panasonic 2008

  • Panasonic Japan to sell full HD video-conferencing system

    Panasonic Japan to sell full HD video-conferencing system

    Panasonic Japan today announced the KX-VC500 [JP], a new video-conferencing system that makes it possible to communicate using full HD screens. The system mainly consists of a device Panasonic calls HD communication unit and a remote control, connecting users via the web. Read More

  • Recycling: Inside Panasonic’s ‘Eco Technology Center’

    Panasonic’s “Eco Technology Center” sits in a little town outside of Osaka, Japan and is unique in that it’s one of the only recycling centers that has an on-site research and development lab and allows public tours. Check out the above video to see more. In Japan, the Home Appliance Recycling Law (HARL) was passed in 1998 and then fully enforced by 2001. The law calls for… Read More

  • Silent washer/dryer, low-flow toilet, and a heat pump

    Here are a few more strange and wonderful inventions from the Far East – this time from the Panasonic Center in Osaka, Japan. First up is a dead-ass silent washer/dryer combo, which I thought was pretty amazing. It’s a washer and dryer in the same unit, so you can pile all of your unmentionables inside, then set it and forget it. When it’s all done, your clothes will have been… Read More

  • Items of wonderment from Tokyo’s Panasonic Center

    Here’s a handful of doodads and gizmos that may or may not interest you. Among them; a cool feature called “Intelligent Auto” that’ll be found on new Lumix digital cameras, a giant plasma TV with an SD card slot for instant digital photo gratification, a Surface-like touchscreen tabletop (apparently Panasonic’s been doing that stuff since long before Microsoft), a… Read More

  • Panasonic ‘digital wall’ prototype

    Here’s a gigantic wall display by Panasonic. It features picture in picture, music, movies, bouncing balls, e-mail, and a bunch of other stuff that you may or may not ever be able to afford. It’s meant to go in your living room or, perhaps, a child’s bedroom. Hell, why not just put one in every room? Read More

  • Panasonic’s prototype ‘Eco House’

    Hey everyone, Doug Aamoth here in Tokyo checking in on Panasonic’s “Eco Ideas” initiative. Here’s a video tour of a prototype house containing various environmentally-friendly and technologically advanced features that Panasonic is aiming to make into reality by 2010. Throughout the week, I’ll also be checking out some cool plasma TVs, fuel-cell batteries, smart… Read More