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LG to Add AccuWeather NOW Live Streaming Service to its Lineup
AccuWeather NOW, the new video streaming product from AccuWeather, the proven leader in weather forecast accuracy, announced it is joining LG Channels’ growing roster of over 300 channels, meeting an increasing demand for streaming weather and climate news and content. LG users can now access AccuWeather’s forecasts as well as 24/7, continuous daily programming, dedicated to all things weather, including extreme and natural events, global forecasts, climate and weather-related news impacting our changing world and long-and short-form documentaries through the streaming platform, accessible and free to watch and stream from any device. LG Channels, combines premium, digital internet channels with your broadcast or cable television lineup. The AccuWeather NOW streaming service on LG Channels features dramatic weather video; stories illuminating the potential impact of forecasted weather on sports, health, travel and other everyday activities; engaging social weather content from popular platforms such as TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and others; as well as long-form storytelling of major weather events and environmental wonders around the world. “We are delighted to bring AccuWeather NOW to LG Channels’ growing user base and footprint, delivering high quality streaming content as audiences’ appetites grow for weather and climate news, that is free and easy to find,” said Sarah Katt, General Manager of the AccuWeather Network, which streams AccuWeather NOW. “With the rapid audience growth of LG Channels, we’re excited to welcome AccuWeather Now to a growing selection of premium TV channels, available for free to LG customers. LG owners can easily engage with LG Channels through the LG Channels app icon or remote button on their LG OLED TV” said Matthew Durgin, Head of LG Smart TV for the North American region. AccuWeather NOW steaming service complements AccuWeather’s existing suite of platforms, including its award-winning 24/7 national AccuWeather Network, which already reaches 36 million households with another 1.5 billion people globally accessing AccuWeather forecasts via digital devices, such as desktop and apps, as well as radio, television and newspapers and digital out of home.
Biamp Introduces Desono DX Loudspeakers
Biamp, a leading supplier of professional audiovisual solutions, today introduced Desono DX, a new line of attractive, high-performance, high-output ceiling and surface mount loudspeakers that will replace Biamp's Desono D Series loudspeakers. Desono DX loudspeakers integrate the most notable features from the D Series — including the same high intelligibility, exceptionally uniform coverage, and the shallowest back cans in the industry — with a sleek, edgeless magnetic grille design, uniform voicing across all models, and time-saving installation features. An additional line of Desono loudspeaker accessories offers even more options to address any installation challenge. "For over a decade, the D Series has been one of our most popular loudspeaker product lines. It's a platform that offers both extraordinary acoustic performance and unparalleled versatility, making it a go-to solution for our customers time and time again. The new Desono DX line of loudspeakers builds upon the legacy of the D Series and carries it forward with enhancements that offer even more flexibility and ease of use," said Joe Andrulis, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Biamp. "Desono DX is a comprehensive offering of easy-to-use specify and install loudspeakers that further establish our Desono Business Audio solutions as an industry-leading line up. With a consistent aesthetic, feature set, and user experience across both ceiling and surface mount loudspeakers, the Desono DX line gives customers the freedom to select the best loudspeaker for a range of applications, while maintaining a consistent look and feel, and offering exceptional ease of installation." Desono DX ceiling loudspeakers provide high output and superior acoustic performance. With an edgeless, magnetic grille design, they match other Desono ceiling loudspeakers. DX ceiling loudspeakers have a CCEA compliant design in accordance with local codes and regulations. New reinforced SpringLock Clamps with coarse threaded screws allow clamping on to thin surfaces and eliminate metal "drop stop" tabs or mounting clamps, improving the installation experience. Desono DX ceiling loudspeakers fit existing Desono accessories, as well as a suite of new accessories designed to address a variety of installation variables: Black edgeless grilles High-humidity, corrosion resistant grilles 48" tile rails Installation trim rings New construction brackets Desono DX surface mount loudspeakers offer an attractive, modern aesthetic that complements the premium Desono EX loudspeakers launched in 2021. Desono DX loudspeakers are outdoor ready at an indoor price, offering marine-grade aluminum grilles and impact-resistant polymer cabinets. Each DX surface mount loudspeaker also includes a CMX ClickMount pan-tilt mounting bracket or an optional U-Bracket for mounting flexibility. Both Desono DX ceiling and surface mount loudspeakers include matching coaxial, HF compression drivers for consistent sound quality, as well as eco-friendly packaging for fast unboxing and installation with minimal clean-up. More information on Biamp's complete product portfolio is available at Biamp.com
In-Mold Electronics: Multiple Players, Diverging Strategies, Explored by IDTechEx
