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Panasonic introduces new smart TV features and bone conduction headphones


panacesthumbPanasonic has introduced some new smart TV features as well as all-new wireless bone-conduction headphones at its 2013 Consumer Electronics Show press conference.

My Home Screen can personalise a user’s viewing experience on the new Smart Viera TV range.

The new feature allows individuals to customise their TV’s home screen to give them faster access to their favourite content.

A built-in camera in the new range of Panasonic plasma and LED TVs will incorporate facial recognition to determine which member of the household is watching TV and make their Home Screen available.

And users will be able to control and access their content using their voice with the new Voice Guidance and Voice Interaction features.

Panasonic's My Home Screen was announced at CES today

Sharing content from Android and iOS devices to the TV is now as easy as swiping the device’s screen towards Panasonic’s Smart Viera TV before it appears on the plasma or LED screen.

Once on the screen users will be able to edit the photo with a touch pen to add effects or write directly in the image through the screen.

The results can then be swiped back towards any Android and iOS device so they have a copy of the image. It is a fun and easy watch to view and share photos.

There will be 32 new Panasonic Smart Viera TVs introduced at CES with 16 plasma and 16 LED models ranging in sizes from 32 to 65-inches.

Images can be sent to the screen with a swipe and also edited on screen with a pen

Panasonic did not announce any OLED (organic light emitting diode) or Ultra High Definition products which have been the focus of rival companies like LG and Samsung.

An interesting new product from Panasonic is the wireless bone conduction headphones which uses vibrations directly into the auditory nerves to allow the user to hear the sound.

And because the user’s ears are from a traditional headphone they can still hear the outside world.

The new wireless Panasonic Bone Conduction headphones

The bone conduction headphones also feature a built-in microphone so a person can record voice notes or make and answer phone calls.

The headphones are also sweat and drip proof thanks to the product’s design, which has no air holes on the device’s exterior, so they’d also make a good exercise companion.

* Stephen Fenech travelled to Las Vegas as a guest of LG

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