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chriswhocodes
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Vuzix iWear and Raspi?

Mon May 21, 2012 12:34 pm

Has anyone tried out any of the Vuzix glasses with the Pi yet?

You can pick up the Wrap 280 Widescreen glasses (battery powered and composite RCA input) for £99 new but the res is only 384x240 :(
http://www.firebox.com/product/2029/Vuz ... tAodaWZTqQ

The VR920 is 640x480 res and can be found for about £180 on Amazon which is a little more usable
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vuzix-AV920-Con ... 033&sr=8-2

They've both got fairly poor reviews but I've got some crazy ideas for making wearable computing with my Pi so I can probably stretch to £99 for experiments :)

At 3oz weight (less with a bit of stripping down) and 6 hours from batteries it could be a starter for a wearable Pi.

I'm going to do a little digging on how they are constructed as I might be able to pull them apart and make a tiny monitor (iPod nano screen sized) using just one of the LCDs for an icon-based display.

Should be getting my Pi from Farnell next week so will post my experiment results here :D

Kind regards,

Chris
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Re: Vuzix iWear and Raspi?

Mon May 21, 2012 1:27 pm

To start answering my own question, this is what a pair of vuzix glasses disassembled looks like:
http://yorgle.org/stereo/?page=hw (Thanks to Scott Lawrence formerly of Vuzix Corp).

Also, there a whole load of Chinese clones available on ebay so 640x480 looks to be available with RCA composite input for around £150.

Having looked a bit closer, these screens are tiny and far too small to be useful outside the glasses.

Am wondering if it would be possible to make a filp-down monocle out of these glasses?

I wear glasses already so with a strong pair of frames it might be possible to have a flip-down HUD monocle (non-transparent) based on this technology.

Chris
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Re: Vuzix iWear and Raspi?

Sun May 27, 2012 7:36 pm

Pi arrived yesterday :)

Follow progress of my HUD / wearable Pi project at http://www.chrisnewland.com/raspberrypi
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Re: Vuzix iWear and Raspi?

Sun May 27, 2012 10:46 pm

chriswhocodes wrote:Pi arrived yesterday :)

Follow progress of my HUD / wearable Pi project at http://www.chrisnewland.com/raspberrypi
nice stuff :-)

please keep on updating, my iwear vr920 is currently on its way from germany to the us to be fixed, but when it returns i too plan to "play" with it on the pi.
i'll keep watching this space!

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