How do we communicate with our electronic devices? There are many different ‘human-machine interfaces (HMI)’ options, ranging from the well-established (keyboard/mouse/mechanical switches) to somewhat more recent developments such as the capacitive touch screens found on smartphones. As greater numbers of devices around us gain ‘smart’ functionality, the ability to incorporate HMI components elegantly and cost-effectively is increasingly important. In-mold electronics (IME) is one solution. It’s an emerging manufacturing methodology for producing backlit, touch-sensitive surfaces, removing the need for costly and possibly unsightly mechanical switches. With IME, the conductive traces are printed on a flat substrate, and electronic components such as LEDs may be mounted. This is then thermoformed and infilled with injection molding to produce a smooth, decorative component with capacitive touch functionality. These components are up to 70% lighter, take up less space, use fewer parts, and are simpler to produce than the conventional mechanical switches that they often replace. Automotive interiors are the main potential application, but the technology also shows promise for consumer appliances especially given the wipe-clean interface it produces. Within the IME space, there are multiple players developing related technologies, producing components with similar looks and functionalities but slight differences in the manufacturing method to avoid IP conflicts. Here, IDTechEx explore some of the main players and their differing business models, including the recent emergence of a new player: French company Symbiose. - Technology licensing Arguably the most prominent developer of IME technology is Tactotek, based in Finland. Since its inception in 2011, the company has raised almost $100m over multiple funding rounds. Its business model is based around technology transfer and licensing. The company has a pilot / small volume production line in Finland but works with multiple suppliers and OEMs to develop products and manufacturing capabilities using its IP. This strategy is highly scalable but requires a significant commitment from licensees. - In-house manufacturing However, licensing is not the only possible business model. A recent arrival on the IME scene is Symbiose, a French company that spun out of the CEA-LITEN research center. Based in Bordeaux, Symbiose has raised capital to build a factory and is planning to manufacture IME parts in-house. This approach has the benefits of keeping technological know-how under wraps and making quality control more straightforward. Furthermore, Symbiose is will likely be able to serve small volume orders, for companies that do not want to license the technology themselves. - Vertical integration Another player developing IME is E2IP, based in Canada. This company was formed from GGI, and has collaborated extensively with the National Research Council of Canada. Especially notable is its particle-free molecular ink, which promises less decline in resistance when the conductive traces are stretched during thermoforming. E2IP primarily operates a vertically integrated business model, which spans from its molecular ink via design and product development services to component manufacturing. - Hybrid manufacturing In-mold electronics can be regarded as an evolution of in-mold decorating (IMD), a well-established manufacturing approach for making curved decorative surfaces, such as the control panel on the front of washing machine or switchgear in cars – the difference being the introduction of electronics. Given the similarities, IME is an obvious opportunity for established IMD companies. One example is Advanced Decorative Systems (ADS), which supplies parts to the automotive sector amongst others. It has adopted a hybrid approach to IME, in which the conductive traces are deposited prior to thermoforming and injection molding, but the SMD components are not. This strategy ‘de-risks’ the process, since one of the main manufacturing challenges when producing IME parts is maintaining a high yield by ensuring that components such as LEDs are not damaged during the molding process. On the other hand, one of the attractions of IME relative to existing approaches is that integration of electronic and structural functionality reduces the part count, simplifying assembly and reducing weight. - Market overview Despite its benefits, and substantial interest from material suppliers that have developed IME-specific substrates and inks, IME that incorporates electronic components within the molded part has thus far seen limited commercial adoption. However, there are multiple development projects within both the automotive and consumer appliances space. Furthermore, producers of manufacturing equipment such as Arburg are developing equipment for mass production of IME components. As such, IDTechEx forecasts that IME component sales will accelerate from 2023/2024. Furthermore, IDTechEx suggest that the emergence of IME component developer and manufacturer Symbiose is a substantial positive for the IME adoption. Having multiple players, even with slightly different manufacturing processes, within the IME space lends credibility and reduces supply chain risk. Ultimately, IME will be regarded as a mature technology when it is as easy to order an IME circuit as it is to currently order a conventional printed circuit board (PCB), rather than requiring a dedicated product design process as at present. - Market research report This article is based on the recently released IDTechEx report “In-Mold Electronics 2022-2032: Technology, Market Forecasts, Players” which covers both IME and competing technologies for producing decorative capacitive interfaces. It discusses the manufacturing methodologies, material requirements, applications, and challenges in considerable detail. 10-year market forecasts by application sector, expressed as both revenue and IME panel area, are provided, along with the associated material opportunities. Also included are multiple application prototype examples, life cycle analysis of typical IME component, and multiple company profiles based on interviews with early-stage and established companies. Further details and downloadable sample pages can be found at www.IDTechEx.com/IME
