Panasonic showcased its latest B2B and consumer technologies at CES 2017 from January 5 to 8 in Las Vegas
Panasonic booth divided into three zones displayed - Smart Mobility, Smart Entertainment and Smart Home - to highlight future towns and lifestyles enabled through the company’s unique technologies and collaborations with partner companies. In addition to the three zones, Panasonic’s innovation initiatives were on display at the Future Tech Lab. Visitors also experienced the latest Technics audio products in a dedicated section. Finally, Panasonic hosted Panasonic Live @ CES2017, which featured social influencers live from the show floor providing exclusive looks at the company’s latest technologies and ideas (http://www.panasonic.com/CES; #PanasonicCES).
[Main Exhibits at the Panasonic Booth]
1. Smart Mobility
Panasonic introduced initiatives from its CityNOW project launched in Denver, Colorado. It included a Smart Mobility section highlighting Panasonic’s unique technologies connecting people, towns, road and air transport using the latest and prototype in-car infotainment systems and in-flight entertainment systems. Also displayed: Panasonic innovations that reduce the environmental impact of transportation.
V2X (Vehicle-to-Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Road Communication)
V2X communication systems aim to establish an efficient traffic management system and prevent accidents by connecting vehicles to everything (X) including other vehicles and infrastructure including traffic signals and road signs. Using videos and dioramas, Panasonic illustrated its V2X technologies to prevent accidents and reduce traffic congestion.
Smart LED Streetlights
Smart LED Streetlights are WiFi-connected lamp posts mounted with security cameras, sensors or other devices. Panasonic takes advantage of its Internet of Things (IoT) platform to ensure safe and secure living as well as expanding the potential for new services that a smart town can offer by utilizing data collected through lamp post sensors.
Smart Bus Stops
Panasonic’s Smart Bus Stop technology combines solar power generation, security cameras and an LCD screen supporting LinkRay light communication technology. Demonstrations showed examples of information on display at a Smart Bus Stop, such as a bus’s proximity and transfer options.
Smart Parking Meters
Panasonic’s image analysis tech helps a Smart Parking Meter recognize license plates, detect vacant parking spaces, give directions to a driver seeking an open spot and handle parking fee charging.
Command & Control platform
This solution envisions a centralized control center that manages all data from security systems equipped with a 360-degree view surveillance camera, Smart LED Streetlights, Smart Bus Stops and Smart Parking Meters.
The corner offered a glimpse at Panasonic’s collaboration on lithium-ion batteries with partners promoting the use of sustainable energy. Examples include tie-ups with Tesla Motors and Taiwanese electric scooter manufacturer Gogoro.
Next-Generation Cockpit (Concept)
Here, visitors could see projects Panasonic is developing with auto manufacturers. Looking to the future, video presentations introduce concepts and technologies focused on smart mobility and next-generation in-car technologies such as facial recognition, vehicle-to-vehicle communication and vehicle-to-store connectivity.
Driverless Car Interior (Concept)
Panasonic proposes the interior design ideal for driverless cars for around 2025, when the era of fully-autonomous vehicles is anticipated. The interior technology of the future car includes one that allows for face-to-face seating, like a moving lounge.
Panasonic presents examples of its high-quality in-car audio solutions including the Fender Premium Audio System, developed jointly with Fender Musical Instrument Corp., and the ELS Studio Premium Audio System, developed jointly with music producer Elliot Scheiner.
4th Generation Uconnect Infotainment System
This is Panasonic’s latest Uconnect-compatible infotainment system capable of connecting with smartphones via Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. The system boasts quick start-up and a responsive 8.4-inch touchscreen.
Android In-Car Infotainment System
Panasonic unveiled its next-gen infotainment system based on Android. It offers optimum display and operation of many different apps regardless of screen size and resolution. The booth demonstration showed how the next-gen system controls air conditioning.
First Class Cabin (Concept)
In this section, concept models of comfortable aircraft cabins of the near future were displayed, including in-flight entertainment systems equipped with 4K display screens, table decorations using projection technology, touch-controllable menus, and seats designed for flexible use.
