Silicon Micro Display announced the ST1080 head mounted display just a few days back through a press release on the 31st of October. The following day, they dropped dropped most of the specifications for the HMD on their site, including the impressive 10% transparent 1080p LCOS displays. We’re still waiting on the price which is to be announced on 12/1/11, but to whet your appetite, here is a gallery of early photos courtesy of the company’s website, as well as a full rundown of the specs of Silicon Micro Display’s ST1080 HMD.
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I can’t quite decide whether or not I think Sony’s HMZ-T1 HMD looks really cool, or really stupid. They’re certainly trying to get make it look futuristic, but the problem with “modern” design is that it is the quickest to become “retro” just a few years down the road. In 5 years when we look back at the HMZ-T1, I’m willing to be we’ll think that it looks silly.
A futuristic looking design is almost assuredly going to have a polarizing effect on people; it will be loved and hated, and few people will likely fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. I’ve gathered up the highest quality photos of the HMZ-T1 that I could find so you can decide for yourself. I also found two shots of the HDMI pass-through-box which comes with the HMZ-T1 but has remained quite elusive up to this point. Also note that the cable that runs to the HMZ-T1 is almost always understated (or completely removed) in these photos, so don’t forget that you’ll have a wire dangling from the headset while its in use. And one more thing before I drop the gallery for your perusal — notice how all of the controls have been hidden on the underside of the HMD: