It seems the space age slash star trek slash cyborg age is finally getting some mainstream marketing. Introducing, the Sony HMZ the complete wearable display system.
Available in two models, the intro model the T3W, allows the user to watch HD video simulating a 19m sized screen thanks to the x2 720p OLED panels. The T1 model allows for 3D video viewing and create the oh so addictive 3D movie feel that everybody loves. It’s field of vision is set at 45 degrees with Sony deliberately giving the virtual screen a wider the human field of view to ‘immerse the viewer into the viewing experience.
Sound wise the HMZ simulates 5.1 surround sound through it’s over the ear headphones and a smaller over the head speaker. These give a good replication of being in a cinema with an added extra option of external connection of set of headphones (16mm).
Design-wise Sony have made the HMZ light and portable. A few members of the tech community have criticised the system for its bulky look though, which hasn’t changed much since head mounted displays 1st came on the market in 1994. Being portable, potential customers will wonder about the battery life on the device. This particular next generation model uses a rechargeable battery as its power source and lets you charge mobile devices along side its use.
For gamers, the HMZ it has a one touch gaming mode that optimises the it for gaming, giving the virtual screen quicker response and lag free images. The headset itself does not cover over the eyes and has a slight bottom open viewing space for clear view of your handheld controller.
Connectivity is limited with the only external media connector being a HDMI/MicroHDMI cable port. Sony have tailored a special 3D Blu-ray player that can be used to watch and store all movies and video, combating the one port problem.
Sony is set on getting this new head mounted display system into the mainstream (now in its 3rd generation) but with a tough price of US$999 it will take some doing to get people not to spend that money on an actual HDTV.
- OLED 1280 x 720 per eye.
- 3D Ready.
- 0.01 response time.
- HDMI input and output.
- Simulated 5.1 Surround Sound.
- 4 picture modes (Standard, Cinema, Dynamic, Custom)
- Lens adjustment