How these $400 XR glasses cured my Apple Vision Pro FOMO

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Holding Viture XR glasses

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ZDNET’s key takeaways

  • I would recommend Future One XR Specs To traveling professionals, gamers and those who want a more personal yet accessible display experience.
  • They are roughly priced at $439 (with a 10% discount on Amazon), and have a field myopia adjustment dial for improved clarity.
  • Still, expect some fuzzy edges when you look around the virtual 120-inch display.

As I made my way to the back of the commuter bus, I pulled out a simple pair of sunglasses (with only slightly thicker frames), connected its MagSafe-like power adapter to my MacBook, sat down, and started clicking, dragging, scrolling. and type

It almost sounds like the Vision Pro dream that many will soon be able to experience, but it’s not a $400 wearable, front-heavy headset that costs an arm and a leg.

From a viewer’s perspective, I feel like the strongest of keyboard warriors, churning out chunks of text without needing to look at my laptop’s QWERTY layout. From my vantage point, I’m looking at a 120-inch display projected two feet in front of me, thanks to a delicate arrangement of lights and mirrors. Future One’s XR specs.

Viture XR glasses on a table

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VICTOR ONE XR Specs

These augmented-reality glasses can display a 120-inch projection of the software that they’re tethered to.

Instead of transporting you into virtual or augmented reality like Apple’s Vision Pro, the Viture glasses simply extend from — and are powered by — the source they’re connected to, serving as an ultra-portable, on-your-face monitor. To be clear, comparing the XR glasses to a $3,500 productivity wearable is apples to oranges. Unless you consider yourself an early adopter, the two gadgets’ target customers are significantly different.

Viture is pitching its glasses to people who want to play games, watch movies or surf the web without needing to be physically in front of a TV or office desk. The 120-inch projection of the glasses is better suited for people who want to watch shows while lying in bed or on a flight and want privacy while using a phone, tablet or laptop. But the overlap in usage is odd and not unintended.

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My use case slots right in the middle: I want a larger platform to draft news and reviews and answer confidential emails as I sit in the comfort of public transit. Glasses are also practical when your partner wants to see unmarried On living room TV, however, you’re more interested in the marriage of basketball and the spirit of competition.

Viture XR is a mockup of what it feels like to wear glasses.

A mockup of what it’s like to wear futuristic glasses.

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Thanks to the single USB-C cable needed to power the device, I can easily pair the Viture glasses to my MacBook or Android phone. Bonus points if the latter is a Samsung Galaxy that supports DeX mode or a Motorola handset that supports Ready for; On these two platforms, you’ll be greeted with a desktop interface to your usual mobile apps and services.

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Here are the killer features of the Viture glasses: spatial video support, the same 3D playback capabilities as found in the Vision Pro. An adapter is required to pair the glasses with an iPhone, the company has developed a new one SpaceWalker app on iOS which allows users to view spatial video recorded by an iPhone 15 Pro or Vision Pro I played a few clips that I had previously reserved for Apple headsets and it was quite an eye-opener to relive those moments with such depth and realism.

Of course, I don’t have any standards of spatial video playback quality to compare with, but based on what I saw, the format was the essence. I could see separation between subjects in videos and it was consistent as long as my camera was well distanced and in focus.

Viture One XR Specs with iPhone 15 Pro

You can also watch 3D videos and movies on the Feature One XR glasses.

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As far as the visual experience of the glasses goes, it’s adequate, but nothing groundbreaking. For prescription wearers like myself, the Viture One has two myopia rotary knobs (think focus dial) on top that can be adjusted to suit your vision. That means you don’t have to and shouldn’t wear XR glasses over your existing pair. You don’t have to spend $150 on custom-made prescription lenses like Vision Pro.

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I found the best way to calibrate it was to close the opposite eye as I was tuning in each direction. However, finding perfect focus will take some trial and error, and even when you think you’ve hit the right distance, the corners and edges of the 120-inch projection will remain blurry.

How big it is to your eyes but it seems inevitable because the projections are off. For example, if you hold an object an inch from your eyes, you will notice how difficult it is to focus on it.

Still, Viture has integrated some clever mechanisms into the lenses, such as a self-darkening electrochromic film that you can toggle on or off depending on how bright your environment is. It’s basically a built-in projector shade and helps the most when you’re using the glasses outdoors.

Viture XR is a pinnacle in eyeglass lenses

My best attempt to capture what is shown when the glasses are worn.

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Viture partnered with Harman to develop and tune its side-firing wearable speaker, and I’m impressed. They remind me a lot of bone-conduction headphones where the audio beams to the side of your head and into your ears. Because the speakers lie against you, no one but you can hear the audio output, which adds to the privacy focus that the company has going for it.

Perhaps the biggest question with such wearables is whether or not they cause symptoms of dizziness and motion sickness. From my experience, which includes one to two hour stints, I have never experienced discomfort while using the glasses.

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I attribute this to two factors: the lightness of the wearable compared to traditional headsets, and the wearer’s ability to retain spatial awareness. Remember, glasses are not a standalone device with its own operating system. They are simply an external monitor transformed into something more pocketable. And thanks to the transparency of the lenses, you’ll never feel like you’re being pulled into another reality when you use them.

ZDNET’s buying advice

At the time of writing, the feature is one XR glasses Selling for $439, and includes the power adapter, a carrying case, and nose pads in various heights. For the price, I’d recommend it to traveling professionals, gamers, and anyone who wants a more personal but accessible display experience. The Viture One XR Glasses won’t beat out the Meta Quest 3 or the Apple Vision Pro, but they bring enough to the table to ease any FOMO you might have as more expensive headsets hit the market.





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