It's award season at Panasonic, even if one of those awards seems a little less than legitimate.
Panasonic has been championing 3D technology from the start, which is why the company received the first annual Charles Wheatstone award. It was given to them by the International 3D Society, of which Panasonic is a significant member. It's a nice honor, but it seems a little like helping to create a club and then giving yourself an award for doing so.
More significant were the inductions of Richard Kraft and Dr. Larry Weber into the Consumer Electronics hall of fame.
Kraft is a former president of Panasonic North America and is the first American to ever hold that position. He helped spearhead the HD movement and helped to revitalize the company and put it in a position that would make it competitive in the HD TV market.
Dr. Weber helped to create the energy recovery sustain circuit as well as other key technologies that aided in bringing plasma technology to the forefront.