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Sony To Sell 3D Head-Mounted Display

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the personal-theater dept.

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angry tapir writes "Sony says it will start selling a head mounted display that provides a 3D theater for music videos, movies and games, targeting people who prefer solitary entertainment rather than sitting in front of a TV with family or friends. Sony Corp said on Wednesday that the 60,000 yen ($A730) 'HMZ personal 3D viewer' is set to go on sale on November 11 in Japan, and is planned for the US and Europe, perhaps in time for Christmas, although dates have not yet been set. HMZ uses Sony's own OLED screen."

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Nice international currency (2, Informative)

CrashandDie (1114135) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273880)

Also known as EUR 542 or USD 654.

Re:Nice international currency (1)

queazocotal (915608) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273900)

Or GBP 654.

Re:Nice international currency (1)

Nick Fel (1320709) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273922)

Or GBP 480.

Re:Nice international currency (1)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274066)

GP was referring to the still all-too-common practice of USD prices being translated to GBP (and EUR, for that matter) not by performing an actual currency rate conversion, but by a simple s/$/£/g substitution.

Re:Nice international currency (1)

Dr_Barnowl (709838) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274082)

The joke runs that tech companies generally sell products in the UK for the same number of GBP as they sell them for in USD.

It's not entirely true anymore... but it's still not parity with exchange rates

32GB iPod Touch 4th generation (Amazon .com / .co.uk prices, Amazon's own, not resellers)
  * USA - $275
  * UK - £225 ( $365 )

Buffalo Ministation 500GB
  * USA - $53
  * UK - £42 ( $68 )

Now, our prices include sales tax of 20%, and I'm aware that the US ones may not - but even accounting for that, it still looks pretty bad...

Re:Nice international currency (1)

arth1 (260657) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274296)

UK prices also includes a mandatory warranty that isn't there in the US.
90 days limited warranty is all you get in the US, unless the manufacturer adds more, or you buy a warranty separately.

Then there are the wages of the countries in question. You have to pay the dock worker, postal employee, banker and store clerk in all countries. But in the US, you pay them less.

Other factors include nationalized keyboards and translations where applicable. A run of a million US keyboards is going to cost a lot less per keyboard than a run of fifty thousand UK keyboards. Similar with manuals, boxes, software translations and anything else. Try buying the same equipment in an even smaller country, and the price goes up.
USD 1000 becomes GBP 800 and NOK 8000, simply because the costs are higher.

Re:Nice international currency (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274404)

Plus quoted British prices always include VAT (sales tax), currently at 20%, whereas US prices are quoted pre-tax.

Re:Nice international currency (1)

kestasjk (933987) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274432)

I think I would kill myself if I was a Sony engineer reading this /. discussion ..

Re:Nice international currency (1)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274944)

Because the depression of the last few years of Sony's performance wouldnt be enough?

Re:Nice international currency (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37273926)

Don't know how you got that USD figure. It certainly shouldn't be higher than the AUD figure given in the summary- and Google gives me 60 000 Japanese yen = 780.24 U.S. dollars.

Re:Nice international currency (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273940)

Oddly, according to Google:
60000 Japanese yen = 780.2340 US dollars
730 Australian dollars = 780.7350 US dollars

Re:Nice international currency (3, Funny)

Inda (580031) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273980)

60,000 JPY = 780 USD

780 USD = 546.23 EUR

546.23 EUR = 60068.91 JPY

Oh yes! I've found a way to print money!
(Patent Pending 2011 - don't even think about it.)

Re:Nice international currency (1)

SniperJoe (1984152) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274348)

It's called arbitrage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arbitrage) and I'm sorry to tell you this, but it's been going on for decades, so good luck with your patent.

Re:Nice international currency (3, Funny)

UnresolvedExternal (665288) | more than 2 years ago | (#37275084)

Well darn it Captain Obvious, I think you may be right! Although my spidy sense is making me think he may have known that already...

