Panasonic Plasma TV’s Get Bigger, Slimmer, and More Environment-Friendly
Panasonic plasma televisions have always received much acclaim from industry analysts and consumers alike. Maybe it's because of the quality of their plasma display panels (PDP): the ultra-clear picture and cinematic audio. Maybe it's because they are at the forefront of innovation. Maybe it's because they regularly come out with new plasma TV models. Or maybe it's a combination of all those.
At the January 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Panasonic showed once again why they are the leader in the plasma television market with the introduction of several prototype models.
The lineup of Panasonic Viera flat panel plasma HDTVs has been expanded with several new screen sizes: 37 and 46 inches. These, of course, are all dwarfed by the Panasonic Life Screen, which measures an incredible 150 inches diagonally. That's equivalent to nine 50-inch plasma TV's! Panasonic says the Life Screen is appropriate for commercial installations, but you never know; it just might find its way into certain homes despite its size, just like Panasonic's 103-inch plasma TV which reportedly graces the homes of certain celebrities.
Then there's also a concept called the Panasonic Life Wall. The idea is to turn a wall in your home into one gigantic interactive screen. As the name implies, its purpose is to enhance everyday living at home. Aside from watching television and movies on it, users can also engage in activities such as videophone conversations and browse the Web. And with face recognition technology it can tell each member of the household apart, store and display their preferred content, and even adjust image sizes depending on the user's distance from the screen.
Panasonic is also coming out with an extra-thin 50-inch plasma TV. With a thickness of only 24.77 millimeters (less than an inch) it's not only going to be one of the slimmest plasma screens around, but also one of the lightest. It tips the scale at just 22 kilos (about 48.5 pounds), fifty percent less than earlier Panasonic plasma TV models. Add the fact that Panasonic is going "wireless," and you have a plasma TV that's easier to hang on the wall or suspend from the ceiling because it's thinner, lighter, and has no wires to conceal from view.
Furthermore, Panasonic has become the first to introduce lead-free plasma televisions in the United States. Lead oxide glass is conventionally used in the manufacture of plasma display screens because of its ability to stabilize production. But because of technological strides made by Panasonic, they can now use other stabilizing materials and eliminate about 300 metric tons of that hazardous heavy metal per year. Not only that, but Panasonic plasma televisions are becoming more energy-efficient too. Having them consume less energy is part of the move towards introducing greener PDP's, whatever size they may be.
Improvements in size, thickness, and energy-efficiency are all well and good, but what about picture quality? There are several innovations put forth by Panasonic for a much better viewing experience. Take for instance the Life Screen; not only is it larger than life, but its resolution - at 8.84 million pixels - is quadruple the 1080 standard for high definition. In addition, progress made by Panasonic in phosphor technology increases their plasma televisions' longevity: up to 60,000 hours of viewing before brightness decreases by half - and solves the problem of burn-in, one of the chief complaints consumers have about PDPs.
Matsushita, Panasonic's parent company, remains committed to maintaining the brand's leadership in the plasma television category and with innovations like the one's they've made recently it looks like they will remain a force to be reckoned with in the foreseeable future.