September 16, 2007
| by Rachel Cericola
Remember when your mom used to tell you not to sit too close to the TV? How silly she was. Now you can stick it to mom, and anyone else that doesn’t share your viewing preferences—by strapping a 62-inch TV to your face.
Vuzik‘s iWear VR920 is isn’t exactly a 62-inch flat panel, but the company claims it gives off the same experience. It’s got the same technology that the military uses. Do we really need that for a close-up view of video games and movies?
Other features include a 32-degree field of view, a switch for 2-D or 3-D, and support for up to 1024 x 768. Oh—and it’s got a built-in microphone for VoIP so you can compare notes with friends on your favorite parts of “Sleepless in Seattle.”
The company’s main push doesn’t seem to be movies, but to “allow users to privately review documents, videos and other content streams in crowded airplanes, mass transit and coffee shops.” How quickly would you leave any of those areas if you saw someone with these?
Just hook it up to your PC or Mac, strap the goggles on and you’re ready to go. And if you think it sounds cool, take a look at the guy in the picture. Does he look cool to you?
Maybe he is; after all, he can afford the $400 for a pair of iWear.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.