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Panasonic’s Future in 3-D

At the 2011 CES, Mashable, a top source for news in social and digital media, took a moment to highlight where Panasonic’s 3-D future might be headed. As shown in the video above, Panasonic isn’t announcing when their new interactive 3-D TV will be available to mass consumers, but it is nice to see a fine 3-D flat-screen that will easily work in our TV lift cabinets. According to Mashable, Panasonic hasn’t traditionally been known for their software development or user interface, but staff at Mashable are excited about the way users can manipulate icons in 3-D space, and everyone else should be too.

Much like the Wii remote (and the upcoming Magic Wand for Apple TVs), Panasonic uses a special remote that controls on-screen elements and makes it faster and easier to access the content for which they’re really looking.

Since this 3-D TV debuted at the 2011 CES, it is likely that it will be hitting some stores’ shelves this year, but there are no guarantees. If you do find one, though, drop us a line. We’d like to know about it. And if you purchase one yourself, snap a picture of it in your TV lift cabinet and send it over. We may feature it in a future blog post or on our Facebook page.

Panasonic’s Future in 3-D

At the 2011 CES, Mashable, a top source for news in social and digital media, took a moment to highlight where Panasonic’s 3-D future might be headed. As shown in the video above, Panasonic isn’t announcing when their new interactive 3-D TV will be available to mass consumers, but it is nice to see a fine 3-D flat-screen that will easily work in our TV lift cabinets. According to Mashable, Panasonic hasn’t traditionally been known for their software development or user interface, but staff at Mashable are excited about the way users can manipulate icons in 3-D space, and everyone else should be too.

Much like the Wii remote (and the upcoming Magic Wand for Apple TVs), Panasonic uses a special remote that controls on-screen elements and makes it faster and easier to access the content for which they’re really looking.

Since this 3-D TV debuted at the 2011 CES, it is likely that it will be hitting some stores’ shelves this year, but there are no guarantees. If you do find one, though, drop us a line. We’d like to know about it. And if you purchase one yourself, snap a picture of it in your TV lift cabinet and send it over. We may feature it in a future blog post or on our Facebook page.

Small Portable Speaker Produces Big Sound

WOWee ONE

WOWee ONE

WOWee ONE is a compact, rechargeable and portable speaker that is producing some big sounds, and some big reviews. Different than other (cheaper) portable speakers, the WOWee ONE speaker can handle the “highs” and “lows” of sound through a hybrid technology, Gel Audio™, which delivers low end bass frequencies. In fact, it can produce sound about three octaves lower than traditional speakers. And interestingly, this portable speaker gives off slightly different sounds depending on where it is placed, as least according to Mashable’s recent review of the speaker.

As the number of iPods, iPads, mp3 and mp4 players, smart phones and computer applications continues to rise, the need for portable products is only going to increase as well. Today, it is estimated that nearly 30 million smart phones are used every day, and with applications like Pandora and Last.fm, people will appreciate hearing quality sound come from their streaming media player. Barely larger than an iPhone, the WOWee ONE portable speaker can be easily slipped into a back pocket, purse or backpack. However, many users of the portable speaker are primarily using it in their homes.

This is where Mashable’s recent review of the speaker becomes interesting. Reviewers tested the WOWee ONE Slim and found that its sound changed significantly depending on what type of surface it was laid upon. The reviewers found that the speaker “sounded best and warmest with wood.” So using this speaker with your mp3 player, iPad or smart phone while resting on a handcrafted, hardwood TV lift cabinet from ImportAdvantage could give your WOWee ONE portable, rechargeable speaker its best sound. Very interesting, indeed.

Using your TV lift cabinet to hold common goods like wallets, car keys or cell phones is not uncommon. In fact, since many TV lift cabinet models feature some flat “static” space (i.e. non-moving) on the cabinet top, it can be a convenient place to store your daily “grab-and-go” essentials. Now with the WOWee ONE portable speaker, your TV lift cabinet can be a truly versatile entertainment center.

The ImportAdvantage TV lift cabinets with the most static space include the Cachet TV Lift with Bookcases, the Banyan Creek TV Lift Cabinet and Banyan Creek XL TV Lift Cabinet, as well as the Seasons TV Lift Cabinet. Of course, you’ll find many more at ImportAdvantage.com.

So what other small items do you store on your TV lift cabinet? We’d like to know. Send us photos or comment below!

