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Panasonic puts Blu-ray in the driver's seat

Panasonic's new Windows-powered CN-HX900D, which appears to be the first Blu-ray player for the car.

Panasonic CN-HX900D

The problem: you're upgrading your collection of animated classics at home to Blu-ray, but the backseat video player in the minivan only plays DVDs. The solution: trade up to Panasonic's new Blu-ray-compatible entertainment system for the car.

The two-part system consists of the CN-HX900D, a Windows-powered dash-mountable device with a 7-inch, 1280x720 display. The CN-HX900D offers GPS, a CD/DVD player, Bluetooth, a 40GB hard drive, and iPod/iPhone compatibility.

You'll need to hook it up to the CY-BB1000D in-car Blu-ray player if you want the kids to get the full fancy-movie treatment in the backseat. (It's not BD-Live compatible.)

Pricing for CN-HX900D and CY-BB1000D is not yet available, but the pair of products is expected to hit stores (only in Japan, as far as we can tell) by fall.