Panasonic launch gesture-controlled kitchen TVs

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viera-kitchen.jpgThree new VIERA TVs could soon be headed to a kitchen near you, after Panasonic today outed their latest range designed for sticky-fingered chefs.

The Panasonic VIERA DMP-BV300, DMP-HV200 and DMP-HV150 all come with a 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 displays, with built in digital TV tuners, ethernet connections for DLNA and YouTube widgets and memory card playback from SD/SCHC/SDXC formats.

Motion controls in the DMP-HV200 make it perfect for use in the kitchen, when mucky hands may make it difficult to control otherwise, allowing for waves of the wand to change channels and volume. It’s also splashproof, so won’t be too bothered if it’s sat next to a sink. The DMP-HV150 is also splash proof, but doesn’t feature motion controls.

The DMP-BV300 gets an integrated Blu-ray player, with HDMI output to an external 1080p display should you so desire.

All three pair with Panasonic’s TY-CC10W Skype camera, with the BV300 also portable for a few hours thanks to a rechargeable batttery pack.

Due out in March in Japan, the BV300 will set you back around £590, the HV200 £390 and the HV150 £320, though no word on a UK release has yet been made.

Gerald Lynch