Now there unfortunately is no name for these wonderful glasses so I am calling them VR Glasses. There is a lot of speculation around Virtual Reality and how effective it is, I myself have a friend who owned a pair of (very old) VR Glasses however his thoughts on them were very poor indeed. So now that about 15 years have passed (lol) has the technology gotten any better?Well lets first see what the publishers say about it..
These video glasses work by using the left and right eye display to produce a 40 inch virtual cinema screen that will make you feel as if you are actually sitting in a real movie theater. The glasses themselves are lightweight and comfortable enough to wear for extended periods of time and feature an advanced micro LCoS screen which has been carefully engineered and fully tested to ensure no harm to your eyes is ever possible.
Now, lets analyze what they have said. Firstly a 40 inch screen is hardly the movie theater, it is more like a slightly larger than normal PC screen.
Secondly the “micro LCoS screen” what is that? Well I went and found out…
Liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS or LCOS) is a “micro-projection” or “micro-display” technology typically applied in projection televisions. It is a reflective technology similar to DLP projectors; however, it uses liquid crystals instead of individual mirrors. By way of comparison, LCD projectors use transmissive LCD chips, allowing light to pass through the liquid crystal. In LCoS, liquid crystals are applied directly to the surface of a silicon chip coated with an aluminized layer, with some type of passivation layer, which is highly reflective.
LCoS technology can typically produce higher resolution and higher contrast images than standard liquid crystal display and plasma display technologies, which makes it less expensive to implement in such devices as televisions.
Ok so we have found out now that this tech sounds pretty impressive on paper (however paper is a flimsy thing what goes see-threw if you rub grease on it) so does this new way of projecting images threw the liquid crystals make it suitable technology for small displays used in VR Glasses?
Well to be honest I do not know since I have not received my VR Glasses yet, however when I do then I will tell you all whether it is a hidden gem or a petrified arsehole.
Now onto the specs:
- Primary Function: Video glasses with portable media player
- Video Glasses:
Resolution: QVGA – 320 X 240
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Simulated Display Size: 40 inches
- Media Player – Compatible Formats:
Movies: MJPEG, MPEG2, AVI, RMVB, WMV, VOB, Divx, Xvid, 3GP
Audio: MP3, WAV, FLAC
Games: NES, SMD, GBA
- Media Player Buttons/Connectivity/Indicators:
-1.3 Megapixel photo camera (1600 X 1200 .JPEG)
-SD card slot
-3.5mm A/V IN
-2.5mm A/V OUT (to glasses)
-3.5mm Headphone jack
-2x light indicators
- Power Source: Rechargeable 1000 mAh battery or AC power adapter 100 – 240V
- Battery Life: About 4 hours depending on use
- USB: 2.0 with backward 1.1 support
- Operating System Compatibility For USB Transfer: Windows 2000 / XP / Vista 32 / Windows7 (32 bit versions only)
- Dimensions Media Player: 114 x 50mm x 19mm
- Dimensions Video Glasses: 152 x 32mm x 32mm
- Video Glasses Cable Length: 965mm
- Additional file formats may be supported. However, only the formats listed are guaranteed to work
Alright now just to point out something which I find suspect, “Additional file formats may be supported” So what they are saying is that there are things that they do not know about these glasses? Or is this just a sales pitch to get people to but them in the HOPE that they may support Matroska files or MP4’s. Well it is a very good question however I think it is a case of “Firmware” the age old dog that keeps howling at our door. If you upgrade the firmware in say 2 years then the company MAY have put support for more file formats in it, or perhaps there is a programmer out there who will create more formats for it, just like the 3DS.
Well I suppose there is only one way to test that theory…. wait and see