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Vuzix iWear Video Headphones Now Shipping

Vuzix showed off the iWear Video Headphones at CES in 2015, and the company has been taking pre-orders on the headset for much of the year. The company said it started shipping developer kits in October, and it is now shipping hardware to pre-order customers. Vuzix said new orders “will be shipped according to the terms and conditions at the time of order.”

Vuzix said the headset includes two 16:9 high-definition displays, one for each eye, which are capable of displaying 1 million colors per eye and boast a 57-degree viewing angle. The company said the iWear Video Headphones mimic a 130-inch big screen display from a 10-foot distance. The headset includes an HDMI input, which is compatible with most devices. It can accept 3D and 2D signals, and Vuzix said it is even capable of being used as a VR HMD.

The iWear Video Headphones have support for Unity 3D and Unreal Engine, and Vuzix is a member of OSVR, so the headset has been built to the OSVR standards. Vuzix said the headset is compatible with a wide range of content.

Vuzix iWear Video Headphones
VideoTwin ~ 1 million pixel color HD displays*
Floating display design for minimal face contact and maximum comfort
57 degree diagonal field of view in a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
Equivalent to a 130” screen viewed from 10 feet
24-bit true color (16 million colors)
Mobile operation with up to 3.0 hours continuous operation
2D and 3D video support (side-by-side, over-under, and frame packed)
Input resolutions from 480p to 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
*1280 x 720 x 3 (RGB)
AudioDriver unit: 40 mm, dome type (CCAW adopted) diaphragm
Noise-isolating over the ear design
Frequency response: 5 – 25,000 Hz
Electronic equalization with presets
Impedance: 40 ohms at 1 kHz
Power handling capacity: 1500 mW (IEC)
Sensitivity (db): 100 dB/mW
2 noise canceling Microphones
Head Tracking-3 Axis Gyro
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
-3 Axis Accelerometer
-3 Axis Magnetic Sensor
Input/ OutputHDMI and USB connectors
Ultra-thin single cable connection
GeneralUSB port for battery charging, continuous power or battery pack (required > 1 amp for continuous use)
Rechargeable lithium battery built into headphone
USB microphone and audio support
Collapsible headphone folds up for compact portability
Immersive light-shield included
Optional AR camera add-on
Optional point cloud sensor
Box ContentsiWear unit with carrying pouch
Immersive light shield
Manual, warranty and safety instructions (digital download)

Vuzix said the iWear Video Headphones are available from its own website or through Amazon.com (opens in new tab). The video headphones are priced at $499.99.

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  • nitrium
    1280x720? Now I don't know about you lot, but I'm fairly certain a 130" TV at 10 feet wouldn't give a very acceptable picture with 1280x720 resolution.
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  • luvmich
    17127997 said:
    1280x720? Now I don't know about you lot, but I'm fairly certain a 130" TV at 10 feet wouldn't give a very acceptable picture with 1280x720 resolution.

    Well I'm not gonna spend $499 to prove you wrong :pt1cable:
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  • kcarbotte
    1280x720? Now I don't know about you lot, but I'm fairly certain a 130" TV at 10 feet wouldn't give a very acceptable picture with 1280x720 resolution.

    I can't speak from experience, as I've not seen them myself, but I tend agree with you.
    I'm hoping to get a chance to try them out either at CES or a review sample in the coming year though, so that may change.
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