Friday, October 31, 2014

iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 accessories to debut at iLounge’s iProducts marketplace at 2015 CES

ARLINGTON, USA: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that a newly-curated and sold-out version of the successful iLounge Pavilion will debut as the iProducts Marketplace at the 2015 International CES.

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

Exhibitors are expected to debut many of the first new products and accessories for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, all of which were released in late 2014. New speakers, battery cases, styluses, and keyboards are just a few of the products to be featured.

“The curated iProducts marketplace will feature the latest and greatest i-related products and is sure to be a popular destination at the 2015 CES,” said Karen Chupka, senior VP International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “Our iProducts exhibit area will reveal the most innovative accessories and enhancements for some of today’s biggest products, from smartphones to tablets to wearables.”

Major exhibitors located within the iProducts Marketplace include Speck, Incipio, Griffin, Otterbox, Scosche, TYLT and Mophie. The iProducts Marketplace will take up 82,950 net square feet of exhibit space and be located at CES Tech East, in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC). CES Tech East includes the LVCC, Westgate Las Vegas (Westgate) and Renaissance Las Vegas (Renaissance).

Wearable devices to drive the second wave of consumer biometric adoption

LONDON, UK: Goode Intelligence, the leading research and consultancy organisation for the mobile biometric industry, issued an update to its latest analyst report forecasting that by 2019 there will be 604 million users of wearable biometric technology globally.

According to Goode Intelligence, biometric authentication in Smart Mobile Devices (smartphones, phablets and tablets) has become a common feature. The first wave of integration into flagship mobile models from the current top three smart mobile device manufacturers, Apple, Samsung and Huawei, is being emulated by other device manufacturers for integration into more affordable models.

The trend is driven by a number of factors including the need to conveniently protect devices (replacing PINs for device unlock), mobile payment and mobile banking authentication and, will lead into it being integrated into enterprise multi-factor authentication (MFA) platforms.

The next wave of consumer-led biometric adoption will be led by the integration into wearable technology – smartwatches, bands, ear-pods, jewellery and glasses. The wearable device, thanks to its biometric capability, will become the prime personal authentication device allowing authentication and identity verification for both the physical and logical worlds.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Apical launches assertive display 4 for featuring dynamic content adaptation

LONDON, UK: Apical Ltd announced the launch of the latest version of its advanced display management core: Assertive Display 4 featuring Dynamic Content Adaptation.

Assertive Display enables mobile device manufacturers to deliver a high-quality viewing experience, even in bright sunshine, and enables dramatic reductions in display power consumption. It goes beyond traditional backlight control to render the display adaptive to its environment, just as the human eye adjusts to different conditions.

With the addition of Dynamic Content Adaptation, Apical is expanding Assertive Display’s capabilities by enabling the actual video content, in addition to ambient light, to add intelligent control to the display performance. The result: improved power consumption and display quality for TV and movie streaming on mobile devices.

“Assertive Display with Dynamic Content Adaptation is a milestone for the industry. It announces the first introduction of intelligence into the visual functionality of a smartphone and marks a trend and a range of intelligent developments that Apical will be delivering over the next few years,” said Michael Tusch, CEO of Apical.

“Not only have we enhanced our industry-leading Assertive Display product, but we now have a solution to a problem that has dogged the mobile industry: fully functional, low power dynamic backlight control.”

Assertive Display is the product of 12 years of R&D into human vision and represents a dramatic development in how content can be viewed on mobile devices. By modelling how the eye adapts to different ambient light and content changes, Assertive Display delivers a seamless viewing experience, whether the display is viewed in a dark room or in bright sunshine.

Through continuous and dynamic pixel adjustment to preserve contrast and colour, Assertive Display delivers TV-like quality with no washout of the screen, which plagued previous-generation technologies.

Assertive Display with Dynamic Content Adaptation now enables the content stream to deliver unparalleled dynamic backlight control, which offers significant power reductions over previous versions coupled with improved viewing quality. These product enhancements can offer up to 40 percent power savings over previous versions of Assertive Display when watching movies, especially in dark ambient lighting environments.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Apple iPad Air 2 largely holds line on features and costs

EL SEGUNDO, USA: With a design and feature set only incrementally different from the original iPad Air, the new iPad Air 2 carries a nearly identical hardware cost as its predecessor, according to the Teardown Analysis Service at IHS Inc.

The 16-gigabyte (GB) Wi-Fi-only version of the Apple iPad Air 2 sports a bill of materials (BOM) of $270, based on a preliminary estimate. When the $5 manufacturing cost is added, the cost rises to $275.

This compares to the $269 BOM for the 16GB version of the original Apple iPad Air, based on a finalized estimate from IHS in November 2013.

Although the profit margin appears to be the same for Apple at the low end of the iPad Air 2 line, the product produces lower gross margins for Apple at the high end with 64GB and 128GB worth of NAND flash. This is because the 64GB and 128GB models of iPad Air 2 are selling at the same price point as the original iPad Air 32GB and 64GB models. The additional cost of memory trims the estimated margins slightly.

“The Air 2 delivers a series of refinements compared to the original Air but features nothing earthshaking,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director, cost benchmarking services for IHS.

“With largely identical display specifications and minor improvements in most other areas, Apple continues to offer evolutionary upgrades to the iPad lineup. It’s interesting to note that by offering the consumer a 128GB model for the same price as last year’s 64GB iPad Air, Apple actually has taken down our estimated margins a bit on both the 64GB and 128GB models. The increased memory configurations to 64GB and 128GB are some of the key upgrades here.”

Digitaltest announces FailSim

STUTENSEE, GERMANY: Digitaltest, renowned leader in In-Circuit Test (ICT), Flying Probe, bed of nail test systems, Functional Test and Production Software is announcing its latest innovative tool, FailSim.

During the past year Digitaltest has continued to push the boundaries of performance, coverage and ease of use to a new level across all their test platforms.

Digitaltest’s new developments include the AMU5 which, provides high performance 5th generation measurement capability for all our systems, New Flying Probe capabilities, enhanced CAD Translation and Quality Management Software.

The whole idea of performing ICT or Flying Probe Test is to quickly find manufacturing issues while assuring product quality. But how do you ensure the quality of the test program?

Digitaltest’s new tool, FailSim, takes the analysis of fault coverage to the next level. By simulating defects, FailSim can provide the real-world test coverage on a live board. Identifying program, debug or, fixture issues that could be reducing fault coverage.

Human error, BOM changes, incorrect data, version errors can all cause reduction in fault coverage. If just one component value has been measured with the wrong parameters, defects can be missed. Other test conditions such as noise produced from surrounding devices can also cause problems and the test quality can no longer be guaranteed.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Barcoding Inc. helps Canton Port Services set sail for data collection accuracies and efficiencies

BALTIMORE, USA: Barcoding Inc., a leader in enterprise-wide mobility solutions, has helped Canton Port Services, LLC, set sail for new accuracies and efficiencies by implementing a customized barcode scanning solution that eliminates manual processes in receiving, load out, and customs clearing operations.

Canton Port Services is a unique private terminal in the Baltimore Harbor that offers a full menu of services, including handling, storing, and rail loading and unloading.

Turning to Barcoding, Canton Port Services sought a solution that would eliminate time-consuming, error-prone manual data entry in the receiving and load-out processes while also preventing potentially costly mistakes in customs clearing.

To meet Canton Port Services’ needs, Barcoding implemented a barcode scanning system, consisting of mobile computers, printers, barcode labels, and a customized web-based application developed with its CaptureSoft Xpress platform. Barcoding then integrated the software with Canton Port Services’ partner’s booking system to update inventory in real time as vehicles are scanned.

Connected health startup launches world’s first wearable activity tracker for medication packages

MILAN, ITALY & LONDON, ENGLAND: One of healthcare’s biggest concerns is the discrepancy between potentially achievable success rates and the actual treatment success rates when it comes to patients.

Studies show that something as simple as getting patients to take their meds, on time, in the right order and in the proper amount, could actually prevent as many as 125,000 deaths per year in the United States.

Studies show non-adherence results in $100 billion annually in excess hospitalization costs and when all economic consequences are included, the problem may result in as much as $290 billion annually in avoidable medical spending.

Today Amiko, a unique wearable activity tracker that actually wraps around medicine packaging, launches to tackle non-adherent behavior as it happens.
While other solutions are either smartphone apps which rely on patients to accurately and consistently report behavior or are very expensive, custom-made medication packages, Amiko is very simple, inexpensive and literally detects and tracks when a patient is dispensing medication with no additional self-reporting or other activities required.

Designed for ease-of-use but also showing its roots in the Italian fashion world of Milan, Amiko is elegant and sophisticated.

Amiko is an affordable, lightweight sensor-packed in a leaf-shaped sleeve that is specially designed to fit perfectly on five common types of medicine packaging.

Easy to use, Amiko is placed on medicine packaging and detects both motion and the angle of motion using its MEMS sensors, accelerometer and gyroscope.  It tracks the medicine taken and sends information to a connected app available to patients and caregivers.

