Type: Game Enhancer, Gear, Peripheral
Usage: Windows PC
Though many wearable video displays have come with a bang and gone with a whimper over the years, technology of late seems to have reconciled video-goggle shortcomings as demonstrated by the iWear VR920 from Vuzix.
At $399.95, not only does VR920 emulate a 62" videoscreen in the privacy of the bridge of your nose, it changes the VGA video input (computer/laptop connectivity only) to a stereoscopic signal, or 3-D -- the actual "Virtual Reality" talked about all those years ago but now viably realized in relatively small, lightweight, aesthetically acceptable, Borg-ish eyewear -- complete with headphone and mic.
A sweet but throwaway gimmick by itself, the iWear VR920's crowning feature is found in the unit's integrated motion-sensitivity technology, a "3 Degree of Freedom (DOF)" tracker which translates head movement into in-game "free look." That is, you can literally look around the cockpit in MS Flight Sim X or IL2 - Sturmovik, or look around the vast landscapes of World of Warcraft or Second Life. It makes movie watching and general PC tasks look pretty cool, too.
iWear VR920 is entirely dazzling but currently innately compatible only with nVidia graphics cards -- and even then, using dated 3D drivers. Still, if your rig meets the requirements, there a good chance you'll dig on iWear.
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