The HMZ-T 1 Personal 3D Viewer simulates the experience of watching a 750-inch screen viewed from a distance of 20 metres, delivering high-definition (720p) stereoscopic video in a very pure form. When properly strapped on, the twin OLED panels are not affected by any of the visual encumbrances often found around the average household flat screen, such as ambient light, furniture and plants. The result is an exquisitely controlled 3D effect that’s crisp and free from ghosting, or “cross-talk” in home theatre parlance.
This new 3D experience comes at a price, however. The visor is anchored to a small video processing unit into which an HDMI video source (presumably a 3D Blu-ray player) is plugged. On top of that, the visor tends to sag to one side when you tilt your head, which puts the OLED panels out of alignment and renders the 3D video unwatchable.
So to enjoy the benefits of this device, not only must users remain in the one place, they must also keep their heads perfectly straight at all times.
On the upside, the stereo headphones render an impressive soundscape and, provided you’re willing to make those sacrifices to mobility, it’s one of the best 3D experiences money can buy.