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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If you are planning on giving battery-operated gifts for the Holidays, Consumer Reports has decided to help you with their picks of best non-rechargeable AAs. They tested quick, intense charges like those for cameras, as well as on a low current steady charges, such as for CD players. They found nickel oxyhydroxide batteries to be the best for cams, with alkalines as a less expensive alternative. They recommend the Energizer e2 Lithium, followed by Panasonic Digital Extreme, and Rayovac. Kirkland Signature alkalines, which is Costco’s brand, are a good deal if you are interested in quantity.
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When was the last time you even thought of using a landline phone? Panasonic has just released two models to its DECT 6.0 line, the cordless KX-TG8231 and the KX-TG8232. Both offer a handset LCD display including a customizeable caller ID, a built-in alarm clock, up to 12 hours of talk time, and a 50-station phone book. They feature extended talk time, reduced interference, HAC (hearing aid compatibility,) and an all-digital answering system. The price for the KX-TG8231 is $69.95. The KX-TG8232 comes with two handsets for $99.95.
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NTT Docomo has 7, count ‘em, 7 new phones on the horizon. They include Mitsubishi’s D905i slider with 3.1-inch TFT screen and 3.2 MPx with auto-focus in a choice of 5 colors, Fujitsu’s F905i with width motion and a Super-Fine IPS monitor of 3.2-inches, and a 3.2MPx cam with CMOS sensor in one of 4 colors, NEC’s N905i with EX LCD screen that rotates and comes in four colors, and NEC’s N905iµ with 3-inch EX LCD display also in 4 colors.
In addition, the company is offering Panasonic’s P905i with W Opening Style screen and 3-inch TFT liquid crystals, Sharp’s SH9051 with 3-inch ASV LCD screen and rotating system, as well as 3.2MPx CMOS sensor with blur correction and Dolby sound, and Sony Ericsson’s SO905i with jog dial, Sensitive Pad, Bravia tech and 3.2MPx sensor (CMOS) with auto-focus. Lots of choices and a ho-ho-ho from NTT.
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Wal-Mart has decided to sell the Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player at a discounted price of $98.87 to get the holiday shopping season started early. So much for the second gen Panasonic’s Bluray DMP. Slated for today only, if you are reading this, you are probably too late unless you are on the west coast and the time is before noon. They are also offering Acer laptops for $348.00 and Sanyo 50-inch Plasma HDTVs for $998.00.
We poked around to find what was going on at the other stores, where the player is still being offered for $299.99. We did find a GPX Player at a sale price of $25.00 at Kmart. We know someone who bought one of these and although it is slow, it works. Now that’s a bargain.
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Continuing its fight on the blu side, Panasonic introduced its HD DMP-BD30, the next generation of their BD10. The player offers Final Standard Profile for creating picture-in-picture and audio mixing, which means that you can have the director’s comments drone on during the entire movie without having watch it a second time. The DMP also offers Deep Color Compatibility and 1080/24p playback. With the use of its AVCHD codec, the DMP-BD30 allows recorded images on a HD SD card to be outputted from the user’s HDMI terminal in their original 1080p form. While it will not have the $1,295.00 price of its predecessor, it will still set you back a hefty $499.95.
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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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Although they previously released Blu-ray players, Panasonic has now come up with a trio of recorders for the Holiday season. The DMR-BW700 features 250GB of space, while the DMR-BW800 supports up to 500GB. The DMR-BW900 can hold up to 1TB of storage on its hard drive for 160 to 380 hours of recording. Capable of storing up to 18 hours of HD onto a 50GB disc, that would make for a heck of a movie marathon. The trio goes on sale in Japan, November 1, with the BW900 at a price of ~$2,600.
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Panasonic has developed a BM-ET200 Eye Scanner. Guided by voice, the device identifies you at high speed within about .3 seconds. It will even chastise you to “stand up straight” without Mom being around. The scanner is usable for a maximum of about 50 individuals although it can be modified to hold over 10,000 total. At a cost of ¥315,000 ($2,732.00,) we suspect that after we are made to remove our shoes, we will soon be subject to another humiliating experience when trying to fly home for the Holidays.
Yesterday Panasonic demonstrated a race car in Japan that runs on 192 units of their new Oxyride AA batteries, which they claim will work 3 times longer than alkaline. The vehicle actually attained a maximum speed of 122 km/h (~75.8 mph) with an average 109.5 km/h (~68 mph) when running back and forth on a 1km track. Although we admire the creativity put into the vehicle and Panasonic’s promotional concept, we noticed that this is not your average green product. Not only would the batteries cost a fortune (we did a quickie estimate and came up with $239.52 if purchased retail,) think of the recycling cost.
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