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  • Your iPhone = 45 inch screen with Zeiss Cinemizer
    Geordi LaForge has nothing on you once you pick up one of these.

    Carl Zeiss (the guys who make pretty much every lens in a Sony digicam, or say, the Hubble's successor) announced their ZEISS Cinemizer Plus at Macworld this week. Its a successor to their Cinemizer, which has been out a while and doing alright. You've seen these type of things in SkyMall - they're the shades you plug into your iPod/DVD Player/iPhone and then watch movies in peace (now what movies were you trying to watch that you didn't want the guy next to you seeing?).

    It won't be out til March, but we had a chance to play with it at Macworld - oh, and it supports the iPhone 100%. None of this "this accessory isn't made to work with iPhone" crap. It works with iPod, and works with both the original and the 3G iPhone.

    pf wears Zeiss

    A nifty feature - this one lets you over-ride the built in earbuds, and push them back to use whichever pair of headphones you'd prefer. Controls are done from the on-battery unit, which hooks up to the back of your iPhone and clicks into place.

    The Cinemizer combines high-resolution LCD screens with individual focus adjustment - meaning you can adjust the clarity of each eye individually. The resulting image is optically tuned to appear as virtual 45-inch (diagonal) screen, as viewed from six feet away (2 meters).

    The Zeiss guys also showed us another unique feature of the Cinemizer family - 3D video. While you're a little limited on actual selection (A Bug's Life, anyone?), the Cinemizer Plus (and its little brother the Cinemizer) supports full 3D video playback, since it actually is showing each eye a separate screen. We checked out a sample video of a roller coaster ride, and felt just like we were at Busch Gardens. In one of those shows where they give you 3D glasses, that is. Unless you plan on buying every 3D DVD you can find, ripping it to your comp, syncing it to your iPhone, and then playing back with these - you'll prob never use that. Although they do say they're "actively lobbying Hollywood studios to offer consumer versions of the 3D movies they are creating."

    The Cinemizer plus will be available in the USA, UK and Germany from March 2009. The original Cinemizer is still available, and for the first time for sale in the USA and UK.

    The original Cinemizer is $449 in the US, 299 inc VAT in the UK, and €369 including VAT in Germany.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Your iPhone = 45 inch screen with Zeiss Cinemizer started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. odbtgdy's Avatar
      odbtgdy -
      Now this i could use. road trips and on a plane or to catch up on a quick podcast....cool:
    1. jonnycakes's Avatar
      jonnycakes -
      Just think if the Diggnation podcast was in 3D. It'd be like we were Hippie, sitting right in front of Alex and Kevin. Ha.
    1. Magnum's Avatar
      Magnum -
      i would love it if i traveled...but im a bum so i dont lol...but sounds cool
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Anyone else think these look absolutely ridiculous? Let's not mention the fact that I can already see everything on my screen just fine...
    1. jl6x's Avatar
      jl6x -
      I used to had something like this awhile back, when it first came out for other devices. It was great at first for a month or so, got bored of it and sold it to a friend. Might pick up this one when it comes out. Can always sell it to someone if I don't like it
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      The Vuzix Wrap 920AV claim upto 60" - Which are better?
    1. sn71295's Avatar
      sn71295 -
      forget movies is it accesible with applications
    1. alias_neo's Avatar
      alias_neo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sn71295 View Post
      forget movies is it accesible with applications

      iSteamy anyone?
    1. Transient's Avatar
      Transient -
      Quote Originally Posted by sn71295 View Post
      forget movies is it accesible with applications
      Good point. How awesome would that be to play Ferrari GT or BIA with these!?
    1. r1994augusto's Avatar
      r1994augusto -
      this is a good accessorie for every body that likes the movies on his phone and for those who rent them from the itunes in case that they dont have the time for watching them @ home and this is good for watching them on the go
    1. Lostfaith's Avatar
      Lostfaith -
      hmmm not sold for that price
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      I can imagine someone wearing that in the Subway in New York and getting punched in the face and robbed because he didn't see it coming.
    1. tattoojack's Avatar
      tattoojack -
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      If you wear those anywhere in public other than on an airplane / airport, you deserved to get beat down and robbed.
    1. gameviper's Avatar
      gameviper -
      maybe after they get a little more stylish i would buy one. but good start
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      Read this guys:


      and he wasn't even wearing anything flashy or stupid.
    1. xjuliephanx's Avatar
      xjuliephanx -
      The idea and technology is cool but seriously $400+. What kind of iPhone accessory should cost more than the iPhone itself.. 0_o
    1. snakedoc12's Avatar
      snakedoc12 -
      Yawn... The original Cinemizer looks like it only works at VGA. I highly doubt that it will work at a higher resolution for that price.

      Sure the screen is big, but kinda pointless if you're stuck with low-def resolution. Kick it up to at least 720p and change the design and I might be interested. Just my opinion though.
    1. yowiphone's Avatar
      yowiphone -
      Can you connect a camera into them and place the camera behind you so you can see behind you without physically looking behind you.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by yowiphone View Post
      Can you connect a camera into them and place the camera behind you so you can see behind you without physically looking behind you.