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Sony HMZ Personal Viewer


Sony HMZ Personal Viewer


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

The unit first rolled out on eleven/11/11. Within days it bought out world-huge & pre-orders are being generic for a 2nd wave of devices to hit the market around the beginning of Feb.2012.

So what exactly is this Sony non-public viewer & does it live as much as the hype?

Basically, it’s a couple of high tech wrap around glasses you pull down over your eyes. Two very small (0.7-inch) OLED (1280x720p) monitors are placed in front of your eyes that create a phantasm of a huge theatre screen immediately in front of you. If you had been to the area your face 6″ from a 19″ display screen, then you definitely get an experience of how huge the display screen is.

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An easy analogy would be to assume yourself sitting in a huge film theatre all alone. Just you and that fantastic large movie display approximately 5 rows in the front of you. The experience itself is virtually high-quality. But more approximately the real revel in quickly.

First impressions make an enduring effect…

My initial influence on the unit was that it regarded really smaller than I’d predicted. Much smaller in assessment to the marketed photographs I’d seen online. The front was enclosed in a white plastic that felt like a substitute flimsy. It’s certainly not a properly-constructed product as I noticed both slide buttons, preserving straps & average density of plastic to be rather a cheap searching. I’m no engineer, but I felt most external hardware portions were possibly instantly out of China. But what’s up? I’m now not too interested in the tool’s external aesthetics as I became extra intrigued, however, what is going on within this little wondrous device.

I Hit begin

So after fiddling around, adjusting the head strap, earpieces, and the horizontal distance of the OLED monitors, I sooner or later powered the unit up… Wow… I turned into a vivid blue display screen that becomes surrounded by darkness apart from a touch light spilling in from underneath my cheeks. On the right side are menu buttons that allow you to navigate a setup menu that looks on the display screen. After calibrating the unit for best visual performance & HDMI, it is proper, and it supports HDMI. I hit begin on a Blu-ray player.

Kapow! The visuals had been super… I imply I changed into, without a doubt, drop-jawed… This element is rattling cool!

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I feel it well worth bringing up, I have owned a couple of different non-public visors over time, including the Emagine z800 & the new Sony blows some other eyes wear out the water. The resolution is so crisp & clear, the contrast of color is perfect.

Having praised OLED screen-generation, I’d also like to factor out that Sony is investing in QD just around the nook. (Quantum Dots) Light-emitting particles that are one hundred,000 times smaller than the width of a human strand of hair may be revealed onto flexible plastic that may be rolled up or even revealed onto big sheets of paper to create massive screens. Just consider a private visor using QDs on a flexible screen that wraps around your peripheral imaginative and prescient. But for now, we are satisfied with OLED displays.

Shiny Blue display. Mmmm

So wherein were we. Oh yes, the Sony HMZ. I changed into inspired, clearly impressed. The Blu-ray movie I watched changed into a Pixar 3D animation called Monster House. So I became capable of checking out the 3-D depth, one of the gadgets’ many most important functions. By using dual OLED screens, Sony has been capable of neutralizing a problem plaguing 3DTV, commonly known as “crosstalk” The audio is crisp, clean with actually appropriate bass. I adjusted the audio levels to my liking & become quite inspired.

What..No Head TRACKING… What had been are they wondering?

I am slightly disenchanted that Sony hasn’t taken an additional step & included head tracking into the unit.

Head monitoring could supply the consumer the capability to play 1st individual fashion games, developing an extra of an immersive virtual truth experience wherein, for instance, the photograph show pans upward in case you appear up.

There is a simple solution. One can effortlessly connect Natural point’s TrackIR device. I have tried TrackIR with numerous HMDs (head hooked up gadgets ) & located the display screen refresh charge non-existent with present-day computer hardware.

Such a tool yearns to be let out…

I’m best speculating here. However, I experience Sony is merely checking out the waters to see if there may be a massive enough market to assist such a tool. This is, in any case, a prototype for them. I feel there are sure functions about this unit that display it is nonetheless in its infancy, now not a fully-fledged device designed to accommodate a mass market. Take, as an example, the separate HDMI interface. This is glaringly a surplus outer hardware case from something 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 container restricts the wearer from ever going cell with this device. Such a tool yearns to be let loose… Plug n play SWTOR ( Starwars the old Republic), even as lazing on a seaside or taking an extended education journey.

The Future’s so bright… I gotta put on sun shades…

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The Walkman of the 21st Century. Hhhmm… Possibly the earphones date again to the early 1980s styled Walkman earphones, simply kidding. I do not think we even had Dolby surround sound again then. Come to consider it… I recall one nutty Professor from the film Back to the Future carrying a couple of whacked-out futuristic-looking sun shades whilst he back from what date changed into it… 2012 perhaps??

Samuel J. Morales

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