CES 2020: Panasonic unveils stylish HDR VR glasses

| January 11, 2020

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Panasonic made a bold entrance into the virtual reality (VR) glasses market at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show. At the event, the Japanese consumer electronics company unveiled its steampunk-esque goggles, which it developed with the Massachusetts-based Kopin Corporation. Notably, the firm boasts its futuristic prototype product is the first-ever high dynamic range and ultra-high-definition capable VR glasses.

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