Green Innovations, Glasses-less 3D, Tablet PCs at Japan’s CEATEC Show

Toshiba’s tablet PC prototype, on display

On exhibit during trade day of the Tokyo-held CEATEC Japan 2010 Oct. 5 were numerous “green technology” innovations, new iterations of 3D technology including prototypes of the first glassless sets – some destined for local market introduction before the end of the year – and Android- based tablet PC prototypes that aim to give Apple a run for its money in the iPad space.

Panasonic, which showed its 3D plasma line in a massive 33-screen display of sizes ranging from 42 to 152 inches – – including 42- and 46-inch Japanese-market models with built-in Blu-ray recorders – underscored its goal to become the number one “green” company in the CE industry by its hundredth anniversary in 2018 with a multi-faceted display of energy management solutions that start in the home and broaden to impact the surrounding community.

Toshiba showed several examples of its “Glasses-less” 3D REGZA LED LCD TVs; the 20-inch GL1 and the 12-inch GL1 will come out in Japan in late December (approximate pricing: ¥240,000 [$2,882] and ¥120,000 [$1,441], respectively), along with a 56-inch early prototype. The 20-inch model integrates Toshiba’s Cell REGZA Engine for processing; no plans are set for marketing the sets overseas.

Meanwhile, at the Sharp booth, 2D-to-3D switchable LCD models that don’t require eyewear for the effect were demonstrated in 10.6-inch and 3.8-inch sizes.

Toshiba and Sharp also presented their respective versions of tablet computers. Toshiba’s 10.1-inch prototype, dubbed Book Place, is making its first market appearance in Europe this month at 399 euros (about $550); plans for Japanese and U.S. market shipment are not yet fixed. Sharp’s Galapagos tablet line, to be available in December, will bow as a 5.5-inch mobile version and in a 10.8-inch size more suited to home use.

Stay tuned for more highlights in days to come from the show – and watch for special reports on Panasonic’s initiatives in the “eco” space.

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