Launched First Products: Attachment Plug and 2-Way Socket
The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, was convinced that there would be a huge demand from ordinary households for convenient, high-quality wiring products. As a result, the company manufactured and marketed its first products, an attachment plug and 2-way socket. Since homes generally had only a single power outlet for one lamp at the time, a product that allowed the use of two lamps, or a lamp and an iron, was popular.
* The photo shows the company’s first products: an attachment plug (left) and, in 1920, a 2-way socket (right).Corporate History | Panasonic
“National Lamp” Marketed as the First Product to Use the National Trademark
In 1925, the founder created the National trademark for a square-shaped lamp that the company had been producing, and for which the trademark rights were granted the following year. The National Lamp, which was the first product to use the National name, was expected to become a daily necessity for people all over the nation, and was launched in 1927. It became extremely popular not only for bicycle use, but as a convenient and safe light source that could be set down or carried about. Sales grew rapidly and the National trademark became synonymous with battery-powered lamps as the product spread all over Japan.Panasonic Corporate History
Launched the Thermostat for the Electric “Kotatsu” Heater
Panasonic's first full-scale thermo switch was launched. With little operating noise, the product received high technical acclaim from throughout the industry.Corporate History | Panasonic
Launched Panasonic's First In-House Dry Cell Battery
Accompanying the major hit sales of the National Lamp, the demand for dry cell batteries soared. As a result, the company acquired a customer's dry cell battery factory and began manufacturing dry cell batteries in-house.
Launched Panasonic's First Motor
The company succeeded in developing a motor, a product that was dominated by heavy electric machinery manufacturers. The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, predicted that, "Someday, there will definitely be 10 motors used in every home." His prediction came true and after the WWII, motors came into widespread use in home appliances.Innovative Product: 1/2-horsepower, 3-phase induction motor
Launched the AR5-6, Panasonic's First Automotive Storage Battery
Panasonic's storage battery business started with the AR5-6. To prevent the battery container, which at the time was made of ebonite, from breading to to the vibration during travel, the battery was protected by a wooden frame.
Launched Panasonic’s First Home Dryer
Equipped with a brush replacement socket and a three-stage switch. Packaged in a wooden case.
Launched the MW-101, Panasonic’s First Washing Machine
After making an observation tour of the U.S. market, the founder, Konosuke Matsushita, instructed Panasonic engineers to produce a washing machine with the thought that “It was a highly important product to free housewives from the hard work of washing clothes.” As a result, in this year, the company’s first agitator-type washing machine, the MW-01, was released. In 1956, a washing machine, a black & white TV, and a refrigerator were called the “three essential status symbols” that everyone sought in Japan.Innovative Product: Agitator-type washing machine
Launched Panasonic’s First Black & White TV
Panasonic's first TV, the 17K-531, a 17-inch, black & white model, was released in the year before TV broadcasts began in Japan.Innovative Product: 17-inch monochrome TV
Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Refrigerator
Panasonic launched the NR-351, its first electric refrigerator. Refrigerators were called one of the “three essential status symbols” in Japan together with a washing machine and a black & white TV. Refrigerators were still too highly priced for ordinary households.Innovative Product: Electric refrigerator
Launched the "National Hyper," Japan's First Fully Metal-Jacketed Dry Cell Battery
The founder, Konosuke Matsushita, who wanted to manufacture dry cell batteries and other products that met or exceeded world standards, considered technical tie-ups with foreign manufacturers but was persuaded by company engineers to develop products with the company's own strength, and decided to develop them in-house. The company succeeded in developing and launching the "National Hyper," Japan's first fully metal-jacketed dry cell battery.
Launched Panasonic’s First Electric Rice Cooker
The EC-21, Panasonic’s first electric rice cooker was launched.
Launched the MC-1, Panasonic’s First Vacuum Cleaner
Panasonic launched its first vacuum cleaner, the compact handheld MC-1.
Launched the RQ-201, Panasonic’s First Household Tape Recorder
The RQ-201 Open Reel-Type Tape Recorder was launched after the start of the patent licensing of the AC biasing method that achieved high-quality magnetic recording over an extended period of time, and became the cornerstone of Panasonic’s recording equipment business.Innovative Product: Tape recorder
Launched the W-31, Panasonic’s First Window-Type Cooler
At the time, the air conditioner was called a “Home Cooler” and it was a window-type unit that was installed through the wall so that the ventilation flowed through the back of the unit, which was exposed to the outside.Innovative Product: Home air conditioner
Launched the T-10, the World's Smallest 6-Transistor, Ultracompact Radio
Panasonic released the world’s smallest pocket radio of its day.
Launched Electronic Calculators
Panasonic’s first electronic calculator was launched this year. Later, in 1969, the pocket-sized calculator was launched. In 1979, an electronic dictionary was launched for export.
Launched the Industry’s First Color TV
Panasonic released the K21-10, Japan’s first 21-inch color TV, coinciding with Japan’s first color TV broadcast in 1960. A color TV, an air conditioner, and a car were called the “3Cs,” and replaced the three essential status symbols of Japan in the 1950’s, which were a black & white TV, a washing machine, and a refrigerator.
Launched the MR-500, Japan’s First Electric Automatic Dishwasher
The MR-500, the first electric automatic dishwasher with full-fledged rotation injection system in Japan was launched. The product never reached mainstream popularity, primarily due to its large size, as it was designed from the body of a washing machine, and its high cost.
Launched the MK-800, Panasonic’s First Clothes Dryer
Panasonic’s first clothes dryer model.
Launched the RQ-112 Open Tape Recorder
Panasonic’s first battery-powered portable type with No. 3 reel was launched.
Launched the T-801 2-Band, 8-Transistor Portable Radio
This was the first product marketed under the National Panasonic brand. Pursuing sensitivity and sound quality with the newest technologies, it featured a new design that was suitable for the new brand.
Launched the "Technitone" SX-601, Panasonic’s First Electronic Organ
Panasonic’s first "Technitone" electronic organ, the SX-601, was launched. This marked the company’s entry into the electronic musical instrument market.
Launched the NE-100F, Panasonic’s First Microwave Oven For Restaurant and Institutional Use
Panasonic launched the NE-100F, Japan’s first mass-produced microwave oven.
Launched the "National Hi-Top," the World's Longest Lasting Dry Cell Battery
The "National Hi-Top" dry cell battery, which featured twice the lifetime of conventional batteries, was not only long lasting, but also strongly resisted leakage compared to conventional ones, and offered high performance with capacity lowering only slightly when stored for long periods. In the following year of 1964, this battery won Japan's Mainichi Industrial Technology Award and the Secretary of Science and Technology Agency Prize.
Launched the N-7000, a Fully Automatic Washing Machine
Panasonic launched the N-7000, the company’s first fully automatic washing machine that enabled users to wash, rinse, and spin-dry laundry with one tank and automated the process from pouring in the water to the final spin-drying.
Launched the CS-80Z, Panasonic’s First Split-Type Air Conditioner
This was Panasonic’s first split-type air conditioner with a separate indoor unit and outdoor unit.
Developed the Automatic Traffic-Actuated Signal Control, Panasonic’s First Road Traffic Control Device
The automatic traffic-actuated signal control was developed upon request from the National Police Agency. Based on the detected amount of road traffic, the system provided optimal control for the length of the traffic signals. The intersections where the systems were installed saw a 35% reduction in road traffic. The following year, the systems were installed in over 100 locations along the country’s main roads.
Launched the NE-700, Panasonic’s First Home-Use Microwave Oven
Launched Panasonic's First Multi Halogen Lamp
The multi halogen lamp was released as a new light source with 1.5 times the brightness of the conventional mercury lamp. Featuring a crisp, pure white light, this lamp highly natural colors, it was well suited to a wide range of uses, from roads and plazas outdoors to large-scale, indoor facilities such as terminals, and signboard illumination.
Launched the CX-801, Japan's First Car Stereo
Launched Japan's first cartridge type car stereo, which set a new record as a hit product. The CX-801 also received Japan's Good Design Award the same year.
Launched the World’s First Azimuth Recording System VTR
The NV-2320, the world’s first azimuth recording system VTR, was launched. The innovative idea that improved recording density was deployed with VHS, βmax and DVC.
Launched the "Mica 1" TR-001, the World's Smallest (1.5-Inch) TV
Panasonic launched the "Mica 1" TR-001, the world's smallest black & white TV with a 1.5-inch CRT in the U.S. It made full use of advanced downsizing skills, which were the specialty of Japanese manufacturers. The "Mica 1" was also marketed in Japan the following year.
Launched the World’s First High-Speed Video Tape Copying Device
Panasonic launched the world’s first high-speed video tape copying device using a contact transfer system.
Launched Panasonic's First High-Voltage Sodium Light
Panasonic launched its first high-voltage sodium light, which was more efficient than mercury lamps. Centering on the field of factory illumination, which used a large amount of illumination, the high-voltage sodium light was commonly used as a replacement for the mainstream mercury lamp.
Launched the NV-8020, the World’s First Surveillance VTR
The NV-8020, the world’s surveillance VTR, was launched. Video recording became much easier than film recording.
Launched the "Technics" SP-10, the World’s First Direct Drive Turntable
Using direct drive motors, Panasonic commercialized the world’s first durable turntable with high rotational accuracy and minimal noise and mechanical vibration. The model received a variety of prestigious awards.Innovative Product: Direct-drive turntable
Launched the World’s First Infrared Remote Controlled Color TV
In the midst of problems related to TV reliability, including parliamentary deliberation of operating errors by remote control units, the TH-6600FR was the world’s first to provide stable operation by infrared remote control. This system became the cornerstone for virtually all remote controlled electronic devices in use today.
