services, image capture, scanning and duplication.

Houston Advanced Research Center, 4800 Research Forest Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381. 713/367-1348.