Panasonic made several futuristic radios, and perhaps the most famous portable one was the Panapet. The Panasonic Panapet radio is a round novelty radio on a chain, and came in a variety of colors. It was introduced in the early 1970s to commemorate the World Expo in Osaka. Two chrome plated dials on the surface are for volume and tuning, and a tuning display is inset on the surface of the radio. The Panapet is AM band only through a ferrit antenna, and has no FM receiver. You can connect a (mono) earplug through a jack.
The differences between the R-70 and R-70s was the battery type (9V vs 2x 1.5v) and power output (0.25 vs 0.15 watt).
The Panapet was released in the following colors:
"First exhibited at the World Expo in Osaka, the Panapet perfectly captured the playful pop spirit of the early 1970s. With its boldly futuristic spherical design and space age styling, it was an instant hit with the young and youthful-at-heart when it burst onto the scene."
Looking for the instructions?
Download here the Panapet manual (PDF).
What's your Panapet worth in 2022? Here are some recently sold items with prices.
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