Today, Silicon Micro Display has announced that they’ll be attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show which will be held from January 10th to the 13th.

CES is a huge consumer electronics exhibition (likely the largest in the US) and is a platform where tech companies go to announce, launch, and demo products that they plan on making and marketing through the coming year.

Silicon Micro Display will have a both set up at CES 2012, and their ST1080 head mounted display will be available for hands-on demos. I suspect this will be the first opportunity that anyone will have to try a production-ready version of the ST1080. The details haven’t been nailed own yet, but it is said that more info will be announced in the coming weeks.

As a refresher, the ST1080 HMD has dual-1080p LCoS displays which are 10% transparent. The headset is impressively light weight, weighing in at only 180 grams, while the control unit is also light at just 160 grams. Thanks to a built-in battery, and an option to be powered by USB, the ST1080 can be used more flexibly than other units which have heavier base stations and require AC power.

I won’t have a chance to make it to CES this year, but I’ll be compiling the reactions of those who have a chance to try the ST1080. If you’re interested in the ST1080, be sure to stop by in January!


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