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Sony rescues HMDs for laid back 3D

The head mounted desiplay was a thing of awe - sony has brought it back

By PETER WHITE

Published: 1 September, 2011

READ MORE: Sony Corp

There were four major press announcements from Sony this week and an absolutely top gadget that almost no-one commented on in the form of a Head Mounted Display that reminds us the 1980s virtual reality headsets. It works like 3D glasses, except instead of opening LCD shutters so you can see the right image on a 3D TV set, it actually shows the left eye and right eye streams directly to those eyes. It replaces the TV set.

The net effect is like wearing a 750 inch TV screen on your head although the HMZ-T1 uses a tiny OLED screens offering 1280 x 720 resolution, just 0.7 inches long.

This, we think is going to sell like Microsoft's Kinect to PlayStation gamers who can play 3D games, but also for watching 3D on TV. The news was buried among Sony's new Tablet announcements, so we understand why it got bypassed, but this is the future of personal TVs.

HMDs were used with virtual reality systems in the 1980s. They cost too much, didn't always work and sometimes confused the eyes and led to eyestrain and nausea. Back then they used eye tracking software to show you what your eyes pointed at. But with the new device using the 'Dual Panel 3D Method' there should be no more headaches or eyestrain with separate panels for the left and right eye for the 3D effect. It will be launched in Japan in November and cost around $785 or £480.

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