Panasonic

  • Panasonic Announces An Epic Cameraphone

    Panasonic Announces An Epic Cameraphone

    Meet the Panasonic DMC-CM1 cameraphone. Inside is a massive image sensor on par with top-tier pocket cameras, yet the whole package is still rather svelte. With the DMC-CM1 Panasonic is returning to the smartphone market in an important way. Two years ago Panasonic pulled the plug on its smartphones following disappointing sales of the Eluga handsets. Quite frankly, those handsets were not… Read More

  • A Week With Panasonic’s BTD10 Bluetooth Headphones

    A Week With Panasonic’s BTD10 Bluetooth Headphones

    In the heyday of consumer electronics, the words “premium audio” and “Panasonic” wouldn’t have seemed so incongruous. However, with the rise of boutique audio hardware and the contraction of the CE market as a whole, the world we live in is a world where it’s surprising that Panasonic can actually make good headphones. And, thankfully, they’ve done… Read More

  • Panasonic Teams Up With Mozilla For Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs & Open Standards Push

    Panasonic Teams Up With Mozilla For Firefox OS-Powered Smart TVs & Open Standards Push

    Hours after LG unveiled its webOS-powered smart TV interface at CES, Panasonic has spilled the beans on its own mobile-inspired TV plans — announcing a partnership with Mozilla to use the latter’s Firefox OS (FFOS) and open Web standards ethos to open up the living room’s primary screen. Firefox OS can¬†currently be found cooling its heels on some low-end phone hardware… Read More

  • Panasonic Debuts 20-inch 4K Windows 8 Tablet: Less Than Half An Inch With Stylus Input

    Panasonic Debuts 20-inch 4K Windows 8 Tablet: Less Than Half An Inch With Stylus Input

    Panasonic showed off a new tablet device at its CES 2013 keynote today. The Windows 8-based device is less than half-an-inch thick, with a 20-inch screen with 4K resolution for ultra-crisp images. The device is clearly aimed at the professional market, and a promo video Panasonic showed featured a photographer talking about how it can help him with his workflow. The tablet has pen input, and… Read More

  • Panasonic Debuts World’s First 4K Printed OLED TV, Just Half An Inch Thick

    Panasonic Debuts World’s First 4K Printed OLED TV, Just Half An Inch Thick

    Panasonic showed off a unique new kind of OLED TV today on stage at the CES 2013 keynote, which is manufactured using 3D printing technology. The 56-inch television is incredibly thin, at just half-an-inch thick, and weighs a fraction of previous generation LED sets. The use of 3D printing tech should also eventually help super high resolution OLED TVs come down to manageable pricing levels… Read More

  • Japanese Hardware Layoffs Continue: Panasonic To Cut 10K More Workers In The Next 5 Months

    Japanese Hardware Layoffs Continue: Panasonic To Cut 10K More Workers In The Next 5 Months

    The Japanese consumer electronics industry continues to feel the squeeze in the economy, with mass layoffs of workers representing one of the more painful effects. In the latest development, Panasonic Corp. says it will reduce its workforce by 10,000 employees by the end of this fiscal year, which completes in March 2013. The company had already warned that it will post losses of $10 billion… Read More

  • Panasonic And Canon Factories Are Attacked By Chinese Demonstrators, Suspend Operations

    Panasonic And Canon Factories Are Attacked By Chinese Demonstrators, Suspend Operations

    Aggressive demonstrations in and near Panasonic’s and Canon’s Chinese factories have forced the companies to temporarily suspend operations. According to the French news agency AFP, demonstrators are motivated by nationalistic reasons and events that occurred over the past few days. The Japanese Government bought a private yet critical archipelago in the East China Sea: the… Read More

  • Panasonic CEO: We Have No Plans To Invest $630M Into Olympus

    Panasonic CEO: We Have No Plans To Invest $630M Into Olympus

    On Wednesday, reports circulated that Panasonic was interested in injecting a $630 million capital investment into Olympus Corp, but Panasonic CEO Fumio Ohtsubo has stepped up to squash these rumors. According to Reuters, he said that “there isn’t any” plan to invest in Olympus. This is unfortuante news for the beleaguered camera company, which is most definitely in trouble. Read More

  • Review: Panasonic Lumix GX1

    Review: Panasonic Lumix GX1

    A return to form for Panasonic, and a M4/3 camera that photographers won’t be suspicious of. Its weaknesses are largely the weaknesses of its class of camera, but beyond those it’s solid, comfortable, and fairly powerful. Not recommended for fidgety and manual focusers, but most shooters will be able to have a lot of fun with it. Read on for our full review. Read More

  • WiGig: Panasonic Tablet Wirelessly Transmits A Full DVD Video In 60 Seconds (Video)

    WiGig: Panasonic Tablet Wirelessly Transmits A Full DVD Video In 60 Seconds (Video)

    WiGig, a multi-gigabit speed wireless communications technology, was first announced back in 2009, but it took companies like Panasonic quite a while to come up with applications that make use of it. Via WiGig, devices can communicate with each other at multi-gigabit speeds using the 60 GHz frequency band. Panasonic has developed a prototype system, in which WiGig is embedded in a tablet that… Read More

