Watching on movies on the iPhone is an interesting experience. We’re big fans of watching BBC iPlayer
just before we go to sleep, but holding an iPhone becomes very uncomfortable after 10 minutes. You then start to flip and turn and it’s just a pain in the neck. The same thing happens if you’re in the car (but not driving), on a plane, on the couch – you get the idea. Step in the Vuzix Wrap, a very clever piece of kit. These rather unsuspecting pair of sunglasses have a big secret, a massive James Bond like secret. Behind the lens – there’s 2 screens. These screens plug into your iPhone. They support 2D and 3D viewing. See where this is going?
- Adjustable brightness, contrast, hue and color saturation
- Works with 2D and common 3D video formats including side-by-side and anaglyph
- Onscreen menu display for video adjustments and 3D format selection
- Ultra-low video distortion
- NTSC and PAL compatible
- Six hours use with 2 AA alkaline batteries
- 16 hours use with 2 AA lithium batteries
- Wrap mini-port connector for optional expansion accessories (such as 6DOF tracking and compass)
- Wearable over many prescription eyeglasses
- Adjustable, hypoallergenic nose-piece
- Ultra-thin cabling
You get everything you need in the box to get up and running with the Vuzix. We were really excited to test these out. So, we grabbed hold of the getting started guide and we were off. Here’s the general gist of set-up:
- Insert batteries
- Adjust nose piece if necessary
- Adjust ear-plug’s
- Connect ear-plugs
- Connect to iPhone
Once you know what you’re doing, it’s pretty simple. You can then route all the wires around to tidy things up, using cleverly placed cable hooks in the arms of the glasses. The glasses are pretty comfortable to wear even after long periods, as are the earplugs. Speaking of which, the sound quality is good. These need to be usable and functional too, which they are. The real plus sides of these glasses are the thought that’s been put into the design and concise contents of the box. You get a lot of stuff, but it’s all necessary. They may be a little too bulky to throw in your pocket, so perhaps it would be better to chuck these in your backpack or laptop satchel.
The viewing experience is very good. It takes a while to get used to having two screens pressed less than half an inch from your face, but after a while you can just sit back and enjoy a YouTube video, movie, song – whatever content you watch normally on the iPhone. The best thing about the glasses has to be the hands-free operation. Or perhaps the way the screens always move with your head – so you can turn around and get real comfy. Also, I’m not sure if this is a design feature or what, but there is a gap between the glasses and your cheeks you can look through to see the popcorn bowl. Genius!
You must try the 3D content too. This looks awesome.
These glasses won’t be for everyone. They don’t work as sunglasses, but if you watch content on your iPad, iPod or iPhone regularly, they are a must have. They let you just chill out and watch your favorite shows. An absolute must for any tv junkie!
For more information, visit Vuzix.