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Panasonic shows prototype of VR glasses with OLED screens and HDR support

Panasonic has shown vr glasses during CES that, according to the company, are the first in the world to support HDR. This is a prototype with OLED screens that Panasonic claims they will continue to develop for future commercial 5G applications.

Panasonic thinks, for example, VR sports broadcasts or virtual travel experiences as applications for which the glasses can be used. The company sets the concept glasses against ‘conventional VR glasses’, which, according to the manufacturer, are quite large and must be attached via a headband, which would not always be comfortable for the wearer. The glasses weigh around 150 grams, which is considerably lighter than the average VR glasses.

According to the Japanese manufacturer, the glasses have a high-quality screen made in collaboration with Kopin Corporation. Panasonic describes it as a micro-oled panel that should produce smooth images without the screen-through effect. With this unwanted effect, the lines between the pixels are visible to the user.

According to the UploadVR website, which was able to try the glasses for a while, that effect was indeed absent during use. The editor also speaks of an ‘extremely high resolution’, although it is not clear how high it is. It is a 60Hz screen where some ghosting appeared to occur. The hdr addition is according to The Verge quite impressive, with lighting effects being more beautifully displayed. The manufacturer did not disclose the maximum brightness of the screen.

The field of vision of the vr glasses is not too high and is around 70 degrees, Panasonic said. That is lower than most current VR glasses for consumers. A Panasonic employee present said that it is ultimately also possible to achieve a field of vision of 100 degrees, by means of larger OLED screens than the screens that are currently in the glasses.

During the demonstration, the glasses were still connected to a powerful PC, but Panasonic would also plan to make the glasses work via a USB-C connection, in combination with a mobile phone. A lighter design of these glasses with USB-C connection was also present on the CES, although it was not yet usable. According to Panasonic, there are also several designs ready to add 6DoF tracking.

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