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myvu®

Personal media viewer for the video iPod®

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by Ralph Graves

Enjoy videos stored on your iPod in private — even when you're on a crowded airplane. The myvu personal media viewer may look like a pair of dark wraparound sunglasses, but its built-in optical system displays your downloaded TV shows and movies in bright color. A single cord with an in-line controller connects the rugged, lightweight viewer to your iPod, keeping the setup streamlined and simple.

A clear view — anytime, anywhere
The myvu uses two slightly angled screens to create the illusion of a single "floating" video image — the equivalent of watching a 27" TV at a distance of 6-1/2 feet. Its patented optical system prevents dust and moisture from spoiling the view and maintains proper screen alignment. And the myvu's design allows you to keep track of your surroundings through its tinted frame, in your peripheral vision.

In-ear headphones
The headphones feature soft, rubber sleeves that fit comfortably in your ears. They also help reduce outside noise, allowing you to listen at lower volume levels. And you get three different sizes of removable sleeves, for the best fit possible.

Controller options
The handy in-line controller lets you adjust the volume as well as image brightness. You can also play, pause and skip ahead to the next video or back to the previous one on your iPod's menu. A removable, rotating clip lets you secure the controller to your shirt or jacket to keep it in easy reach.

A convenient battery pack
The myvu comes with its own rechargeable battery that powers the viewer for up to six hours of operation. Home and car power adapters provide extended viewing, and each automatically recharges both the myvu and your iPod. A convenient "backpack" case holds the myvu's battery and your iPod neatly together, and it serves as a protective cover for your player. The case comes with a detachable clip for easy carrying on a belt or backpack.

Highlights:

  • for video iPod and iPod photos
  • viewer with binocular LCD display:
    • field of view: 13.5° horizontal, 16.8° vertical
    • aspect ratio: 4:3
    • virtual image size is the equivalent of a 27" screen at a distance of 6-1/2 feet
    • assortment of adjustable nose pads for comfortable fit
    • microfiber protective sleeve
  • attached in-ear headphones with interchangeable rubber sleeves
  • in-line controller with removable, rotating clip
  • up to 6 hours playback with rechargeable battery
  • protective case with removable belt clip holds iPod and battery
  • AC adapter
  • 12-volt adapter for car use
  • zippered travel case
  • viewer dimensions: 6-1/8"W x 15/16"H x 7-11/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Personal media viewer with in-line remote control (has attached 50" cable and iPod dock connector)
  • "Back-pack" rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.7V/1440 mAh)
  • Protective iPod case
  • Belt clip
  • AC adapter/power supply with attached 6.5' DC output cord (DC output: 5V/0-2.5A)
  • Cigarette lighter adapter with attached 5' cord
  • 3 Pairs of rubber earbud pads (one pair installed)
  • 3 Nose pads (one installed)
  • Cloth draw-string bag
  • Zippered semi-hard case
  • User Guide
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Promotional card for Rx Clip-On

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Features

Overview: The myvu personal media viewer is specifically designed to work with video iPods. Worn like eyeglasses, the myvu lets you watch and listen to videos from your iPod. Additional nose pads and earbud pads are supplied for best fit.

Compatibility: The myvu is compatible with all 5th Generation video iPods: 30GB, 60GB, and 80GB.

Optics: The myvu uses the SolidOptex Optical system with dual color LCDs. The LCDs have a resolution of 320 x 240, with 24-bit color and a 50-60Hz frame rate. The image is equivalent to viewing a 27-inch TV at approximately 2 meters.

Power Options: The myvu can be powered in the following ways:

  • Back-pack Battery: The myvu can be powered by the supplied Back-pack Lithium-Ion battery. When the iPod battery and the Back-pack battery are both fully charged, you can enjoy up to 6 hours of viewing time (up to 5 hours for a 30GB iPod). When used for audio only, the battery provides up to 20 hours of playback. The battery has 4 LEDs to indicate remaining battery life.
  • AC Adapter: The viewer will operate continuously when plugged into a wall outlet with the AC adapter. You can listen/view to the iPod while charging the Back-pack battery and the iPod battery with the AC adapter.
  • Car Adapter: The myvu will operate continuously (or charge the Back-pack and iPod batteries) when plugged into the vehicle's cigarette lighter or 12-volt power supply via the supplied cigarette lighter adapter.
  • USB: You can simultaneously synchronize your iPod while charging both the iPod's battery and the Back-pack battery. You may also charge only the Back-pack battery using an iPod standard USB cable (Dock connector-to-Type A USB).

Protective Cover: The myvu includes a protective cover which slides over the iPod and Back-pack battery together. The cover has two groove positions to accommodate the thinner 30GB iPods as well as the thicker 60GB and 80GB models. The cover has an opening to give you full access to the iPod's LCD screen and click-wheel. The cover comes with a removable belt clip.

In-line Controls: The cable attached to the myvu viewer includes an in-line pendant with controls. This allows you to control the iPod and the myvu settings when the iPod is tucked away in a pocket or backpack. The controls include: Volume Up, Volume Down, Reverse, Fast Forward, Play/Pause, and a Mode button which controls brightness and contrast. All buttons on the pendant can be locked by sliding the Hold switch. The pendant has a removable 360° swivel clip.

Optional Rx Clip-On Lenses: Optional clip-on prescription lenses are available at participating eye care professionals. Rx Clips are designed to provide clear vision for prescription eyeglass wearers.

Storage: The myvu comes with two storage options: a semi-hard travel case and a micro-fiber cloth carrying bag.

 
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Old product

Written By ifly2, Boston, MA on Sunday, September 19, 2010
 
This product has not been manufactured in more than 4 years and would only work
with iPods made prior to Sept. 2007. It will not work with iPhone, Touch, Nano.
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