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Sony sets date for mobile 3D headset Japan launch

Sony sets date for mobile 3D headset Japan launch
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First Published: Wed, Aug 31 2011. 03 23 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Aug 31 2011. 03 23 PM IST
Tokyo: Spider-Man leaps from the top of a building and swings out towards you, cloak fluttering so close you can almost touch it -- at work, on a train, in a car, or wherever you are.
Sony Corp said on Wednesday its new 3D device offers a movie experience that can be had anywhere, with a head-mounted display that lets users also watch videos and play videogames.
The sleek, futuristic visor-like headset , not much wider than a pair of sunglasses , covers the face from the eyes to the ears, where there are earphones attached, and weighs 420 grams .
Clear, vivid images are produced with the help of two OLED displays located inside, creating a deep feeling of immersion.
“The hardest part for us was to make it as small-sized as possible, while maintaining high definition, but we succeeded,” said Shigeru Kato, a Sony vice president.
“People can enjoy watching a favourite movie or play a videogame on their own without bothering other family members.”
The headset can be used for watching videos, listening to music and playing videogames by plugging it into a Blu-ray disc player or game machine.
“Before, watching a movie on a big screen was a pastime for the whole family, but now there is a growing demand from people who want to enjoy videos on large-sized screens alone,” Kato added.
But this pleasure does not come without cost. The HMZ Personal 3D Viewer -- which goes on sale in Japan on 11 November will retail at roughly 60,000 yen ($780).
REUTERS
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First Published: Wed, Aug 31 2011. 03 23 PM IST
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