Lava launches its premium QPAD R704

NEW DELHI, INDIA: LAVA International Ltd announced the launch of its latest tablet for the Indian market, QPAD R704 competitively priced at Rs. 8499/- and targeted at young working professionals, students in professional courses and enterprise segment.

QPAD R704 fulfills the core requirements of the users by offering them a seamless experience in entertainment, emails, presentations, application surfing, web browsing and a longer usage time through its optimized power management. The tablet takes the legacy of E704 one step ahead by bringing together a superior computing experience and brilliant graphics through its IPS display with HD capabilities.

QPAD R704 is powered by 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core processor and supports single SIM 3G voice and video calls, along with data access providing consumers with 3G connectivity on the go. The tablet is also equipped with High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which provides improved video quality support for higher resolution videos and Snapdragon Audio for rich 3D surround sound and excellent audio performance.

R704 also features Qualcomm Interference Cancellation and Equalization (Q-ICE) that enriches the network capacity by reducing the noise in the cellular network and enhances the mobile broadband user experience.

The tablet also showcases great accuracy on positioning & location services through its GPS. It runs on Android Jelly bean 4.3 Android OS and comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory which is expandable up to 32GB. While in terms of connectivity, the tablet supports Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, EDGE and 2G.

The tablet is supported by a 3,500 mAh battery which delivers up to 300 hours of standby time and 10 hours talk time. The Qualcomm Quick Charge technology further allows 30% faster charging on the device. The tablet sports a 2MP rear camera and 0.3 MP front camera  for video calling.

Ricoh unveils G800SE rugged camera to streamline critical information workflow

MALVERN, USA: Ricoh Americas Corp. unveiled major improvements to its water-, dust- and shock-resistant camera, which includes an innovative barcode reading capability that helps streamline workflows across a wide range of industries.

The new Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled RICOH G800SE enables dynamic information capture in industries such as automotive, logistics, government, healthcare, emergency services and more.

For example, a car dealership can scan the barcode on a new car, photograph the vehicle, and have the photograph and vehicle information flow directly to the dealership website for customers to see. This new workflow saves hours of painstaking information retrieval and organization. With a standard camera, clerks would need to manually match images to each car, introducing the possibility of error at every step.

"By embedding critical data into images, the RICOH G800SE epitomizes information mobility, the ability for employees to access just the information they need in the form they need it to make important decisions," said Matt Sakauchi, VP, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas. "This is just one way we're making customers' business information work for them in this new world of work."

The RICOH G800SE includes a host of upgrades over the previous generation of ruggedized Ricoh wireless-enabled camera, the RICOH G700SE. For example, a higher-resolution image sensor provides a new ability to capture images under low-light conditions.

The RICOH G800SE also takes advantage of higher wireless transmission speeds and the more secure "enterprise" Wi-Fi increasingly seen in healthcare facilities and government agencies. It leverages the Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP), an emerging standard in enterprise wireless security.

A flexible password lock feature enables organizations to create separate passwords for administrators and users with each one unlocking different sets of permissions. A smartphone connection enables users to remotely operate the camera via their mobile devices. Using a smartphone or tablet, they can preview, zoom, shoot and capture image data, including GPS position. The capability is ideal for surveillance applications.

Organizations can manage fleets of RICOH G800SE cameras via remote management software with the ability to upgrade firmware, adjust camera settings and update memo functions. An alternative for camera configuration is distributing SD cards with prescribed settings.

Monday, October 27, 2014

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.

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.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Free MyBD converts Blu-rays to 2 percent of size with same resolution and almost same quality

BARCELONA, SPAIN: Cinemartin has just released new software that converts Blu-rays to 2 percent of its original size maintaining the same resolution and almost the same quality.

MyBD allows users to backup Blu-ray disc movies and videos using the World's latest High quality / smallest video size codec, producing files in the HEVC H.265 format both in MKV and MP4 containers. As a result, files are small enough to fit hundreds in a pen drive.

The latest developments from Cinemartin include completion of a world record in H.265 video encoding and support of the first H.265 10-Bit encoding, based on its popular Cinec video converter. Now, MyBD works for movies, documentary films and music video distribution as the first all-in-one Blu-ray converter to H265. This allows between 128 and 200 movies in a 64GB USB pen drive available on today's market per around $20 / 15€ or less than a pen drive.

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.

Giga Entertainment sees enormous growth potential as streaming video services and tablet use explode

NEW YORK, USA: Giga Entertainment Media (GEM) is ideally positioned to capitalize on the dramatic shift by consumers – led by 18- to 34-year-olds – away from cable, satellite and Telco providers to streaming video services, Bryan Maizlish, CEO of GEM, said.

GEM is a multi-media advanced technology company that provides, through its GIGANETTV and Super App SIMUL SEZ products, simultaneous multi-screen, multi-stream, multi-tasking and multi-user collaboration features and capabilities and the entire range of interactive social network applications all at the same time on one device.

Citing CBS's and HBO's announcements last week to introduce stand-alone streaming services, as well as new research from digital marketing firm ComScore, Maizlish said the shift away from cable television and other traditional content providers has reached a tipping point, with television well on its way to becoming the "third screen" for anyone under the age of 35.

"We are thrilled with the announcements from CBS and HBO that the two industry leaders – one a major over-the-air network and the other a leading cable, satellite and Telco content provider – are dramatically changing their business models to offer stand-alone streaming video services starting in 2015," Maizlish said. "It has been clear to us at GEM for a long time that the world – especially the 18- to 34-year-old world – is moving away from traditional television consumption and toward tablets and other mobile devices."

Maizlish added: "The strategic change of direction by CBS and HBO, along with new research from ComScore that shows that about one-third of all television viewing for people between the ages of 18 to 34 is done on computers, tablets or smartphones, validates our thinking and paves the way for rapid and broad acceptance of our GIGANETTV platform and our SIMUL SEZ Super App for iPad. We have the only technology that can provide access to any and all online content anywhere, anytime, simultaneously – and all on one device."

Half of world's population will have chip-based national eID cards by 2018

DENVER, USA: Leading identity analyst firm Acuity Market Intelligence forecasts that in five years time half of the world's population will have a chip-based National eID card, including near-complete regional coverage in Europe. Asia, with its vast population, is expected to dominate the market accounting for more than 60 percent of all National eID cards issued between 2014 and 2018.

Acuity's report -- "The Global National eID Industry Report: 2014 Edition" — projects that nearly 3.4 billion National eID cards will be issued over the next five years doubling global National eID card circulation from 1.75 billion to 3.5 billion by 2018.

According to Acuity Principal and biometrics and secure document market expert, Maxine Most: "In addition to the 3.4 billion chip-based National eIDs issued between 2014 and 2018, another 300 million National ID cards will integrate biometrics into non chip-based card programs."

"Recent National ID news from across the globe validates Acuity's growth projections," says Most. "India and the Philippines are reviving efforts to introduce National eID cards to support their national identity programs. Turkey has announced the integration of biometrics into their National eID card scheme. South Korea is facing intense pressure to replace their National ID system due to rampant data breeches and fraud. And Nigeria appears to be making progress on their National eID program after years of promise and false starts."

E FUN redefines Windows two-in-one tablet Category with 10.1" Nextbook

WEST COVINA, USA: E FUN is redefining the Windows two-in-one tablet category with its newest Nextbook, the first Windows 10.1 inch tablet with an MSRP below $200 on the market.

Developed closely with Microsoft Corp. and Intel, the portable Nextbook Windows tablet brings the latest technology to families at an affordable price.

With a detachable POGO keyboard, the 2-in-1 tablet is perfect for work and play and is an incredible value with the free one year subscription for Office 365 Personal that includes 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage. It will be available at retail for $179 mid-November at Walmart stores nationwide and (preorders beginning Oct. 23) and in December at

"We are excited to expand our product portfolio with our first Windows tablet," said Jason Liszewski, MD and VP of sales, E FUN. "Our collaboration with Microsoft and Intel was the next logical step in the evolution of the company and brand. It has been a pleasure working with them on the development of a tablet that offers tremendous value to professionals, students and casual users."

Whether it's working on an Excel spreadsheet, emailing a report, video chatting with a friend, or watching the latest movie, the new Nextbook Windows two-in-one tablet can handle any task and get more done while at home, at work or on the go.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Point Grey adds 9.1 MP CCD model to Grasshopper3 GigE Vision PoE camera line

RICHMOND, CANADA: Point Grey, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, today announced the addition of a new 9.1 MP  CCD model to its Grasshopper®3 GigE Vision PoE camera line.

The Grasshopper3 GS3-PGE-91S6 models are based on color and monochrome versions of the 1” Sony ICX814 global shutter CCD sensor, which features 3.69 micron pixels and 3376 x 2704 pixel resolution.  The ICX814 device utilizes Sony’s EXview HAD CCD II pixel architecture, improving quantum efficiency and near infrared response.

