Sony Shows Prototype 3D Visor Thing at CES
While it was talking about how it intends to add a third dimension to every product it sells, Sony tossed up a slide during its CES 2011 keynote showing a prototype 3D head-mounted display visor that looks suspiciously like the VR visor displays I thought we as a race of sentient beings decided were stupid about 15 years ago.
Sony Executive Deputy President Hiroshi Yoshioki talked about playing Gran Turismo 5 on the headset, which obviously isn’t anywhere near ready to be sold yet, and that it was cool because it meant his wife couldn’t distract him from the game. Hooray for spousal avoidance.
Here’s the picture from up on the big 3D screen at the presser:
Inside the headset are two screens, one for each eye — helping make the 3D experience even more dimensional because there’s no crossover between your eyeballs, which is the key to that whole stereoscopic Jedi mind trick with the glasses.
There aren’t too many more details than that. Yoshioki mentioned using the thing “on the couch or in flight,” which suggests compatibility with multiple devices, and I would have to assume it would connect to those devices wirelessly so as not to be totally useless.
The visor is still a prototype, meaning it may never materialize. Sony is right to proceed cautiously: last time people started putting visors on their heads and playing games with them, this happened: