These are the new Vuzix Wrap1200AR alternate reality (AR) glasses, featuring 3D stereoscopic dual cameras and dual wearable displays built in. They look like something out of Ghost in the Shell, but I assure you they're really high-tech and are just as cool to use as they look.
Put these babies on, and in realtime they project 2D and 3D visualizations into what you are actually looking at. The picture above shows the Vuzix logo being superimposed on top of a desk.
The glasses track how your head moves so that the projected image moves within your field of vision, just as if it where part of the real world. Here's a video of what it looks like if you're actually wearing the headset:
Pretty neat, huh? Seems like we're getting closer and closer to merging real reality with virtual reality. It's also impressive how they've got all this technology crammed into these tiny little glasses. Here are the specs for the Wrap1200AR and the maxReality Bundle AR unit:
- Resolution: WVGA (852x480)
- Field of vision: 35 degrees
- NTSC, PAL compatible
- Independent focusing of left and right cameras
- Supported 3D formats: side-by-side, analog
- Supported aspect ratio: 16:9
This essentially means that the glasses are equivalent to looking at a 75-inch screen from 10 feet away.
There are a number of AR apps for smartphones that would be really interesting with these glasses, but unfortunately these only work when connected to a computer.
These are available within Japan, and with the bundle included above, the total price is 198,000 yen, or around US$2000, which is a bit pricey.
While these may not be within everyone's budget, with the slew of interesting AR games available for smartphones, including Google's recent MMMMORPG Ingress, we sure would like to see an updated version that doesn't need to be connected to a computer.
Translation by Jason Morgan