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Panasonic’s HOSPI robot gets new jobs at hotel and airport

Panasonic’s HOSPI robot gets new jobs at hotel and airport

Panasonic is getting in on the current robot craze, revealing new real-world trials for its HOSPI Autonomous Delivery Robot that will kick off this month. Set to be loosed upon the corridors of the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita hotel, as well as Narita International Airport, the robot - which resembles an armless Dalek of sorts, albeit one with a friendly face rather than an appetite for murdering Time Lords - has already been adopted by a number of Japanese hospitals. Now, Panasonic is curious to see how it does outside of medical settings.

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Panasonic’s Toughpad A2 tablet is a rugged beast

Panasonic’s Toughpad A2 tablet is a rugged beast

At a time when many manufacturers seem to be moving away from tablets, Panasonic is having none of it and introducing its Toughpad FZ-A2. Designed to survive in a universe that seems to love shattered screens, the Toughpad A2 tablet is fully rugged slate that offers protection against drops, dust, and water. With Panasonic making its enterprise features a major talking point in the Toughpad A2, it's easy to see which segment the company is targeting here.

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Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has 60x optical zoom and optical image stabilization

Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 has 60x optical zoom and optical image stabilization

Yet another Panasonic camera has been bestowed upon us, this model being the Lumix FZ80. The newest addition to Panasonic’s FZ series features the same Venus Engine found in today’s other two camera announcements, as well as a High Sensitivity MOS 18.1-megapixel sensor. Most notable, though, is the FZ80's massive 60x optical zoom, a 20 - 1200mm 35mm camera equivalent. To keep those ultra-zoomed photo sharp, the camera also features POWER Optical Image Stabilization.

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Panasonic LUMIX GX850 camera takes selfies to the next level

Panasonic LUMIX GX850 camera takes selfies to the next level

Panasonic has unveiled a second digital camera, the LUMIX GX850. This camera sports a sleek, somewhat classic design, though with modern trimmings like a 3-inch 1040K-dot display. The camera is designed to target photography enthusiasts, but also the younger generations in general: it has an increasingly common Self Shot mode for snapping up to 4K selfies, as well as a Beauty Retouch function.

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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 DSLM camera boasts unlimited 4K/60p recording

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 DSLM camera boasts unlimited 4K/60p recording

Panasonic has introduced a new flagship digital camera, the Lumix GH5 with support for recording 4K 60p/50p video and snapping up to 6K photos. This mirrorless camera has what Panasonic calls an ‘unimaginably small-sized body,’ something complemented by the Digital LIVE MOS Sensor with a 25-percent greater pixel count relative to the GH4 model. The model also ditches the low-pass filter, among other things.

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Panasonic GF9 images and GH5 specs leak ahead of CES 2017

Panasonic GF9 images and GH5 specs leak ahead of CES 2017

When CES kicks off early next month Panasonic will reportedly be unveiling some new digital cameras on Jan-4th. Ahead of that official unveil some images and specs of two different camera models have leaked. Those cameras are the Panasonic GF9 and the GH5. The camera that you see in the first images here is said to be the GF9.

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Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Panasonic foots $255m bill for new Tesla solar panel plant

Tesla and Panasonic will build solar panels together in a Buffalo, New York factory the two have agreed today, with Panasonic pumping more than $255m into the venture. The deal, which is expected to see production kick off in the summer of 2017, marks a deepening of the business relationship between the two companies as the ambitions of each expands. Panasonic already supplies the lithium-ion batteries that Tesla uses in the Model S and Model X electric cars, for instance.

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Panasonic GH5 launch date unofficially revealed

Panasonic GH5 launch date unofficially revealed

Back at Photokina last September, Panasonic revealed four new LUMIX cameras. Among the four, the GH5 received some distinction, not because of the camera itself but because, unlike the others, it was still marked as "coming soon" and remained shrouded in mystery. That mystery, however, might soon be coming to an end if the latest leaked information proves to be true. Well, "soon" here means "later than earlier anticipated" as the Panasonic GH5 is now expected to start shipping in March, rather than in January.

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Robotic cashier rings up purchases and bags them in Osaka, Japan

Robotic cashier rings up purchases and bags them in Osaka, Japan

The Lawson convenience store chain in Osaka, Japan has teamed up with Panasonic Corp to create the first cash register that lacks a human to operate the equipment. The register is able to ring up all the purchases the customer has in their cart and then bag them up. The system is called Reji Robo, which is short for register robots.

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Tesla and Panasonic team for solar panel and module production

Tesla and Panasonic team for solar panel and module production

Tesla and Panasonic have announced that they intend to extend their partnership in solar power generation and storage. The two firms are currently working together to produce electric vehicle and grid storage battery cells at the Tesla Gigafactory. The new letter of intent signed between the two firms focuses on production of photovoltaic cells and modules.

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Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

Panasonic flaunts twistable lithium-ion batteries

It’s either the worst or the best time to be talking about new battery technologies. Samsung’s disastrous Galaxy Note 7 rollout has probably consumers and manufacturers wary about changing the battery formula too much. At the same time, however, the incidents only showed how the industry is in dire need of improved battery technologies. Panasonic, is, of course, undaunted by those and at CEATEC next week, it will be showing of a lithium-ion battery, the same type that powers mobile and wearable devices, that can be bended and twisted, safely and without losing its charge.

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Panasonic reveals lineup of four new LUMIX cameras

Panasonic reveals lineup of four new LUMIX cameras

There have been a whole slew of new cameras and accessories announced at Photokina 2016, and Panasonic is adding to that by announcing four new cameras of its own. These new devices are all part of the LUMIX series of cameras, and range from cameras that are still in development to ones that will be available later this year.

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