December 27, 2006 A New Prescription For Watching iPod Video By Walter S. Mossberg and Katherine Boehret When Apple Computer Inc. introduced its iPod with video in October 2005, users started looking at the popular portable music player in a new light. Its first purpose -- playing music -- still took precedence, but its larger screen and video-playback capabilities suddenly made it visually entertaining, as well. Last September, Apple upped the ante by adding downloadable movies to its iTunes Store and releasing a new iPod with a brighter screen and longer video battery life. But the fact remains: watching movies or videos is most naturally done while looking up and out, as with a television set or in a movie theater, not by looking down at a little screen in your hand. This week, we tested one of the geekiest gadgets we've seen in a long time: the $300 Myvu by MicroOptical Corp., www.myvu.com, which looks like a pair of futuristic sunglasses with built-in earbuds. Myvu attaches to your iPod, and when you look through its lenses, it displays your iPod's videos on a built-in screen with optics that create the illusion of watching a television set from across the room; the earbuds provide accompanying audio. It also comes in a universal version that works with other gadgets, rather than just with the iPod. We tested the iPod-specific version and wore the Myvu to watch various types of videos, including music videos, television shows and movies. Overall, it's a pretty cool device, with a good-looking visual illusion that MicroOptical says is comparable to watching a 27-inch screen from six feet away. It would certainly come in handy on a long flight. But you'll scare yourself if you look in the mirror. We can't imagine wearing one while walking down the street, even though it's designed to enable seeing above and below the bar of space where its screen appears. ... http://ptech.wsj.com/archive/solution-20061227.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.