Sony Launches HMZ-T1 Head-Mounted Display With 3D OLED Screens

Vincent Teoh

At the CES 2011 in Las Vegas back in January, Sony gave us a glimpse of its OLED-based head-mounted display (HMD) for a truly personalised 3D viewing. Now, the Japanese consumer electronics giant has actually brought the concept to fruition, meaning that consumers will soon be able to get their hands on the futuristic-looking personal 3D viewer.

Sony HMZ-T1 personal 3D viewer
Sony launches HMZ-T1 head-mounted display with 3D OLED screens

The company has today announced the official launch of its HMZ-T1 personal 3D viewer – purportedly the world’s first HMD with dual OLED screens and 3D functionality – at the IFA 2011 trade show in Berlin. The HMZ-T1 will feature two 0.7-inch OLED panels that each has a native HD resolution of 1280 x 720. Deploying organic LEDs will not only deliver some of the deepest blacks and richest colours, but also allow for mostly crosstalk-free tri-dimensional images thanks to OLED technology’s inherently faster response time.

To achieve a broader range of colours, Sony has implemented a colour separation technology on top of the base white organic layer, but hopefully this won’t skew the gamut too much such that it deviates significantly from the standards adopted by the HDTV industry. The company has also expanded the HMZ-T1’s horizontal viewing angle to 45° (therefore simulating a 750″ movie theatre screen at a virtual viewing distance of 20m), as well as built in a light-blocking shade to create an immersive, cinematic viewing experience.

Other features include integrated headphone speakers that deliver virtual 5.1 surround sound with four audio modes (cinema, music, game and standard), automatic power-off when not in use, control access with a password setting, and HDMI connectivity to source devices (like a Blu-ray player or a Sony PS3) via a bundled external processing unit. The Sony HMZ-T1 head-mounted 3D display will be released in Japan on the 11th of November priced at 59,800 yen (around £480), but UK pricing and availability remain unknown at this time of writing.