Connected Flight Operations
Panasonic also exhibited services enabled by connecting aircraft with the ground via the Internet. Examples include flight monitoring, maintenance reports and in-flight entertainment system updates.
Connected Passenger Experience
Panasonic introduced its app for airline passengers, which is developed using an open application programming interface (API) to make it customizable for each airline. The app allows a passenger’s mobile device to sync with the in-flight network, enabling passengers to select movies using the dedicated app.
2. Smart Entertainment
In this area, Panasonic introduced solutions that take the stadium experience to a new level of enjoyment and interaction.
Visitors could experience a stadium’s concession stands, corridor and VIP box with next-gen ways of interacting. The demonstration here showed how digital signage displays in the stadium can work in sync to add excitement to the games. When the home team scores a goal, for example, images of the winning moment appear on the all displays. Operators can use the system to promote a limited-time sale on all screens, and give guests a chance to obtain and redeem coupons using their smartphones.
Panasonic’s Ballooncam combines a drone with a large balloon for a unique video platform. The Ballooncam can be used to enhance the experience at sports games and other stadium events. In the booth demonstration, videos shot by a 360-degree camera at the bottom of the balloon are projected to the floating Ballooncam in real time.
LinkRay-equipped LCD Displays
These LCD displays support Panasonic’s LinkRay light ID communication technology. Users can download a range of info instantaneously by pointing their mobile device at the screens.
This technology turns a clear shop window into high-quality digital signage showing images and information. Visitors cOULD experience how this transparent screen technology can be used to send shoppers recommendations of products relevant to the information they downloaded using Panasonic’s LinkRay light ID tool.
Refrigerated Display Cases
Hussmann refrigerated display cases, designed to give food retailers new ways to gain a competitive edge, are a visual representation of Panasonic’s strategy to expand its products and services in the food retail industry. Panasonic acquired Hussmann in 2016.
Projection mapping tech is used to project images onto flags and ceiling-hung banners. The dynamic effect of visuals on moving fabric provides an exciting new signage option.
Window Augmented Reality Projection
See how transparent film attached to a windowpane can serve as signage to show images. At stadiums, Window Augmented Reality Projection can be used to enhance the viewing experience by showing player stats and high-impact video footage.
3. Smart Home
Panasonic showcased “future lifestyles with connected appliances,” in a kitchen packed with state-of-the-art appliances and demonstrations of its latest home appliances.
Better Living Tomorrow
The concept here was “lifestyles we all desire” three to five years in the future. Panasonic revealed an interactive living environment to reflect individual preferences and catering to individual needs and tastes. The area shows a lifestyle enriched by connected appliances and services.
In/Visible Library, Glass Curtain
Showcased how transparent displays at first invisible as part of the home’s interior, can turn into a visible display with useful information. A glass door of a closet or a large window overlooking the garden becomes a screen showing images. Booth demonstrations showed how this transparent display can be used at the kitchen, when a chef appears on the display to give cooking instructions to a user in need of help.
Sake & Wine Cellar
Ideal storage conditions for wine and sake are different. Panasonic’s Sake & Wine Cellar has independent temperature and humidity settings for individual shelves, making it possible to store different drinks in their ideal conditions in the same unit. Moreover, the door with a transparent display shows details of each bottle stored inside and reveals complementary food recipes.
New-Concept Flat-Top Cooker
The Flat-Top Cooker represents a new concept in household appliances. It is a tabletop cooker, adapting microwave technology. Preparation is easy: Arrange the ingredients on a plate, and put the plate on the cooker embedded in the table. There is no need for pots or pans. Food is prepared in front of those gathered, and served fresh and hot.
Freestyle Induction Heating Cooker
This new built-in induction-heating cooker looks like an ordinary counter top. The cooker detects the presence of the pots anywhere on the counter top and automatically heats up only the areas under the pots, freeing up space for other uses. Working in sync with other connected devices, the cooker automatically adjusts heat and cooking time.
