One complaint always surfaces when the topic of 3D glasses comes up – how hard it is to wear them and not look ridiculous. Vuzix’ entry at the IFA 2011 trade show in Berlin goes a long way towards finally beating that complaint back, and making 3D glasses stylish and – dare I say it? – cool to wear. The glasses look like any regular pair of sport sunglasses – at the very least, no one’s going to give you a second look if they see you wearing them in public.
The Vuzix Wrap 1200 3D glasses are completely mobile, and are a personal display in their own right – there are screens on the lenses that create a virtual 75” screen with 16:9 widescreen display. The two screens – one for the left eye and one for the right eye – can be individually adjusted, and you can mess with how near or far the screens are to your eyes, so you can get the comfort level just right. There are also on-screen display controls for hue, brightness, and the like.
Anything with a video out function will work with the Vuzix Wrap 1200, so you can use it to see content on your mobile or home devices in 3D or 2D, on a spectacularly large virtual screen. Like always, it’s worth keeping an eye out for complaints of headaches or eye strain when it comes to 3D technology, especially when it’s this close to your eyes. If all goes well, though, the Wrap 1200 will be a pair of 3D glasses you might be proud to wear out in public – no small step in that field.
The Vuzix Wrap 1200 is selling now for £399.99/ €449.99 on the Vuzix website, with shipping available only to the United Kingdom and continental Europe. It’s unclear if or when these 3D glasses will be available in the United States.