Small Portable Speaker Produces Big Sound

WOWee ONE

WOWee ONE

WOWee ONE is a compact, rechargeable and portable speaker that is producing some big sounds, and some big reviews. Different than other (cheaper) portable speakers, the WOWee ONE speaker can handle the “highs” and “lows” of sound through a hybrid technology, Gel Audio™, which delivers low end bass frequencies. In fact, it can produce sound about three octaves lower than traditional speakers. And interestingly, this portable speaker gives off slightly different sounds depending on where it is placed, as least according to Mashable’s recent review of the speaker.

As the number of iPods, iPads, mp3 and mp4 players, smart phones and computer applications continues to rise, the need for portable products is only going to increase as well. Today, it is estimated that nearly 30 million smart phones are used every day, and with applications like Pandora and Last.fm, people will appreciate hearing quality sound come from their streaming media player. Barely larger than an iPhone, the WOWee ONE portable speaker can be easily slipped into a back pocket, purse or backpack. However, many users of the portable speaker are primarily using it in their homes.

This is where Mashable’s recent review of the speaker becomes interesting. Reviewers tested the WOWee ONE Slim and found that its sound changed significantly depending on what type of surface it was laid upon. The reviewers found that the speaker “sounded best and warmest with wood.” So using this speaker with your mp3 player, iPad or smart phone while resting on a handcrafted, hardwood TV lift cabinet from ImportAdvantage could give your WOWee ONE portable, rechargeable speaker its best sound. Very interesting, indeed.

Using your TV lift cabinet to hold common goods like wallets, car keys or cell phones is not uncommon. In fact, since many TV lift cabinet models feature some flat “static” space (i.e. non-moving) on the cabinet top, it can be a convenient place to store your daily “grab-and-go” essentials. Now with the WOWee ONE portable speaker, your TV lift cabinet can be a truly versatile entertainment center.

The ImportAdvantage TV lift cabinets with the most static space include the Cachet TV Lift with Bookcases, the Banyan Creek TV Lift Cabinet and Banyan Creek XL TV Lift Cabinet, as well as the Seasons TV Lift Cabinet. Of course, you’ll find many more at ImportAdvantage.com.

So what other small items do you store on your TV lift cabinet? We’d like to know. Send us photos or comment below!

Mashable.com Polls Readers for their Tech-Related New Year’s Resolutions

Recently, Mashable.com launched a user poll asking the question, “What’s your tech-related resolution for the new year?” And the answers ranged from “Getting a new Android phone” to “Leveraging technology to get in shape”. Respondents could select as many resolutions as they wanted and the results (so far) are interesting. The poll is still live and receiving votes.

But before we recap the results, it’s interesting to note some background information about New Year’s Resolutions. Resolutions have been around for about as long as the New Year holiday has, which is really since 153 B.C., when the mythical king of early Rome, Janus, started appearing at the head of the calendar.

It wasn’t until Julius Caesar started the 365-day solar calendar in 46 B.C. that we started celebrating New Year’s Day on January 1. January is named after Janus, who was a two-faced deity who could look back on the past and into the future at the same time. With this symbolism, various cultures adopted ways to celebrate how they could learn from the past and wish for positive changes in the future. In popular the American custom, the New Year is marked by a kiss at the stroke of midnight, purifying the new year ahead. In China, doors are marked with red paint, the symbol of good luck and happiness. From the desire to make good things happen in the coming year, New Year’s Resolutions were born.

In this day and age, we turn to Mashable, with its educated and tech-savvy reading audience, as a credible source for where the culture of technology is headed, so their poll has special merit. In just 24 hours, over 2,100 votes have been cast in the poll and the top three resolutions are:

-Getting an iPad (12+%)

-Getting a new Android phone (12+%)

-Improving my HDTV/home theater (11+%)

With the incredible sales of Apple iPads this past season, it’s interesting to note that nearly as many people who plan to invest in an iPad in 2011 also plan to upgrade their TVs and home theaters. No doubt that some of these “resolute” shoppers will also look into complementing their new TV technology with a new remote-controlled TV lift cabinet. What else can showcase a new flat-screen as neatly and quietly as a TV lift? We’ll keep our eyes on this poll to see if it changes much, but clearly there’s a trend in home theaters being set in 2011. Have you gotten your new TV yet?

 
 
 
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