Range Hood with Sensor and Camera
This range hood uses image recognition technology to monitor cooking progress. Data from the camera is used to regulate the Induction Heating cooker. It also can keep records of meals and amass data for health management purposes.
Smart & Healthy Lifestyle
NU-HX100S Counter Top Induction Oven
With the induction heater able to rapidly raise food temperature, this oven prepares foods that are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Eliminating the need for pre-heating, the Counter Top Induction Oven comes with pre-programmed auto menus that ensure optimal results at the touch of a button. Cooking demonstrations are taking place at the Panasonic booth.
DV-SJCX Soft Down Kitchen Cabinet System
From its line-up of household storage products sold in Canada, Panasonic exhibited this easy-down and easy-up kitchen storage system that allows you to reach items in high places with ease.
Visitors could try out Panasonic’s personal care products available in North America, including the EH-NA65 Nanoe Hair Dryer, the EH-XC10 Facial Cleansing Device, the EH-SA31 Facial Steamer, the ES-LV9N Five-blade Shaver.
TX-65EZ1000 65-inch 4K OLED TV
Panasonic unveiled its new HDR-capable 4K OLED TV due for European release in June 2017. The TH-EZ1000 is around twice as bright as previous OLED models and covers virtually the entire spectrum of colors specified by the Digital Cinema Initiatives for its DCI Color Space. Driven by a Studio Color HCX2 processor, the latest high-spec image processing engine, this model offers high-fidelity image color. It also features Technics Dynamic Blade speakers for incredible sound.
Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player
Panasonic' exhibited the DMP-UB900 and DMP-UB700 premium Ultra HD Blu-ray players, which have received rave reviews in Japan and Europe, alongside two new volume-market models slated for European release in April 2017: the DMP-UB400 and UB300, which feature the 4K high-quality playback and high-resolution audio functionality of the UB900. These models offer easy operation to enjoy 4K VOD content.
Home Monitoring System
Panasonic uses the 1.9GHz DECT standard for communication between its HUB unit and security cameras, window and motion sensors. These home monitoring devices require no complicated wiring or settings to install, and the operating costs are affordable. New HUB units for the North American market can be connected to a ventilation fan to maintain air quality.
Step into a NYC subway scene--in line with a LUMIX campaign in U.S.—and see new LUMIX products and a range of other devices and lenses.
LUMIX DC-GH5 Mirrorless Single-Lens Camera
The flagship model of the LUMIX line, the DC-GH5 offers remarkable best picture quality. The first mirrorless single-lens camera in the world with 4K/60p, 4:2:2 10bit recording, the GH5 offers video capture capabilities to rival any professional model. Its ultra-fast continuous mode enables it to take 4K-quality still photos (approximately eight megapixels) at up to 60 frames per second, and it can handle 6K images (approximately 18 megapixels) at up to 30 frames per second—incredible detail at incredible speed to help you get the perfect shot at just the right moment. The Dual I.S.2 5-axis stabilization system coordinates the correction functions of the camera and the lens, while advances in DFD technology have greatly improved the autofocus field recognition capabilities.
LUMIX DC-GX850 Mirrorless Single-Lens Camera
The ideal mirrorless single-lens camera for taking stylish selfies, the LUMIX DC-GX850 has 4K/30p capture capability and is able to take 4K photos at up to 30 frames per second. The tilting monitor makes taking selfies easy, while the built-in WiFi connectivity allows users with the Panasonic Image App installed on their smartphones and tablets to take photos remotely. This is the camera that makes photography fun. For example, the Focus Select function allows the focus point to be adjusted after a photo has been taken, while multiple photos with different focus points can be combined to create a single image with a broader area of sharp focus.
LUMIX DC-FZ80 Fixed Lens Camera
With a super-wide-angle, 20mm, optical 60x zoom lens, the LUMIX DC-FZ80 has 4K/30p video capture and can take 4K photos. With an autofocus function backed by DFD depth sensing technology, this is the camera for those dynamic shots, breathtaking vistas, and far-off wildlife photographs.
