In a brief, 22 minute or so press conference, Panasonic is short on TV details, but it does serve up a hair dryer, along with "Bone Conduction" headphones.
This slide: The house fills up. Little do they know they'll barely have time to get settled in before it's all over and done with.
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A Shiroic stance
Shiro Kitajima, president of the Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America.
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Vic Carlson, VP of marketing for Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America, discusses "my Home Screen."
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Great for dad *and* junior
Panasonic's "my Home Screen," a new landing page for the Viera Connect TV, serves up personalized content. A camera on the TV can recognize different family members and tailor offerings to that individual's tastes.
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Swipe and Share 2.0 lets people move videos and photos from their mobile device to their TV. And friends can then "swipe" the content to their own mobile gadgets. The software doesn't give access to third-party apps like Miracast or AirPlay however.
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A 'remote control for YouTube'
Francisco Varela, head of YouTube's global platform partnership, took to the stage to discuss YouTube and Panasonic's collaboration through the Smart TV Alliance: "We're basically changing your mobile device into your remote control for YouTube." And CNET's Matthew Moskovciak approves: "Easy compatibility between YouTube and TVs is definitely cool. Fits general use pattern: find videos on your phone, then watch them on the big screen."
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Mindy minds her business
Home Shopping Network CEO Mindy Grossman.
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Home Shopping Network CEO Mindy Grossman showed a demo of the HSN app. At the bottom of the TV screen, viewers can shop, look at specials, and, because of Panasonic technology, shop in their own customized channel.
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In the Bone zone
Shiro Kitajima, president of the Panasonic Consumer Marketing Company of North America, shows off Panasonic's Bone Conduction headphones as VP Vic Carlson plays cheerleader.
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Straight from the skull to the ossicles (whatever they are) to the cochlea to your auditory nerve.
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Panasonic's SL-NP10 wireless speaker is tablet-friendly and looks like an ultraslim iPad dock.
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Panasonic's DMP-BDT230 Blu-ray player
Panasonic's DMP-BDT230 Blu-ray player includes the company's full Viera Connect suite of streaming-media services, as well as 2D-3D conversion and a Web browser. It also supports Miracast (Panasonic calls it Display Mirroring), which makes it possible to send videos, photos, and music from compatible Android mobile devices (version 4.2 and higher) to your TV.