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ST1080 Supported 3D Formats Revealed; International Pre-orders Now Available

Silicon Micro Display’s has just recently specified the exact 2D and 3D video formats that will be supported by their soon-to-launch HMD, the ST1080:

ST1080 3D Video Formats:

  • 1920x1080p @ 24Hz Frame Packing (full resolution)
  • 1920x1080p @ 24Hz Top-and-Bottom (half resolution)
  • 1920x1080i @ 60Hz Side-by-Side (half resolution)
  • 1920x1080p @ 60Hz Side-by-Side (half resolution)
  • 1920x1080p @ 60Hz Top-and-Bottom (half resolution)
  • 1920x1080p @ 30Hz Top-and-Bottom (full resolution)
  • 1280x720p @ 60Hz Frame Packing (full resolution)
  • 1280x720p @ 60Hz Top-and-Bottom (half resolution)

ST1080 2D Video Formats:

  • 1920x1080p @ 60Hz
  • 1920x1080p @ 24Hz
  • 1920x1080i @ 60Hz
  • 1280x720p @ 60Hz

From Silicon Micro Display:

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added additional 3D video format support for the ST1080. The table below shows all the 2D and 3D formats supported by the ST1080. Although the ST1080 is not fully HDMI 1.4 and 1.4a, it does support all 1.4 and 1.4a mandatory 3D formats along with a few optional 1.4a 3D formats.

It’s good to have this list out there as buying compatible 3D hardware can sometimes be a pain when companies don’t specifically divulge which formats are supported.

The ST1080 has been available for pre-order since the beginning of the month and is expected to reach customers in May. For the first 21 days of March, Silicon Micro Display reduced the price by $100 to $699. That promotional period is now over at the ST1080 is back to it’s regular $799 price.

Additionally, Silicon Micro Display is now accepting pre-orders from a wide range of countries (the same $799 USD price applies to all locales, presumably to be converted to the local currency). Here is a full list of where they will ship to, though you might be looking at some hefty shipping charges:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxemberg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Carl Zeiss Cinemizer HMD Hands-on Video — Pre-ordering Now [update]

Update: Another video from CeBIT has the rep stating the the head-tracking hardware runs an additional €100, but it still isn’t clear if this is third-party or being offered directly from Carl Zeiss. I’ve put the question out to Zeiss and will update when I hear back.

Carl Zeiss is working on an HMD called the Cinemizer which will be available this July, according to the company. The Cinemizer is a 3D-capable head mounted display with dual 870×500 OLED displays. My friends and boss Chippy, from et al, was kind enough to record a hands-on video with the Cinemizer that Carl Zeiss showed off this week at CeBIT 2012. Jump into the article to take a look.

Continue reading ‘Carl Zeiss Cinemizer HMD Hands-on Video — Pre-ordering Now [update]’

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