Panasonic Develops A Vacuum Cleaner That Picks Up Airpods From Train Tracks

Panasonic Develops A Vacuum Cleaner That Picks Up AirPods From Train Tracks

Given how small the AirPods are and the fact that they are completely wireless, it wouldn’t be surprising if they were easily lost or dropped. In fact, over in Japan, it was reported that over the course of three months, nearly one thousand earbuds were dropped onto train tracks, accounting for a quarter of all dropped items.

While the AirPods are small enough that they probably wouldn’t interfere with the trains, they are expensive and we imagine that people would love to be able to get their dropped AirPods back, which is why according to a report from Japan Times, Panasonic has apparently developed a special vacuum cleaner that has the ability to pick up these AirPods in a safe manner.

Panasonic Unveils Lumix Bgh1 Mirrorless Four Thirds Camera For Video

Panasonic Unveils Lumix BGH1 Mirrorless Four Thirds Camera For Video

There are many cameras in the market today, and for the most part, a lot of them look rather similar to each other. However, it seems that Panasonic wants to challenge the norm by unveiling the Lumix BGH1. As you can see in the photo above, this is a camera that sports a boxy-like design.

According to Panasonic, the Lumix BGH1 is a mirrorless four thirds camera that has apparently been designed for video in mind. The company envisions the camera being used together with other devices like drones, or being used in multi-camera setups, or even live streaming. So much so that Panasonic has actually included Power over Ethernet+, meaning that it can be powered by the same cable that it would use to connect to a network.

Toyota-panasonic Venture To Build Hybrid Batteries

Toyota-Panasonic venture to build hybrid batteries

TOKYO — A joint battery venture of Toyota and Panasonic on Tuesday said it will produce lithium-ion batteries for hybrid cars at a plant in Western Japan from 2022 to meet growing demand for electric vehicles (EV).

The production line at a Panasonic factory in Tokushima prefecture will have enough capacity to build batteries for around 500,000 vehicles a year, Prime Planet Energy & Solutions Inc said in a statement.

Panasonic Pulls Out Of Tesla Solar Plant In New York

Panasonic pulls out of Tesla solar plant in New York

TOKYO/LOS ANGELES — Panasonic will exit solar cell production at Tesla's New York plant, the latest sign of strain in a partnership where Panasonic's status as the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker's exclusive battery supplier is ending.

The move increases uncertainty over Tesla's solar business which is already under scrutiny, having been drastically scaled back since the U.S. firm bought it for $2.6 billion in 2016.

Panasonic, Sharp Fine-tune Goods To Conform To Islamic Teachings

Panasonic, Sharp fine-tune goods to conform to Islamic teachings

Two of the biggest names in Japanese home appliances were awarded what must rank as one of the oddest of halal certifications: for products.

In guaranteeing that their goods have not come into contact with pork or alcohol, Panasonic Corp. and Sharp Corp. are moving to gain a foothold in the growing, more affluent Muslim market.

Panasonic Plant May Take 2 Months To Resume Output

Panasonic plant may take 2 months to resume output

Panasonic says it may be two months before production can resume at a plant forced to halt operations due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Much of the equipment at the company's factory in the northern city of Koriyama was flooded. Water rose higher than a one-meter-high wall and flowed into the building.

Panasonic Lumix S1h Mirrorless Camera Launched

Panasonic Lumix S1H Mirrorless Camera Launched

When it comes to video recording, Panasonic’s Lumix GH5 was actually one of the more highly-rated cameras around, but it has been a while since the camera was launched. If you’re looking for a new camera that is designed for videography in mind, then Panasonic might have something new for you in the form of the Lumix S1H.

This is a full-frame mirrorless camera that comes with a 24MP similar to its predecessor, the Lumix S1. However, there is a difference and that the S1H actually features an anti-aliasing filter that will help reduce moire. There is also in-body image stabilization, meaning that photographer and videographers won’t need to look for specific image-stabilized lens in order to achieve a smooth and steady shot.

Toyota, Panasonic Form Joint Venture — To Build Houses

Toyota, Panasonic form joint venture — to build houses

TOKYO — Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic are forming a joint venture combining their housing businesses in Japan to showcase technologies such as connected cars and the internet of things. Toyota, which offers housing as well as vehicles in Japan, said the new company will offer homes showcasing those technologies. Panasonic said its housing subsidiary will become part of the joint venture. The companies said Thursday the deal should concluded by January 2020. Both sides said communities will increasingly want connected cars, autonomous driving, car-sharing and ecological vehicles, and homes offering sustainable energy and gadgetry. Earlier this year, Toyota and Panasonic announced a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming. The companies have been studying working together on batteries since 2017. The housing joint venture brings together all the two companies' housing brands, including Misawa Homes, Toyota Housing and Panasonic Homes. Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda said the automaker was eager to collaborate with various companies as the industry develops. He said he wanted to bring "together the strengths of Toyota, with its vehicle business and connected business, and Panasonic, with its home appliance business, battery business and IoT business, and enhancing our competitiveness," in the housing venture. Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga said the companies want to move ahead on "town development." "We will put our respective strengths together to offer new value in everyday life," he said. Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, has been bullish on partnerships with other automakers and with technology outfits such as ride-sharing giant Uber and Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. Toyoda has repeatedly said that to survive Toyota must do more than just sell cars, and have various net, ecological and robotics technology under its wings.

