Panasonic’s VR glasses are living proof that virtual reality headsets can look ‘spectacular’

Now here’s a pair of VR glasses that don’t look like a toaster mounted on your face. Styled to resemble a wonderful pair of steampunk-style aviators, Panasonic has done for the VR headset industry what the Snap spectacles did for Google Glass (remember that?)

With an undeniably better form factor, and better image quality too, Panasonic’s VR glasses are classier and well, ‘glassier’ (as opposed to the massive ski-goggles that most VR headsets look like). Fitted with micro-OLED panels on the inside, the VR glasses can afford to be made smaller and have much better clarity too. In fact, unlike most VR headsets, you almost don’t notice the pixels in Panasonic’s product, allowing your VR world to be much more immersive because of its higher resolution. Panasonic also claims that they’re the first-ever VR glasses to support HDR, or a high dynamic range, allowing colors, saturation, brightness and contrast to all be incredibly lifelike. The glasses (they’re obviously not headsets) also come fitted with Panasonic’s own audio technology, using Technics drivers in those tiny earbuds to provide crystal clear audio.

As amazing as they look, Panasonic doesn’t plan on selling these to consumers (sad-face). They’re hoping that these glasses will see mostly commercial applications like VR sports and travel, but only once 5G networks are rolled out to be able to support high data-transfer speeds, especially given how high-resolution the video on these glasses are. I hope Panasonic changes their mind though. I’d definitely see myself lining up to own a pair of these beauts.

Designer: Panasonic

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OPPO’s version of the Hololens shows that the company is serious about a mixed-reality future

Deciding to be more than a smartphone company, OPPO unveiled its expanded vision of the future at its Inno Day 2019 conference. Designed to be OPPO’s answer to the Microsoft Hololens, the mixed reality headset comes with a similar design with the inclusion of a forehead-rest, and runs OPPO’s Glass OS.

The company hasn’t revealed any tech specs or even its tentative pricing yet, but OPPO is gearing for a 2020 launch. The Glasses, however, come with features that put it at par with the Hololens. They include support for 3D sound, in order to offer a truly immersive AR experience, while sporting as many as 4 cameras (two fisheye, one HD, and one Time-of-Flight) to accurately capture the world around you in visual as well as physical detail to help you position, track, and interact with objects in your view. And here’s the most promising bit. The glasses even come with 5G support, for a seamless mixed reality experience!

Designer: OPPO

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