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Right now, smartwatches seem to be the trending gadget, with many releases happening recently or scheduled for this year, but you can’t help wondering what about the future? What will be the next gadget to go mainstream?

Well, one contender might definitely be VR goggles, even though things have just started moving in this field. And except for a few pioneers who have been testing this type of devices for several years now, many companies are still learning.
And one of these companies is Panasonic, the Japanese manufacturer trying its luck with this technology, after basically dropping out of the smartphone market. Yes, they still produce a few devices, but that ship has sailed for them so they’re now turning their attention to virtual reality devices. And that might not be such a bad thing, since they do have the electronics and display experience to make something nice happen.

So far, it’s too early to say whether Panasonic will be able to make VR goggles people will buy, but what’s certain is that they have enough to already showcase the device. It’s not public yet, and the device was showcased during a private press event this week, but we’re glad we already have some info on the device.

It looks like Panasonic’s goggles won’t be smartphone holders such as Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR, instead they will be more similar to independent devices such as the Oculus Rift and the Sony Morpheus. The device features an OLED display that is capable of offering 75 fps and also supports angles of up to 90 degrees. As for its design, the Panasonic goggles will have a “conventional” shape, similar to regular glasses, so we won’t see straps like on the Oculus Rift or the Samsung Gear VR. The overall design isn’t as elegant as Samsung’s, for example, but keep in mind this is a gadgets in the works, so some things will probably change by the time a production ready device is finished.

Of course, there are also a lot of things that we still don’t know. For example, what source of content will the goggles use? Panasonic did show one possibility, by also presenting an omnidirectional camera that is able to record videos and take photos in all directions, something pretty similar to “Project Beyond” from Samsung. But nothing’s for sure. Panasonic also hinted that they plan on using this technology during the 2020 Olympic Games which will take place in Japan.


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