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January 07, 2011

Panasonic Unveils Mega TV at CES

Techies know to prepare every year for the ‘big one,’ the Consumer Electronics Show. With plenty of excitement, adapters of technology expect to be wowed by a Dump truck load of gadgets in the thousands (20,000 to be exact). Filled with hope and promise, techies expect to see the next wave of technologies that will transform the world.

And they got it when Panasonic (News - Alert) revealed the biggest flat-screen TV to date. The company's mega TV, coming in at 152 inches (12.6 feet) wide, features 3D plasma technology and ultra high-speed 3D drive technology. New chips created by Panasonic  enable high-quality Full HD 3D display on the ultra large 4,096 x 2,160 pixels panel.

Panasonic wouldn’t reveal any price tags, but the TV is rumored to cost a half million dollars or more.

In related news, Panasonic and Skype (News - Alert) recently announced that Skype Voice & Video calling will be added to all new 2011 Viera CAST-enabled Panasonic Blu-Ray players. Skype already had a partnership deal with Panasonic to bring video & voice calling to Panasonic HDTVs via an external HD camera. This deal extends the Skype ecosystem a little further.

Apparently, it does support sending & receiving video, so it must sport a USB port for connecting a webcam - 4 ports in fact.  With certainly need a pretty long USB cable since Blu-rays are often sitting in home entertainment cabinets to the left or right so you can't mount the camera there. The camera would likely be obstructed by cabinet doors or have a bad angle to where you sit. So you might need a USB extender so you can mount the camera on top of the HDTV.

Charles West is a Web Editor for TMCnet. A self described music snob, realist and wreck-loose, Charles enjoys great Mexican food and even better technology. Prior to joining TMC (News - Alert) Charles worked with many gadget oriented sites that included running his own blog (TheTrendaholic.com) and Smartphone column for examiner.com. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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