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World’s first paperless fax machine from Panasonic

Posted in FAX by Conner Flynn on January 4th, 2009

World’s first paperless fax machine from PanasonicDespite the fact that the advancement of the internet has put email as the ultimate way of electronic messaging, fax machines have kept up the pace somehow.

Just when you thought Fax machines were through, Panasonic has delivered a high-tech paperless fax machine, the KX-PW608. It allows users to directly type fax messages on a cordless handset and then convert the digital files into fax messages. Working without the fed paper, the KX-PW608 can handle Word docs and files saved in other formats, like PDF, while the machine’s big built-in buttons and LCD screen makes it easy for everyone to type and read messages. The paperless fax machine will be available by the end of January, but only in Japan.

Strange Panasonic gel remote

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on December 16th, 2008

Strange Panasonic gel remoteThis may be the strangest remote control we’ve ever seen. With the push of a button, this remote becomes rigid and ready for use. Umm, ok. Just what was Panasonic thinking when they designed this one?

When it’s not in use, this concept remote just sort of lays there limp, pulsating with light. But when you touch it, the remote gets excited and becomes rigid. Rigid and ready to be used in a wide variety of ways, that I won’t go into here. My guess is that some other company will market stiffness pills for it, so it can remain rigid longer and if it’s rigid for more then four hours, you’ll have to call for help.

Panasonic iPhone charger

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on November 13th, 2008

Panasonic iPhone chargerWith the Panasonic Pocket Power phone charger, you can have instant power for your iPhone anytime you need it. Just insert a few AA batteries inside, connect the Pocket Power phone charger to your handset and let it charge for awhile. Then you’ll have a few more hours of jibber-jabber time. It doesn’t just charge your iPhone, it will also charge your iPod touch and a bunch of other devices. The Pocket Power will retail for $36.45. It’s practical and convenient.

Panasonic introduces Toughbook H1 for Health Care

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on November 5th, 2008

Panasonic Toughbook H1Back when I had a real job I worked in the health care field. I can tell you from experience that the hospital is one of the roughest places on the planet for a computer. Machines are dropped, stepped on, bled on, pooped on, and crushed between walls and heavy gear very frequently.

The trick is to have computers rugged enough to withstand frequent cleanings and the perils of hard use. Panasonic has announced its latest fully rugged computer system called the Toughbook H1 that is designed specifically for the medical setting. The machine uses the Intel Atom Z540 CPU and runs Windows Vista Business.

Panasonic announces nationwide recycling program for electronics

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on October 31st, 2008

PanasonicWhen electronic devices break and are no longer usable many people, don’t realize that you can’t simply toss them into the trash and send the devices to the landfill. Many electronic devices have varying amounts of hazardous substances inside them.

That leaves many consumers with no way to dispose of electronics in a safe and convenient method. Panasonic announced this week that it would be launching a nationwide electronics recycling program for Panasonic branded electronics items.

Panasonic laptop fuel cell = 20 hours of power with methanol

Posted in Panasonic by Conner Flynn on October 20th, 2008

Panasonic laptop fuel cell = 20 hours of power with methanolThis isn’t the first time we’ve told you about fuel cell technology in laptops. Back in July Lenovo was trying their hand at a prototype laptop using fuel cells. But Panasonic’s latest fuel cell breakthrough is the world’s smallest designed for notebooks. At 270cc, it’s about the same size as the existing lithiums. The key is that they use highly concentrated methanol, similar to what the military uses. Just 200cc will give you 20 hours of power. The prototype weighs just 320 grams.

If you prefer to charge your gadgets by fuel cell, they have a paperback-sized device that will get the job done. The company is expecting both to be available in 2012. Don’t worry, we shouldn’t need to carry around tanks of methanol.

Panasonic announces world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera

Posted in Cameras by Shane McGlaun on September 12th, 2008

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1A few things tend to be common amongst DSLR cameras. They tend to be large and heavy cameras, have interchangeable lenses and usually you only get black or silver colors to choose from. The DSLR is becoming more popular as new models are introduced that add new features to the category as the cameras get smaller, the get more appealing as well.

Today, Panasonic announced the world’s first Micro Four Thirds system camera. The Lumix G1 claims several world’s firsts including the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera and the world’s first to be offered in multiple colors. The G1 weighs 0.85 pounds, making it about half the weight of DSLR cameras.

Panasonic announces 1080p plasma TVs that may last longer than you

Posted in Panasonic by Shane McGlaun on August 15th, 2008

Panasonic 1080p Plasma TVNot too long ago my dad had his old TV go out after a lightning strike, so he asked me to head to the local Best Buy with him to get a new TV. I realized two things straight away. First, the vast majority of employees at Best Buy are morons. Then I realized most Best Buy TV salesman use the lower lifespan of plasma TVs compared LCD TVs to talk shoppers out of going plasma. Personally, I prefer plasma to LCD because you usually get more contrast and a brighter picture.

Panasonic has announced new plasma TVs in its VIERA 1080p line that will make the lifespan argument against plasma TVs a moot point. Panasonic says its new 1080p plasma HDTVs are rated to last for up to 100,000 viewing hours before they dim to half brightness.

Panasonic updates popular LUMIX DMC-LX2

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on July 21st, 2008

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX3

Panasonic has finally answered the clamors of those seeking a successor to its popular DMC-LX2 digital camera by introducing the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX3. This updated model, pricing at around $500, will be available in August.

The DMC-LX3, according to Panasonic, includes enhanced CCD technology, a LEICA lens and what is described as a “wide range of manual shooting controls.” This camera effectively offers 10.1-megapixels and, with the special CCD,  “sensitivity is almost 40 percent higher and saturation is increased by 35 percent.” This reportedly means picture quality is better while also supporting a wider range.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 is a 10.1-megapixel packed with features

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on July 21st, 2008

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28

Panasonic unveiled today the LUMIX DMC-FZ28, an action focused digital camera with what the company says is a long zoom and 27mm wide-angle lens. It prices at around $400 and will be available in August.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ28 is a 10.1-megapixel shooter with an 18x optical zoom, enhanced auto mode and new auto focus tracking which which lets you automatically track a subject while it moves. This reportedly keeps it in focus without needing to hold the shutter halfway down. Up to 15 faces can be focused upon with this feature as well.

Panasonic SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder

Posted in Camcorders by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2008

Panasonic SDR-SW20 underwater camcorder
Sure, you can find a camcorder that will survive when there’s a light rain, but a camcorder that can film underwater is a bit tougher to come by. Panasonic’s new SDR-SW20 will let you capture footage underwater or in your pool. It uses SD or SDHC memory cards which makes it light and compact, and able to survive drops from about 4 feet or so, which is nice if you are the clumsy type.

As far as images, you’re looking at 640×480 quality JPEGs. While you can’t take it to the ocean floor, it is waterproof up to 5 feet so you can at least film some fish swimming by. You don’t want to bother sharks anyway. Another feature is 10X optical zoom and fast power up so you can shoot in as quick as 0.6 seconds. It will cost you $348.01 and comes in silver or red.

Panasonic kicks out tough Intel Atom-based UMPC

Posted in UMPC by Nino Marchetti on June 25th, 2008

Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1

Panasonic is rolling out a new rugged UMPC which is the first to integrate Intel’s Atom low power processor. It is called the Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 and you’ll find it pricing around $2,500.

The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1 is, like other PCs of its type, designed to be used in the field under a variety of harsh conditions. It sports the aforementioned Intel Atom processor, Windows Vista, a 5.6-inch WSVGA sunlight viewable touchscreen and a 16GB solid state removable drive which can be upgraded to 32GB.

New Panasonic camcorders do HD good

Posted in Camcorders by Nino Marchetti on June 18th, 2008

Panasonic HDC-SD100

Panasonic today added two new HD camcorders, saying these new models are the world’s first AVCHD camcorders with a 3MOS system. The new HDC-SD100 and HDC-HS100 are pricing at around $1,300 and $1,100, respectively.

These new camcorders are based upon Panasonic’s 3CCD technology and, using the 3M0S system, reportedly capture better colors, detail and richer gradation. The HDC-SD100 records to SD Memory Card, while the hybrid HDC-HS100 records to both SD Memory Card and to its internal 60 GB hard drive.

New Panasonic device links mobile phones to home handsets

Posted in Mobile Accessories by Nino Marchetti on June 11th, 2008

Panasonic KX-TH1211 Link to Cell

Panasonic said today it was releasing a new mobile phone accessory which connects Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones to cordless handsets in the home. It is known as the Panasonic KX-TH1211 Link to Cell and you’ll find it pricing around for around $100 (model KX-TH1212 includes two handsets and retails for around $130).

The Panasonic KX-TH1211 Link to Cell is a Bluetooth-enabled box which has a one touch initialization process, according to Panasonic. It can link up to two Bluetoot-enabled cell phones with up to six compatible wireless handsets. It can also support regular landline communications.

New Panasonic digital camera does Wi-Fi

Posted in Digital Cameras by Nino Marchetti on April 17th, 2008

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Panasonic is bringing a new wireless digital camera to the ranks of its TZ-family. This model will be known as the LUMIX DMC-TZ50 and it will price at around $450.

The LUMIX DMC-TZ50 from Panasonic is a 9.1-megapixel shooter with a 28mm wide-angle lens and 10x optical zoom. It can be used to wirelessly connect to a hotspot and upload the photos to Google’s Picasa Web Albums either one at a time or multiple photos at a time. Panasonic is trying to push using a T-Mobile HotSpot for this feature, offering a year of free wireless usage from T-Mobile.