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Virtual Reality Glasses are Back

Techstination feature for Thursday, December 13, 2007

Virtual reality glasses …are back. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There have been contraptions on the market for years that have attempted to bring the virtual reality experiences into the home. Helmet type displays….glasses of various kinds. A company called Vuzix is selling a new system it calls the iWear VR 920. It simulates the appearance of a 62 inch screen before your eyes and includes a built in microphone. And, says CEO Paul Travers …

"It's got a tracking system built in, so when you put them on and when you turn your head in space, if you're plugged into a computer system, it can change the image as a function of where you look. And so in Internet kinds of social environments like Second Life or World of WarCraft…you know eight million users…when you put these things on, you see a beautiful, big, 3D image out in front of you. And when you turn your head, you literally interact. It's sort of like you stepped inside the computer. Microsoft Flight Simulator, you sit in the cockpit of the plane, look around, just like you were transported to it."

The resolution is good enough for reading text as well. If you don't mind looking like an uber-geek with the glasses on connected to a laptop….it would be a good way to ensure privacy while working on a plane, for instance. The price, 399 dollars. About the future of all this, Travers says…

" There's a few reports that say by 2010 , as many as 80 percent of people will, in some form, be using the Web through some sort of 3D portal."

And Vuzix sees a future in displays that will attach to mobile phones as well. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.