Vuzix Corp., a manufacturer of video eyewear, is now shipping the PC version of its much-anticipated Augmented Reality Wrap 920AR sunglasses, which were featured in the September issue of National Geographic Magazine. Early shipments are being made available to research and industrial organizations and to universities. The company expects to ship to its retail partners in the first quarter of 2011.
The glasses, which are the world's first augmented and mixed reality sunglasses, enable wearers to view the real-world environment and computer-generated imagery and data seamlessly, bringing mixed and augmented reality content to life.
Paul Travers, CEO of Vuzix, said, "The Wrap 920AR breaks the barriers between real and virtual world consumer experiences and brings a world changing capability to the market in a state-of-the-art form factor."
"With the Wrap 920AR video game developers and other publishers can design characters to come to life in your living room. Magazines and books can have animated links back to the web in real time. Further, there is countless business, education and health care applications that we anticipate our product will be used for, such as assembly, maintenance, warehouse management and logistics, medical surgery, training and education. With our software development kit, which has now shipped to more than 2,700 application developers, we anticipate thousands of new, heretofore unachievable, applications to come to the market in the future."
Available only in limited quantity, early shipments of the Wrap 920AR retail for $1,995, bundled with Vuzix's MAXimum3D software, a plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max Design software. MAXimum3D enables developers, designers, architects and animators to simply export their designs and characters, whether they be objects, structures, apartments, industrial designs or whole cities, so that they appear in the real world through the Wrap 920AR glasses.