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Zeiss 3D glasses less than eye can seeWhile it looks like it came from the future, the Zeiss Cinemizer OLED headset offers performance seemingly from the Dark Ages.
-Hi, I'm Todd Pendlebury with a review of the Zeiss Cinemizer OLED 3D glasses. Early this year, I reviewed a set of 3D glasses called the Sony HMZ-T1 and thought they were kind of fun, but they lacked portability. Even though on video, I cheated a bit and pretended to get on the subway with them on, but these glasses do fix that problem. The Zeiss Cinemizer OLED is a 3D headset that comes with a battery pack and it comes without the massive bulk. You got a choice of adaptors, an HDMI port, and an optional 30-pin iPhone port. There is a volume control and a separate headphone jack, which only works with the iPhone attachment. The headset does come with a set of detachable earbuds as well. The lenses are individually adjustable, which is great if you don't wear glasses, and the fit is quite comfortable. Battery life is also very good with almost 7 hours of use when playing a video from an iPod Touch. The problem though is this, the performance isn't very good at all. The headphones out right suck with a very tiny sound and the picture is also pretty lousy. Contrasting images bleed out into blue and red, and the 3D effect when you're watching 3D movies is almost nonexistent. The size of the screen is also equivalent to holding a phone like this in front of your face, which is actually preferable as it won't generate as many funny looks on the subway. In the future, everyone will probably be wearing glasses like these and maybe won't feel as self conscious, but I do like being able to see things when I travel and not be as much of a mugging target. Unfortunately, this particular feature will not include the Zeiss Cinemizer OLED. This has been Todd Pendlebury for cnet.com.