  • Panasonic Shows Cloud-Based “Smart Vegetable Garden” Device For Home Use

    Panasonic Shows Cloud-Based “Smart Vegetable Garden” Device For Home Use

    Panasonic isn’t just making TVs, phones, or cameras, they are also producing household appliances. One such appliance has recently been introduced by Japanese business daily The Nikkei, and it’s probably the first cloud-based device for growing fruit and vegetables at home out there. Four leaf vegetables can be grown in one so-called “Smart Vegetable Garden” (which is… Read More

  • After 58 Years: Panasonic To Cut The Cord With JVC Kenwood

    After 58 Years: Panasonic To Cut The Cord With JVC Kenwood

    Panasonic has been partnering with Victor Co. of Japan, which in 2008 merged with Kenwood to become JVC Kenwood, since 1954. But yesterday JVC Kenwood announced [JP, PDF] that Panasonic, its largest shareholder and business partner, will go alone in the future. Big P is apparently ready to sell 24,225,400 of its shares, a move that will make the company the seventh-largest shareholder in… Read More

  • 5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    5 Japanese Tech Companies (And Samsung) Set Up LTE Mobile Chip Venture

    Big news from Asia’s mobile market today: Japan’s biggest mobile carrier NTT Docomo (55 million customers, over US$50 billion in sales per year) is teaming up with five other tech powerhouses to develop chips for next-generation mobile devices. Docomo’s partners are NEC, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Semiconductor Ltd., Panasonic, and Samsung. The goal is to use synergies in the six… Read More

  • Panasonic Announces Android Phone With 4.3-Inch OLED Screen For The European Market

    Panasonic Announces Android Phone With 4.3-Inch OLED Screen For The European Market

    It took them quite a while, but as reported, Panasonic is finally ready to re-enter the global market for cell phones. After 2005, Big P has been selling handsets almost exclusively in Japan. The company today announced [JP] it will start expanding its mobile business to Europe in March 2012, starting with a yet to be named Android device. Technical details are scarce at this point, but it… Read More

  • Panasonic To Start Selling Android Phones In Europe (And Possibly The US)

    Panasonic To Start Selling Android Phones In Europe (And Possibly The US)

    In the post-iPhone era, a lot of things changed in Japan, once the most admired country in the mobile world. The number of cell phone manufacturers, for example, has fallen from 13 to five after massive consolidation and re-organization, and all of the remaining players fight with a shrinking and rapidly greying domestic market. That’s one of the reasons why Nippon’s cell phone… Read More

  • Panasonic Releases New Micro Four-Thirds And 3D Cameras, The GX1 And 3D1

    Panasonic Releases New Micro Four-Thirds And 3D Cameras, The GX1 And 3D1

    Panasonic was one of the first strong competitors in the micro four-thirds camera arena, and we’ve been waiting on the next iteration of the G-series cameras for months. They’ve finally announced the GX1, aimed much more at enthusiasts than the simplified GF2 and GF3. Panasonic also announced a 3D-oriented point and shoot, which to be honest doesn’t look so hot. The GX1 seems… Read More

  • Panasonic’s EVOLTA Mini Robot Finishes Hawaii Ironman Triathlon

    Panasonic’s EVOLTA Mini Robot Finishes Hawaii Ironman Triathlon

    He hoisted himself up a 500 meter-cliff at Grand Canyon, did his magic on the Le Mans 24 circuit in France, and traveled 500KM from Tokyo to Kyoto last year And now, he completed the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, too. We covered Panasonic’s plan to let its EVOLTA battery-powered mini robot start at the 230km race back in September, and now the company announced the little guy finished it… Read More

  • BizPad: Panasonic Announces Android Tablets Targeted At Businesses

    BizPad: Panasonic Announces Android Tablets Targeted At Businesses

    Panasonic Japan has announced [JP] two Android tablets for the domestic market yesterday, the so-called BizPad JT-580VT (with a 7-inch LCD screen) and the JT-581VT (with a 10.1-inch LCD). Both devices run on Android 3.2 and are specifically targeted at businesses (hence the name). What the tablets also have in common is that they are shock-, dust-, and water-proof. For example, Panasonic says… Read More

  • CEATEC 2011: Panasonic’s Assistance Robot And Awesome RoboticBed In Action (Videos)

    CEATEC 2011: Panasonic’s Assistance Robot And Awesome RoboticBed In Action (Videos)

    We’ve already shown you Panasonic‘s cool hair-washing robot on video, but the company is currently showcasing two more robots at the CEATEC 2011 tech exhibition in Japan: one is the so-called HOSPI-Rimo (an assistance robot that we covered two weeks ago), the other model is aptly named RoboticBed. The video below shows the HOSPI-Rimo (Remote Intelligence and Mobility/pictured above)… Read More

  • CEATEC 2011: Panasonic’s Shampoo Robot Up Close And Personal (Videos)

    CEATEC 2011: Panasonic’s Shampoo Robot Up Close And Personal (Videos)

    Panasonic took the wraps off a new version of it’s super-strange (and awesome) hair-washing robot at the CEATEC 2011 tech exhibition that currently takes place in Japan (the first version is about one year old). The robot handles the entire process of hair washing autonomously: wetting, shampooing, conditioning and drying. The new version washes your hair with a total of 24 (instead of… Read More