Head mounted display?
Posted 01 October 2005 - 09:27 PM
Posted 01 October 2005 - 11:42 PM
Now the cheapest ones I could find were from MP3Playerstore on eBay. (Search eBay for "Innovatek HMD"). They sell for roughly $70. The resolution I think is 320x240. Includes a battery pack.
Is it worth it? Well - not really for shooters. The low end HMDs require TV inputs; and the colours get skewed from the transition of the PC graphics to TV-Out to the HMD. Not only that, but the resolution for cheap HMDs are really low - for something with 800x600 you're looking at an expense in the multiple hundreds of dollars.
That said I tried the HMD with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Low resolution + off-colours meant that it was rather difficult to discern... well... anything. I played for 5 minutes and ultimately gave up.
For movies, these things work really well. I use a media-center like application to navigate around my movies, TV, music and so forth. You need things with large font when you use an HMD like this.
I tried the whole with a Cygwin terminal. Because I had to boost the font-size so high in order for the terminal text to be readable, anything on ncurse is virtually unusable.
In the fun department, I hooked up the thing to the TV out of my digital camera, so I could see the infrared band. Make-shift nightvision goggles. Fun, but short-lived at the same time.
In essence: you get what you pay for.
Edited by Seal, 01 October 2005 - 11:45 PM.
Posted 02 October 2005 - 08:23 PM
Posted 02 October 2005 - 08:54 PM
Thanks for the info, I will definitly wait until they come down in price or see if I can find a way to build my own.
Just my opinion - but I don't think that they will come down in price. HMDs haven't caught on with the general public [nor is there any inclination that they ever will], and as such retain their novelty status. As novelties, they will retain their high price points as they've done for the last 8 years. I remember Olympus/Sony tried selling HMDs to the masses, but it never sold well and both major production lines were discontinued.
Building your own is possible, but the parts themselves (2xmicro LCDs) are prohibitively expensive. Not to mention the electronics expertise required in the assembly.
I suppose the moral is that what you see now is pretty much going to be what you'll see in the market a few years from now. The prices won't come down. So might as well save up your dough if you want one
Edited by Seal, 02 October 2005 - 09:00 PM.
Posted 02 October 2005 - 11:12 PM
Does anyone know what that eyepiece (please dont slaughter me for mentioning this film) that Dade Murphy wears in the movie Hackers?
Posted 03 October 2005 - 01:14 AM
It looks so bad-ass! I think I'll get one to give it a try.
I have one.
Posted 03 October 2005 - 06:19 PM
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