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Carl Zeiss provides 3-D cinema for treatment

By Surgical Tribune
August 01, 2012

OBERKOCHEN, Germany: Carl Zeiss, an international optics and optoelectronics company, is about to launch an advanced version of its cinemizer OLED, multimedia video glasses intended to help patients who suffer from anxiety during treatment to relax. The new 3-D cinemizer OLED provides improved technology and picture quality, as well as several new connectivity options.

Despite local anaesthesia and the professional care given during surgery, medical treatment is a source of fear for many patients. When visiting the doctor, the sound of instruments or the smell of disinfectants alone can trigger this fear, so that during treatment the patient exhibits such symptoms as anxiety, heart palpitations and muscle tremors. The cinemizer OLED glasses enable the broadcasting of films, directing patients’ attention away from their fears.

According to Carl Zeiss, the predecessor of the cinemizer OLED has been used successfully for years by many German doctors. With its two latest-generation OLED displays, loss-free 3-D display and various connectivity features, such as an HDMI adapter, iPod/iPhone adapter and RCA connector, the glasses are likely to continue their predecessor’s success, according to product manager Franz Troppenhagen. “With the cinemizer OLED, one can become completely immersed in the world of the film, quickly forgetting fear and discomfort,” he stated.

In order to make the glasses available to clinics and hospitals immediately and with no accompanying costs, entrepreneur Manfred Preissler has assembled a complete package based on innovative multimedia. The compact aluminium case contains the OLED cinemizer glasses, an Apple iPod, an adjustable aperture sight, and two additional headphones, which can be connected via Bluetooth or a jack plug, as needed. The 120 g device offers generous diopter adjustment for each eye.

Preissler has also provided a variety of viewing options. “Three sample 3-D movies are stored on the iPod, one of them showing a relaxing underwater world. Additionally, a special licence is provided that enables doctors to show their patients films and series from almost all reputable rental companies without infringing on broadcasting rights.”

According to Carl Zeiss, the OLED cinemizer will initially be distributed to German-speaking countries, but will gradually be expanded to bordering states and finally to the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “The first samples of the cinemizer OLED have already left the factory, so the first orders are being processed at the moment. Following initial time-intensive quality testing, production will soon increase weekly,” the company told Surgical Tribune.

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