Virtual Reality: Home Entertainment

Virtual Reality to come to home entertainment soon

Technology has brought virtual worlds into our computers for many years. Soon, vr will be in our living rooms.

The underground effort that has been an experimental fantasy for decades is becoming more mainstream. VRGs are headed to your game system!

VRGs or VR glasses (also known as Virtual Reality goggles) takes home entertainment and gaming to the next level.

The 3D simulated world once embedded on your computer monitor becomes a living world that consumes you instead. 3D graphic virtual reality is a reality.

Virtual reality glasses have improved in quality, become lighter and cheaper over the past decade as virtual reality technology and software also has advanced.

Wireless options allow you to roam the room with your headset. Almost all units plug into computers, DVDs and TVs.

The option for a Stereo 3D input is now available with Apple's latest in the line of Intel Xenon driven processors.

When a NVIDIA Quardo FX 4500 graphics card - with 512MB - is added, a pair of stereo glasses or goggles can be plugged in for better viewing of 3D images. The card is a dual-link DVI so two monitors can be connected. But, most can only be viewed over a CRT (H-synch of 126kHz) not a LCD monitor, unless 3D goggles are attached.

Stereo 3D is one step into the world of virtual reality. When connected to a video source, with the correct software, amazing entertainment should be right around the corner. This market will probably first be driven by adult entertainment, then enhanced video games, then the major film industry.

Apple's Quicktime VR lets users interact with images on their computers. With a mouse, an image can be rotated and turned 360 degrees. This software comes in two parts. Quicktime VR Authoring kit provides the tools to make 3D objects and Quicktime VR viewer lets the user manipulate the object in real time. The viewer software is free from Apple computers. The authoring software is for sale.

Virtual reality goggles, 3D glasses and other VR gear is the next chapter in home entertainment. Imagine playing a video game inside the game itself instead of staring into a TV screen or monitor. Imagine the scientific possibilities as it becomes more afforable and accessible.

When researching a good pair of goggles, make sure you know the difference between goggles that only enlarge a TV image and one that actual provides a true 3D view.

While more expensive models incorporate 3D technology, the basic models only enhance the viewing area to the size of a super-large screen TV.

Similar to the experience movie goers get in 3D theaters, consumer gamers use S-3D technology at home for superior game immersion, visual beauty and game enjoyment.  In video games, stereoscopic 3D hardware makes explosions fly out of the screen and adds a depth that makes the screen look like a window rather than a flat projection.

“Stereoscopic gaming is inevitable.  It's not so much a question of added realism or emersion, terms that I find too nebulous to define.  Stereoscopic 3D gaming is more fun - that's why it's here to stay," said Lenny Lipton, Chief Technology Officer of Real D, and the inventor of the original CrystalEyes Glasses that laid down the groundwork for many of the modern consumer 3D solutions available today. Continue reading...

Check back this fall for updates to our online research for suitable goggles and unique links to sites that help you to better understand 3D, virtual reality and new technologies. We also plan to explore how to incorporate this new technology into our site and to enhance our free movie section.

Virtual Reality Glasses and Goggles

VRML

VRML 2.0 Sourcebook, 2nd Edition
Andrea L. Ames; Paperback

Adventures in Virtual Reality/Includes Book, Disk and 3-D Glasses

Virtual Reality/Book and
3-D Glasses
H. P. Newquist; Paperback

Virtual Reality
Entertainment Magazine

APPROVED VR AFFILIATES

These glasses are for use in IMAX movie theatres and NOT for viewing IMAX films at home. For home viewing, other types of glasses are needed. By bringing your own glasses to the IMAX theatre you avoid having to use worn or scratched lenses, thus making your experience at the theatre more enjoyable.

Terminator Style - Polarized Glasses Our Linear Polarized Lenses are available in a superior quality, Terminator-style black plastic frame. These glasses wrap around for that really "cool" look. These reusable plastic polarized glasses with folding temples, feature superior quality 10-ml polarizer film. Polarized glasses contain light gray filters for viewing slide shows, multi-media displays, concerts, movies, and ride simulators.

Linear Polarized Glasses are the general purpose glasses used for polarized projection of slide shows, multi-media displays, concerts, movies, simulator rides, and viewing vectographs. Linear polarized glasses have the left and right axis at 45 degrees and 135 degrees (perpendicular to each other), and a standard transmission of 37%.

Recommended for any multi-user application, i-glasses PC HR is a portable, affordable, high resolution, computer monitor in a compact, 7 oz package that fits comfortably on your head. Big stereo sound through built-in private speakers completes the experience.

The all-new i-glasses PC HR is plug and play compatible with virtually all computer systems including PC's, laptops and even some popular PDAs. Images are sharp, clear, rich and vibrant. This one incredible product provides a single viewing solution for a whole new generation of computing and PDA devices. i-glasses PC HR, for working on the road or relaxation, it's a great experience you have got to try. Weight: 7 ounces.

Features: true 800x600 resolution, includes vga connection and power supply, plug and play compatible.

Brand Name: I-O Display
Model: PC HR
Hardware Platform: PC

Become immersed in unbelievably real 3D gaming and graphic environments as our patented stereoscopic 3D glasses instantly create a truly 3-dimensional viewing experience with all of your favorite gaming titles. You have to see to believe--thrills guaranteed! The E-DTM 3-D glasses instantly convert virtually all of your existing PC video game titles into true 3D. That means a real sense of depth and distance as you're taking aim at the enemy battalion approaching, trying to find the apex of the next turn, or coming in for a carrier landing in your F-14. It's why so many customers report improved game play performance when using our glasses in addition to stunning scenery and visuals. Installation is a snap with no USB or serial ports required and nothing internal. Just install our patented software one time, plug in our adapter to any standard PC, and we guarantee you'll experience the best gaming graphics EVER. Using an infrared transmitter for wire-free operation of the glasses, this system provides superior ease-of use. A dual-emitter transmitter is utilized to give the widest viewing angle and range available and is used to beam a signal to perfectly synchronize the refresh rate of your monitor with your glasses. Additional users need only an additional set of eyewear to simultaneoThe glasses use standard inexpensive lithium cell batteries found at any electronics store and provide 50-100 hours of usage (included). Comes with glasses, video synchronization adapter, infra-red transmitter, and our special software CD to turn your games into amazing 3Dusly view 3D

• Adjust size easily for superior comfort
• 50-100 hours of wireless 3D (batteries included)
• 10' (3m) wireless range
• Toggle 3D gaming mode on and off with the touch of a button
• Exclusive support for all video cards and both CRT and LCD monitors.

I-O Display
I-glasses PC HR - 3D glasses

Recommended for any multi-user application, i-glasses PC HR is a portable, affordable, high resolution, computer monitor in a compact, 7 oz package that fits comfortably on your head. Big stereo sound through built-in private speakers completes the experience. The all-new i-glasses PC HR is plug and play compatible with virtually all computer systems including PC's, laptops and even some popular PDAs. Images are sharp, clear, rich and vibrant. This one incredible product provides a single viewing solution for a whole new generation of computing and PDA devices. i-glasses PC HR, for working on the road or relaxation, it's a great experience you have got to try. Weight: 7 ounces.

Features:
• true 800x600 resolution
• includes vga connection and power supply
• plug and play compatible

Virtual Reality Head Mounted LCD Display

$129.99. Virtual Reality Widescreen from your TV, VCR, DVD and Game Console! Re-create the feeling of the theatre with this head-mounted display. It is equal to a 36-inch screen at 2-meters and offers clear and exquisite pictures. The 2.1-track Dolby Surrounding stereo earphones help to re-create the theatre experience. It can be easily fixed on the head, so you can enjoy movies or games regardless of the posture taken by the user. The lithium battery (LP1100) can supply power for 8 consecutive hours, for convenient use when traveling. Get ahead - buy yours today! Product Dimensions: 11.0 x 8.0 x 4.0 inches. Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds