Vuzix iWear M920 User manual

iWear® VR920 Video Eyewear
User Manual
Table of Contents
System Requirements.................................................................................... 4!
Installation & Setup.......................................................................................... 5!
iWear VR920 Hardware .................................................................................... 8!
On Screen Display (OSD) ............................................................................... 8!
OSD Menu Options..................................................................................... 8!
Audio System ................................................................................................. 9!
AccuTilt® ....................................................................................................... 10!
Nose Bridge................................................................................................... 10!
Tether Strap ................................................................................................. 10!
Care & Maintenance....................................................................................... 11!
Cleaning ........................................................................................................ 11!
Powering Down Your iWear ......................................................................... 11!
Types of VR Support ..................................................................................... 12!
VR Manager 3.0............................................................................................... 13!
Calibrator ..................................................................................................... 14!
Calibrating Your Tracker ......................................................................... 14!
Drift ........................................................................................................... 16!
Monitor .......................................................................................................... 16!
Extension Notes ............................................................................................ 17!
Enabling Extensions...................................................................................... 17!
Misc. Tools..................................................................................................... 19!
Technical Support & Troubleshooting ....................................................... 20!
Contacting Customer Support ................................................................ 21!
Vuzix Customer Service Directory .......................................................... 21!
FCC Compliance .............................................................................................. 22!
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) ......................................... 22!
IMPORTANT NOTICE
1 . R e a d th e S a f e ty & W a r r a n ty i n f o r ma ti o n b o o k l e t b e f o r e
pr o ce e di ng.
2 . I n s ta l l th e VR M a n a g e r s o f tw a r e B E F O R E c o n n e c ti n g th e
VR 9 2 0 to y o u r c o m p u te r .
System Requirements:
• Windows* based desktop PC or laptop computer
• Windows* compatible graphics card with VGA or DVI graphics port
• USB 2.0 port
• Vuzix iWear® VR920 Video Eyewear, or
Vuzix Wrap 920 Video Eyewear with Wrap VGA Adapter and Wrap
Tracker 6TC**
*32-bit or 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or XP
** Optional – required for tracking support
Installation & Setup
The CD provided with your VR920 video eyewear includes required
support software, documentation and optional Bonus Software. Portions of
this software may have been updated since your CD was created so we
suggest you check the Vuzix website (www.vuzix.com) and download the
latest version if an update is available.
Updates are complete applications installs that do not require the prior
version. It is suggested that any older version be uninstalled before a new
version is installed.
Tip:
Download and use the latest version of VR Manager, available from
www.vuzix.com/support/downloads_drivers.html
Tip:
If you have 3rd party stereoscopic drivers installed, disable them prior
to installing the Vuzix software.
1.
Insert the software disc provided with your VR920 eyewear.
If the install screen does not automatically open when the disc is inserted,
you can launch it by running the “autorun.exe” application on the disc.
2.
Click “Install VR Manager” on the install screen.
3.
Follow the onscreen installation instructions.
The on-screen instructions and messages will vary, based upon the version
of Windows installed on your computer. Enable all actions and permissions
requested by the installation program.
The VR920 video eyewear requires the latest version of DirectX, is a
collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) provided by
Microsoft. The installation program may request you install the latest
version of DirectX, provided on the CD.
4.
If presented with the DirectX installer, enable its installation.
Upon completion of the VR Manager install, you may choose to install the
optional Bonus Software provided on the disc or copy the documentation
to your computer.
5.
Connect your VR920 eyewear to your computer.
The USB connector on the VR920 cable must be connected to a powered
USB 2.0 port on your computer. Some USB connectors on hubs and
keyboards may not provide sufficient power.
The VGA connector can be connected to any available VGA port on your
computer or to a DVI port, using the provided VGA/DVI Adapter.
6.
Configure the display settings for the VR920 eyewear.
If your graphics card came with its own Control Panel for display
configuration, we suggest using that rather than the Display Control Panel
provided with Windows. Consult the provider of your graphics display
Control Panel for information of accessing the required configuration
options.
