If you’ve ever seen someone wearing iPod or iPhone video eyewear (a.k.a. Head Mounted Displays, or HMDs), you know they look… to put it in the kindest possible terms… screwy. Still, to be able to enjoy a more natural video viewing experience, some users are willing to endure the chuckles. But two upcoming models from Vuzix aim to take a little social sting out of HMD use by disguising them as sunglasses.
The Vuzix Wrap 310 and Wrap 920, while differing slightly in their feature sets, each share the same traditional eyewear camouflage. And while they’ll obviously be bulkier than the sunglasses most of us own, at least they don’t look as bad as some of the actual sunglasses being sold today.
This isn’t the first attempt at using the “sunglasses look” to make HMDs more palatable to users; the MyVu Shades have been around since 2008, and while they’re more attractive than other HUDs on the market, they don’t actually look anything like sunglasses.
The Vuzix Wrap 310 and 920 models will be available later this year.