Welcome to the Panasonic live blog everyone. We're slated to start at the top of the hour. Folks are still filing into the ballroom and we'll have updates on the latest as soon as the company's execs take the stage.
While we wait, any opinions/preferences out there on the OLED vs conventional LCD question? (As you likely know, Panasonic last month ended its OLED partnership with Sony to focus on 4K UHD sets.)
@Big John: Just curious: How much would you be willing to pay for a 4K projector? (I'm cheap so I likely wouldn't do it unless the device was ultra-inexpensive)
We're live and in our seats! The conference should be starting in just about 7 minutes.
We're dealing with some connectivity issues here, folks, but we're doing our best to get some photos flowing.
Journalists are taking their seats and we're about ready to roll. Are you?
We're in a conference room at the Mandalay Bay casino. Turtles and sharks and other exciting creatures are just a stone's throw away.
None, however, appear to be in this particular room. There are quite a few TVs and various home appliances scattered about.
It's standing room only in here. Journalists from all around the world are hurriedly stepping on each others toes to grab the last seats.
Music? Tom Jones, of course. This is Vegas.
@ajdomanico : So far, yours is my fave' line coming out of CES 2014. Well done, sir!
"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 2014 Panasonic press conference."
It's Betty Noonan, Panny's CMO.
And she's just handing things over to Joe Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic North America.
"It's been quite a journey to get here" -- sounds like he got into some travel trouble like many of us did.
"Panasonic is more than a TV company, we're a company that's dedicated to creating a better life. A better world."
"As never before we're taking the consumer technologies that you know us best for... and re-imagining them in the business solutions for the auto industry, the airlines, even quick-serve restaurants."
Joe's teasing we'll be seeing some wearable tech, some home entertainment tech, and some auto tech as well.
"I hope you learn something and enjoy what we present this morning."
He's also inviting us down to see the Panasonic booth, too. How kind.
"Amazing electronics that improve our productivity and our experiences at work and at play."
Taylor is talking about a 4K OLED Video Wave, a 21-feet long selection of panels that are both convex and concave. That seems... slightly excessive.
Rance Poehler is up now, President of Panasonic Systems NA.
Basically, it's an integrated solutions company for governments and enterprises.
"While many companies are focused on 4K for the consumer, we are focused on bringing 4K technology to our business customers."
He's referencing a 31-inch 4K monitor, for reference and footage review.
And a 4K Varicam, 24p up to 100/120p, writing to Ultra HD P2 Cards.
It's said to be "very affordable." We're thinking that's not the case for most consumers.
There's a 4K projector coming to market later this year, with pixel-quadrupling "beyond 4K."
"We expect considerable interest in 4K also in our security business."
This is a somewhat... curious way to start the conference at consumer electronics show, but hey, let's talk about industrial applications.
"With using 4K technology in our security cameras, we can actually reduce the number of cameras in an installation, and reduce the cost overall."
He's talking about the 20-inch 4K tablet they showed last year, now.
There's a new version with an i7 chip. It will "deliver a user experience that is perfect for the manipulation of data." Architecture, design, health care...
Now it's the 7-inch Toughpad FZ-M1.