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Panasonic “Nano Care” webcam-styled beauty gadget

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on July 30th, 2009

Panasonic "Nano Care" webcam-styled beauty gadgetLook at that gargantuan webcam. It’s not a webcam at all. It’s Panasonic’s Nano Care beauty appliance. Model numbers EH-SA42 and EH-SA41. Both devices will keep your area moist throughout the day so that your skin will be moist, not dry.

The EH-SA42 doesn’t even need any water to do it. So yes, what we have here are a pair of simple humidifiers. Who knows if it will help your skin, but at least you’ll have a honking huge webcam looking thing on your desk. Both models will arrive in Japan this November, where moistness will reign.

Panasonic announces FZ35 18x zoom camera

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on July 28th, 2009

lumixfz35One of the things that always appealed to many users of point-and-shoot cameras is that you could get them with giant zoom ranges and the ability to record video as well. Some DSLRs will record video now as well, but a point-and-shoot is cheaper and easier to use for most users.

Panasonic has announced its latest super zoom camera called the FZ35 boasting an 18x zoom lens and the ability to record HD video. The camera has a dedicated record button and the zoom lens is fully functional while recording.

Panasonic intros new line-up of 2TB Blu-ray DVRs

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on July 27th, 2009

Panasonic intros new line-up of 2TB Blu-ray DVRsPanasonic has announced a new series of DVRs that will be available in September. Six models in all, these new DVRs feature a Blu-ray recorder, a VHS player (for the DMR-BR670V) and your choice of 320GB / 500GB / 1TB / 2TB of HDD.

They come equipped with the latest UniPhier system LSI that integrates new AV data compression/decompression technology. The high-end model, the DMR-BW970 should be able to record up to 320hrs of video in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 @ 12.9Mbps and supports Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD, can record on BD-RE / BD-R / DVD-RAM / DVD-R / DVD R DL / DVD-RW, and there’s also HDMI output, an SDHC card slot, the VIERA Link, and is DLNA.

Panasonic’s EVOLTA robot goes for new endurance record

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2009

Panasonic’s EVOLTA robot goes for new endurance recordPanasonic’s cute battery-lovin’ mascot is at it again. Last time, he was showing off his abilities by scaling a Grand Canyon cliff. Now EVOLTA is back and he’s still all about breaking records and the hearts of fan-girls everywhere. This time he will be riding a mini tricycle in order to set a world record for distance traveled by a robot.

We’re rooting for the little guy, but we aren’t so sure he is gonna make it. I mean EVOLTA isn’t exactly fast is he? The bot does have some upgrades from his previous version however. He can ride a bike and follow an infrared path set up by his human handlers.

Panasonic Viera SV-MC55 1Seg TV

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on July 22nd, 2009

Panasonic Viera SV-MC55 1Seg TVWhen you think about Panasonic’s line of Viera TVs, what comes to mind? Probably a large HDTV hanging on a wall right? Me too, but the latest Vieras from Panasonic come in a tiny form factor. I’m talking a screen size of just 4.3″.

That’s because these are portable 1Seg TVs that let you record video on both SD and SDHC memory cards. If that isn’t enough for you, it can double as a digital photo frame by displaying images stored on your SD/SDHC memory cards. Not bad for a little tiny Viera huh?

Panasonic intros latest Lumix DMC-FS7 in Japan

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on June 17th, 2009

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS7 released in JapanHere’s some good news for folks living in Japan. That’s because Panasonic has announced that they will release the Lumix DMC-FS7 10MP compact camera in Japan. It’s already available across Europe from early 2009. The colorful cameras are available in Silver, Blue, Pink and Green.

These digital cameras feature a 4x optical zoom and a 2.7-inch wide view LCD. It can also record VGA video at 30fps. Sadly there’s no word on pricing for the Japanese version.

Panasonic claims title of world’s lightest HD camcorder

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on June 9th, 2009

panasonichdcamcorder-sbCamcorders are getting smaller and smaller with each new generation of devices. I’m not sure how small the camcorder can go, but soon we might be wearing them like glasses. Small and light is a good thing in a camera you have to hold up through that 3rd grade play.

Panasonic has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s lightest HD camcorders weighing 0.5 pounds. The camcorders are the HDC-SD10 and the HDC-TM10. The two cameras are very similar with the exception of storage. The SD10 stores video only to SDHC/SD memory cards.

Panasonic Japan announces HD video-conferencing system

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2009

Panasonic Japan announces HD video-conferencing systemPanasonic Japan announced a video-conferencing system dubbed the KX-VC500. It will allow you to use HD-quality screens for communicating. It’s pretty interesting and takes the video conference to a new level. Connections will be made over the web and allow for HD-quality video going both ways.

