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Sony Personal 3D Viewer (HMZ-T1)

It wasn't that long ago when the future was promised to us in the form of flying cars, watch phones and virtual-reality goggles. In most cases, the prognostications have fallen well wide of the mark — we're still driving around in cars wedded to terra firma; you can buy a watch phone, but something running iOS and Android is lot more practical and futuristic; and virtual reality exists today, but its uses are primarily in the fields of design, science and training.

What then to make of the Personal 3D Viewer, which does its best to look like an escapee from our future-filled dreams? Is it set to become commonplace in homes across the world, or is it just another interesting curio in our electronic evolution?

What's in the box?

The Personal 3D Viewer consists of two main components: the Viewer itself; and a processing unit to which the Viewer is tethered. The processing unit can be, at most, 3.5 metres away from the Viewer, as that's how long the proprietary cable is.

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