Measuring the performance of a display device that sits on an individual's head is not an easy task. We were not completely sure how to approach this one. In the end we decided that taking a more subjective approach would be best.
For testing the Vuzix AV310 we used four test subjects, two adults and two teens (including myself). Each subject would view two videos; one, a TV pod-cast (Dirty Jobs), while the other is a movie from iTunes (Push). This would be done from an iPhone 3G S. Each subject would then describe what they thought of the AV310. For starters, let's see what the kids think about the AV310.
We also decided to hook the Vuzix AV310s up to our Wii for a little gaming action (Super Mario Galaxy).
Teen - 1:
Our first teen subject felt that the Vuzix AV310 headset was awkward to wear. They felt like the headset was always going to fall off. Although they liked the video and thought it was really cool, the amount of light that comes in around the side was annoying. Teen - 1 also stated that the earbuds were not very comfortable. Teen 1 did not like gaming on the Wii with the Vuzix, saying it was very hard to figure out where you were pointing without a visual reference.
Teen - 2:
Our second teen subject did not find the AV310's as uncomfortable, but did think there was too much light to make viewing easy. Teen - 2 felt that it was difficult to get the image focused properly, but thought otherwise the viewing experience was good. Teen - 2 loved gaming on the Wii and said it was one of the coolest things they had done. It took me a while to get the AV310s back from Teen - 2 during the Wii gaming tests.
Adult - 1:
Our first adult subject liked the AV310s and thought they would be great for long trips (such as in a car or on a plane). Adult - 1 also was disappointed by the amount of light allowed in by the AV310 and that the audio experience was not as good as it could have been. Adult - 1 found gaming on the Wii fun, but said it was not something they would see themselves doing on a regular basis.
Adult - 2 (Me):
Personally, I feel that the advertising is a little misleading. The box states that you get the experience of a 52-inch 16:9 widescreen TV as viewed from 9-Feet. This is simply not the case. I own a 52-inch TV and sit a little over 10 feet from the screen. The two experiences are nothing alike. After about 30 minutes I also began to get a headache from the need to focus on the tiny display. I tried adjusting the focus individually for each eye in case this was the problem, but that had no effect. The nose piece was a source of discomfort, as was the need to constantly adjust the headset due to slight slippage. Gaming was fun, but I just can't see it working for many games like Wii Sports, Wii Fit, or EA Active. If you are stationary (i.e. sitting) it is great, but for any game that requires movement they just do not work.