While they're at it... (0)

Kamiza Ikioi (893310) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274708)

They should post all stories in not very well known and irrelevant currencies, like say Bitcoin. Oh wait, /. already did that a few months ago.

Marketing FAIL (2, Funny)

taiwanjohn (103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273882)

From TFA: "It seems unlikely that most people — or even technology enthusiasts — will want to buy a product that involves sitting alone and wearing a little helmet."

Apparently they don't know very many /. readers.

Re:Marketing FAIL (1)

gl4ss (559668) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273932)

fixed to head screens are superior for 3d content anyhow.

but I'm wondering, what optical adjustments they have.. I wear -6~ glasses. (apparently it's 720p, so I might use it for 2d content too, if I can use it at all, wearable displays is what I'd like in the long run)

Re:Marketing FAIL (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274004)

The story makes it sound like it is direct viewing of the screen. So hope for 'space for glasses'.

Re: (1)

taiwanjohn (103839) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274022)

I'm also curious why they hardly mention a word about virtual reality. Seems to me like an OBVIOUS application for this device. Put it together with a Kinect sensor and you'd have a pretty kick-ass setup.

I'd be surprised if they didn't have at least some optical adjustment. Most cameras have had adjustable viewfinders for a long time.

Re: (1)

KillaBeave (1037250) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274110)

I'm also curious why they hardly mention a word about virtual reality. Seems to me like an OBVIOUS application for this device. Put it together with a Kinect sensor and you'd have a pretty kick-ass setup.

I'd be surprised if they didn't have at least some optical adjustment. Most cameras have had adjustable viewfinders for a long time.

That's a kick ass setup right up to the point that you pretend lightsaber through the front of your TV :)

Re: (1)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274340)

A kinect-style sensor would be a start; but to really make best use of this, rather pricey, display you'd really want to have some inertial sensors in the helmet and gaze tracking.

Plain-old stereoscopic "3D" is ok, and is a comparatively simple step to take(in terms of production and data storage) from a simple single-screen 2D image; but the fact that turning your head or moving your eyes doesn't change your perspective really tweaks your suspension of disbelief if you aren't careful about it. Given that movies rely so heavily on directorial control of camera angle and perspective(and often don't have the budget to fill out the rest of the "world" that should exist around every little soundstage set...) it makes less difference there; but in a 3D game, having the player's perspective change naturally when they turn their head or glance out of the corner of their eye would markedly improve realism...

It would also be useful for increasing the "useful" resolution of the screen for non-game applications: Consider, if you have, say, a triple monitor setup, you can really only focus on one screen at a time, the others will be peripheral vision at best. If you had motion/gaze tracking, your computer could provide a fairly large number of screens in software(say a 3x3 array), each one the same resolution as the monitor goggles, and switch which one is visible to you as you adjust where you are looking. It wouldn't be 100% equivalent to 9 actual displays; but it'd get you much of the benefit in a rather more compact unit...

Re:3DVR (1)

He Who Has No Name (768306) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274560)

That's exactly what I plan to do. Clip a TrackIR Pro head tracker to this thing, and I have the most balls-to-the-wall home flight sim setup available. I already have a pair of stereoscopic wearable display goggles (Vuzix), but the low resolution makes them practically useless for combat flight sim use because you can't pick out aircraft at long range.

If these are even 720p... we're in business.

Re:Marketing FAIL (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274018)

From TFA: "It seems unlikely that most people — or even technology enthusiasts — will want to buy a product that involves sitting alone and wearing a little helmet."

Apparently they don't know very many /. readers.

I have no problem enjoying media alone. Sometimes, depending on the media, alone is the best way to enjoy it.

It's not the alone part that bothers me. It is the fact that I have to cover my eyes and ears and sit there alone. Nope! Not gonna happen. I'm a bit too paranoid for that. I could not enjoy the experience because I would constantly be wondering "Is someone coming into my house right now?".

It's the same reason I can't go to sleep with head phones on. I need more that just my sense of touch, smell and taste to feel comfortable about what is around me.

Well, there's an AND there (1)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274076)

Well, first of all this is Japan, where they're at least supposed to be more social than that. People retreating away from society and being self-sufficient are considered a major problem and dysfunction, rather than a core demographic to market to.

In fact all through Asia you have a surprising number of people going to Internet cafes to play an MMO because apparently somehow it's not enough to play a social game if you don't also play it surrounded by other people. Sometimes to such... strange extremes as in the story we had recently about that Chinese couple who sold their kids for money to play MMOs. But while that is weird by itself, it's not what I'm talking about here. Apparently they actually used to leave their baby alone at home so they can go play their MMO from an Internet cafe. I think at that point most people would have realized that withdrawing from the crowd to take care of a baby may not be so antisocial after all, but there we go.

Second, there's an AND there about having to wear a little helmet. Having some goggles where you ONLY see the image in the game/movie/porn sounds great until you realize that you can't even see the mouse or keyboard, your mug of coffee, or the ashtray, or really where the desk is to put that mug of coffee back on it.

And while your built-in proprioception sense may help you find your mouth or, when browsing for porn, your dick, it doesn't help with anything else. Even the 3d model of your room doesn't seem to actually make it past short term memory, which means that in 8 seconds flat it's purged out of the buffer. Oh, you'll still remember what is in your room, and what's to the left of what else, but as a conceptual scene composition, not something where you can judge exact coordinates and positions. In 8 seconds you'll be at a loss whether you're putting the hot coffee cup where you want it on the table, or you're about to put it on the corner of the keyboard and make yourself the next Stella Liebeck [wikipedia.org].

And that's assuming that there is no randomness element out of your control, i.e., that you're literally alone. If you also have such randomness as having to guess whether or not the cat just curled up on the warm spot where the coffee cup used to be, well, may the FSM have mercy on you.

That's some pretty strong limitations right there.

So I'm not convinced if the /. demographic is the best to sell this to anyway. I mean, on one hand, we do have enough loners and people who must have the latest gadget, but on the other hand, I'd assume there also are a lot more people who can think deeper than "oooh, shiny" and figure out such limitations. Not to mention enough nerds who can remember whole domains worth of trivia, and remember stuff like that some other such gadgets actually caused eye damage.

Re:Well, there's an AND there (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274338)

Well, first of all this is Japan, where they're at least supposed to be more social than that.

You've obviously never been there. That place is crazy loner central. You ever been to a place where the wild-eyed guys walking down the street talking to themselves are wearing business suits?

Re:Well, there's an AND there (1)

thesh0ck (1983948) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274562)

Japan is overcrowded and people crave ways to NOT be social. This is why the sony walkman became such a hit there when it first came out. They finaly could be on a train and be in thier own world while packed in like sardines. Now they can hook up a portable media player and block everything out so the train ride feels like they are on an ocean cruise!! =]

Re:Well, there's an AND there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37275044)

I could write a long post here, but anyone who has awaken from their bed in the middle of the night and navigated their home without being able to see anything knows that the second half of your post is B/S.
The first half is just racist.

Sony FAIL (0)

KingSkippus (799657) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274236)

From TFA: "It seems unlikely that most people — or even technology enthusiasts — will want to buy a product that involves sitting alone and wearing a little helmet."

Apparently they don't know very many /. readers.

Hopefully, most technology enthusiasts will remember that this is the company that sent out rootkits on audio CDs, that took marketed functionality away from PS3 users after taking their money, that let millions of people's personal information loose due to lax security practices on their gaming network, that sued Joel Tenenbaum for $4.5 million for sharing 31 songs on the Internet, and so on ad nauseum. Personally, I also remember them for a home theater system I bought years ago that broke, that took literally months for them to fix under warranty, then that broke again just after the warranty period expired and they wouldn't repair it again even though they had it for months during the previous year.

So yeah, as far as I'm concerned, I don't care if the thing is the most awesome 3D viewer ever, Sony isn't getting one damn red cent from me ever again. I regularly let my friends and family know that anything with Sony written on it--hardware, software, media, or services--is toxic and to be avoided at all costs.

Re:Sony FAIL (1)

hack slash (1064002) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274838)

Look at the upside of this, if it sells well then it'll prompt non-Sony companies to try and compete.

Personally I would love to get a set of those HMZ, I have the Glasstron PLM-S700 and the native 832x624 res picture quality is very good due to excellent optics, something which many of the cheap'n'cheerful LCD video glases manufacturers have overlooked, and hopefully the HMZ have the same high-grade optics as the Glasstrons.

Re:Marketing FAIL (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274302)

...or Japanese people. Seriously, that place puts a crazy premium on space, and behaviors associated in the Western world with schizophrenic lone gunmen are considered the norm.

Optimized ... (3, Funny)

kevinbr (689680) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273888)

For solitary porn viewing, incase you need BOTH hands free.

Re:Optimized ... (1)

wjousts (1529427) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273902)

No good if you don't live alone. You need to keep one eye on the door.

Re:Optimized ... (1)

Monkey-Man2000 (603495) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273936)

No good if you don't live alone. You need to keep one eye on the door.

That's the sole reason Man invented locked doors.

Re:Optimized ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274112)

No good if you don't live alone. You need to keep one eye on the door.

That's the sole reason Man invented locked doors.

You have no idea how fast a roommate can get through a locked door, do you?

Re:Optimized ... (4, Funny)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274246)

Leave the door wide open. If they don't want to see then they shouldn't look. If you can't wring one out at home something is wrong with the world. If the Mrs complains tell her you're only helping out with some of the house work. Its got to be done.

Re:Optimized ... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274056)

Why? Are you ashamed of it?
I recommend doing what a woman would do when someone "catches" her masturbating:
Tell that person that he/she is a pervert! And continue fapping.
Because what you do is natural.
What that person does is invading your privacy.
If you suspect it being unintentional, ask politely to be left alone please first.

At least that's healthy (not influenced by religious schizophrenia) social protocol for this.

Re:Optimized ... (1, Offtopic)

jamesh (87723) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274126)

Why? Are you ashamed of it?
I recommend doing what a woman would do when someone "catches" her masturbating:
Tell that person that he/she is a pervert! And continue fapping.
Because what you do is natural.
What that person does is invading your privacy.
If you suspect it being unintentional, ask politely to be left alone please first.

At least that's healthy (not influenced by religious schizophrenia) social protocol for this.

Exactly. That woman has a right to masturbate in private. Everyone else should just leave the cinema until she's done... perverts.

Re:Optimized ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37273912)

Why aren't both hands free when watching on a normal screen?

Not Ready For Prime Time Yet (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273896)

FTFA:

Resembling a futuristic visor, HMZ, which stands for "head mounted display," is worn like chunky goggles-and-earphones in one.

Looks kind of uncomfortable. I guess we'll have to wait a few years for Apple to "invent" a user friendly version (or would that be visor).

Can't wait (1)

iqqmuT (1290420) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273906)

I can't wait seeing people wearing these, walking down the street and saying "awesome dude, i see everything in 3D!"

Really? (1)

janek78 (861508) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273914)

From TFA: It seems unlikely that most people — or even technology enthusiasts — will want to buy a product that involves sitting alone and wearing a little helmet.

Really? What about gaming? What about porn?

Headline Update (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37273916)

Can't we update this to say try to sell?

The first step towards Si-Fi VR (1)

nzac (1822298) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273924)

Still quite a few years off yet but the by 10th generation of this and the Kinect plus some brain sensors(/simulators) and you would be getting pretty close.

If your not aiming for perfection it might only be a few years away before someone tries.

Re:The first step towards Si-Fi VR (3, Insightful)

Namarrgon (105036) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274420)

Please don't call it "Si-Fi". That's almost as bad as putting 'y's in there.

