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CES 2009: Myvu Video Glasses Show Trend Building

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CES 2009: Myvu Video Glasses Show Trend Building

A few years back the idea of using video glasses to watch content while on the move seemed ridiculous - but for those who got in early the benefits are beginning to appear…

The Vuzix Wrap 920AV showed last week just how far the format has come and with nearest rival Myvu also slimming things down and attracting a surprisingly huge amount of attention at its booth it seems people are slowly converting.

The company showed off its new flagship 'Crystal' model and while not as discrete as the 920AV, in use it does offer excellent contrast and vivid colours despite its VGA native resolution which appears to be a common sticking point for this technology at present. With four hours of battery life at a time however the stamina is pretty good.

Like Vuzix's approach, the Crystal happily works with all Apple products and any phone/MP3 player with a line out jack - so pretty much everything is covered. A neat control pad on the cable also allows viewing to be paused, rewound and fast forwarded and the volume adjusted - a handy shortcut allowing you to keep your device in your pocket.

Launching this quarter, the Myvu Crystal is fairly pricey at $299.95 as video glasses remain an infant technology but they represent yet another step in the right direction. Furthermore with the Sony video glasses looking so very poor in its keynote it looks like the benefit to smaller companies of getting in quickly will give them a significant advantage over the megacorporates - well, at least until they get bought anyhow…

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January 11, 2009, 2:01 am

Well, I wish them good fortune.

But, as someone who bought a pair of OLED specs a few years back (silly me hoped the gaming experience might be awesome) and subsequently returned them... Well you get the sense of disappointment on the way....

1. VGA resolution just does not cut the mustard these days. More to the point when viewed through this type of system you see the pixels more apparent. as in edge definition - I guess the brain is more descerning as its all you see in your forward vision. - Unlike viewing a monitor in a room, with visual references points and such.

2. The say 60" display at 9 feet does not feel like it. - Move your head and the TV moves! - Seasick or what! - Head clamp needed ;-)

3. I wear specs and that made them physically useless - so, taking the specs of even with the adjustments as per binoculars - there was insufficient adjustment to get the image sharp and 'comfortable' per eye.

Ovwerall a good concept, but I sincerely think the ergonomics and practicality need to be sorted for this incarnation to work well(and sell)....



January 11, 2009, 4:27 am

It doesn't matter how interesting 3D glasses get, I still have to wear MY glasses and so this is a tech not destined for me or people like me.

Grahame Cohen

January 12, 2009, 5:44 am

I wonder if they can correct the image for people who wear glasses by altering the image somehow (once you enter your prescription), or am I way off base? There goes that patent application...

Hamish Campbell

January 12, 2009, 1:59 pm

Oh great, first we can't play football in the playground cos 'four eyes' got his glasses broken, and now we can't have 3D glasses either?

Come on guys lets get'im!!!!

Paul Johnston

January 12, 2009, 8:14 pm

Contact lenses?

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