Do you remember back when the Wii came out? It seems like ages ago, but it was only a little over a year ago. People were really excited to get one. So excited in fact, that they would forget to keep a firm grip on their Wiimote and send it crashing through their very expensive flat panel TVs. While Nintendo has taken several precautions to ensure flying Wiimotes are a thing of the past, Panasonic is doing their part to keep your TV in one (working) piece.
Panasonic has actually developed a Wii-proof TV as a direct result of the sensless TV destruction of late 2006/early 2007. Unfortunately the TV isn’t LCD, but rather a plasma. It actually didn’t take much effort to make sure the new TV could withstand up to 4 joules of energy. If you don’t know much about that scientific stuff, it takes around 1 joule to lift an apple 2 meters in the air.
I was sort of hoping that they’d managed to make a good-looking LCD that could stand up to a real beating from a Wiimote. Oh well, I don’t plan on chucking any controllers at my TV anytime soon, so i should be fine.