9/19/11 PPG Simulator News: New Head-Mounted Displays
Two new head-mounted video displays are soon to be available on the market: The Sony Personal 3D Viewer and the Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED 720p.
Both glasses offer newly developed dual 0.7-inch HD OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) displays and can provide both 2D and 3D content viewing.
The Sony display looks the bulkiest between the two, but offers 5.1 ch Virtual Surround Technology for realistic and expressive sound. Both offer 1280 x 720 resolution and a 45-degree horizontal viewing angle.
According to Sony, "...the design of this device is such that it covers the maximum possible field of vision (approx. 200 degrees), surpassing the video viewing range of 45 degrees." I'm not quite sure what that means as the displays are only .7 inch across and do not wrap around the field of vision. I think they meant to say that, due to the construction of the device, the viewing area is shaded to provide a more immersive environment. So, it's more or less a gimmick.
The initial price of each of these new head-sets is expected to be in the $500 range, which will probably limit the number of units sold due to an expected low market demand. Hopefully, they will eventually lower their price point to make these more affordable to the average consumer.
One of the primary complaints of using a video head display unit for gaming is eye strain. At the start of my simulator project, I owned a Headplay VR headset. I was happy with the quality of the device for the price, but I found that after 15-20 minutes of use, I had to step away for a period of time to rest the orbs. Also, most head display units that have been released thus far require some sort of optical and fit adjustment as not everyone's head nor eye dimensions are exactly the same. It would be great if these new products can overcome the deficiencies of their predecessors!
More information for these new virtual head-sets can be found here:
Carl Zeiss Cinemizer OLED 720p
Sony Personal 3D Viewer