Every journey begins with a single step. For Elon Musk and his 200 Gigafactory dream, that single step is this agreement with Japanese electronics company Panasonic. The two will be working together to build and manage Tesla's first gigafactory, a large-scale manufacturing plant that will produce batteries for its EV cars.
Panasonic may not be as active in the smartphone rat race anymore, but it isn't completely out of the rugged mobile device ring yet. It has just revealed the availability and pricing of two of its newest devices, the Windows Embedded-powered Toughpad FZ-E1 and the Android-powered Toughpad FZ-X1, both very rugged 5-inch tablets.
Panasonic's rugged and equally pricey Toughpad FZ-M1 tablet arrives this month, and brings with it a somewhat small 7-inch display alongside hardware that lets it take whatever abuse you throw at it. For the MIL-STD-810G rated specifications, you'll be shelling out at least $1,299 USD.
Panasonic's new digital interchangeable lens, the H-X015 LEICA DG SUMMILUX 15mm / F1.7 ASPH, is in the news for being one of those new innovations that promise photographers to capture bokeh effect with clear picture quality while avoiding ghost and flare. You might say that the new lens has all the key ingredients that allow for superior defocused reportage pictures.
Among the smattering of wearables news this month comes one that joins the ranks of recent action camcorders: the Panasonic HX-A500, the first wearable 4K 25p camcorder. The device is a two-piece unit of sorts, featuring the lens for head mounting attached to a cable that connects it to the main control unit.
Panasonic is looking to expand its energy presence, with the company's head of Energy Solutions Center Hiroshi Edo Hanafusa announcing at the Cleantech Group forum that the company is on the hunt for new talent -- specifically, for those who develop energy services utilizing Panasonic's technology.
Sony and Panasonic have announced that they have teamed up to create a new archival optical disc standard called Archival Disc. The new format is aimed at professional usage with next generation optical discs. The goal of the new format is to expand the market for long-term data storage using optical disc formats.
Panasonic rolled out a new high-end digital camera back in February that is called the Lumix GH4 DSLM. DSLM stands for Digital Single Lens Mirrorless technology. We knew the specifications and even had a video that offered up an idea of how good the 4K video recorded with the camera would look in February.