•
Configure your display setting for dual monitors, sometimes
referred to as Cloned or Duplicate displays, with the VR920
set as the Primary display.
•
Set the display resolution to 640x480, 800x600, or 1024x768.
A lower resolution provides more readable small text while a higher
resolution is often preferred for gaming.
•
Set the monitor “Refresh rate” to 60 Hertz.
The following are the display set-up steps specific to Windows 7:
1.
Open Control Panel, and then select “Appearance and
Personalize”
2.
Under Display, select “Connect to an external display”
3.
Click the drop menu beside “Multiple displays:” and select
“Duplicate these displays”
4.
Apply the change
5.
Select the “Adjust screen resolution” option
6.
Choose a Resolution of 640x480, 800x600, or 1024x768
7.
Press the “Advanced settings” option and choose the “Monitor”
tab
8.
Set a Screen Refresh rate of 60 Hertz
9.
Click “Ok” to close the Advanced setting window and then click
“Ok” again to close the Display Control Panel window
10.
Close the main Control Panel Home window and you’re done.
iWear VR920 Hardware
On Screen Display (OSD)
The VR920 contains an On Screen
Display (OSD) for adjusting volume
and display options. It is accessed and
controlled through an OSD Control
located under the right corner of the
eyewear’s display.
This is a multi-function control that can
be pressed like a button or turned like
a dial.
• When no on-screen display is
shown in the eyewear, turning
the OSD Control adjusts the
volume.
• Press the OSD Control to access and display the OSD.
• With the OSD displayed, press the OSD Control to make selections
and rotate its dial to makes adjustments of change selections.
• After adjusting a control setting, press the OSD Control again to exit
that control.
Note:
The OSD automatically closes if the OSD Control is unused for more
than 5 seconds.
OSD Menu Options
Brightness: When the Brightness menu is selected and
the OSD Control wheel is pressed, an adjustment
indicator bar is displayed. Use the OSD Control wheel
to adjust the display brightness and press the wheel
again to exit the brightness control.
Contrast: Selecting the Contrast menu works the same
as Brightness; press the OSC Control wheel to select it,
turn the wheel to adjust contrast, and then press the
wheel again to exit the Contrast adjustment.
Display Mode: When viewing 2D applications, the
Display Mode should be set to 2D Monoscopic - the submenu icon furthest to the left.
When using 3D Stereoscopic applications choose one of
the 2D Stereoscopic display modes. Most applications
use the Left eye setting, indicated by the icon with the
“L”. If its 3D imagery does not appear correct, select
the Right eye setting.
Brightness Balance: Some people find that one
display appears darker or lighter than the other due to
differences in InterPupilary Distance (IPD). The
Brightness Balance function allows you to compensate
for this by rotating the wheel to adjust brightness so
both displays appear equal.
Backlighting: This menu items allows you to adjust the
amount of backlighting in the display. An increased
amount of backlighting helps in bright conditions while
lower backlighting provides superior quality in low
light conditions.
Reset: This command resets all of the OSD menus to
their original values.
Exit: Press this menu item to exit the OSD or simply
don’t use the OSD Control wheel for 5 second and the
OSD will automatically be closed.
Audio System
The iWear VR920 contains
an integrated audio system
with removable earphones
and a built-in microphone.
When
the
VR920
is
connected
to
your
computer, Windows sees
these as new USB audio
devices and automatically enables them as your selected speakers and
microphone. If you wish to use alternate microphone or speakers, open the
Sound Control Panel and select the microphone and/or speakers of your
choice.
If you choose to use alternate speakers, you can remove and reinstall the
earphones by grasping the rubber section of the earphone connector and
drawing it straight back. Reverse the process to re-install them.
AccuTilt®
AccuTilt is a patented display feature that enables
you to tilt the display section of the VR920 up or
down 15° to achieve the optimum viewing angle. Tilt
the front display housing up or down to achieve the
best quality picture.
Nose Bridge
Nose bridges vary considerably from one person to the next. The
adjustable nose bridge on the iWear VR920 is designed to accommodate
the widest possible range of individual needs. Wire stems, similar to those
found on conventional
spectacles, can be bent
up and down, and
inward and outward, to
comfortably position the
eyewear for the best
possible viewing angle.