Leica DG Vario-Elmar 12-60 mm/F2.8-4.0 ASPH./Power O.I.S. Interchangeable Lens
The new series of Leica zoom lenses feature a maximum aperture of between F2.8 and F4.0, and comprises 14 elements in 12 groups, including four aspherical lenses and two ED lenses. Leveraging the advantages of the Micro Four Thirds system, this lens is able to achieve wide-angle and close-up into a compact unit, making it ideal for capturing a wide range of scenes in still and video.
4. Future Tech Lab
Panasonic introduced seven new technologies on a fast-track to development and commercialization in collaboration with partners.
Desktop Companion Robot
This proof of concept desktop “companion robot” uses servo control technology for smooth, human-like dexterity. Its ability to learn new movements, as well as an artificial intelligence-based natural language processing technology, make this robot a delightful communicator.
This information terminal concept uses IoT technology to show data from networked home appliances and devices in an attractive LED display built into the table.
This wearable device allows you to immerse yourself in the virtual reality environment with a wide 220-degree field of view.
Voice-Based Multi-Language Translation System
Tablet- and pendant-type automatic translation systems—using artificial intelligence technology--are the featured attraction in this section of the booth. Demonstrations center on tablet translations from English into Japanese and Chinese.
Compact Secondary Batteries for IoT and Wearable Devices
Panasonic exhibited its flexible lithium-ion battery, which maintains its performance even after repeated bending and twisting. Also on display: Panasonic’s ultra-compact pin-type lithium-ion battery, which provides greater freedom for the design of wearable devices.
Panasonic has teamed up with Cerevo Co. Ltd. to present Listnr, a compact IoT device, developed from the concept of “emotions become colors.” When a baby’s voice is picked up by the microphone, Listnr is able to differentiate four different categories of sound - crying, laughing, growling and babbling - visualize them with colors and send notifications to designated smartphones.
Motion Sensing Unit
Combining a 6-axis sensor (a 3-axis gyro-sensor and a 3-axis speed sensor) and micro-processor with pre-programmed algorithms, this unit can control a robot’s orientation and autonomous movement.
Here visitors could find the expanded line-up of the Technics Grand Class audio products delivering uncompromising sound quality and listenability. New Technics speakers, amplifiers and turntables are scheduled for release in 2017.. Panasonic also announced its partnership with the world-famous Abbey Road Studios of London. In addition, visitors could sample the sound of Technics technology in Panasonic’s listening suite at the Venetian Hotel (29th floor, 111/115).
SL-1200GR Direct-Drive Turntable System
The SL-1200G has revived the legendary SL-1200 turntable with a new design that has redefined the direct-drive mechanism. While respecting the original design principles, the SL-1200GR has a newly developed coreless direct motor, with every component and material re-examined. This is a remarkable turntable that delivers the rich tones of analog records.
SB-G90 Speaker System
Adopting the Balanced Driver Mounting Architecture (BDMA) to remove unnecessary vibration, the SB-G90 not only minimizes distortion but also provides the benefits of a point-source system with linear-phase from the midrange to higher frequencies in succeeding the design concept of the Technics Reference Class. Also with a newly designed Long Stroke Woofer, the SB-G90 reproduces low frequencies with powerful and dynamic bass response.
SU-G700 Stereo Integrated Amp
The SU-G700 incorporates the technical concepts of the Reference Class such as fully digital JENO Engine amps and LAPC for optimal impulse response. Featuring a three-section structure with separate circuits for signals according to their strength, and minimal inter-circuit interference, this amp offers rich, clear sound. Furthermore, it was designed paying attention to every detail, including the iconic Technics volume unit meters and machined aluminum volume knobs.
Period: January 5 (Thu.) - 8 (Sun.)
Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall (#12908)
Booth size: 1,576 m2 (16,963 ft2)
Exhibits: B2B technologies, consumer electronics, automotive and avionics solutions
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