Sony’s new 720p OLED 3DTV with 5.1 virtual surround is the equivalent of a 150-inch screen and costs $US800. But it weighs less 500g. That’s because it’s worn on your face. It looks crazynerdo; you’re going to want one.
Personal TVs are uniformly dorky. I’ve tried several, and all — I mean all of them — are the kind of horrible experience that makes you think the future is a very asinine place. To date, other than watching hard core pornography on an aeroplane, I’ve not yet seen a compelling use case for wearable televisions. And then I tried on the HMZ-T1.
Not only did this sell me on the concept of wearable TV, it was one of my better experiences with 3DTV which I’ve likewise been sceptical of. There was a simple reason for both of these things: This was one of the more immersive entertainment experiences I’ve yet had. When I tried playing Gran Turismo, I found myself pivoting my head to look left and right although that has no effect on the display (of course). It was just a natural reaction. I felt like I was in the driver’s seat of a car, and was scanning the road as I normally would. When we popped in a 3D movie, I actually ducked a bit as a shark swam overhead.
It will be available in October, and we’ll have a full test before it goes on sale.
The big downside? These suckers cost $US800. That’s a pretty massive price tag. Yeah, Sony’s got its cool back, but can anyone afford it?