Blue Tiger Wins TWICE Picks Award for World’s First Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset
Blue Tiger USA, the leading provider of communications headsets, announced today that the Solare world’s first solar-powered communications headset has won the coveted TWICE 2022 Picks Awards. Solare provides solar powered communications for hands-free driving and for home and office use. The powerful solar powered Solare headset harvests light from any source – indoor or outdoor – continuously self-charging when exposed to indoor or outdoor light, eliminating the worry about battery life, so you can hear and be heard clearly without the need to ever recharge the headset. Solare Features Patented Solar Technology, 97% Noise Canceling, Military Grade Durability & High-Quality Speaker Technologies Targeted to the demanding needs of road warriors and professionals: truckers, professional drivers, commuters, long distance travelers, customer service reps, home office and office professionals for Zoom conference calls, training/education, and Bluetooth headsets users, the Blue Tiger Solare military-grade Bluetooth headset combines patented solar technology to convert light into energy for virtually unlimited use without recharging, with powerful 97% noise cancellation technology and high-quality speaker components -- all powered by a flexible solar cell for a seamless driving and work communications experience. The TWICE Picks Award is an annual program honoring the best and most influential consumer technology of the year. The 2022 TWICE Awards included the editors’ choices of the best products introduced at CES 2022 or launched in 2021, selected based on the impact they’re expected to have on the consumer electronics and retail industries. In addition to the TWICE Award, Solare is also winner of the CES 2022 Innovation Award. - Pricing & Availability The award-winning Solare will be available for pre-order March 2022, shipping beginning of April, available at: https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/bluetigersolare, priced at $199.99. Press samples will be available for review in February. For more information, see the website at: https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/bluetigersolare and https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/
Yamaha Introduces Unique VSP-2 Speech Privacy System
Yamaha is broadening its support for productive and confidential conferences and meetings with the new VSP-2 Speech Privacy System. Designed to be quickly retrofitted in almost any office, the system features Yamaha's unique, high-performance audio technology that prevents speech privacy problems by effectively reducing human voice intelligibility with customizable sound options. System components include the VSP-CU2 control unit with user-selectable sound types and volume levels, supporting two, four, or eight VSP-SP2 speakers. "As more meetings shift from closed to open spaces, maintaining the confidentiality of the information shared during those meetings has become a must," said Holger Stoltze, senior director of technical sales and marketing at Yamaha Unified Communications. "However, sound masking systems have historically introduced noise into the area that's distracting for everyone — contributing to the prevalence of audio fatigue — and involved lengthy installations that have to go in during construction or require opening walls and ceilings. The VSP-2 leverages Yamaha's decades of engineering expertise to produce masking audio with 65% better performance at much lower sound levels for an environment that's comfortable, private, and can be installed without hours spent working behind walls and in the plenum." Yamaha's VSP-2 Speech Privacy System prevents information leakage and avoids high concentration of sound masking audio to create an environment that's easy to converse in almost any office meeting space. The system can be installed around huddle spaces, open conversation areas, and in front of and between small to medium rooms. The unique system layers in three key features for optimal sound masking: high-performance Info-Masking technology developed to cover the human voice in unwanted areas with a sound level that's 8 dB less than conventional systems, environmental audio with four types of sound that is mixed to the speech sound masker, as well as four types of sound effect audio that are added to unobtrusively distract others from unwanted conversation. From the control unit, users can power the system on and off, select their preferred sound effect audio (guitar, piano, music box, and digital device) and environmental sound (forest, brook, urban clatter, and air conditioner), and set the performance and volume level for a personalized room environment. The discreet and lightweight speakers are simple to mount to the ceiling or wall with the included mounting hardware and speaker cable (non-plenum rated). Furthering the ease of installation and setup, the back of the control unit features a speaker switch (2, 4, or 8) and four EQ options based on the configuration of the speakers. More information on Yamaha Unified Communications' full product portfolio is available at uc.yamaha.com
Blue Tiger Launches World’s First Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset at CES 2022
