Partnered with the Kopin Corporation, Panasonic showcased their new VR glasses concept at CES 2020. Panasonic has rarely been the most exciting company to speak at large conventions and events […]
Partnered with the Kopin Corporation, Panasonic showcased their new VR glasses concept at CES 2020.
Panasonic has rarely been the most exciting company to speak at large conventions and events like CES. They have however, been a leading developer in the tech market over the years. This is particularly true when talking about their displays.
At CES 2020, Panasonic have brought their expertise in creating high quality displays to the virtual reality market. The glasses showcased by Panasonic offer HDR video support in very high resolution micro OLED screens, allowing for virtually no screen-door effect present in most other headsets. Not to mention they look really cool.
Panasonic has kept hardware supply mostly in house also, relying on their Technics products to supply the audio. They have also sourced optical designs from the Lumix camera division.
It is clear that these glasses are still very much in the prototype stage. The unit available for use at CES was using smaller screens than what you would expect in the glasses. It was also particularly heavy in the front and was heavily corded to a gaming computer.
This is not the end goal for Panasonic however. The non-functioning model available for testing was considerably lighter and only relied on a USB-C cable to tether it to your computer.
Panasonic have also taken an interesting approach to setting your IPD. With a small twistable rod between the eyes of the glasses, you can wind the position of the glasses inwards or outwards for what is a reasonable range. This simple yet robust method of adjusting the IPD, coupled with a non restricting build, will allow for a huge range of users.
Panasonic and the Kopin Corporation are reportedly expecting to release a product available for commercial use in 2021. Depending on the price of the glasses however, whether the glasses will be adopted for commercial use is another question.
Virtual Reality technology is still trying to find its feet with the average consumer. In the event of a hefty price-tag being attached to the Panasonic VR glasses, there is a good chance that this technology will be adopted mostly for industry use. This will save commercial use for later in time once the price has come down. For now however, with no prospective price revealed, only time will tell how the average consumer will feel about these innovative glasses.