Inspiration: Panasonic LifeWall

Inspiration: Panasonic LifeWall

Kelly
Jan 10, 2008

What if you didn't need wires or have to coordinate your living room around your television? We spied a demo of Panasonic's LifeWall at CES this week, and their upcoming technology will allow you greater flexibility and an entirely new interaction with your media. Your living room wall becomes a virtual playground, allowing you to watch media, share photos, keep up with your home security system, and even decorate. We'll give you a step by step guide after the jump.

First, the wall recognizes who you are with face recognition technology and allows you access to your media inventory. This is fully customizable and would allow for you to limit some users access to certain materials. A perfect solution for limiting a child's television watching, for instance.

Next, you interact with the wall to scroll through your media options, in this case the demonstrator is selecting her nursery cam.

And then the video image appears right on the wall, and moves with the user. It resizes, as appropriate to your distance (which unfortunately could not capture with our camera.) The possibilities for this system are endless, from bringing the family together for a movie, to taking a virtual yoga class, to adding virtual windows with a sunny day outside. Panasonic has demonstration video of the LifeWall on their site, which we highly recommend. This is still a prototype and there's no word on a projected release or cost. However, we're encouraged by the idea that one day technology will be fully integrated into our homes, leaving less clutter to contend with and allowing instant access to our media.

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