As movie and television watching migrates to personal devices such as tablets and smartphones, the act of watching anything is becoming an increasingly individualized experience. Sony has perhaps pushed this to its most logical extreme with their new 3D head mounted visual display, the HMZ-T1. The sleek, futuristic looking headset, which Sony debuted earlier this year at CES 2011, fits snugly around the head of its user for both film & tv viewing and video game playing. The internal viewfinder is comprised of two 1280×720 0.7 inch OLED screens, one for each eye, that combine for true HD 3D. The viewing experience emulates watching a 750 inch screen from 20m away.
As PopSci notes, there is a disorientation to being that immersed in a viewing experience. Not only is there a disassociation with the rest of the world, but habitual head movements will obviously not do anything when the screen is attached to your face.
It’s extremely immersive; you can’t see anything besides the screen, or hear anything besides what’s coming out of your headphones, which is great for gaming. At the same time, though, it’s extremely unnerving to move your head and find that the entire screen moves with you. You don’t need to move your head, since you have a perfect view of the entire screen, but it’s a natural reaction, and it broke the immersive spell every time.
If anything this new technology is enhancing the intimate experience of watching film except removed from its traditional shared nature. At $750 they are much cheaper than typical 3D-capable televisions are currently. It is expected to launch in Japan in early November.