Note:
Like conventional eyeglasses, the nose bridge adjustment is designed
for personal use, not repeated adjustment for multiple users. Sharp
bends in the nose pad support wires or repeated bending can weaken
them leading to eventual failure.
Tether Strap
Your VR920 video eyewear contains a
tether strap to help secure it. The
ends of the tether strap fit into the
hooks on the end of the temples.
Care & Maintenance
Your iWear is designed to provide trouble free, low-maintenance use. There
are a few things that you can do to main it in prime conditions and steps to
take should you encounter difficulties.
Cleaning
Abrasive cleaners such as glass cleaner, paper towels and facial tissues can
scratch the coating on your iWear lens and the finish on the eyewear’s
frame. To clean the lens, fog them with your breath and use a microfiber
cloth or the cloth pouch to gentle wipe them clean. If you prefer to use a
liquid cleaner, use only solutions designed for optical lens and apply the
cleaner to a microfiber cleaning cloth, not directly onto any portion of the
iWear. Spraying cleaners directly onto the iWear may result in permanent
damage, not cover by the warranty.
Powering Down Your iWear
The VR920 does not have an on/off switch and leaving it powered up will
not harm it even though it may feel warm. If you feel more comfortable
powering it down when it’s not in use, simple unplug its USB connector
then reconnect it when you choose to use it again.
VR Compatible Applications
For applications to provide 3D stereoscopic video and/or head tracking,
these capabilities must be enabled specifically for each application.
Types of VR Support
Vuzix VR support can be enabled in two ways:
Native Support: Stereoscopic 3D video and/or head tracking support
written directly into an application by the application’s creator.
Vuzix Extension: Stereoscopic 3D video and/or head tracking support
added to the program by a 3rd party or independent programmer. Vuzix
Extensions are enabled through the VR Manager software provided with the
VR920 eyewear or downloaded from the Vuzix website (www.vuzix.com).
Ideally, Native Support is included in the original release of an application.
This generally provides the best possible 3D and tracking performance and
allows for configuration options to personalize your VR experience.
Native Support programs do not require Vuzix Extensions and therefore are
not included in the Monitor section of the VR Manager software.
When a program does not provide Native Support, Vuzix or other 3rd party
developers are often able to add 3D video and/or tracking support
through a programming interface called a Vuzix Extension. Vuzix Extensions
rely upon an applications ability to except external commands and
therefore cannot be created for all applications.
Vuzix Extensions, published by Vuzix, are listed in the Monitor section of the
VR Manager Software. See the VR Manager section of this documentation for
instructions on enabling Vuzix Extensions and obtaining additional
information on the support offered by each.
A listing of known Native Support and Vuzix Extension supported
applications
is
available
on
the
Vuzix
website.
(www.vuzix.com/iwear/products_vr920_support.html)
Note:
Due to the independent nature of applications with Native Support,
there are many available that are not included in our published list.
VR Manager 3.0
VR Manager 3.0 is a software application provides support
for Vuzix video eyewear using in VR applications on
Windows based personal computer. It Currently supports
the Vuzix iWear VR920 virtual reality system and the Wrap
920 when accompanied by a Wrap VGA Adapter.
Note:
VR Manager 3.0 also supports 3D video display and head tracking for
the Wrap 920 series of Vuzix video eyewear, when enabled with a
Wrap VGA Adapter and Wrap Tracker 6TC.
The VR Manager’s interface is divided into three sections, accessed through
the tabs along the top of its window:
Calibrator: Enables calibration of the tracker built into the iWear VR920
and the Wrap Tracker that plugs into Wrap video eyewear.
Monitor: Provides access to Vuzix Extension files that enable stereoscopic
3D video and/or head tracking in applications lacking native mode
support for these features.
Misc. Tools: Technical data and resources designed to assist in
troubleshooting stereoscopy and tracking problems.
