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August 31, 2011 // 2:54 pm - Today (linked above) reports that the Sony PlayStation-branded HMZ-T1 Visor 3D Headset will be hitting Japan on November 11, 2011 to complement the previously announced Sony 3D TV display.

The upcoming head-mounted 3D display visor is described as being like a 750-inch screen mounted on your head!

Below are some videos, and the official Press Release as follows:

Press Release: Tokyo, Japan - August 31, 2011 - Sony Corporation ("Sony") today announced the launch of Head Mounted Display "Personal 3D Viewer" 'HMZ-T1′, a device that offers a spectacular new style for viewing both 2D and 3D content.

Simply slip the device onto your head to experience the movie theater-like virtual screen (equivalent to a 750-inch screen*2) expand before your eyes.*3

It is equipped with the newly-developed 0.7-inch (diagonal 18.0mm) high definition OLED panel (1280 x 720), which have been realized through Sony's unique expertise in both OLED display and semiconductor silicon drive technologies.

The 'HMZ-T1′ achieves HD picture quality that makes full use of the OLED display's high contrast, color reproducibility, and fast response.

In addition, 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, which realize 3D vision. The viewer can enjoy natural and bright 3D picture quality that is crosstalk-free.

Furthermore, we have achieved a wide horizontal viewing angle of 45 degrees by incorporating an optical lens that thoroughly suppresses unwanted elements such as aberration and distortion. Viewers can now enjoy watching video on a movie theater-like big-screen (750-inch virtual screen, virtual viewing distance approx. 20m)*2.

Sony has also adopted its original virtual surround signal processing technology. Combined with the high-resolution 3D picture quality, viewers will be able to fully enjoy powerful acoustics equivalent to a maximum of 5.1ch through the left and right headphones alone.

Sony group has offered a wide range of 3D products and 3D content production systems, from industrial 3D filming and editing equipment and movie theater systems through to its "BRAVIA" LCD TVs, home projectors, Blu-ray Disc devices, Personal Computer VAIO and "PlayStation 3″ while its "Handycam" and "Cyber-shot" cameras even enable people to film 3D video themselves.

And now, this new 3D viewing style provided by 'HMZ-T1′ will enable users to enjoy the movie theater-like experience whilst relaxing on their living room sofa, thus further expanding Sony's 3D world.

Main Features

(1)The high definition OLED panel delivers HD picture quality.
(2)The 'Dual Panel 3D Method' delivers natural and bright 3D picture quality that is crosstalk-free.
(3)Optical lens which realize wide 45-degree horizontal viewing angle (750-inch virtual screen, virtual viewing distance approx. 20m)*2 which is equivalent to a movie theater screen, while the shielding construction creates a deep feeling of immersion.
(4)'5.1ch Virtual Surround Technology (Virtualphones Technology)' for realistic and expressive sound.

*1 - As a 3D-compatible Head Mounted Display for consumer product (announced on August 31, 2011).
*2 - Virtual screen size experience may vary between individuals.
*3 - This device must be connected to the supplied processor unit via supplied cable, and the processor unit must be connected to a playback device such as a Blu-ray disc™ device via the HDMI cable.

Main Features (Details)

(1) High definition OLED panel delivers high picture quality

It realized 0.7-inch, high definition OLED panel (1280 x 720), through Sony's unique expertise in both OLED display and semiconductor silicon drive technology. The display's high contrast, color reproducibility, and fast response give added depth, allowing the viewer to enjoy smooth and high picture quality. For more information about high definition OLED panel

High contrast: The self-illuminating OLED panels achieve a powerfully high contrast that transcends the limits of measuring equipment. The display's ability to render true ultra-deep black tones results in beautiful and stunningly crisp contrasted images, even for bright light such as fireworks or twinkling city lights against the night sky.

Color reproducibility: Sony developed a new signal processing circuit in order to maximize the features of OLED, particularly the bright, highly-pure colors and smooth gradation expression. Sony's own proprietary 'Super Bit Mapping Video (SBMV) technology' has been incorporated to convert the 8-bit video of terrestrial digital broadcasts and Blu-ray discs™ for reproduction as a gradation expression equivalent to 14-bits. Even the faintest color differences are faithfully reproduced.

Fast response: The OLED panel illuminates as soon as electrical current is passed through it, giving it superior fast response (response time: less than 0.01ms) for video. This enables the panel to display smooth, natural video, even for fast-moving activities such as sports and games, without any blurry afterimages.

