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Caught in the act: Panasonic's Vieracast, NeoPDP ‘slim’ HDTV

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My friends! IFA is beginning to take off, and I finally had a few minutes to grab some photos of some that Panasonic hotness I mentioned yesterday.

Behold, Vieracast. Like I said, it’s sorta like Dashboard for Mac OS X. The screen is filled with a bunch of non-moving widgets that show the weather, stocks, etc. It’s not really a huge deal, but it’s something that many TV manufacturers are starting to include.

And that TV in the gallery is the prototype NeoPDP, the “slim” one. Yeah, sure, it’s slim, but damn near every HDTV is slim these days. (More on that tomorrow, I think.) Again, the NeoPDP technology is still, let’s say, in beta, so it’ll be a while before we see anything like that at a Best Buy or anything.

Also, I’m thinking of going around to all the big booths—Sony, Samsung, LG, etc.—and doing a little of that Photosynth magic. Then you’d get an idea of just how overbearing this can be.

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