Nintendo has teamed with Panasonic Medical Solution, Hitachi and NEC to create an extra feature to Wii Fit. The add-on allows users to forward personal health data to a professional who will advise a better way to keep in shape and improve your BMI. The service is planned for April of this year in Japan. We figure that if you have Wii Fit and play with it every day, you are already halfway there.
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Take a look at Panasonic’s new compact LUMIX DMC-TS1. The rugged digital cam is water, shock and dustproof, and has AVCHD Lite High Definition video recording capability. It also features a 12.1 megapixel resolution, a 4.6 optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. To keep the cam safe, it has rubber padding, reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera. The TS1 should be out in April in silver, green or orange for $399.95.
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MRM (Manufacturers Recycling Management) is trying to get us all to recycle our old electronics, taking away the need for disposing of your dead ones in the nearest dumpster when no one is looking. Joining Sharp Electronics Corporation and Toshiba America Consumer Products, Panasonic has now stepped up to create a nationwide program to recycle their goods. You simply drop off your unused products. It is available in ten states so far and they hope to expand to all 50 of them in the next 3 years. Look for further announcements in January.
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We have found another electronic staple that has gotten smaller. Panasonic has unveiled their Micro Four Thirds system camera, saying that it is the planet’s smallest. The LUMIX DMC-G1 has no internal mirror structure that is used in DSLR cameras so the size and weight has been halved. The camera’s flange back has been reduced from 40 to 20mm. The G1 will be available in the U.S. soon, comes in black, red and blue, and carries a MSRP of $799.99.
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Panasonic is preparing to release some new Toughbooks. Included is the F8, which the company calls the planet’s lightest 3G-ready notebook. With a weight of only 3.7 lbs., the 14.1-inch system features an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, up to 4GB RAM, and a 160GB hard drive. It has the usual magnesium alloy chassis, flexible inner connectors, spill resistant keyboard, and the addition of a handle. Wireless options are also available. The company also has 2 more new Toughbooks designed for those who have a tendency to drop and/or spill. Look for them in November.
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Panasonic has joined the ranks of 22 other LiMo-compliant handsets. The FOMA P706ie will feature HSDPA networking support, 3G international roaming capacity, mobile TV support, and a 2 megapixel camera. They say it also has upgraded sound and voice clarifying features. The Linux-based mobile device will debut first in Japan. This is Panasonic’s seventh LiMo handset. If you would like to check the others, head over to LiMo’s website.
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Panasonic has come up with 3 DIGA Series Blu-ray disc players/burners. With built-in HDD, each has a dual digital TV tuner, a USB port, an HDMI output, a SD/SDHC card slot, and supports DTS-HD Master/ Dolby NR TrueHD/Dolby Digital plus codecs. Available September 1, the DIGAS have a writing speed of 6X in AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) format. Select between the DMR-BW930 model with 1TB, the BW830 with 500 GB, or the BW730 that holds 320GB. Prices start at € 900 (~$1,328.00.)
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Panasonic remembers the ladies, even though Mom’s day has passed, with their SV-ME70 and 75 portable, waterproof TVs. Both models feature 5-inch LCD screens that can not only handle a sloppy cook in the kitchen but can hang out with Mr. Bubble in the bathroom. The ME-75, at a size of 165 x 92.9 x 22.1mm, also has a 1GB SD card slot and can record up to 30 minutes of Sponge Bob Square Pants on its Li-ion battery. Both will be available in white or pink June 20 for ¥38,000 (~$380.00) and ¥45,000 Yen (~$ 450.00) respectively.
Panasonic has certainly gone out of its way to promote their new Evolta (Evolution + Voltage) AA battery cell. They sent a 5 oz. robot climbing up a rope suspended from the Grand Canyon for almost 7 hours on a pair of them and earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as “the longest-lasting AA alkaline battery cell.” If the 6.7-inch blue bot, also named Evolta, looks familiar, it was designed by robotics scientist Tomotaka Takahashi. Although the batteries are about 15% higher than the competition at $5.40 for four, they are already doing so well in Japan that Panasonic plans to send them overseas later this year.
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Panasonic pushes GPS to the limit with its new Strada F-Class CN-HX1000D and CN-HW1000D. The gadget has a 7-inch Viera screen for DVDs, an iPod link, a hard drive, 1-seg mobile digital TV, and what Panasonic calls a “from home to car” idea. If you have Bluetooth on your cellie, you can order sat-nav and the Strada will let you know what’s going on at home from the screen in your car. You can also turn on or off appliances. This one doesn’t come cheaply. The Stradas will go on sale in Japan next month with a ¥355,000 (~$3,500) price tag.
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