Vuzix are a company that make slick video eyewear for hooking up with your iPod, iPhone, DVD Player, Xbox 360, PS3 and much more – they’re pretty darn awesome.
Behind the lenses for what looks to be a pair of sunglasses (above) sits two little LCD screens which line up directly in front of your eyes. The LCD screens give the user an equivalent screen size to a large screen TV – anything up to 75 inches – for playing media from your connected device. Out of each arm comes a premium in-ear headphone left and right audio playback.
Vuzix’s latest creation is the Wrap 1200, which features the largest screen and highest resolution on a piece of video eyewear to date. The Wrap 1200 gives the viewer the equivalent of a 75-inch screen when sat 10 feet away, in a widescreen 16:9 or 16:10 aspect ratio with a resolution of 852 x 480 pixels.
In addition to high resolution 2D video playback, the eyewear is also capable of showing 3D video content on the big 75-inch screen. If you load up your chosen video playing device with a stereoscopic (side-by-side) 3D video, the Wrap 1200 should be capable of playing it back.
We were lucky enough to be shown a prototype model of the Wrap 1200 when we visited the Vuzix boot at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham earlier this year, and they look fantastic.
By far the best feature of the new model is a proprietary screen tilt control which will let you alter the angle of the two LCD screens by up to 15 degrees in order to get the perfect viewing angle. Vuzix are calling the feature Accu-Tilt, and the Wrap 1200 is where this feature will make its debut.
Another new feature is Eye-separation (IPD) adjustment, which lets you move the two LCD screens left and right in order to align them perfectly with your eyes, giving a customised and perfect fit.
As with previous incarnations of the Vuzix eyewear, there will be a virtual reality variant of the Wrap 1200 coming out later on, dubbed the Wrap 1200VR. This model will be compatible with PC and various bits of advanced Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality software, and feature a 6-degree head tracking unit.
The Wrap 1200 will get an exclusive unveiling at the IFA technology event in Berlin, starting August 31st. You can pick up a pair already for $499 if you’re based in the U.S, and we expect to see them go on sale in the UK shortly after the IFA event ends.