Sony reveals futuristic 3D headgear

HMZ personal 3D device is designed for playing games, watching movies

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Sony reveals futuristic 3D headgear Sony have developed a personal 3D viewing device, designed to allow users to play games and watch movies in 3D.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  September 1, 2011

Sony has debuted a new wearable 3D visor, designed for gamers and film fans who like to watch and play alone.

The new HMZ personal 3D device, worn on the users head, will set back buyers by $811 and is made up of all-in-one goggles and earphones.

It is equipped with the newly-developed diagonal 18.0mm high definition OLED panel (1280 x 720), designed to achieve HD picture quality that makes full use of the OLED display's high contrast, color reproducibility, and fast response.

The device adopts the ‘Dual Panel 3D Method' which consists of separate panels for the left and right eye in order to display independent HD picture quality to each eye for 3D viewing.

The device features a wide horizontal viewing angle of 45 degrees by incorporating an optical lens that is designed to suppress unwanted elements such as aberration and distortion.

Viewers will also be able to enjoy powerful acoustics equivalent to a maximum of 5.1ch through the built-in headphones.

The HMZ, which stands for "head mounted display", is due to go on sale in Japan on 11th November, and may be released in the US and Europe in time for Christmas.

According to Sony, the device gives an immersive viewing experience, as if the user is in the best seat in the cinema.

The machine is designed to connect to Blu-ray disc players and game machines, but is not recommended for people younger than 15.

Experts believe that overly stimulating imagery is not good for teenagers whose brains are still developing.

There is an earlier version of this device, which was created by Nintendo in the 1990s, but the Virtual Boy bombed because of the bulky headwear as well as the images being entirely red.

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