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Monday, July 02, 2007
iVision

1. Introduction

Now This is Being "Plugged In."

One of the more original and interesting products I have had the privilege of reviewing recently is the i-Vision from 22Moo - an Australian Technology company. The i-Vision is essentially a pair of goggles that plug into your iPod (or other Video capable device) and give the user the illusion of watching on a large screen Television. Now, it doesn't claim to give you HD quality, not should anyone expect that - but what it does give you is a totally new and unique way to watch movies on your iPod.

Is the i-Vision something to invest in? Read on for my thoughts.

We seem to never be happy. We want TVs to keep getting bigger to create an impressive home theatre environment for watching our movies. We also want movies to come to the small screen - onto everything from our PDA's to our iPods. But the small screen is really too small to sit and comfortably watch a movie. So, now we need a way to make the small screen big again.

Luckily, 22Moo was listening and they have a very innovative and fun product for watching movies on the small screen.

Enter the i-Vision - a pair of goggles that take the image of the movie and broadcast it into two lenses/screens inside. To the user, the illusion created is one of watching the movie on a much larger screen. Plug in the included ear buds and you are truly plugged into your multi-media experience.

The i-Vision currently comes in two models:

The i-Vision 230 - Featuring a virtual display size of 35 inches from 2m away with a resolution of 320 x 240 (230,000 pixels) and weighs only 72g.

The i-Vision 922 - Featuring a virtual display size of 48 inches from 2m away with a resolution of 640 x 480 (922,000 pixels) and weighs only 84g.

Here is a little history about this Australian company from their web site:

 

Who is 22Moo ?

22Moo is a fresh and unique international developer, integrator and distributor of iPod, PSP and Zune accessories and solutions based in Sydney, Australia.

22Moo is also the appointed Australasian distributor for  Innovative Sleep Solutions Revolutionary award winning Sleeptracker® watch.

A Bit Of History

In 2005 22Moo had begun by publishing and wholesaling iPod and PSP CD-Rom utilities for the Mac and PC platforms for retail representation.

During 2006, 22Moo had expanded into developing its own multimedia, kiosk and educational software titles.

Later that year, 22Moo approached  Innovative Sleep Solutions to seek the approval to become the official Australasian distributor of the  Revolutionary award winning Sleeptracker® watch.  Innovative Sleep Solutions had approved the request.

Then in mid 2006, 22Moo had begun aggressively seeking and forming multiple partnerships with leading international designers, developers, innovators and manufacturers of iPod, PSP and Microsoft Zune accessories and solutions in a push to become one of the world's most unique and recognized international distributors and integrators of accessories and solutions for the iPod, PSP and Zune.

Our Team

Our team is made of extremely creative, talented, friendly and skilled freelance artists, programmers and IT gurus so that we can ensure the highest quality of product, service and support is always met.

Partnerships

22Moo actively looks for new opportunities in expanding our product and service range. We are always keen to form new partnerships locally and/or internationally. If you have a product that you believe is of interest to 22Moo or wish to form a partnership with 22Moo, please feel welcome to contact us.

In The Community

22Moo regularly volunteers time in  assisting with IT projects and fundraising for hospitals, schools, charities and others organizations who are under staffed and/or funded. We hope to make a positive difference to those who are less fortunate.

About the i-Vision:

 

Portable Displays - i-Vision 230
 
 

Description

Euramerican-styled Design
The ultra-light i-Vision 230 video eyewear features a streamlined and prominent design that will surely turn a few heads.

Big screen on the go
The i-Vision 230 produces a virtual display size of 35 inches from 2m away with a resolution of 320 x 240 (230,000 pixels) and weighs only 72g !

Vast compatibility
The i-Vision 230 video eyewear is compatible  with the iPod Video, Zune, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 1, 2 and 3. It also works with many other devices that features an AV output port such as a portable DVD player, PMP, set top box and more.

Specifications

Display Size: 35 inches, 2m away
Pixels: 320 x 240 (220k pixels), full color
View angle : 24 degrees
Video Input: NTSC / PAL format (automatic selection)
Sound function : double channel stereo
Adjustable functions: Volume, Nose Support
Power Input : 5V DC
Power Consumption : 0.6W
Included In The Box:
Control box with built-in lithium battery, AC adapter, USB recharge cable, in-car recharge cable, signal cables


Price

$250 USD Suggest Retail Price


Compatibility


* Fully compatible with 5th generation iPod Video
* Fully compatible with 4th generation iPod with video out
* Fully compatible with Microsoft Zune
* Works with the Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Wii
* Compatible with devices with AV output such as Portable DVD Players, Set Top Boxes, VCR's, HDD Media Players and more.


Warranty

1 Year Limited

 

Let's go on to the review.




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