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CES 2020 | Panasonic unveils world's first UHD HDR VR glasses

Panasonic effectively quadrupling the resolution and even implements HDR compatibility in a lighter and slicker package. (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic effectively quadrupling the resolution and even implements HDR compatibility in a lighter and slicker package. (Source: Panasonic)
Besides quadrupling the resolution of current high-end VR headsets, Panasonic also introduces HDR compatibility to the VR world for the first time, and all this is packed neatly in a light frame. In order to achieve this feat, Panasonic collaborated with Kopin for the most advanced micro-OLED displays and combined these with proprietary audio / video technologies featured on its TVs, sound systems and digital cameras.

VR was considered the next best thing several years ago, but, due to slower technological advancements that limited resolutions to sub-2K for too long, the trend considerably cooled off in the past couple of years. Panasonic is now trying to revitalize the VR scene at CES 2020 with the announcement of 4K glasses that even support HDR.

One of the problems that hindered a wider VR tech adoption is the bulky size of the headsets. Panasonic managed to elegantly tackle this issue by making the new glasses almost as light as a regular pair of shades. This was achieved by combining light VR displays produced by Kopin Corp. with Panasonic’s proprietary audio / video technologies, including signal processing featured in its high-end OLED TVs and Blu-ray disc players, acoustic refinements from the Technics audio devices, plus optical lenses from the LUMIX digital cameras.

The displays developed in collaboration with Kopin are the most advanced micro-OLED panels to date. Due to quadrupling the resolution of current high-end VR headsets, the “screen door effect” is effectively eliminated. Sound-wise, Panasonic implemented Technics’ dynamic drivers with magnetic fluids that are no larger than regular in-ear headphones.

Unfortunately, these lightweight VR glasses are not meant for commercial release just yet, most likely because of enormous production costs. However, Panasonic promised that it will further develop this concept and possibly release it when full-scale commercial 5G services see increased adoption across the world.

Panasonic manages to integrate all the high-end components in a light frame (Source: Panasonic)
Panasonic manages to integrate all the high-end components in a light frame (Source: Panasonic)
The new 4K HDR glasses combine audio and video features from Panasoni's entire range of products. (Source: Panasonic)
The new 4K HDR glasses combine audio and video features from Panasoni's entire range of products. (Source: Panasonic)

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Bogdan Solca, 2020-01-10 (Update: 2020-01-10)
Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - News Editor
I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.