Sony HMZ Personal Viewer


SONY HMZ-T1 personal viewer/eye put on Both the gaming community and film buffs are raving about the Sony HMZ-T1 non-public viewer; the unit first rolled out on eleven/11/eleven. Within days, it bought out world-huge & pre-orders generated for the second wave of gadgets to hit the marketplace around the beginning of Feb.2012. I managed to get my hands on a unit these days, so this newsletter is based on my fingers on reveling with the Sony HMZ-T1. So what exactly is this Sony non-public viewer & does it stay up to the hype?

It is a pair of high-tech wrap-around glasses you pull down over your eyes. Two very small (0.7-inch) OLED (1280x720p) displays are placed in front of your eyes, creating an illusion of a huge theater screen in front of you. If you have been to the region, your face is 6″ from a 19″ screen, and you get a feel of the display size.

Sony HMZ

A simple analogy would be to assume you are sitting alone in a large film theater: you and that top-notch huge film display approximately five rows before you. The revel in itself is outstanding. But more approximately the actual enjoy rapidly.


First impressions make an enduring effect….

My preliminary impression of the unit was that it looked smaller than expected. It was much smaller compared to the advertised pictures I’d seen online. The front became enclosed in a white plastic that felt alternatively flimsy. It’s no longer a nicely-built product as I noticed both slide buttons, preserving straps & typical density of plastic as an alternative cheap looking. I’m no engineer, but I felt most people in the external hardware portions had been, in all likelihood, straight out of China. But good day; I’m no longer too interested in the tool’s exterior aesthetics as I become more intrigued about what is happening inside this wondrous device.

I Hit begin

So after fiddling around, adjusting the head strap, ear portions, and the horizontal distance of the OLED screens, I eventually powered the unit up… Wow… I changed into offered with a shiny blue display surrounded by darkness apart from a little light spilling in from beneath my cheeks. On the right aspect are menu buttons that permit you to navigate a setup menu that looks on the display screen. After calibrating the unit for great visible performance & HDMI, it’s proper; it helps HDMI. I hit begin on a Blu-ray participant.

Kapow! The visuals were outstanding… I imply I become, without a doubt, drop-jawed… This factor is damn cool! I feel it is worth mentioning. I have owned multiple non-public visors through the years, including the Imagine z800 & the new Sony, which blows every other eyewear out of the water. The resolution is so crisp & clean, and the evaluation of coloration is fantastic.

Having praised the OLED display era, I’d also like to note that Sony is investing QD simply across the nook. (Quantum Dots) Light-emitting debris, which is a hundred 000 times smaller than the width of a human strand of hai,r can be published onto bendy plastic that may be rolled up or even printed onto large sheets of paper to create giant screens. Just imagine a personal visor using QDs on a flexible display screen that wraps around your peripheral vision. But for now, we’re satisfied with OLED displays.

Shiny Blue screen. Mmmm

So in which had been we. Oh yes, the Sony HMZ. I became impressed and inspired. The Blu-ray movie I watched turned into a Pixar three-D animation called Monster House. So I changed into a position to check out the 3-D intensity, one of the gadget’s many important features. Using dual OLED screens, Sony has neutralized a difficulty plaguing 3DTV, usually known as “crosstalk.” The audio is crisp and clean, with truely good bass. I adjusted the audio levels to my liking & turned into quite inspired.

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

I am barely upset that Sony hasn’t taken an additional step & integrated head tracking into the unit. Head tracking might allow the user to play 1st character-style video games, growing extra of an immersive virtual reality experience wherein, for instance, the graphic display pans upward if you look up. There is a simple answer. One can, without problems, attach the Natural Factor TrackIR tool. I have tried TrackIR with numerous HMDs (head-mounted gadgets ) & discovered the screen refresh fee is non-existent with modern-day computer hardware.

Personal Viewer

Such a device yearns to be let loose…

I’m only speculating here, but I experience Sony is simply trying out the waters to see if there’s a sufficient marketplace to guide this device. This is, in any case, a prototype for them. Certain features about this unit show it’s in its infancy, not a totally-fledged tool designed to deal with a mass marketplace. Take, for instance, the separate HDMI interface. This is a surplus outer hardware case from a TV tuner or comparable tool. Sony has tethered this to the visor with a 2m lengthy cable. It’s as if many surplus components have genuinely been scavenged. The HDMI through field restricts the wearer from going mobile with this device. Such a device yearns to be let loose… Plug and play SWTOR ( Starwars The Old Republic), for instance, while lazing on a beach or taking an extended teach adventure.

The Future’s so brilliant… I have to put on shades…

The Walkman of the 21st Century. Hhhmm… Possibly, the earphones date again to the early Eighties-styled Walkman earphones; I am just kidding. I do not suppose we even had Dolby surround sound again then. Come to think of it… I consider one nutty Professor from the film Back to the Future wearing a couple of whacked-out futuristic searching sunglasses while he is back from what date was it… 2012 perhaps?? With an $800.00 U.S fee, the unit manifestly received be under every kid’s Christmas tree, but if manufacturing is stepped up, perhaps inside yr charges can also drop to beneath $four hundred.00. But I wouldn’t get your hopes up.