With its high resolution CCD image quality, high dynamic range, and GigE interface, the Grasshopper3 is well suited for a wide variety of demanding applications including flat panel inspection, 3D measurement, ophthalmology, life sciences, and intelligent traffic systems.

Airtel and Samsung launch India’s first Integrated digital TV (iDTV)

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Airtel digital TV, the Direct-To-Home (DTH) service from Bharti Airtel, announced its partnership with Samsung to launch India’s very first Integrated Digital TV (iDTV).

As part of this innovation - Samsung’s range of SmartDirect TVs will come designed with an in-built Airtel digital TV Smart Card which will enable DTH signal reception without the need for customers to install an external set-top-box (STB).

The Integrated Digital TV (iDTV) capability will deliver a smart TV viewing experience for customers through minimal signal loss and maximum audio and video clarity, while also ensuring maximum power savings.

Developed post an extensive R&D, the iDTV is a smart solution that not only enables a hassle free TV setup that has fewer wires but will also assist in reduction in signal loss (between the set-top-box and TV). iDTV offers a single remote solution powered by an intuitive user guide.

Powered by HD technology, iDTV creates a more immersive viewing experience coupled with intuitive user interface giving customers greater control of their entertainment experience. The iDTV set includes the Samsung SmartDirect TV and Airtel Digital TV’s Smart Card. It is now available across Samsung Plazas and all leading multi-retail outlets for prices at starting Rs. 44,900/-.

Recurly raises $12 million series B financing

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Recurly Inc., the leading pay-as-you-go subscription billing platform, has closed a $12 million Series B round of new financing.

Devonshire Investors (the private investment firm affiliated with Fidelity Investments) led the round with participation from Greycroft Partners and existing investors, Polaris Partners and

The new investment will allow Recurly to further accelerate the considerable momentum it has achieved over the last several years in the areas of product innovation, top-notch talent acquisition and customer and revenue growth. With this investment, Shervin Ghaemmaghami, from Devonshire Investors, will join the Recurly Board of Directors.

Recurly launched in 2010 on the premise that businesses require an elegant solution to manage sophisticated subscription billing operations. The company’s service has attracted a rapidly growing list of 1700 customers from 32 countries, processing in 11 local currencies via 22 payment gateways.

The company has experienced over 780% growth in revenue and over 34 consecutive months of increasing monthly recurring revenue since its $6 million Series A funding.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Exceptional audio visual entertainment with VU- 65" curved 4k UHD SMART LED TV

USA: Vu Televisions unveiled its 65" curved 4k UHD SMART LED TV – available online and in stores.

Technology customers this season will now be able to enjoy an immersive experience from Vu's new Ultra HD curved panel, at an affordable price.  Vu’s 65” Curved 4K UHD SMART LED TV hits the market today at Rs. 2,24,900 as compared to Samsung’s competing model at Rs. 4,09,000.

Going the extra mile, the Vu’s curved TV comes with some exciting features.  It has Bluetooth connectivity, so users can pair all of their Bluetooth devices to the TV.  The new curved television also features voice interaction for instant web browsing, Air Mouse Remote for an interactive point and click experience, 8GB NAND storage for local downloads, and cloud storage access for the tech savvy consumer.

The concave screen and powerful external speakers surround viewers with life-like video and audio.  Wide colour gamut panels with Advanced Hyper Technology enhance image colours to ensure optimal performance. The 178 degree viewing angle on the Vu 65" Curved 4k UHD SMART LED TV wins against the competition, making this the best curved TV for large audiences.

Konica Minolta signs global leasing framework agreement with DLL for global major account business

SINGAPORE: Konica Minolta Inc. has signed a "Global Leasing Framework Agreement" with De Lage Landen (DLL). This is a significant milestone for both companies and marks the formalization of an already mutually beneficial working relationship.

Konica Minolta is a global manufacturer and service provider in the imaging industry and has been engaged in providing OPS (Optimized Printing Services) and committed to premier customer partnership through its group companies in 45 countries and sales and service outlets in more than 150 across the world.

"We are rapidly expanding the contracts and execution of our OPS business with global major account (GMA) customers to meet their growing needs," said Jun Haraguchi, senior executive officer, Konica Minolta. "One of the fundamental requirements by GMA customers is competitive financing solutions for printing equipment and related services with a consistent rental/leasing program available all over the world--and that's what we believe we have accomplished with DLL."

DLL, a global provider of asset based financial solutions, is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Rabobank Group.

Friday, October 17, 2014

MNBS 2014: from R&D to innovation

LYON, FRANCE: Yole Finance, the corporate finance services unit of Yole Développement (Yole), has collaborated with the European Commission and the Laboratory for Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS, Toulouse, France) to promote the smart systems technologies through the 8th Annual Concertation and Consultation Workshop on Micro-Nano-Bio Convergence Systems (MNBS 2014 – October 21 – 22, 2014).

 During this event, Yole Finance will chair a high added-value industrial session, entitled “R&D transfer and Industrial Issues”. Yole Finance invites selected panelists to share best practices and implement relevant innovation processes to bridge the gap from R&D to market.

Industrial session’s agenda also highlights feedbacks and lessons learnt through the action COWIN launched and coordinated by Yole Finance. “Moreover, Yole Finance is organizing a marketplace to facilitate access to Yole expertise and to a selection of key innovations well positioned to strengthen European competitiveness,” explains Géraldine Andrieux Gustin, senior partner, Yole Finance.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

International CES Unveiled coming to Tokyo on Feb. 18

ARLINGTON, USA & TOKYO, JAPAN: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that it will kick off its first CES Unveiled international event for 2015 in Tokyo.

This new products and technology news showcase will occur on Wednesday, February 18 in Tokyo, to be followed by events in several other international cities throughout the year.  The CES Unveiled series brings innovative technology companies, top media, buyers, analysts and key industry influencers together to highlight and review new products and tech trends originating at the International CES.

“With Japan’s long history of leading innovation across the consumer technology industry and bringing breakthrough products to the International CES, it is only fitting we bring our Unveiled series to Tokyo,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.

“We received such strong feedback from the Japanese technology community when we met with them earlier this year that we knew the companies, from tech startups to established successes, would welcome the opportunity to participate in this event and showcase the next generation of innovations birthed in Japan to media, buyers, VCs and other key audiences.”

Altem to sell Artec 3D scanners in India

BANGALORE, INDIA: Altem Technologies, the leaders in 3D printing technology and PLM solutions in India, stepped up its presence in the 3D arena with the expansion of its product portfolio into 3D scanners with Artec 3D scanners.

The Artec Group develops and manufactures 3D scanners that analyse real-world objects and gather data on shapes, which is then used to create a 3D physical replica. Artec offers the only handheld scanners that are lightweight, precise, and able to capture objects quickly, in high resolution and vibrant colour. Altem Technologies will be reselling both product lines from Artec, namely, Eva and Spider 3D scanner models.

Artec scanners provides fast, accurate scanning in colour and requires no markers or calibration. It digitizes objects quickly in high resolution and vivid colours, offering almost unlimited application possibilities.

Artec scanners are perfect for reverse engineering, product design, Inspection and quality control. Globally, the scanners are widely used in Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, Medical, Media and Entertainment, Heritage Preservation, Archaeological and various other engineering R & D entities.

Sgrouples launches MeWe—world’s private communication network

MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA: Online privacy company, Sgrouples Inc., announced the launch of the world’s private communication network, MeWe.

MeWe delivers breakthrough performance and cutting-edge features that advance social sharing, cloud storage, and both individual and group communication—within a simple-to-use, powerfully private platform. Built on safety, trust, and respect, MeWe provides an online environment for people to be authentic and uncensored, the way they are in their real lives. MeWe members gain peace of mind knowing that how they share their lives online stays private and in their total control.

MeWe is the brainchild of leading online privacy advocate and social media founder Mark Weinstein, and the platform comes with the full backing and support of major technology innovators such as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and a member of the MeWe Advisory Board.

“MeWe represents the next generation in communication technology,” says Weinstein. “We provide a safe and private platform where people can easily connect, freely share their everyday lives, and have fun being themselves.”

“We’ve been designing, engineering, and refining MeWe for more than three years while in stealth mode, under the Sgrouples banner. MeWe is the culmination of those determined efforts to engineer an advanced new communication network people love and trust.”

Social network users around the world have become disenchanted with Facebook’s abuse of user rights. Rather than focus on marrying amazing technology with privacy protection, Facebook focuses on profiting off of its customer base selling ads and personal data.

“An unprecedented 99 percent of Americans are concerned about their privacy today. If you look at the amount of data that Facebook has on its active users, it’s more than the CIA has on you,” says Weinstein. “Even worse, the company can basically do whatever it wants with your personal information without telling you.”

MeWe, in contrast, builds privacy by design into its service.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Visual bookmarks debut in new Opera browser

NORWAY: New, revamped bookmarks are from today part of the Opera for Windows and Mac web browser. The latest version of Opera allows users to save and sort their favorite pages using perfectly-organized collections of thumbnails.

