Of all Panasonic's 3D goodies today, the gadget we were most interested in was the HDC-TC750 camcorder with its optional VW-CLT1 3D lens. We grabbed some time with the camcorder after the company's keynote, to see whether the first 3D HD consumer model really lived up to its top billing.
Panasonic's IFA 2010 press conference has just finished here in Berlin, and while we knew that the company would be concentrating heavily on 3D it was still surprising that they spent the whole time talking about their 3D home entertainment strategy. Top billing went to the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 HD camcorder complete with the WV-CLT1 3D adapter lens, but there are also two new Viera 3D plasma HDTV ranges, plus news regarding the company's 3D content plans including games and video-on-demand.
With IFA 2010 underway over in Germany there is lots of gear being unveiled at the show. Panasonic is focusing on 3D as its theme at the show this year and has been showing off its 3D wares along with some 2D offerings too.
LG is showing off its new 3D and HDTV sets at IFA 2010 this week. The company is showing people at the show its new Nano Full LED set along with Plasma sets and other gear like Blu-ray players and home theater systems. LG is showing new 3D TVs including the LEX8, which is one of the highest-end TVs from the company.
Viewsonic's announcement that they were bringing an Android tablet to IFA 2010 next week basically added their name to a long list of manufacturers planning the same, but the accompanying image left plenty to be desired. Happily Pocket-lint has managed to source a couple of better pictures of one of the Viewsonic slates, judging by the scale of the side-mounted headphone and USB ports the 7-inch ViewPad model.
Acer's LumiRead ereader will make its official debut at IFA 2010 next week, according to Lesen's sources at the company, with a commercial launch - in Germany at least - following on in September. As with the Amazon Kindle, a second source suggests, the LumiRead will come with free 3G access to download new ebooks, and a sticker price of around €250 ($318).
Samsung has kicked off a pre-IFA 2010 teaser campaign for their much-leaked Galaxy Tab Android 2.2 tablet. The promotion - which currently consists of the video you can watch after the cut - makes official some of the details we've already heard so far, including the OS version, 7-inch touchscreen and video call functionality, as well as previewing some new abilities.
ViewSonic has tipped its IFA 2010 hand, with the news that the company plans to bring two new tablets along to the show. The 7-inch ViewSonic ViewPad will run Android and have dual cameras - one for photography, the other for video calls - together with WiFi and 3G, while a 10-inch model (currently unnamed) will dual-boot between Android and an unspecified Microsoft OS. That could well be Windows Embedded Compact 7.
News on ereader manufacture Pocketbook's plans for IFA 2010 ahead of the show, with four new ereaders and a tablet all emerging from the company's press division. The Pocketbook Pro 602, Pro 603, Pro 902 and Pro 903 each have WiFi and Bluetooth, with the 60x models using a 6-inch E Ink display and the 90x models getting the 9.7-inch version. The Pocketbook IQ, meanwhile, is an Android 2.0 tablet. However, according to The Digital Reader's sources, Pocketbook are one of Qualcomm's initial mirasol clients, and are working on a new device using the color e-paper display.
Despite the fact that OLED technology in TVs is ridiculously expensive right now, that doesn't seem to want to stop companies from manufacturing them. After all, they are a great showcase of the technology. And, if anything else, they're fantastic to stare at. But LG's looking to go big this year at the IFA show, set to kick off next month. They're apparently going to bring the largest OLED TV to market (outside of the one Samsung showed off, that was also 31-inches, at CES a couple of years ago -- but that they never released for customer purchase), and they plan on showing it off at this year's trade show.