“eMagin Corp. has developed a wearable headset system that plugs into Apple Computer’s portable media device and displays video from it in front of one eye, using optical technology designed to give the picture a higher resolution and make it appear larger than on the iPod’s screen.”
Although I would love to try one on, and although the novelty itself could possibly be quite incredible, and although it’s thousands of dollars cheaper than buying a 100 inch plasma for yourself….there are some major issues that I think will prevent this baby from ever really “eyeing” the prize:
Number 1 – It’s really bulky…You really couldn’t use this anywhere practical…It requires the iPod dock and with that being said, whipping out this device with its multiple wires and your dock and ipod while sitting anywhere, even in the convenience of your own home, could be quite a nuisance.
Number 2 – How safe is it to have a digital display flashing inches from one eye while the other one sits lazily tricked into believing it’s seeing the same thing…sounds like a lot of mental work that could cause some sort of eye defect
Number 3 – It’s retailing at a price that’s 2 times the cost of an iPod…
Number 4 – Although the company says these things will become commonplace over time, for now, it would be pretty embarrassing to be wearing one….or if you WERE fine wearing it in public, you know you’d be stopped every 2 minutes to show people what the hell you were doing…
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.