<shudder>

No thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37273938)

The Head Mounted Zisplay will upload Sony's viruses straight into your brain.

Virtual Reality anyone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37273956)

Looks like Sony are paving the way for another VR "boom". But as before, I don't really see it going anywhere.

Re:Virtual Reality anyone? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274044)

Except this time, there's actually relatively mainstream content for it. 3D movies and a few 3D games. For Gran Turismo 5 alone this could be awesome. If the price is under £500 (should be £480 if they did a direct conversion from yen) I'd seriously consider it..

Re:Virtual Reality anyone? (1)

grumbel (592662) | more than 2 years ago | (#37275168)

The thing does not seem to include a head tracker, so while it's ok for viewing 3D content, it doesn't look all that useful for full virtual reality (unless you tape a TrackIR, PlaystationMove, Wiimote, whatever to the thing).

HMZ Acronym (1)

Jayfield (2317990) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273958)

"...HMZ, which stands for 'head mounted display'..." In other news, DMZ now stands for "demilitarized display"

Re:HMZ Acronym - The "Z" is for "Zazzy" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274232)

Z = "Display?" In Japan or where?

Gyro inside? (3, Interesting)

whiteboy86 (1930018) | more than 2 years ago | (#37273966)

That would be an awsome feature for a flight simulator *yaw/pitch/roll sensing*, so you could really be able to, you know, "look around".

Re:Gyro inside? (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 2 years ago | (#37275090)

People have done this for a while. Sadly, the effect isn't that great - you lack your peripheral vision - which is what you hope to add from say a single/dual monitor simplistic setup. So for straight up flying it is interesting but doesn't add anything much. Not to say it would have some niche used; it is interesting to look around your cockpit to SEE where displays/instruments/circuit breakers will be. The act of using those displays would be disconcerting if not impossible - grip/throttle/collective buttons/hats would be fine however. I could see it for recon to scout for people/landing zones - but again you would run into the limits in the cockpit interaction.

VirtualBoy Mark Deux (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37273986)

I can see this being a monumental flop...

Re:VirtualBoy Mark Deux (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274158)

No you see. If the marketing does it right, it is both a 3D display and a weight loss tool... Put this on after you finish eating, play a "weight loss video", withing seconds you have cut the consumption of hundreds of Calories, bucket cost extra.
And if you want to avoid other illnesses, you may try doing it when you are hungry, it may stop you from feeling hungry.

Laugh now... (2)

hellfire (86129) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274006)

But this is where content consumption is eventually going. Someone is simply going to invent a set of eyeglasses that connect to your cell phone that provide a complete visual interface including augmented reality. Maybe Steve will be able to complete that cloning technology in the next few years and his clone will return as CEO and invent the iGlass. Then suddenly, as if almost overnight, four-eyes will change be a compliment on your style and taste.

Until then, we can laugh at people who wear these impractical and goofy looking things. But at least it's not a TV Hat [buytvhatnow.com]

PC? (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274016)

WIll I be able to hook it to my PC and get my nVidia card to drive it? If so, I'm sold.

Otherwise, forget it. There are only a few PS3 games in 3D, and only a few BluRays, too. It's a pretty sad market at the moment.

Re:PC? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274068)

With time yes. That's the community's job, and two months later, voila - another lawsuit!

Sony is the best! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274038)

Sony is the trademark I have always considered best , and everything I buy is Sony and I can say that it has never disappointed me!

Removals UK [removalsuk.com]

Cover my field of view, please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274046)

I don't want to look at a virtual TV. I want the picture to cover my field of view completely.

Instant Headache (1)

Xian97 (714198) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274090)

I tried a VR helmet prototype at SIGGRAPH in 1996. Even with the vector graphics of the demo the immersion was impressive, but in less than a minute I had a headache. I am sure the technology has greatly improved in the past 15 years, but headaches was still one of the main complaints of the Nintendo 3DS when it was released. I can watch a 3D movie and do not get one, so maybe this device has overcame that problem.

