Motiga's competitive action game comes to Microsoft's gamer-centric platforms
SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Motiga Inc. announced today it has partnered with Microsoft to publish its competitive action game, Gigantic, on Windows 10 and Xbox One later this year.
Gigantic, where teams of five players fight fantasy battles alongside a five-story-tall guardian monster, will be a launch title for Microsoft's release of Windows 10 and release simultaneously (or nearly so) on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system.
The game is free to play* on Xbox One with Xbox Live Gold and Windows 10 PC and is currently undergoing alpha testing.
"It's gratifying to see our partners at Microsoft express the same enthusiasm for Gigantic that Motiga and our community have felt all along," said Motiga CEO Chris Chung. "The game itself made this collaboration happen, and we can't wait to get Gigantic in as many gamers' hands as possible."
With the partnership, Motiga gains access to Microsoft's resources and expertise, including testing/QA infrastructure for both platforms. Furthermore, Gigantic will be available to more gamers in more languages, with more servers hosting the game on Windows 10 and Xbox One.
"We're thrilled to partner with Motiga to bring Gigantic to Windows 10 and Xbox One," said head of Xbox Phil Spencer. "We're always looking for ways to bring new, innovative experiences to gamers, and Gigantic being one of the rare games that appeal to fans across multiple genres is a great example of that."
In early tests, Gigantic has appealed to gamers across genre boundaries, with elements that are recognizable to fans of first-person shooters, action roleplaying games, and multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs).
"The game offers a variety of heroes that map to your natural play style and gives you opportunities no matter what your gaming background," said Motiga VP of Product Development James Phinney, the lead designer for iconic games StarCraft and the Guild Wars franchise. "With Gigantic, we've worked to create a game that feels fluid and natural to play, while delivering an entirely new competitive experience."
Development of the game itself continues apace, with new features rolled out to testers monthly.
Gigantic is a team-based competitive action game with an epic objective: your team of five heroes, along with a massive guardian monster, clashes against an enemy team and the guardian that protects them. A mix of action and strategy, Gigantic brings a world of wonder, awe, and danger to life. An introductory video is available here.
Motiga is an independent game studio based in Bellevue, Wash., that has been working on Gigantic since 2012. Composed of more than 80 game developers, Motiga is dedicated to enabling passionate teams create magical game experiences and do its part in helping the industry move forward.
We are currently taking appointments for Gigantic at PAX East in Boston. For more information, a press kit, or other assets, contact Troy Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Messente Releases Mobile Verification API helping to Keep Private Data Safe
TALLINN, Estonia, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Messente Communications, the Estonian based SMS messaging API provider, announced
today the release of their 2-step verification API at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The solution makes it easy for companies who do not use 2-step verification yet to build
an extra layer of security on top of the current login system standardly consisting of a
simple user name and password.
The verification API takes advantage of Messente's extensive experience in delivering
messages and notifications to over 1000 mobile networks across the world. In 2014 Messente
delivered SMS notifications for many of the fastest growing mobile apps, finacial service
providers, logistics and payment companies in Europe like Taxify, Bondora, Itella
SmartPost, Fortumo and others.
Messente identifies users based on their phone number by generating a unique PIN code
and sending it to the user via SMS. The PIN is then submitted to the web by the user which
completes the log in process.
"We see that an increasing number of companies are looking for ways how to better
protect the personal data of their users. In the light of the password leaks we see
happening everywhere 2-step verification is becoming very relevant for many industries,
not only banks or big OTT platforms," says Messente's CEO and co-founder, Lauri Kinkar.
"Our new API is the fastest way of setting up secure phone based authentication. After all
- guessing the name of your goldfish should not be the only thing standing between a
hacker and your personal data."
Messente provides reliable and simple cloud based SMS communication and user
verification APIs. Messente's focus towards simple-to-integrate APIs allows developers and
companies from a wide range of industries to add messaging capabilities to their web or
mobile apps and verify phone numbers.
Messente covers mobile networks in over 190 countries in the world making it's API
solutions usable regardless of location.
Messente is based in Estonia and it's APIs are used by web applications, banks,
airlines, consumer brands, hotels and retail chains in Europe and outside.
With the new offering, clients will be able to select OpenPOWER-based "bare metal" servers when configuring their cloud-based IT infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. Leveraging the OpenPOWER Foundation design concept, the servers were developed to help clients better manage data-intensive workloads on public and private clouds.
Increasingly cloud technologies, both private and public, are enabling organizations to extend existing infrastructure, inexpensively and quickly. Servers built on the OpenPOWER architecture are designed to facilitate that transformation.
"The new OpenPOWER-based bare metal servers makes it easy for users to take advantage of one of the industry's most powerful and open server architectures," said Sonny Fulkerson, CIO at SoftLayer. "The offering allows SoftLayer to deliver a higher level of performance, predictability and dependability not always possible in virtualized cloud environments."
OpenPOWER-based servers leverage IBM's licensable POWER processor technology and feature innovations resulting from open collaboration among OpenPOWER Foundation members, which now total more than 100 technology leaders worldwide.
To develop the SoftLayer bare-metal server, IBM and SoftLayer worked closely with fellow OpenPOWER Foundation members TYAN, a provider of advanced server/workstation platforms, and Mellanox Technologies, a leading supplier of InfiniBand and Ethernet solutions.
Due in the second quarter, the SoftLayer bare metal servers run Linux applications and are based on the IBM POWER8 architecture, the processor technology at the heart of IBM's Power Systems line of servers.
The offering will also leverage the rapidly expanding community of developers contributing to the POWER ecosystem as well as independent software vendors that support Linux on Power application development who are migrating applications from x86 to POWER-based architecture.
Built on open technology standards that begin at the chip level, the new bare metal servers are built to assist a wide range of businesses interested in building custom hybrid, private and public cloud solutions based on open technology.
The new OpenPOWER bare metal servers will join SoftLayer's growing stable of POWER-based systems. The company first deployed Power Systems in 2014 to support the IBM Watson cloud portfolio. Initially, the new servers will be available in SoftLayer's Dallas cloud center, with planned expansion throughout the world.
Cost and configurations for SoftLayer's new OpenPOWER-based bare metal servers will be made available in conjunction with general availability.
The world's only rear vision heads up display helmet manufacturer Reevu are developing
another world first; a fully immersive sound feel and visual experience in a gaming
headset. G-TECHEAD is the revolution in immersive headsets.
With a decades experience in pioneering the safe delivery of data to the near eye area
in their motorsports helmet range Reevu have decided to employ their expertise into other
"Safely developing optical systems in helmets has lead us to understand that a number
of other sectors could benefit from our expertise" Markus S, head of development.
Visual systems that work well at the Human interface has enabled the company to
develop an un-paralleled understanding of the science.
"After reviewing videos of concept augmented reality designs that show Head up display
systems we feel there is a better, safer way to reach that goal"Markus S.
TheG-TECHEAD is a fully immersive concept product that will enable the owner to insert
their device into the helmet through its interchangeable carrier. The devices can then be
viewed across the optical cassette delivering high definition images to the curved
mirrored visor in front of the user's eyes using their own visual systems instead of
trying to replicate the phenomena with varying results. The invention overcomes the issue
of having to use strong lenses close to the eye or the projection of light directly onto
the retina due to Reevu's patented binocular optical system that reflects the image over
its focal length onto the wide angle curved visor. The headset will create a fully
immersive world with vibration, high definition sound and visual display, designed to fit
within an encapsulated article of headgear. The environment will enable the user to game
for periods without detrimentally interfering with the natural human interface, something
that gamers will most certainly prefer.
Reevu are currently in talks with a number of tech companies about the development and
are currently developing the prototype and media interest so that the project can be
launched on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter for late summer of 2015 with a proposed
production date in 2016 and retail price of $299
" This invention will revolutionize Head up displays so that they fit and overcome a
number of problems that occur at the human interface." Graham Steele, Director Reevu.
Nexway Chosen to Power Global White Label Android App Store on snakebyte's QEUS SmartTV Set-Top Box
Users of the set-top box that combines SmartTV, Gaming Console and Smart Home capabilities will soon be able to purchase and enjoy hundreds of premium Android(TM) games via the Nexway-powered snakebyte GameStore
MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, Spain, NANTERRE, France and SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Digital commerce provider Nexway announced that snakebyte's new QEUS SmartTV set-top
box - unveiled today at Mobile World Congress - will soon feature a snakebyte-branded
white label Android app store powered and managed by Nexway.
Developed by Nexway, the snakebyte GameStore will allow users of the QEUS SmartTV
system to easily purchase, download and enjoy hundreds of premium core and casual Android
games, wherever they may be around the world.
"We were looking for an app store provider capable of offeringa superior app commerce
experience to our users. Our provider of choice also needed to have a proven ability to
accompany our introductions of the QEUSSmartTV set-top boxin markets around the world,"
says Mike Steup, Managing Director of snakebyte Europe. "The Nexway Appstore solution and
its immersive user experience, global payments and fraud prevention capabilities,
multilingual Level 1 end user support, and demonstrated ability to reliably and securely
deliver Android(TM) games to end users around the world convinced us to choose Nexway as
our white label app store provider," also says Mike Steup.
The snakebyte GameStore will benefit from the Nexway Appstore solution's exclusive app
commerce features - including support for global payment methods, support for all Android
revenue models (premium, freemium, in-app item sale, micropayments, paymium, and
subscription), strong multilingual capabilities, and a powerful administrative interface
that lets store managers continuously monitor and optimize their app business.
"We are proud to have been chosen by snakebyte to power and manage the snakebyte
GameStore. This is testimony to our technology leadership and to our global app commerce
capabilities. We look forward to partnering with snakebyte as it introduces the QEUS
SmartTV set-top box in markets around the world," says Gilles Ridel, Founder and CEO of
Nexway will be operating the snakebyte GameStore on behalf of snakebyte as a global
managed service. The GameStore will benefit from day-to-day operation and optimization by
the Nexway Global Services team in ten countries in Europe, North America, Latin America
The Nexway Global Services' capabilities span IT services, marketing agency, digital
catalog sourcing and curation, payment management, subscription and recurring billing
operation, fraud prevention, and Level 1 end user support via phone and email.
