Panasonic launches lightweight UHD OLED VR headset

Published 10 January 2020

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, vr, tech, hmd, panasonic

Panasonic’s latest entry into the world of high-end VR HMDs is a paired back form that packs in a lot of punch - bringing High Dynamic Range (HDR) capable ultra high definition (UHD) into a pair of glasses.

With a slight steam-punk/welder/early arctic explorer vibe, the VR glasses are equipped with two micro OLED panels, co-developed by Kopin Corporation and Panasonic, while an optical module newly developed by the pair and 3M Company, allows the display of ‘natural and distortion-free’ images in single focus.

Packing this into such a compact and lightweight design with recognisable glasses-not-goggles shape only adds to the appeal - although we’ll have to wait and see if the design is as comfortable as Panasonic claims without a headband.

Panasonic is quick to point out the array of technology expertise that was at its disposal for the development of the VR glasses, including the acoustic technologies of Technics audio products, and optical technologies used in Lumix digital cameras.

The lack of wires comes from the forthcoming arrival of full-scale commercial 5G services, so it’ll be interesting to see when these arrive on our shores.

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