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LCD Adds to VideoRay’s Portability and Convenience

VideoRay Inc. announced today a new LCD screen accessory for the VideoRay swimming video camera, which is the newest, hottest marine electronics accessory. Weighing just eight pounds, VideoRay is the world’s first personal, underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) designed and priced for the recreational boating and yachting market. See VideoRay and the new LCD screen in booth #5 at the NMEA conference.

The compact, lightweight LCD screen is more portable and requires less space than a TV monitor, which has traditionally been used to view underwater video captured by VideoRay. The LCD quickly and easily mounts on the lid of VideoRay’s control box and plugs into other VideoRay viewing accessories.

Measuring 6.2 inches w, 4.9 in H, 1.3 inches deep, the LCD monitor displays color video captured by the VideoRay sub. No wires or cables are required to use the LCD, which also plugs into camcorders, head-mounted displays, TVs, and VCRs. The cost of the LCD is $650 USD for new orders and $800 for retrofitting existing VideoRays. The LCD can be added to both the VideoRay 2000 and the VideoRay Pro. The device is available in either NTSC or PAL video formats and is CE marked. It is available now.

“The LCD opens up a whole new dimension of uses for VideoRay,” says Nick Pourzal, owner of K&N Enterprises Inc, a chartering and dive organization in St. Thomas. “I am very excited about having a built-in monitor. It makes VideoRay more user friendly and practical, especially for divers.”

VideoRay is ideal for boat owners who would like to inspect hull condition and anchor security, or explore the undersea world from the comfort and safety of the deck or dock. While the boat is moored or in port, the VideoRay is launched to capture a clear view of sea life and feed live video to a monitor on the deck. VideoRay is a fun diversion for boat passengers of any age and is useful for divers to record diving adventures.

VideoRay moves stealthily through the water like many sea creatures at up to 2 knots and displays real-time color video of its surroundings. Because it does not create bubbles, it does not scare away sea life. Until now, the cost, weight, and complexity of ROVs limited ownership mostly to larger commercial diving operations. Costing $11,495 (US dollars), VideoRay is comparable to the price of an underwater camera with lenses and underwater video equipment with lights. The average adult can understand basic operation in five minutes. For greater control, four hours of learning time are recommended.