Here is my fantasy peripheral wish list:
- HDMI 1.4 (and maybe DisplayPort) connection for any video source (PS3, Roku, laptop, smartphone, etc).
- Separate left eye, right eye displays. Full, perfect stereoscopic 3D without any loss in brightness or picture quality.
- Rechargeable battery. So you only need the HDMI cable.
- Models with clutter-free audio via the same HDMI connection
- Affordable entry price point with higher end premium models.
If I search for “video glasses” on Amazon, several similar devices exist, including 3D capable options, but none of them are close to what I want (most of the physical designs look terrible, most are low-res, have VGA instead of HDMI, and are from no-name suppliers). It’s inevitable that a HDMI 1.4, HDMI-audio capable, PS3-friendly model will hit, but I’m hoping one of the mainstream consumer electronics vendors (like Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, etc) will make some really nice options.
Does anyone know if there is there some physical, health, or optical problem with screens so close to your eyeball? That is the only thing I can see holding the major vendors from entering this field.
Seriously, if people could buy a nice set of 3D video glasses in the ~$200 price range instead of having to commit to a new full price big screen HDTV set, I think 3D would have a far wider appeal.
Secondly, once people buy video glasses, you are a hair away from adding a head tracking sensor and creating a classic VR type system.
Written by: Darrin
- Contributing Editor