Sony HMZ Personal Viewer


SONY HMZ-T1 personal viewer/eye put on

Both the gaming community and film buffs are raving approximately the release of 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 are being generated for the second wave of gadgets to hit the marketplace around the begin of Feb.2012.

I managed to get my hands on a unit these days so this newsletter is based on my personal fingers on revel in with the Sony HMZ-T1.

So what exactly is that this Sony non-public viewer & does it stay up to the hype?

Basically, it is a pair of high-tech wrap round glasses you pull down over your eyes. Two very small (0.7-inch) OLED (1280x720p) displays are placed in front of your eyes that create an illusion of a huge theater screen at once in front of you. If you had been to the region your face 6″ from a 19″ screen then you get a feel of ways big the display is.Sony HMZ

A simple analogy would be to assume yourself sitting in a large film theater all on my own. Just you and that top notch huge film display approximately 5 rows in front of you. The revel in itself is absolutely outstanding. But more approximately the actual enjoy rapidly.



First impressions make an enduring effect….

My preliminary affect of the unit turned into that it looked relatively smaller than I’d expected. Much smaller in assessment to the advertised pictures I’d seen on line. The the front became enclosed in a white plastic that felt alternatively flimsy. It’s clearly no longer a nicely-built product as I noticed both slide buttons, preserving straps & typical density of plastic to be as an alternative cheap looking. I’m no engineer but I felt most people of the external hardware portions had been in all likelihood straight out of China. But good day, I’m no longer too interested in the external aesthetics of the tool as I become more intrigued but what is going on inside this little wondrous tool

I Hit begin

So after fiddling round, adjusting 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 that became surrounded in 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 display screen. After calibrating the unit for great visible performance & HDMI in, it’s proper, it helps HDMI. I hit begin on a Blu-ray participant.

Kapow! The visuals had been outstanding… I imply I become without a doubt drop-jawed… This factor is damn cool!

I feel it worth mentioning, I even have owned multiple different non-public visors through the years, inclusive of the Imagine z800 & the new Sony blows every other eye wear out the water. The resolution is so crisp & clean, the evaluation of coloration is fantastic.

Having praised OLED display era I’d also like to factor out that simply across the nook Sony is making an investment in QD. (Quantum Dots) Light emitting debris which is a hundred,000 times smaller than the width of a human strand of hair 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 making use of QDs on a bendy display screen that wraps round 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, simply inspired. The Blu-ray movie I watched turned into a Pixar three-D animation called Monster House. So I changed into in a position to check out the 3-d intensity which is one of the gadgets many important features. By utilizing duel OLED screens Sony has been able to neutralize a difficulty plaguing 3DTV usually known as “crosstalk” The audio is crisp, 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 give the user the potential to play 1st character style video games growing extra of an immersive virtual reality experience wherein for instance if you look up the graphic display pans upward.

There is a simple answer. One can without problems attach Natural factor’s TrackIR tool. I actually have tried TrackIR with numerous HMDs (head mounted gadgets ) & discovered the screen refresh fee 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 are simply trying out the waters to look if there’s a big sufficient marketplace to guide this type of device.This is in any case a prototype for them. I feel there are certain features about this unit that show it’s nonetheless in its infancy, not a totally-fledged tool designed to deal with 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 if many surplus components have genuinely been scavenged. The HDMI through field restricts the wearer from ever going mobile with this device. Such a device yearns to be let loose… Plug n play SWTOR ( Starwars the old Republic) for instance at the same time as lazing on a beach or taking an extended teach adventure.

The Future’s so brilliant… I gotta put on shades…

The Walkman of the 21st Century. Hhhmm… Possibly the earphones date again to the early Eighties-styled Walkman earphones, just kidding. I do not suppose we even had Dolby surround sound again then. Come to think about it…. I do consider one nutty Professor from the film Back to the Future wearing a couple if whacked out futuristic searching sunglasses whilst he back from what date was it… 2012 perhaps??

With a fee of $800.00 U.S, the unit manifestly received be under every kids Christmas tree but if manufacturing is stepped up perhaps inside a yr charges can also drop to beneath $four hundred.00. But I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

Michael Banks.