Panasonic unveils 3D conferencing, lamp-less projector at Integrate 2012

Panasonic unveils 3D conferencing, lamp-less projector at Integrate 2012

Tech vendor unveils several new business technologies for the Australian market at annual exhibition

3D video is making its way out the living room and into the workplace with the introduction of a high-definition 3D video conferencing solution (HDVC) by Panasonic Australia.

The solution was unveiled by Panasonic at Integrate 2012 exhibition held in Sydney, along with several other new addition to its business IT solution portfolio.

This marks the first time a live 3D HDVC system has been released in the Australian market.

“This is a landmark moment for the provision of telehealth in Australia and for Panasonic,” Panasonic business systems group marketing general manager, Marc Amelung, said.

The Australian Dental Association (ADA) NSW Centre for Professional Development has already signed up for trials of the solution, using it to stream live high-definition video for training purposes.

“Today’s trial marks the culmination of four years of development and negotiation,” Amelung said.

The ADA centre will use the solution to see and record what is happening in the dental surgery, giving audiences a real time “surgeon’s eye view” of clinical procedures, materials and techniques.

The other big announcement was the introduction the world’s first lamp-free projector series.

In this projector, the conventional projector lamp has been replaced with new LED/laser diodes for long lasting high brightness that has been pegged at more than 3000 lumens.

“The new lamp-free lighting technology can drastically reduce need for servicing, which translates into large cost savings,” Panasonic business systems group projectors product marketing manager, Chris Maw, said.

“The new lighting technology delivers up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation and as a result, operating costs often associated with periodic labour and service can be drastically reduced."

The PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series projectors will be available in Australia in early 2013 in two different resolutions, 1080p (1,920 x 1,080) and WXGA (1,280 x 800).

Maw said thesecapabilities were not possible with conventional lamps.

“This is a benefit that those in educational institutions and professional situations like signage and museum displays can understand and appreciate,” Maw said.

Other notable announcements made by Panasonic at Integrate 2012 included a WXGA resolution compact body projector, the PT-VW431DEA, that has boasts high brightness and 4300 lumen, as well as a new 65-inch Interactive Plasma Display, the TH-65PB1.

The TH-65PB1 uses an electronic pen system that not only facilitates high-speed drawing and writing, four pens can also be used simultaneously thanks to the high-speed light emission from each pixel.

“The demand we have seen for high performing direct-view displays with installation flexibility has been rising rapidly,” Maw said.

“The corporate and educational markets are able to really benefit from the wireless capabilities and the electronic pen system.”

The PT-VW431DEA and TH-65PB1 will be available through authorised Panasonic resellers from November 2012.

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