Sony introduces 'Personal 3D Viewer'; a head-mounted virtual theatre display


5 Aug 2011
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While Sony had presented a wearable 3D head mounted display to the world at CES 2011, most had assumed it was just a technology demonstration, rather than an upcoming product. It is now official, called the HMZ-T1 or “Personal 3D Viewer,” and will be launched in Japan by November 11th.
Similar to the Nintendo Virtual Boy, the short-lived virtual reality headset of the early nineties in concept, the Personal 3D Viewer takes modern technology to the fullest - featuring two 0.7-inch OLED displays, one for each eye, each capable of displaying an eye-watering 1280x720 pixels. The two displays will create a “movie theatre-like virtual screen”, one that is roughly equivalent to a 750-inch screen placed at a 20-metre distance.

Users will be able to view both 2D and 3D images and videos, and, the HMZ-T1 features a 5.1 surround sound output via Sony Virtualphone speakers integrated directly on the headset. It also features spatial 3D audio effects, and comes with 4 surround modes. The HMZ-T1’s processor unit (seen above) will feature two HDMI interfaces, for input and output of images and videos via connected televisions, media players, and other such devices.

It will will weigh approximately 420 grams, rather heavy for a head mounted display, but hopefully Sony would have managed to spread the weight around ergonomically, making it feel lighter than it is – otherwise, you can kiss goodbye to watching a whole movie at a stretch.
While Sony hasn’t given the device a price tag yet, it has suggested a retail price of ¥60,000 (or roughly $784). Sony has not confirmed whether the device will support head-tracking, which would make it perfect for virtual reality and gaming applications. A possible PlayStation tie-up is likely though.

Source : Digit
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