Panasonic Subsidiary Shiftall Unveils Lightweight MicroOLED VR Headset for Consumers

Panasonic subsidiary Shiftall, the makers of SteamVR-compatible physique monitoring system HaritoraX, introduced it’s releasing a light-weight shopper VR headset this yr that features OLED microdisplays and the flexibility to play SteamVR content material. Known as MeganeX, the low-profile, high-resolution headset is slated to launch someday in Spring 2022, priced at round $900.

Unveiled at CES 2022, Shiftall’s MeganeX is alleged to incorporate 1.three inch OLED microdisplays which characteristic a 2,560 × 2,560 per-eye decision, rated at 120Hz. The 6DOF headset includes a foldable body with built-in audio system, making for a compact package deal that weighs in at 250g, or round eight.8oz (with out cable).

Pancake optics are included right here too—a design aspect which Huawei and Pico have used of their respective prototype headsets, and which HTC has used to slim down its Vive Circulation standalone headset.

Panasonic Subsidiary Shiftall Unveils Light-weight MicroOLED VR Headset for Shoppers 8Picture courtesy Shiftall

Shiftall says MeganeX is concentrated on serving up SteamVR content material, nonetheless it’s additionally stated to incorporate Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 chipset—much like Vive Circulation. Right here’s the complete spec sheet Shiftall has shared thus far:

Show: 1.3inch OLED microdisplay 5.2K (2,560 × 2,560 per eye), 10bit HDR / 120Hz Weight: Approx. 250g (eight.8oz) – With out cable Processor: Snapdragon XR1 platform Monitoring system: 6DOF, digital camera based mostly inside-out head monitoring Connection: DisplayPort Alternate Mode on USB-C or DisplayPort + – Join with the interface conversion field (included in package deal) Estimated Worth: Lower than $900

Tech analyst and YouTuber Brad Lynch (aka ‘SadlyItsBradley’) says in a hands-on at CES 2022 that each readability and brightness are “truly fairly good,” and additional accurately guessed on the inclusion of Kopin microdisplays. Shiftall says these are additionally Kopin-made pancake optics, in case you have been questioning.

Lynch’s admittedly fast evaluation on the present ground is encouraging to listen to, as pancake optics sometimes current drawbacks in relation to optical effectivity, requiring brighter shows to beat disturbances brought on by its polarized components, which mirror mild backwards and forwards.

Each specs-wise and in bodily look, Shiftall’s MeganeX feels similar to Panasonic’s compact VR glasses revealed at a particular occasion final yr in Japan which coincided with the all-digital CES 2021. These included Kopin microOLEDs offering a 2,560 × 2,560 per-eye decision too.

One of many largest lacking items is discipline of view (FOV) nonetheless. Kopin says in a previous announcement for its first all-plastic ‘P95’ pancake optics, that when paired with its personal Kopin’s 1.three inch 2,560 × 2,560 microOLED it could possibly present round a 95-degree FOV.

Acquired by Panasonic in 2018, Shiftall focuses totally on area of interest shopper gadgets, a lot of which really feel like contenders for SkyMall. Its IMU-based physique monitoring system, HaritoraX, has been on the Japanese marketplace for a while now although, which higher positioned the corporate to dive deeper into the world of XR growth. Apart from MeganeX, Shiftall is bringing two extra immersion devices to international markets with the assistance of mum or dad firm Panasonic this yr.

Alongside MeganeX, Shiftall additionally introduced Pebble Really feel, a wearable physique cooling and heating gadget worn in your again, and Mutalk, a microphone that’s imagined to suppress outdoors noise in addition to muffle the consumer’s personal speech to these close by of their bodily area—each perfect candidates for VRChat, NeosVR or another pretty open social VR app that helps area of interest reminiscent of haptic vests. Each Pebble Really feel and Mutalk are slated to launch in 2022, each priced at “round $200”.

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