Following on from the VR920s, which I reviewed earlier in the year, Vuzix has just announced a pair of widescreen multimedia glasses – the AV310. Like the others, they sit on your nose, and position two dinky screens in front of your eyes, so it’s like having a massive screen further away. They’ve also announced an upgrade to the AV230XL – their entry level goggles – which upgrades them to OLED displays.
The AV310 is the first commercially available video headset available in widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. It ships with a cable for connecting to your iPod or iPhone, as well as a variety of other devices with TV-Out functionality, including many recent MP3 players. The OLED displays on the AV230XL – and I got to see these myself – look phenomenal. Far brighter and more responsive than LCD displays. Very impressive.
The AV310 and AV230XL both are powered from a single AA battery. That’ll give you 5-7 hours of battery life, the company claim. The former will cost £150, and the latter just £130. The company say “both are available now and are being released at special introductory launch prices that will be held until Xmas” which indicates to me that the price will rise in January. If you want a pair, get them now.