Thursday, October 23, 2014

Innodisk achieves ISO/TS 16949 automotive certification for SSDs

TAIPEI, TAIWAN: Innodisk has received ISO/TS 16949 certification from SGS, the internationally renowned inspection, verification, testing, and certification institution. The awarding of this certification proves Innodisk's commitment to continuous improvement in quality management in the automotive industry.

Developed by leading automotive manufacturers through the International Automotive Task Force (IATF), the ISO/TS 16949 technical specification defines quality control standards through the automotive supply chain. Achieving ISO/TS 16949 allows confident sourcing of Innodisk products for in-vehicle computing.

"Innodisk has always strived to serve customers with high quality storage solutions that meet or exceed industry requirements," said Innodisk president, Randy Chien, "Achieving ISO/TS 16949 certification shows that our products have passed the strict quality inspection standards of the automotive industry and that customers can depend on Innodisk as a professional supplier of in-vehicle storage solutions."

NTT DOCOMO releases open Web API compatible with Vuzix M100 smart glasses

ROCHESTER, USA: Vuzix Corp. announced Vuzix M100 compatibility with NTT DOCOMO's recent release of the "Device Connect WebAPI", an open source application-programming interface (API) to provide connectivity with various wearable electronic devices.

The release supports Vuzix' award-winning M100 Smart Glasses. The API is currently being standardized by the Open Mobile Alliance the industry forum that is driving mobile-service standardization. Vuzix will be demonstrating the WebAPI running on Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses at the Digital Content Expo October 23-26, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.

With more than 53 million customers, DOCOMO's Device Connect WebAPI release now enables near seamless interoperability between devices, apps, and web pages utilizing server-virtualization technology running on smartphones.

The Device Connect WebAPI also engages developers to reach customers on mobile, social and cloud platforms, to fuel mobile and multichannel innovation strategies. The common API allow developers to create apps compatible with a variety of devices including the M100 Smart Glasses, which usually require dedicated development kits.

DOCOMO's new Open Web API allows developers to integrate services, sensors and other devices which will enable them to build completely new experiences based around the M100 Smart Glasses, fostering a more interactive experience and customized functionality.

For example, a developer could link a wristband device of one manufacturer to operate Vuzix' Smart Glasses, and likewise retrieve data from a pedometer and a bodyweight scale of different manufacturers, and then integrate the data for display with a single application or web browser.

Avi-on debuts simple Bluetooth home for everyone

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Avi-on Labs launched its Avi-on Simple Bluetooth Home ecosystem through a crowdfunding campaign. What started as an Avi-on movable and wireless light switch has quickly evolved into a suite of products that communicate using familiar Bluetooth Smart technology.

The Avi-on Simple Bluetooth Home ecosystem lets you manage and control traditional household plugs and inside and outside lighting all without changing any of your existing wiring. Avi-on products are easy to set up and use, while eliminating the hassle of complex hubs most smart home solutions require.

In addition to the Avi-on Movable Light Switch and a Bluetooth Smart Light bulb, Avi-on technology will control and schedule a full ecosystem of both in-wall and plug-in GE brand Bluetooth lighting controls manufactured by Jasco Products including:

* GE Bluetooth Smart Light Dimmer
* GE Bluetooth Smart Light Switch
* GE Bluetooth Smart Indoor Plug
* GE Bluetooth Smart Indoor Dimmable Plug
* GE Bluetooth Smart Outdoor Plug.

The affordable suite of products easily integrates into your existing home infrastructure and you can use them like any other switch or plug. In addition, the Avi-on Android and iOS apps let you turn lights on and off, dim, put them on schedules, or group them. All without an Internet connection. Avi-on uses Bluetooth mesh technology, which enables all devices to communicate throughout the home.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Metaio unveils 3D depth sensor support for augmented reality

MUNICH. GERMANY & SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Metaio, unveiled support for new 3D depth sensing camera systems due to hit mobile devices this year.

Metaio CTO and co-founder Peter Meier, said: “Smartphones and tablets have historically made use of single, “2D” cameras primarily intended for image capture, but as smart devices have become more powerful, we are demanding more and more from the optics of these devices.”

Recent announcements from the likes of Google and Intel indicate new devices are hitting the market that can “see” the world in 3D via what are known as RGB-D (red, green, blue + depth) sensors. “With the ability to understand depth information, mobile devices will become significantly more powerful when it comes to Augmented Reality and computer vision tasks”.

The company today released a video demonstrating the advanced Augmented Reality capabilities of two devices enhanced with depth-sensing cameras: A windows PC tablet, and an iPad featuring the new Structure Sensor from Occipital. The video illustrates how added 3D sensors make Augmented Reality much more powerful by virtually eliminating the need for markers in many use cases, and even more importantly, solving the “occlusion” problem where virtual data is not correctly rendered into the real environment in a natural way.

Use cases include Augmented Reality gaming where digital objects react and interact with the physical environment, accurate indoor navigation that does not require a GPS signal and scanners that can extract 3D models from the environment as easily as shooting traditional video.

Intel CEO to keynote at 2015 International CES

PARIS, FRANCE & ARLINGTON, USA: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Intel Corp. CEO, Brian Krzanich, will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming 2015 International CES.

Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Krzanich’s keynote is scheduled for 4:30 PM, Tuesday, January 6, in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom. During the keynote, Krzanich will address what’s next in computing innovation, the forces driving the next wave of consumer technology, and the company’s plans for bringing amazing experiences that redefine computing to life.

Intel’s technologies serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices and applications, from data center infrastructure and PCs to tablets and the Internet of Things.

LumaSense debuts world's first two-color infrared pyrometer with thermal imaging capabilities

COLOGNE, GERMANY: LumaSense Technologies Inc. introduced its integrated ISR 6-TI Advanced today at the Heat Treatment Congress in Cologne.

The ISR 6-TI Advanced is a major breakthrough combining an infrared thermometer (also known as a pyrometer) with infrared imaging capabilities to open new sensing opportunities for heat-dependent manufacturers.

With temperatures approaching 1800 °C, normal "contact" based methods of temperature measurement such as thermocouples will disintegrate. Thus, manufacturers of metals, glass, and other materials manufacturers have long relied on infrared technology.

Infrared technology allows manufacturers to capture precise temperature readings without making physical contact. Such temperature readings are crucial to manufacturing processes affecting product quality, energy consumption, asset life, and personnel safety.

"Materials industries have very small margins and manufacturers constantly have to make the trade-offs as to what will improve production versus adding cost," said LumaSense CEO, Steve Abely. "Now with the ISR 6-TI Advanced, manufacturers have more temperature sensing capability per dollar than ever before," continued Abely.

"The ISR 6-TI Advanced is ideally suited for applications where it is critical to know the temperature across an object, not just one spot," said Daniel Schueftan, Pyrometer Product manager at LumaSense. "Currently, many manufacturers rely on pyrometers to sample temperature spots across a surface and infer uniformity rather than use costlier thermal imagers," continued Schueftan.

Thermal imagers produce temperature-based "pictures" to show the temperature across an object. The ISR 6-TI Advanced achieves the same result more affordably by producing a "relative" thermal image. A "relative" thermal image is made by combining the temperature of a center spot by a highly accurate two-color pyrometer and an image from a video camera containing a short wavelength infrared filter resulting in an auto calibrated thermal image.

The ISR 6-TI Advanced is an integrated system that operates in a short wavelength (around 1 μm) for accurate and reliable temperature measurements between 700 °C and 1800 °C. The analog video output signal is converted to USB and fed to a PC where LumaSense's InfraWin software generates the "relative" thermal image. InfraWin also provides temperature, data logging, and analysis features.