Panasonic And Tesla Rethink Gigafactory Expansion

Panasonic and Tesla rethink Gigafactory expansion

TOKYO — Panasonic Corp is studying further investments in battery production at its Gigafactory venture with Tesla, the company said, responding to a media report that the two companies had frozen previous plans. Tesla, whose shares fell 3.3 percent in trading before the bell in New York, said it would continue to invest in the Nevada plant as need be but believed more output could be gained from its existing resources than previously thought.

Giving no details of its sources, Japanese financial daily Nikkei reported earlier on Thursday that financial issues had led the companies to rethink plans to expand the capacity of Gigafactory 1 by another 50 percent next year. The paper said the companies had already together invested $4.5 billion in the facility and had been planning to expand the plant's capacity to the equivalent of 54 gigawatt hours a year in 2020, from 35 GWh at present. "Panasonic established a battery production capacity of 35GWh in Tesla's Gigafactory 1 by the end of March 2019 in line with growing demand," Panasonic said. "Watching the demand situation, Panasonic will study additional investments over 35GWh in collaboration with Tesla." Neither company had made public detailed future development plans for the site, although Panasonic said in July last year it would consider further investment in the Gigafactory if requested by the U.S. electric carmaker. "We will of course continue to make new investments in Gigafactory 1, as needed," a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement. "However, we think there is far more output to be gained from improving existing production equipment than was previously estimated." Panasonic is the exclusive battery cell supplier for Tesla, which in turn is Panasonic's biggest EV battery client. In February, Tesla said it had agreed to buy U.S. energy storage company Maxwell Technologies, sending shares in Panasonic lower. Chief Executive Elon Musk also said in November the U.S. company would manufacture all its battery modules and packs at its new Shanghai factory and planned to diversify its sources. Lower-than-expected car deliveries by Tesla in the first quarter spooked stock and bond investors earlier this month, adding to Wall Street's concern about its future cashflow. Tesla is expected to report first-quarter earnings on April 24.

Panasonic Shares Plunge After Profit Warning, Tesla's Big Maxwell Deal

Panasonic shares plunge after profit warning, Tesla's big Maxwell deal

TOKYO — Panasonic shares fell almost 6.5 percent on Tuesday after the electric vehicle battery maker reported a drop in quarterly earnings and cut its full-year outlook, just as EV partner Tesla branched out in battery tech. The Japanese firm on Monday chopped 9 percent from its operating profit outlook after booking a 19 percent drop in October-December, blaming weak demand for auto components and factory equipment in China, where the economy is slowing. Both figures were far below analyst estimates. Later on Monday, EV maker Tesla said it had agreed to buy U.S. energy storage company Maxwell Technologies for $218 million in an all-stock deal that could help the electric car maker produce batteries that hold more energy and last longer at a time when it needs to cut costs and faces growing competition. Maxwell executives told investors in January that it had developed and patented a "dry electrode" technology that could significantly increase the driving range and reduce the cost of electric vehicle batteries. In a presentation, Maxwell said it expected strategic alliances "within six months" centered around this technology. The company also makes ultracapacitors, which discharge energy faster than batteries and are seen as complementing battery technology. Ultracapacitors, combined with the energy of batteries, can enable rapid response times, function across a broader temperature range and lengthen battery life by up to two times, according to a blog post on Maxwell's website. Volvo-owner Geely Holding Group last May announced a deal with Maxwell and described the company's ultracapacitor technology as helping to deliver "peak power" for hybrid cars. "Tesla needs Maxwell's solvent-free battery electrode manufacturing for a viable path to lower battery costs," said Craig Irwin of Roth Capital Partners. "Real competitors are coming now, so Tesla needs to move fast." Maxwell sells ultracapacitor cells to General Motors and Volkswagen AG subsidiary Lamborghini. Panasonic is the exclusive battery cell supplier for Tesla, which in turn is Panasonic's biggest EV battery client. The Japanese electronics firm also makes types of ultracapacitors. Industry analysts in Japan pointed to Panasonic's outlook as the main source of investor concern on Tuesday, saying the Maxwell deal's impact on Panasonic was as yet unclear."The latest earnings have revealed how tough the situation is for Panasonic," said analyst Masahiko Ishino at Tokai Tokyo Research Center.

The Maxwell deal comes as Panasonic is set to lose its exclusivity with Tesla, whose Chief Executive Elon Musk said the U.S. EV maker plans to source battery cells locally for a new car factory in Shanghai, "most likely from several companies.