Hope it comes with a barf bag. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274398)

Imagine your disorientation while watching an action film in 3D and turning your head from side to side.

Specs (2)

martijnd (148684) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274092)

  1. The Sony HMZ-T1 is a personal 3D viewer with HD resolution (1,280x720px) delivered through two newly developed 0.7-inch OLED panels.
  2. The Sony HMZ-T1 does not feature a head tracker. With a head tracker you could use the HMD for 3D games.
  3. The 3D viewing experience with the HMZ-T1 is like viewing a 750-inch screen from 20m distance.
  4. Source: http://www.i4u.com/47613/sony-hmz-t1-3d-oled-hmd-unveiled

Oh slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274098)

how short is your memory?
Such helmets with gyros have been around for a while. I flew flight simulators with them. They are great, however never made it big enough for the consumer market so never could afford one.

TV glasses (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274124)

Things like this have been around for ages. For example you could have bought some MSP-209 video glasses ages ago. I tried a few brands when I live in Japan and they all had the same problem. You were able to see the grid or mesh the pixels sat in. I hope these solve that and compact the screen down.For a decent price and when not made by Sony I may even get a set.

No sensors? (1)

Amarantine (1100187) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274184)

Is this just a wearable 3D display? I mean, in the article i see no mention of any head-tracking sensors... Not sure how it would feel to *not* see the image change when i turn my head...

Re:No sensors? (1)

Marc Madness (2205586) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274596)

In fact, a previous poster mentioned that HMD systems gave them headaches in the past. This is likely caused, in part, by that very disconnect between what your eye's see, what your ears feel, and what your body is doing. Hopefully people don't try to walk with this thing on.

On the other hand, in spite of their recent troubles, I think Sony has enough money to hire a psychophysicist to help them address these issues.

Re:No sensors? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274900)

You'll either get sick or a headache. One way or another your body is going to start screaming 'something isn't adding up here, please stop whatever it is you're doing.'

Hey that looks pretty cool! (0)

ilsaloving (1534307) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274250)

Oh wait, Sony is making this? Oh well. I'll wait for a company with a better track record that doesn't involve pathetic security and willful destruction of people's property.

Re:Hey that looks pretty cool! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274410)

Nobody gives a fuck. Seriously.

Strong neck muscle development. (1)

NeoMorphy (576507) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274472)

I wonder how much it weighs? Should I start exercising my neck muscles now so I'll be ready? Who's the pencil neck now?

No thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274508)

The headaches you can get from watching a bad 3d movie in a theater will pale in comparison to what will happen when your eyes try to adjust focus on a screen right in front of your nose. You can trick the brain, but your eyes are doing the physical part, and that gets all messed up.

Consumer-level VR, at last (1)

arisvega (1414195) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274588)

Sony says it will start selling a head mounted display that provides a 3D theater

Fucking already

Patent infringement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274648)

Something gives me the impression Nintendo might dump their lawyers on Sony over patent infringement. Virtual Boy [wikipedia.org] anyone? Is Gunpei YOKOI working for Sony now? :-)

Now all we need is a Gyro or three... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274694)

...then we can have some virtual reality!....errr, didn't we try this about eleventy years ago?

VR Football / Sports (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37274736)

Imagine... you and your mate miles away having one a Kinetic each in their lounge (along with a souped-up PC and fast broadband).

Then mount a 3d camera somewhere in a football stadium seat.

Put the goggles on, see your sofa and your mate sat on his sofa next to you, both appearing to be in the football stadium, watching the game, live!

I'll never buy them. (1, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 2 years ago | (#37274776)

Not only will they only accept Memory Stick, but they'll install a rootkit in my eyes.

how long before (1)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#37275000)

...someone gets pulled over for wearing one of these while driving? I'm betting within the first year of release.

Of course, I have a family member who has a battery powered TV in the passenger seat so she can watch her soaps. (She swears she only watches at stoplights.) So maybe I'm biased.

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