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Excited for these glasses but did not work
on March 21, 2014
I received the glasses and tested taking videos for a couple of minutes (just walking around). Plugged into a PC and nothing but a charge indication happened. Tried a few more times, looking for USB devices, and after a several tries they came up as removable storage. Thought maybe a driver had been installed and everything would be OK. Nope. They only showed up on either computer (I tried two PC - XP and Win 8) once more after many many tries and now had failed to even charge (no light). I called tech support and explained it all and he said the battery connection might be broken. They said the repair department could look at them if I sent them in I would've thought a replacement was warranted since this was purchased as a NEW item but was non-functioning on arrival right out-of-the-box. So I said "I guess I don't really have a choice" and the tech said if I wanted that I could just keep them as a nice pair of sunglasses that the video does not work on and not return them(!) Really?!?!?!? I said forget it and I will just return them for a refund.
Otherwise, the sunglasses looked and felt OK, but did not fit under my ski helmet. They might've fit using by bike helmet over the straps like my Oakley Thumps (mp3 glasses), but not sure about my somewhat tighter motorcycle helmet. They are pretty wide. The camera is fairly obvious once you get close up and could look dorky. The lens is fisheye so you are stuck with that aspect. Maybe great for sports, but may not combine will with regular aspect video from other cameras during editing. Sort of for action video only. Not necessarily bad but something to consider. I was going to use these to take video of my son and the fisheye effect might have made regular activity look funny. The cable is non-standard and thick since it has the video out included along with the data and power in a single cord/connector. I didn't like the idea of having to carry this unique cable everywhere (e.g. on vacation) just to be able to charge the device.
Overall, I liked the idea of these glasses and might be willing to try them again sometime, but have since bought a cheaper pair (sold by HSN!) that work flawlessly, are narrower and fit under my ski helmet, and take impressive widescreen video while using a standard micro USB cable for charging and transfer. Battery life may or may not be as good (so far acceptable) but they are also lighter as well. They don't have the open frame design, however, so the iVues might be better of sports where fogging is an issue. So far it has not been a problem but haven't tried MTB riding yet with them.
iVues may turn out to be a nice product for you but take your chances...