Interchangeable lens camera "77″ and "65″, as well as "NEX-7″ are equipped with 0.5-inch (diagonal 12.7mm) and XGA electronic viewfinder (EVF). (Announced on August 24, 2011)

(2) The 'Dual Panel 3D Method' delivers natural and bright 3D picture quality that is crosstalk-free

Displaying 3D images using a single screen generally requires either the Frame Sequential (FS) method, in which the screens for left and right are switched rapidly, or the Line by Line (LBL) method, in which the video for left and right is displayed alternately on the scan line.

The FS method tends to generate crosstalk phenomenon, which occurs when the left and right video frames do not switch completely, resulting in mixed images. Under the LBL method, the number of pixels is halved.

'HMZ-T1′ adopts the 'Dual Panel 3D method,' which utilizes separate panels for the left and right eyes, each with its own dedicated 3D video. Therefore, it does not generate crosstalk.

Furthermore, as the HD quality video is displayed separately on each of the panels, viewers can now enjoy high resolution 3D video that is natural, bright and extremely pure, to an extent that had not been possible until now.

(3) Optical lens which realize wide 45-degree horizontal viewing angle equivalent to a movie theater screen, while the shielding construction creates a deep feeling of immersion.

From Sony's optical lens technology developed through the projector, the adopted optical lens realize the wide 45-degree horizontal viewing angle, which enables the viewer to enjoy a movie theater-like atmosphere with wide vision experience of 750-inch virtual screen (virtual viewing distance 20m)*2.

In addition, it realizes low aberration and distortion which reproduce the primary movie theater picture quality. The viewer can easily read small subtitles whilst experiencing the intensity of 3D as the video images expand before their eyes.

The design of this device is such that it covers the maximum possible field of vision (approx. 200 degrees), surpassing the video viewing range of 45 degrees. Any information unrelated to viewing is isolated, resulting in a feeling of deep immersion. The supplied light shield (shade plate) can intercept the light from below, which further enhances the feeling of immersion for the viewer.

(4) Equipped with '5.1ch Virtual Surround Technology (Virtualphones Technology)' to enjoy realistic and expressive sound

'HMZ-T1′ incorporates Sony's unique expertise in surround signal processing technology '5.1ch Virtual Surround Technology (Virtualphones Technology)', which is developed especially for headphones.

"Virtualphones Technology (VPT)" creates a sound field that naturally reproduces the sound to make it seem as though the sound source is emanating from speakers placed all around the viewer (including front and back). The viewer can enjoy sound equivalent to a maximum 5.1ch multi-channel audio, thus further enhancing the spatial effects of 3D, whilst simultaneously experiencing a very realistic feeling of actually being there.

Equipped with 4 surround modes

It is equipped with 4 surround modes which one can select depending on the content. Aside from 'Standard' mode, the user can also select from 'Cinema' for authentic movie theater-like acoustics, 'Game' for reproducing a clear sense of direction, which can be vital for game-playing, and 'Music' for those times when the viewer simply wants to enjoy the original sound, such as might be heard in a recording studio.

Other Features

1. Convenient operation

The device's control key (located behind the front) is used to control the volume and basic operations (such as playback, pause, fast forward, rewind, previous chapter, next chapter) of any connected devices with HDMI CEC control function. Settings for the picture quality and audio quality can also be performed via menu screen.

2. Convenient functions

It is equipped with a wearable sensor, which automatically turn off the panel if the viewer is not wearing the product. It is a convenient function and environment friendly. If the viewer is not wearing the product for a fixed period of time, it will automatically switch to standby mode.

3. Processor Unit for connection to other devices

The processor unit is equipped with one socket for HDMI output and another for through output. The built-in HDMI output switcher enables both the Head Mounted Display and a television to be connected to the processor unit at any given time, thereby allowing the user to switch between devices for their desired output destination.

Furthermore, the processor unit and the HMD can be connected together with a single cable, which integrates the audio and video signals with the power source.

Health Consideration

Age restrictions

Considering the protection of the growth and development, we ask children (age 15 and younger) to refrain from using this product.
Cautionary matters when using the device
In any rough or unstable environment with a propensity for travel sickness to occur (such as in a vehicle), we ask our customers to refrain from using the device.

Video: Sony HMZ-T1 Visor 3D Headset Hits Japan in November

Video: Sony HMZ-T1 Visor 3D Headset Hits Japan in November

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#24 - elser1 - September 27, 2011 // 2:33 am
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this was "front page" news here a month or 2 back.. its pretty kool idea.. be interested to see how it plays out eh.

#23 - Foo - September 27, 2011 // 2:07 am
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Usually to Sony's disadvantage when they announce they're bringing out something new on the lines of a headset theirs nothing special... but with the new accessorys, they would beg to differ. Sony announced that they are coming out with a 3D headset, which, they think, would be a "gigantic game-changer".

