Head mounted displays have been around for a while now—in the 90s we had virtual reality arcade games and Nintendo's Virtual Boy. In the past decade there have been a number of iPod connectable video glasses that were unfortunately stuck with low resolution displays. Today head mounted displays are now not only smaller and lighter, but they're going for the full on home theater experience. We'll take a look at a few next generation head mounted displays hitting the market soon.
First up is Sony's HMZ-T1. What make this different from head mounted displays of the past is its OLED display, capable of a resolution of up to 720p. The HMZ-T1 also gives you the best 3D experience you can get since it has two separate screens for each eye, giving you 3D with absolutely no cross talk. Add in simulated 5.1 built in earphones and you have your own immersive home theater experience. The HMZ-T1 goes on sale in the US in November at $799.
If you want the head mounted display experience without having to invest a whole lot of money, Brookstone has iDesign's Digital Video Glasses for under $100. The overall quality is much lower than the other displays on our list—however it still works with iPhone/iPod or any RCA device. Even though these glasses aren't HD and don't have 5.1 surround sound, they're definitely the cheapest and most compact of the three.
Before Sony entered the game, the go-to head mounted displays and video glasses came from Vuzix. The Vuzix Wrap 1200VR is one of their newest displays, with HD 720p resolution and 3D support. While these glasses don't have the OLED display or HDMI like Sony's, they do boast head tracking. The Vuzix Wrap is geared more towards 3D computer gaming rather than acting as a home theater replacement (like Sony's). These are also portable using a pair of AA batteries. Availability is set for fall at $500.