Calibrator
Vuzix trackers use multiple sensors for calculating movement and
positioning, including magnetometers. Magnetometers utilize the earth’s
magnetic field and are influenced by nearby objects that influence the
magnetic field such as items containing magnets, large metallic masses
and certain electronic devices. To compensate for these influences the
tracker must be calibrated. And, as magnetic influences fluctuate over
time, it should be re-calibrated periodically or whenever its operating
environment changes.
Note:
Certain metals and electronic devices create electromagnetic fields
that will influence the Vuzix Tracker. Typical examples include, metal
framed buildings and speakers, including a sub-woofer sitting under
your desk.
Calibrating Your Tracker
Start the VR Manager application with your eyewear and tracker
connected to your computer.
Note:
1.
For the best calibration results, the VR920’s video display should be
configured to display an image, 2D or 3D, during the calibration
process. Its earphones should be anchored in the holder along the
stems to maintain a consistent orientation as they too contain
magnets.
Open the VR Manager program and press the “Begin Calibration”
button.
Position your eyewear/tracker in a
position similar to where it will be used,
and move it fully through each of the
yaw, pitch and roll axis.
Yaw and roll support a full 360º of
movement whereas pitch is only 180º.
Continue moving the eyewear/tracker
through it full range on movement, on each axis, until the progress bars
stop progressing.
Note:
The calibration progress bars will not fill completely – this is normal.
2.
When the indicator bars stop moving, press the “Lock
Calibration” button.
3.
Position the eyewear/tracker in the position where it will be used,
facing your computer monitor or the desired ‘straight ahead’
position, and press the “Set Zero” button.
The Set Zero button establishes the eyewear/tracker’s home or centered
position. As you move your head you will see the indicators and values in
the Yaw, Pitch and Roll indicators change to reflect the tracker’s current
positioning.
Drift
Some degree of drift in the Yaw axis is normal. You can use the Set Zero
button to re-center the tracker from time to time, without going through
the complete calibration process.
Monitor
Stereoscopic 3D video and head tracking require support within each
application. This may be incorporated through Native support written
directly into the application or through a Vuzix Extension.
Vuzix Extensions are managed through the Monitor section of the VR
Manager. The Titles list shows all programs for which Vuzix Extensions are
currently available, as well as their status.
Note:
Software titles incorporating Native 3D video and/or head tracking
support are not listed in the Monitor, as they do not require VR
Manager Extension support. Only titles requiring Extensions are
included in the Monitor listing.
Extension Notes
Not all Vuzix Extension includes
both stereoscopic 3D video and
tracking support plus some
include support for additional
features, such as Hot Keys for
zooming in your view. An
Extension Note describing its
supported
capabilities
and
manual installation instructions
accompanies
each
Vuzix
Extension.
To access the Vuzix Extension Notes:
•
Double-click on any Extension title, or
•
Right-click on an Extension title and choose “View Extension
Info” from the pop-up menu.
Enabling Extensions
Vuzix Extensions are automatically installed along with the VR Manager.
In order for an Extension to be used, the VR Manager must detect the
appropriate file directories. Once an Extension has detected the correct
directory, you must Enable those Extension you wish to use.
Extensions are color coded to assist you in easily determining
their status. Those with a grey indicator are available but not yet
associated with an application directory.
A yellow indicator identifies Extensions detected and associated
with an installed application directory but not yet enabled.
A green indicator identifies Extensions linked to applications and
enabled, ready to use.
To better manage the long list of available Extensions, you can enable the
“Show Installed Titles Only” option, in the lower-left corner of the window,
to restrict the list to only titles found on your computer.
To Enable the Extensions you can
right-click each detected Extension
(yellow) and choose “Enable Title
Support” from the menu options.
You can also press the “Enable All
Detected” button to enable all the
detected (yellow) Extension in a
single action.
When the VR Manager is installed it
searches for supported applications. When you install additional titles onto
your computer, press the “Refresh Installed Titles” button to have VR
Manager search for and detect those applications. In some cases, such as
when an application has been installed in a directory other than its default
folder, VR Manager may be unable to find it. You can manually locate the
file directory by right-clicking on the desired Extension and choosing
“Browse for Directory” from the pop-up menu.
