A Whole Movie Theater For Your Face

Imagine having an entire movie theater that you could wear on your face.

The Only-52 Inch Widescreen Personal Movie Theater is essentially just that.  And even if you look a little like Robocop, this thing is just plain cool.

Using two high-resolution LCDs and stereo headphones, these little glasses provide a video experience comparable to watching a 52-inch television from 9 feet away.  It does this via 428 x 240 resolution produced in 24-bit true color (16 million colors) and displayed in a 28 degree field of view.

The source signal can be from a video iPod, a personal gaming system, or a portable DVD player.  Simply hook the little Movie Theater to one of these devices, hit play, and disappear into the video.

One AA battery can power this little sucker for up to 11 hours of continuous viewing.  That’s pretty impressive…

I suspect that my girlfriend would get a little upset with me if I bought one of these.  I’d only take them off to put in another movie or game, and then I’d vanish into la-la land again.  But, you have to admit that these would be great on a road trip.  So long as you’re not the driver, that is.

You can get The Only 52-Inch Widescreen Personal Movie Theater at Hammacher Schlemmer.

UPDATE: This item is no longer available on Hammacher.  A similar personal theatre video eyewear is available here and here.

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Jul 2, 2009
by Anonymous

Apps for beyond Movies

Device can be modified for:
Search Rescue
Intel Recon Missions.
MedEvac-scan patient for wounds etc.
Inspections IE tanks, hulls, car bodies etc.
Security- X ray capable?

& for Movie Use, Id use this for
Long winter nights in some remote cabin?
IF not near any Rave Theatre center.
(ravemotionpictures.com) total digital movie theratre chain
NOT like UA & AMC.

Now attach this device to I Phone to download Movies?
Or TV shows?
Not everyone has I Pod.
I know of I Pods for music BUT Video???

Jul 3, 2009
by John P. Barker
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The specs say iPod; could have meant iPhone, but I can only go on the data I find.

I couldn't find any indications of eye strain, though the thought crossed my mind.  However, I think this thing is more like the heads-up displays used in aircraft, so I suspect its safe.

And I like the modification ideas--though I suspect that stuff like that is already in play and that is where the makers of this item got the idea...

Jul 5, 2009
by Anonymous


For those of you who have been living in a cage for the past decade: these kind of goggles have been around for ages, but they've never really taken off - partially because of disappointingly low resolution. This one seems to do 428 x 240, so that virtual 52" inch screen will give you less than ten pixels per inch...

Interestingly, a little googling shows that products with almost exactly the same price and specs (down to boasting the 52" or even 80" virtual image) have been for sale since at least 2002. No progress whatsoever in seven years time?

Jul 7, 2009
by John P. Barker
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I'd never seen these things before--except versions in military applications.