Panasonic

  • 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

  • Android Phone + Lumix Camera = Panasonic’s LUMIX Phone 101P For Japan

    Android Phone + Lumix Camera = Panasonic’s LUMIX Phone 101P For Japan

    Sharp’s AQUOS PHONE 102SH wasn’t the only cool Android phone to hit the Japanese market today. Local carrier SoftBank will also start distributing the so-called LUMIX Phone 101P [JP] as part of its fall/winter line-up of new cell phones in November. Made by Panasonic, the Android device is designed to be a mix between a phone and a digital camera (and it sure looks like it). Read More