At last week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Victor-JVC exhibited a prototype of their next-generation super-thin LCD TV.
Just 7 mm (.28 inch) thick and weighing 5 kg (11 lbs), the display is the company's thinnest and lightest LCD TV to date.
Besides the advances in size and weight, the company has been emphasizing the eco-friendliness of the new technology. According to a press release, LCDs of this type use about 50% less materials and 10% fewer module parts than comparable JVC displays, and employ no mercury in production thanks to the use of LED as the light source. The company also claims that the displays maintain the optical intensity and low-heat radiation performance of prior models.
If you're into traditional Japanese imagery you might want to explore this award-winning website that Panasonic created to promote its Viera line of flat-panel televisions. Dubbed "experience color," it skillfully employs graphics, live action, color and lighting to create a sophisticated mood and give a sense of the high quality pictures you can expect from Viera.
On June 8, the Japanesque Modern Committee announced the launch of the "Japanesque Modern 100" Awards to certify the 100 products and creative content that best represent the Japanesque Modern concept. Selected items will be authorized to display the j-mark
The "Japanesque Modern 100" is the first volley in a national branding campaign from the Japanesque Modern Committee, which was set up with government backing to heighten Japan's brand image in the face of intensifying global competition. Leading corporations including Matsushita Electric and Toyota as well as universities and designers are involved.
For an example of how the Japanesque Modern campaign is affecting advertising, (and if you have the bandwidth to handle it) visit the worldwide site for the flat-panel Viera TV from Matsushita (Panasonic).