“Over the past year, we did a great deal of research in order to understand what bookmarking options people are looking for today,” says Zhenis Beisekov, Product manager of Desktop Products at Opera Software.

“We realized that many people use bookmarks as a way of tracking their memories, like travel inspiration or a fascinating article. And, since our memories are often visual, we decided to redesign the whole concept of bookmarking.”

Traditional bookmarking systems simply note the location of the page. Opera's new visual approach lets users choose a thumbnail for each new bookmark from the webpage itself. This transforms bookmarks into a collection of favorites – websites, products, memories, and more.

To bookmark a page, Opera for Windows and Mac users can click the heart icon to the right of the address field in the browser. Then, they can assign an image for their bookmark and select a folder to add it to. The bookmarks are stored as thumbnails, which users can rename and rearrange.

Influenster launches social media-powered product discovery app

NEW YORK, USA: Influenster, the leading online community of educated social media-minded consumers and influential tastemakers, today announced the launch of its brand new mobile app, available now in the iOS app store.

Designed as an on-the-go companion to Influenster's word-of-mouth community and product discovery platform, this powerful new app offers access to over five million authentic product reviews, photos, videos, price comparisons, and Q&A sessions.

More importantly, the app allows users to search, discover, and discuss over 1M products from more than 40k leading consumer brands. These products are complemented by a growing 2.6M first-hand reviews across food and beverage, health and beauty, retailers and services, fashion, and entertainment categories.

One of the most notable features/capabilities of the app -- the Barcode Scanner -- gives users access to product reviews, Q&A's, and price comparisons on-the-go to help them make real-time product decision while they shop.

Additionally, with the Influenster mobile app, members can tap into the 'network effect' to get real-time answers about any product. It is like having one million shopping assistants in the palm of your hand.

LumaSense intros world's first industrial grade infrared pyrometer with thermal imaging capabilities

SANTA CLARA, USA: LumaSense Technologies, Inc. added the integrated ISR 6-TI Advanced to their IMPAC pyrometer and imaging portfolio for increased control and optimization of manufacturing processes in metals, glass, and other materials industries.

The ISR 6-TI Advanced is a true break-through by combining pyrometry with infrared imaging technology to produce "Relative" thermal images. "Relative" thermal images are produced by measuring the temperature of the center spot with a ratio pyrometer and using an infrared filter to show an auto-calibrated thermal image based on the highly accurate ratio pyrometer temperature reading.

The system is based on the proven ISR 6 Advanced pyrometer and a video camera that utilizes a short wavelength infrared filter. The resulting ISR 6-TI Advanced system 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 using LumaSense's InfraWin software. The InfraWin software generates and shows a "Relative" thermal image from this signal. LumaSense's InfraWin software also provides temperature, data logging, and analysis features.

The ISR 6-TI Advanced paints a more-accurate picture for identifying potential issues before they lead to problems that impact process performance, a key benefit for materials manufacturers running heat-dependent processes.

Connected devices driving strong growth in gateway investments by ISPs

EL SEGUNDO, USA: The global market for broadband consumer premises equipment (CPE) will end 2014 with the highest growth in revenues since 2010, increasing by 20 percent from 2013 to reach nearly $11 billion, according IHS Technology.

Revenue this year is set to expand by a whopping $1.8 billion. Such notable growth establishes a strong foundation for an increase of approximately $1 billion per year in 2015 and again in 2016, when industry takings will climb to nearly $13 billion. Revenue will peak in 2017 at $13.1 billion.

“Managing the broadband experience has become a strategic priority for Internet service providers (ISPs), with online video consumption and the number of connectable devices in the household continuing to grow rapidly,” said John Kendall, senior analyst with the IHS Connected Home research practice.

“Delivering a reliable broadband service that meets customer expectations increasingly requires investment in more advanced broadband CPE that not only expands bandwidth to the home, but also around the home.”

Information in this release is derived from the latest Home Networks Intelligence Broadband CPE Market Monitor report from the Consumer Electronics service of IHS. The report covers broadband CPE, including modems, gateways, embedded multimedia terminal adapter (EMTAs), routers, and optical network units (ONTs) for digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, and fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) households. Also included is market share for semiconductors used in the equipment.

Gateways key to customer partnership
Much of the growth this year is due to a resurgent DSL CPE market, which had declined in 2013 as a result of operator investment in FTTP infrastructure to increase bandwidth to the home. However, new very-high-speed DSL (VDSL) bonding and vectoring technologies are letting service providers offer broadband speeds up to 200 megabits per second (Mbps) on legacy copper infrastructure.

Such speeds are more competitive with the DOCSIS 3.0 system for high-bandwidth data transfer, without the need to invest in FTTP infrastructure. As a result, this allows ISPs more flexibility in the capital expense of improving their networks, pushing fiber closer to the home without the cost of directly accessing each household.

The increase in bandwidth throughput in more mature markets represents a fundamental shift of the bandwidth bottleneck from the last mile into the household, and more specifically, into the CPE serving that household. With so many connectable devices dependent on wireless Internet access, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the choke point for connectivity.

Broadband CPE shipments incorporating the 802.11ac specification will rapidly grow to 2018, as operators seek to alleviate this issue. Total households with ISP-supplied 802.11ac will rise to 472 million in 2018, up from just 116,000 in 2013.

With the broadband gateway expected to control routing video traffic through the home network—to the set-top box (STB), to the multimedia home gateway (MHG), or directly to a connected screen—be it the living room TV, tablet, laptop, or mobile phone, then it must provide much more than simple gateway functionality.

This advanced functionality can manifest in several different forms: advanced Wi-Fi specification, home network device management, Wi-Fi monitoring, or home network troubleshooting and diagnostics. The services require software to manage them, thus driving up the technological requirements in the gateway, such as more advanced chipsets or additional memory. Such variables, jn turn, will drive growth in the market value for broadband CPE during the next three years.

The need for advanced functionality has been anticipated by many CPE suppliers and operators alike, who are adopting varying strategies to deal with this. Many suppliers have focused on software in addition to advanced hardware for both pay TV and broadband CPE through both organic growth and acquisitions.

For example, cable operator Comcast has acquired PowerCloud Systems, parent of SkyDog, which develops Wi-Fi monitoring software.

“The 802.11ac standard offers service providers the opportunity to initially leverage better Wi-Fi as a differentiating factor, but it will very quickly become table stakes, especially in more mature, saturated markets,” Kendall said.

“Internet service providers want to avoid being the ‘dumb pipe,’ or merely the means by which their customer receives bandwidth to their home. Instead, the strategic focus is on becoming a partner with the customer, by helping to manage that bandwidth, route traffic more efficiently, and monitor and remotely troubleshoot interruptions or degradation of service.

"The future of the broadband CPE market will no longer only be served by brute-force bandwidth solutions, but by more intelligent management of that bandwidth in the home network. This has the added benefit of reducing operating expenses, such as lowering call volumes to service centers and expensive truck rolls.”

SDN experts unite to bring DevOps­defined networking to docker users

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: SocketPlane, an independent software developer focused on open source software defined networking, announced their intention to bring Software Defined Networking (SDN) to Docker.

The SocketPlane team is comprised of industry veterans Madhu Venugopal, John M. Willis, Brent Salisbury and Dave Tucker whose combined experience in SDN, cloud computing and DevOps will elevate the networking abilities in container­based application virtualization.

“We see the incredible value in the use of Linux containers evidenced by the popularity of Docker.” said SocketPlane CEO, Madhu Venugopal, ”We want to enable the Docker revolution by bringing enterprise­grade networking solutions to the ecosystem. This isn’t traditional Software­Defined Networking, we take a more pragmatic approach. SocketPlane will be native to Docker, developer friendly and familiar to network operators."

SocketPlane will use capital from LightSpeed Ventures to develop their open source networking stack. "I am thrilled to be working with SocketPlane.” notes John Vrionis of Lightspeed. “It’s a rare opportunity to be the first investor in a company with world class founders who are building disruptive technology in a massive market that is experiencing major transition."

Juniper and Akamai demo elastic CDN solution over virtualization platforms

SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, USA: Akamai Technologies, the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, and Juniper Networks, the leader in network innovation, are demonstrating an Elastic Content Delivery Network (CDN) system designed to enable network operators to address network scalability challenges driven by the rapid increase in video traffic.

The proof-of-concept demonstration will leverage Akamai's virtualized Aura Licensed CDN (LCDN) software and Juniper Networks® Contrail Controller for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) to dynamically scale up and down network resources to support content spikes resulting from the broadcast of large events. The technology is also designed to accelerate service creation for service providers utilizing CDNs to launch innovative multiscreen video services that help drive subscriber acquisition and loyalty.

Video consumption has shifted dramatically from a relatively predictive and controlled model to one that is highly dynamic, driven by large traffic spikes during online live and on-demand events. Streaming large live events and popular on-demand titles can cause significant network congestion that leads to a poor subscriber experience, brand erosion and customer turnover.