Launched the “Panafax 2000” Telephone Facsimile for Office Use
Until the deregulation of telephone lines in March 1973, the demand for facsimile machines was limited to the government, news media, and a few major corporations because they used leased or semi-leased lines operated by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corporation (currently NTT). Simultaneously with the deregulation of the telephone lines, Panasonic launched the "Panafax 2000," Japan’s first full-scale facsimile for office use. By integrating the transmitter and receiver, which were originally separated, and enabling users to operate it through a leased line or a landline, it instantly became a best-selling product.
Launched the "Panavar," OF-Type High-Voltage Phase-Advancing Capacitor
Achieved Japan's first all-plastic model.
Launched the "Palook" Fluorescent Light
The Palook was released as the first commercial three-wavelength fluorescent light. With its high color rendering properties with a color temperature of 5000K, it provides a more natural tint and has improved the cold color image of conventional fluorescent lighting. The name Palook has continued to be familiar and synonymous with Japan’s fluorescent lights for over 40 years since its launch.
Launched Panasonic’s First Microwave and Convection Oven
Panasonic launched the NE-8600, the first microwave and convection oven.
* The photo shows the NE-8700 microwave oven in 1978.
Launched the VZ-C510 VHS Portable Video Camera
The , Panasonic’s first portable-type VHS video camera, was launched. The innovative model had a separate camera section and video deck section.
Launched the NV-6000 VHS Home Video with 6-Hour Recording Capacity
This product offered the world’s first 6-hour recording capacity.
Launched the First "Light Capsule" Light Bulb Socket Type Fluorescent Light
The “Light Capsule T13” was Panasonic’s first compact fluorescent light bulb with a brightness equivalent to a 40-watt light bulb. It can be used with conventional power sockets, contributing to the longer life of the lighting and energy-savings primarily for business purposes.
Launched Panasonic’s First Braille Copying Device
Panasonic’s first braille copying device was launched. The braille manuscripts that were read out were saved onto a magnetic recording sheet and copies were created quickly as necessary. Storing and searching for braille books became easier and more convenient, and the product was quickly introduced to schools for the blind.
Launched the "MacLord Movie" NV-M1, the Industry’s First VHS Integrated Video Camera
The “MacLord Movie” NV-M1 VHS integrated video camera, which was the industry’s first video camera to combine the previously separate camera section and video deck section, was launched.
Launched the SD-BT2, Japan’s First Fully Automatic Home Bakery
The SD-BT2 home bakery allowed users to enjoy freshly baked bread at home. After proposing this new dietary lifestyle, the product became a major hit. The home bakery became deeply rooted in the market, further improvements were made, and new menu proposals were continually added. In August 2012, it achieved a total domestic production volume of four million units.
Launched the "Nippon Daki" SR-IH18, the World’s First IH Rice Cooker
The world’s first electric rice cooker that used an IH system to directly heat the pot was launched this year. A square design was adopted for the rice cooker, which conventionally featured a round shape, to convey the innovation of technology. The ability to cook delicious rice with high heating power became a popular topic of conversation.
Launched Panasonic’s First Voice Production and Utterance Training Machine
A voice production and utterance training machine was launched to provide vocal training for people with speech impairments. Using various sensors to detect the vibrations of the nose and vocal cords, the convection of airflow and the position of the tongue, and visually displaying the ideal utterance and differences between the waveforms, this product enabled effective training even when alone.
Launched the NV-W1 VHS World Standard VTR
This was the industry’s first worldwide compatible VTR to support the recording and playback of three image systems, including the NTSC system, which was used in Japan and the U.S., as well as PAL and SECAM. To allow use in various countries, it was also equipped with a voltage switching function.
Launched the TH-36HD1, the Industry’s First High-Definition TV
The TH-36HD1 was the industry’s first analog high-definition (MUSE format) TV, making it the forerunner for the high-definition TVs of 1994 and beyond.
Launched a Next-Generation Audio/Video System for aircraft
Panasonic launched its first integrated audio/video system for personal in-flight entertainment. It has since delivered systems to airlines all over Europe and around the world.
* The photo shows the "System 2000."
Launched the CN-V1000D Car Navigation System
The CN-V1000D featured a GPS function and Autonomous Navigation Sensor. Equipped with the first consumer-use automatic route search function, the user simply entered the destination. The system would then search for and display the recommended route.
Launched the World’s First "PD" Optical Disk System
The world’s first "PD" optical disk system was launched. Achieved an optical disk rewriting capacity of up to 650 MB and 4-speed CD-ROM playback with a single drive.
