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Sony's 3D Headset Jumps From Concept to Reality

By Wesley Fenlon

3D. IN YOUR HEAD. Brought to you by Sony.

In less than a year, one of the wildest devices we saw at CES 2011--Sony's 3D headset--has jumped the gap from concept prototype to real product. The head-mounted 3D display uses two 1280x720 OLED panels to simulate a big screen image right in front of your eyes and pumps virtual 5.1 surround sound into your ears to complete the in-your-face movie theater experience.

The catch: Sony's HMZ-T1 3D visor debuts in Japan for 60,000 yen, or almost $800, this November. And, sadly, Sony's redesign makes the 3D visor look a little less Star Trek and a little more bumper car.

Though the screens inside the HMZ-T1 measure only .7-inches, they create the illusion of a much larger screen--approximately 750 inches, according to Sony. Because each panel gets its own 3D signal, there's no worry about image crosstalk or losing lines of resolution. An on-board control key allows you to modify settings like volume and video playback with HDMI CEC devices.

You won't have to worry about wasting energy when the HMZ-T1's not in use--it includes a sensor to automatically shut off when your face isn't strapped in. The headset itself attached to a processor unit via HDMI. That unit can also do HDMI passthrough, so you won't have to constantly switch HDMI cables around to watch something on TV or on the headset.

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