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Sony HMZ-T3W
Sony unveils third-gen 3D helmet

03 Sep 2013 | Rasmus Larsen |

Sony has unveiled the third generation of its 3D helmet, the Personal 3D Viewer, that immerses the viewer in a 3D experience when watching movies or playing games. The new version is wireless, but the display technology is unchanged.

Sony unveils third-gen 3D helmet

There is a bubbling optimism in the market about virtual reality, but it is based on the Oculus Rift and not Sony’s product. Sony has seen some success with its product, but it can best be described as looking at a large canvas from a distance, instead of actually immersing viewers in a virtual reality world.

Sony HMZ-T3W
Sony’s third-gen 3D helmet is wireless

Sony’s third generation of the product will launch at IFA 2013. The display technology is more or less unchanged with two 1280x720p OLED displays that can create 3D. Sony says that the effect is similar to looking at a 750-inch canvas from 20 meters. Sony told the same story when launching the two previous models, and they also tell us that it has the same 45-degree field of vision.

Sony HMZ-T3W
Sony’s third-gen 3D helmet is wireless

The new thing about the HMZ-T3W is that it is wireless. Sony has implemented a rechargeable battery that can last 3 hours if you opt for the 100 % cable-free WirelessHD solution, or 7 hours if you connect the headset through HDMI. The HMZ-T3W can be connected to game consoles and movie players via HDMI, and smartphones/tablets via MHL.

Sony has made a few adjustments to the fit, but weight has only been reduced by 10 grams. Sony also says that the integrated headphones can simulate 7-channel surround sound.

The Sony HMZ-T3W will be exhibited for the first time at IFA 2013, and FlatpanelsHD will drop by Sony’s booth later this week to check out the product. Read our Sony's HMZ-T1 review here. This was the first-gen version.

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