Misc. Tools
This section of the VR Manager has been
provided primarily to assist you and Vuzix
Customer Service in quickly resolving
technical problems.
Test Stereoscopy: This runs a simple 3D
video display that enables you and
Customer Service to determination if
stereoscopic video support is enabled and functioning correctly. It
displays a simple stereoscopic display.
View Logfile: The VR Manager creates a log file of recent activity. Customer
Service may request you open the file and provide them with its contents.
Technical Information: This provides technical information that may
assist you in troubleshooting problems encountered with your eyewear and
extension supported titles.
About Vuzix VR Manager: Clicking on this button provides information on
the current versions of supporting software and hardware firmware.
Status: Technical information on the current status of your Vuzix hardware,
drivers and other pertinent technical information.
Technical Support & Troubleshooting
No video display or a blank blue screen on the VR920:
•
Unplug and reconnect the USB cable.
•
Recheck the above settings:
Clone/Mirror/Duplicate display
VR920 set as primary display
640x480, 800x600, or 1024x768 resolution
60 Hertz refresh rate
No 3D video:
•
Check for 3D video using the test application in the Misc. Tools section
of the VR Manager.
•
Update your graphics card drivers to the latest version.
•
If you have another 3D video driver installed, disable it.
No Audio:
•
Check for audio in your VR920 earphones.
•
Reset the desired speakers output in your Control Panel Sound
settings.
•
Reset the desired microphone input in your Control Panel Sound
settings.
No 3D video or tracking in a specific application:
•
Verify the application has 3D video and/or tracking support in native
mode or through a Vuzix Extension.
•
If supported through a Vuzix Extension, enable the Extension through
the Monitor section of the VR Manager software.
Additional troubleshooting tips and answers to Frequently Asked
Questions are available on the Vuzix website (www.vuzix.com).
Contacting Customer Support
Vuzix Customer Support Services is available to assist you should you
encounter difficulties with any Vuzix products.
Prior to contacting Customer Service, we request to read this manual and
the available troubleshooting tips and FAQs. If you require Customer
Support assistance, please provide the following information:
•
Serial number, complete model name, and model number of your
video eyewear.
•
Make and model number of the audio video device being used.
•
The name of any video content or software related to your support
needs.
•
Detailed explanation of the symptoms you are experiencing.
If you are calling by telephone, please do so while you have access to your
computer, with your iWear VR920 connected and with VR Manager
installed and open to the Misc. Tools screen.
Vuzix Customer Service Directory
Japan:
Regional website:
Email Customer Support:
Customer Helpline:
www.vuzix.jp
japan@vuzix.com
03-6234-4170
United Kingdom & Europe:
Regional website:
Email Customer Support:
Customer Helpline:
Customer service hours:
www.vuzix.co.uk
vuzix@tmti.net
+44(0) 844 477 2977
9 AM to 6 PM GMT, Monday - Saturday
North America and other regions:
Corporate website:
Email Customer Support:
Customer Helpline:
Customer service hours:
www.vuzix.com
technical_support@vuzix.com
(800) 436-7838
9 AM to 6 PM EST, weekdays
FCC Compliance
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures: 1) Increase the
separation between the equipment and receiver or 2) Connect the
equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE)
1.
The equipment that you bought has required the extraction and use
of natural resources for its production. It may contain hazardous
substances that could impact health and the environment.
2.
In order to avoid the dissemination of those substances in our
environment and to diminish the pressure on the natural resources,
we encourage you to use the appropriate take-back systems. Those
systems will reuse or recycle most of the materials of your end life
equipment in a sound way.
3.
The crossed-out wheeled bin symbol invites you to use those systems.
4.
If you need more information on the collection, reuse and recycling
systems, please contact your local or regional waste administration.
5.
You can also contact us for more information on the environmental
performances of our products.
Subject to change without notice. Items may not be exactly as illustrated.
Vuzix, the Vuzix logo, View the Future and iWear are trademarks of Vuzix
Corporation registered in the U.S. and other countries.
Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation,
registered in the U.S. and other countries.
© 2010 Vuzix Corporation. All rights reserved.
Designed by Vuzix in New York.
Made in USA
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