Chris Cox displays a prototype of a headset and handheld keyboard that offers full computer power that can be worn. The viewer mimics the look of a 60-inch monitor, according to Nick Granny, standing at rear. David Snodgress | Herald-Times
Chris Cox displays a prototype of a headset and handheld keyboard that offers full computer power that can be worn. The viewer mimics the look of a 60-inch monitor, according to Nick Granny, standing at rear. David Snodgress | Herald-Times

By Mercedes Rodriguez, Herald-Times

mrodriguez@heraldt.com

The next big leap in computing might be coming from a husband and wife team working in a basement right here in Bloomington, thanks to local firm MNB Technologies.

A small black box roughly the size and shape of a Walkman, that can clip onto a belt, has the processing power of several desktop computers. A lightweight head-mounted display - it looks a little like a tennis visor - provides high-definition images. They're being developed and refined by MNB and its founders Nick Granny and Martina Barnas as part of a contract with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop a highly portable simulation and training system for the military.

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