LAS VEGAS -- Panasonic, part of the Japanese electronics parent company Matsushita Electric (MC), has just introduced a very big plasma TV.How big, you might ask? How about 150 inches, measured diagonally! That's 12½ feet. Panasonic says it's the biggest plasma TV in the world.
CES '08: The Biggest TV in the World
- The TV boasts four times the resolution of a full, high-definition 1080p monitor.
- I was told it weighs somewhere between 1,500 and 1,800 pounds. (Please, don't try installing one all by yourself.)
- Panasonic believes that it will be best used for billboards and displays.
- No price has been set for the jumbo screen set.
- If you're interested, it should be available in 2009.
Blu-Ray's Day in the SunThe other really big news at the show is Blu-ray. Because of Time Warner's ( TWX) decision to choose Blu-ray over the Microsoft-approved HD DVD disc standard, it was hard to find any displays touting HD DVD. There were lots of displays and exhibits touting new products adhering to the Blu-ray standard. One of the more interesting ones comes from Buffalo Technology, best known for its wired and wireless networking, storage and memory products. Buffalo has announced the MediaStation Blu-ray HD DVD. It's an external Blu-ray and HD DVD player. But more importantly, it is the first stand-alone device that allows users to both read and write Blu-ray content.
Losing Its EdgeTwo days into this massive show I've noticed something. There's not that much revolutionary or even very new and interesting here. Most of the thousands of square feet of show space is filled with hundreds of tiny Asian companies that make knock-offs of some very popular consumer-electronics designs. For instance, how many replica iPods, iPhones, iPod docks, and USB memory drives can you stop and look at for over an hour? Or a few hours? Or a few days?
The Dumbest Thing I Saw @ CES: Day 3