Blue Tiger USA https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com , the leading provider of communications headsets, announced today Solare headset, the world’s first solar-powered communications headset for hands-free driving and at home and office use. The powerful Solare headset harvests light from any source – indoor or outdoor – for continuous use without the need to ever recharge a battery. Winner of the CES 2022 Innovation Award, Solare will be introduced at CES 2022, held in Las Vegas from January 5-8, 2022 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Headset is Always Available for Use with Solare’s Solar Energy Technology – Military Grade MIL-STD-810 Targeted to the demanding needs of road warriors and professionals: truckers, professional drivers, commuters, long distance travelers, customer service reps, home office and office professionals for Zoom conference calls, training/education, and Bluetooth headsets users, the Blue Tiger Solare military-grade Bluetooth headset combines patented solar technology to convert light into energy for virtually unlimited use without recharging, with powerful 97% noise cancelation technology and high-quality speaker components -- all powered by a flexible solar cell for a seamless driving and work communications experience. Solare continuously self-charges when exposed to indoor or outdoor light, eliminating the worry about battery life, so everyone can receive and transmit essential communications clearly. Endless, Sustainable Solar Technology Solare employs patented Powerfoyle solar technology, a unique nano material innovation that transforms any outdoor and indoor natural or artificial light into clean, endless energy. Inspired by the natural principle of photosynthesis to harvest light, Solare incorporates a thin, non-toxic, printed, flexible plastic solar cell with zero emissions production, durable for comfortable long-time use. The solar cell technology performs using light from a wide variety of angles and works equally with indoor or outdoor light. Solare Features: Military Grade: MIL-STD-810 for extreme environments and ruggedness. Solar Technology: uses patented Powerfoyle solar cell technology. No need to recharge: provides virtually unlimited use without the need to recharge. Limitless talk time. Noise canceling: 97% Noise cancelation for clear audio. High-quality speaker components. Flexible headband: durable, reliable, and seamlessly integrated -- comfortable for long-time use. Operating Temperatures: -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Bluetooth 5.1 technology: with extended 300 ft. range. Siri and Google Assistant compatible: for hands-free communication. Water resistant to IPX4. Pricing & Availability The award-winning Solare will be available for pre-order March 2022, shipping beginning of April, available at: https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/bluetigersolare, priced at: $199.99. Press samples will be available for review in February. For more information, see the website at: https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/bluetigersolare and https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/
Blue Tiger Wins CES 2022 Innovation Award for World’s First Solar-Powered Bluetooth Headset
Blue Tiger, the leading provider of communications headsets, announced today that it has won the CES® 2022 Innovation Awards for the Solare headset, the world’s first solar-powered communications headset for hands-free driving. The powerful Solare Headset harvests light from any source – indoor or outdoor for continuous use without the need to recharge a battery. Blue Tiger will be introducing Solare at CES 2022, held in Las Vegas from January 5-8, 2022 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Military Grade - Never Recharge with Solare’s Sustainable Solar Energy Technology Targeted to the demanding needs of road warriors, such as truckers, professional drivers, commuters, and long distance travelers, the Blue Tiger Solare military-grade Bluetooth headset combines patented solar technology for virtually unlimited use without recharging, with powerful 97% noise cancelation technology and high-quality speaker components -- all powered by a flexible solar cell for a seamless driving communications experience. Solare continuously self-charges when exposed to indoor or outdoor sunlight, eliminating the worry about battery life, so drivers always receive and transmit essential communications clearly. “We are honored to win the CES 2022 Innovation Award for our break-through solar powered innovation. With the Blue Tiger Solare, professional drivers can now travel more safely without worrying about distractions and potential accidents that can be caused by plugging in a headset to charge while driving,” said Chantal Saah, CEO and Co-founder, Blue Tiger USA. “With Solare, drivers connect to important weather alerts, accident and traffic reports, GPS instructions, dispatchers, fellow drivers, friends, and loved ones. And because of Solare’s solar technology, truckers and other drivers never again have to worry about dead batteries or remembering to charge their headsets.” For more information, see the website at: https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/bluetigersolare and https://www.bluetigerheadsets.com/
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise introduces new desk phones
Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise, a leading provider of communications, cloud and networking solutions tailored to customers’ industries, has launched a new range of desk phones designed for the digital age. In line with the evolution of workstyles such as hybrid and remote working, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has developed the new range of desk phones to meet the expectations of a variety of users. The range offers advanced features to enable communications from anywhere, underlaid by the latest technology and a modern design. Innovations include 3D voice capture for meetings in large rooms, connections to wireless networks, embedded VPN client for remote working, as well as a vast choice of colours and accessories. There are three categories in the new range of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise desk phones: Basic: With a compact format and SIP connectivity, this desk phone is compatible with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise communication servers and provides advanced telephony business features. Essential: Features a streamlined design, excellent audio quality, and a unique port enabling hybrid digital and IP connectivity. Enterprise: Provides a modular, stylish design, unmatched 360°audio quality and available in four colours through customisation kits. These desk phones feature a multitude of connectivity options and are ideal for office and remote working situations. Nicolas Brunel, EVP, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Communication Business Division, said: “The new Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise desk phones are part of the latest generation of devices that leverage the most advanced technological innovations to offer unprecedented audio quality. The desk phones have been made to connect to the enterprise environment, even when working remotely. Their design and advanced capabilities make them an essential component of any digital workplace in combination with our communication servers and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s cloud-based Rainbow UCaaS platform.” The introduction of the new desk phones follows the recent launch of the OmniPCX Enterprise Purple communications platform and further enhances Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s communications solutions portfolio. The launch is also part of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise’s Digital Age Communications (DAC) strategy which centres on three pillars: The digital workplace: Enabling employees to work from anywhere (at the office, at home, or remotely), with efficient communications, collaboration, and customer service, cloud-based solutions available at any time, from any device. Communications as the catalyst for enterprise agility: Connecting everything (people, applications, and objects) to enrich traditional business interactions, accelerate decision-making, automate business processes, and proactively detect potential incidents before they occur. Flexible cloud-model solutions and architecture: From enterprise premises to a full-cloud solution (private, public, or hybrid), organisations can decide on the best approach to support their transformation in terms of budget, timeframe, and objectives. Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise desk phones are available through the company’s network of partners.
Gloves Off in Haptics - Meta's New Prototype, Discussed by IDTechEx
On Tuesday 16th November 2021, the Reality Labs (RL) team at Meta (formerly known as Facebook) released a selection of media showing a prototype haptics glove product, including videos of Mark Zuckerberg trialing various demos. The prototype utilizes pneumatically controlled microfluidic systems to deliver local haptic feedback to different areas of the hand, along with what appears to be additional kinaesthetic feedback on each finger, anchored against the wrist. [Meta and HaptX] Every now and again, you see a new technology product which gives you déjà vu for other products that have come before. To those that have been following the haptics industry, Meta’s prototype has several areas of similarity to the products developed by HaptX. In fact, having not seen many other examples of this technology displayed commercially, my initial instinct was to check whether HaptX had announced any partnership or relationship between the two companies. However, HaptX have subsequently released a clear statement from their Founder and CEO Jake Rubin alleging that many core aspects of the prototype "appear to be substantively identical" to their existing patented approach. The subsequent media coverage of this story to date has been nearly ubiquitous in suggesting that Meta are in the wrong. However, the less-discussed aspect of this is that Meta hold a significant number of their own patents related to haptics in VR. This includes groups of patents filed by Facebook from 2015-2017 and granted in 2019 discussing microfluidic channels, hard/soft touch simulation, use of pneumatic bladders to form touch arrays, integration into gloves, and specific reference of use for interaction with virtual objects. Examples are as follows: - Switchable fluidic device – dated March 2019 - Haptic devices that simulate rigidity of virtual objects – dated June 2019 - Pneumatically controlled haptic mechanisms with nested internal structures for haptic feedback – dated August 2019 The point here is, regardless of the potential for an easy critical narrative, the simpler side of this story is showing more investment and development towards advanced haptics from a key player. The IDTechEx report on the topic shows the market growing steadily, passing $4bn in revenue in 2021 and reaching $5bn by 2025. As an analyst at IDTechEx, James Hayward has repeatedly described HaptX's haptic glove products as his favorite haptics demo, and the closest thing we have today to the kind of science fiction haptics which many will imagine for a truly immersive metaverse. The fact that development teams at Meta or in any other large technology companies are building and testing prototypes using this technology (as well as other promising options using EAPs, smart textiles, and more) should not come as a surprise to anyone following the space. Indeed, Meta are not the only large technology company with an interest in this area. Either way, an announcement, which should have been a fairly routine teaser of one technology project they are working on as part of their journey towards the metaverse, has certainly achieved the effect of increasing interest in haptic technologies. [The broader context for Meta and haptics] The haptic glove demonstration comes as part of the wider rebrand, which has seen Facebook become Meta and focus their branding and technology development alike on the metaverse. Along with the headline glove demo, the announcement also saw the RL team describe a number of important and predictable technology areas that they are working in, including several areas of haptics (e.g. pneumatic/microfluidic systems, electroactive polymers, and other related areas), alignment with audio and visual feedback, and even through to related areas like smart textiles and new material development. The announcement fits very well within the current PR strategy for the company, publicizing some of the most exciting development work which will form the building blocks for the suite of hardware products which will be the physical gateway for users into the metaverse. Regardless of any potential issue with HaptX, this announcement is great news for the haptics space as a whole. For such a large and influential company to have invested so heavily and developed high-end haptics platforms shows the broad opportunities that are available in this space into the future. This will help to spread awareness and accelerate the progress towards wider adoption of advanced haptics, whether using microfluidics or otherwise. There are many other start-ups developing new products within important technology niches, which together form the future of the haptics technology landscape. They are met by similar internal efforts and early patent development from throughout the technology giants, and testing the boundaries of each of these patents is a normal part of the process as the industry develops. IDTechEx have been covering the haptics industry for the past 5 years, releasing annual reports covering the core technology, key players, and market sectors as they evolve. IDTechEx have also covered related areas such as smart clothing, AR, VR & MR, and more. For more information about these reports, or IDTechEx's ongoing subscription service, please visit the IDTechEx website or email research@IDTechEx.com
C2G Introduces Performance Series Ultra Flexible Active High Speed HDMI Cables
C2G today announced that the company is now offering a complete portfolio of C2G Performance Series Ultra Flexible Active High Speed HDMI Cables. Available in a variety of lengths from 12 feet to 50 feet, these active HDMI cables amplify the signal from the source, to send it over longer distances without degrading the signal. With active HDMI cables, the signal runs in only one direction, so C2G provides distinct, clearly labeled source and display ends (with an additional tag on the source end) to remove any chance of confusion. The line of cables extends HDMI 2.0 audio and video signals up to 4K Ultra HD (4096 x 2160) at 60 Hz, connecting computers to projectors and monitors, AV presentation furniture or in-wall applications requiring high-speed HDMI features. These fully functional, high-bandwidth cables also support Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) commands for control of consumer electronics devices through a single control point, and support connectivity to HDBaseT for long-distance extension of signals over Cat5. C2G's Ultra Flexible Active HDMI Cables provide higher quality video for viewing screen content in conference rooms, classrooms, houses of worship, and a wide range of other commercial installations. "Our Ultra Flexible Cables with a tight bend radius and high tensile strength are ideal for installations in tight spaces and high-density environments," said Brad Shinkle, product manager, C2G, a brand of Legrand. "And now they also feature signal amplification to extend the cable runs up to 50 feet while delivering the same pristine audio and video quality." In addition, the cables feature commercial-grade connectors with compact over-molding that requires less space as well as integrated finger grips on the top, bottom, and sides for easy insertion and removal. The gripping connector shell has two times greater port retention to keep devices connected securely; a CMG/FT4-rated jacket lets users safely run the cable inside a wall for a clutter-free look; and gold-plated connectors offer better shielding, increased electrical conductivity, and durability. Most importantly, this fully functional, high-bandwidth active cable is backed by a lifetime warranty rather than the 1-3 years that is common in the industry. This lifetime warranty is an industry-leading C2G initiative designed to offer peace of mind, which is especially important in complex, high-density, long-run installations where durability is crucial. C2G Performance Series Ultra Flexible Active High Speed HDMI 4K 60Hz In-Wall CMG/FT4-rated Cables are available in the following sizes: C2G10379 – 12ft. (3.7 m) C2G10380 – 15ft. (4.6m) C2G10381 – 20ft. (6.1m) C2G10382 – 25ft. (7.6m) C2G10383 – 35ft. (10.7m) C2G10384 – 50ft. (15.2m) C2G's Performance Series Ultra Flexible Active High Speed HDMI Cables are available through retailers and direct to users from C2G.