Nexway (http://www.nexway.com ) is a leading provider of globally managed
e-commerce solutions for publishers and online retailers of digital PC software products,
PC video games and Android apps. The company's white label online stores, in-app stores
and app stores boost revenue of digital software products, video games, and apps with
purchase, freemium, trial, subscription and item sale revenue models. Nexway is based in
Nanterre, France and has subsidiaries in the USA, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Spain,
Luxemburg, Morocco, Poland, and Japan. Leading companies who rely on Nexway include
retailers Orange(TM), Yahoo! Japan(TM), Kurio(TM), Softwareload(TM), Best Buy(TM), Pao de
Acucar(TM), and Amazon(TM); and publishers Kaspersky Lab(TM), IMSI(R)/Design, Adobe(TM),
SEGA(TM), Electronic Arts(TM), ESET(TM), Disney(TM), and AVAST Software(TM).
Emulex Unveils Next Generation Network Performance Management Platform With Unprecedented Levels of Network Visibility
New EndaceProbe INRs and EndaceVision Software Enable Application Acceleration and Maximize Network Availability
COSTA MESA, Calif., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced the next generation of its network monitoring and visibility portfolio, architected to support the demands and complexity of today's 10Gb, 40Gb and 100Gb Ethernet (100GbE)-based networks. The latest EndaceProbe(TM) Intelligent Network Recorders (INRs) and EndaceVision(TM) 6.0 Network Visibility Software introduces new capabilities to manage and make sense of the massive network traffic volumes created by continual business demands. The new EndaceProbe INR and EndaceVision reduce the costs and effort associated with managing physical, virtual and software-defined networks by enabling network and security professionals to rapidly capture, analyze and diagnose potential and actual network and security issues in real-time. The ability to view network incidents with microsecond-level accuracy is unprecedented in the Application Aware-Network Performance Management (AA-NPM) and security space.
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"As 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE networks become more prevalent and complex with hybrid cloud deployments, software-defined networking and multiple layers of virtualization, our customers trust EndaceProbe INRs to provide a deep and consumable understanding of how each layer interacts and affects their network performance and availability, as well as enabling the enterprise to track and manage security incidents and issues by having real-time packet level visibility into all incidents and activities," said Ali Hedayati, senior vice president and general manager, Network Visibility Products, Emulex. "Our next generation network visibility platforms provide a dramatic step forward in network visibility and monitoring and our industry-leading ability to visualize the network and security events which enable predictable application service level agreements and security management."
Next Generation EndaceProbe INRs
Next generation EndaceProbe INRs have been re-architected to meet the performance, reliability, processing power, and open architecture needed to integrate with today's network and application management solutions. When combined with EndaceVision 6.0, EndaceProbe INR network visibility appliances allow network operations teams to quickly and easily identify issues, and optionally pass the relevant data to third party tools. This dramatically improves root cause isolation and mean time-to-resolution (MTTR).
New EndaceProbe INRs include the following new or enhanced features and capabilities:
-- Integrated Virtual Machines (VMs): EndaceProbe INRs include a
hypervisor, which allows analysis management, and security applications
to be hosted in a VM and have direct access to packet data at the point
of capture. Since multi-gigabit capture files can be large and
cumbersome to send to analysis applications, the ability to load third
party software directly onto the EndaceProbe INRs enables analysis
software to be quickly and easily added or moved to the data instead of
moving the data to the software.
-- 10GbE Write To Disk Performance and Increased Compute Power: EndaceProbe
4104 and 8004 INRs provide 10GbE write to disk rates, minimizing total
cost of ownership while providing the industry's only 100 percent
accurate packet capture on today's multi-10GbE networks. EndaceProbe
INRs also include increased compute power and memory that reduces the
hardware footprint needed to support the analysis of multi-10GbE
-- Flexible Deployment Options: The EndaceProbe INRs include three new
options; the 4104, 4004, and 8004. The EndaceProbe 4104 INR - with
highly reliable solid state disk (SSD) primary storage - is ideal for
on-demand recording across multiple 10GbE networks or wherever physical
access is a challenge. The EndaceProbe 4004 INR is a cost effective 1RU
appliance for lower packet rate multi-1GbE or 10GbE network links, ideal
for remote locations. The EndaceProbe 8004 INR is a 2RU appliance
providing ultra-fast, highly reliable disk storage for packet capture on
10GbE or higher networks. It is ideally suited for the core,
distribution, and access layers within data centers and large campus
environments for continuous high-speed recording and fast retrieval
during traffic analysis.
Next Generation EndaceVision
EndaceVision 6.0 is a powerful, purpose-built, web-based network history visualization application for high-speed networks that comes bundled with all EndaceProbe INRs. Using EndaceVision, network operations, security, or incident response professionals can navigate quickly through network history data - both packets and metadata - to identify the cause of network issues and take appropriate action - without guesswork.
EndaceVision includes the following new features and capabilities:
-- Endace MicroVision(TM) Support: Endace MicroVision gives network
managers microsecond-level views into the captured packet data, allowing
users to troubleshoot disruptive high speed network issues with more
detailed and accurate inspection of shorter time periods. For 10GbE, the
time to transmit each packet of information has decreased by 10x as the
amount of traffic has increased by 10x, exponentially increasing the
amount of data for an IT analyst to cull through when troubleshooting a
network or application issue. Endace MicroVision allows analysts to
focus on the problem in small timeframes, reducing the distraction of
additional data and greatly enhancing MTTR (watch this video to learn
-- Dynamic Network Visualizations: EndaceVision now includes the TCP Flags
visualization and client and server breakdowns, leveraging TCP's
intrinsic statefulness and explicit signaling to assist in monitoring
and debugging transport services across the network (watch this video to
-- SCADA Detection and Decoding: EndaceVision 6.0 addresses the needs of
the utilities industry by including automatic ICS/SCADA protocol
detection and visualization, plus full packet-level decodes in the
web-based EndacePackets(TM) viewer, enabling analysts to ensure the
stability and security of utility network traffic.
"As 10GbE networks continue to proliferate, network managers need microsecond-level granularity to sift through the data needed to monitor and troubleshoot their high-speed networks as quickly as possible," said Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst, network management, Enterprise Management Associates. "The new capabilities in the Emulex network visibility portfolio will give customers flexible options and tools that will speed resolution of critical network issues, and enable them to provide a world-class experience."
-- Read the Emulex Network Visibility Blog "Finding session-related
problems using EndaceVision"
-- Read the Emulex Network Visibility Blog "Improving network monitoring
performance with the next generation Emulex EndaceProbe INR"
-- Learn more about Emulex network visibility solutions.
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Emulex provides connectivity, monitoring and management solutions for high-performance networks, delivering provisioning, end-to-end application visibility, optimization and acceleration for the next generation of software-defined, telco and Web-scale data centers. The Company's I/O connectivity portfolio, which has been designed into server and storage solutions from leading OEMs and ODMs worldwide, enables organizations to manage bandwidth, latency, security and virtualization. The Emulex network visibility portfolio enables global organizations to monitor and improve application and network performance management. Emulex is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif. For more information about Emulex (NYSE: ELX) please visit http://www.Emulex.com.
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NumberGarage(TM) Offers Free Phone Number Origination
Customers Can Now Generate New Phone Numbers at No Cost
NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NumberGarage(TM), a web-based service provider that converts landline and cellular phone numbers into virtual telephone numbers, announces a new feature for customers wanting to generate a new (or temporary) virtual phone number through the service.
By offering Free Phone Number Origination, NumberGarage(TM) customers can now create a virtual phone number at no cost.
For the past six years, NumberGarage(TM) has provided their PARK and FORWARD services exclusively to customers who port phone numbers in from another provider. The NumberGarage(TM) PARK service allows customers to maintain ownership of their phone number for future use at the very low cost of $4 per month. Staring at $9.95 per month, the NumberGarage(TM) FORWARD service allows customers to forward incoming callers to any U.S. phone number for much less than the average cost of phone service.
The new NumberGarage(TM) Phone Number Origination feature enables customers to:
-- Create a new phone number at no cost by waiving the activation fee
-- Use that phone number to forward incoming callers to any U.S. phone
-- Port the phone number out to another provider at anytime
"We're focused on keeping the NumberGarage(TM) platform simple," said Jeff Heeren, founder and chief mechanic for NumberGarage(TM). "We based our number origination feature around existing customer feedback after finding that many people aren't fond of giving out their real phone number for fear of receiving future telemarketing calls.
"Additionally, we've enhanced our web-based platform to help deliver a seamless, efficient user experience," added Heeren.
Introduced in 2008, NumberGarage(TM) provides its PARK and FORWARD services for existing phone numbers. While continuing to offer a simple suite of services, the company is evolving to meet the changing needs of its current and future customers. The new NumberGarage(TM) Phone Number Origination feature is available now at http://www.NumberGarage.com.
Based in Nashville, Tenn., NumberGarage(TM) is a web-based service provider for virtual telephone numbers. Founded in 2008, the company offers two primary levels of service - PARK and FORWARD. With NumberGarage(TM) PARK your phone number to keep it for later or FORWARD your callers to stay connected for less. To learn more, visit http://www.NumberGarage.com.
North America's first road usage charge program begins in the state of Oregon in collaboration with IMS and Sanef ITS
Powered by IMS' DriveSync connected car platform with Sanef ITS road charging infrastructure
WATERLOO, ON, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Sanef ITS, the operator of intelligent transportation solutions, and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), a leading connected car company, today announced that they have been awarded a road usage charge contract by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Debuting on Oregon's roadways in July 2015, this distance-based road usage charging program is North America's first implementation of a mileage-based charging solution. "A natural evolution of our DriveSyncÂ® platform, this partnership expands on IMS' leadership in connected car services such as usage-based insurance (UBI), young driver coaching and more," commented Dr. Otman Basir, Founder and CEO of IMS.
"We are seeing a growing trend in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on our roads, which has led to a significant fall in critical gas tax revenues being collected for road maintenance," said FranÃ§ois Gauthey, President of Sanef ITS. "To improve and maintain America's roadway infrastructure, the transition from a gas tax to a distance-based road usage charge solution is a critical evolution. Moving forward, creating a sustainable but fair system for collecting revenues is essential for future sustainability of critical transportation networks. Sanef ITS America is delighted and looks forward to working with ODOT in contributing to the program with its road usage charging expertise."
Participants throughout the state of Oregon will have access to road usage charging, beginning July 1, 2015. All light-duty vehicles registered in Oregon are eligible.
