For those looking for a TV companion in their tablets, the Panasonic unveiled its Viera tablet at CES today with that very purpose in mind.
As part of Panasonic’s attempt to enable access to cloud services in conjunction with its Viera television sets, the Android-based Viera tablet will offer features such as Viera Connect, an IPTV service with online video-on-demand and interactive services. The Viera can also provide viewers with different angles of sports scenes by acting as a subscreen, while also serving as a “visual remote control” to operate the TV and switch channels.
Other features include allowing users to communicate via social network services while watching TV, and ordering items related to the TV contents via online shopping.
Though the launch date of these proposed cloud services has yet to be announced, Panasonic said that it will “work to launch its cloud service business as early as possible — with an eye to forming alliances with major companies in various industries — to offer the services that will be fun and easy to enjoy.”
The specific details on what’s under the hood of the Viera Tablet also remain unknown at the moment. However, it has been confirmed that the LCD touchscreen of the tablet will come in three different sizes — 4, 7, and 10 inches — with all of the models featuring the same internals.
Panasonic said that the Viera Tablet will be available in the global market “within this year.”