Matsushita has finally decided to become known by what it mostly was all along, Panasonic. The name change will become final this October 1 if the shareholders agree in June. The Osaka company was founded 90 years ago by Konosuke Matsushita, and even current President Fumio Ohtsubo feels a bit sad but commented, “We must create more than what we are giving up.”
Matsushita/Panasonic will also be dropping its local brand name National for large and small appliances by March 2010 to avoid confusion. Our only comment: It’s about time.
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Panasonic is planning to unveil a 150-inch Plasma screen TV. At 2 x 3.5 meters, it is 47-inches bigger than its former large screen panel. Developed by Matsushita, it is big enough to display a full-size human. Available by 2009, it is set to debut as the world’s largest TV at next month’s CES. Sharp currently holds the record with a 108-inch LCD TV but we are guessing that Panasonic just had to have the last
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Parking should get a wee bit easier now that Matsushita has designed an omni-directional camera system that displays the vehicle as if it was shot from above your car. Four previously available Panasonic 250,000-pixel rear view cams were placed on the front, rear, left, and right sides, while their images can be seen on an ECU navigational screen inside and synthesized to look like it is one image.
Previewed as a prototype at this year’s CEATEC 2007 in Japan, the company plans on releasing their device within the next year or so. We figure it will be useful around those pesky deer that try to grab our parking spaces when we go camping.
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