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Friday, September 18, 2009

Robot transformer bed turns self into electric wheelchair

Panasonic has a long history of supplying high-tech medical devices to institutions throughout its home country of Japan. Combine that expertise with its emerging robotics know-how and this is what you get – the world’s first robot bed that lifts the occupant up when needed and transforms itself into a wheelchair that can move off on its own.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Can gadgets and gene engineering kill swine flu?

It’s official - Japan is in the grip of the swine flu pandemic. Or, at least, its media is, but what about possible ways to tackle the disease?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Panasonic says Blu-ray best for data archives, not high-def
Read the full story Storage 10:15 PM JMLH • Permalink

Sales of Blu-ray disks and hardware may not be quite as perky as manufacturers had hoped, but at least one firm is reminding us that the technology is good for more than just high-def copies of bad action movies.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Panasonic claims 3D 1080p HD TV on a single Blu-ray disk

We don’t have any photos of this for you yet and if we did it wouldn’t really help, so it’s going to have to suffice if we tell you that Panasonic claims it has just created the world’s first 3D HD plasma home cinema system.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Panasonic replaces Sony as Japan’s coolest electronics brand

Although much has been made of Sony’s recent resurgence under Sir Howard Stringer, the Tokyo monster may be surprised to learn that it has been toppled as the public’s favourite producer of quality electronics.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Video: The grabbing (robot) hands grab all they can…

Personally, I think Panasonic‘s DSM-Hand is cool not because it can grab a glass without either dropping it or breaking it (I can do that sometimes), but because it uses gears instead of motors to drive its joints.

Video: Panasonic’s giant surface computer in action
Read the full story Household | R&D | Video 03:20 AM JMLH • Permalink

One other cool thing I saw at the super-funky Panasonic Center last week was the company’s take on a wall-mounted surface computer.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Paranoid simpletons welcome all-seeing car nav system

Come the end of next month, one of the last refuges of escape from the digital onslaught of the modern world will be cruelly ripped from us, when Panasonic’s new, fully connected car navigation system goes on sale.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Panasonic Blu-ray boss says HD DVD death was suicide

One of the marketing bigwigs behind Blu-ray has gone public with an astonishing claim that Toshiba has only itself to blame for the flop that was HD DVD.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Olympic high-def disks only for winners

Should you happen to be one of those people who arranges the books on their shelves alphabetically, you’ll probably like the new recordable media from Panasonic that allow you to record the summer Olympics on Olympic-branded disks.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Panasonic photo printer grabs still shots from high-def video

Panasonic Japan has come up with an intriguing solution to a problem no one knew we had – a device that can grab and print stills from a high-definition video file.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Evolta’s the name, juicing your gadgets forever’s the game

If, for some reason, you’ve been keeping track of the thrilling progress of the Guinness record for the world’s most powerful alkaline battery, then get out your pen, ruler and notebook and prepare to make a new entry courtesy of Panasonic.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Panasonic’s fender cam for car parking no-hopers

People with stiff necks and particularly short drivers are likely to rejoice when they see the latest car-safety innovation from Panasonic Japan – a rear-view camera and monitor rig.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Panasonic Pixi elevates drunk photography to artform

We see a lot of prototype and concept devices here but few are as obviously pointless as the Pixi, an add-on for mobile phones devised by Panasonic of Japan working with two British design companies.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Panasonic’s 1080p TVs suck up video on demand right out of the box

Although today’s Panasonic Japan launch of seven new 1080p high-definition televisions introduced the world to plenty of quality new hardware, one of the more intriguing announcements was buried well below the headline.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Panasonic electric car does 100km/h on 192 double AAs

We’re really hoping that if Panasonic is planning to market its new Oxyride electric car at Christmastime it manages to include a few packs of batteries in the box to keep the kids happy past lunchtime.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Nano tech lends big sound to small speakers
Read the full story Audio | R&D 09:36 AM JMLH • Permalink

We all know how feeble tiny speakers can sound, especially those of the kind used on certain mobile products, so it’s heartening to hear of a new technique from Panasonic that claims to get high-fidelity bass notes from compact speakers.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

New Panasonic Lumix cameras include massive 18x optical zoom, eliminate us

If its claims are to be believed, Panasonic just made digital photography easier than ever, with the launch of three new 8.1-megapixel Lumix models that make digital cameras as simple as point-and-click disposables.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Panasonic tweaks SD camcorders to ‘Full HD’ at 1920 x 1080i


Barely five months after announcing the world’s first video camera to record HD TV images to an SD memory card, Panasonic has replaced it with a cheaper, more-capable model that it claims breaks new ground.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Panasonic’s funky new SD-card high-def camcorder


Panasonic will begin selling two new high-definition camcorders in December, based on the recently developed AVCHD format, it said Wednesday at a news conference in Tokyo.

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