The 3D hype is still going strong, with Sony announcing that it will launch a personal 3D viewer known as the HMZ-T1. The company plans to start selling this head-mounted 3D viewer on November 11, 2011, according to an announcement at the ongoing IFA.
The HMZ-T1 will house a pair of goggles, each with 0.7" 1280x720 OLED panels, producing a view equivalent to that of a 62-foot virtual screen. Equipped with virtual surround sound, the HMZ can be used to watch movies, listen to music, or even play video games. Sony has stated that this gadget is "hardware-neutral", meaning that it could be coupled with a PS3.
The company stated in a news release, "This new 3-D viewing style provided by 'HMZ-T1' will enable users to enjoy the movie theater-like experience whilst relaxing on their living room sofa, thus further expanding Sony's 3-D world". It plans to sell this headset in Japan for 60,000 yen or $783 (Rs 36,000 approx), which is a lot of money to spend considering the fact that only one person is going to be able to view it at a time.
Commercially available 3D visors have been around since at least the past three decades and have met with little success due to the exorbitant costs and lack of compatible content. With the current wave of 3D video revolution going strong and with more content being available, we will have to wait and see how consumers react to this new shiny toy, even though it is still quite expensive. Will you buy the Sony HMZ-T1 if it is made available in India?
Check out the THINK TANK! video (courtesy of Xander Davis) showing the HMZ-T1 in action: