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Panasonic Lumix Camera Technologies To Power Its HDR VR Glasses

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Panasonic has developed what it call the world’s first High Dynamic Range(HDR) capable ultra-high definition(UHD) virtual reality (VR) eyeglasses . The company is showcasing the glasses at CES 2020.

Panasonic has deployed technologies that helped them achieve compact and lightweight VR glasses offering high-quality images and optimal sound that deliver realistic sensations drawing the user into the images projected before their eyes, while in the comfort of wearing eyeglasses.

Some of the key highlights of these glasses include:
– UHD high-quality images device capable of displaying HDR1 images
– Powered by a micro OLED panel co-developed by Kopin Corporation2 and Panasonic
– No ‘screen door effect’.
– Compact and lightweight body enabling the device to be worn in comfort without the need for a headband

As compared to heavy and often uncomfortable devices like Oculus Rift & Quest, Panasonic VR glasses are trying to cut down on weigh and size.

To achieve this feat, Panasonic has developed a high performance display device in cooperation with Kopin Corporation, one of the leading manufacturers of display devices for VR glasses. In addition, Panasonic’s audio and visual technologies have been incorporated into this new device, including signal processing technologies cultivated through the development of video equipment such as TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, acoustic technologies of Technics audio products, and optical technologies used in LUMIX digital cameras.

Panasonic believes that “with anticipation of the forthcoming full-fledged commercial services of the fifth generation (5G) mobile communications system, a number of new services using VR glasses are expected to be offered, including for VR sports viewing and engaging virtual travel experiences. While conventional VR glasses with high-quality images and high sound quality provide users with highly immersive simulated experiences, these glasses tend to be big in size and require users to strap them to their head with a headband, which could cause wearer discomfort,” the company said.

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Swapnil Bhartiya
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