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Aug 12

The Sony 3D Personal Viewer Re-visited

In 1992, Robin Williams starred in a movie called Toys. Williams is a toy manufacturer, while Michael Gambon plays his cousin as the evil foil. One of Williams toy designs was the Woozy Helmet, a fantastic Hollywood idea, which you can see in the clip below. And even if the dialog is in Italian (only viewable clip available), the first 15 seconds clues you in to the fun of the Woozy helmet.

And now a reality.

The Sony HMZT1 3D Personal Viewer is the first Woozy Helmet to hit the market, and if you go to my earlier blog, you’ll see I was pretty excited about this. I still am.

This time I strolled out to the sales floor to take a harder look at the Sony Personal 3D Viewer, and I have to say that I’m just as excited about it now as I was 4 months ago. It is still just as fun to get fully immersed in the experience of watching movies or playing games with the Sony HMZT1.

Attitude Adjustment

But I have got to get over the giddy phase, and take a careful look at the Sony Personal Viewer. Here is how to adjust the Helmet.

The on/off button, volume buttons and menu ring (not seen in the video) are located on the righthand of the underside of the visor, perfectly placed for righties. At first the adjustment felt a bit like Braille as I  moved from button to button, but after 15 minutes I was navigating the menu, if not like a pro, at least not like a rank amateur. Volume was a snap, and so was the power. The controls  were simple enough to master, and the truth is, I get the feeling  that once you’re plugged in, there is not a lot of adjustment made. So operation is simple.

Dual Screens Bring 3D To Life

The 3D feature utilizes two OLED screens, left and right. Each screen operates independently, providing true 3D on a screen that is a virtual 150″ wide. There are three settings for 3D, making sure that you find the setting that is correct for you.

Focus On Focus

The two optical lenses make sure you’re  focused on the action. And the easy adjustments make sure your video is picture perfect every time.

Surrounded With Sound

The easily adjusted ear phones provide a virtual 5.1 Surround sound that immerses you in the movie. Yes, video is the bread of which movies and games are made, but sound is the butter that brings the bread to life. And of course, the sound is spacially synced to the 3D experience, providing a realism that really has to be experienced.

The Sony HMZ-T1 3 is like having a private Imax in your home, without the fuss of building an addition to house the oversized screen. Just plug it into your TV or gaming system, and you are ready to experience total video immersion. If you’re a gamer, a serious movie buff, or just a standard crazed sports fan, I can’t recommend the Sony HMZ-T1 3D Personal Viewer enough.

And, while I can’t show them here, you can go to Youtube and check out some of the users of the Sony HMZ-T1.

You’ll find that Robin Williams was not so far off.



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