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Photos: Around CeBIT (part 2)

CeBIT: More images from the ZDNet UK team, including the world's largest HD plasma display and NEC's personal robots
By Charles McLellan, Senior Editor
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If you've got a living room big enough to house Panasonic's 103-inch HD plasma screen, you'll probably be able to afford it.

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Another huge display: the gorgeous 56-inch Quad Full High Definition screen from Chi Mei Optoelectronics, with a resolution of 3,840×2,160 (8.29 million pixels).

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More big kit, from NEC: the 3-DLP-chip NC2500S cinema projector, with a world-record brightness rating of 23,000 ANSI Lumens.

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No technology show would be complete without an appearance by a prototype fuel-cell-powered notebook. Here is NEC's latest offering, which the company claims is the world's first notebook with a fuel cell as its main power source. This methanol-driven system lasts for 10 hours on one fuel cartridge, according to NEC.

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NEC showed off its intelligent video surveillance system, which can automatically recognise different types of potentially suspicious behaviour, including tailgating/piggybacking (human or vehicle), perimeter crossing, object removal and unattended objects.

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NEC again, this time with a personal robot called PaPeRo, which is short for 'Partner-type Personal Robot'. This little critter can recognise speech (even when it's speaking itself), as well as faces, gestures and symbols; the version designed to keep children happy and amused can sense when it's patted on the head or body; parents can call the built-in mobile phone to view and talk to little Johnny through PaPeRo's camera eyes and speaker; and if the kids are wearing a special ultrasonic transmitter, the robot babysitter can even keep track of its charges.

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CeBIT's answer to Rome's Spanish Steps?

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Microsoft's small and unobtrusive Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) stand nevertheless does brisk business following the 'Origami' launch on the first day of CeBIT.

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AVG takes an impressively literal approach to show stand design.

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It's a tough call to whip up interest in an open systems architecture for multifunction printers, but Sharp gave it its best shot.

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Hall 11 was the place for all things GPS-related. A theme of this year's show was the move from personal navigation products to fleet management systems such as Tom Tom Work.

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Meanwhile, over at Intel's stand, the Itanium zone generated its customary buzz.

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