Like Google and Apple, Vuzix is active in the field of augmented reality (AR). One might even say that it is even more proactive than those two. While Google is still preparing its Project Glass, and Apple only filed for a high-resolution video glasses display patent, Vuzix is long past its first model.
The company has revealed the Star 1200 XL
, a play on last year's Star 1200. It is an augmented reality headset that doesn't render the wearer totally blind to the outside world.
Its Wide Field of View (WFOV) perspective captures an angle of 35 degrees, and the eyepiece display images in a resolution of 852 x 480 pixels (WVGA).
The camera is even better than the dual displays though, not to mention detachable. The default is a full HD camera (1080p), but there are smaller ones too, albeit of lower image quality (1600 x 1200 at 5-7 fps and 640 x 480 at 25-30 fps). They all connect to the PC and show up as regular USB cameras.
Vuzix expects AR developers to pay $4,999 for every STAR 1200 XL. Pre-orders are already possible.