Technology Review mentions today the new Vuzix Wrap920AR Goggles today, in the midst of current AR popularity. The Wrap920AR is equipped with two video cameras that ‘see’ the front of what the wearer sees and project it on two LCD video displays, resembling what is allegedly a 67-inch video display at ten feet. The have stereo capture, 6-DOF head tracking, VGA connectivity and come bundled with some nice software bits.
Now, their price is about 2K USD which is not much compared to similar camera-equipped see-through HMDs but it is way to much for me to get a chance to try them. So… I will attempt to imagine their functionality.
Joking aside, they seem light and less obtrusive than past implementations. I imagine it wont be long before researchers use them. The fact that what the user sees is essentially a video feed from the cameras could potentially provide some nice opportunities for advance synthesis virtual and real objects. Moreover, compared to optical displays they can tackle ambient light – as the article points out.