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Panasonic is claiming a world-record conversion efficiency of 25.6 percent for its HIT sol...

Panasonic is reporting a 25.6 percent conversion efficiency for its HIT (Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin layer) solar cells. This is an improvement of 0.9 percentage points over the 24.7 percent conversion efficiency Panasonic achieved in February 2013, with the company claiming it as a world record for crystalline silicon-based solar cells of a "practical size."  Read More

The Panasonic HX-A500 is a 4K wearable camcorder

Panasonic has unveiled the world's first 4K 30/25p wearable camcorder, the HX-A500. Following in the dua-body footsteps of the HX-A100, the camera part of the new 4K-toting device can be worn on the head sans helmet thanks to head mount, while the main body – which now includes an LCD monitor for checking shots on the go – sits in an armband worn by the user.  Read More

Panasonic's Power Supply Container is a self-contained solar power plant designed for deve...

In an effort to bring reliable electricity supplies to emerging regions and remote island communities, Panasonic has developed an expandable, portable, self-contained photovoltaic system. The "Power Supply Container" comes equipped with 12 of Panasonic's HIT240 solar modules on the roof and generates approximately 3 kW of electricity, with 24 lead-acid batteries capable of storing 17.2 kWh of energy used to store excess electricity.  Read More

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4 digital single lens mirrorless camera

Panasonic has announced a LUMIX G Series successor to the DMC-GH3 digital single lens mirrorless (DSLM) camera. The 16 megapixel DMC-GH4 is not just a capable stills shooter, but is also capable of recording video at four times the resolution of Full HD.  Read More

Panasonic has announced two new Toughpad rugged tablets at CES 2014

Panasonic broke out a couple of new business-rugged tablets in Las Vegas this week. Looking at the Goliath end of the equation first, the company has announced a performance version of the 20-inch high resolution Toughpad monster we caught a glimpse of at last year's CES. At the other, David, end comes a highly configurable 7-inch, hard-as-nails mobile workstation which goes by the name of the FZ-M1.  Read More

The Firefox OS will feature on Panasonic's next-gen smart TVs

Following its planned move into the smartphone arena, Mozilla has teamed up with Panasonic to bring the Firefox OS to next-generation smart TVs. The companies say that the open platform, which is based on HTML5 and other web technologies, will give TV viewers more personalized and optimized access to web and broadcasting content and services through the internet.  Read More

Panasonic has launched the HOSPI-R, an autonomous delivery robot, for use in Japanese hosp...

Panasonic's ongoing effort to automate Japanese hospitals continued this month with the launch of the HOSPI-R, an autonomous delivery robot that is now on sale. In its press release, Panasonic contends that robots like this one are needed to maintain and improve the quality of nursing services due to Japan's rapidly aging society. The latest in the company's line of HOSPI robots is designed to transport samples and drugs so that lab technicians and nurses won't have to.  Read More

The new 'Ene-Farm' home fuel cell installed in a condominium's pipe shaft with the fuel ce...

Panasonic and Tokyo Gas have continued joint development of their "Ene-Farm" home fuel cell unit, which became the world's first commercialized fuel cell system targeted at household heating and electricity generation when it went on sale in Japan in May 2009. The latest model is aimed at use in condominiums and features a number of modifications to ensure the units meet the more stringent installation standards placed on those buildings.  Read More

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 fits a Micro Four Thirds sensor in a tiny body which is smalle...

Over the past couple of years we've seen camera manufacturers trying to strike the right balance between image quality and camera size, by fitting ever larger sensors in ever smaller cameras. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera which continues this trend, by somehow squeezing a Micro Four Thirds sensor into a body which is smaller than many compact cameras.  Read More

Yoshiyuki Miyabe and Markus Wagenseil unveil the VIERA WT600 at IFA 2013

There’s big news out of the IFA electronics show in Berlin today. How big? Well, 65 inches, to be exact. That’s the screen size of Panasonic’s just-unveiled VIERA WT600 TV. According to the company, it is “the first 4K Ultra HD TV in the world with a 4K 50/60p input designed based on HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2a specifications.”  Read More

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