In early 2005, Icuiti corporation produced the V920. The first commercially released
HMD/HUD hybrid. Weighing just five ounces all told, the v920 used a liquid crystal
display strip embedded in a narrow tube that can be worn directly or perched on
top of a pair of glasses. It incorporated a set of high-quality, detachable headphones
to add sound to the experience.
At the time, Icuiti were adamant they were not going to take the design any
further - this was a new hybrid, for a new market - video eyewear.
Now, in early 2007, it seems they have changed their minds, and greatly modified
the v920 into three new models, each one an advancement over the original: The
The DV920 is the heavyweight of the three. Digital Video-eyewear is basically
what it stands for, and in every way, the device is designed to try and be a
complete home theatre experience that fits in your pocket.
The twin display units inside the case are LCD based, flatscreens, each capable
of showing a slightly differing image to the wearer - the same as normal vision.
It has been designed with a control pad which has connectors for just about
every any mobile or home video source in existence.
The display itself, will handle HD-quality images (640x480) if connected to
a TV, or, if hooked to a computer, will max out at 1024x768. However, it achieves
this, by scaling back from 24 bit true colour, to meet the requirements of the
The DV920 has by far the smallest field of view of any of the new models, at
just 26 degrees for each eye. As the natural eye can see almost 90 degrees,
the DV920 allows scarcely a quarter of natural vision. This is fine for watching
film and TV, but for full immersion systems, it is a bit of a problem.
The system does make up for it's shortcomings somewhat, with the weight of
3 ounces - you will scarcely feel you are wearing it.
Cost: $499 us.