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Although smart sunglasses exist, they’re seldom pretty — you won’t impress many people at the beach. If Vuzix has its way, though, these shades will be as fashionable as the eyewear from your favorite label. It has just reached a deal with an …
The story about Vuzix’s new AR/holographic enabled concept glasses broke last week, but I had a chance to catch up with Clark Dever from Vuzix (with my rouge TechCrunch ghetto cam) for a brief video explanation and demo of the technology.
The short of it is that it involves some highfalutin’ technolgy to get the displays to accurately display into the lens material. Their displays were quite clear and the demo devices show that accurately. Additionally, the displays will ultimately be able to work with a series of wearable gyroscopes for truly “hands on” interface interaction.
Vuzix has announced plans to develop a stylish head-mounted display solution in the form of Smart Glasses, through a licensing partnership with Nokia. The yet-unnamed product would integrate a bright, high-contrast display with a pair of seemingly ordinary-looking sunglasses — sounds like a perfect companion to the ZionEyez in-glasses camera prototype we saw last month. In Vuzix’s words:
This amazing new technology starts with a compact display engine capable of hi contrast and brightness for outdoor use. The output is then relayed into a 1.4 mm thick plastic waveguide lens with input and output hologram structures on the surface which squeezes the light down the waveguide and then two dimensionally expands the image back into the user’s eye, creating an image that is then mixed into the real world.
Naturally, the company envisions its Smart Glasses solution as a web-connected device, letting you watch videos or browse the internet while still being able to see-and-avoid pedestrians as you walk on the sidewalk or obstacles while behind the wheel — try doing that with a Kindle or smartphone (better yet, please don’t). Vuzix expects its Smart Glasses solution to start appearing as early as this summer, but we’ll be getting an early look next week at CES.
Gallery: Vuzix SMART Glasses Technology
Looking for a nice pair of new glasses? What about glasses that make you feel like you’re watching 3D content on a 75-inch display? Well, that’s quite a specific request you’ve made but Vuzix has what you’re looking for. The company today announced its new pair of virtual reality glasses called the Wrap 1200VR.
These are almost identical to the Wrap 1200 3D glasses we saw in August, but have special head-tracking capabilities for gamers. The WVGA displays in front of each are 800×480 but can handle video input in 720p, and can be individually focused for each eye. The user can also position the displays to account for their unique inter-pupillary distance.
As far as that head-tracking technology goes, it comes with a compass and nine sensors. The new glasses support more than 100 titles for 3D video and/or head tracking, including titles like COD: Modern Warefare, Fallout 3, and F.E.A.R.
If you wear contacts or even glasses, no worries. The Vizux Wrap 1200VR can fit “comfortably” over most prescription glasses. And just like when you go to the movies and slap on that super cool pair of RealD specs, your contacts will remain unaffected.
The glasses connect to almost any Windows laptop or desktop, with support for Windows 7, Vista, and XP in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Optional interfaces also allow for a connection to component video devices like the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
If you have $ 600 laying around and no fear of looking like a gadgets geek, check out the Vuzix Wrap 1200 VR glasses available now at Vuzix.com.
Vuzix is now shipping their Wrap 1200 3Ds, a pair of $ 500 glasses (a headtracking model called the 1200VR is coming later this month) that displays a 75-inch virtual screen in front of your face and supports 3D content. You have separate focus settings for each each eye and these are as light and small as a standard pair of sunglasses.
The Vuzix 1200s also allow you to wear your own prescription lenses under the device.
I’ve used earlier Vuzix video glasses on flights before and, barring the dork-feel of wearing a pair of video glasses, the experience is fairly interesting and impressive. Now, however, with HD, 3D and a huge screen these things could, feasibly, replace a standard monitor in some situations.
The glasses include a pair of headphones for audio and you can buy optional DVI adapters and light shields as well as a head-position sensor for more advanced tricks like real-time VR. The future, as they say, is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed.
Be honest, you’ve been waiting for an affordable augmented reality headset ever since Schwarzenegger rocked the robot vision Terminator 2. And while $ 5,000 still seems like a lot for consumers to pay for a pair of glasses that let you see stuff that’s not actually there, it’s certainly cheaper than the sort of military-grade options currently available. Vuzix’s Star 1200 feature motion sensors and a camera that track reality in order to augment it via 3D computer generated graphics. The headset is available for pre-order now and will start shipping in August, so you can finally get down to hunting and destroying all of the people who make fun of you for wearing funny looking glasses.
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The week of May 16th, Vuzix — makers of military and consumer grade Augmented Reality eyewear — announced their newest line of AR glasses as the STAR 1200. As their press release states, STAR stands for See-Through-Augmented-Reality and describes the killer feature of this new concept — transparent displays. Rather than viewing small, mounted video screens in the eyewear that show you both the “real” and “augmented” content at the same time (transferred from external cameras) the STAR 1200 has transparent displays for the “augmented” content and you view the real world the way you normally would. This is different from previous Vuzix models like the Wrap 920AR which uses camera mounts and displays for all viewing.
This is not really news, since the announcement went out at a couple of recent AR conferences, however I did get a hold of some demo images for you all to look at in case you were not at either of the conferences. These are prototypes and are likely to change as more accurate renderings of the product become available nearer to the planned launch in August.
I spoke with Vuzix CEO Paul Travers and he also let me know that the STAR 1200 contains autonomous motion sensors, so you can connect the glasses with software running on a mobile device (like Layar or Junaio) and use the glasses’ motion sensors to align the augmented content rather then relying on the mobile device’s gyros, etc. This will be more accurate.
So what does it look like when you peer the the transparent displays? The image below shows an example of how the augmented content is overlaid onto your view. Here, a target is placed on the gentleman in the image.
I also received a demo video that was output from the Wrap 920AR glasses. In the video you can see some different augmented content in the shape of cars, ships and, of course, dancing robots. Pretty neat.
At last, you too will be able to look at the world the same way our embattled Governator did back in the day while hopefully doing something a bit more productive than hunting down some chick named Sarah Connor.