They look a little like a prop for a steampunk cosplay, but Panasonic’s new virtual reality glasses are anything but a prop. In fact, they’re the world’s first High Dynamic Range capable ultra-high definition virtual reality glasses designed to fit and feel like a regular pair of eyeglasses. Panasonic developed the glasses with a vision toward the upcoming fifth generation mobile communications system that will no doubt include virtual reality experiences like sports viewing and traveling.
The principle idea behind the design is comfort. Other VR headsets provide excellent images and sound, but they tend to be big and bulky, and can be uncomfortable to wear, especially for long periods. Panasonics glasses, which were made in cooperation with Kopin Corporation, cut back on the “big and bulky” to provide a more comfortable user experience, and that means a more immersive experience as well.
Panasonic used their audio and visual technologies to create the glasses.
That tech includes signal processing technologies from their TVs and Blu-ray Disc players, acoustic tech from their Technics audio products, and optical tech from LUMIX digital cameras. With that tech online, Panasonic was able to make compact and lightweight glasses. The glasses include a micro OLED panel in each lens that provides UHD high-quality images capable of displaying HDR1 images. These panels also eliminate the “Screen Door Effect” for a crisper image. The Technics’ original dynamic driver uses magnetic fluid, which allows for more accurate stroke of the diaphragm, that in turn means the audio system has a wide range of frequencies from ultra-low to high. All that capability is packed into the lightweight, compact design.
Panasonic brought the glasses to CES this year, so they’re well on their way to getting this product to market. With the stated goal of having them ready for the 5G data networks, the glasses only need a little bit of tweaking before they’re ready to take you wherever you want to go without ever leaving home.