ODOT is making the road charging framework available to other states and Canadian provinces. Governments and insurers interested in leveraging this innovative technology solution can visit http://www.intellimec.com/road-charging for more information.
About Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS)
Established in 1999, IMS is a leader in connected car technology that enables drivers to be safer, smarter and greener. The unique approach of converging in-car infotainment, automotive telematics and wireless technology has resulted in an impressive range of solutions. From insurance and government, to fleets and everyday drivers, IMS technology revolutionizes industries. For more information, visit http://www.intellimec.com.
About Sanef ITS America
Headquartered in New York, Sanef ITS America has successfully deployed toll projects throughout the Americas and around the world. For over 3 decades, Sanef ITS America has been a leader in the design, installation and maintenance of sophisticated Open Road Tolling and Road User Charging systems.
Sanef ITS America is part of the Abertis Group, the world's leading motorway operator, headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.
About the Oregon Department of Transportation's Road Usage Charge Program
Oregon's Senate Bill 810 was the first legislation in the U.S. to establish a road usage charge system for state transportation funding. It authorized ODOT to set up a mileage collection system for volunteer motorists beginning July 1, 2015. ODOT may assess a charge of 1.5 cents per mile for up to 5,000 cars and light duty commercial vehicles and issue a fuels tax credit to those participants. The volunteer program will not be another pilot project but rather the start of an alternate method of generating sustainable revenue to pay for Oregon highways. Find out more about Oregon's Road Usage Charge Program at http://www.myOReGO.org/.
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MindMaze Introduces Thought-Powered Virtual Reality Game System
MindMaze Announces $8.5 Million in Angel Funding; MindLeap Game System Driven by Players' Brainwaves
SAN FRANCISCO, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE - Today MindMaze, a neurotechnology company, unveiled the industry's first thought-powered virtual reality (VR), augmented reality and motion capture game system, MindLeap. The system is based on MindMaze's proprietary, medically-proven neurotechnology engine, which detects and predicts brain and muscle activity to trigger real-time immersive virtual experiences. Combining neural sensing with embedded motion capture cameras, MindLeap unleashes the power of players' minds to enhance gameplay and experiences in both virtual and augmented reality. With near millisecond synchronization, MindLeap will be the quickest system on the market, bringing a new level of performance for virtual reality.
In the coming months, MindLeap's neurotechnology engine will be available to game developers via an SDK and to gamers via a novel head mounted display (HMD), which consists of first-of-its-kind "NeuroGoggles" and 3D motion capture cameras. MindLeap will introduce a whole new way for gamers to engage and experience gameplay within the games they already love - not only seeing their bodies/avatars in their games' virtual worlds, but triggering events with their intention.
MindLeap will facilitate neuro-powered immersive virtual and augmented reality on multiple games consoles and platform types, including XBOX, PlayStation, iOS and Android. Using proprietary neuroscience paradigms, MindMaze enables thought-driven gameplay mechanics and experiences without the need for a controller. Its HMD and wireless 3D cameras enable real-time mapping of player behavior and movements to avatars, rendering instant reaction via virtual reality within gameplay even on tablet and mobile devices.
"MindMaze puts your brain into the game. Never before have neuroscience, virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D full-body motion-capture come together in a games system. Gamers will be able to see, feel and experience virtual gameplay with absolutely no delay or need for controllers," said Dr. Tej Tadi, founder and CEO of MindMaze. "The technology will enable game developers to deliver responsive virtual games experiences, further immersing gamers into the gameplay and creating opportunities for deeper levels of engagement with consumers."
The company also announced today that it has recently closed an $8.5 million funding round to accelerate commercialization of its neurotechnology engine. The funds will be used to build on the company's previous work in the medical field, where it has deployed no-latency VR to accelerate recovery for patients suffering from a wide range of neurological deficits. For instance, MindMaze can train amputees to control virtual and robotic limbs and help stroke victims rediscover motor functions. These breakthrough capabilities are made possible by near millisecond synchronization and integration of huge amounts of body and brain data. With today's introduction, MindMaze delivers proven, medical-grade technology to gamers so they can sense and feel in virtual reality for the very first time, unleashing the power of their mind and body to control games.
"MindMaze is enabling a whole new era of neurorehabilitation and gamification by tapping into key neural signatures for unparalleled responsiveness," commented Olaf Blanke, scientific advisor to the company, and a renowned neurologist who has pioneered research at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience and virtual reality at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
MindMaze's virtual reality system, MindLeap, will be available in late 2015. To sign up for more information and to be notified once units become available please go to http://www.mindmaze.ch/vr/.
MindMaze is pioneering the use of neurotechnology in games, allowing gamers to unleash the power of their mind to control gameplay. The company's move into virtual reality and video games builds on the company's previous work in the medical field, where it has deployed no-latency VR to accelerate recovery for patients with strokes, spinal cord and brain injuries, and amputees. MindMaze unlocks neural patterns and uses them to drive human-machine interfaces, enabling exciting new applications in games, brain machine control and healthcare. Founded by Tej Tadi, PhD, in 2012, the company is based in Lausanne, Switzerland with U.S. headquarters in San Francisco, CA.
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Vuzix Unveils New IWear 720 Video Headphones with VR at 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC)
Company Joins Open Source VR Alliance to Provide Enhanced Compatibility with Virtual Reality Applications for its IWear 720
ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VuzixÂ® Corporation (NASDAQ: VUZI) ("Vuzix" or, the "Company"), a leading supplier of video eyewear and smart glasses products in the consumer, commercial and entertainment markets, today announced it will be showcasing its new IWear 720 video headphones running on the OSVR platform at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA, March 2-6, 2015. Vuzix is also announcing that it has recently partnered with the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) alliance, a new standard in VR gaming that provides hardware and software support for compatibility with Vuzix VR products.
"We are thrilled to be attending GDC 2015 and showing off our new IWear 720 video headphones at the world's largest and longest running professionals-only game industry event," said Paul Travers, President and CEO at Vuzix. "The IWear 720 is ready to be the most compatible VR and entertainment headset in the market thanks to supporting connectivity and content on almost any device that support HDMI outputs. The collaboration with OSVR opens this up further and brings an excellent ecosystem that standardizes interfaces between devices and adds VR support for our products from a growing list of exciting new applications. We look forward to meeting with industry experts at GDC to garner more exposure for our brand new IWear 720 video headphones which are ideal for avid gamers."
The Vuzix IWear 720 video headphones are the ultimate mobile video entertainment and gaming system compatible with almost any device supporting HDMI output. And now with integrated motion tracking, OSVR, Unity 3D, and Unreal gaming engine support, a growing list of games and VR title support is now offered. The IWear 720 feature dual HD Displays and revolutionary nano optics that provide the equivalent experience of a 130" home television from 10' and allow the wearer to play games, interact with apps, and watch 2D, 3D and 360 degree VR movies. IWear 720 is completely portable and battery driven so the user can enjoy it at home or on the go. It supports any HDMI 2D or 3D video sources including PCs, game consoles, smartphones, Blu-ray players, and WiFi wireless dongles for direct Internet connection. The IWear 720 is now also enabled with virtual reality tracking sensors and will have optional 3D augmented reality cameras to provide an exciting AR experience.
Vuzix is also announcing it has joined and partnered with the Open-Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) alliance, a new standard in VR gaming that intends to provide hardware and software support at every level of virtual reality gaming, for compatibility with Vuzix products. OSVR standardizes the interface between input devices, games and output devices. OSVR has over 80 companies partnered, creating hundreds of titles with support. With OSVR, gamers no longer have to worry about compatibility, and can focus on having fun.
OSVR(TM) is an ecosystem designed to set an open standard for virtual reality input devices, games and output to provide the best possible VR game experience. Supported by industry leaders, the OSVR framework unites developers and gamers alike under a single platform. For the full list of OSVR supporters and more information, go to http://www.osvr.com
About Vuzix Corporation
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Video Eyewear and Smart Glasses products in the consumer, commercial 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 39 patents and 12 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 2014 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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Computer Systems Institute Adds Cisco Training to Networking Career Program
32-Week Program Now Offers 2 Tracks Including Preparation for Cisco Certification Exams
CHICAGO, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Computer Systems Institute (CSI), a provider of 32-week career training programs at multiple Chicago-area campuses, today announced the addition of two new Networking Career Program options that include preparation for key Cisco certification exams that can help graduates secure entry-level IT jobs. The program now offers three different tracks enabling students to select their preferred areas of IT specialization.
The new Cisco/MCSA track combines training in the configuration and administration of small enterprise branch networks with instruction in the Windows 7 operating system and Windows 7 desktop support. The curriculum prepares students to earn Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications, along with Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) 70-680 and 70-685 credentials.
The new CompTIA A+/Cisco track offers the same classes in enterprise network management plus training in maintaining PC's, laptops, mobile devices, operating systems and printers across technologies from multiple vendors. Classes prepare students to pass CompTIA A+ 801 and 802 certification exams as well as to pursue Cisco CCENT and CCNA certifications.
Students can also select the CompTIA/MCSA track to focus on basic hardware and software competency and troubleshooting in preparation for the CompTIA A+ 801/802 and MCSA 70-680/70-865 certification exams.
All three tracks include extensive hands-on experience in the school's computer labs, can be completed in 32 weeks, and offer morning, afternoon, evening and weekend classes. CSI pays for certification exams for all students who successfully complete any of the school's certificate programs, ensuring that an inability to pay costly exam fees will not delay graduates' certification efforts and associated job searches.
"We have seen increasing demand by both employers and students for Cisco certifications demonstrating basic networking knowledge. That's because so many companies are looking for job candidates who can wear multiple hats, including both computer and network technician," said Adam Hitzeman, CSI Director of Marketing. "With our two new Networking Career Program tracks, students now have more choices to differentiate themselves in the job market."
All CSI Networking Career Program options are available at the school's Chicago Loop, Skokie, Gurnee and Elgin campuses. For more information, call 847-967-4030 or email email@example.com.
