If you ever find yourself on a bullet train between, say, Tokyo and Osaka at 5.37pm on a Thursday afternoon, you’ll see a lot of dudes in suits with three things on the little fold-out table: a meticulously arranged bento box, a can of Suntory Premium Malts beer, and a Panasonic Let’s Note laptop.
Let’s Note laptops don’t look like much. Well, to be precise, they look like laptops from 2002. They have super boxy, inch-thick designs, squared-off screens, giant cooling vents, optical disc drives, VGA ports, and inexplicably circular trackpads. The line dates back to 1996, and hasn’t really changed much this millennium.
The range remains ubiquitous in Japan wherever there’s a need for portable computing, however, and Panasonic is putting a…
Along with the all-new GX9, Panasonic launched the ZS200 compact superzoom, a successor to the excellent ZS100. The new model hasn't massively changed, as it still offers a 1-inch, 20.1 megapixel sensor, 5-axis stabilization, 4K, 30 fps video and mor… Engadget RSS Feed
While the project still several years away from completion, recent steps taken by the two parties prove that they’re determined to see it through.
Since the partnership, the future smart city has been fitted with WiFi, security cameras, environmental sensors, interactive kiosks, and a microgrid that can power the entire area for 72 hours in the event of a power outage. More recently, attention has been turned to the city’s roads.
This year has even more in store for Denver’s smart city. Panasonic — in collaboration with French self-driving bus developer EasyMile — will introduce an autonomous shuttle that will connect the city’s rail station to bus routes on Denver’s Tower Road.
While much progress is being made, it’ll still be some time before Denver’s smart city is completed. The one built in Japan was an eight-year endeavor, and work on Denver’s isn’t expected to finish until 2026.
While the CityNOW project has seemingly been successful so far, there’s no telling what could transpire over the next several years, such as the idea failing to expand to other states due to politics. But, if the red tape can be cut through, Denver’s smart city could stand as a shining example of how science and technology can improve daily life for all people.
The flagship camera of Panasonic’s Lumix lineup, the GH5, has been out for about a year now. Its relatively ravereviews almost always come with a caveat: it’s a bit one-dimensional. While the GH5 is a capable stills camera, it was built for video. So today, Panasonic is tilting the scales the other way with the Lumix G9.
The G9 — which costs $ 1,699 and goes on sale in January — is a stills-focused powerhouse of a digital camera built on mostly the same architecture as the GH5. It employs the same 20.3-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, has 5-axis mechanical image stabilization just like the GH5, and Panasonic is using the same image processor — though it’s been tuned for much better stills performance than the GH5, Panasonic says.
The 10-bit, 4K GH5 video powerhouse is Panasonic's most famous camera, and now it's trying to bring that mojo to its new photography flagship. The Lumix G9 uses the GH5's 20.3-megapixel sensor without a low-pass filter, and has a restyled, slimmed-do… Engadget RSS Feed