Up until this point if you wanted to watch a 3D movie at home, you required a 3D television set. However, this will change very soon, as Sony will release the first headset with a high definition 3D display. The device will be called the Personal 3D Viewer, and inside it has two small screens, which are made out of light-emitting diodes. These screens are able to display the image seen in 3D, and the best thing is that the Personal 3D Viewer can be connected to various multimedia devices. For example you can plug it in the TV and you will be able to watch TV in 3D. Or you could plug it in your gaming console, and play games in 3D. Charles Speidel, the vice president of the Sony Electronics home audio and video group which is located in San Diego, said that the device will be released in the United States in December, and that it will have an initial price of $799.
The device weighs more than one pound, and it is comfortable to use. The quality of the image is excellent, even though the two screens have a diagonal of 0.7 inches. The device does not work with an iPhone or an iPad, but it works with certain Android tablets. Some experts such as Carolina Milanesi, an analyst for the research firm Gartner, said that the headset might not be very successful, and the reason for that could be the fact that the viewers will not have too many movies to see in 3D. Sure, they can watch college football or NFL on 3D on ESPN, but currently they are limited to only 85 movies on Blu-ray on 3D. The number of games available in 3D format is even smaller, and that might be an inconvenience for some. Speidel said that it is advisable for people under 15 not to use the device, because they might develop eyes problems in the future, as their eyes are not fully developed yet.
Ophthalmologists believe that these devices could be hazardous for the health, whereas other people such as Sherry Turkle, who is a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes that these devices might isolate us, to the point that we will no longer be interested in human contact.11