It is no secret that Japan loves its robots. We’ve seen robots deployed in the country for all kinds of uses, whether it be to greet customers at a store or to help them check into a hotel. That being said, the next time you were to visit Japan and you arrive at the country’s various airports, don’t be surprised to see robots zipping by you.
Panasonic makes some great rugged products aimed at enterprise customers. Today, the company is launching two such products, the FZ-Q2 semi-rugged 2-in-1 tablet and the FZ-A2 fully rugged 10.1 inch Android tablet. Both devices are the latest additions to Panasonic’s Toughbook product family. The former features a full-sized keyboard and has been designed with the professional mobile worker in mind.
[CES 2017] When Apple announced the new MacBook Pros, not only did they kill features like MagSafe and removed all traditional USB-A ports, but for some reason they decided to kill off one of the laptop’s more useful features, an SD card slot. It is unclear why Apple decided to do that, but safe to say that it will be missed, especially by photographers.
[CES 2017] Panasonic’s Technics brand is a brand that is extremely popular amongst DJs, especially with the SL-1200 model which many consider to be a classic. This is why it was a nice surprise in 2016 when the company unveiled the SL-1200GAE, which is basically a more modern take on a classic.
Self-checkout counters/lanes at grocery stores aren’t new. Maybe some people prefer bagging their own groceries, or maybe some people think it’s faster than standing in line. Either way it’s an idea that’s been done before, but over in Japan, Panasonic has a plan that could take self-checkouts to the next level.
VR and 360 videos are the focus of intense research and competition as broadcasting companies can sense that this type of content is about to become the topic of an intense push by the industry. To explore new ways to capture broadcast-quality 360 videos, Panasonic came up with this 360-degree 4K Real-Time Camera prototype, which can capture four 4K streams simultaneously to form a 360 degrees view.
[CEATEC 2016] Baby monitors are a dime a dozen, but as we push into the age of connected objects and IoT, naturally the humble baby monitor needs to step up its game and do more than just act as a radio. Cerevo seems to think so as well which is why the company has created the Listnr.
[CEATEC 2016] As robots slowly start to become a bigger part of our daily lives, naturally improvements have to be made to the existing technology to ensure that robots are capable of doing many different tasks. At CEATEC 2016, Panasonic is showing off a motion-sensing unit in which the idea is to help with a robot’s posture to help keep it upright.
[CEATEC 2016] How many photos have you see of people where they’ve tried to “hold up” the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Or how many photos have you seen of people taken below the Eiffel Tower? Too many? We suppose sometimes it can get pretty repetitive, but if you’re looking for interesting angles for selfies, Panasonic has you covered.
[CEATEC 2016] Camera shake is probably one of the more annoying things that photographers have to deal with as this can result in perfectly composed photos being ruined due to a bit of blur. We suppose this is where the likes of image stabilizing technology comes into play, but what if you wanted to stabilize and track images at the same time?
[CEATEC 2016] We’re sure this has happened to all of us. We enter a room and because the switches to various electronic appliances are scattered everywhere, we have to move to different parts of the room to turn things on. Panasonic wants to solve that inefficiency and has created a wireless and batteryless switch.
[CEATEC 2016] The idea of a smart mirror/interactive mirror has come up before, and it looks like Panasonic has one of their own that they’re showing off at CEATEC 2016 in Japan this year. However unlike other smart mirrors which are usually act as some kind of notification hub for the weather, upcoming meetings, news, and more, Panasonic has a different approach.
[CEATEC 2016] Earlier this year you might recall that Panasonic showed off a new concept TV that is transparent. The idea of this design is so that instead of a gadget that sits in your living room taking up a lot of space, you could blend this TV into existing furniture so that space can be utilized more efficiently.
[CEATEC 2016] The reason why they say you should not bend your electronic devices like your phone or tablet is because A) it will destroy it, and B) bending a li-ion battery is not smart as it could lead to it exploding. However Panasonic might have come up with a solution to that by creating li-ion batteries that can be bent, twisted, and is completely flexible.