Video glasses have always had a troubled history – they’re too ugly, too pricey or, simply put, just not good enough. Vuzix thinks they’ve got at least two of those three hammered out in their new Vuzip Wrap goggles. The goggles, which are surprisingly attractive considering how much tech is packed inside, claim to put the equivalent of a 75-inch display right in front of your eyes.
Each eye gets its out 16:9 display running at an 854×480 resolution. Before you start complaining at how that’s not even 720p, the displays manage to look impressive through being so close to your eyes. What sets the Wrap apart is that this pair even manages to pack 3D into the mix. Vuzix claims to have been working on the Wrap 1200 goggles specifically for over a year, trying to iron things out.
The displays can be independently adjusted via controls for brightness, contrast, eye focal adjustment and even interpupillary distance. New to the Wrap is the ability to tilt the displays up or down up to fifteen degrees in order to find a more comfortable fit. The glasses can be connected via composite or component cables by default – you can expect a better picture with the latter. If you need to hook them up via VGA, Vuzix is happy to oblige, but at the cost of additional accessories.
If you don’t want to run out of juice, you can always use the Vuzix Wraps with a power cord; otherwise expect to get a claimed three hours of battery life using traditional AA batteries, or roughly seven hours with optional lithium-ion cells.
Vuzix’s biggest issue, however, is the cost of their new product. Technologically advanced it may be, but it still carries an MSRP of $499.99. $500 is a lot to pay for a new way to watch stuff in bed or on the airplane. If you travel a lot, however, and have a pressing need to see Avatar in 3D as you fly over the Pacific, well, then Vuzix would like a word with you.