Live From Japan…in 3-D

If you thought the 3-D films of late were a throwback to Captain Eo and would eventually fade out with other tech trends, we have some news for you…it may just be the beginning.

Panasonic displayed its innovations in 3-D technology on a 33-screen display. Photo: Lori Brown,

Walking around the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies (CEATEC) show in Tokyo this week, one thing kept – pardon the pun – jumping right out of the screen: 3-D technology.

The consumers that love sporting a pair of oversized glasses while dodging non-existing, yet realistically threatening, bubbles and water droplets, should get pretty excited. For the half that don’t, sincere apologies as this technology seems here to stay.

Upon entrance to the expo, the senses are put on high alert as all of the big tech players seemed to be highlighting their strides in 3-D innovation.

From an enormous Sony screen showing 3-D clips to Panasonic’s first-of-its-kind 3-D home video recorder and SLR camera lenses, show-goers gathered around the tech displays in awe.

Crowds waiting in line to catch a glimpse of Toshiba’s 56-inch glasses-less 3-D LED LCD television prototype, due to hit markets in Japan later this year. Smaller versions of the glasses-less 3-D LCD screens were also displayed by Sharp. The 3-D technology is here to stay, but the possibility of ditching those glasses is at least on the horizon.

From electric vehicles to home energy storage, lithium-ion battery technologies were prominently featured at CEATEC. Photo: Lori Brown,

Though 3-D amazed the crowds, we were interested in green innovation and found it nearly everywhere. Panasonic had an impressive display showcasing not only their 3-D technology, but also their best in home energy management.

Aiming to make its mark as the No. 1 green electronics company by their 100-year anniversary in 2018, Panasonic’s “Eco Ideas” platform was on display right and left.

The “Eco Navi” home appliances were impressive to say the least. We saw an air conditioning unit that adjusts temperature based on monitored activity, to a refrigerator that learns your usage patterns and switches to energy-saving mode when it knows you don’t use it.

Panasonic’s Home Energy Management System (HEMS) provides total control of all energy created, stored and saved in the home and puts that on display for the homeowner to monitor.

Utilizing a triangle of three main devices – solar panels, a stationary household fuel cell unit and a lithium-ion battery for storage – the HEMS system is Panasonic’s step toward creating CO2-emitting-free homes.

LEDs and electric vehicles with increased lithium-ion battery efficiencies were also common sights around the show. In the end, the presence of green technology innovations around the show was impressive, showcased by large companies and small alike.

Editor’s Note: Panasonic invited to Japan to report from CEATEC and tour its facilities in Osaka. This press trip was funded by Panasonic. However, does not receive compensation from Panasonic for its content.

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  1. Ms. Brown,

    This conference looks so exciting! I am especially interested in the HEMS, however, I am usually deterred by the price tag on emergent technology. Did Panasonic give any indication on the cost of some of these products at launch date?


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