While video display glasses are nothing new, this pair from Lumus Ltd. actually looks like normal sunglasses -- bringing science fiction to life. While I doubt these will ever replace your local movie theater, it could easily move into places like your living room and airplane cabins, replacing the wall-sized plasma displays and drop down screens. They could potentially be a lot less expensive and easier to maintain than trying to build your own home superplex.

It occurred to me while I was flying from Burbank to Dallas over the holidays that we don't always want to see what our neighbors are watching in the seats right next to us. The guy I flew next to was watching some movie on his portable DVD player that included a scene at a strip club. (You know the place where people in thrillers or mysteries normally have to go to get a clue to the puzzle from a dancer named Fantasia? Well, this particular scene included a lot of jiggling flesh and bouncing silicone, and the guy sitting next to me had to rewind it and watch it several times. I guess to make sure he was hearing the crucial lines and getting all of the information.)

It sort of stole all the thunder from my own laptop, which was showing National Treasure. Everyone who walked by his seat stopped for an eyeful of bosom, while Nicolas Cage wasn't even glanced at. So do I think these video glasses could come in handy? Most definitely. I, for one, welcome our new video glasses overlords, but don't think they'll replace the "Let's go to the theater!" feeling anytime soon. They'll just help us duplicate it at home. Plus, it'll soon be a necessity for airplanes, helping to drown out crying babies, talky passengers, and seat partners with odd choices in viewing material.