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Vuzix Wrap 310 Video Viewing Goggles
This isn’t the first time that I reported on a Vuzix product, as I once covered the Vuzix iWear 920. I believe that I might have said something about how video eyewear will probably never catch on, simply because the glasses look too…geeky.
I believe that the Wrap 310 allow for viewing favorite movies and videos “without attracting stares”, but I’m not certain if that is true. At some point in your life, you have to embrace looking like a geek to do what you really want to do. In the case of the Vuzix Wrap310, you are going to stand out in a crowd, unless these catch on like the iPod.
The Wrap310 user has about watching 3D and 2D content. I found that using this to watch videos on the iPod was quite simple. All I needed to do is load the batteries in the controller, connect that to the eyeglasses, then I used the included connector to connect to the iPod. I decided to try it out on a YouTube video from my iPod Touch, and, provided the Wrap 310 was properly turned on, I saw the video right away.
The site says that the screen is a virtual 55 inch LCD, but this is an equivalent screen size as seen from 10 feet. This is probably an accurate figure, and I found that it was good enough to view as if a small screen was on the bridge of your nose.
One of the benefits of the Wrap 310 is that it is able to do 3D formats. I put in a DVD of Bob’s Big Break, the short film included with Monsters Vs. Aliens, and I could see a definite 3D effect. Some effects, like one where a stick is pointed directly in the screen, looked a little blurry, but for the most part, it did work.
The iWear Wrap310 has a controller that hooks up with a wire, and runs on AA batteries. Unfortunately, one of the limitations that I saw with this device is that it has a lot of wires to get tangled up in. I suppose that future Vuzix goggles will use wireless controllers with Bluetooth. For now, if you want to watch your video content as you go, Vuzix is probably the best way to go.
You can get the Wrap310 for about $249.95 off the Vuzix site. The initial kit comes with a hook-up for the iPod, and some RCA connectors for just about any device.