How about another gadget to carry around?
December 25, 2001 9:14 AM   Subscribe

How about another gadget to carry around? A laptop, an mp3 player, a cell phone, a PDA, a digital camera, and now, i-glasses?
posted by jacobw (18 comments total)
i-glasses aren't new—I believe they were released in 1995, around the time of that "Virtual Reality" fad.
posted by Down10 at 10:22 AM on December 25, 2001

Perhaps...but now they're affordable. $400 for i-glasses? Or $400 for an iPod?
posted by jacobw at 11:26 AM on December 25, 2001

long live virtual boy!
posted by outsider at 3:49 PM on December 25, 2001

the link didn't work for me.
posted by Katy Action at 4:02 PM on December 25, 2001

Katy (and others, there's a PHP error in the redirect page the first time you try it), try this one.

jacobw: The price it gave me was $899. Where did you see $400?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:18 PM on December 25, 2001

The TechnoScout link said $399 at the bottom with the option to buy.
posted by jacobw at 6:27 PM on December 25, 2001

Sony has been manufacturing a pair of these called the glasstron for the last few years.
They usually sell on EBAY for about $400, and conveniently make use the Sony camcorder/Digi-cam batteries. I had a pair and a portable Video CD player. I downloaded loads of movies from Napster and brought with me a collection of about 50 movies on a 3 month trip abroad.
The player connected to any TV (NTSC/PAL outputs) and served mostly as a community player, but the glasses were great while in flight or in a cheap hotel with no television in the room.
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC at 6:32 PM on December 25, 2001

Eric Lloyd:

I must be getting old, but I misread your post as "..the glasses were great while in a fight..."

I found myself wondering what video would do the most good to be watching while in hand-to-hand combat!

Sometimes, dementia can be entertaining.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 6:41 PM on December 25, 2001

long live virtual boy!

I actually just found a used one, and in the brief interim between my receipt of the virtual boy and when my eyes crusted over from using it, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

I'm kidding, it's still great.
posted by j.edwards at 10:39 PM on December 25, 2001

EricLloydNYC: The glasstrons you linked to are much higher resolution (832 x 624 ) suitable for computer use (and giving a smaller apparent screen size of 30") and therefore MUCH more expensive at $2600.
They also have a lower resolution (800 x 255 ) pair suitable for video, selling for $410.
I thought about getting a pair of the computer usable ones several years ago (when stock prices allowed me to indulge in such expensive gadgets), but decided I was already more of a geek than I wanted to be, so I passed.

Having failing distant vision thanks to years of focusing on a monitor right in front of my face I wondered if the farther virtual distance might actually help my sight. Then I read various reviews which claimed that eyes usually got very tired and irritated after prolonged use of the glasses. Though the idea of an apparently distant screen allowing the eyes to focus far off instead of inches away seems like it could be beneficial someday.
posted by HTuttle at 11:01 PM on December 25, 2001

MUCH more expensive at $2600
Shortly after posting I realized I had linked to the higher resolution model, seems that's all Sony is offering on their site. There are currently no glasstron's to be had on Ebay, which is strange considering they were a hot item a while back (on Ebay at least--I don't know about retail).
I did find Canon's model for $365, which are similar but don't use the Sony batteries which can be found inexpensively.

"..the glasses were great while in a fight..."
I had to fight off people laughing at the geek travelling with the virtual reality set up!
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC at 11:15 PM on December 25, 2001

Zee goggles!
Zey do nothing!

posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:21 AM on December 26, 2001

Just what I've been waiting expensive way to induce a pounding headache...or a seizure.
posted by groundhog at 5:53 AM on December 26, 2001

Sounds kinda cool, but after reading William Gibson's cyberpunk stories, I want to jack directly into cyberspace instead.
posted by alumshubby at 7:01 AM on December 26, 2001

Back when I was looking to build my own wearable computer out of pc104 modules, I was really fascinated with virtual retina displays in which the retina acts as the CRT, eliminating the need for a miniature high-res display (how? by shooting a low frequency LASER BEAM DIRECTLY IN YOUR EYE!!! ...I hear it's pretty safe) I can't find them now, but I've seen displays that use the ear-pieces of normal eyeware to house the laser, and tiny prism in either lens to redirect the beam. The result is a 3-4 foot transparent display hovering in front of you.

As for PDA/cell-phones? pc-ephone.
posted by samsara at 6:40 PM on December 26, 2001

Must have pc-e phone- must find a way to afford pc-e in a technology trance here!
I will dream about this device until I have one holstered to my side.
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC at 12:31 PM on December 27, 2001

Dude...seriously. Must buy pc-ephone.
posted by samsara at 1:44 PM on December 28, 2001

I called them, on my now completely expendible V Phone (lol), cost is $995. STEEEEEP I inquired as to financing, no luck--it will reamin #1 on my gadget wish list.
posted by Eric Lloyd NYC at 5:57 PM on December 29, 2001

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