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May 12

Entering . . . the future

The Future in action

I have seen the future, and it is on my head.

And no, it’s not some sort of revolutionary hair transplant method. It’s the Sony HZMT1 3D Personal Viewer.

Another classic. Image by TWM1340 used under Creative Commons

Ever since I was a little kid, watching Saturday afternoon sci-fi on the old 19″ Magnavox, I have wanted these. I didn’t want to see the world through rose colored glasses, I wanted to see the world through real-life, 3D, superhero glasses, just like in the future. And then Geordi on Star Trek: The Next Generation got a pair, when I really thought  I was next in line, and I began to despair.


what every man needs

But no more! Just as Dr.Evil got his frickin sharks with frickin laser beams attached to their heads, I can get the Sony HMZT1 3D Personal Viewer to attach to mine. The HMZT1 is a slightly oversized  visor that slips on your head and covers your eyes, and attaches to your Blu-ray source or game console via HDMI. As soon as I heard it was on display, I rushed onto the sales floor and slapped it on my head. No questions, with only enough info to keep me from hurting myself or the HMZT1, and I was just blown away. I didn’t know it had the aspect of a 150″ screen. 150″! That is bigger than any wall in my house! The graphics were clear, and the 3D effects were amazing. I wear glasses, and with very little adjustment, the HMZT1 fit with no problem.


This is big, but the HMZT1's are bigger . . . virtually

The guys on the sales floor who set it up for me said I might have to adjust the earbuds. Pffffft. Those aren’t earbuds, they’re full-on headphones, with awesome sound. The brochure says they are 5.1 surround- I can’t vouch for that, but I can say the sound was incredible, lifelike and full. I saw a little snippet of a movie I’m familiar with (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2) and the sound was as good as I get at home in the man cave. Which, though I say it myself, has a pretty zippy sound system. And the man cave only has a 42″ screen. As of this moment, I am officially deprived.

The object of my desires

Gamers get ready!

On the preview disc, there was what looked like a driving game. I didn’t recognize the game- I am not a computer game player. But the Sony HZMT1 was designed in conjunction with PlayStation, and with this personal viewer I might become a gamer. I was glad no one was filming me on my first run through with the personal player, because my right foot moved forward to apply the BRAKES when “my” car got a little too close to the car in front. It was amazing. If you are a gamer, this is totally the way to go. You think a darkened room and surround sound gets it done? You will have to set your cell phone to vibrate alarm so you remember to eat with the HZMT1.

Just had his HMZT1 taken away. Image by Nelly! used under Creative Commons

Is it perfect? No, I don’t have one yet. Maybe, maybe not. I had no idea where the controls were, and had to take the whole unit off to adjust the volume. There were a bunch of buttons on the visor, and I didn’t know what they did. But I learned to program a VCR- I learned to navigate the menus on my Blu-ray player- I will learn to navigate  this as well. And while it seems complicated to a neophyte, so did every else I’ve ever learned, so I’m not too worried.


Your own personal IMAX

And I may look a little odd when wearing it. But since I look a little odd anyway, wearing a digital headset isn’t really a big step down!  But this isn’t something that you’re going to wear all over town, just in the privacy of your own home. And I don’t know how comfortable it will be over the long haul (there were too many people waiting to try it after me to allow extended wear, and they wouldn’t let me borrow it overnight, either), but I can say it felt light and comfortable for the 10 minutes I wore it. But when you want the immersive feel that you get at the IMAX, or in an old school, huge screen movie theater, then you have got to wear one of these things on your head, and get lost in the world of the Sony HMZT1 3D Personal Viewer. It will totally change the way you interact with your entertainment, and keep others from being forced to interact with your entertainment as well.

The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades. Image by X-ray Delta One, used under Creative Commons

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