Sony HMZ Personal Viewer


SONY HMZ-T1 personal viewer/eye wear

Both the gaming community and movie buffs are raving about the discharge of the Sony HMZ-T1 personal viewer,

The unit first rolled out on eleven/11/eleven. Within days it offered out world-extensive & pre-orders are being ordinary for a 2d wave of gadgets to hit the marketplace around the start of Feb.2012.

I controlled to get my arms on a unit recently so this article is based totally upon my private hands-on experience with the Sony HMZ-T1.

So what precisely is that this Sony private viewer & does it stay up to the hype?

Basically, it’s a pair of high-tech wrap round glasses you pull down over your eyes. Two very small (zero.7-inch) OLED (1280x720p) displays are placed in the front of your eyes that create a phantasm of a huge theater display screen directly in front of you. If you were to the region your face 6″ from a 19″ display you then get a sense of the way huge the display screen is.Sony HMZ

A simple analogy might be to assume your self sitting in a big film theater all on my own. Just you and that wonderful large movie display screen about 5 rows in the front of you. The enjoy itself is in really wonderful. But more about the actual revel in shortly.

First impressions make a lasting effect….

My preliminary impression of the unit turned into that it seemed really smaller than I’d anticipated. Much smaller in comparison to the advertised snap shots I’d visible on line. The front became enclosed in a white plastic that felt instead flimsy. It’s honestly now not a nicely-built product as I noticed both slide buttons, retaining straps & universal density of plastic to be as a substitute reasonably-priced searching. I’m no engineer but I felt most people of the external hardware portions were probably straight out of China. But good day, I’m not too inquisitive about the external aesthetics of the tool as I was extra intrigued however what goes on within this little wondrous device

I Hit start

So after fiddling around, adjusting the head strap, ear pieces and the horizontal distance of the OLED screens I subsequently powered the unit up… Wow…. I was provided with a bright blue display that become surrounded in darkness aside from a touch light spilling in from under my cheeks. On the proper aspect are menu buttons that allow you to navigate a setup menu that appears on display. After calibrating the unit for satisfactory visible performance & HDMI in, it is proper, it supports HDMI. I hit begin on a Blu-ray participant.

Kapow! The visuals had been tremendous… I mean I changed into truely drop-jawed… This thing is damn cool!

I sense it well worth citing, I actually have owned a couple of other personal visors through the years, consisting of the Imagine z800 & the brand new Sony blows another eye wear out the water. The decision is so crisp & clean, the evaluation of color is awesome.

Having praised OLED screen era I’d additionally want to factor out that simply across the nook Sony is investing in QD. (Quantum Dots) Light emitting particles which are a hundred,000 instances smaller than the width of a human strand of hair can be revealed onto bendy plastic that may be rolled up or maybe published onto massive sheets of paper to create massive screens. Just believe a personal visor using QDs on a flexible display that wraps round your peripheral vision. But for now, we are happy with OLED monitors.

Shiny Blue display. Mmmm

So in which have been we. Oh yes, the Sony HMZ. I become inspired, clearly impressed. The Blu-ray movie I watched changed into a Pixar 3-D animation known as Monster House. So I was able to test out the 3D intensity that is one of the units many primary capabilities. By utilizing duel OLED displays Sony has been capable of neutralizing an issue plaguing 3DTV usually referred to as “crosstalk” The audio is crisp, clean with in reality exact bass. I adjusted the audio degrees to my liking & changed into pretty inspired.

What..No Head TRACKING… What were they questioning?

I am slightly disillusioned that Sony hasn’t taken an extra step & included head monitoring into the unit.

Head tracking might provide the user the capacity to play 1st individual fashion games growing greater of an immersive virtual truth enjoy in which as an instance, in case you look up the photograph display pans upward.

There is a simple solution. One can without problems attach Natural point’s TrackIR tool. I actually have tried TrackIR with numerous HMDs (head established gadgets ) & determined the display refresh rate non-existent with modern day laptop hardware.

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Such a tool yearns to be set free…

I’m best speculating right here, but I experience Sony are simply trying out the waters to see if there’s a large enough market to help such a device.This is, after all, a prototype for them. I experience there are sure features approximately this unit that displays it’s still in its infancy, not a fully-fledged tool designed to house a mass marketplace. Take for instance the separate HDMI interface. This is obviously a surplus outer hardware case from some thing like a TV tuner or comparable tool. Sony has tethered this to the visor with a 2m lengthy cable. It’s as though many surplus components have simply been scavenged. The HDMI through container restricts the wearer from ever going cellular with this tool. Such a device yearns to be let out… Plug n play SWTOR ( Starwars the old Republic) as an instance whilst lazing on the seaside or taking a prolonged teach journey.

The Future’s so shiny… I gotta wear sun shades…

The Walkman of the 21st Century. Hhhmm… Perhaps the earphones date lower back to the early Eighties-styled Walkman earphones, simply kidding. I do not think we even had Dolby surround sound lower back then. Come to think of it…. I do recollect one nutty Professor from the film Back to the Future wearing a couple if whacked out futuristic searching sunglasses while he again from what date turned into it… 2012 perhaps??Personal Viewer

With a rate of $800.00 U.S, the unit obviously won`t be beneath each children Christmas tree however if production is stepped up possibly within a 12 months charges may additionally drop to under $four hundred.00. But I would not get your hopes up.

Michael Banks.

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