Nikon Debuts Video Headset

7 Oct

Nikon Debuts Video Headset With Wi-Fi, 8GB of Storage, and a Browser

A seriously odd announcement from camera maker Nikon, the Media Port UP300 and UP300x video headset approaches wearable PC territory. The device, which honestly looks like a pair of headphones with a small display tacked on, actually has a pretty impressive spec sheet: up to 8GB of flash memory for videos, audio and file storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, a full-featured internet browser and on the 300x model, even motion control. Browsing would have to be frustrating on a setup like this, but the Wi-Fi connection can also be used to download audio and video content directly to the device.

The UP300 sits in an interesting place, exceeding the hardware capability of simple video goggles from Zeiss and Myvu but falling short of the full-fledged PC glasses that we were taught to expect by that stupid Beyond 2000 show. There also may be some applications outside of the consumer space, like as audio/video tour guide replacements. Sorry, HUD-loving nerds — Japan only for now. Full presser below.

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