Sony Introduces First Personal 3D Viewer7 Sep, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
Sony Electronics used the Custom Home Theater Installation Contractors, or CEDIA, Expo Sept. 7 to launch the world’s first personal 3D viewer, a head-mounted display that offers viewing of both 2D and 3D content.
The HMZ-T1 will be available in November with a list price of $799 and features two 0.7-inch high-def color OLED panels.
Sony first showed off an early version of the device at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January.
“Viewers enjoy an immersive experience which is similar to watching video on a large screen approximating 150 inches from 12 feet away,” the company said in a press release. “Sony has also adapted its original virtual surround signal processing technology to deliver powerful acoustical equivalent of a 5.1 channel surround-sound system.”
At CEDIA Sony also unveiled the first home theater front projector capable of displaying 4K images, with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
“We came to CEDIA to reinforce our commitment to being the leading provider of quality entertainment solutions for the high-end and custom install channels,” said Mike Abary, SVP of Sony Electronics’ Home Division.
Also at the CEDIA Expo:
• Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions announced it was dropping the price of its Diamond HC9000D front projector to $5,995.
“Mitsubishi Electric is known for reliable, super large screen display technology, and now we're building a great reputation for 3D home theater display products,” said James Chan, VP of marketing for Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America Inc. “We continue to bring the best in front and rear projection using display technology to our home theater partners.”
• LG Electronics unveiled the 55LW9800, a backlit LED 3DTV that’s the world’s first passive glasses 3D display to receive THX 3D Display Certification.
“The milestone of being the first passive 3D HDTV to pass our rigorous testing and achieve 3D Display Certification is quite impressive,” said Kevin Wines, image technology director for THX. “LG has created a product that meets the utmost standards for 2D and 3D picture quality, delivering movie experiences with the same stunning color and detail found in the filmmaker’s studio.”
The 3DTV features the LG Smart TV online content package, including new features Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, MOG and Skype. The 55-inch model will have a list price of $3,799.99.
• TiVo unveiled its TiVo Premiere Elite set-top box, including four digital tuners, a 2TB hard drive and THX certification. The four tuners allow for simultaneous recording of four different shows, while a fifth recorded program can be viewed.
“We are pleased to announce the TiVo Premiere Elite at this year’s CEDIA show as this product was designed specifically for the high-end custom home theater integrator or enthusiast looking to complete their home entertainment system with a best-in-class TV experience,” said Doug Bieter, VP of retail sales for TiVo Inc.
• High-end movie server company Kaleidescape showed off its new CinemaScape feature for 2.35 projection home theaters, which allows for instant aspect ratio adjustments.
“2.35 screens are found in most of today’s high-end home theaters, including 26 of the 29 projects contending for the 2011 Electronic Lifestyles Awards,” said Michael Malcolm, founder, chairman and CEO of the company. “CinemaScape provides an unrivaled experience for these installations, with seamless transitions between content of different aspect ratios and a user interface that takes advantage of the entire screen.”
Kaleidescape also introduced an iPad application for its systems.