iVUE is an eyewear company that produces sunglasses that have an integrated camera system in the bridge of the frame and can record 1080p footage at the press of a button. The company has been around for several years now and customer videos using their products have been on Youtube in that time as well. Although I’m singling out iVUE because they are the only eyewear camera product that has seen extensive usage in the shooting sports, there are a multitude of eyewear products out there that can do the same, if not a better job of capturing what appears to be the best “First Person” angle footage we have seen. Previously this sort of footage is reserved to helmet cameras such as the Contour, GoPro head kits, and even body cameras as worn by many Law Enforcement officers these days. All of these are good pieces of kit, but sometimes they don’t get that true first person footage that we are constantly striving for, to see pretty much what that person was seeing while they were taking the footage.
Which is why I’d like to bring these camera glasses to the attention of TFB because I think they can have an enormous impact on how we can not only record events in the shooting world, but also in the LE/Military world because of just how practical they are. Being integrated with a frame of glasses, this cuts down on weight and gear because you are working with less equipment overall, in addition to getting a better field of view than a body camera, hat camera, or even helmet mount. But from a safety standpoint, I’m curious to see if the lens’ are Z87 ballistically rated, as Z87 is a basic requirement for a number of Military eyewear usages. In addition, I’m surprised that this particular brand doesn’t have accommodations for a “Brain Strap” or some sort of lanyard that goes around a user’s head, to prevent the glasses from accidentally being knocked off.
According to the product’s Amazon review page, it has suffered some drawbacks to do with sweaty environments. Hopefully the company takes these issues in stride and works to fix them. In the meantime, there are numerous other eyewear cameras for very good prices out there on the market that we can choose from as well.
Our own Nick C. has this to say about POV glasses-
I have dabbled in POV cameras for about 5 years now. POV Sunglasses cameras do not work well for all guns. I had tried the iKam glasses at Cabelas. There are other similar setups. I have even tried using Google Glass as a POV camera. The problem arises with where your head is pointed vs where your eyes are looking. Many people forget this fact. When you shoulder a long gun, often your head is pointed off to the side and down. Not inline with the long gun. Handguns is easier especially if you shoot isosceles. I have used a GoPro suspended over my left eye to get the best possible POV. But it has its limitations. Like cutting off like left eye view. It is ok in competition and acts like a blinder in bullseye shooting.
This is an example of a soldier qualifying with his M4 service rifle. I like how in this video you can also see through the very same sights that he is using.
An example of an action pistol match.
Shooting clays in Trap-