To meet customer demand for multiscreen video services, network operators are increasingly migrating their delivery architecture to CDN-assisted IP video to scale delivery and stay current with the latest technologies. Additionally, many operators are now looking at virtualization of the CDN network function as a key component in scaling delivery.

Point Grey expands Flea3 USB3 Vision camera family

RICHMOND, CANADA: Point Grey, a global leader in the design and manufacturing of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, announced the addition of a new 2 MP global shutter CMOS model to its popular line of Flea3 USB3 Vision cameras.

The Flea3 FL3-U3-20E4 models are based on color and monochrome versions of the EV76C570 Sapphire sensor from e2v. This sensor has an optical format of 1/1.8", similar to the 1.3 MP EV76C560 sensor featured in the FL3-U3-13E4, allowing existing EV76C560 users to upgrade without affecting optics.

The FL3-U3-20E4 uses a global shutter CMOS sensor featuring 4.5 micron square pixels capable of 1600 x 1200 resolution at 59 FPS, and provides smear and distortion-free imaging. Users can also access an electronic rolling shutter mode for lower noise and improved dynamic range.

The Flea3 measures just 29x29x30 mm in size and offers a host of unique features, including temperature, power, and status monitoring; a powerful image processing pipeline for color interpolation, look up table, and gamma;  a 32 MByte frame buffer for retransmitting images; and USB3 Vision support.

Like all Point Grey USB 3.0 cameras, the Flea3 uses a proprietary USB 3.0 link layer and frame buffer-based architecture for optimal performance and reliability, and comes with a three-year warranty.

Atmel collaborates with IHR to drive innovation in automotive electronics

SAN JOSE, USA: Atmel Corp. announced a collaboration with IHR, a worldwide partner in the automotive industry, to further support the innovation of Local Interconnect Network (LIN) systems.

This collaboration leverages IHR's LIN configuration tools with Atmel's industry-leading embedded solutions to improve application integration, time-to-market and to minimize licensing costs.

Atmel's collaboration with IHR enables Atmel to provide manufacturers with a LIN-compliant evaluation environment to further streamline development, bringing the best of automotive engineering faster to market.

IHR's solutions support several Atmel technologies including the megaAVR, tinyAVR and XMega AVR families. A free demo version of the LIN drivers is available for download from the IHR website and can be used for evaluation purposes. Upcoming new product series will be supported by IHR solutions as well.

Atmel combines a unique blend of IVN products and embedded MCUs. Atmel's AVR MCUs deliver the power, performance and flexibility to support a wide range of automotive applications. These small, yet powerful, advanced 8- and 32-bit AVR MCUs deliver the technical features, advanced architecture and dependable design ideal for an array of applications.

Atmel's LIN product portfolio, the industry's largest, includes stand-alone transceivers, system basis chips (SBC) which integrate a transceiver, a voltage regulator and often other functions as well as Atmel AVR® MCU-based system-in-package (SiP) and application-specific (ASSP) devices.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Neonode launches zForce EDGE

SANTA CLARA, USA: Neonode Inc. announced zForce EDGE, a ground-breaking technology that provides flush, edge-to-edge, glare-free (without cover glass/ITO sensor) multi-touch for notebooks, all-in-one PCs, and PC monitors.

zForce EDGE, an innovation in the field of Multi-Touch technology, enables PC OEMs to offer seamless edge-to-edge flush industrial designs for PC devices without the need of a cover glass/ITO touch sensor.

Neonode's zForce EDGE take advantage of the new IPS LCD modules with ultra-small bezels to maximize the active display area, resulting in a glare-free user experience, optimal image quality, significant reduction in weight, a smooth "silk effect" touch experience, and optimized power management, at cost savings greater than 50 percent compared with projected capacitance technologies.

The PC market represents a vast growth opportunity for Neonode. The notebook market size is ~190 million devices annually with only a 20 percent touch attachment rate.

AIO PC's and PC monitors are both under 5 percent touch attachment rates and collectively represent over 140 million annual device sales. The high cost and substandard user experience of existing technologies are among the factors limiting the touch connect rate for notebooks, AIO's and monitors. zForce EDGE addresses both these factors with its low total cost and elimination of the cover glass.

Samsung expands Note series with Galaxy Note 4

NEW DELHI, INDIA: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd announced the expansion of its flagship Galaxy Note series with the launch of the new Galaxy Note 4 in India. Blending an enhanced S Pen with a superior viewing experience, the Galaxy Note 4 provides users with the most unique and powerful mobile experience in the market.

​The Galaxy Note 4 embraces Samsung’s heritage of an unrivaled Galaxy mobile experience. Its extraordinary 5.7-inch Quad HD (2560x1440) Super AMOLED display reproduces clearer and more vivid images with deep contrast, better viewing angles, and response times as fast as a millionth of a second, providing an ultimate viewing experience.

The Note series is much more than the large screen. And the advanced Multi Window feature in Galaxy Note 4 enriches the user’s experience by providing them with the key to easier multi-tasking. Users can choose how they access their applications with full, split or pop-up screens, and easily change the size and positioning of apps on the screen with one intuitive swipe.

Gear S
The new Gear S redefines the wearable category in both fashion and functionality – it is equipped with independent 3G Voice plus Data SIM connectivity and can therefore independently handle all your communication needs including calling, texting, chatting and e-mailing over both 3G and Wi-Fi.

The futuristic curved Super-AMOLED display, Platinum plated bezels, multiple Watch Dial faces and changeable color straps make this the must have new style accessory. Users also have the option of buying Swarovski edition straps to endow ornamental refinery to the Gear S.

Defying its conventional watch-like size, the Gear S is big on functionality. GPS enables turn-by-turn navigation, guiding you to your destination like a tour guide.  You can access 3rd party apps, including the Nike+ fitness app, and use widgets to access your favorite apps quickly by just swiping right on the home screen. User can stay hands-free by using the S Voice.

A personal workout partner, coach and motivator, Gear S helps you set and achieve your health and fitness goals. Users can access charts and track their workouts and progress.  It even tracks your sitting time, reminding you to get up and stretch or go for a walk to keep your activity level up.

Gear S comes with multiple sensors to help you, including a heart rate monitor, Gyroscope, Barometer and a UV sensor that warns you when the UV index is too high. The Gear S confirms to IP-67 standards, thereby making this unit splash-proof and resistant to dust.

Gear S has an ultra power saving mode, which when enabled, helps you get extended usage time. Input mode is simple, composing emails and writing text from the QWERTY and 3x4 keyboards, or use voice recognition for hands-free convenience.

Gear Circle
The Gear Circle is stylish enough to complement your wardrobe and durable enough to outlast your toughest workouts. This neckband’s innovative and intuitive magnetic closure has ear buds that control your calls / music simply by attaching/detaching; The audio experience is matchless as enhanced by Samsung HD technology.

Is it a car or an iPad?

EL SEGUNDO, USA: Everyone knows that Tesla Motors Inc. doesn’t do things the same way as other automakers.

However, the company’s unique approach to automaking runs far deeper than the Model S’s electric drivetrain, battery packs and futuristic body. In fact, the company’s unconventional approach extends all the way down to the electronics behind the car’s infotainment and instrumentation systems, according to the Teardown Analysis Service at IHS Technology.

A physical dissection of the Model S reveals that in terms of design, components and manufacturing, these user-oriented subsystems have more in common with a tablet or smartphone than they do with a conventional automobile.

“The cost structure of the electronics, the use of large displays in the cabin, the touch-screen-based controls, the mobile microchips—everything in this design makes the Tesla experience more like a media tablet or high-end smartphone than a traditional automobile,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director for materials and cost benchmarking at IHS.

“It’s like looking at the components from the latest mobile device from an Apple iPad or Samsung Galaxy product. When it comes to the user-facing segment of the Model S’s electronics, the company has radically departed from business-as-usual in the automotive market.”

Tesla teardown
IHS is in the process of conducting a complete teardown of a Model S, dissecting and analyzing each subsystem, from the air-conditioning controls, to the safety systems, to the powertrain. The initial analysis focuses on the car’s two most electronics-intensive segments: the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit—aka the head unit—which is the main center stack and touch-screen panel.

The analysis has generated a list of outstanding features and superlative attributes, including:

* A huge 17-inch display and touch screen, which is much larger than the average automotive infotainment interface.
* The use of an NVIDIA Corp. Tegra 3, 1.4-gigahertz quad-core processor, providing computing power in the same league with recent smartphone and tablet designs.
* The most complex automotive head unit design ever seen by the IHS Teardown Analysis Service, with more than 5,000 discrete components—1,000 more than the highest-end infotainment unit previously analyzed.
* A bill of materials (BOM) for the virtual instrument cluster and the premium media control unit that is roughly twice the cost of the highest-end infotainment unit examined by IHS.

Display of audacity
The cost structure of the Model S’s premium media control unit closely resembles that of a smartphone or tablet because the display and touch screen are the two most expensive subsystems, the same as for an iPhone or iPad. The high cost is due to the sheer scale and size of the display and touchscreen.

