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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Virtual Vision Glasses

Do you have enough vision to watch television? Are you uncomfortable sitting so close to the TV in order to see the screen? Do you get in the way of other family members who are also trying to watch the latest movie with you?

If you answered yes to these questions, the Rimax Virtual Vision Glasses may be a solution for you.

The Virtual Vision 3.0 glasses strap to your head and deliver the equivalent view of a 36-inch TV direct to your eyes. The glasses have an internal LCD screen, so not only do you get your very own personal cinema, you also get great picture quality. The glasses also feature a set of stereo earphones that sit snugly in your ears while you're wearing them.

Main Features:

  • Mini LCD display
  • Unique optical system is adapted to replicate a 36-inch screen 2 meters away
  • Broad adaptability; can be connected to DVD players, Game Consoles or other standard AV products
  • Supports PAL and NTSC video signals
  • External battery for complete freedom - up to 8 hours maximum per charge
  • Easy operation and convenience of portability
  • Variable volume, brightness and contrast
  • Can be worn over conventional glasses
  • Power adapter: output DC 9V stable voltage
  • Rechargeable Lithium battery: LP900 lithium battery, 7.2V / 900mAH
  • Compatible with all kinds of audio video devices: can be connected to a TV, a DVD player or a games console

I can think of a variety of uses for this device. How about using it with your computer? Many video cards now offer an optional "TV Out" jack that these glasses could be connected to. No more leaning over the desk to see the monitor!

How about portible CCTVs that send their video to a television monitor. Connect these glasses and really get close to your documents.

Click this link to purchase the Rimax Virtual Vision Glasses from

iTheater: Watch Movies Anytime, Anywhere

Do you wonder how exciting it would be to watch your favorite action movie on a big screen TV? Maybe you have a secret passion for new high-tech electronics? Perhaps there is just not enough room in the living area for the Big screen TV you always wanted?
Well, now you can make your dreams come true with one amazing set of video glasses. To say video glasses is an understatement considering the sound and visual quality the iTheater provides.

It's more of a personal entertainment center. It features an amazing 230,000 pixel resolution along with surround sound. Only weighing 3 ounces it fits very comfortably around the head. So, when you decide to watch that action packed thriller or that touching love story you can just sit back and relax.

Well, now you're probably wondering, "what exactly can I watch with this iTheater?"...Anything you want. With the included RCA cables, just plug the glasses into any number of entertainment devices (portable DVD player, Video iPod, Gaming stations, Computers). DVD's have become quite the hit and with these glasses, you can just plug them into your DVD player and watch a beautiful theater style movie.

Perhaps your passion is video games; then your in luck, it connects right into your gaming station so you can have hours of fun on a 50 inch screen. Perhaps you have a video cell phone or a photo iPod and you would like to see your photos or clips on a huge screen? Then, just plug it in with the special adapter and your ready to go.

Do you need to purchase any expensive or hard to find batteries or power sources? Nope. iTheater comes with a portable power source as well as two "AA" batteries that will keep this entertainment center going for up to 6-8 intense viewing hours. So whether you're on the go or just relaxing at home, the iTheater is ready for you.

Product Specifications:

  • Resolution: 320x240 (QVGA)
  • 230,000 pixels each LCD
  • Color configuration: vertical stripe
  • Field of view: 24°
  • Eye relief: 20mm
  • Exit pupil diameter: 10mm
  • Audio: surround stereo
  • NTSC/PAL compatible
  • 10 foot A/V cable
  • Completely portable
  • Battery operated: requires 2 "AA" batteries (not included)
  • Weight: 3 ounces

Click this link to purchase the iTheater from first STREET.

Vuzix iWear - Virtual Cinema Glasses

The Vuzix iWear line of lightweight multimedia eyewear gives the user a big screen experience by creating a virtual display equivalent to a 62-inch screen viewed from a distance of 9 feet (depending on model).

Ingenious optical trickery allows all Vuzix iWear to replicate the effect of watching a big screen from a safe viewing distance. It's like having a high-quality home cinema grafted on your retinas. These hi-tech specs are 3D enabled for automatic 2D/3D control.

Click this link to see the four models currently available.

Cinemizer Plus

Though meant for the luxury gadget market, this device has obvious accessibility potential for the visually impaired. According to the web site, the Cinemizer Plus’ “image is optically tuned to appear as virtual 45-inch (diagonal) screen, as viewed from six feet away (2 meters)“. This makes the iPhone’s little screen into one much, much bigger.

This video eyewear from Carl Zeiss is your take-along personal video screen. You'll be able to watch any movie stored on your iPod anywhere.

Click this link to learn more about the cinemizer.

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