Panasonic

  • 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

  • HOSPI-Rimo: Meet Panasonic’s Cute Assistance Robot

    HOSPI-Rimo: Meet Panasonic’s Cute Assistance Robot

    Panasonic Japan announced [press release in English] the development of the so-called HOSPI-Rimo yesterday, a cute “Communication Assistance Robot” specifically designed for medical use. HOSPI-Rimo (Remote Intelligence and Mobility) is supposed to make it easier for bedridden patients to get in touch with doctors or family members living far away (“virtual… Read More

  • Video: Panasonic’s EVOLTA Mini-Robot To Start At The Hawaii Ironman Triathalon

    Video: Panasonic’s EVOLTA Mini-Robot To Start At The Hawaii Ironman Triathalon

    Panasonic sure knows how to promote their EVOLTA brand of rechargeable batteries: first, a cute mini robot powered by the batteries hoisted itself up a 500 meter-cliff at Grand Canyon, then an EVOLTA robot took on the Le Mans 24 circuit in France, before traveling 500KM from Tokyo to Kyoto last year. And now Panasonic announced [JP] plans to let the little guy start at the Ironman Triathlon… Read More

  • Panasonic Pocket Server Streams Video And Music To Your iPhone/iPod touch

    Panasonic Pocket Server Streams Video And Music To Your iPhone/iPod touch

    If you like consuming media on your iPhone or iPod touch that’s stored elsewhere, you might want to take a look at what Panasonic has announced [JP] for the Japanese market recently. The so-called DY-PS10 is a “pocket server” that wirelessly streams videos, music and pictures from an SD/SDHC/SDXC card to these devices. Read More

  • Raboo: Panasonic Japan To Launch Android E-Book Reader/Tablet (Video)

    Raboo: Panasonic Japan To Launch Android E-Book Reader/Tablet (Video)

    Two weeks ago, during an exhibition in Tokyo, Panasonic showcased an Android-based e-book reader/tablet hybrid without revealing too many details. Fast forward to today, and we have the complete spec list of the device (now named “Raboo”) plus price and availability (in Japan, at least). Read More

  • Hey, Two New Cameras From Panasonic

    Hey, Two New Cameras From Panasonic

    Camera makers like to announce things randomly – no method at all. We might get ten in a night, or one a week for ten weeks. Sometimes they drop in twos, like these from Panasonic: a new super-zoom and a point-and-shoot, neither of which sets itself apart too much, but maybe one will have the right combination of features for you. Read More

  • Panasonic Toughbook CF-H2: Awful Tough

    Panasonic Toughbook CF-H2: Awful Tough

    The Toughbook has always been a tough sell. It’s always looked like a cross between a robot turd and the chest-plate for dirt-bike armor. It looks like they’ve improved this design considerably this time, offering a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor with 2GB RAM and 160 GB hard drive with an optional 128GB SSD. Read More

  • Video: Panasonic Shows Android-Powered E-Book Reader/Tablet Hybrid

    Panasonic is prepping an Android 2.2-powered e-book reader/tablet hybrid [JP] that’s specifically designed for the Japanese market. The device will offer e-books through a store set up by Rakuten, the country’s biggest e-commerce company, with the initial line-up including a total of at least 10,000 titles. Read More

  • Via Android 2.1: Panasonic Adds Web Browsing To Their Japanese Mini TVs

    Japan is probably one of the biggest markets for portable TVs in the world, but because the digital standard used in those devices (1Seg) has only been adopted by Japan and a few South American countries so far, I usually don’t cover new models coming out. But Panasonic’s SV-ME970, announced [JP] today, is different: it has Android 2.1 on board and lets users surf the web. Read More

  • BG-BL01: Panasonic's Portable Solar Light Doubles As A USB Charger

    We will see more of these devices coming in the next few years, I am sure: Panasonic today announced [JP] the BG-BL01, a portable and solar-powered LED light that doubles as a charger for USB gadgets. The device is sized at just 152×104×24mm, weighs 150g, can house two AA batteries and is splash proof. Read More

  • Panasonic Goes Light And Basic With The New GF3

    Panasonic’s compact micro four-thirds GF series has received an update, and yes, it’s the one we saw last week. The GF3 is lighter, smaller, and simpler than its predecessor. It also forgoes a hot shoe in favor of a pop-up flash, something which may anger serious photographers but makes sense given the direction in which they’ve taken the camera line. Read More

  • Japan Gets Panasonic Lumix Disney Camera

    Panasonic Japan announced [JP] a special Lumix camera yesterday, the LUMIX DMC-FP7D (where the “D” stands for Disney). Unlike many other cute special edition cameras from Japan, the design on this model is rather subtle. Read More

  • Leica Iterates Its Luxury Point And Shoot Series With The V-Lux 30


    We liked Leica’s V-Lux 20, but could never really recommend it over its cheaper, nearly identical sibling, the Panasonic ZS7. Now we have the V-Lux 30, which appears to have the same relationship with the ZS10 announced in January. Looks like the same 14.1-megapixel sensor, the same 16x zoom lens, the same LCD, GPS, and so on — but different badge. The Leica costs $750, the… Read More

  • Lithium Bibi: Panasonic Shows Extra-Light E-Bike

    Panasonic announced [JP, PDF] a new electric bike for the Japanese market yesterday, the so-called Lithium Bibi F BE-ENSF63. And while the bicycle looks rather bland, it has own distinct selling point: at just 19.9kg, it’s the lightest e-bike out there, according to Panasonic (among those that come with a shopping basket, at least). Read More

  • Panasonic Rolls Out 3 New "Xacti" Camcorders

    They have dropped the Xacti brand name, but the three new camcorders Panasonic (which bought Xacti maker Sanyo in 2009) announced [JP] today are essentially Xactis. All models feature full HD resolution and will be released in Japan on June 25. Read More