“The mobile device-like approach to the Model S’s user interface represents a very deliberate choice by Tesla,” Rassweiler said. “The company really wanted to do things differently and employed virtual controls—rather than physical knobs and buttons—to take over the user experience. This approach required a major investment in big displays and touch panels, similar to the approach Apple took when designing the iPhone and iPad.”

The Model S display is some 10 inches larger than the typical screen sizes seen in many automotive head units. The resolution of the display is 1,920 x 1,200, again exceeding the norm for cars.

Significantly, the touch screen is made by TPK Holdings, which also was the first touch-screen supplier to Apple for the initial models of the iPhone.

Designed by Tesla
In another sign of Tesla’s unconventional approach, the company has conducted its own design and engineering activity for the electronics: multiple printed circuit boards (PCBs) in the Model S’s head unit and instrument cluster bear the Tesla moniker.

Automakers typically delegate the electronic design of items such as head units to major automotive suppliers, such as Alpine, Harman, Panasonic and others. By conducting its own design in this area, Tesla not only can deliver a highly differentiated solution, but also has much more control over the costs and sourcing of parts.

Tesla likely turns over its designs to an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, which then conducts the assembly of the subsystems. IHS understands that in some cases, Tesla is employing EMS providers to build these electronic assemblies.

With this model, Tesla once again is behaving more like a smartphone or tablet seller than a normal carmaker. Apple, for example, keeps tight control over its iPad and iPhone designs, while outsourcing the assembly to EMS companies such as Foxconn.

An example of how Tesla performs its own custom engineering can be found in the Model S’s touch-screen controller. The large size of the touch screen requires additional electronics, when compared with smaller touchscreens.

The IHS teardown indicates that Tesla apparently has developed its own touch-controller PCB to manage this task. With smaller smartphone and tablet touchscreens, in many cases the touch control subsystem will be provided as part of a turnkey solution from the touchscreen vendor.

Module multiplicity
The Premium Media Control Unit also employs an unusual modular approach that leverages solutions from semiconductor makers and other suppliers.

These modules include the Visual Computing Module, featuring the company’s powerful Tegra 3 processor; a Sierra Wireless HSPA wireless module, featuring a Qualcomm solution; an audio amplifier module from S1NN; a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth module from Parrot.

Virtual reality
Virtual instrument clusters replace the traditional array of dials with a liquid-crystal display (LCD), giving automotive designers more options.

While still uncommon, the Model S is not the first car torn down by IHS that features a virtual instrument cluster. Just before the Model S, the IHS Teardown Analysis Service conducted a teardown of a Cadillac instrument cluster.

Tesla’s virtual instrument cluster is centered on a 12.3-inch diagonal 1280 x 480-resolution LCD from Japan Display Inc., one of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus suppliers. This is the center/core of the design and—just as in the head unit—it is the single largest cost driver. The Cadillac system has the same display size and resolution display, but from another vendor.

Computing muscle car
The virtual instrument cluster features the NVIDIA Visual Computing Module, an unexpected and impressive show of computing power that features a Tegra 2 processor. Considering there is also an NVIDIA Tegra 3 in the Premium Media Control Unit, this is a notable array of computing horsepower in a single automobile.

While some other automakers are using the Tegra 2 in their head units, Tesla is bringing the prodigious chip to bear on the instrument cluster, a less demanding application.

NVIDIA inside
NVIDIA controls one of the largest shares of the value of electronic components throughout the Model S. The two Tegra processors within turnkey embedded modules command a sizable price tag. The NVIDIA visual computing module with Tegra 3 processor on board, in particular—the first time IHS has detected this part in a car—represents a high-value portion of the design.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Medical imaging market: companies play new game

LYON, FRANCE: During the latest months, Yole Développement (Yole) identified numerous investments, mergers, acquisitions in the solid-state medical image sensors market.

The research market and strategy consulting company confirms, in its latest technology and market analysis, Solid State Medical Imaging: X-ray and Endoscopy, the direct impact on the supply chain.

Dr Benjamin Roussel, Activity leader at Yole explains: “The global market is fueled by emerging endoscopy products like camera pills and disposable endoscopes. These emerging products will enjoy broad adoption in clinical practices, owing to incentives being provided in Europe and the U.S. to reduce nosocomial infections."

Pickering Interfaces appoints HongKe Technology as new representative in China

CLACTON ON SEA, ENGLAND: Pickering Interfaces, a leading provider of signal switching and instrumentation for use in electronic test and simulation, announced the appointment of HongKe Technology Co. Ltd as a second representative for China.

"We are very excited to be working with such a well-known brand like Pickering Interfaces," says Chu Jie, VP at HongKe. "Our innovative approach to selling combined with our representation of the latest technology test products makes us a considerable resource in Test and Measurement.”

Bob Stasonis, Pickering’s Asia/Pacific Sales manager, added: “HongKe’s focus is complementary to the efforts of our primary agent in China, MTCS Systems Engineering, as their focus in the market addresses areas where we have little presence in the fast growing Chinese market. In their market segment, HongKe’s reputation for servicing their customers is second to none. When you combine this with their complimentary product range, it assures that our mutual customers have access to applications. We are very excited to work with HongKe.”

Breast Cancer Charity funds new drug research at Oxford

OXFORD, ENGLAND: Against Breast Cancer is funding research into treatments that target secondary cancers to increase the survival rates of breast cancer patients.

Researchers at the University of Oxford are developing drugs that use an antibody to direct cell-killing viruses to cancerous cells wherever they are in the body, which would enable patients with aggressive breast cancer to receive more targeted treatment beyond chemotherapy and prevent the spread and growth of life-threatening secondary tumours.

Dr. Max Crispin, who heads the Glycoprotein Therapeutics Laboratory at the University of Oxford and is the lead researcher on this project, says: “We are developing new therapies and thanks to the support of Against Breast Cancer and their fundraisers we can apply this exciting technology to the breast cancer field.

"We hope to prove that this method is effective at killing cancerous cells without damaging non-cancerous tissue to improve treatments and disease prognosis for patients with breast cancer, and potentially for other cancer types too.”

With 1 in 8 women diagnosed nationwide, breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. Despite improvement in diagnostic tools and treatment, breast cancer still claims the lives of 12,000 people a year in the UK (that’s 1000 people a month) due to secondary spread, when cancer cells break off from the original tumour and travel around the body to establish new tumours.

Secondary breast cancers (called metastases) can arise in one or more places in the body, such as the lungs, bone, liver and brain, sometimes years after the primary tumour has been treated. Secondary breast cancer is currently detected using visual methods, therefore tumours have to grow to a minimal size before they can be seen and treated meaning physical symptoms are often experienced and successful treatment is more difficult.

Friday, October 10, 2014

SoftKinetic celebrates Oculus Rift development kit with ReachVR challenge

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: SoftKinetic announced its advanced technology now supports the new Oculus Rift Development Kit 2.

SoftKinetic's sophisticated 3D vision technology, in conjunction with the Oculus Rift DK2, allows developers to create exciting, out-of-the-box virtual reality experiences using their hands for natural interaction and without the need for any additional controllers.

SoftKinetic is hosting the ReachVR challenge, open to developers interested in creating unique and cutting-edge content using the Oculus Rift DK2 or any other VR headset with a camera powered by SoftKinetic's DepthSense® technology.

SoftKinetic's Time-of-Flight (ToF) DepthSense camera and tracking middleware iisu allow the user to physically engage with their hands and fingers recreated in 3D, rather than use a standard hand model. The technology offers natural manipulation of objects and the environment as in the real world, in a wide variety of light conditions and with virtually no lag.

In order to fit perfectly to the Oculus Rift DK2, SoftKinetic created a 3D model of a bracket which can easily be downloaded or ordered from and mounted to the Oculus Rift to support the DepthSense camera. SoftKinetic also offers developers a full software package including Unity3D samples.
HSINCHU, TAIWAN: MediaTek is working with Amazon to help power the new line of Fire tablets - the Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7 and Fire HD Kids Edition.

These new tablets feature MediaTek's MT8135 System on Chip (SoC) and MT6628 connectivity solution and are designed for consumers looking for high-performance devices at an affordable price. MediaTek has named this new and emerging marketplace as the "Super-mid market."

Based on ARM's big.LITTLE multiprocessing technology, MediaTek MT8135 gives the new Fire HD tablets Super-Quad technology - two high-performance ARM Cortex-A15 and two energy-efficient Cortex-A7 processors.

Capable of being used in any combination, MT8135 draws the best balance between high performance and battery life, even for the most processor-intensive applications. MT8135 also features Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 graphics for a console-like gaming experience, support for rich camera features and full HD 1080p displays.

"Drawing from its strengths in mobile technologies and multimedia capabilities , MediaTek was able to provide Amazon with a premium chipset solution that provides an exceptional user experience," said Joe Chen, GM of MediaTek's Home Entertainment business unit. "Engineers from each company collaborated to integrate our chipsets into Amazon's amazing devices and we're proud to see them reach the market now."

