Sony 3D OLED Head Mounted Display

The Personal 3D Viewer, or HMZ-T1, is billed by Sony as the “world’s first 3D compatible head-mounted display equipped with a HD OLED panel.” Capable of 2D and 3D content, this headset is reminiscent of Glasstron, a similarly designed Sony headpiece (with LCD screens inside) from 1997.

Miles ahead of the predecessor, the HMZ-T1 could be that wow-factor Sony has been trying to hit the market with for years.

The company had trotted out a prototype back in January at CES 2011 but officially announced the product yesterday in Tokyo. It’s set for a November 11 release in Japan with a price tag of 59,800 yen, or $781.

Is this the future of personal entertainment?

(Credit: Sony)

Within the headset are two 0.7-inch OLED displays (720p/2.8 million pixels) that have all the features of an expensive high-resolution panel in a small form factor. Within, the optical lens projects a 45-degree horizontal viewing angle to the user with a “virtual viewing distance up to 65 feet.”

The best part of all this is that this is not another Sony product crippled with proprietary nonsense. The HMZ-T1 uses a normal HDMI connection, meaning it works with a game console, cable box, Blu-ray player, video card, etc. It can even control connected devices through the HDMI CEC function (including play, pause, FF, rewind, previous, next, etc.). A secondary processor unit is necessary to handle the HDMI in/out pass-through to the headset, as seen below.

The processor unit allows you to connect any HDMI device to the HMZ-T1.
(Credit: Sony)

Headphones are built alongside the optics, capable of 5.1 channel virtual surround sound with 4 modes, including Standard, Cinema, Game, and Music.

Pretty cool device. I think it will turn a lot of heads 🙂 Pun intended.

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