I have a confession: I've been having out-of-body experiences. They feel like a video game. I'm a spirit in the sky, watching my flesh-and-bone self shamble about as I float on the breeze. How? Because I've been testing one of the coolest toys ever made: a tiny drone with a pair of wireless video goggles that let you see the world from high above.
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Ever heard of Ralph Osterhout? He's known as the real-life "Q". He created underwater vehicles featured in two James Bond movies. He's the guy who shrunk down night vision goggles to a size soldiers could afford to wear. He invented some of the most popular toys of the '90s, including the Yak Bak, the TalkBoy F/X+ and the gadget-filled Power Penz. And now, his Osterhout Design Group is back with a new Google Glass competitor.
There's nothing like a thin layer of condensation on your ski goggles to ruin a perfectly good run down a hill covered in tantalizingly fresh powder. But active people get warm and sweat, and science says that cold moist air condensing on your goggles is inevitable. Unless you have a pair of these F-BOM goggles strapped to your face which sandwich an incredibly thin heating element between a pair of lenses to keep them clear all day long.
It's definitely true that Oculus Rift VR goggles are capable of wonderful miracles for a 90-year-old. As for normal people? We can barely keep our heads on or even stand up straight. This poor guy strapped himself to an Oculus Rift roller coaster simulation and almost destroyed the entire room trying to stay balanced. It's so good.
It will be winter soon, which means you'll need an action camera to take with you on the slopes. However, there are some drawbacks. What if it falls off your helmet? What if the angle is too high or too low? Those are the sorts of problems Liquid Image tackles by building an action cam right into your snow goggles. And it comes so very close to solving them.
While most adrenaline junkies love the GoPro, here's a point-of-view camera solution that never gets in the way: a pair of goggles that shoot 1080p video and 8MP photos from right between your eyes.
Next month, Canon will start selling a weird mixed reality system that blends real and virtual objects in front of your eyes. Like Google Glasses, it sounds like our science-fiction dreams come true. Sort of. From what we can see in this video, wearing the new goggles makes the world a painful, disorienting place. It sort of dashes our hopes for a slick augmented reality future.
Lucid dreaming is when you're dreaming, but you're aware of it. Theoretically, you could get to a point where you can control you the dream. It's a tricky process, but to help it along, Will Finucane built a pair of lucidity-inducing goggles.
An elastic headband and a layer of foam padding is all that most goggles use to ensure they fit. But Scott's new Off-Grid snow specs actually allow you to tweak the shape of the frame, so they sit comfy on almost any face.
Maybe I'm missing the boat here, or am too old to comprehend another bizarre fad, but I'm having a hell of a time trying to figure out why someone would want to wear goggles that make the world look reversed.
Microphones can't discriminate what they hear, which can lead to noisy conversations if you're careening down a snowy hill. But by picking up the vibrations in your skull while you talk, Buhel's new SpeakGoggle G33s promise to clearly decipher every word.
Even as an ageing tech, night vision is still pretty awesome. But Wired's Noah Shachtman got a rare up-close look at the bleeding edge night vision tech that's in the field and being developed behind closed doors.
Good ol' Hammacher Schlemmer — they've taken one company's outlandish idea of a virtual reality viewer for the iPhone, and turned it into a $US50 contraption nobody will buy.