The new Fire HD tablets also include MediaTek's MT6628 connectivity chipset - a low power mobile WiFi and Bluetooth combination in a single integrated circuit. It provides reliable high performance WiFi connectivity for Internet browsing and streaming content. It also provides Bluetooth low energy (BTLE), the latest Bluetooth standard to connect to headphones, keyboards and other peripherals while extending battery life.

The new Fire HD tablets are currently available for purchase globally and come in two sizes - 6" for $99 and 7" for $139. The Fire HD Kids Edition is $149 for a 6" tablet and $189 for a 7" tablet.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Women entrepreneurs in technology can now win Rs 5,00,000, through ABI India’s Women Entrepreneur Quest

BANGALORE, INDIA: The Anita Borg Institute (ABI), a non-profit organization focused on advancing  women in  computing, today announced  the 4th edition of  the Women Entrepreneur Quest (WEQ) 2014, which will be held during the 5th annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India (GHCI) conference.

The annual conference, presented by the Anita Borg Institute and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM-India), will take place from 19-21 November, 2014 at the Lalit Ashok Hotel, Bangalore, India.

WEQ is a unique contest designed to promote and showcase early-stage ventures with a technology component, founded or led by women entrepreneurs in all technologies. It focuses on talented women technologists in the founding or leadership team of early stage start-ups who have applied technology in innovative ways to solve meaningful business problems. Registration for the WEQ 2014 contest is open now; and will be closed on 2 November.

The winner of the WEQ 2014 contest will be awarded a grand cash prize of Rs  5,00,000, co-sponsored by Intuit. There are a host of other special awards for the top six finalists such as mentoring opportunities with some of the best –known entrepreneurs and VCs in the industry, free legal counseling for your business and much more.

Stellar growth forecast for some video infrastructure software market segments

RENO, USA: New Q2 data contained in a complimentary report from Synergy Research Group shows that client software is the fastest growing software category within the video infrastructure software market, followed by headend software.

They have grown by 10-20 percent in the past year while the third major category, content security, has actually declined. In total the video infrastructure software market has grown by 7 percent on rolling year-on-year basis. Some individual sub-segments have grown by well over 30 percent, including TV Everywhere, search & recommendation and cloud DVR software.

In a market that is now generating annual revenues in excess of $5.5 billion, Cisco is the leader with a 20 percent market share in Q2 2014, followed by Nagra, Arris, Rovi, Ericsson, Irdeto, Accenture and TiVo. Since Q2 2013 Ericsson has gained the most market share due to its acquisition of Microsoft's IPTV/middleware business.

The next biggest market share gainer is Nagra whose growth was also assisted by M&A activity, in this case the recent acquisition of content security specialist Conax.

"Trends in OTT, cloud and service delivery models are all driving an increased focus on video infrastructure software," said John Dinsdale, a chief analyst and research director at Synergy Research Group.

"We forecast that over the next five years revenues from video infrastructure software will grow steadily. Excluding content security, annual percentage growth will be in double digits and some segments, such as TV everywhere, cloud DVR, and search and recommendation will grow extremely rapidly."

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Enjoy streaming media in your car

SEATTLE, USA: Airbiquity, a leader in connected car technology and service delivery, announced the addition of two streaming content providers—Slacker Radio and Stitcher—to its Choreo cloud-based connected car services platform and Driver Experience infotainment delivery offering.

Slacker, a leading digital music service, and Stitcher, a mobile leader in on-demand news, entertainment, sports and talk radio, are now available to Airbiquity’s automotive manufacturer, tier 1 supplier, and mobile network operator customers fielding and supporting connected car programs around the world.

“Terrestrial radio simply can’t provide the wide range of listener choice and customization that Internet radio can, and an increasing number of listeners are connected car drivers that expect safe and familiar access to Internet radio while driving their cars,” said Steve Cotter, SVP of Business Development, Slacker Radio. “Extending our brand and listening experience to the growing connected car audience is important to Slacker. Working with Airbiquity and their automotive industry customers helps us accomplish this goal.”

As with other applications that have been integrated into Airbiquity’s Choreo platform the Slacker and Stitcher applications feature tight integration between each content provider’s application services and vehicle entertainment systems—Including support for Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones.

Bluetooth connectivity, speech recognition technology, and comprehensive application policy configuration features are also enabled for a seamless connected car driver experience while minimizing dangerous driver distractions while the vehicle is in motion.

French expertise in smartcards to be showcased

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The French Trade Commission UBIFRANCE in India, in association with key French partners and Indian stakeholders, will be organising for the 4th consecutive year- a French Pavilion at SmartCards Expo 2014, held from the 15th to the 17th of October in New Delhi.

The French Pavilion will bring together leading companies from the French AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) and Secure Technologies industries to showcase their technologies and solutions and evaluate business opportunities in the Indian market during SmartCards Expo 2014, the leading event in India on technologies, solutions and services related to smartcards, biometrics etc.

Around 800 French companies operate in the field of digital trust with around 100 solution editors, 100 equipment manufacturers and around 600 services companies. Among those, the biggest of those enterprises are worldwide leaders in chips and smartcards, ID management and biometrics, eGovernance, home security and payments; with SMEs pioneering in core technologies and niche markets.

This sector also differentiates itself by its very high level of technology, with an average of 15 percent of revenues on digital trust re-invested in R&D by French enterprises (with even higher figures among equipment manufacturers and solution editors).

At the same time, India appears as a front-runner in terms of adoption of digital trust technologies especially in the field of AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) through the implementation of strategic national projects making use of identification and secure technologies (Aadhaar, RSBY, MGNREGA, e-Driving licenses...) and the development of very innovative projects and concepts to tackle for instance financial inclusion (PMJDY) and promotion of non-cash payment modes (Rupay Card).

A large number of initiatives have been undertaken by various State Governments and Central Ministries to usher in an era of eGovernance. In order to promote eGovernance in a holistic manner, various policy initiatives and projects have been undertaken to develop core and support infrastructure.

As such, the AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data Capture) market in India has, for instance, grown from $581 million in 2010 to close to $1 billion in 2012 and nearly $1.3 billion in 2014 at a CAGR of 22.37 percent according to Frost & Sullivan.

Of the AIDC technologies, smartcards take the lions’ share with 2010 revenues pegged at $510 million and reaching $903 million in 2014, but biometrics and RFID/NFC are being expected to capture a larger share of the AIDC market in the near future.

Vision247 and Mondo Globo brings Arabia One to Europe

LONDON, ENGLAND: Media content distribution and IPTV specialists, Vision247, has teamed up with major distributor of leading international TV channels, Mondo Globo to deliver MBC Group and Arabia One channels in Europe via Samsung Smart TVs and connected Blu-ray players.

Ex-pat communities residing in Europe can now watch their favourite Arabic channels, through Vision247’s online video platform and a dedicated TV app. Arabia One channels can be streamed live to any living room in Europe. To access these channels, viewers download the Arabia One app from the Samsung TV app portal.

With Arabia One providing a wide range of Arabic, Middle Eastern and North African-speaking TV channels, owners of Samsung Smart TVs and connected Blu-ray players can watch everything from general entertainment (MBC, MBC Masr, Al Jadeed, LBC Europe), kids programmes (MBC 3) and drama (MBC Drama and Panorama Drama) through to catching the latest movies on Panorama Films and music videos (Mazzika).

BT TV deploys StormTest to test and assure TV services

DUBLIN, IRELAND: S3 Group, a global leader at enhancing the performance and service readiness of video platforms across connected devices, has announced that BT has significantly scaled up its deployment of StormTest Development Center, and made S3 Group its preferred supplier for test automation and monitoring.

S3 Group's leading video test automation platform, StormTest Development Center, provides BT with advanced, end-to-end service validation capabilities that encompass CPE, headend, and Business and Operations Support Systems (B/OSS). It is used by BT's Design, Development, Quality Assurance, and Operations teams for component, system, and end-to-end tests.

As the roll-out of new video services and features becomes more complex and time consuming, StormTest Development Center improves BT's test coverage, and reduces the time required for testing from months to weeks – reducing the product test cycle by up to 50 percent.

"StormTest Development Center allows us to validate the end-to-end customer experience, rigorously testing services prior to deployment, and ensuring they meet the highest quality standards when in production," said Greg McCall, COO for television and content at BT. "Notably, it enables us to efficiently and reliably deliver rapid innovation, while improving the quality and stability of BT's video services."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CoaXPress camera with ultra-high resolution

UNTERSCHLEISSHEIM, GERMANY: The rising demands of industrial image processing for automization and quality assurance increasingly requires cameras with the highest possible resolution, very high frame rates and global shutter technology.

Typical high-end industrial applications include precision quality control in the production of flat screens and printed circuit boards. High resolution is also needed in other fields of application, such as particle image velocimetry (PIV), 3D measurement or surface inspection require high-resolution high-speed cameras.

The new, very compact digital 25 megapixel high-speed camera from Mikrotron, the EoSens 25CXP with high performance CoaXPress real-time data interface, meets the high demands of high-end applications with its outstanding performance characteristics.

The interface offers data transmission rates of up to 6.25 Gbit/s with a single-core cable, and up to 25 Gbit/s with up to four cores. The data transfer is performed using only one cable, which also facilitates communication with and control from the PC and supplies power to the camera, and all that at transmission distances of over 100 meters. These are decisive advantages for easy integration in processes.

At a resolution of 5,120 x 5,120 pixels, the camera can guarantee a frame rate of 80 fps, in full-HD it can deliver 880 fps and at reduced resolution it offers up to 100,000 fps. The integrated global shutter allows for the exposure of all pixels at the same time with the shortest exposure times of up to 1 μs. This is a decisive advantage that ensures the highest image quality.

The continuously variable composition of the image field with regard to position and resolution (RoI) results in a high application flexibility. The camera offers a color depth of 10 bit and a dynamic range of 53 db. With dimensions of just 80 x 80 x 53 mm and a robust design, the EoSens can be used in tight spaces and integrated directly into processes.

Pilot Labs launches coin-sized security solution via KickStarter

SAN DIEGO, USA: Pilot Labs, a worldwide leader in connected home automation and security devices, announced the KickStarter launch of CoinGuard.

CoinGuard is a new Internet of Things solution for personal home security. Instead of trying to detect home intrusions like traditional security systems, CoinGuard is a small coin-sized wireless device. Sensitive to movement and vibration, it is simply placed on or with the valuables that it protects. If disturbed, it transmits a notification to the homeowner’s smartphone or other web connected device for immediate action. It is simple and easy to install.

The CoinGuard wireless sensor is battery powered which enables users to put CoinGuard sensors anywhere in their home.  Users can slip them into jewelry boxes, camera bags, and secret drawers – anywhere they want to keep secure. They can attach a CoinGuard sensor to a flat screen TV, gaming console, gun safe door, or medicine cabinet door.

With a range of up to 100 meters from the gateway and able to penetrate furniture, floors and walls, the CoinGuard system can cover an entire home. Each CoinGuard system can consist of up to 256 wireless sensors located throughout a large home and will even work outdoors, securing yards, patios, garages and sheds.

Samsung’s smart watch gets a full-web browser

NORWAY: Opera Mini has become the first web browser on Samsung’s Gear S, the Tizen-based wearable device platform. Users of this new smart watch will be able to enjoy web browsing from their wrists, Opera Software announced.
With more than 250 million monthly users around the world, Opera Mini is known for its compression technology that shrinks the size of webpages to as little as 10 percent. The result is a faster and more energy-efficient browsing experience. It helps to load image-heavy pages in a snap.

In addition, the Opera Mini browser includes many finger-friendly features. The Smart Page gives users all their social updates and the latest news on one screen. Opera Mini’s Speed Dial features website shortcuts as large buttons, enabling Gear S users to reach their favorite sites in a single tap. Private browsing removes any trace of the web pages visited on the wrist-gazer’s device.

"As a lightweight but powerful browser maker, Opera has been a pioneer of making the web accessible across a huge variety of connected devices, such as the internet keyboard, the dual-screen handheld game console, VOIP phones and, now, wearable device," says Lars Boilesen, CEO of Opera Software. "We are thrilled that Opera Mini will be the first browser for  Samsung Gear S users to download. This is an exciting, new experience for smart-gear users."

VCE drives even greater levels of convergence with new systems and solutions

SINGAPORE: VCE, the leader in converged infrastructure systems, unveiled new and updated Vblock Systems, integrated solutions and technology extensions to drive greater IT flexibility, agility and simplicity for enterprises and service providers globally.

These systems and solutions broaden the VCE portfolio of turnkey converged infrastructures that transform customer data centers for private and hybrid clouds.

Customers will be able to order new Vblock Systems, including the new all-flash-based Vblock System 540 for mixed high-performance workloads, as well as factory-built and fully supported VCE Integrated Solutions and technology extensions that bring the VCE Experience to a broader range of industry-leading converged infrastructure offerings.

The VCE Experience includes pre-integrated, pre-tested and pre-validated VCE converged infrastructure solutions that are delivered and supported by VCE as a single product, with seamless component-level updates, ongoing lifecycle assurance and unified support across all components.

Converged infrastructure is quickly becoming recognized as the fastest route to realizing business value from next-generation cloud technologies. Industry analysts expect the integrated infrastructure category for integrated systems to grow at 43.2 percent CAGR to $11.2 billion in 2017, an increase from $3.6 billion in 2013.

Industry analysts have named VCE the market share leader in integrated infrastructure systems, with the highest revenue of any other converged infrastructure vendor.

Stretchable electronics comes to market

LONDON, UK: Stretchable electronics concerns electrical and electronic circuits and combinations of these that are elastically or inelastically stretchable by more than a few percent while retaining function. For that, they tend to be laminar and usually thin.

No definitions of electronics and electrical sectors are fully watertight but it is convenient to consider stretchable electronics as a part of printed electronics, a term taken to include printed and potentially printed (eg thin film) electronics and electrics. This is because the cost, space and weight reduction sought in most cases is best achieved by printing and printing-like technologies.

The applications targeted are primarily in healthcare, including health-related monitoring and management for military purposes and sport. About 40 percent of the research and commercialisation of stretchable electronics takes place in the USA, with the UK, Germany, Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Korea and Japan, also making a broad impact.

This report examines who is bringing what to market and why and it analyses where the most promising opportunities lie. It scopes the emerging stretchable technologies, many of which promise huge improvements, opening yet more potential markets.

Point Grey's Blackfly GigE PoE camera features high sensitivity VGA CCD

RICHMOND, CANADA: Point Grey, a world-leading designer and manufacturer of innovative, high-performance digital cameras, announced the addition of a new VGA global shutter CCD model to its value-packed Blackfly GigE PoE camera family – the smallest PoE camera line in the world.

The new Blackfly BFLY-PGE-03S3 camera models are based on color and monochrome versions of the popular Sony ICX414, a 1/2” CCD featuring 9.9 micron square pixels and capable of 648 x 488
pixel resolution at 90 FPS.

This combination of sensor format, resolution and frame rate have resulted in widespread adoption of this sensor in a variety of applications including automated inspection, panel alignment, 3D scanning and more. The BLY-PGE-03S3 offers existing analog or Sony ICX414 sensor users an easy transition path to GigE Vision without affecting optics or imaging performance.

The Blackfly supports cable lengths of up 100 meters using Gigabit Ethernet, is compatible with third-party imaging libraries via the GigE Vision standard, and provides a host of features including Power over Ethernet, temperature and status monitoring, in-field updatable firmware, color interpolation, look up table, gamma correction, pixel binning functionality, and much more.

With their unique combination of sensors, 29 x 29 x 30 mm size, and GigE interface, the new Blackfly models are perfectly suited for factory automation and analog camera replacement.

EV Group unveils room-temperature covalent bonder

ST. FLORIAN, AUSTRIA: EV Group (EVG), a leading supplier of wafer bonding and lithography equipment for the MEMS, nanotechnology and semiconductor markets, introduced the EVG580 ComBond―a high-vacuum wafer bonding system, which enables electrically conductive and oxide-free covalent bonds at room temperature.

Built on a modular platform to support high-volume manufacturing (HVM) requirements, the new system is ideally suited for bonding different substrate materials together in order to enable higher-performing devices and new applications, including:

* Multi-junction solar cells
* Silicon photonics
* High-vacuum MEMS packaging
* Power devices.

Compound semiconductor and other advanced engineered substrates for "beyond CMOS" applications such as high-mobility transistors, high-performance/low-power logic and radio frequency (RF) devices.

Several EVG580 ComBond systems have already been shipped to device manufacturers and R&D centers. Customer demonstrations are available at EVG's corporate headquarters in St. Florian, Austria.

Daimler chairman to deliver 2015 CES keynote

USA: The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Dr. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, will deliver a 2015 International CES keynote address focused on the latest advances in autonomous vehicle technology.

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

Dr. Zetsche will discuss autonomous vehicle technology and its impact on society, mobility and environment, as well as raise ideas and questions for the future. In addition to his insights on the future of Daimler Intelligence Drive, Dr. Zetsche’s 2015 CES keynote will feature the world-debut of a new car concept. His address is slated for 8 PM Monday, January 5 at the Chelsea Theater within the Cosmopolitan.

“With a passion for technology innovation, Dr. Zetsche has led Mercedes-Benz to a top perch in the automobile industry, constantly reinventing technology offerings and perfecting the driver experience,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA.

“Cars are becoming the ultimate mobile devices, and Mercedes-Benz’s presence at 2015 CES will definitely create synergy with other platforms and mobile technologies on the show floor. We welcome Dr. Zetsche to the 2015 CES keynote stage and look forward to hearing his views on the future of autonomous driving.”

The automotive market remains a driving force behind the strength of the global consumer technology industry. The growth of new vehicle sales in 2014 will propel factory-installed systems to reach $11 billion in revenue, an increase of 20 percent over the past year.