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Panasonic Unveils 20-inch 4K Tablet at CES

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The major reveals at CES 2013 just keep on coming. This time around, the spotlight is on Panasonic and on their new 20-inch 4K tablet. As expected, the display looks impressive, and the specs reveal why. The LCD has a pixel density of 230 ppi and an aspect ratio of 15:10. You could press your nose up to to the tablet and not spot the individual pixels on the display.

Twenty inches is a bit huge for a tablet, which is probably why some people consider it more like an entire PC in one neat package. Despite that, Panasonic is still marketing their newest baby as a tablet. Going back to the specs, the tablet is powered by Intel Core i5-3427U central processing units with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz. It will also come with a microSDXC memory card slot, a USB 2.0 port, and a 720p front-facing camera. The 4K tablet lets users stay connected as well via WiFi and Bluetooth.

No release dates or pricing information have been released yet, although you can expect them to come soon.

VIA [ Softpedia ]

Panasonic Flashlight Can Be Powered With Any Size Battery

When you’re out of power and poking around in the dark, a flashlight is always useful. But you know what ends up happening half the time, right? The batteries are out, and then you have to fumble in the dark looking for new ones, and well, they’re never the right ones. Panasonic seems to have solved this issue by manufacturing a flashlight, called the Any Battery Light, that can not only accept batteries of any size, but also any number of them. So if all you have is a single AA battery, the light will still work, only for less time than if you’d loaded it up with a bunch. If you insert one of every type of supported battery (AA, AAA, D and C), the device would last for about 86h, which is plenty. Best of all, it’s expected to run about 2,000 yen (US$24), so there’s really no reason not to have one in a drawer somewhere.

It’s available starting January 24th, though we’re unsure on which markets. Probably Japan.

[ Product Page (Translated Japanese) ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Panasonic Releases Digital Mirror For Physical Rehabilitation

By David Ponce

Remember in Mario Kart in single player mode, you were able to race against a ghost of yourself? The Digital Mirror from Panasonic is just like that, except not quite. It’s used in physical rehabilitation settings, where you have to relearn how to move parts of your body, and it uses a camera and monitor to help things along. First it’ll show you a video of an able bodied person doing the required movements, and will record you trying. You can later be shown your initial efforts and you can compare yourself and see your progress in real time.

It offers exercise programs such as “Stretch,” “Muscle Strength,” “Upper Limb’s Range of Motion” and “Balance.” Also, it is possible to select “upright position” or “sitting position,” depending on the state of the user.

Of course for something that will be used in a medical setting, the price will likely keep it out of people’s homes: approx US$35,412.

Panasonic will start accepting orders for the Digital Mirror starting July 20th.

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Deal Of The Day: $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV

By David Ponce

Laptops and desktops, that seems to be the bane of this column. So it’s pretty refreshing to see some new blood, even if that blood isn’t all that exciting. The Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST50 is a 50 in. 3D plasma HDTV. Here are some specs:

The Panasonic Viera TCP50ST50 50″ Plasma HDTV features VIERA CAST, 1920×1080, Infinite Black 2 Panel, 600Hz Sub-field Drive, VIERA Connect Wi-Fi Ready, 3 HDMI inputs, 3D-Ready, HD Tuner, and more.

Down to $1,178 from $1,399, it’s shipped to your door for free despite its probable heft.

[ $221 Off On Panasonic Viera 50 Inch HDTV ] VIA [ LogicBuy ]

Evoia Toy Goes Into Record Book For Racing At LeMans For 24 Hours

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By David Ponce

The little fellow you see on the picture here is called Evoia and is powered by two Panasonic EVOLTA AA alkaline batteries. We like to think of him as a modern version of the Energizer bunny. And his claim to fame is that he entered the Guinness Book of World Records as “the longest distance covered by a battery-operated remote-controlled model car.” That’s right, the little guy kept pedaling non-stop, following an infrared beam from a lead car for 5.6 laps – 23.726 km or 14.82 miles – around the 4.2 km Le Mans race circuit for 24 hours.

We’re not sure whether the toy ran out of juice at the end of the 24 hours, or if the stunt was simply stopped due to the lead car’s driver going insane from driving around at 0.6mph for 24 hours. Either way, hit the jump for an entertaining video of a bunch of photographers getting all paparazzi-ish around a two inch tall cycling toy.

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Panasonic Introduces 3D Washing Machine

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By David Ponce

This has been out since February, actually, but I can’t find any mention of it anywhere for some reason. It seems Panasonic has released for the European market three different models of washing machines that feature a special 3D sensor. Why?

As the advanced 3D sensor detects how the drum moves according to load, a variable speed control system uses that information to fine-tune motor operation. This eliminates unbalanced loads and creates an ideal three-dimensional washing effect. The result here is less stretching, less tangling and fewer wrinkles — and an altogether gentler effect on the clothes in the wash.

There’s also some talk of energy-saving, water saving and other environmentally friendly buzzwords.

It should currently be available in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom, followed by other parts of Europe over the course of the year.

Full press release after the jump.

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Panasonic Unveils Lightweight HD Camcorders

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By Shane McGlaun

The first camcorder that I ever saw was one that my uncle had. The thing was huge and looked like something the newscasters used. It wasn’t only the huge camera though; the thing had a huge VCR that had to go along with it. It weighed about 30 pounds altogether.

Panasonic has announced a couple new camcorders today that are being called the world’s lightest camcorders at 0.5 pounds. The camcorders are the HDC-TM10 and the HDC-SD10. The only real difference between the two is that the SD10 stores video to SD and SDHC cards only. The TM10 has 8GB of internal storage and then changes to SD/SDHC cards.

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Panasonic TV Will Live Longer Than Some Owners

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If you get a bunch of geeks and around a table who are really in the home theater and HDTV’s, at some point of debate over the pros and cons of plasma versus LCD TVs will take place. The plasma fans say their preferred technology is brighter and offers more contrast. The LCD brigade will say their preferred technology last longer.

The life span argument may finally be settled thanks to Panasonic. It announced that new plasma 1080p TVs have been added to its VIERA plasma line that can last for up to 100,000 viewing hours before the TV dims to half brightness. Panasonic’s 720p VIERA TVs are good for up to 60,000 hours.

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Panasonic Announces Lumix LX3 Digital Camera

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When it comes to digital cameras you can go with the simple point-and-shoot camera or you can opt to go for the more difficult to use, but infinitely more flexible DSLR camera. For most users the point-and-shoot camera is the better option and many of the newer point-and-shoot cameras are starting to add features that were previously only found on DSLRs.

Case in point is the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3 digital point-and-shoot camera. The camera has a 10.1-megapixel 1/1.63-inch CCD developed specifically for the camera and can shoot RAW format images. Panasonic says that the special CCD used in the camera is 40% more sensitive and saturation is increased by 35% compared to other Panasonic 10.1-megapixel cameras. The CCD can also capture images in three aspect ratios including 4:3, 3:2, or 16:9. The camera also features a Multi Aspect mode that shoots images in all three modes at once and allows users to pick the one they prefer.

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