Panasonic plasma is dead. I'd like to take a moment for everyone to express their feelings at its passing. Next March, Panasonic "will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use," in the company's own words. They've been CNET's favorite TVs for years, and we're not alone. Other reviewers, editors, consultants, calibrators, engineers and picture quality aficionados of every stripe have studied, designed, lauded, picked apart, recommended, purchased for themselves and/or enjoyed countless hours watching a Panasonic plasma. I asked a few industry experts, many of whom I've worked with over the years and all of whom care deeply about picture quality, for their reactions at the exit of these flat-panel televisions from the market. I told them I'd like to publish a sort of eulogy. The response was overwhelming. I've been recommending Panasonic plasma TVs to friends and family since the mid 2000s. Compared to LED and LCD TVs, plasmas … [Read more...] about RIP Panasonic plasma TVs: Reactions from industry experts
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Dear God.That's my first thought as I wriggle into the black, skin-tight catsuit. I look ready to perform motion-capture for Lord of the Rings. I pull the leggings up over my waist, then I take a quick selfie to really check myself out. Oh boy.The garment, known as a Zozosuit, clings to my skin without remorse. It shows everything. The chocolate gut. The pancake biceps. The junk in the trunk and the tucked family jewels. This is a devastating self-burn. Why would I do this to myself? Now playing: Watch this: The Zozosuit might change the way we buy clothes 4:28 The Zozosuit is the brainchild of Yusaku Maezawa, a punk drummer turned Japanese billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Japan's biggest online fashion retailer, Zozotown. He also happens to be a big fan of Jean-Michel Basquiat and, thanks to Elon Musk, he's set to be the first private citizen to go to the moon. Having been struck by an inability to find clothes that fit him perfectly (he cites his short stature for … [Read more...] about Zozosuit: The bizarre spandex bodysuit revolutionizing the fashion industry
Now playing: Watch this: How Amazon tech can be tied into Whole Foods 1:55 Amazon is getting into the grocery business in very big way, though with a less Amazonian approach than expected.The online retail giant, which has toiled for over a decade trying to make online grocery deliveries work, said Friday it has agreed to acquire Whole Foods Market for $13.7 billion in cash. The deal, expected to close in the second half of the year, is by far Amazon's biggest acquisition.The addition of Whole Foods would radically transform the Seattle e-retailer in a handful of ways. Most notably, the world's largest online retailer will now become a major player in physical stores for the first time, after it's dabbled with several store concepts for the past year and a half.Whole Foods also provides Amazon with a new upscale brand, after the e-commerce company has made its name as a low-cost competitor. Additionally, Amazon is finally making good on heated speculation that it would break … [Read more...] about Why Amazon wants to own Whole Foods and sell you groceries
Selecting the focus of an image is a vital key in conveying meaning to the viewer. Lytro lets you do that after the photo is snapped. Dcoetzee, Used Under CC0 1.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons A company named Lytro introduced the world's first consumer-grade light-field camera to worldwide fanfare just a few years ago. Some pundits exclaimed that these newfangled cameras forever changed photography. But in the years since Lytro's introduction, those bold headlines have faded, leaving some people wondering if this technology is an obsolete gimmick. The reality is that light-field cameras are just getting started. “Light-field technology falls under the much broader umbrella of computational imaging,” says Steve Cooper, director of product marketing at Lytro in an email interview. Computational imaging refers to digitally captured and processed images as opposed to those that rely on traditional optical technology. In essence, the Lytro captures … [Read more...] about Light-field Camera Technology: Is That Still a Thing?
Magdalena Truchan has used a wheelchair for 20 years and blogs about fashion and entertainment at PrettyCripple.com Magdalena Truchan The fashion industry has some catching up to do when it comes to considering people with disabilities. That's according to the results of a recent study, which surveyed 113 people with mobility impairments. The findings showed that about half of the respondents were unable to attend events like weddings, school dances and job interviews or even work out because they couldn't find appropriate clothing. "The clothing industry continues to exclusively cater to able-bodied individuals despite the fact that people with disabilities often miss out on important life events due to clothing-related problems," says Allison Kabel, lead study author and assistant professor of health sciences in the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, in a press release. The study authors call on the fashion industry to take the millions of Americans living with … [Read more...] about Clothing Industry’s Narrow Focus Sidelines People With Disabilities