About Computer Systems Institute
CSI offers postsecondary career programs in information technology, healthcare and business designed to be completed in as little as 32 weeks, as well as English Language and professional programs for international students. The school has five Chicago-area campuses in the Chicago Loop, Skokie, Gurnee, Elgin and Lombard, plus two Massachusetts locations in Charlestown and Worcester. Collectively, the campuses serve students from more than 70 countries with more than $1.2 million in scholarships and 1,700 professional certifications earned in 2014 alone. Founded in 1989, CSI is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award certificates. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CSI is also approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept the GI bill, and authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. It is also a Microsoft IT Academy and Prometric Testing Center. For more information, visit http://www.csinow.edu.
Audio ADCs combine professional performance with portable integration
TI's new multichannel devices simplify audio front-end design while reducing standby power consumption
DALLAS, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today introduced a family of six high-performance audio analog-to-digital converters (ADCs). Featuring a dynamic range as high as 110 dB, the devices in the PCM1865 family integrate features typically found in portable audio codecs, while also giving designers a level of performance previously found only in single-function, professional audio ADCs. For more information about the new audio ADCs, visit http://www.ti.com/PCM1865-pr.
Powered by a single 3.3-V supply, the PCM1865 audio ADC removes the traditional requirement for a dedicated analog 5-V rail, making smaller, more efficient products possible. Each device in the new family solves many system-level design headaches, including hum and ground noise, input-signal level sensitivity, and attenuation, all with a single device. This integration is particularly beneficial for end equipment like personal computers; sound bars; audio docks; Bluetooth(Â®) speakers; video-security systems; and automotive infotainment equipment including after-market head units, amplifiers and active noise-cancellation systems.
Key benefits of the PCM1865 family:
-- Design flexibility: The PCM1865 family consists of six pin-to-pin
compatible devices offering two- and four-channel options, with
software- and hardware-controlled variants.
-- High dynamic range: Three of the six devices in the PCM1865 family can
achieve up to 110-dB performance. No other audio ADCs on the market can
achieve a performance level of 110 dB with a single 3.3-V power supply.
-- Improves signal-to-noise ratio (SNR): With direct, high-voltage 2.1-VRMS
support, the devices optimize audio quality and allow for a higher SNR.
Additionally, the software-controlled devices' automatic
clipping-suppression feature helps designers optimize input sensitivity
for maximum SNR.
-- Reduces system complexity: The new audio ADCs can deliver the same
performance as competing solutions while potentially eliminating as many
as 20 components. The devices integrate a clock-generating phase-locked
loop (PLL), programmable gain amplifier and universal front end, which
supports various inputs from low-level microphones to 4.2-VRMS
differential inputs. Designers can easily configure single-ended and
differential inputs to cancel hum and ground noise.
-- Helps meet mandated low-power standby requirements: The integration of
TI's patent-pending Energysense technology helps designers meet
operating requirements set by the European Union's (EU) Ecodesign
Directive. By using the on-chip secondary ADC, designers can easily set
both sleep and wake-up thresholds, which can help equipment achieve the
energy efficiency levels required in this EU directive.
-- Small size for space-constrained applications: Available in 7.8-mm by
4.4-mm TSSOP packages, the devices are up to 45 percent smaller than
Tools and support to jump-start designs
Designers can start developing with the PCM1865 family through easy-to-use evaluation modules (EVMs) including the PCM1865EVM, which can be purchased in the TI store for US$149.
Support is available in the TI E2E(TM) Community Audio Converters forum, where engineers can search for solutions, get help, share knowledge and solve problems with fellow engineers and TI experts.
Package, availability and pricing
Each device in the PCM1865 family comes in a 30-pin TSSOP package. Information on individual devices is located below.
name Channel Control Dynamic Price* EVM
count method range
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PCM1862 2 I(2)C or SPI 103 dB US$1.59 US$149.00
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PCM1863 2 I(2)C or SPI 110 dB US$1.99 US$149.00
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PCM1864 4 I(2)C or SPI 103 dB US$2.99 US$149.00
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PCM1865 4 I(2)C or SPI 110 dB US$3.99 US$149.00
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*Prices listed are for 1,000-unit quantities.
Learn more about TI's audio portfolio by visiting the links below:
-- View the data sheet for the PCM1865.
-- Use an IBIS model to optimize audio circuitry in a software simulation.
-- Sign into MyTI and download an e-book on designing audio accessories
from start to finish.
-- Explore TI's entire audio portfolio to learn how TI can help you develop
audio applications with crystal-clear sound.
-- Follow what TI signal chain experts have to say on our Analog Wire blog.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog integrated circuits and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at http://www.ti.com.
E2E is a trademark of Texas Instruments. All other trademarks and registered trademarks belong to their respective owners.
Rohde & Schwarz Again Wins GTI Innovation Award for its Continuous Commitment to the Entire TD-LTE Industry
MUNICH, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Each year at Mobile World Congress, the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI) acknowledges
the achievements and success of industry players participating in the TD-LTE ecosystem.
Rohde & Schwarz, a world leader in all areas of RF test and measurement, has once
again won the highly esteemed GTI Innovation Award in 2015. The company has been singled
out for its continuous effort to support the GTI and the entire TD-LTE industry with its
broad portfolio of testing solutions for TD-LTE. Christian Leicher, President and COO of
Rohde & Schwarz, commented, "We are honored to receive this award and we will continue
providing innovative testing solutions for the GTI. Receiving the GTI Award confirms that
we are on the right path."
The testing solutions from Rohde & Schwarz support all parts of the value chain, from
chipsets and components, smartphones and other mobile devices to infrastructures and base
stations, providing the best performance possible. Solutions for smartphone testing
support the rollout of services like voice over LTE (VoLTE). They cover the test scenarios
required by leading network operators for testing the quality of video applications such
as HD video streaming, downloading and viewing on LTE user equipment. To increase the
performance of power amplifiers and DC modulators, an envelope tracking test solution is
available. Rohde & Schwarz also helps to promote the commercial availability of
LTE-Advanced with test equipment for carrier aggregation in devices and in LTE-Advanced
In 2014, Rohde & Schwarz received the GTI Innovation Award for its R&S TS8980
conformance test system, the first validated TD-LTE test system on the market and the
first to introduce TD-LTE conformance testing capability.
LAS VEGAS, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Quik PodÂ®, the original patented selfie stick for digital cameras, announces compatibility with the new Xiaomi Yi action camera. Voted the best selfie stick by the Wall Street Journal and used by tourists and athletes worldwide, Quik Pod confirms that it is working to distribute the original North American designed selfie stick to consumers in China.
Quik Pod selfie sticks work with all smartphones, GoPro, Sony and Xiaomi Action cameras.
Selfie stick inventor Wayne Fromm (China Patent #ZL201330332787.8 and US patent #7,684,694), is pleased to see the worldwide acceptance of his invention, and how it is used creatively by millions of people.
With Xiaomi making action photography affordable to the masses, company president Wayne Fromm is looking forward to bringing the excitement of a high quality selfie stick to Chinese action camera users.
"Our selfie sticks have been tested from the Dead Sea to the Arctic; they meet stringent quality control and engineering standards. I'm looking forward to seeing selfie action photos from all over the great nation of China," says Fromm.
Amprobe PK-110 Electrical Test Kit fills homeowner needs for everyday electrical testing
Includes three testers suitable for a variety of electrical applications
EVERETT, Wash., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Amprobe(Â®) introduces the PK-110 Electrical Test Kit featuring three electrical testers with functions ideal for a variety of residential applications. The kit, which includes the AM-420 Digital Multimeter, VP-1000 Non-Contact Voltage Detector, and ST-102B Socket Tester with Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI), performs a variety of tests from identifying voltage presence in outlets and switches to confirming proper wiring of regular and GFCI protected outlets.
The AM-420 Digital Multimeter accurately measures voltage up to 250 V in receptacles, switches, extension cords, and light fixtures, and troubleshoots light bulbs and fuses with its continuity function. The CAT II 250V safety rated meter can check 1.5 and 9 V batteries, test extension cords, and verify the proper wiring of an outlet with its voltage function.
The VP-1000 Non-Contact Voltage Detector easily and safely detects the presence of AC voltage between 90 and 1000 V in outlets, switches, extension cords, circuit breakers, and fuses without disconnecting the electrical system. The CAT IV 1000 V safety rated tester's bright LED alerts users when voltage is present and operates as always on using low power circuitry with no buttons for increased safety.
The ST-102B Socket Tester with GFCI tests receptacle wiring and confirms GFCI sockets are properly wired with the push of a button. It can detect five different wiring faults with three illuminated lights to clearly indicate the type of wiring problem:
For more information about Amprobe test and measurement products or to download a catalog, visit the Amprobe Web site at http://www.Amprobe.com, call toll-free 877.AMPROBE (877.267.7623), or e-mail info@Amprobe.com.
)Amprobe(Â®) builds rugged, reliable test and measurement tools that have been trusted by professional electricians and HVAC technicians for over 65 years. Our products range from an extensive line of clamp meters and digital multimeters to industry-specific tools for residential/commercial electricians, HVAC/R technicians, utilities and industrial maintenance professionals. To learn more, visit http://www.Amprobe.com.
Bank of Maharashtra has a large customer base and wanted to mobile-enable its services
in keeping with evolving customer expectations. The solution had to be scalable, both in
terms of increase in mobile banking usage as well as expansion in portfolio of services
InfrasoftTech's Mobile Banking Solution has helped Bank of Maharashtra to provide its
clients a highly flexible way of banking. With this solution, Bank of Maharashtra's
customers can view account related information, make secure fund transfers, send funds
through NEFT, make merchant and utility payments, raise service requests like debit card
request, debit card pin regeneration, credit card request, block debit card and many other
such services that a customer needs on day-to-day basis. The 2FA authentication makes the
transactions highly secure and safe. The solution also provides value added services like
mobile passbook, complain lodgement and change of PIN. It also provides location-aware
features such as branch/ATM locator for required set of services.
Bank of Maharashtra was able to meet all its business and technology goals for this
automation project, and thus allowing its 20 million+ customers to avail the benefit of
banking on-the-go. In 2013-14, InfrasoftTech launched its mobility solution suite on
hosted platform, offering it on SaaS model. This has greatly benefited Bank of Maharashtra
to quickly launch the mobile-based services without having to worry about initial capex
requirements and procurement delays that come with any infrastructure deployment.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. M.C. Kulkarni - GM-IT, Bank of Maharashtra stated, "We
are confident to achieve our objective of delivering highly scalable mobile banking
solution on InfrasoftTech's mobility platform that will enhance our customer reach and
allow our customers to avail of many services 24x7. InfrasoftTech has worked round the
clock to develop and deliver the mobile banking solution, within strict timelines. I am
confident of quick adoption of mobile banking amongst our large customer base since the
solution is very user friendly."
On the occasion, Mr. Hanuman Tripathi, Founder & Group Managing Director,
InfrasoftTech, said, "We are very glad to see Bank of Maharashtra going live on our
mobility platform, since this is the need of the hour for any bank wanting to improve its
service capabilities. The bank had set very strict deadlines for itself and I am happy to
note that both the teams have made it possible. The project offers one of the best case
studies for mobile banking solution on a hosted platform in India."
Mr. Rajesh Mirjankar, CEO, InfrasoftTech, said, "InfrasoftTech has invested in a
state-of-the-art solution and infrastructure for a hosted mobility and payments platform
and desires to be the market leader in this segment. We will continue to upgrade the
features of our mobility solutions in line with the needs of today's generation of
About Bank of Maharashtra:
It is one of the leading public sector banks in India with 8 decades of operations
spanning retail, commercial, MSME, and financial inclusion sectors with over USD 35 bn
business mix. It serves over 20 million customers through 1900+ branches.
InfrasoftTech, a CMMi Level 5 v1.3 assessed company, is a specialized IT product
solutions and services provider for global financial enterprises. The company enjoys the
trust of over 300 banks and financial institutions in 32 countries for its wide ranging
offerings in the space of core banking, microfinance, payment solutions, money laundering
prevention, commercial banking, wealth management, brokerage and capital markets. Our
operations are spread over 3 delivery centers in India in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai and in
UK, Canada, USA and UAE and has extensive partner networks over Africa, Middle East and
South East Asian countries.
Fonesalesman Brings Stylish Effortless Charging to Life for Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge
LONDON, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
WoodPuck and QiStone+, both available today, offer simple yet beautiful
wireless charging solutions for enabled devices, including the latest Samsung flagship
phones unveiled at MWC
Fonesalesman, leading provider of wireless charging solutions, celebrates the launch
of the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S6 by announcing that its renowned wireless
chargers QiStone+ and WoodPuck: Bamboo Edition can wirelessly charge the latest S6 and S6
One of the biggest announcements at the Samsung phone launch last Sunday was the
built-in wireless charging ability for the two phones. "This announcement, combined with
Fonesalesman's premium wireless charging offerings, allows more consumers to enjoy
effortless charging," comments Bavan Palasanthiran, Founder of Fonesalesman. "This will
accelerate awareness and adoption of wireless charging worldwide.'
Powerful Technology In A Beautiful Shell
The QiStone+ Completely Wireless Mobile Battery is extremely powerful, storing all the
power you need to keep your device at 100% through the day. Its stone-like design and
texture makes it a must-have companion for the Galaxy S6 users. The charging pad is small
enough to fit in the palm of the hand.
The WoodPuck: Bamboo Edition charging pad presents the perfect marriage between nature
and technology, practicality and beauty. WoodPuck is crafted by hand using Mao Zhu Bamboo,
which exceeds the qualities of wood. Crafted with all details considered, the WoodPuck
blends in any environment, keeping phones charged.
Wireless Charging Is All About Convenience
Now that an increasing number of phones and wearables are featuring built-in wireless
charging technology, consumers are looking for an effortless and simple way to keep their
batteries topped up wherever they are, at any time.
As revealed by IKEA's announcement of furniture with integrated wireless chargers,
it's not just about the technology of wireless charging but how it fits into your
lifestyle, both functionally and aesthetically. McDonalds has also recently revealed that
they will be rolling out wireless charging in their UK restaurants.
Bavan continues, "With big international brands entering the market, Fonesalesman
still presents the most compelling case for wireless charging. Not only are our products
readily available on the market, WoodPuck and QiStone+ can already seamlessly fit into
people's lives without the need for special furniture."
Fonesalesman is determined to make the world without wires a reality for its
customers. They are responsible for the Nature-Infused Wireless Charger, the WoodPuck and
the First Completely Wireless Mobile Battery QiStone+, both of which have received great
praise from customers and press alike. They launched an incredibly successful Indiegogo
campaign which introduced iPhone users to wireless charging for the first time with iQi
Mobile, surpassing the initial campaign goal by more than 500%.
Mobileum Integrates CEM Solutions with IBM Now Factory
BARCELONA, Spain, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Mobileum today announced that it is addressing the growing opportunity to provide
mobile operators with Customer Experience Management (CEM) solutions that offer a
multi-dimensional view of customers and improve the overall customer experience. As part
of this news, Mobileum will integrate its Roaming 360, Anti-Fraud Analytics, Experience
Assurance, and App Testing Solutions with IBM Now Factory.
IBM's Now Factory solution delivers near real-time insights to mobile operators by
analyzing massive quantities of network and business data in real-time, to help manage
negative experiences and network outages, and at the same time help drive new revenue
opportunities. Mobileum will bring its carrier-grade telecom solutions delivery experience
across 617 networks in over 170 countries to the Now Factory solution.
"IBM's work with Mobileum deepens our ability to provide mobile operators with
actionable analytic insights that significantly improve the customer experience. The
combination of IBM's capability with Now Factory, combined with Mobileum's deep expertise,
can accelerate our clients' success," Alistair Rennie, GM, Solutions, IBM Analytics.
Mobileum resources trained and certified at IBM's Center of Excellence for CEM and
Analytics will help deploy, manage and support the solution with assistance from IBM's
support structure established for Now Factory.
"Most CEM solutions stop at detection of probable cause of experience degradation,
while Mobileum's 'action' solutions can help fix those root-causes and that will be our
value-add to Now Factory," said Bobby Srinivasan, COO of Mobileum.
About Mobileum: Mobileum helps telecom service providers leverage the power of
predictive analytics and real-time insights to drive game-changing business
transformation. Over the last 15 years, Mobileum has delivered turnkey solutions ranging
from Voice and Data Roaming, Fraud Analytics, Data Monetization, Subscriber Experience
Analytics, and Service Performance Validation, to 617 operator networks across 170
countries. Mobileum(1)s Wisdom platform enables CSPs to understand network and subscriber
behavior to improve service adoption, arrest churn, deliver superior customer experience,
predict new types of fraud, and benefit from next generation data-driven revenue models.
Mobileum is based in California's Silicon Valley, with offices across the globe.
Nilanjan Ray, Senior Director of Marketing
Reply S.p.A.: "IoT Best In Breed 2" Kicks Off Today; This is the Second Initiative of Breed Reply Which Aims to Identify the Most Innovative Ideas in the Internet of Things
LONDON, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Starting today and until April 17th 2015, Breed Reply, Reply's advanced incubator that
funds and supports the growth of start-ups in the Internet of Things (IoT), offer
start-ups the opportunity to present their projects through IoT Best in Breed 2
(http://www.breedreply.com), an initiative aimed at identifying the most innovative
ideas in the IoT.
To view the Multimedia News Release, please click:
For a second time Breed Reply is looking for young talent with a clear understanding
of market needs and ready to take the challenge of growing a business in the Internet of
Things and Wearable Technologies. Ideas and projects can be submitted to Breed Reply
through the application form on http://www.breedreply.com. The best ideas will be
selected and will start working together with Breed Reply.
"Our goal is to identify new ideas in the IoT that meet real market needs and are able
to create value in the long term," says Emanuele Angelidis, CEO of Breed Reply. "Our role
is to support the startups and help them accelerate their entry and growth in the market.
The best startups become part of our program, which in addition to funding provides a
transfer of entrepreneurial, managerial and technological skills and a strong involvement
in developing solid foundations in their target markets."
Thanks to IoT Best in Breed, Breed Reply has become a privileged observer on the IoT
startup market. Through the first edition of IoT Best in Breed, in a single month more
than 130 startups from around the world have submitted their ideas, and 80% of the
applications came from European countries such as Germany, Italy, UK and Scandinavia.
These applications were distributed among Fitness and Wellness, mainly from Italy and UK,
Manufacturing, mainly from Germany, Smart Home, Fitness, Healthcare, Transportation and
Energy equally distributed across Europe and USA.
Breed Reply, Reply's advanced incubator, funds and supports the development of
start-ups on the Internet of Things (IoT) in Europe and the USA. Based in London, with
operational offices in Germany and Italy, Breed Reply supports entrepreneurs and young
talent by quickly bringing new ideas to the market. This is done via three fundamental
services: funding at "seed" and "early stage" level; considerable support with significant
know how transfer of business, managerial and technological expertise; and, thanks to
Reply's ecosystem, medium-term involvement to establish start-ups in their market. In the
IoT sector, the main areas Breed Reply focuses on are Fitness and Wellness, Healthcare,
Smart home, Manufacturing, Transportation and Energy. http://www.breedreply.com
Reply [MTA, STAR: REY] specialises in the design and implementation of solutions based
on new communication channels and digital media. Through its network of specialist
companies, Reply supports some of Europe's leading industrial groups in Telco & Media,
Industry & Services, Banks & Insurance, and Public Administration to define and develop
business models, suited to the new paradigms of Big Data, Cloud Computing, Digital Media
and the Internet of Things. Reply services include: Consulting, System Integration and
Digital Services. http://www.reply.eu
High-end Home Appliance Maker Casarte Rolls Out World's First Oil-less Compressor Refrigerator in China
QINGDAO, China, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The beginning of 2015 saw the arrival of the first wave of new products in the home appliance market. Just a few days ago word leaked out that high-end home appliance maker Casarte would roll out the world's first oil-less compressor refrigerator in China this March.
Oil-less compressor technology, originally used only in military applications, has, for the first time, been introduced into the home appliance industry by Casarte. It is the world's first application of this technology to refrigerators. The product is scheduled to debut on March 10(th) during Homexpo at Shanghai Expo Park and is expected to be a substantial disruptor to the traditional refrigerator industry.
According to industry watchers, the biggest advantage of the oil-less compressor refrigerator is its ability to maintain a constant temperature and, as a result, sustained freshness of the refrigerator's contents. Operation of the refrigerator is significantly more stable compared with a traditional model. The unit is capable of maintaining an interior temperature range of '0.05,' a range that by industry standards would be considered a constant temperature, thereby maintaining the freshness of the contents. At variance with traditional refrigerators that keep external freshness of the food by the adjustment of temperature and humidity, the oil-less refrigerator is able to prevent water loss at the cellular level, and, by doing so, maintain the nutritional value of the food for a significantly longer time.
Beyond the expectation of being an industry disruptor, the Casarte oilless compressor refrigerator has the makings of a game-changer in terms of the amount of effective usable space for refrigeration. The compressor of a traditional refrigerator is usually installed at the bottom of the freezer and is quite space-consuming, however, in the case of the oil-less unit, the designer moved the compressor to the top of the refrigerator, making more room for the freezer and greatly expanding the effective usable space within the unit.
With the advances in science and technology, many changes have taken place across the home appliance industry, especially the high-end home appliance market. Improvement of customer experience is the first priority when considering innovations either in technology or design. The birth of the Casarte oilless compressor refrigerator in China is the result of insight into the expectations of high-end households and is seen as the first bold step towards entry into the international market.
Redefined Imaging: Ziehm Imaging Presents Revolution in 3D Imaging at ECR 2015
VIENNA and NUREMBERG, Germany, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
At this year's ECR, innovation leader Ziehm Imaging showcases its comprehensive C-arm
portfolio under the theme "Redefined Imaging". Ziehm Vision RFD 3D, the world's only 3D
C-arm with flat-panel technology that provides a 16 cm edge length per scan volume will be
on display for the first time in Europe. The new Ziehm Remote Service that offers clinical
users faster diagnosis and troubleshooting for optimized uptime is now available for the
newest generation of Ziehm Imaging mobile C-arms.
The future of 3D imaging
Ziehm Vision RFD 3D combines 2D and 3D functionality to offer maximum intraoperative
control in orthopedics, traumatology and spine surgery. The new Ziehm Imaging flagship
system is the only 3D C-arm that combines a 25 kW generator with iterative reconstruction
algorithm and patented SmartScan rotation to allow for 180degree(s) image information of
any anatomical structure. With up to 7 vertebrae in one scan volume, it offers the largest
3D image volume in the market.
Ziehm Vision RFD 3D is 30% smaller than traditional 3D C-arms and up to 60% more
lightweight than alternative mobile imaging solutions. This allows the OR staff to easily
position the C-arm in the OR and to manually transport it from one OR to another.
Ziehm Remote Service for optimized uptime
The new Ziehm Remote Service offers clinical users faster diagnosis and
troubleshooting for optimized uptime. Ziehm Imaging service experts can directly assess
the status of the mobile C-arm and in many cases resolve the incident immediately. In
cases where the problem cannot be solved remotely the service expert can often identify
the cause of the incident or the components that have failed and can arrange for the
required spare parts or a service engineer to be sent to the clinical site. This approach
ensures quicker system recovery and shorter interruptions of the clinical workflow.
Visit Ziehm Imaging at ECR from March 5-8, 2015: Stand 312, Expo C.
Making the Old New Again -- Blazblue Takes a Bold Approach
GUANGZHOU, China, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 37Games, a global browser and mobile game publisher and developer, recently acquired the publish rights of Blazblue Revolution Reburning (BBRR) of Mainland China. The game's idea is based on a worldwide famous fighting game title-- Blazblue, whichÂ isÂ originally developed by Arc System Works (Yokohama, Japan).
In Mainland China, there are two directions in whichÂ developers can choose to take upon acquiring licenses from outside firms. The first option is to simply incorporate the characters, story lines, and artwork into an existing game engine. Using the framework from existing gamescan keep costs low for the developer and is considerably less risky than using an all-new game engine or design. Players will already be familiar with the mechanics of the game, soit isÂ basically a simple matter of re-skinning the game and telling a different story.
A more risky approach some developers would take is to acquire the related licenses and then develop a completely new game from the ground up.
Blazblue Revolution Reburning (BBRR), a Japanese style fighting game for the mobile market, is a recent example of a game that was built from the ground up using purchased license.
91Act, a mobile game developer, get the related licenses from Arc System Worksand re-developedthe game from zero, then grant the Operation Right of BBRR in Mainland to 37Games.
So far, the more risky approach seems to be paying off. BBRR has already been nominated as the "Most Anticipated Game" by Baidu Mobile Games. BBRR has even garnered some celebrity attention. Two well-known celebrities have agreed to fight in the game. The loser will have toÂ embarrassedlyÂ support a garmentÂ according toÂ the winner's choice.
As China is poised to be the world's largest entertainment market, the future seemsto be bright for those foreign firms who are willing to share their licenses with capable developers and publishers. The number of current online users in ChinaÂ surpasses previous recordsÂ and the surgeÂ is expected continue inÂ coming years. It is likely for more to seizeÂ this opportunity looking ahead.
Sony Computer Entertainment Unveils The New Prototype Of "Project Morpheus" - A Virtual Reality System That Expands The World Of PlayStationÂ®4 (PS4(TM))
New Prototype Enables Developers To Immerse Players in Amazing Virtual Worlds
Project Morpheus To Launch In The First Half of 2016
TOKYO, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 2015 Game Developers Conference held in San Francisco, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) unveiled the new prototype of "Project Morpheus" (Morpheus) - a virtual reality (VR) system that takes the PlayStationÂ®4 (PS4(TM)) system to the next level of immersion and demonstrates the future of gaming.
Morpheus enables players to experience a sense of presence, where they feel as though they are physically inside the virtual world of a game. This unique VR experience was met with huge interest and industry enthusiasm since the unveil of Morpheus in March 2014. Over the past year SCE has been listening to feedback from both developers and consumers, and has made several enhancements that will further the capability of Morpheus to deliver a sense of presence and push the boundaries of play.
-- OLED displayIn exchange for the 5-inch LCD, the new Morpheus VR headset
is equipped with a 5.7-inch 1920 x RGB x 1080 resolution OLED display.
This new screen expands the field of view and enables low persistence,
removes motion blur and flicker, both of which build immersion and help
deliver the sense of presence for the player.
-- 120fps outputBy adopting OLED, Morpheus now supports 120fps output, and
is able to render 120 images per second. Furthermore, via a system
software update, all PS4 systems will handle native 120fps output when
connected to Morpheus. By combining the OLED display's high refresh rate
and the power of the PS4 system, Morpheus produces amazingly smooth
visuals and achieves the next level of immersion.
-- More accurate tracking and reduced latencyTo make positional tracking
more accurate with PlayStationÂ®Camera, the new prototype has added
three more LEDs to the headset for a total of nine. Morpheus continues
to support 360 degree tracking, and additional LEDs improve robustness
and stability. Additionally, the overall system has been optimized to
reduce latency between the physical movement of a player's head and
rendering on the headset's screen.
-- User-friendly design While inheriting the original visor style headset
design that reduces the pressure on the players' face, the new Morpheus
prototype features a single band and a quick release button, which makes
it easier for players to put it on and take it off. Other components
have also been adjusted and configured to make the headset lighter, so
that players do not find the headset cumbersome or uncomfortable to use.
Developers will be able to use the new prototype to create Morpheus content for PS4, a robust and well-defined platform that has sold over 20.2 million units(*1) within 16 months of its launch. In addition to the enhancements, the new prototype will continue to support 3D audio and social screen, a feature that outputs the same gameplay that's within the Morpheus headset to a TV so additional players can interact. Furthermore, SCE will provide an SDK that converts 60fps images to output in 120fps, which will allow developers to bring their content that was being developed on the prior prototype to the new Morpheus prototype.
SCE will continue the development of Morpheus in order to launch as a consumer product in the first half of 2016.
"With the technical specs achieved on the new prototype, we are one step closer to realizing our vision for making amazing VR experiences on PS4, and ultimately to deliver a real sense of presence to players," said Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios. "We believe that the near-final technology of Morpheus combined with the power of PS4 will provide a standard for game developers to target as they build on their creative ideas and turn them into VR games and experiences."
Specifications of the new "Project Morpheus" Prototype
Component Processor unit, VR headset
Display Method OLED
Panel Size 5.7 inches
Panel Resolution 1920ÃRGBÃ1080 (960ÃRGBÃ1080 per eye)
Refresh rate 120Hz, 60Hz
Field of View Approximately 100 degrees
Connection interface HDMI + USB
Function 3D audio, Social Screen
*Specifications and designs are those of the prototype and are subject to change.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as a global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PlayStationÂ®4 computer entertainment system, the PlayStationÂ®3 (PS3(TM)) computer entertainment system, and the PlayStationÂ®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since it launched PlayStationÂ® in 1994. PlayStationÂ®2 further enhanced the PlayStationÂ® legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSPÂ® (PlayStationÂ®Portable) broadened the entertainment experiences into the portable arena. PS3 is a computer entertainment system that incorporates the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is an ultimate portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity. PlayStationÂ®4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities. PlayStation(TM)Network, that includes PlayStationÂ®Store, delivers unparalleled online gaming experience to PlayStation users. PlayStation(TM)Now, a streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, enables users to instantly enjoy a wide range of PS3 games on numerous Internet-connected devices they use every day. SCEI also delivers the PlayStation experience to open operating systems through PlayStationÂ®Mobile, a cross device platform. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division company, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia, develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in their respective markets worldwide.
*1 Number of retail sales to consumers is estimated by SCEI. PS4 sales data in Japan collected 2/22/2014 - 3/1/2015. PS4 sales data in North America collected 11/15/2013 - 2/28/2015, in Europe and Latin America collected 11/29/2013 - 2/28/2015, and in Asia collected 12/17/2013 - 3/1/2015.
"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "PS4" is a trademark of the same company.
All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.
Dresden Scientists and Entrepreneurs Present Novel Technologies at LOPEC 2015
MUNICH and DRESDEN, Germany, March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technologies
FEP introduces the world's first color changing transparent OLED.
From March 4-5, Dresden researchers and entrepreneurs will be attending LOPEC 2015,
the 7th international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry. The
joint booth of the Saxon network Organic Electronics Saxony (OES) will represent the
companies Adenso, CreaPHys, DTF Technology, Heliatek, Plastic Logic Germany and VON
ARDENNE (Hall BO/booth 320). Together with Fraunhofer Institute Organic Electronics,
Electron Beam and Plasma Technologies (FEP) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Materials and
Beam Technology (IWS), the companies will present innovative technologies and processes in
OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), 3-D printing, PED (Pulsed Electron Deposition) and
thin film technologies. The Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems
(IKTS) will have its own booth in Hall E0/booth 105.)
