Panasonicâ€™s press conference was presented in front of a huge wall of plasmas. It wasnâ€™t shy about pointing out that it is the number one in plasma by a factor of three, so it clearly has a few to spare. It ended the press conference with dance acts interacting with on screen performers as if they were on stage with them â€“ an entertaining show.
It starting things off though by literally unveiling itâ€™s 103in plasma TV â€“ itâ€™s largest ever. This 1080p plasma was very impressive and a few Americanâ€™s in the audience gave dutiful gasps, but it was a rather obvious piece of tech willy-waving. Even if I had the room and the money, which isnâ€™t likely this side of Armageddon, Iâ€™d much rather have a projector for that cinematic feel.
Panasonic was right there with its Blu-ray player, released in the summer, and next to it was a cool 3CCD camcorder. This uses SD media to record onto â€“ but wouldnâ€™t an HDD be an even better idea like Toshiba and Sony's new camcorders?
Batteries arenâ€™t normally something to get excited about but Panasonic revealed that its Oxyride AA cells last twice as long as any other on the market, which has got to be a good thing. It also said it had a prototype of a lightweight fuel-cell for a laptop that can last for 20 hours. Letâ€™s hope they can bring it to market soon as by the time the Panasonic press conference rolled around my laptop battery was dead and I was forced to use something called pen and paper.