Vuzix headset will catch ‘Avatar’ wave

By January 25, 2010Newswires

Vuzix headset will catch ‘Avatar’ wave
by Mark Baard

Millimeter by millimeter, stereo television eyeglasses are approaching a size worthy of wearing in public.

Last fall, I told you about Vuzix Corp.’s Geordi La Forge-like headband, the Wrap 310, which the company billed as an ideal pair for watching 2-D and 3-D flicks while commuting to work.

Vuzix has been tilting its futuristic eyewear toward augmented reality apps, such as it did with the release of its clip-on USB camera, the iWear CamAR.

By combining the CamAR with the Vuzix iWear VR920 headset – and with the right software or game running from your PC or console – you can see computer-generated 3-D images materialize in your living room.

Now, Vuzix has created a pair that could pass as sunglasses, if not for the little camera on each lens. Called the Wrap 920AR, it is an improved, stereoscopic, all-in-one version of the VR920-and-CamAR combo.

Vuzix is counting on book publishers and media producers to leap on board the 3-D craze started by James Cameron’s half-billion dollar cartoon movie, “Avatar.’’

And it envisions the Wrap 920AR, which has a small camera centered over each lens, as an ideal way to see the animated characters that will presumably be flying off of every cover and TV screen from now until the end of the Mayan calendar.

The Wrap 920AR simulates the effect of looking at a 67-inch screen from 10 feet away. (Think of it as a man cave you wear on your head.)

Read the whole story here: http://www.boston.com/business/technolo … atar_wave/

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