Sony said in their official statement

"Packed with groundbreaking technology and fitting easily around your eyes and ears, the Personal 3D Viewer is set to revolutionize the way you experience games and movies forever.
The great thing about this new headset is that it's not going to be much of a kerfuffle as you only need to to plug it in using a HDMI cable and you'll be able to play your 3D games and watch movies as quickly as that. Also, to the advantage of the new headset, the controls are built-in the headset making it that much easier to adjust the volume and settings to your own accord.

As of now the device named the HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer is only confirmed for Japan release on the 11th of November, this year. It will be priced at around 60,000 JPY(Japanese yen) which comes to around £481, converted to US dollars would be $740. But why? why would anyone be wanting pay so much for this....well, Some of the device features are known as a dual 1280x720 0.7-inch OLED panels mounted in front of each of your eyes (apparently offering an experience similar to viewing a 750-inch screen from 20meters away), as well as 5.1 surround sound from integrated headphones.

An unofficial picture of the new headset itself is as shown below.


#22 - HeyManHRU - September 3, 2011 // 1:17 am
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Quote Originally Posted by DemonoidMaster View Post
Hey, wouldn't this make your eyesight degrade and stuff ?? to me having this in front of your eyes is like having your face 1 foot away from the TV...

Fail $ony, ...F.A.I.L.

I don't know about degrading your Eye sight. But you'll probably have the biggest headache you'll ever have after using this thing.

#21 - DemonoidMaster - September 3, 2011 // 12:49 am
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Hey, wouldn't this make your eyesight degrade and stuff ?? to me having this in front of your eyes is like having your face 1 foot away from the TV...

Fail $ony, ...F.A.I.L.
Quote Originally Posted by guardianx71 View Post
And in 10 years time when this tech has reached it's peak , Sony will release an mmorpg named "the world" , but something will go terribly wrong... LOL. Tell that anyone who played the .///Hack series didn't think it when they saw the pics.

What do you mean, "when they saw the pics" ???

PS: watched .hack//sign back when the anime aired on YTV... also a friend of mine has .hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation and .hack//Outbreak... she doesn't have the 4th game though...

#20 - wwywong - September 2, 2011 // 12:10 am
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Quote Originally Posted by natepig View Post
There are microscopic hair like fibres in your inner ear which vibrate when you move. When you look at moving images your brain thinks you are moving but the stuff in your ear sais your not, so the confusion causes headaches and motion sickness.

But what you are seeing in the glasses is still a non-moving screen. It is not a complete image wrap around your eye. You still see the black square/rectangle around the image, just like seeing a movie. According to the description it is like you are standing in front of a big big screen, but with distance, so you still see the side of the screen no matter how big the screen is.

Therefore your brain should be able to tell from the reference of the frame (black outside) that you are not actually moving. That's different than real VR where you are really looking at 3D environment without the black sidebar surrounding the image and therefore no frame of reference...

#19 - Francoiky - September 1, 2011 // 6:41 pm
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I'd like to buy it in a jap website, importing it in my country

#18 - HeyManHRU - September 1, 2011 // 11:01 am
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This was just a press release. This won't be released for sale any time soon.

#17 - Francoiky - September 1, 2011 // 10:54 am
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Can anyone tell me where to buy? I don't speak japanese but I would like to import one of these amazing vizors...

#16 - syphonlord - September 1, 2011 // 9:48 am
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Everything sony make is so damned expensive, must say this is not really my cup of tea. probably have to remortgage my house to afford something like this, still each to there own.

#15 - Natepig - September 1, 2011 // 9:03 am
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Quote Originally Posted by wwywong View Post
I understand you guys talk about the brain couldn't catch up with what the eyes see, hence giving you headache. But isn't that the same with 3D movies? When you seeing a 3D movie, you are also not moving, so as every 1st person shooting game. You can watch the movie for 2+ hrs, and you can play a fps for hours (although tired). How is this different than the "VR ware" we talking about?

I remember when we are in college one of my friend tell me that he can never play Quake3 (you can tell my age now) because his brain cannot catch up with the eye. He had headache after playing it. But I know if you can imagine/generate the interpolate images in between the frames, then your brain can "sew" the images together and "believe" the motion and hence not giving you headache.

I am not a fan of 3D also, but I think it will be cool just for the eye seeing a virtual big screen in a pair of glass. For that price I think it's worth a try. At least you don't need to spend thousands for a big screen tv and it can be view in a small room.

There are microscopic hair like fibres in your inner ear which vibrate when you move. When you look at moving images your brain thinks you are moving but the stuff in your ear sais your not, so the confusion causes headaches and motion sickness.