Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Traditionally there have been a number of advantages and disadvantages with video goggles. The advantages of course include the benefits mentioned above. For example, with video goggles you can turn your head in any direction and still enjoy watching the video. You can face straight forward with your neck at a comfortable angle and you can even lie down. Some models allow you to walk around while watching TV by allowing a substantial field of view above and below the display. (Operating a motor vehicle or riding a bicycle generally isn't recommended while using one of these devices though. Many models also come with ear buds built in so that you don't have to fumble with a separate set of headphones while watching video. A few models also come with batteries that supplement the portable video player's batteries fro longer viewing time.
Of course, like any other technology, video goggles also have disadvantages as well. The most obvious disadvantage is that the goggles- especially those that are used with some kind of headphones built in or separate- will get in the way of their users perceiving and interacting with the outside world. In extreme cases this could be dangerous and at the very least inconvenient. As mentioned above though, some models are specifically designed to allow their users to see things other than the video they're watching using their peripheral vision.
In all, despite various hazards and discomforts, video goggles are a technology that's constantly improving and providing another alternative way of watching video in a wide range of circumstances and situations.