SEGAÂ® Reveals Two New Sonic Titles Coming In 2017
Sonic's 25th Anniversary Party Reveals New Console Games, Updates to Sonic Dash Mobile and the Reveal of Season Two of the Hit Animated Series
BURBANK, Calif., July 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonic celebrated his 25(th) anniversary at a sold out event on Friday evening during San Diego Comic-Con held at the House of Blues.Today SEGAÂ® revealed two new Sonic The Hedgehog(TM) titles: Sonic Mania and an untitled original game for release on console and PC in 2017.
Sonic Mania brings fans back into the 2D world of platform games with nostalgic pixel-style art and core classic gameplay by reimagining iconic Zones and Acts from Sonic The Hedgehog, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, Sonic CD and Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and Knuckles, and adding in completely new Zones with all-new Acts, and bosses into the mix. Developed by SEGA of America and in collaboration with PagodaWest Games along with Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the game will be digitally available for PlayStationÂ® 4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2017.
"Sonic Mania was born out of our fans' love of the classic Sonic 2D platform games," said Takashi Iizuka, Head of Sonic Team. "This type of collaboration is a first for SEGA and we hope everyone will be both surprised and delighted by this title. Sonic Mania has been a passion project for the entire team and we look forward to sharing more details about it later this year. Having the game actually playable at the event itself tonight was testament to the dedication of the team behind it."
Also, another original title was revealed at the end of the party. This epic title is being created by the Sonic Team, the same team that brought fans Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations. Available at retail and digital stores for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo NX at Holiday 2017. Additional information will be revealed at a later date.
"Today brought thousands of fans together from all over the world to get a look at all the facets of our beloved Sonic the Hedgehog from his foundation in video games to music, TV, mobile, toys, fashion and beyond," said Ivo Gerscovich, Chief Brand Officer of Sonic Pillar and SVP of SEGA of America." This is only the beginning for Sonic and we're happy our fans were here to celebrate this exciting new direction."
Additionally it was revealed that the hit mobile game Sonic Dash has been downloaded over 200 million times. To celebrate Sonic's anniversary, Sonic Dash has a special in-game event that includes the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic as a playable character. The event will last one week in which players can unlock the Green Hill Zone and Classic Sonic to continue to play with after the event is over. The game is free to play with optional in-app purchases, and is available on the App Store, Google Play, Amazon Underground, and Windows Phones.
Lastly, Sonic Boom, the hit animated television series, now airing in over 100 countries, was announced for season two. Attendees at the event were treated to a sneak peek at what's to come for this celebrated action/comedy series. More information about the non-stop adventures starring Sonic and his friends will be announced at a later time. Fans of the show won't have to wait too long for Sonic Boom: Fire and Ice, the Nintendo 3DS game based off of it. The game will be launching on September 27(th) in the US and on September 30(th) in Europe.
To stay up-to-date on all of the exciting upcoming news for Sonic the Hedgehog, follow Sonic on Twitter, Like him on Facebook, or subscribe to the Twitch channel. For the latest in the Sonic fashion and toy business, follow the Instagram account @SonicStyles. To view the trailers that were released during the event, please visit the official Sonic YouTube channel.
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About SEGA of America
SEGAÂ® of America, Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-based SEGA Games Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the home. The company develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SEGA of America's website is located at http://www.sega.com
The top-selling head mounted display (HMD) has been modified with the addition of tiny,
unobtrusive cameras and infrared light sources to enable eye tracking based upon SMI's
leading computer vision algorithms. The C#/C++ SDK comes with plugins for VR engines
including Unreal, Unity and WorldViz Vizard.
SMI's OEM eye tracking platform includes reference designs for desktop, mobile and
augmented and virtual reality. It is proven with more than 250,000 users and in total, SMI
eye tracking is proven worldwide with more than five million users.
In virtual reality, SMI set the standard with the 2014 develop kit for the Oculus Rift
DK2 with eye tracking and has this year released an SDK for the modified Samsung Gear VR.
SMI's Director of OEM Solutions Business Christian Villwock said the success of these
projects underlines the strength of SMI's eye tracking platform.
"Our eye tracking platform is trusted, stable and proven with the leading consumer
hardware makers, on the widest range of screens and devices, and with a quarter of a
million users. It is upon that experience and success that this latest product, the Eye
Tracking Upgrade for the best-selling HTC Vive, is built," he said.
VR with eye tracking paves the way for new features and user benefits including:
- Foveated rendering- giving a richer visual experience with a lower processing
- Gaze interaction- meaning content can be selected by simply looking at the menu
- Personal display calibration- which makes for a VR experience more comfortable on the
- Social presence- which creates a more realistic experience especially when avatars
meet in virtual worlds.
- Analytical insights- of great value to games developers, corporate users and
At Siggraph, SMI will showcase its eye tracking HTC Vive and the other products from
the OEM platform at booth 472.
Floating Board Announces New Line of Fast Charging Hoverboards
Aiming to provide interesting information/consumer data about hoverboards by publishing unique content on their blog, Floating Board is a US based retailer company that has now announced a new line of fast charging hoverboards.
MENLO PARK, Calif., July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Headquartered in Menlo Park, Floating Board is an online retailer company specializing in a wide range of hoverboards. After receiving positive testimonies on their previous products, the company has now reportedly added more hoverboards for sale to their inventory and will now be offering a special range of fast charging hoverboards also.
According to market statistics, the United States' sale count for hoverboards totaled up to 2,578,000 units in 2015, with the sales revenue for that year being $997,600,000. Experts at Floating Board believe that 2016 can be an even bigger year for hoverboards if there are some innovations made to the previously sold models. The company has now launched a new line of hoverboards on their official website and they claim to have a model that has a fast charging capability.
A spokesperson for the company made an official press statement to speak about Floating Boards' work "Here at Floating Board, we are a very customer oriented company and aim to sell only the best, most high quality products. What sets us apart from other brands in the U.S. is the fact that all of our hoverboards are fire safety tested and certified under the UL 2272 standard set by the U.S. government. Our products only use high quality Samsung batteries that are not prone to leakage and prevent any heat issues or fire hazards."
When hoverboards and high-tech self balancing scooters became the big thing, the United States government put forward a certification standard called the UL 2272. Under said certification, all products are tested for fire-safety and electricity flaws. Retailer companies can test their products and have them certified for consumer safety.
The company spokesperson further added to his statement to address the new product launch "Featured on our official website homepage, our new line of hoverboards is the best in aspect to features and price range. Priced in-between $200 to $400, these hoverboards boast features that one can expect from units that cost well above $1,000. The most prominent product out of this line is the FB295 hoverboard that provides ultra-fast charging in under 1 hour."
The FB295 hoverboard promises a 12 to 20 mile riding time with 1 hour charging, a feat that apparently many other top hoverboards in the market have failed to accomplish. The Samsung battery used in the hoverboard is designed to provide more power in less charging time. It is also supposed to eliminate any overheating issues or any sudden explosions that occur with low quality hoverboards after prolonged usage.
The full company inventory, their featured new hoverboard models and the company contact details can be seen on their official website.
Registration Now Open for PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, the Largest Photo Expo and Learning Center in North America
Early Bird Pricing Available for Photo Walks, Photography / Filmmaking Master Classes and Seminars; 250+ Exhibitors Demonstrate Newest Imaging Technologies During 3-Day Expo
NEW YORK, July 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether photography is a career, a passion, or simply a way to capture life's precious moments, you will want to attend the PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 19-22. PhotoPlus Expo is the largest photographic conference and trade show in North America where manufacturers demonstrate the latest imaging technology and world renowned photographers and filmmakers conduct educational seminars and photo walks under one roof. Free registration to the 3-day Expo and early bird discounts on conference passes are available through August 31 by visiting photoplusexpo.com. Getting to the Javits Center has never been easier with the new #7 subway extending all the way to the Javits Center (34(th) St. / Hudson Yards).
PhotoPlus Expo & Trade Show
More than 250 leading manufacturers of imaging hardware, software, and accessories will be on hand to demonstrate the latest technology and techniques in the world of photography and filmmaking. Throughout the Expo, manufacturers will be offering special show discounts on products and services, giveaways and raffles, and conduct free educational presentations with some of the world's most renowned photographers and filmmakers. During the Expo, attendees can also visit the Photographers Resource Center where they can sell their used equipment, get their cameras professionally cleaned and /or repaired and get advice on how to handle copyright infringement and manage small business financials.
The Expo will feature a special Wedding Pavilion. If you are a wedding or portrait photographer or thinking about expanding your business to include these services you will want to visit the WPPI Wedding Pavilion at PhotoPlus Expo. Products and services ranging from albums, photofinishing, and accessories will all be on display to help you increase your business, or help get you started.
"Whether you are a professional photographer, enthusiast, or consumer who wants to learn how to take better photos, attending PhotoPlus Expo is an absolute must," explains Lauren Wendle, vice president & group publisher at PDN. "Nearly every conceivable product, service, and accessory related to imaging will be on display. Live demonstrations, hands-on learning, and educational presentations make PhotoPlus an interactive experience for everyone who attends."
Become a VIP at PPE!
If you are looking to completely immerse yourself in PhotoPlus Expo, register as a VIP attendee and receive exclusive access, discounts, and opportunities for the entire duration of the event. With a VIP Expo badge, attendees will receive:
-- Three-day admission to PhotoPlus Expo with instant badge pick-up at the
VIP Customer Service Desk
-- Admission and priority seating for keynote presentations on Thursday,
Friday and Saturday
-- The Official PPE VIP Bag packed with special promotions from a variety
of exhibitors. More than 100 bags will include a Golden Ticket that can
be redeemed for a special prize valued up to $250, including photo gear,
gift cards and more! Prize sponsors include B&H Photo and others.
General Pricing for PhotoPlus Expo 2016
The three-day Expo pass is free to everyone who registers online before August 31. Early bird pricing is now available on all education tracks including Ã La Carte Seminars, Intensive Classes, Master Classes, and Photo Walks. In addition to getting the discounts, early registration will ensure access to the widest selection of educational programming before they sell out. Members of PHOTO+ (PhotoServe.com and WPPI) will save 50% on all conference seminar pass options including a Full Conference Pass, One Day Conference Pass, individual seminars as well as Master Class and Photo Walk purchases. Attendees can choose to become PHOTO+ members ($150.00) before or during the registration process to unlock exclusive discounts on conference passes, year-round vendor and product discounts, free subscriptions to PDN and Rangefinder, discounts on contest entries, and much more.
The price of a Full Conference Pass will be $249.50 for members ($499.00 for non-members) through August 31, 2016. The price of a One Day Conference Pass is $149.50 for members ($299.00 for non-members). Advanced pricing rates begin September 1 and end October 18.
Seminars and Classes
Attendees looking to hone their skills in specific areas of photography in a more formal classroom setting will find more than 100 Master Classes, seminars, and photo walks available throughout the Expo and Conference. Conducted by many of the world's most renowned photographers and filmmakers, attendees will learn the latest techniques in lighting, portraits, business, post-production and so much more. To ensure a robust educational experience for all attendees, PhotoPlus offers a variety of seminars and special event packages including a 50% discount for students on all seminars, conference passes, and photo walks to help maximize their limited budgets and take advantage of these unique learning opportunities. View the full seminar schedule with detailed descriptions.
"For the 34(th) year, The PhotoPlus Conference + Expo will bring together world-class creative pros under one roof for a week of learning and networking to help support and nurture business and creative initiatives for the coming year," said Jason Groupp, Director of Education and Membership of the PHOTO+ Group. "Our extensive lineup of Master Classes, seminars, photo walks, and portfolio reviews create a comprehensive learning environment that is both energizing and inspiring."
Progressive Learning at PhotoPlus Expo
Wednesday-Friday, October 19-21
This year's series of photo walks give participants an opportunity to explore New York in small groups led by some of the industry's foremost photographers and educators. Morning and afternoon sessions are scheduled to accommodate most schedules.
Intensive Classes -- NEW
Wednesday, October 19 - 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, October 20-21 - 1:30-6:30 p.m.
For attendees who really want to concentrate on one specific area of learning and are prepared to dig in for a full day of activities, PhotoPlus has created its Intensive Pre-Conference classes just for you. These classes each focus on a single topic including Photoshop, Lightroom, Lighting, Editing & Sequencing for Print, Wedding, and Final Cut X all instructed by industry leaders. These 5-hour sessions will provide an opportunity to learn more than the basics and come away with extended knowledge you can put to practice immediately.
Thursday-Friday, October 20-21
All Master Classes at PhotoPlus are limited to 50 students and offer comprehensive, hands-on instruction. Instructors include Susan Stripling, Lindsay Adler, Scott Kelby, John Harrington, Me Ra Koh, Joe McNally, Brooke Shaden, Eli Reed, and many more.
Ã La Carte Seminars
Thursday-Saturday, October 20-22 - Seminars conducted throughout the day
Regardless of the topic or specific technique you want to learn more about, you will find it in the comprehensive listing of seminars conducted this year at PhotoPlus Expo. Whether its studio or natural lighting, poses for portraits, or how to incorporate video into existing client services, these along with more than 100 other sessions will be on the schedule throughout the conference.
The full seminar schedule including Ã La Carte Seminars, Intensive Classes, Master Classes, and Photo Walks is available online and can be viewed by date, track, speaker, or sponsor.
The Official Portfolio Review at PhotoPlus Expo, presented by the Palm Springs Photo Festival, is the most productive and cost-efficient way to have your work viewed by 175 of the most respected picture editors, art directors, and art buyers in the world. Honest and constructive feedback on your existing portfolio is a necessary part of the process of reaching the next level of excellence. During PhotoPlus, attendees will have an opportunity to sit face-to-face with industry pros responsible for hiring and commissioning photographers and filmmakers throughout the year.
Saturday, October 22 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Drones are more than just the latest craze. They are a new source of revenue for your business where the sky is the limit. Drone+ at PhotoPlus has gathered all the industry experts and resources in one location to answer questions about features, functions, and general use of drones and how to navigate through FAA regulations to legally operate a drone. Seminars and panel discussions addressing all aspects of drone use will be conducted throughout the day including a panel featuring former FAA counsel Loretta Alkalay, NTSB Examiner John Goglia, DJI's VP of Policy Brendan Schulman, and others to discuss the current state of drone regulation and what to expect in the future.
Join award-winning photographer George Steinmetz when he shares his amazing aerial films and explains how drones have helped this 25-year veteran best known for his exploration of the unknown, charter new territories never before possible.
For more information and frequent updates, visit photoplusexpo.com, like us on Facebook, or follow @PhotoPlusExpo on Twitter.
About PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Designed for professionals in the photographic and imaging industries as well as enthusiasts, PhotoPlus Expo showcases the latest advances in photography, digital imaging and filmmaking. Held annually at the Javits Convention Center, attendees have the opportunity to explore an inspiring array of photography and imaging products and services -- all from the industry's leading manufacturers. The show also offers seminars and intimate Photo Walks and Master Classes taught by world-renowned experts that focus on cutting-edge innovations and techniques.
PDN International Conference + Expo is owned and operated by Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business trade shows in the United States, producing more than 50 trade shows and over 100 face-to-face events in total, including conferences, summits and other events. Emerald Expositions connects more than 335,000 sellers and buyers each year and operates within the U.S. in 10 end markets (Gift, Home, General Merchandise and Manufacturing; Sports & Apparel; Design; Jewelry, Luxury & Antiques; E-Commerce; Creative Services; Licensing; Healthcare; Military; and Food).
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VIZIO and Paramount Pictures Partner to Celebrate the World Premiere of "Star Trek Beyond"
IRVINE, Calif., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VIZIO, Inc. announced today a partnership with Paramount Pictures to celebrate the July 22(nd) theatrical release of "Star Trek Beyond." To kick off the partnership, VIZIO sponsored the world premiere of the film held last night in San Diego, CA before a crowd of 3,500 fans.
Through its partnership with Paramount, VIZIO has created a "Star Trek" "Featured Collection," giving app users easy access to category titles from the current franchise. Fans can seamlessly cast the Star Trek Beyond trailer to their VIZIO SmartCast display, and can soon enjoy Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, which have both been re-graded in Dolby Vision.
VIZIO SmartCast home theater displays fully integrate Google Cast(TM) to give users access to thousands of apps they know and love, like VUDU. The displays are controlled by the VIZIO SmartCast app, which turns iOS and Android mobile device screens into a convenient yet powerful remote control. The VIZIO SmartCast app allows users to create "Collections" of entertainment with their favorite TV shows or movies, or access curated "Featured Collections."
"We're thrilled to celebrate the theatrical premiere of 'Star Trek Beyond' and give fans more ways than ever to dive into the 'Star Trek' universe," said Lily Knowles, Vice President of Product Marketing, VIZIO. "With continued picture quality advancements like High Dynamic Range, we're now able to bring experiences once only possible in the theater, into the home. Our latest VIZIO SmartCast P- and M-Series Home Theater Displays offer Ultra HD High Dynamic Range with Dolby Vision picture quality. This combination of technologies transform the entertainment experience with dramatic imaging, incredible brightness, contrast and color that will bring the universe of 'Star Trek Beyond' to life like never before."
Directed by Justin Lin and produced by J.J. Abrams, 'Star Trek Beyond' celebrates the 50(th) anniversary of the franchise. In the film, the U.S.S. Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test.
"Star Trek Beyond," the highly anticipated next installment in the globally popular "Star Trek" franchise, created by Gene Roddenberry and reintroduced by J.J. Abrams in 2009, returns with director Justin Lin ("The Fast and the Furious" franchise) at the helm of this epic voyage of the U.S.S. Enterprise and her intrepid crew.
From Paramount Pictures and Skydance, "Star Trek Beyond" is a Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark, Perfect Storm Entertainment production. The film stars John Cho, Simon Pegg, Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, ZoÃ« Saldana, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and Idris Elba. Directed by Justin Lin, the third film in the franchise series is produced by J.J. Abrams, Roberto Orci, Lindsey Weber and Justin Lin; and executive produced by Jeffrey Chernov, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Tommy Harper. Based upon "Star Trek" created by Gene Roddenberry, the screenplay was written by Simon Pegg and Doug Jung.
"Star Trek Beyond" opens in theaters beginning July 22, 2016.
To learn more about VIZIO SmartCast visit VIZIO.com.
VIZIO's mission is to deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers, and media content providers. Through our connected entertainment platform, VIZIO is transforming the way consumers discover and experience media content. Since our founding in California in 2002, VIZIO has built an industry-leading brand and sold over 65 million products, including televisions, sound bars and other devices. VIZIO is a leading CE brand in North America with the #1 unit share in Smart TVs(1) and #1 unit share in Sound Bars(2). VIZIO product leadership is highlighted by a number of industry reviews and awards: the VIZIO P-Series SmartCast Home Theater Displays are the highest-ranked LED/LCD display on CNET in 2016, having received an editors' rating of 4.5/5 stars(3); the VIZIO Reference Series achieved a 2016 Editors' Choice award from Reviewed.com(4); and the VIZIO D-Series earned a 2016 Editor's Choice award from PC Magazine(5). For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit http://www.VIZIO.com.
(1) The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, based on total smart television units sold in the U.S. January - April 2016. The NPD Group/Retail defines a smart television as an LCD TV with apps included
(2) The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service, based on sound bar units sold in the U.S., January 2013--May 2016
(3 )Visit cnet.com for the full VIZIO P-Series review, published 5/10/2016
(4 )Visit reviewed.com for the full VIZIO Reference Series review, published 3/18/16
(5 )Visit pcmag.com for the full VIZIO D-Series review, published 3/24/16
ZON Finds Success By Reimagining Use of Solar Power to Charge Mobile Devices
- At a time when mobile devices outnumber people on Earth and need constant recharge, ZON developed Powersol to ensure people can charge up conveniently and sustainably anywhere in the world.
- ZON is the only mobile charging solution that can sell into multiple markets because of its unique combination of features - sustainability, power, convenience and elegant aesthetics.
- In its first year of sales, ZON experienced 426% YOY growth with blue chip brands, and momentum is ramping up.
- Powersol is made in the USA, women founded and women managed.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ZON's Powersol has revolutionized the way people charge mobile devices by integrating its innovative technology with an everyday object used around the world - a commercial patio umbrella. Powersol has solar panels affixed to the canopy of the umbrella, which harnesses energy into a mobile charging battery hub that sits on top of a table. The battery hub charges three (3) USB devices at once, as fast as a wall outlet, day or night.
Powersol's elegant, powerful and sustainable design has landed it not only many multi industry accolades, in just over a year it has become an in demand tech amenity in a variety of markets including hospitality, retail, private clubs, corporate offices, coffee shops and education.
Blue chip customers include MGM International, Starwood Worldwide, Rolex, Simon Properties, CBRE, UCLA, USC, UNC Chapel Hill and more.
As Founder Sarah Akin explains ""Powersol is a modern day paperclip idea - it came to me while experiencing the frustration of my iPad dying while I was trying to read a book at a resort. I ended up leaving the pool, tethered to my hotel room wall charging up. I knew there had to be a better way for me as a guest that could generate some sort of ROI for the hotel."
This paperclip idea quickly found wind behind its sails earning the praises of industry leaders like Starwood Resorts Worldwide, "We're known to lead the industry with innovation, and we love to provide our guests with the newest and best products and experiences available. The ZON Powersol is exactly the kind of innovative technology we need so our guests can charge up mobile devices on site, sustainably and conveniently. We're excited to have more hotels install Powersol and push for a green way to keep mobile devices charged up so our guests can stay globally connected," said Eric Marlo, Head of Innovation for Starwood.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Cameron Welborn-Wilson explains "Imagine the last time you saw your phone battery drop below 20% and how you immediately wonder where you can charge up. Now people don't have to worry about bringing a special device or extra battery with them, they can simply go to their favorite hotel, campus or restaurant and charge up, while using their phone, and go about their day stress free."
"The true potential of ZON's sustainable charging is as a connected device empowering commercial opportunities beyond the current product all while keeping people connected," says ZON's top Executive Karina Fedasz. "I was brought on to scale this company, and as a team, we are excited by the foundation we've laid and the significant growth ahead of us as we execute on an exciting roadmap," she added.
ZON, Inc. is the company changing the way the world charges mobile devices using sustainable energy. Launched in winter 2014 with the vision to reimagine mobile charging as convenient, green, and attractive, ZON's premiere product the Powersol is a way to create dwell spaces and make it easy to go green while you charge.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The creators of the Looper tassel (http://www.loopertassel.com) believe they have solved the problem of losing or misplacing important belongings. And now they've taken their innovative and fashionable device to Kickstarter. Their campaign will enable IDIO Creative Works, Inc. to fund Looper's mass production. More information about how Looper works and a discussion of its many features is available at http://kck.st/29PkaXL.
"At IDIO, we believe that technology shouldn't be a separate entity from our lives," says CEO Nick Lee. "Instead, it should be integrated into life through creative solutions to frustrating problems. The fashion world offered one such solution, and Looper is the result of synthesizing smart technology with impeccable style.
"When designing Looper, we wanted to take tracker technology, which can seem too technical and foreign to the average consumer, and build it into something that we all love and are familiar with - a tassel. As a trendy fashion item, we see tassels everywhere: on designer bags, as keyring accessories, and so on. The tassel is the perfect accessory, but hidden inside is tracker technology that has great potential to benefit our lives."
While the Looper tassel incorporates cutting-edge technology, the design is simple so that anyone with a smartphone can use it. Looper attaches to standard key rings and straps via its built-in ring. Simultaneously, the Looper mobile app pairs with the Bluetooth sensor inside the accessory and can also pair with other Bluetooth-capable devices. There are several key functions within Looper. If the distance between Looper and the user becomes too great, both Looper and the app will sound an alarm. If users have trouble finding their lost or misplaced Looper attached to their belongings, they can use the app to make Looper ring. On the other hand, if users have trouble finding their phone, they can press a small button on Looper to ring the phone. Users can take advantage of a GPS-powered map on the app and even turn off all alarms when desired.
Looper has been designed both as a technological problem solver as well as an attractive fashion accessory. Since the original idea for Looper was conceived in early 2015, the team has worked tirelessly to create a product that exceeds expectations. Made with genuine Italian leather, the tassel offers a soft texture yet plenty of durability. The device's battery life is at least one year, thanks to its patented low battery usage algorithm. Packed inside Looper's small form is a Bluetooth sensor, buzzer and microcontroller unit. With so many features, the quality of handicraft and inspiration from traditional jewelry making is not lost.
"Looper is not just another product that's thrown together in a factory," adds Designer Ben Lee. "From the leather tassels to the metal crown, this smart fashion accessory is handcrafted with great attention to detail."
The first production run of the Looper fashion accessory and smart tracking device is set for this fall, with the first shipment expected in November. Kickstarter backers, who will be among the first people to receive a Looper tassel, will enjoy steep discounts off the anticipated retail price for as long as the campaign runs. Additionally, the more Looper tassels backers choose to buy, the more they will save.
About IDIO Creative Works, Inc.
Hello! We are IDIO Creative Works. IDIO stands for "I Discover Invisible Opportunities." Our vision is to bring technology to our daily lives through design. Today, technology seems just as vital and ubiquitous as air. We truly believe that technology has the ability to fit into our lives like a perfect puzzle piece; the power of technology solely depends on how we design its purpose. Here at IDIO, we strive to redefine the way technology is used. Through our discoveries, life will get even sweeter.
Anime Streaming Service App on Amazon Fire TV Now Available to Subscribers
FLOWER MOUND, Texas, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Funimation Entertainment, the go-to studio for extraordinary anime, raised the bar once again with the release of FunimationNow for the Amazon Fire TV, an anime streaming service app designed specifically for this platform. FunimationNow subscribers across the U.S. and the U.K. can now enjoy Funimation's extensive library of hit anime TV series and movies, both subbed and dubbed, in ad-free HD streaming on the Amazon Fire TV. Titles available include new breakouts like "My Hero Academia" and "Dimension W," and fan favorites like "Attack on Titan" and "Fairy Tail."
"We are thrilled to partner with Amazon to enable more anime fans to experience our content on their TVs," said Mike DuBoise, Chief Operating Officer of Funimation. "This is another milestone in our promise to deliver to anime fans a high-quality, immersive, and seamless streaming experience regardless of platform or device. Stay tuned- there is a lot more to come this year."
FunimationNow was unveiled to the public in January at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show. In March, the company launched a complete suite of FunimationNow apps for mobile devices with versions for iOS, Android, Amazon Kindle Fire and Windows 10 devices. Recently, Funimation announced that a fully redesigned version of its website will go live in September. This will be followed quickly thereafter with the launches of newly redesigned FunimationNow console apps for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Roku.
FunimationNow is available in three subscription tiers:
BASIC - FREE:
-- limited anime library
-- video ads
SUBPASS - $4.99/month:
-- All subtitled anime including simulcasts
-- Unlimited device streaming (subtitled only)
-- Ad-free in HD
ALL-ACCESS PASS - $7.99/month:
-- All subtitled anime including simulcasts
-- All English-dubbed anime
-- Unlimited device streaming (subbed and dubbed)
-- Funimation Broadcast Dubs - English-dubbed episodes of select shows that
are available within weeks of the Japanese broadcast
-- Exclusive video extras
-- Ad-free in HD
For more information on FunimationNow, visit funimationnow.com.
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About Funimation Entertainment
Funimation is the go-to destination for extraordinary anime. By combining its integrated in-house studios along with its technology and distribution partnerships, Funimation leads the industry with its omnichannel approach to offering anime to fans--from streaming and home entertainment, to theatrical distribution and broadcast television. The company's next generation streaming service, FunimationNow, provides subscribers with instant access to their favorite sub and dub shows in ad-free HD on the widest array of devices and platforms--from smartphones and tablets to TVs and gaming consoles. For more information about Funimation, visit funimation.com.
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Sachin Tendulkar to Enter the World of Digital Gaming
PUNE, India, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Trailer of 'Sachin Saga', the First Official Game of Sachin Tendulkar ReleasedÂ
Mobile phones being treated as a distraction may soon have an exception. Considered
one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game, Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is
now making a foray into the world of digital gaming for the first time through his
official game titled 'Sachin Saga' [https://youtu.be/ymVEtFxTC4I ].
The announcement was made by Rajan Navani, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of
Pune-based JetSynthesys Private Limited in the city today. JetSynthesys' gaming arm,
PlayIzzOn Technologies Pvt. Ltd, is transforming this extraordinary idea into an exciting
game destination for the legendary cricketer. The partnership has been initiated in
association with Fluence, India's leading celebrity digital network.
Commenting on his foray into the world of digital gaming, Sachin Tendulkar said, "It
is exciting to have my first digital game being developed. We have partnered with
PlayIzzOn to create 'Sachin Saga', an exclusive gaming experience for all. I am involved
with different things and this experience will be something all of us will enjoy
Speaking on the occasion Rajan Navani said, "We are proud to be collaborating with
Sachin Tendulkar to design, develop and distribute the first official game of one of the
greatest sportsmen of the century. With a highly-qualified and dedicated team of
professionals from India and the US, we are confident of developing this game into a
world-class product and doing justice to the legacy Sachin has left behind in the field of
"This is about Sachin coming to your home, Sachin coming closer to you through your
smart phone. With 'Sachin Saga' one can experience his cricketing journey for the first
time in the digital gaming world. You will get to play as Sachin in his favourite 100
matches. This will help you to learn, to think like him. He will be your coach, mentor and
guide through the game. As Sachin, you will get to choose your team and play against your
friends to win the World Cup. The game is being designed in such a way that it will not
only entertain and engage but will also train you to compete at the highest levels in
cricket. It will also subtly impart the values on which Sachin stood firmly throughout his
career and will be a source of inspiration to every lover of cricket in the world," he
Rishi Negi,Â FluenceÂ added, "With Sachin Saga, Fluence has brought together the
technological capabilities of PlayIzzOn and the universal appeal of Sachin Tendulkar to
create a virtual connection between the Master Blaster and the end-consumer. Further
expanding Sachin's presence in the digital domain, this partnership will be a great way
for millions of fans to engage with their hero and walk a mile in his shoes via mobile
'Sachin Saga' would be made available on smart phones on Android, iOS, Windows and
will also be released on Consoles.
JetSynthesys Pvt. Ltd. is part of the Navani family owned JetLine Group of Companies.
JetSynthesys is the group's most innovative company in the promising digital and
technology business world with a vision to create world class digital products, platforms
and services in India and play an active role in the digital daily life of 1.3 billion
Indians extending that to all individuals on the planet through very powerful targeted big
data analytics and unbeatable content and user experiences.Â The company is currently
attempting to reach every household member in India with content that is curated
responsibly and resonates with the aspirational needs of its consumers.
Over time these will become next generation globally-trusted digital platforms and
have the immense potential to transform the daily lives of people by solving complex
problems using digital technologies. JetSynthesys currently operates through MereeDhun for
music, PlayIzzOn for gaming, Wakau in partnership with CA Media Digital for celebrity
video blogging, DigiAdz for targeted digital advertising, dataLytiX for big data analytics
and Jetlabs/Jetventures for incubating, accelerating and investing in disruptive
businesses in India and Silicon Valley with a holistic co-working space, 'Garage' in
Mumbai being the latest addition. Infosys Co-founder and Former Vice Chairman and CEO of
Infosys, Kris Gopalakrishnan is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Company, Rajan Navani is
the Vice Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Parimit Parmar serves as the Executive
Director and COO and Rakesh Navani is the Finance Director of the Company.
About CA Media Digital (India) Pvt. Ltd.Â
At the forefront of the digital entertainment curve, CA Media Digital (India) Pvt.
Ltd., majority owned by TCG (The Chernin Group) is India's only organization with
exclusive digital rights of India's top talents in the fields of film, sports,
entertainment and music.Â CA Media Digital is creating disruptive products and platforms
for targeted audiences and brands across the world, with a leading edge in digital media,
influencer marketing and content creation.Â CA Media Digital's first ventureÂ FluenceÂ is
India's leading celebrity digital network which connects India's biggest celebrities
including AmitabhÂ Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra
andÂ RanveerÂ Singh with their fans and brands through their digital presence across
different platforms. CA Media Digital has also introduced the first of its kind, celebrity
video blogging app -Â Wakau, the ultimate celebrity hotspot to catch original, candid
'directÂ dilÂ se' videos of celebrities across genres.
For further details, please visit:Â http://www.JetSynthesys.com
For media queries, please email:Â email@example.com
Manager Corporate CommunicationÂ
JetSynthesys Private LimitedÂ
Texas Instruments Reference Designs, Samples, Data sheets and Alternative Parts on OEMsecrets.com
YORK, England, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
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Moto Z Droids and Moto Mods are now available for pre-order exclusively on Verizon
This new breed of smartphones is powered by Verizon's better network
NEW YORK, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, powered by the Verizon network, and new Moto Mods are available for pre-order online beginning today. Customers using these groundbreaking smartphones will experience smooth video viewing and streaming, fast social sharing and crystal-clear calling on the nation's most reliable 4G LTE network. The smartphones will be available in Verizon stores on July 28.
"Together with Motorola, we're fueling the smartphone revolution, and fostering the development of new ideas that are not only changing the wireless world we know today, but redefining the future of technology," said Jeff Dietel, vice president of Wireless Devices at Verizon. "There's truly nothing else out there like the Moto Z Droids. While these phones are powerful on their own, when you combine them with the new Moto Mods you transform them into powerful devices that take you way beyond a phone."
Moto Z Droid -- A platform for the future
Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid work with the Moto Mod ecosystem, yet offer distinct design features that can be tailored for your lifestyle. The Moto Z Droid is the thinnest premium smartphone and was designed so you can add powerful capabilities to your phone without adding a ton of bulk to your pocket.
The new Moto Z Force is the world's fastest charging smartphone, delivering up to 15 hours of use in 15 minutes. In addition, the Moto Z Force Droid has the same great innovations from previous Droids, like a guaranteed shatterproof display. Moto ShatterShield set the standard as the world's first smartphone display guaranteed not to crack or shatter. The new second-generation ShatterShield features narrower edges and a thinner design, yet it's still as strong as ever.
Both Droids also support Verizon's Advanced Calling, meaning when you call another compatible smartphone, you get calls that sound like you're having a conversation with someone in the same room instead of across the country. You can also start a video call right from the calling screen with just a tap.
The Moto Z Droid is available for $26 per month (0% APR) on Verizon device payment or $624 full price. The Moto Z Force is available for $30 per month (0% APR) on device payment or $720 full price. Get up to $300* off the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z Droid or Moto Z Force purchased on device payment when you trade in a select smartphone. When you buy a Motorola Mod, you'll receive 20% off each additional Mod purchased to instantly convert your new phone into a projector, boombox, battery powerhouse and more. Not with Verizon? Now is the time to switch and receive up to $650** to pay off your old phone or contract when you trade in your phone for a new one.
Moto Mods instantly transform your Moto Z Droids into entirely new devices, like a portable theater, a wireless speaker or a chic fashion accessory with built-in power and wireless charging capabilities. Moto Mods magnetically snap onto your phone, seamlessly become one with it and are easy to swap out.
The following Moto Mods will be available beginning July 28:
-- JBL SoundBoost Speaker -- Instantly get powerful stereo sound that's
perfect for the beach, the backyard and everywhere in between. The
speaker features a kickstand, built-in battery for 10 extra hours of
playtime and speakerphone capabilities. $79.99
-- Moto Insta-Share Projector -- Snap the Insta-Share Projector onto your
phone to share vacation photos from a recent trip or to play that movie
everyone's talking about. The projector includes an integrated
kickstand, up to 70" projection and a built-in battery for up to an
extra hour of projection time. $299.99
-- TUMI and kate spade new york Power Packs -- Add up to 22 hours of
battery life to your phone without adding bulk. The Power Pack snaps on
so you can recharge on the run. Forget about fumbling with batteries or
searching for open wall outlets...and get it done in style. Prices range
from $59.99 to $89.99.
-- Incipio Back Plates -- Personalize your Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force
Droid with Incipio Back Plates. Magnetic covers are available in Soft
Touch, Iridescent, and Brushed Metallic. $14.99.
Transforming your wireless experience
In addition to an exceptional mobile experience you get on the Verizon network, the new Verizon Plan and My Verizon app give you an awesome mobile experience that you can control like never before. The new My Verizon app and Verizon Plan give you choice, just like the Moto Z Droids give you choice to turn your mobile phone into a stereo, projector and more, in a snap.
* New device payment activation or upgrade req'd. Trade-in must be in good, working and cosmetic condition (trade-in with a cracked screen will be accepted with purchase of Moto Z or Moto Z Force). New customers will get a gift card and existing customers will get an account credit. Eligible phones for $300 trade-in value: Galaxy Note5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge/edge+, HTC M9, iPhone 6, LG G4 and LG V10.
** New smartphone device payment activation & port-in req'd. Get up to $650 prepaid card for installment plan balance less trade-in value (or up to $350 prepaid card for early termination fees less trade-in value). Trade-in must be in good working and cosmetic condition and be worth more than $0. Line must remain active for 6 mos. Visa prepaid card mailed within 8 weeks after receipt of claim. Limited time offer.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) employs a diverse workforce of 177,700 and generated nearly $132 billion in 2015 revenues. Verizon operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 112 million retail connections nationwide. Headquartered in New York, the company also provides communications and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
The World's First Consumer Virtual Reality Glove Enters Production Featuring Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc.'s Bend SensorÂ® Technology
The Bend SensorÂ® is essential for the revolutionary VR platform produced by Manus VR
DRAPER, Utah, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. (FLXT) is pleased to announce it has received the initial production order from the go-to virtual reality data glove company, Manus VR (https://manus-vr.com/). Our sensor solution will help power their exciting and innovative VR gloves. Flexpoint and Manus VR have entered initial production phases of a custom sensor system, which features the Bend SensorÂ®, for 240 sensor systems. Flexpoint expects to deliver several hundred thousand sensor systems annually upon full production. Both companies anticipate a rapid growth trajectory for the products globally during the second half of 2016 and beyond.
Manus VR has successfully brought to market the industry's first consumer virtual reality, (VR), glove https://youtu.be/EeI4WIEyE7s. A tremendously feature-rich offering, the glove integrates a number of technologies into a unique and truly inspired design. Manus VR's overall vision is to provide the industry's finest components that integrate with various VR hardware platforms offered by such notable companies as HTC, Oculus, Sony, and others.
The Manus VR glove offers a revolutionary new VR experience. With the Manus VR gloves you can use your hands just as intuitively and seamlessly in the virtual world as you would in real life. Compared to other gaming devices, the Manus VR gloves are more affordable, better accessible and above all, more immersive than any of its predecessors.
Flexpoint engineers collaborated extensively with the Manus VR team over the development lifecycle to incorporate a custom Bend SensorÂ® design that exceeded the extremely high demands of the overall product design. Manus VR CTO Maarten Witteveen states, "Combining high fashion with precision electronics is a difficult feat to manage. The new flex foil design allows us to create an aesthetically pleasing product without any cluttering wires. We are pleased with the public developer kit which will be released in the coming months."
According to Paul Sexauer, Flexpoint VP Sales and Marketing, "Flexpoint is proud to be fully integrated into the virtual reality product that a prestigious firm like Manus VR is launching. We anticipate a long term business partnership that is mutually beneficial. This relationship validates and reinforces our unique position in the exciting and rapidly growing VR market."
In addition to the gloves, Manus VR has developed a software development platform https://github.com/ManusVR/ that enables software developers to design and build applications that extend far beyond virtual reality. This opens up a strong portion of the market that includes retail, healthcare, engineering and real estate applications.
About Manus VR
As the world's first consumer VR glove, the Manus VR glove will revolutionize the traditional consumer gaming market. It is set to play a huge role in the virtual reality revolution. Manus VR believes in open innovation through sharing knowledge and experience. The possibilities of the Manus VR gloves are virtually endless and extend far beyond virtual reality.
In October 2014, Manus VR was selected from 10,000 candidates who took part in the Dutch StartupBootcamp HighTechXL, together with eleven other participants. The program helped Manus VR accelerate and build the business in just three months. After the program's Demo Day in February 2015, the company signed up leading development partners and clients. Furthermore, it was fully funded at record speed, enabling the company to further develop the product.
Since developing the first working prototype in 2014, Manus VR has been a fast growing company. It has grown around 300% in team size and developed a functioning product in combination with an easily accessible SDK.
About Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc.
Flexpoint Sensor Systems, Inc. (FLXT) is an innovative technology firm specializing in developing products that feature the company's patented Bend Sensor(Â®) and related technology. The Bend Sensor(Â®) is a groundbreaking sensing solution that is revolutionizing applications in the automotive, safety, medical and industrial industries. The Bend Sensor(Â®) single-layer, thin film construction cuts costs and mechanical bulk while introducing a range of functions and stylistic design possibilities that have never before been available in sensing technology. Flexpoint's technology and expertise have been recognized by the world's elite business and academic innovators for over 17 years. The company is setting a new standard for sensing solutions in the "smart" age of technology.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that certain statements in this release are "forward-looking statements" and involve both known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such uncertainties include, among others, certain risks associated with the operation of the company described above. The company's actual results could differ materially from expected results.
Flexpoint Sensor Systems
Clark Mower, President
Brokers and Analysts
A Wallet as Smart and Stylish as Your Phone: Introducing the New Edward Field Line
Online accessories company introduces new "Libby" wallet and expanded color offerings for existing "Classic" collection
SAN FRANCISCO, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Edward Field, an American made accessories brand, today announced the Libby line, a new phone wallet for women, available in 8 bold colors. In addition, Edward Field added three new colors to its Classic line, previously only available in Black and Brown. The Edward Field Classic and Libby wallets are priced at $109 and $115 USD and are available today at edward-field.com.
"My mother inspired the Libby line," said Teddy Winthrop, founder and chief executive officer of Edward Field. "She's a refined, powerful woman who always kept our family on track. Her spirit is in the Libby, a timeless wallet that's tasteful and sophisticated."
New Modern Styles and Colors for Fall 2016
The Libby line is realized in 8 iconic colors, including Kelly Green, Orange, Royal Blue, Danger Yellow, Red, Black, Tan, and Navy. Made with premium Italian leather, the Libby includes a gold plated clasp for a more feminine look. The Classic wallet now comes in an expanded line of essential colors, including Tan, Burgundy and Navy.
Handcrafted in San Francisco, every wallet is designed and built for today, with the technology of tomorrow in mind. Edward Field ensures each piece is unique, made from the finest materials and incorporates micro-suction technology, which bonds mobile phones and non-textured phone cases with a simple press-on with your hands. The micro-suction sheet can bond repeatedly and leaves no sticky residue.
About Edward Field
Edward Field is an American accessories brand, created to make life simpler through quality and utility. The Edward Field Wallet is the embodiment of this mission, bringing together timeless style with modern functionality, seamlessly combining your phone and wallet. The collection is crafted of the finest Italian leather that patinas uniquely with wear, innovative micro-suction technology for durability, and bright and bold colors. The Edward Field line includes the Classic wallet, the first wallet by the company with its a simple silhouette, and the Libby wallet, a reflection of Teddy Winthrop's mother, that is elegant and functional. Edward Field is headquartered in San Francisco and proudly makes all of its products in America.
VTechÂ® Adds Exciting New Products to Award-Winning Baby, Infant and Preschool Lines, Available Now
New Expert-Supported Toys Designed to Encourage Developmental Milestones
CHICAGO, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today VTech(Â®) announces the availability of its celebrated Baby, Infant and Preschool lines, featuring exciting new products that support developmentally meaningful skills and experiences for little ones. The award-winning lines have been designed in collaboration with Dr. Lise Eliot, early brain development expert and member of VTech's Expert Panel, to encourage children as they meet essential developmental milestones. Understanding that expectant mothers and new parents are faced with many options, VTech has also continued to grow its online Milestones resource. This trusted guide helps parents choose the right toys for their children to give them the best start, based on the child's individual needs.
"VTech remains committed to building upon our mission to create innovative, educational products that enrich children's development at every age and stage," said William To, President of VTech Electronics North America. "We know how important it is to help babies from their very first moments, and we engage experts to ensure our products provide meaningful experiences to help them reach development milestones as they continue to grow."
VTech has worked with Dr. Eliot for six years to ensure that all Baby, Infant and Preschool products deliver against at least one, if not all, of the following categories that are essential for the development of young children: language and cognitive development, social and emotional development, and physical and motor development.
VTech's Baby line features rattles and teethers, important for physical and motor development; on-the-go toys, to help language and cognitive development; baby plush and soothers, which lend themselves to social and emotional development; and playmats, to promote all of these developmental skills.
New educator-supported Infant products include the Care for Me Learning Carrier(TM), an interactive travel pet carrier that promotes pretend play and nurturing; Ring & Learn Cash Register(TM), an interactive cash register with shopping basket and food to encourage little ones with role-play fun; and Gallop & Rock Learning Pony(TM), an exciting 2-in-1 toy that transforms from a rocking horse to a ride-on to enhance motor skill development. New additions to the Preschool line include Zoo Jamz Piano(TM), an adorable zebra piano with microphone that plays songs, melodies and instrument sounds; and Bizzy the Mix & Move Bot(TM), an interactive, educational robot with interchangeable arms, legs and hats.
"Children learn through play, and it's never too early to incorporate teachable moments into a baby's day," said Dr. Eliot. "Engaging children in play at an early age is incredibly beneficial to their physical and mental development. Toys like the ones found in VTech's Baby, Infant and Preschool lines can encourage children by making learning fun, and grow with little ones over those important early years."
Highlights of the Baby, Infant and Preschool lines include:
Crinkle & Roar Lion(TM): Shake, explore and sing with the Crinkle & Roar Lion. Press the colorful shape buttons on the lion's side to learn shapes, colors and letters. Shake the adorable lion to activate the motion sensor and hear him roar and play other cheerful sounds. Little ones will love the crinkly feet, ribbon tags and textured ring. The lion also includes a baby-safe mirror to support self-awareness. It's the perfect take-along toy and can be attached to carriers, strollers and more. Winner of 2016 Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center, Brain Child Award from Tillywig Toy & Media Awards, Gold Award from Mom's Choice Awards, Play on Words (PAL) Award and The Toy Insider Spring & Summer Toy Guide. Ages birth +. (MSRP: $14.99)
Care for Me Learning Carrier(TM): Care for Me Learning Carrier(TM) is an interactive pet carrier that lets little ones take their plush pet anywhere! Put the plush puppy inside or take her out of the carrier and hear playful phrases when opening and closing the door. The activity panel on the side of the carrier is packed with learning fun. Press the light-up buttons to learn about colors, shapes, pet care and more. Sliding the letter beads introduces letters and plays music. Sliding the window and spinning the roller add to the fun and encourage motor skills. The carrier also includes four pet care accessories so toddlers can groom, feed and play with the cuddly puppy. Ages 9-36 months. (MSRP: $24.99)
Ring & Learn Cash Register(TM): Little shoppers will love filling their basket with healthy play food and pretending to buy it with this interactive toy cash register. Weigh the food, ring up the order and use the credit card to pay for the groceries. Each interaction is rewarded with a variety of playful phrases, fun sounds, songs and music. Press the light-up number buttons to introduce numbers, colors, food and play healthy-eating phrases. For more role-play fun, press the "open" button to pop open the cash register drawer. Ages 12-36 months. (MSRP: $24.99)
Gallop & Rock Learning Pony(TM): Hop in the saddle and go for a ride on the Gallop & Rock Learning Pony. This interactive 2-in-1 pony grows with your child and quickly transforms from a rocking horse to a ride-on toy. Brightly colored buttons introduce colors, action words and play realistic pony sounds for imaginative play. The pony also features a motion sensor that detects children's movement and responds with cheerful music and pony sounds to encourage them to rock and ride! Ages 12-36 months. (MSRP: $39.99)
Zoo Jamz Piano(TM): Now little ones can be rock stars as they sing, play and rock out with the Zoo Jamz Piano. This 4-in-1 instrument lets children choose what they want to play (piano, violin, xylophone or saxophone) with more than 20 songs and melodies. The zebra piano has light-up keys so little ones can follow along or learn to play a song at three different levels to match their skill level. It has a whammy bar and scratch disc that enhance fine motor skills and add cool sounds. Plus, it has a microphone so kids can amplify their voice and sing along. No matter what mode they choose there's tons of fun packed into this musical toy. Ages 1Â½ - 4 years. (MSRP: $24.99)
Bizzy the Mix & Move Bot(TM): Now children can get creative as they build their own robot with Bizzy the Mix & Move Bot. With 10 different accessories there are so many ways to encourage the role-play experience by creating a different robot every time they play. This playful bot illustrates cause and effect as children connect the 10 accessories to trigger fun responses. It also includes 10 fun and unique melodies that children can personalize by switching around the accessories to add in their own special sound effects. Bizzy will guide children through various activities, allowing for creative, independent play. Bizzy also loves to dance around to the music on his interchangeable legs or wheels. With Bizzy around, the fun never stops! Ages 2 - 5 years. (MSRP: $24.99)
VTechÂ® is a world leader in age-appropriate and developmental stage-based electronic learning products for children. As a pioneer in the learning toy category, VTech develops high-quality, innovative educational products that enrich children's development and make learning fun. With a rich, almost 40 year history, VTech has not only established itself as a learning authority but also consistently remains at the forefront of innovation with multiple award-winning products. The company also has a broad range of award-winning infant and preschool products available in 24 different languages worldwide, with more than 100 new products introduced every year. VTech was awarded a prestigious 2015 Toy of The Year (TOTY) Award for its Go! Go! Smart AnimalsÂ® Zoo Explorers Playset(TM). In order to further strengthen VTech's position as a learning authority, the company's Expert Panel, with esteemed experts in reading, language arts, science, math, and child development, consult on new product introductions.
VTech Electronics North America, LLC is based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. VTech Electronics Limited is headquartered in Hong Kong with distribution globally.
Wacom broadens support for virtualized computing environment with the new STU-430V signature pad
TOKYO, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Wacom Co., Ltd. announced the latest addition to its signature pad portfolio, the STU-430V -- adding to its growing support for handwritten electronic signature capture in virtualized desktop environments. The STU-430V's connectivity options enable it to be installed in a variety of terminal server environments, allowing a broader audience to implement signature pads from the global leader in dedicated signature capture devices.
What sets the STU-430V apart is its ability to support both standard USB connections and virtual serial over USB. The STU-430V is designed to support virtualized desktop environments, including Citrix v6.5, by using a virtual COM port connection over USB. It emulates a serial connection, but uses a physical USB connection to the client terminal. If the user ever migrates to an environment that does not require the virtual serial mode, such as Citrix v7.6.3 or newer, the STU-430V can be set for standard USB connectivity.
"The way in which we work in many professions has changed drastically over the last decade. We are seeing an increase in deployments of various different terminal server environments that bring greater security and compliance, cost-effectiveness and easy-to-manage solutions to enterprise operations. We have also seen a growing desire to collect signatures for eDocuments in that space," said Shigeki Komiyama, Wacom's EVP and head of Business Solutions Business Unit. "The STU-430V expands Wacom's ability to meet those needs in a paperless environment."
The new STU-430V features a 4.5" monochrome LCD display that accommodates a generous signature area as well as soft buttons. It offers a comfortable signing experience with its low profile and flat surface. The hardened glass surface is very durable and highly resistant to scratches.
Wacom's patented cordless and battery-free pen technology means no batteries or power cords are needed for the pen, and it provides users with a natural writing experience. It also delivers an industry-leading 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity that can capture a signer's pressure profile as part of the unique biometric profile during the signing process. State-of-the-art encryption ensures transactions are performed safely and securely and each unit is assigned a unique hardware ID in order to determine the exact unit that was used for a particular signature.
The STU-430V joins Wacom's portfolio of signature pads, which includes the STU-300B, STU-430 and STU-530. The entire family is supported natively in Citrix v7.6.3 and later. The STU-430V's ability to support older versions of Citrix as well as other terminal server environments expands the market support that Wacom offers.
Wacom's Signature SDK (Software Development Kit) and STU SDK (Software Development Kit) are available to integrate with a native system.
Availability and Pricing
The new STU-430V is available now. Please contact your local sales representatives for pricing.
Founded in 1983, Wacom is a global company based in Japan (Tokyo Stock Exchange 6727) with subsidiaries and affiliate offices around the world to support marketing and distribution in over 150 countries. Wacom's vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world's leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom's intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and designs around the world and provides business and home users with leading interface technology to express their personality. Wacom's eSignature solutions are utilised in a variety of application areas in which achieving a digital workflow with high-level security is crucial, such as: POS, ePayment, electronic passports, insurance, banking and hotel check-in.
Machine Learning Fraud Detection Systems Could Save Card Issuers and Banks $12bn Annually
CAMBRIDGE, England, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Adaptive behavioural analytics software reduces 'genuine transactions declined' by
over 70% and incidence of undetected fraud by 25%
Oakhall, the London based analysis firm, estimates that global financial services
firms could save at least $12 billion annually by employing adaptive, machine learning
fraud management systems according to a study published in conjunction with Featurespace.
For the full study see http://www.featurespace.co.uk/cost-of-card-fraud.
By employing adaptive behavioural analytics software to both identify actual
fraudulent transactions, and reduce the number of 'genuine transactions declined' - as
well as reducing the costs associated with managing blocked customers - the industry could
reduce the $31 billion total annual cost of card fraud by over $12 billion annually.
Featurespace is a world leader in adaptive behavioural analytics software. Its
services and products are employed in over 180 countries via a wide range of customers,
including the leading US payments processor, TSYS, as well as Vocalink/Zapp, William Hill
and Betfair. Â Â
Genuine transactions declined, also known as false positives, are legitimate
transactions that have been incorrectly blocked by existing fraud prevention systems,
which result in lost revenue and additional management costs to the card issuer.
By using adaptive behavioural analytics software, card issuers can reduce genuine
transactions declined, improve operational efficiencies and lower the incidence of
undetected fraud, according to the Oakhall study. Working with banks and cards issuers,
Featurespace demonstrated a 25% reduction in the incidence of undetected fraud and,
simultaneously, a 70% reduction in genuine transactions declined, as well as a subsequent
reduction in call centre costs of 50%.
Oakhall applied these results to industry data to estimate the implied savings for the
industry at $12.2bn, comprising $4.1bn reduced fraud and $8.1bn reduction of fraud
management costs and lost revenue.
Jonathan Crossfield, Partner at Oakhall, said: Â
"Incumbent systems can block 10 legitimate transactions for every fraudulent one
identified and, with undetected fraud, cost the global card industry $31 billion in losses,
operational costs and revenue lost to competitors. Â
"A key benefit of adaptive fraud management systems is the much lower incidence of
genuine transactions declined, with the potential savings of $12 billion annually."Â
Martina King, Featurespace CEO, commented:
"Having genuine transactions declined is extremely frustrating for consumers and
damages their relationship with the card issuer or bank. They also result in lost revenue
and substantial costs to the bank. Â
"Data-driven adaptive behavioural analytics - delivered via the ARIC engine - protects
bank revenues and substantially cuts operational costs from false fraud alerts. It also
helps the banks maintain positive relationships with their customers. Â
"The leading US payments processor, TSYS, chose to provide ARIC to its customers
because of ARIC's enhanced machine learning capabilities and decision-making around fraud
and genuine transaction activity."Â
Oakhall estimates that the total annual cost of card fraud to card issuers is $31
billion, of which $16.3 billion is associated with genuine incidents of card fraud,
according to The Nilson Report, which compiles statistics on the global payment industry,
and $14.7 billion are fraud-related costs associated with genuine transactions declined.
Featurespace's advanced fraud management systems, that utilise deep machine learning
and adaptive behavioural analytics, understand the 'good' behaviour of each customer more
accurately and efficiently than fraud analysts, to reduce the losses and costs associated
with managing fraud.
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Featurespace(TM) is the world-leader in Adaptive Behavioural Analytics and creator of
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have services or products deployed in over 180 countries. Customers include Betfair,
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(R) and MasterCard(R) credit cards in the U.S.
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individual behaviours to catch new fraud attacks as they happen. The increased accuracy of
understanding customer behaviour simultaneously reduces the number of genuine customers
whose purchases and transactions are incorrectly declined.
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Small Box - Great Future: sharoo Wins an International Award
ZURICH, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
"Sharing instead of ownership", this is the motto of peer-to-peer car sharers.
Constantly connected by Smartphone and characterised by their marked environmental
conscience, they have made innovative technology their own and it is thanks to this that
car sharing between private individuals has become child's play. Today there are more than
30 providers of P2P car sharing formulae in Europe. Together, there are some 1.4 million
registered users and the trend is growing. This was sufficient reason for Frost & Sullivan
[http://ww2.frost.com ], a well-known consultancy firm, to grant an Award in the "P2P
Carsharing Price/Performance Value" category to the top of the European class in this
150 Top Executives, all experts in the branch and 24 candidates on whom all spotlights
were trained to hear their views on the future of mobility in Europe. It is in fact an
area in which Frost & Sullivan discerns Best Practice Awards
[http://ww2.frost.com/event/calendar/best-practices-awards-banquet-london-3 ] every year
to companies active on an international scale and capable of detecting innovative trends
while making the most of promising and possibly revolutionary technology in various
industrial sectors before they become standard or a global reference. Every year this
prize is awarded in the categories of "Leadership, technological innovation, customer
service and strategic product development".
In an international comparison, sharoo's carsharing formula convinced the "P2P
Carsharing" platform experts and received 9 points out of a total of 10, a result that
placed sharoo at the top of the class for this European rating.
Small box - great futureÂ
In the sector of carsharing between private individuals, the Frost & Sullivan experts
found that the sharoo box provides a decisive advantage. In fact, personally handing over
the keys was one of the main stumbling blocks with P2P carsharing. Which meant that
sharoo's solution that allows cars to be opened and closed simply by using a Smartphone
was the answer to a prayer and sharing vehicles has become... as easy as pie. Installation
of the sharoo box is not limited to any specific make or model of vehicle, and can be
installed in any vehicle. Furthermore, sharoo won further points for being user friendly,
reliable, the quality of service and the security of its system.
Frost & Sullivan also took into account as key factors of sharoo's success the
strategic partnerships it has concluded with well-known co-investors such as Migros, La
MobiliÃ¨re and Mobility. Their presence has played a crucial role in prospecting for new
clients on one hand, and in the capacity to meet specific client needs on the other.
Finally, the latest partnership with AMAG has enabled a further increase in the array of
cars offered on the sharoo platform.
10G Backbone Ring Built by DYXnet Group Now Embraces Greater China's Major Cities
Group's network coverage extended to the US and Europe
HONG KONG, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DYXnet Group, Greater China's leading carrier-neutral network service provider, has established a 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) backbone ring throughout Greater China's major cities including Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Taipei.
In addition, the number of DYXnet's Internet and network points of presence (POPs) now exceeds 200 in 57 cities throughout Greater China, Vietnam and Singapore. Another two POPs are planned for Silicon Valley in the US and Frankfurt in Germany to meet the future needs of carrier-grade and global enterprises. This will bring the total number of Internet and network POP cities to 59 over the next 6 to 12 months.
Backbone infrastructure has been a major beneficiary of the Group's 2016 merger with 21Vianet's Content Centric Internet Backbone (CCIB) unit. DYXnet's total Internet capacity is now 1,000G, while Internet peering arrangements have now been established with 240 global carriers, Internet exchanges and well-known enterprises.
In a move to offer our enterprise-grade clients even better resilience and redundancy, the Group has increased its number of dual POP cities to eight. They are Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Suzhou and Taipei.
DYXnet Founder and CEO Lap Man said: "Our global carrier clients continue to expand business operations and upgrade their bandwidth requirements to run mission-critical applications on our reliable, scalable and resilient network. We regard this as a demonstration of confidence in DYXnet, so we are pleased to further enhance our superior high-redundancy backbone and so maintain our leading position."
He added: "Ever since merging our virtual private network operation with 21Vianet's CCIB unit earlier this year, we have developed synergies to offer best-of-breed network backbone as well as wider network coverage to our carrier-grade and global brand clients. The fact we are planning two new POPs outside Greater China adds a whole new dimension to our already well-established network coverage."
About DYXnet Group
Established in 1999, DYXnet Group is the leading carrier-neutral network service provider in Greater China offering Multiprotocol Label Switching Virtual Private Network (MPLS VPN), internet access, data centre, unified communication and network security solutions to enterprise clients with provisioning capability in many cities in Greater China and the wider Asia Pacific region. In August 2014, our Virtual Private Network (VPN) business unit was acquired by 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: VNET) ("21Vianet"), China's largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider. Starting from 2016, DYXnet and 21Vianet's Content Centric Internet Backbone (CCIB) units have been successfully merged.
DYXnet Group serves 700 cities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam, including more than 10,000 MPLS VPN clients' sites, and hosts more than 8,600 clients' servers. It was the first batch ICT service providers in Greater China to obtain ISO 9001:2008; ISO/IEC 20000:2011; ISO/IEC 27001:2013 international certifications for information security, international IT service management as well as quality control respectively. These qualifications demonstrate DYXnet's commitment to offering premium information and communication technology with outstanding customer service.
For more information about DYXnet Group, please visit the official website at http://www.dyxnet.com or call +852 2187 7688.
Sony Launches the Z Series, the Ultimate 4K HDR Ultra HD TV
Next generation TV technology brings the real world into your living room
SAN DIEGO, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics announced today the Z series, the next generation in television display technology with the ability to reproduce the deeper blacks, brighter lights, and vibrant colors of the real world. The new flagship Z series sits atop Sony's current X series line-up of premium 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs, which includes the award winning X930D and X940D. The new "Z" moniker designates a significant leap forward and the ultimate in display technology. With this advance, Sony brings 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) to a new level with ultra-contrast and even more realistic, accurate color, in order to express what the content creators truly intended.
"The Z series is a generational advance in TV technology, which brings the 4K HDR viewing experience to a whole new level. Our best and brightest HDR Ultra HD television is proof of Sony's continuing commitment to deliver the ultimate home entertainment experiences to our customers," said Mike Fasulo, President and COO of Sony Electronics. "With expertise in both the creative and the technical aspects of 4K HDR shooting, editing, recording, transmission and display, Sony understands 4K HDR like no other company. The Z series is a direct result of that unique partnership between our engineering and creative teams."
The new Z series has adopted the Backlight Master Drive technology, which Sony introduced as a prototype at CES 2016. The Backlight Master Drive is precision backlight boosting technology, which expands brightness and contrast to truly tap the full combined potential of 4K HDR. To further enhance contrast, the Backlight Master Drive features a dense LED structure with a super accurate lighting algorithm, discrete lighting control, and a unique optical design with a calibrated beam LED, delivering unprecedented dynamic range with incredibly deep blacks and dazzling lights for scenes that look more real than ever before.
Previously, local dimming was controlled by zones with several LEDs. The discrete LED control feature allows the Backlight Master Drive to dim and boost each LED individually. With the latest local dimming algorithm, the Backlight Master Drive delivers total precision for unparalleled contrast and realism. The Backlight Master Drive also has a unique optical structure: a calibrated beam LED design. It gathers the emitted LED lights in a spot and focuses the drive area more narrowly to display higher contrast. It also reduces light diffusion and the flare effect that can be seen on other full-array LED TVs. Additionally, the Z series features a newly developed 4K image processor, the 4K HDR Processor X1(TM) Extreme. Combined with Backlight Master Drive(TM), the Z series is able to attain extraordinary contrast and extremely accurate, wide color expression. It offers an even more impressive visual experience with 4K HDR content.
The new 4K Processor X1 Extreme was developed in order to provide the ultimate 4K HDR visual experience and is further refined with 40% more real-time image processing power compared with our renowned 4K Processor X1(TM). Incorporating three new technologies: object-based HDR remaster, dual database processing, and Super Bit Mapping(TM) 4K HDR, the X1 Extreme brings 4K HDR content to a whole new level.
By analyzing images in each scene and correcting the color and contrast of each object individually, object-based HDR remaster can reproduce scenes with the detailed texture and appearance of real life. This technology also up scales HD content to near 4K HDR quality. In addition to the up-scaling database, the 4K HDR Processor has a data base specifically for noise reduction. This processor searches through the thousands of picture patterns in these unique databases, analyzing each pixel individually in real-time. The dual database processing removes unwanted noise and up-scales every image to a crystal clear 4K-quality image.
In addition, Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR creates a smoother, natural picture. With 14-bit powerful signal processing, it breaks up the solid bands of color of 8-bit (FHD) or 10-bit (4K) source, up-converting 14-bit equivalent gradation with 64 times more color levels. It delivers graceful reproduction of faces, sunsets and other areas of subtle color gradation.
With these three technologies, 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme reproduces a wide variety of content with immersive 4K HDR picture quality. Combining the 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme and the Backlight Master Drive, the new Z9D series offers a visual experience with more depth, texture and depth than previously possible.
But, the viewing experience goes beyond the screen. The Z9D has a slate design that encapsulates the ultimate experience. From the front, the design exudes sophistication in the form of a simple black slate, letting viewers immerse themselves in the stunning power of 4K HDR. From the back, the design keeps all the cables completely concealed, ensuring that the device strikes an elegant look from any angle. The Z series also runs on Android TV(TM) with Sony's exclusive user interface. Android TV(TM) lets you explore a world of movies, music, photos, games, search, apps and more. TV lovers can watch hit shows and timeless movies from Google Play(TM) and enjoy what they like to do on a smartphone or tablet, from their TV. In addition, Android TV's Voice Search feature has been enhanced to support natural language voice actions and longer, more complex sentences. And with Google Cast(TM), users can cast their favorite entertainment apps such as HBO GO from their Android or iOS device, Mac or Windows computer or Chromebook to the TV.
From live TV broadcasting to Internet video services, the new seamless user interface Content Bar includes enhanced content navigation along with voice search. The new Content Bar features a genre filtering function (availability region dependent). Instead of selecting a program from several channels, users can easily select a program from favorite genres such as sports, music, news, etc.
Z Series Pricing and Availability
The Z Series 65" and 75" class 4K HDR Ultra HD TVs are available for pre-sale today, and will be on-sale at Amazon, BestBuy.com and other authorized dealers nationwide.
-- XBR65Z9D, 65" class (64.5" diagonal), $6,999 MSRP, available summer 2016
-- XBR75Z9D, 75" class (74.5" diagonal), $9,999 MSRP, available summer 2016
-- XBR100Z9D, 100" class (99.5" diagonal), pricing and availability details
to be announced later this year
For more information, please visit http://www.Sony.com/Z9D and follow #SonyZTV on Twitter for the latest Sony 4K HDR news.
Speck Launches Line of Protective Laptop Backpacks for Professionals and Back-to-School
SAN MATEO, Calif., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Speck today announced a new line of backpacks built to protect the tech you rely on. Each bag fits either a 15-inch or 17-inch laptop and has additional space for gadgets, gear and everyday work or school essentials. The bags' carefully crafted features provide ultimate protection, organization and mobility for students, professionals and commuters alike.
The protective Laptop Business Backpack is equipped with shock-absorbing Viz Air bumpers on the bottom corners of the bag. These air-filled bumpers cushion your laptop and protect it when you set down the bag and from unexpected drops. It features three compartments for securing tablets, headphones, other tech accessories and everyday essentials, such as pens and notebooks. Padded straps provide extra comfort when carrying around all of your gear. The Business Laptop Backpack is ideal for travelers because the rear compartment zips open flat, allowing you to leave your laptop in the padded sleeve while going through airport security.
Also available is the Laptop Business Messenger Bag, a water-resistant briefcase-style bag with a shoulder strap. It has a padded laptop sleeve and two large compartments to store tablets, e-readers and cameras. Smaller pockets organize pens, keys, cables and other small items. This laptop bag's sleek, professional design makes it perfect for college students or commuters on-the-go.
Four additional backpacks are perfect for back to school and available now:
-- Kargo ($69.99): For gear enthusiasts, Kargo comfortably protects all of
your equipment including most 17-inch laptops, cameras, headphones and
cables. A soft fabric-lined front pocket protects headphones, phones,
sunglasses and other fragile items. The backpack is TSA-friendly,
unzipping completely flat so you don't have to remove your laptop when
going through airport security.
-- Deck ($59.99): The durable Deck laptop backpack holds up to a 15-inch
laptop. Two main compartments store and organize all the other daily
essentials. Pass-through ports inside the backpack keep your cables in
order and allow easy mobile charging.
-- Stingray ($49.99): Lightweight and spacious, the Stingray backpack holds
up to a 15-inch laptop and features two main compartments for binders,
books, lunches and more. Two elastic side pockets allows for quick and
easy access to a water bottle or travel mug.
-- Velocity ($39.99): For lighter travels and optimal organization,
Velocity holds up to a 15-inch laptop and features two zippered
compartments. A front quick-access pocket is perfect for stashing
accessories, while an interior pocket has two pouches for small items.
The Business Laptop Backpack retails for $69.99 and the Business Laptop Messenger Bag is $59.99. The entire line is available now at http://www.speckproducts.com.
Speck creates award-winning cases designed to make an impact - and take one. Since 2001, we've been making distinctive products for the world's top smartphones, tablets, laptops, watches, and backpacks. We deliver a balance of artful design and military-grade protection, for a difference you can see and feel. Our roots are in the heart of Silicon Valley, at the intersection of design and technology, inspiring us to craft masterfully engineered products. We believe that excellence is in the details, which is why we create cases that enable you to go more places and enjoy more from your mobile devices. Get to know us at speckproducts.com or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
SLIK USA Introduces New Tripod Line: The SLIK LITE Series
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SLIK USA, manufacturer of tripods for various uses, is launching its latest line of tripods for photographers: The SLIK LITE Series. This new line of tripods, which is available now at slikusa.com and other retailers, brings to the table a variety of innovations, including an industry-first LED light in the bottom of the center column and the new Rapid Flip Mechanism (patent pending), which allows the legs to flip 180 degrees with ease for more compact storage.
"We are extremely excited about the design of the LITE series," says SLIK Marketing Manager Michael Burnham. "SLIK's long history allows it to spot trends in camera support and improve on those trends, bringing better designed tripods to photographers. The new easier to use Rapid Flip Mechanism and LED Flashlight in the center column make the LITE series the best travel tripods available."
The LITE Series features a detachable LED light, which is an industry first. It was designed to help photographers find their gear in darker settings. No more fumbling around for a flashlight or your iPhone. The Rapid Flip Mechanism (RFM) gives the ability to flip the legs of the tripod 180 degrees, which allows for a superior level of storage and portability. The RFM has brand new lock/release levers, which make locking and unlocking the legs fast and easy
SLIK USA, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high performance tripods for all levels of photographers. SLIK Tripods was founded in Japan in 1948 and for the past 68 years has been an industry leader in camera support innovation. Over that time, SLIK products have received numerous design awards. The USA imprint of SLIK has brought this technology to the US and begun to expand its brand.
Sagemcom Enables TDC Group Providing Gigabit Broadband Services to the Consumers Through the DOCSIS 3.1 Technology
RUEIL-MALMAISON, France, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Among the first compagnies worldwide to propose a residential media gateway, F@st 3890,
certified DOCSIS 3.1 by cablelabs, sagemcom supports TDC GROUP in deploying gigabit
services to the DANISH homes covered by the YouSee cable network.Â
Sagemcom is enabling the Danish Operator, TDC Group, in its large-scale deployment of
gigabit Broadband services to the consumers and will deliver the next generation cable
gateway, F@st 3890, integrating DOCSIS 3.1 technology that has been early certified by
Cablelabs in March 2016. This product integrates as well superior Wave 2 Wi-Fi.
Ahmed Selmani, Deputy CEO of Sagemcom Broadband comments: "We have been partnering
with TDC Group for years in providing advanced residential and business gateways, and we
are strengthening our relationship in deploying the first DOCSIS 3.1 gateway on the Yousee
cable network in 2016."
A French high-tech group of international dimensions, Sagemcom operates on the
broadband (digital home, set-top boxes, Internet gateways, telephony and multimedia
terminals), smart city (smart meter, smart grid, smart site, smart infra, smart services)
and Internet of Things (founding member of LoRa Alliance) markets.
With a revenue of 1.2 billion euros, Sagemcom employs 4,200 people on five continents.
Sagemcom aims to stay a world leader in communicating terminals with high added value.
Philips Sonicare reveals connected power toothbrush designed to revolutionize daily brushing habits
New Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected is the first power toothbrush launched in the U.S. with location sensors that inform users if they've missed a spot
STAMFORD, Conn., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its ongoing mission to help improve people's lives through meaningful innovation, Philips Sonicare, the most-loved electric(1) toothbrush brand by Americans and their dentists, has launched its first-ever connected power toothbrush for adults. Built on a superior platform of sonic technology, Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected reveals brushing concerns such as missed spots, excessive pressure and scrubbing, and provides real-time feedback to improve technique. By providing a clear view of habits, Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected takes the guesswork out of brushing and delivers a customized, better oral care routine.
"At Philips, we look for ways to innovate and provide smart solutions for healthy living," said Alexander Harris, Senior Marketing Director, Philips Oral Healthcare. "Working closely with dental professionals, we developed Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected to offer people a view into their oral health routine that will ultimately help them achieve optimal cleaning results between dental visits."
The new power toothbrush features unique Smart Sensor technology that trackslocation, scrubbing and pressure and syncs that data via BluetoothÂ® technology with the free Philips Sonicare app. This creates a personalized 3D Mouth Map that identifies missed spots and guides proper brushing technique via real-time feedback to effectively reach more surfaces during each brushing session. The Touch Up feature prompts users to return to missed spots at the end of the two-minute brushing cycle for a precise clean every time, and the brush head performance monitor provides personalized feedback on when to change the brush head for optimal efficacy. The app monitors areas of the mouth without the use of a camera, allowing full freedom of movement in the bathroom while maintaining data collection.
Users can also share data with their dental professional who can provide personalized advice via the Focus Areas feature. This helps set daily goals and track progress to comply with dental professional advice. With personalized coaching, tips and alerts from the app, brushing technique will improve over time.
"I see this as a homerun for the patient and dental professional alike," said Dr. Richard Nagelberg, Philips key opinion leader and general dentist who has been practicing for more than 30 years. "With the highly intuitive patient-facing components, this product will help meet our end goal: better oral health."
95% of consumers surveyed agreed FlexCare Platinum Connected is the most effective product they have used for building healthier brushing
Philips Sonciare FlexCare Platinum Connected also features:
-- Three brushing modes at three levels of intensity
-- AdaptiveClean Brush Head gently tracks along the gumline for up to 10x
better plaque removal than a manual toothbrush(2)
Philips Sonicare FlexCare Platinum Connected and the Philips Sonicare app (free in the Apple App store and Google Play) is available beginning July 2016 at major retailers for $199. The product will also be available with a specialized UV sanitizer to clean brush heads for $219.
Visit philips.com/sonicareconnected for more details.
The BluetoothÂ® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks my Philips is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. The company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumerhealth and home care. Philips' wholly owned subsidiary Philips Lighting is the global leader in lighting products, systems and services. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips posted 2015 sales of EUR 24.2 billion and employs approximately 104,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at http://www.philips.com/newscenter.
CONTACT: For further information, please contact: Shannon Jenest, Philips North America, 203-351-5769, Shannon.Jenest@philips.com; Anna Stathopoulos, Access Emanate for Philips, 212-805-8047, email@example.com
Casio G-SHOCK Expands The MT-G Collection With GPS Hybrid
MT-G Aged IP Rose Gold set to elevate G-SHOCK GPS technology
DOVER, N.J., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio G-SHOCK delivers eye-catching technology with their release of the Aged IP Rose Gold MTGG1000AR-1A. This advanced timepiece is equipped with GPS Hybrid capabilities and made with G-SHOCK's legendary resilience.
Hand assembled in the Yamagata factory in Japan, the newest addition to the MT-G watch family showcases self-adjusting GPS Atomic Solar Hybrid technology to capture time calibration data using a complimentary system for receiving GPS signals and standard terrestrial radio wave signals. All this is powered by a Tough Solar module which is protected by a core guard structure featuring metal and fine resin for its components. Additional G-SHOCK tools have been adopted including a Smart Access Crown and a Triple G Resist.
The MTGG1000AR-1A Aged IP Rose Gold is crafted with antiglare sapphire glass and a Panel Composite Band made of solid SS/Fine Resin. The timepiece has a beautiful Aged IP Rose Gold hue that creates a vintage, yet perfectly finished look.
The timepiece has a number of key features showcasing its versatility- Airplane Mode, World Time (27TZ, 40 Cities+UTC), LED (Super Illuminator), Daily Alarm, Full Auto Calendar, Stopwatch 924Hr), Countdown Timer (24Hr), Day/Date Display and a case size of 56.0mm.
The MTGG1000AR-1A - Aged IP Rose Gold will be available beginning August 2016 retailing for $1,900 USD. The model will be sold at key jewelers and the G-SHOCK NYC Soho store.
CASIO's shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch is synonymous with toughness, born from the developer Mr. Ibe's dream of 'creating a watch that never breaks'. Over 200 handmade samples were created and tested to destruction until finally in 1983 the first, now iconic G-SHOCK hit the streets of Japan and began to establish itself as 'the toughest watch of all time'. Each watch encompasses the 7 elements; electric shock resistance, gravity resistance, low temperature resistance, vibration resistance, water resistance, shock resistance and toughness. The watch is packed with Casio innovations and technologies to prevent it from suffering direct shock; this includes internal components protected with urethane and suspended timekeeping modules inside the watch structure. Since its launch, G-SHOCK has continued to evolve, continuing to support on Mr. Ibe's mantra "never, never give up".
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world's leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of "creativity and contribution" through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://www.casiousa.com.
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3D Sound Labs and Innovation Technology Collaborate on 3D Audio Headphones
PARIS and HONG KONG, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Better Immersion and Realism Over Headphones for Cinema, Gaming and Virtual Reality
Innovation Technology, a Hong-Kong-based headphones Original Equipment Manufacturer
(OEM), and 3D Sound Labs, the 3D/VR Audio specialist, today announced their collaboration
to bring 3D Audio headphones to Innovation's customers. Through this collaboration,
Innovation Technology will become a licensee for the "powered by 3D Sound Labs" hardware
and software technologies, and will provide its customers with reference designs for
gaming as well as virtual reality.
"Extending our leadership in 3D/VR Audio, we are thrilled to work with Innovation
Technology, who has outstanding experience in headphones development and manufacturing,"
said Dimitri Singer, CEO at 3D Sound Labs. "These new reference designs integrating our
high performance 3D audio engine with low latency head tracking will allow major brands to
bring an immersive and realistic 3D audio experience to their customers."
"The way consumers watch movies or play games has changed drastically in the past
years. Consumers now want affordable yet immersive headphones they can use with their
favorite media, as well as VR ready products. Thanks to 3D Sound Labs technology, we can
propose a new generation of headphones to our customers, with best-in-class 3D Audio at a
reasonable BoM cost." said Nicolas Declunder, Director of Business Development at
Innovation Technology reference designs for gaming and virtual reality headphones are
expected to launch in September 2016.
About Innovation TechnologyÂ
Established in Hong Kong in the late 90's and with unique expertise of audio
components, Innovation Technology has started audio headphones, telecom headsets and other
audio products manufacturing in 2002.
With 3 factories now established in PRC and close to 8000 peoples across its HK
headquarters, Shenzhen R&D center and factories, it has became a leader in audio
innovations and related product development & manufacturing.
3D audio as well as new virtual reality technologies became one of its focuses in late
2015 together with wireless and higher-end audio interfaces.
About 3D Sound LabsÂ Â
Founded in January 2014 by entrepreneur Dimitri Singer, consumer electronics
specialist Xavier Bonjour and Centrale-Supelec research engineer Renaud Seguier, 3D Sound
Labs develops 3D Audio software technologies as well as hardware (headphones and motion
tracking modules) to enable immersive and realistic audio experiences for movies, video
games and virtual reality.
They created the world's first Smart 3D Audio Headphones and also provide a SDK and a
freemium technology licensing program for third parties.
Vuzix Adds XOEye Technologies as a Vuzix Industrial Partner (VIP) and Ships its First Developer M300 Smart Glasses in North America
Advance engineering units ship ahead of commercial launch to facilitate software migration
ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Vuzix(Â®) Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI), a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, enterprise, and entertainment markets, announced today that it has added XOEye Technologies of Nashville, TN, as one of the first Vuzix Industrial Partners (VIPs) in North America. This newly launched, invitation-only enterprise channel support program is exclusive to Vuzix' most successful M100 developers, designed to jointly drive an exponential increase in industrial deployments in 2016, 2017, and beyond. As one part of the program, VIPs can purchase and receive advance engineering access to the new Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses before their commercial deployment. Providing this early access will ensure the M300 has mature application software and existing M100 users will have a viable migration path when the new smart glasses become commercially available.
XOEye Technologies, through its Vision cloud-hosted software solution for integrated field service solution suite, has several of the world's largest deployments of smart glasses, all leveraging the current Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses platform. With this real-world experience comes real quantifiable results, including those from Lee Company's 500-technician M100 deployment, which after just six months is delivering a $20.11 return for every $1 Lee invested in XOEye's Vision solution and Vuzix hardware. A client testimonial video can be viewed at the following link: https://vimeo.com/171586131
"We are excited about the results Lee Company has experienced. With our addition as a VIP, we expect to support accelerated adoption of the XOEye-enabled Vuzix product as the smart glasses market expands and deployments proliferate. The support the VIP program provides will enable us to execute on a larger scale," commented Aaron Salow, Chief Executive Officer XOEye Technologies.
As a VIP, XOEye recently received early shipment of the first M300 Smart Glasses to begin porting XOEye's Vision software to this new platform. The key features of the new M300, such as improved ergonomics, high-performance Intel chipset, and improved 13 megapixel camera with image stabilization, perfectly align with XOEye's core competency of connecting a client's remote workforce to the company's data systems and expert knowledge base through real-time video and audio collaboration.
"The new ergonomics and features of the M300, which is the next evolution of M100, should propel partner applications such as XOEye's Vision to even larger deployments with existing M100 customers upgrading and adding to a growing customer base for the M300. As Vuzix continues to expand support for our VIPs, it will ensure that our customers receive the best value, in terms of return on investment, mass deployability, and competitive advantage," said Paul Travers, President and Chief Executive Officer at Vuzix.
"Our customers continue to deploy and benefit from the M100 today. At the same time, we are eager to begin development on the M300, as the improved ergonomics and performance are certain to enhance our customers' experience. XOEye is thrilled to be one of the first Vuzix Industrial Partners, and we look forward to an exciting 2016 and 2017," Mr. Salow continued.
The M300 VIP program surrounding the launch of the new Vuzix M300 Smart Glasses is the latest addition to a series of channel support initiatives by Vuzix. To learn more about the M300 or becoming a VIP, please contact Lance Anderson, VP of Enterprise Sales, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About XOEye Technologies
XOEye Technologies equips field technicians with wearable technology systems that capture and share the right information with the right people at the right time. Through their cloud-based platform Vision, XOEye helps to harness the power of real-time video, audio communication, and content sharing to unlock business opportunities and boost revenue. It will empower teams to make faster, more informed business decisions that can provide customers with an experience that is unmatched. On-site technicians are equipped with smart, safety-certified eyewear devices that run XOEye's custom applications to communicate with experts, connect with decision-makers, document work performed, and increase overall efficiency.
About Vuzix Corporation
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and M300 Smart Glasses products in the consumer, enterprise and entertainment markets. The Company's products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 43 patents and 23 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the Video Eyewear field. The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2016 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY, Oxford, UK and Tokyo, Japan.
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eWBM Announces the Mass Production, MS500/MS300, Low Power SoC for New Era IoT Security
SEOUL, South Korea, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- eWBM Co., Ltd., a leading developer of embedded security and image processing SoCs, announced the mass production of the "MS500" and "MS300", micro-controllers with strong embedded hardware security features for Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
Security is one of the most critical problems for IoT application since most IoT applications are operating with limited softwareÂ based security capabilities or no security at all. "Security (or lack there of) has been the number one issue preventing IoT applications from becoming widespread," said Stephen Oh, CEO of eWBM Co., Ltd. "We are very confident that we can provide the right solution to address existing IoT security concerns with our MS300/MS500 micro-controllers."
To address IoT's existing security vulnerability, the MS500/MS300 provides security features such as secure boot, secure storage, low power encryption engines, real-time integrity monitoring capability, side-Âchannel attack protection, and secure RTOS support, which were previously only available for highÂ-level CPUs and application processors. MS500/MS300 is based on ARM's CortexÂ-M0 running up to 100MHz. This provides a versatile programming environment supported by many existing tools. The MS500/MS300 also provides high speed onÂ-the-Âfly encryption/decryption capabilities using host and slave SDIO3.0 peripherals, a feature not available in small and lightweight IoT devices. With the MS300/MS500, high performance IoT products can be developed to ensure security without the need for a separate security coprocessor.
"The rapidly growing IoT market requires products such as eWBM's MS500 and MS300 micro-controllers to help address security vulnerabilities," said John Koeter, vice president of marketing for IP and prototyping at Synopsys. "Integrating Synopsys' DesignWareÂ® True Random Number Generator, Public Key Accelerator and Security Protocol Accelerator IP enables the MS500 and MS300 micro-controllers to perform the required functions for highly secure IoT systems."
eWBM Co., Ltd obtained official FIDO alliance certification (FIDO Certified(TM )) in April of 2016 under interoperability testing as the first South Korean SOC company using MS1000 platform. The company is also currently developing security biometric authentication solutions including fingerprint recognition, iris recognition, and vein recognition with various biometric companies preparing for the age of FinTech. In addition, eWBM Co., Ltd. is a fast-growing Korean fabless semiconductor company delivering cutting-edge technologies for both internet of things (IoT) security as well as innovative single-sensor based 3D depth image processing, which will be in mass production from Q4 of 2016.
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Silicon Deployment of Sensory's Low Power Sound Detector for Always-Listening Voice Control Heats Up
The Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD) component of Sensory's TrulyHandsfree technology is gaining significant traction among chip providers, being widely deployed as hardware within new chip designs
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensory Inc., a Silicon Valley company focused on improving the user experience and security of consumer electronics through state-of-the-art embedded voice and vision technologies, today announced that deployment of its Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD) hardware component of the company's TrulyHandsfree technology is gaining steady traction among leading chip manufacturers. Finding its way into a variety of chip designs from DSPs, digital microphones and sensor fusion hubs, Sensory's LPSD hardware block is currently shipping in product designs from DSP Group, Knowles and QuickLogic, with more chip partners to be announced. LPSD allows chip manufactures whose products are suited for enabling an always-listening speech recognition system on CE devices to greatly reduce the power requirements of their components, as well as the power demand of the entire speech recognition audio chain.
Ideal for always-on keyword trigger solutions that enable "Alexa," "Hey Cortana," "Hey Siri," or "Okay Google" hands-free voice control on devices, Sensory's LPSD was designed to only wake the audio chain for a keyword trigger when potential speech is sensed. The solution conserves power usage by allowing the remaining audio chain of a device to be switched off until needed for speech processing.
"Sensory has been the industry's pioneer of low-power speech recognition technologies for more than 20 years and while our line of speech recognition solutions have always been extremely power efficient, we created our Low Power Sound Detector technology for those looking to integrate always-listening voice trigger technology into ultra-low-power devices," said Todd Mozer, founder and CEO of Sensory.
LPSD was developed as a supplemental solution designed to enable low-power devices to operate Sensory's TrulyHandsfree(TM) and other always-on, always-listening speech recognition technologies with minimal draw on the battery.
A hardware implementation of LPSD reduces the overall system power for always-listening keyword trigger technology by 50 percent. Depending on the mix of speech to silence, Sensory's LPSD reduces processing requirements and lowers average power consumption (including digital microphone and decimation logic) of an always-on implementation to under 1mA, which has long been a target for use in wearables and battery operated consumer electronics (some cases require as little as 400uA).
"Sensory is the industry leader in voice processing systems for mobile applications," said Brian Faith, CEO at QuickLogic Corporation. "Integration of Sensory's TrulyHandsfree and LPSD hardware with the QuickLogic EOS S3 multi-core sensor processing SoC provides unprecedented always-on speech recognition capability, and will facilitate a new generation of voice-driven applications capable of running on a fraction of the power consumption of competing technologies."
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About Sensory Inc.
Sensory Inc. creates a safer and superior UX through vision and voice technologies. Sensory's technologies are widely deployed in consumer electronics applications including mobile phones, automotive, wearables, toys, IoT and various home electronics. With its TrulyHandsfree(TM) voice control, Sensory has set the standard for mobile handset platforms' ultra-low power "always listening" touchless control. To date, Sensory's technologies have shipped in over a billion units of leading consumer products. Visit Sensory at http://www.sensory.com
TrulyHandsfree and Low Power Sound Detector (LPSD) are trademarks of Sensory Inc.
DocOrigin Improves PDF/UA for Production Document Design and Generation
Merge raw data from any business software, generate PDF/UA
CAPE CORAL, Fla., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Eclipse Corporation today announced the release of DocOrigin version 3.1, with enhanced design and creation features for Universally Accessible PDFs (PDF/UA), meeting ISO 14289-1 and WCAG 2.0 standards for PDF documents, into its flagship document generation software.
As the "Baby Boomer" generation continues to age, the number of people requiring the use of assistive technology increases. The World Health Organization estimates 246 million people worldwide suffer from some form of visual impairment - with 39 million of those classified as blind. With PDF/UA conforming files, readers and assistive technology, these individuals and others with disabilities can have equal access to online information. In particular:
-- Reading invoices, order acknowledgements, statements, etc.
-- Reading educational and training materials
-- Accessing important documentation
-- Submitting online employment applications
-- Purchasing products and services
PDF/UA compliant documents contain tags that identify content according to structure, allowing documents containing static or dynamic images, form fields, tables, lists and other information to be rendered properly utilizing a number of different assistive devices such as screen magnifiers, text-to-voice devices and braille keyboards and readers. Click here to learn more about PDF/UA, and how worldwide legislation seeks to guarantee equal access to information for all.
Designing, generating and delivering dynamic data driven production PDF/UA documents has never been faster. DocOrigin makes it easy to comply with standards set out by PDF/UA by building compliant documents as part of the document design and generation process, negating the need for post-processing software or intervention to render documents according to these standards. Key features and advantages of DocOrigin PDF/UA integration:
-- Meets ISO 14289-1 and WCAG 2.0 standards for accessible PDF documents
-- Merge any data type into a form or document template to produce PDF/UA
-- Faster than using a post-processing software to convert PDF to PDF/UA
-- Design once in DocOrigin, eliminating need to use post processing
software to produce PDF/UA
-- Eliminate finger pointing between pre-processing and post processing
-- Use Customer Communication Center to produce dynamic PDF/UA with ads,
The document experts at Eclipse Corporation offer enterprise companies a free demonstration of DocOrigin, so IT, marketing and executive personnel can see first-hand how DocOrigin can improve document processing - saving money and time, while utilizing cutting-edge marketing tools - without changing line of business software. Send us your data and template requirements and Eclipse will provide a no-cost sample.
Eclipse Corporation is a leading provider of enterprise document design, presentation, generation, automation and management software. Eclipse works closely with clients to provide tailored solutions that conform to specific needs at a fair price. Eclipse principles are simple: provide the right solution and get the job done - on time. Our depth of knowledge and experience allows Eclipse to deliver on these principles every time.
Icontrol Networks Expands Connected Home Ecosystem
Adds LG Smart Refrigerator, SkyBell HD and Bttn through seamless cloud-based integration
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Icontrol Networks, a leader in the smart home industry, today announced newly certified devices joining its ecosystem: LG's Smart Refrigerator, SkyBell HD Wi-Fi video doorbell, and Bttn's Wi-Fi Smart Button. Through Icontrol's cloud integration technology, LG, Skybell and Bttn were able to independently and seamlessly gain certification through the Icontrol Developer Program, making them compatible with any Icontrol-powered solution.
"To reach mass adoption of the smart home, we need to remove technological barriers and ensure people can pick and choose their devices," said Bob Hagerty, CEO of Icontrol Networks. "By introducing cloud-based integration, we've streamlined the processes required to interoperate with our solutions, allowing our ecosystem to grow faster than ever."
The newly certified devices enable the companies' shared users to get the most out of their smart home:
LG's Smart Refrigerator
-- Users can control the fridge temperature and ice maker, and filter odors
-- Triggers and actions let homeowners create home notifications via their
Icontrol system to alert them when the door is open or the air/water
filters need changing.
-- Goes into energy savings mode when the security system is armed.
-- Allows the Icontrol security system to extend its coverage to the front
-- Triggers and actions allow users to create rules that start or end with
the SkyBell HD.
-- Turn on porch lights and lock the door when SkyBell HD detects motion or
the button is pressed.
-- Take screenshots and watch recorded clips of a visitor at the front
By pushing the bttn, the user triggers a pre-defined action or chain of actions. Some common uses include:
-- Push the "good night switch" bttn to lock doors, turn off lights,
activate video surveillance, and lower temperatures for the night. Press
the same bttn again in the morning to wake up the house.
-- Easily activate or disable the security alarm mode with the bttn.
-- Toggle the living room lighting between normal and TV watching modes.
-- Check-in bttn for children - press to lock the doors and send an "I'm at
home" SMS to parents.
"Through this simple process, SkyBell can now reach millions of residents with an Icontrol-powered smart home solution and help them enjoy a safer home," said Andrew Thomas, co-founder of SkyBell. "Icontrol's cloud integration technology is a game-changer."
"We are excited to show consumers how easy it is to experience the cost savings associated with a smarter home," said Eugene Yoo, head of the Open Platform Alliance Team at Cloud Center of LG. "Being part of Icontrol's ecosystem gives us the opportunity to help more people save money while also making their lives easier and more convenient."
The Icontrol Developer Program allows any cloud-based, ZigBee, Wi-Fi or Z-Wave connected device to more easily integrate with Icontrol-powered solutions. To learn more, visit: http://www.icontrol.com/developers.
About Icontrol Networks
Icontrol Networks' vision is to provide a connected home solution for every household, so people worldwide spend less time managing their lives and more time living them. Icontrol is making the connected home a reality through its software platforms which are deployed by service providers and home security companies of all sizes, and the all-in-one Piper smart home security system for consumers. Icontrol is further pioneering the next generation of connected living through its Icontrol Developer Program, the first community for application and device makers to partner on a common platform. Venture investors in Icontrol include Charles River Ventures, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund, and Intel Capital, with strategic investments from a variety of service providers including ADT, Comcast Ventures, Comporium and Rogers Communications. For more information about Icontrol Networks, Icontrol One (for independent service providers) and Piper visit icontrol.com, icontrolone.com and getpiper.com.