Thursday, August 06, 2009

Almost Lawnmower Man:

Almost Lawnmower Man: Introducing the Vuzix iWear VR920



I was quite excited a few months ago when I stumbled across the Vuzix VR920, a lightweight set of virtual reality eye glasses with dual hi-res displays. The amount of features packed into the three ounce package is really impressive:

  • dual 640 x 480 VGA progressive scan LCDs with a 32 degree field (scales to 1024×768)
  • head tracking
  • built in microphone
  • dual speakers
  • USB powered
  • nVidia stereo driver support

Most importantly for us, it supports Second Life, as well as World of Warcraft, and a suite of games. The Second Life support is currently not native, but works well with mouselook mode, as I demonstrate in the video below. Vuzix was kind enough to loan me one to test out with Second Life and is actively seeking enterprising developers who may be interested in helping develop native Second Life support for the device. The VR920 is the first device that supports immersive three dimensional graphics, head tracking, as well as microphone and audio all in one device.


In the video below, you can look over my shoulder and see what I am seeing.