It doesn’t come with a microphone and a camera however, so you’ll have to use an HD camera of your own choosing. You can use the unit with any HD screen and it has an RGB interface and two HDMI ports. A remote control is included.

Panasonic Lets Note Light 10.4-inch laptop with SSD

Posted in Notebooks by Conner Flynn on June 7th, 2009

Panasonic Lets Note Light 10.4-inch laptop with SSDPanasonic just announced a new 10.4-inch notebook for the Japanese market. It goes by the awkward name of “Lets Note Light” R8 CF-R8WWLAJP. The notebook features a 1.4-GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 CPU, 2GB of RAM upgradable up to 4GB, and a 64GB of SSD with 220MB/s reading speed.

The battery will provide up to 9-hours of use time. Some other features include Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet. If you are so inclined, you can buy the Panasonic Lets Note Light R8 CF-R8WWLAJP for $1750.

Panasonic Viera R series LCD TVs come with 500GB HDD

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on June 2nd, 2009

Panasonic Viera R series LCD TVs come with 500GB HDDPanasonic Japan has launched the Viera R series of LCD TV’s which will be available in 7 sizes ranging from 17 inches to 50 inches. With a size range tht wide, there’s something for everybody.

The 37, 32, 20 and 17 inchers will feature a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and come with a 250 Gig hard drive. While the 42, 46 and 50 inchers have a full HD panel and come with a 500GB hard drive. The LCD’s go on sale by July 1 in Japan.

Panasonic DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray player shipping this month, $800

Posted in Blu-ray by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Panasonic DMP-B15 Portable Blu-ray player shipping this month, $800Panasonic has announced that their DMP-B15 portable Blu-ray player will be shipping this month for $800. It was first seen at CES. Yeah, that’s pretty pricey for a portable Blu-Ray player, but if you want the best at the highest price and find yourself on the road, the DMP-B15 will give you about 2.5 hours of entertainment on a single, with a crystal clear 8.9-inch WSVGA display.

For the price that you are paying, you’ll be glad to know that it also includes Panasonic’s VIERA CAST Internet accessibility and BD Live. Even an SD card slot.

Panasonic develops world’s lightest full HD camcorders

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on May 21st, 2009

Panasonic develops world’s lightest full HD camcordersPanasonic has delivered the HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 camcorders, which weigh less than 230g. And so they are being touted as the lightest camcorders with full high-definition capabilities. At least until someone beats them with something even lighter.

They’ll record 1080p video in AVCHD format and boast 16x optical zoom and Advanced O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology. Both record to SD/SDHC memory cards, but the HDC-TM10 also comes with 8GB of onboard storage capacity.

Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on May 19th, 2009

Panasonic HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10Panasonic has announced a few new camcorders in the HDC-SD10 and HDC-TM10 which weigh just 227 grams. Therefore Panasonic is claiming that they are the lightest full HD camcorders in the world. Both models can record 1,920 x 1,080 HD images and sport 16x optical zoom, touchscreen control, iA with AF tracking and Advanced Optical Image Stabilizer to counter your unsteady hand.

The SD10 uses the SD/SDHC memory card to store your recordings, while the TM10 uses 8GB internal memory and an SD/SDHC memory card slot.

Floor-wiping robot is like a cylon worm that evolved from the Swiffer

Posted in Robots by Conner Flynn on May 7th, 2009

The Fukitorimushia floor-cleaning robot wipes instead of vacuums, like an inchworm with a cylon eye. Designed by Panasonic, the little robot is wrapped in a nanocloth sleeve, which collects dust and debris as the robot crawls, worm-style, across your floor.

Yes, what we have here is the swiffer evolved. Its also has sensors to seek out dirt, so it will focus on problem areas first, then move on the assorted crumbs. Nothing on price or availability yet.

Panasonic’s in-dash Blu-ray players

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Panasonic's in-dash Blu-ray playerPanasonic has a pair of dash-mountable devices that will finally let you toss aside those old school DVDs. The first is the CN-HX3000D Windows-powered device, sporting a 7-inch, 1280 x 720 display and also offering GPS, Bluetooth, a 40GB hard drive, and iPod/iPhone compatibility.

The second device is the CY-BB1000D in-car Blu-ray player (Not BD-Live compatible). Both are set to arrive this fall for an unknown price. Whatever it is, you’ll gladly pay it, just to keep the little ones happy and sedated.