Comparison of different HMDs

Since I’m a gadget geek, I collect a lot of odd unusual gadgets and one of those happens to be HMDs (head mounted displays), and its important to separate the distinction of HMDs from VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive because those are meant primarily for gaming and have a much wider field of view to accomodate for that. HMDs are mostly designed as mobile home theater experiences, they may or may not include headphones and generally are designed to be used in a small apartment or for people who don’t have room to put a large projector or TV.

So I’ve tried a bunch of HMDs over the years, here are my experiences with each:

Myvu Crystal

Myvu Crystal 701

This was my first HMD. Way back in 2008.
Pros: It was probably the best HMD for video quality at the time (now it sucks). Built in earphones. Portable size.
Cons: It’s outdated and it’s not very immersive, low resolution by today’s standards.

Sony HMZ-T1

Sony HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer review - CNET

Pros: Best image quality for the time by far. Stereoscopic SBS 3D support. OLED display so good contrast ratio. Still holds up somewhat today. Sound from built in headphones is decent.
Cons: Not very comfortable. Due to needing separate processor, not portable at all. Light shield needs to be attached separately. Only 720p.

Sony HMZ-T3

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Pros: Still great the best image quality of its time and still passable even today. OLED display so good contrast ratio. Stereoscopic SBS 3D support. Somewhat more portable than the first 2 generations due to being “wireless” and slightly less bulky.
Cons: Still not that portable and even though its “wireless” still needs to be in range of the signal processor. Light shield needs to be attached separately. Only 720p. No built in headphones anymore.

Vuzix iWear

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Vuzix is one of the oldest HMD makers and have been around for decades.
Pros: Its cheap (only $99 at this time), and quite immersive with the light shield. Stereoscopic SBS 3D support. Sound from built in headphones is decent.
Cons: LCD display. Picture quality looks very washed out, resolution not very impressive, contrast isn’t very good. Big and bulky. Light shield needs to be attached separately.

Avegant Glyph

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Pros: Very compact and portable. Stereoscopic SBS 3D and frame packed 3D support. Sound quality from built in headphones is decent. Visual quality is very sharp due to retina projection technology.
Cons: Not very immersive, suitable more for drone racing or outside usage rather than an actual home theater experience. Lots of light leakage. Virtual display is not very large.

DJI Goggles

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Pros: Great for drones. Picture quality is surprising decent considering the main purpose was not for home entertainment use. Virtual display is quite large although the edges might be a little obscured for some people.
Cons: Big and bulky. No built in headphones. No support for any 3D formats (due to its main purpose being for FPV drone usage). Not being able to see the edges clearly due to big display (its both a pro and a con depending on your preference).

Royole Moon

Royole Moon Foldable 3D Virtual Mobile Theater review ...

Pros: Very comfortable. Picture quality is on par with the old Sony HMZs which is quite good and virtual display is also on par with the old Sony HMZs. OLED display so good contrast ratio. More portable than the old Sony HMZs. Built in noise cancelling headphones have surprisingly good sound quality. Stereoscopic SBS 3D and frame packed 3D support. Built in OS so you can play youtube or load videos onto it.
Cons: Not as portable as the Glyph still. The virtual display isn’t as large as the DJI Goggles or Cinera are.

Goovis G2

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Pros: More portable than the Royole/Cinera/Sony, picture quality is in between the Royole Moon and the Sony HMZ headsets, its acceptable. OLED display so good contrast ratio. Stereoscopic SBS 3D support.
Cons: No built in headphones. Not as immersive as the Royole or the Sony HMZ or Cinera. Some light leakage.

Cinera

Pros: Highest res per eye (2560×1440) out of all the HMDs I have tested. Stereoscopic SBS 3D support. Comes with arm mounting bracket, so its more comfortable by way of not having to support the headset with your head. USB and SD card support. Virtual display is quite large although the edges might be a little obscured for some people.
Cons: Using it without the arm mounting bracket is uncomfortable. Not being able to see the edges clearly due to big display (its both a pro and a con depending on your preference). No built in headphones. Not portable – no battery unless you buy the FPV Mount.

Best video quality: Cinera HMD
Best audio quality: Royole Moon
Best comfort: Cinera HMD because its not strapped to your head… Royole Moon in second place
Best portability: Avegant Glyph
Best immersiveness: Cinera HMD has the largest ‘virtual’ display size, Royole Moon / Sony HMZT3 with light shield have less light leakage

What’s normal in Canada, but weird in other countries?

Well alot of what would be considered ‘weird’ would be coming from Americans but Canada shares a lot in common with the UK.

Milk comes in bags, not cartons..

we pronounce ‘Z’ ‘zed’ not ‘zee’.

We use British spellings for words like metre centre colour etc

We have english and french labels for everything since we have two national languages

We call them Tuques, not Beanies

We put gravy and cheese on our fries and we think its delicious

We have ketchup and pickle flavored potato chips and we think its delicious

We put vinegar on our fries (Americans seem to only have ketchup)

We have to go to liquor stores to buy liquor, we can’t buy it in normal grocery stores

When we order food we get called by number always, I noticed in a lot of American restaurants they take your name instead. That’s weird to me. What if two people have the same name who are ordering food?

we call bathrooms ‘washrooms’ as well. Americans tend to use ‘Restrooms’ instead

similarly a ‘studio’ apartment is called a ‘bachelor’ in Canada

We use the word college to refer specifically to a community college. In the US, college can refer to universities as well.

All of our top universities are public not private

those are just some of the differences I noticed after having lived in Canada and US…

What do you think of Chinese girls, and how they appear to foreigners?

Very different from other East Asian girls. This question is loaded so of course my answer will be slightly generalizing, but I think for the majority of Chinese girls I met I seem to get this impression:

While Taiwanese/Korean/Japanese girls tend to be traditionally feminine, passive, more dependent on men, Chinese girls are more independent, more dominant, more aggressive, and more money focused. They value their career and success more than anything else. They don’t focus as much on physical appearance as much as owning expensive brand name items (this might be due to the Chinese “face” culture which I hate).

Also, in a surprising twist of gender inequality, they seem to have more power than the men do. While in other patriarchal countries the men have more power than the women and the women have to do more for the men, in China its reversed: the men have to do more for the women. That means despite Chinese women almost making as much as men do, the men still have to pay for everything and do everything for the women. How did this come to be? I think communism + the skewed gender ratio are to blame.

This is just my opinion of Chinese girls from mainland. Chinese-American or Chinese-Canadian girls are very different and are closer to Western women.