Close Ties with South Korea - Dresden Know-how secures Head Start
Dresden is Europe's most important location for organic electronics, and a successful
international leader. By acquiring the Dresden OLED specialist Novaled AG in 2013, the
electronic giant Samsung Cheil Industries secured its technological advantage in the OLED
market. During the 'LG Open Innovation Fair 2014' in Dresden, the global leader LG created
technology partnerships with Saxon companies for the development of novel and
trend-setting technologies and products.
"LOPEC is one of the most important exhibitions for organic electronics," Dominik
Gronarz, Managing Director of Organic Electronics Saxony says. "Printed and flexible
organic electronics have reached a point where first applications are ready to be
mass-produced and used on a large-scale. Due to drastically decreasing prices of modules,
the OLED lighting industry is booming. For a while now, OLEDs have been used in displays
for smart phones and the newest flatscreen TVs."
Largest Fraunhofer Cluster presents novel Technologies
The Fraunhofer FEP will introduce the transparent OLED module. For instance, along
with applications in windows and wallpapers, the transparent color variable OLEDs are
suitable for ambience and accent lighting in cars or trains.
The Fraunhofer IWS and the Fraunhofer IKTS are providing the technological answer to
the global trend toward cost-efficient 3-D printing technology that enables the
application of electronic components and circuits onto carrier materials and reproduces
them. Researchers at the Fraunhofer IWS are demonstrating a novel procedure for
manufacturing thermoelectric generators produced by 3-D printers. The showcased prototype
converts heat into electric energy. Thermoelectric generators, mounted to industrial
production lines, in the sewage system, in large data centers or exhaust systems can open
up large, previously unused energy resources. The Fraunhofer IKTS presents a new
separation technology in connection with custom-tailored inks and paste solutions for
applications in electronics and sensor technologies.
"The organic semiconductors are an important economic resource for Dresden, Europe's
largest microelectronics cluster," Dirk Hilbert, Mayor of Dresden, the Saxon state
capital, says. "By merging conventional, silicon-based and organic technologies, portable
electronic devices are becoming slimmer, lighter and more energy-efficient. For instance,
X-ray detectors with higher resolution can be realized in medical technology. I am
delighted that the two largest European industry networks OES and Silicon Saxony are
Dresden Entrepreneurs Optimize Manufacturing and Processing
During LOPEC 2015, VON ARDENNE will present a procedure for manufacturing novel,
compact OLED micro displays for data glasses and micro projectors. In the organic
electronics industry the trend is moving toward thinner and flexible displays used in
applications like smart watches.
Adenso presents an innovative system concept for the processing of ultra-thin flexible
glass from roll-to-roll. The concept allows cost-efficient processing with a single
machine instead of several possibly of different manufacturers. The thin film expert DTF
Technology has developed an innovative process: a procedure for depositing electric and
conductive layers. At the OES booth the company Plastic Logic Germany will be showcasing a
flexible electrophoretic display (EPD) in the form of a bracelet that functions as a smart
watch. And the company Heliatek will present flexible organic solar cells.
VISIT THE SAXON EXHIBITORS
Joint Booth Organic Electronics: Hall B0/booth 320
Fraunhofer IKTS: Hall E0/booth 105
For more information on LOPEC 2015 go to:http://www.lopec.com
Audio Precision Delivers DolbyÂ® MS11 Test Solution
Latest test package supports compliance testing of Dolby's MS11 Multistream Decoder with APx Series audio analyzers
BEAVERTON, Ore., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, announced today the availability of their test package enabling Dolby MS11 compliance testing via APx Series audio analyzers. The Dolby MS11 Multistream Decoder provides TV, set-top box, and IC manufacturers with a single-package solution for decoding all premium broadcast audio formats.
Meeting the Challenge of Decoding Multiple Audio Formats
As TVs and set-top boxes evolve into multipurpose digital media platforms, electronics manufacturers must navigate a wide variety of audio codecs while providing consumers a seamless entertainment experience. The Dolby Multistream Decoder MS11 is a comprehensive and cost-effective solution, reducing for manufacturers the complexity of integrating multiple audio technologies into new receivers.
Streamlined Compliance Testing
The Dolby brand represents the utmost in audio quality, and ensuring such quality when integrating Dolby technology into consumer and professional audio systems requires extensive compliance testing and reporting. To help streamline this testing process for Dolby MS11 licensees, AP's applications engineering team, in cooperation with Dolby's compliance engineering group, have created an MS11-specific test suite for the APx Series audio analyzers and APx500 audio test software. The package automates a majority of the required tests and reduces the total effort needed to complete the reporting process.
"Supporting customers in the deployment of cutting-edge audio technology is just as critical as the development of that technology," said Mathias Bendull, Vice President, Broadcast Consumer Audio, Dolby Laboratories. "Our ongoing collaboration with Audio Precision aids that endeavor, providing an efficient compliance testing process for licensees, while maintaining the highest quality and the sustained integrity of the Dolby brand."
"The value of a test solution that speeds the compliance test process without compromising the results is vital to any engineer tasked with achieving that compliance," added Dave Schmoldt, Audio Precision CEO. "We're pleased to provide exactly such a solution to our Dolby-licensed customers, free of charge."
Test Suite Availability
Audio Precision's Dolby compliance test packages are available exclusively from Dolby as part of the deliverables included in Dolby System Development Kits (SDKs) for specific technologies, including MS11. These test packages are provided at no charge to Dolby licensees, but do require the appropriate APx Series audio analyzer to run.
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful in DolbyÂ®. For more information, please visit http://www.dolby.com.
About Audio Precision
Audio Precision is the recognized standard in audio test. Since 1984, AP has offered high-performance audio analyzer instruments and applications to help engineers worldwide design and manufacture all types of consumer, professional and industrial audio products. For more information, visit http://www.ap.com/
ProjectorPeople.com Launches Canadian E-Commerce Site
TAMPA, Fla., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ProjectorPeople.com, home of the projector experts, announced today the launch of its Canadian site ProjectorPeopleCanada.ca.
In 1999, ProjectorPeople.com was the first company to begin selling projectors online. In recent years, the US-based company has received an increased demand from international clients, leading to the formation of the Canadian e-commerce site.
Projector People specializes in the sale of projectors, screens and AV accessories for home theater, business, house of worship, government and education. As a subsidiary of the world's largest provider of professional AV systems integration, AVI-SPL, Projector People is able to offer extremely competitive pricing on a vast array of products from leading projector and AV manufacturers. Differentiating itself from the typical 'on-your-own' e-commerce experience, the Projector People online store is staffed with actual projector experts with training direct from the projector manufacturers. The experts educate shoppers on the different models and levels of products to help them make the best purchase for their needs and budget. Designed to empower the shopper with product knowledge, the online store delivers product resource pages, informative blog articles in addition to demonstration and how-to videos.
In addition to English, ProjectorPeopleCanada.ca has French-speaking projector experts and areas of the website available in French-Canadian.
"Projector People isn't just an online projector store but an environment where the buyer can access educational resources about the products they need. If they want to speak with someone one on one, that's what our team of experts is here for," said Jennifer Haskins, senior vice president of sales, Projector People. "We're excited to now offer our products and services to the Canadian market."
Projector People is a subsidiary of AVI-SPL, the leading provider of professional AV systems integration. AVI-SPL has highly-trained and certified system engineers throughout its offices in the United States, Canada and EMEA that provide design, build and integration services of collaborative audio and video technology.
"AVI-SPL is a global technology services provider committed to the Canadian market. Bringing Projector People to Canada complements both organizations since we have the infrastructure already on the ground to service what we sell," said John Zettel, AVI-SPL CEO. "Canada's online retail market continues to grow and Projector People will bring a proven model to a ready market."
About Projector People
Projector People buys direct from the top projector manufacturers and stocks more business and home theater models than any other online reseller. On the web since 1999, ProjectorPeople.com's knowledgeable staff shares more than 100 years of combined audiovisual sales experience. Our Projector Experts receive ongoing training and are among the most knowledgeable in the industry. Frequent direct collaboration with top manufacturers ensures that our Projector Experts are familiar with new product releases and the latest technology. To learn more, visit http://www.projectorpeople.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Audio Precision Delivers DolbyÂ® MS11 Test Solution
BEAVERTON, Ore., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Audio Precision, the recognized standard in audio test, announced today the availability of their test package enabling Dolby MS11 compliance testing via APx Series audio analyzers. The Dolby MS11 Multistream Decoder provides TV, set-top box, and IC manufacturers with a single-package solution for decoding all premium broadcast audio formats.
<http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20150228/8521501220> The configuration screen of Audio Precision's Dolby MS11 test solution allows engineers to quickly configure the software's project controller to perform the tests defined by the particular device under test and Dolby's compliance requirements for such a device. Meeting the Challenge of Decoding Multiple Audio FormatsAs TVs and set-top boxes evolve into multipurpose digital media platforms, electronics manufacturers must navigate a wide variety of audio codecs while providing consumers a seamless entertainment experience. The Dolby Multistream Decoder MS11 is a comprehensive and cost-effective solution, reducing for manufacturers the complexity of integrating multiple audio technologies into new receivers.
Streamlined Compliance Testing The Dolby brand represents the utmost in audio quality, and ensuring such quality when integrating Dolby technology into consumer and professional audio systems requires extensive compliance testing and reporting. To help streamline this testing process for Dolby MS11 licensees, AP's applications engineering team, in cooperation with Dolby's compliance engineering group, have created an MS11-specific test suite for the APx Series audio analyzers and APx500 audio test software. The package automates a majority of the required tests and reduces the total effort needed to complete the reporting process.
"Supporting customers in the deployment of cutting-edge audio technology is just as critical as the development of that technology," saidMathias Bendull, Vice President,Â Broadcast Consumer Audio, Dolby Laboratories. "Our ongoing collaboration with Audio Precision aids that endeavor, providing an efficient compliance testing process for licensees, while maintaining the highest quality and the sustained integrity of the Dolby brand."
"The value of a test solution that speeds the compliance test process without compromising the results is vital to any engineer tasked with achieving that compliance," addedDave Schmoldt, Audio Precision CEO. "We're pleased to provide exactly such a solution to our Dolby-licensed customers, free of charge."
Test Suite Availability Audio Precision's Dolby compliance test packages are available exclusively from Dolby as part of the deliverables included in Dolby System Development Kits (SDKs) for specific technologies, including MS11. These test packages are provided at no charge to Dolby licensees, but do require the appropriate APx Series audio analyzer to run.
AboutÂ Dolby Laboratories Dolby LaboratoriesÂ (NYSE: DLB) creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and powerful inÂ DolbyÂ®. For more information, please visitwww.dolby.com <http://www.dolby.com/>.
About Audio Precision Audio Precision is the recognized standard in audio test. Since 1984, AP has offered high-performance audio analyzer instruments and applications to help engineers worldwide design and manufacture all types of consumer, professional and industrial audio products. For more information, visitÂ http://www.ap.com <http://www.ap.com/>.
Particle Measuring Systems Begins Direct Operations In Taiwan
CHU-BEI CITY, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Â Particle Measuring Systems Taiwan (PMS), a Spectris company, today begins direct operations inTaiwan. The company's acquisition of its trade and assets from Sunway Scientific Corporation (Sunway) demonstrates its growing commitment to serving customers in this region.
PMS will provide customers with onsite calibrations, local support and the opportunity to leverage a global network of dedicated resource personnel who specialize in the microelectronics and highly regulated life sciences industries.
"Particle Measuring Systems is the leading supplier of microcontamination monitoring instrumentation," saidJohn Hsu, CEO and president of Sunway Scientific Corporation. "After many years of significant contribution toTaiwan's high-end microelectronics and life sciences industries, we believe customers will benefit from PMS direct operations inTaiwan."
Direct customer contact will allow PMS to simplify its processes and provide key advantages, such as more responsive service and enhanced customer support. PMSTaiwan can also send professional engineers onsite to develop applications with customers together.
"Sunway has been a dedicated and valued distributor for Particle Measuring Systems, and we feel very fortunate to have worked with them over the years," saidBill Su, PMS director, Asia Pacific. "With the increasing market opportunities, we feel this direct relationship will continue our focus on giving trusted and inventive products that improve yield loss and processes for our customers."
By expanding its business in Taiwan, PMS elevates its existing strong presence in the microelectronics industry in original equipment and original design manufacturing.
A global technology leader in the environmental monitoring industry, Particle Measuring Systems, a Spectris company, is the inventor of laser particle counting and the largest particle counter manufacturer in the world. Regardless of industry or monitoring requirements, we help manufacturers measure what matters.
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Fujitsu Drops New Fully Ruggedized Industrial Business Tablet
SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
-- Fujitsu delivers first viable alternative to expensive,
highly-customized, application-specific handhelds for hostile working
-- Street-tough FUJITSU Tablet STYLISTIC V535 has industrial grade
protection with the ability to tolerate drops, spills and dust-filled
-- Native Windows 8.1 operating system guarantees immediate integration
into corporate environments
Fujitsu, a leading information communication technology company, unveiled a no-nonsense, fully-ruggedized industrial business tablet, the FUJITSU Tablet STYLISTICÂ® V535, today at Mobile World Congress. Designed to roll with the punches and absorb the bumps and scrapes that would normally destroy consumer-grade tablets, the 8.3" STYLISTIC V535 tablet stands up to almost anything its users can literally throw at it.
Complementing its tough exterior, the new STYLISTIC V535 doesn't compromise on the inside, either. Fujitsu has opted for the fully-featured MicrosoftÂ® WindowsÂ® 8.1 operating system so that organizations can run their Windows-based business applications natively, and uses the latest IntelÂ® Atom(TM) quad-core processor. What's more, the toughened tablet is complemented with GPS and NFC.
Underlining its suitability for use in environments such as aviation, warehousing, retail and logistics, the Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535 also includes NFC technology, providing a convenient way to track inventory without the need to scan bar codes, as well as contactless authentication, which facilitates device log-on for users wearing gloves or other protective clothing. The STYLISTIC V535 also is built to operate within a wider temperature range than consumer devices, making it appropriate for diverse work environments and varying temperature conditions.
In designing its toughest-ever STYLISTIC, Fujitsu has not overlooked useabilty or durability, designing the tablet to perform well-beyond its ability to withstand water, dust and drops. The STYLISTIC has a bright, multi-touch, ultra-durable display as well as a user-exchangeable battery and optional docking or charging cradles, creating a comprehensive solution that adapts to different needs and user preferences.
Customers looking to implement tablets into specialized industrial settings also can choose the Fujitsu Smart Shell Concept. This is a range of user-exchangeable shells that allow the STYLISTIC to be more easily integrated into a work configuration. The Smart Card Smart Shell with SmartCard reader adds secure, hardware-based identification and authentication options. In addition to smart shells that enhance the security of the product, there are also smart shells for retail point of sale (PoS) environments. These smart shells enable use of PoS peripherals when the tablet device is docked as well as a mobile PoS and payment terminal when undocked. This enables mobile-relevant applications and services for "click and collect", clienteling, loyalty programs, in-store support and store associate tasking.
"The Fujitsu STYLISTIC V535 is a game-changer for the enterprise as the first industrial-grade tablet offering enhanced durability for use in work environments and indsutries that require greater physical protection of devices," said Kevin Wrenn, senior vice president of Mobile Products at Fujitsu America, Inc. "Our standardized tablet is specially designed for working conditions where devices are often dropped, get wet or are exposed to dust - issues that typically prove fatal for a consumer-grade tablet."
Pricing and availability
The FUJITSU Tablet STYLISTIC V535 is available to order this quarter in EMEIA and North America. Pricing varies by region, model and configuration. Please see http://www.shopfujitsu.com/view/stylistic-v535 for details on the STYLISTIC V535.
The FUJITSU Tablet STYLISTIC V535 has an 8.3-inch (21.0 cm) WUXGA display with a screen resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, combined with an IPS multi-touch, ultra-durable display. It is powered by an IntelÂ® Atom(TM) quad-core processor (including 64-bit support) and ships with Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro or Embedded 8.1 Pro pre-installed.
The STYLISTIC V535 comes with 4 GB memory and capacity for up to 128 GB eMMC storage. Connectivity options include GPS and NFC connectivity. In its most basic configuration, the unit weighs 1.2 lbs. Fujitsu also offers additional options including a cradle with interfaces for desktop peripherals such as a display and mouse, and the STYLISTIC V535 is fully compatible with the Fujitsu Smart Shell Concept for industry-specific requirements.
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 162,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$46 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.
About Fujitsu Americas
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Durable polycarbonate from Bayer protects sensitive electronics in rugged applications
PITTSBURGH, March 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Products to be used in rugged environments ranging from industrial to outdoor to medical have one clear thing in common - the need for toughness and durability. This is the "real-world" situation InHand Electronics faced when developing its own Hydra-F6(TM) tablet and the display unit for the Praemittias Systems' Wolfhound Cooperative Radio Direction Finding System(Â®) (Wolfhound).
"For our rugged tablet and radio system we required a commercially available material that was durable, moldable, resistant to chemicals and withstood impact testing," explained Tien Chuang, senior mechanical engineer, InHand Electronics, Inc. "We found what we were looking for in Makrolon(Â®) 9415 polycarbonate from Bayer MaterialScience."
Makrolon(Â®) 9415 polycarbonate is an easy-release, high-viscosity and flame-retardant grade. It is 10 percent glass-fiber reinforced and meets UL 94 V-0 rating at 1.5 mm and 5VA rating at 3.0 mm. This material was originally used by InHand Electronics in 2011 for its earlier-generation T3 model and provides superior performance in multiple industries due to its light weight, durability and good thermal properties.
"We worked with InHand for about a year to identify the right material for the job," said Anthony Leo, field market development, Polycarbonates - Northeast, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "Bayer provided InHand with information regarding material properties and assisted with color matching and standards compliance."
Standards compliance was an important consideration when developing the Hydra-F6(TM) tablet. The device offers the versatility and portability of a consumer tablet with the durability and long production life of a MIL-SPEC mobile device. With a size of 8.42 inches by 5.92 inches by 0.98 inches and weighing 1.5 pounds, the tablet meets challenging MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and IP67 environmental requirements. The housing, molded from Makrolon(Â®) 9415 polycarbonate, borders the 7-inch WSVGA sunlight-readable display with touchscreen, brightness control and automatic display rotation. It is available as a commercial, off-the-shelf tablet, or it can be semi or fully customized for application-specific needs.
InHand created a handheld display head for the Wolfhound device. The display head provides a touch-screen LCD in a durable, lightweight package tethered to the main Wolfhound unit, enabling users to easily interact with the system while in environmentally harsh (e.g. wet, hot, cold, humid and/or dirty) conditions. Incorporating an integral GPS for geolocation, the system detects signals of interest and visualizes the information on the handheld display.
The Wolfhound display head required a lightweight material (for portability) that was also tough and satisfied MIL-SPECs. To help achieve this, the display head relies on the superior properties of Makrolon(Â®) 9415 polycarbonate.
"These applications benefit from the customization options and outstanding toughness of the polycarbonate, as well as its processability," said Kevin Dunay, market segment manager, Electrical, IT & Appliance, Polycarbonates - North America, Bayer MaterialScience LLC. "With the injection molding process, InHand had various options for the geometry of the final product design. This design freedom was another important consideration for selecting Makrolon(Â®) plastic."
About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:
Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries. Sustainability is central to Bayer MaterialScience LLC's business and is based around the key areas of innovation, product stewardship, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
About InHand Electronics, Inc.:
InHand Electronics, Inc. is an original design manufacturer of single board computers and rugged handhelds for original equipment manufacturers. InHand's products are used in a variety of markets including: military, healthcare, industrial, entertainment, and instrumentation. Products feature industry-leading technologies such as: Freescale, Intel, Texas Instruments, and Marvell processors and Android, Linux, Ubuntu, and Microsoft operating systems. InHand offers engineering design services (system, hardware, software, and packaging) along with support services (product manufacturing, program management, manufacturing test development, and supply chain) to assure on-time and on-quality product delivery. InHand offers commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computing platforms, as well as modified COTS design services to customize electronic product solutions. InHand is an ITAR registered company. InHand products are designed and assembled in the USA. The company's headquarters are located along the I-270 Technology Corridor in Rockville, Maryland.
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