Glasses that simulate a big screen for video on the go
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The Vuzix Wrap 1200 simulates a 75-inch screen from about 3M away using two small screens that are right in front of your eyes. It supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratio. Each of the displays has a resolution of 852 x 480 and a 60Hz refresh rate. The diagonal FOV is 35-degrees and they support 24-bit color. They are available now for $499.99.
The Vuzix Wrap 1200 looks sort of like sunglasses with lots of cables coming off them. My review unit came with connectors for the iPhone and a bunch of other devices. They feel like sunglasses when you put them on and put some pressure above your ears as sunglasses do. Wires for headphones plug in right above the little LCD screens on each side so you can hear.
Power for the glasses comes from a pair of AA batteries. A set of pre-charged rechargeable AA's and a charger is included. If you need more power they can be operated from normal AA batteries as well. I tested the Vuzix Wrap 1200 with my iPhone and some YouTube videos. The glasses were easy to connect to my iPhone with the included adapter and displayed video from YouTube and Netflix with no issues at all.
It's a bit strange that the glasses will only show the video when it plays, you can't see anything else or the YouTube video menus with the glasses on. You have to look down at the device for control. There are multiple settings in the menu of the Vuzix Wrap 1200 that let you tweak the settings to your needs.
These video glasses support 3D, but I don’t have a 3D source to test that out. There are adjustments for the distance between your eyes and to get the screens directly in front of your eyes perfectly. Once I was all connected and had a video chosen, it was time to start watching.
I am a bit spoiled to watching HD programs on TV and the higher resolution video on my iPhone 4 screen. The resolution on the Vuzix Wrap 1200 is noticeably lower. It's not horrible, but you will certainly know you aren't watching in HD. I like that you can get a larger screen feel wearing the Vuzix Wrap 1200 glasses without having to be home in front of a real big screen. If you travel a lot and don’t mind the strange looks you will get wearing these glasses they do a good job of giving you a larger viewable image and are easy to use.
If you can handle the $500 price of the Vuzix Wrap 1200 and really want to view video on a larger simulated screen, the Vuzix Wrap 1200 are among the nicer video glasses on the market.
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