Launched Panasonic’s First Broadcasting DVCPRO System
The AJ-D700 digital 6mm camera recorder for video coverage, Panasonic’s first broadcasting DVCPRO system, was launched.Innovative Product: DVCPRO series video system
Developed the World's First Titanium Lithium-Ion Secondary Battery
This world-first battery was developed as a back-up power supply for wristwatches that do not require battery replacement.
Launched the "Let’s Note" AL-N1 Notebook PC
The AL-N1, the first-generation "Let’s Note" notebook PC, which made its debut this year before the word “mobile” became so commonly used, was so popular that it was oversold from the moment it was released. Notebook PCs at that time most often used VGA (640 x 480-dot) STN LCD displays, and even the lighter ones weighed about 2 kg. In contrast, the AL-N1 featured an SVGA (800 x 600-dot) TFT LCD display, with a B5 size, and light weight 1.5 kg. The "Let's Note" was highly evaluated, making it a highly popular mobile PC.
Launched the First "Toughbook" Rugged Notebook PC
In September 1996, the Toughbook CF-25 attracted major praise, mainly from outside of Japan, for its rugged performance by clearing MIL standards, such as being safely dropped from a height of 80 cm, and possessing ample performance as a PC. The Toughbook name became widely known worldwide and was used by police departments in virtually every state of the U.S.
* This product was originally marketed in Japan under the name "Pronote FG."
Launched the "Dream," the World’s First Counter-Type DVD Player
The world's first DVD players, the DVD-A300 and DVD-A100 were launched. Using Panasonic’s original twin focus pick-up, the product was compatible not only with DVDs but also CDs and video CD playback. The DVD-A300 was also equipped with a built-in Dolby Digital AC-3 surround decoder. The product gathered the attention of many enthusiasts of full-fledged home theater.Innovative Product: DVD player
Launched the “Media Stage 97” Multimedia-On-Demand System
The “Media Stage 97” multimedia-on-demand system was launched. It was the world’s first VD camera standard video-based VOD application system.
Launched the CS-XG25M, the Industry’s First Air Conditioner to use R410 Refrigerant
Instead of the commonly used R22 refrigerant, this air conditioner used R410 refrigerant, with a lower ozone layer depletion coefficient. This allowed the company to achieve production that considered the environment at an earlier stage than many other manufacturers.
Launched the “Corner Air Conditioner"
Launched the CS-PG28Y2 air conditioner, Panasonic's first model to be installed in a ceiling corner.
Developed an All-House, High-Density, Heat-Insulating Air Conditioning System
Panasonic's first all-house air conditioning system was developed using a current-free dehumidification system.
Launched the NR-C32EP, Japan’s First CFC-Free Refrigerator
The NR-C32EP, Japan’s first eco-friendly refrigerator that didn’t use CFC was launched. It also won Japan’s Good Design Award for this year.
Launched the "VIERA," the World’s First Full-HD 3D Compatible TV
This product was the world’s first model to offer compatibility with 3D Full-HD images by putting on a pair of special 3D glasses. In addition to the dynamic images that appeared to jump off the screen, adding a significant sense of depth enabled viewers to immerse into the scenes as if they were there in real life. This model received a large amount of buzz thanks to 3D trend in the film industry.
Launched the PT-RZ370 and PT-RW330, Panasonic's First Lamp-Free Projectors
The use of a new light source and unique Panasonic technology have achieved levels of picture quality and brightness, as well as reliability, that were simply not possible with conventional lamp-type projectors. Panasonic's first lamp-free models also reduced running costs.Projector Global
Launched the "4K VIERA" Next-Generation TV
This was the first “VIERA” model to offer compatibility with 4K UHD (2160p, 3840×2160), for images with approximately four times the detail of Full-HD. It was the world’s first consumer TV to comply with DisplayPort 1.2a/HDMI 2.0, and pursued the high picture quality of the 4K 60p frame rate.
Launched Professional Displays with Built-In "LinkRay" Light ID Technology
Professional displays, integrated with Panasonic’s original Light ID transmission function developed from visible-light communication technology, were released. This product switches and transmits multiple Light IDs linked to the content appearing on the display, to display a wide range of information on devices such as smartphones, to provide an information solution for use in the distribution industry, transport industry, and in museums or exhibitions.LinkRay
Began Offering the "Megahonyaku," Megaphone-Shaped Multilingual Translation Service
The megaphone-shaped translation device enabled the playback of registered fixed phrases in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. This device enabled users to smoothly guide and lead customers of different nationalities in a variety of locations and situations such as transportation facilities like airports and train stations, tourist sites, and events.Panasonic to Provide Multilingual Translation Service Using Megaphone-shaped Translator (Nov 25, 2016)