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Friday, 26 November, 1999, 14:18 GMT
Japan eyes wearable PC
IBM's Erina Sakurai keeps an eye on the new machine IBM's Erina Sakurai keeps an eye on the new machine

Those tired of hauling around "portable" computers may be able to wear a Pentium PC from next year.

On Friday, Japanese camera-maker Olympus and IBM Japan revealed a prototype of a wearable PC.

The monitor is a 100 gram 'monocle' headset that projects a 10 inch virtual screen. The mini-monitor flips out from the headset and covers one eye.

The hardware is stored in a 380 gram box, which is controlled by three buttons. It has a Pentium processor, 64 megabytes of memory and runs Windows 98.

A banana-shaped handle with a mouse and right-left click buttons is used to select icons on the virtual screen. The battery pack lasts up to three hours.

The Wearable PC doesn't have a keyboard yet, but "we may develop that in the future," said Olympus spokesman Shinichiro Murakami.

Mr Murakami said the companies would decide next year when to launch the computer.

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