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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Samsung unveiled the world’s largest LCD panel, a mere 70”, at the International Meeting on Information Displays (IMID) on August 23, in Daegu, Korea. For now, this gives Samsung the second place seat in largest panel displays to Panasonic’s monstrous 103” TH-103PZ600U plasma display which will be available this holiday season on a Built-to-Order basis costing a cool $70k + tax.
The new Samsung display is not only big, but includes all of the latest and greatest technologies that only Samsung can bring to an LCD panel. It is capable of producing Full HD, or up to 1080p at 120Hz refresh rate giving you just over 8ms refreshes as compared to 17ms on a conventional display running at 60Hz. Additionally, the panel produces these hi-res images at a brilliant 2000:1 contrast ratio. Put this all together and you get today’s clearest scenes, from fast moving action to slow mushy romance. Additionally, the entire room can enjoy this 70” of clarity due to the 180° of viewing angle offered by the display.
The official release date and price of the Samsung 70” displays is not yet released, but don’t expect to see these puppies at your local Best Buy until at least next summer likely carrying a price tag somewhere in the neighborhood of a new Civic.
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