Panasonic turned a corner of Pike Place Market into a mini Consumer Electronics Show today, setting up demonstrations of its high-def 3-D televisions, Internet connected TVs and cameras.
To lure people into the free showcase, the company is holding a drawing for a free 3-D home theater setup to people who drop by the event. It’s a little hard to find; when heading west on Pike, turn left at the pig and look for stairs going up.
Or you could ask for directions from Chris Bell, one of the fish throwers at Pike Place Fish Market, who brought a fresh Alaskan wild king up to the showroom. The fish was nearly as lifelike as the 3-D images — it was caught Monday, Bell said.
Panasonic’s event runs today until 6 p.m., Wednesday from 11 to 6 and Thursday from 11 to 4.
It’s a little ironic that the event is being held upstairs in the Economy Market building. The highlight is a mini theater where visitors can sit in a home theater and check out 3-D movie clips on a 54-inch plasma 3D HDTV that retails for $2,999, including one pair of 3-D glasses. Additional pairs are $150.
The system being given away is a 50-inch 3-D HDTV with a 3-D Blu-ray player and glasses — a package worth $3,050.