FeiyuTech Launches New SCORP Utimate Pro Handheld Gimbal Stabilizers for DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras
FeiyuTech www.feiyu-tech.com, a leader in video stabilization technology, launched the new flagship SCORP and SCORP Pro series of DSLR and mirrorless camera gimbal stabilizers, 3-Axis handheld gimbals designed for professional videographers and cinematographers, as well as vloggers, content creators, and social media influencers. The ultimate gimbal for smooth powerful professional video creation, the SCORP series boasts powerful professional features, including super anti-shake with a five direction low center of gravity with memory, supreme flexibility with a detachable suspension handle, an electronic focus motor for autofocus with follow, a somatic remote, an up to 10.5 lb (4.8kg) load capacity, and a “Magic Wheel” and one touch OLED touchscreen for quick adjusting. [Wide Variety of DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras are Supported] The SCORP series has an integrated modular molded design with 3/8 inch threaded hole (works as 1/4 inch with adapter), quick release plate compatible with the ARCA release system, the ability to extend through extension poles, tripods, and slide rails, SCORP app; and includes a folding Aileron bracket with no tripod needed. A wide variety of cameras are supported, including DSLR and mirrorless cameras from Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Nikon, and Fujifilm. [SCORP Gimbal with Social Media Modes] The SCORP gimbal is built for smooth video creation for vloggers, content creators, and social media influencers. Featuring a lighter design at 2.6 lbs with a 5.5lb load capacity, the SCORP has a one-touch OLED touchscreen so influencers have instant access to popular social media modes: VLOG selfie, TikTok portrait shooting, Long Exposure Time Lapse, and more. With its interactive design, it’s easy to get started quickly, with most modes accessible through the 1.3-inch display and fast acting “Magic Wheel” without the need of using the SCORP app. Changing camera set-up is also fast, with the quick release plate and optional camera backing base compatible with the ARCA quick release system. Battery life is 13 hours, with fast charging in 1½ hours with the USB-C quick charging port and dual USB ports. [SCORP Pro for Supreme Flexibility & Power] The SCORP Pro is made for professional cinematographers and videographers. The professional video camera gimbal is equipped with a detachable under-grip touch screen, ARCA bottom port, electronic focus motor for autofocus follow focus with three point focus memory, and a dual handle grip. The SCORP Pro’s detachable handle works as a remote control that supports Somatic mode and its integrated hanging handle can be switched to different angles for use in a greater variety of different shooting scenes. The gimbal’s built-in vertical mounting plate allows the camera to be installed on the gimbal in portrait mode without extra accessories and ARCA quick release base plate at the bottom of the gimbal quickly mounts the gimbal on popular quick release systems without re-assembling the camera. The gimbal’s greater load capacity, at up to 10.5 lb (4.8kg) allows for the use of a wider variety of professional cameras and lenses.
Jooki Kids' Speaker Wins CES 2022 Innovation Awards
Jooki www.jooki.rocks announced today at CES Unveiled in NY that it has won the CES® 2022 Innovation Award for Best Headphones & Personal Audio. As the world’s first screen-free Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled speaker for kids with streaming music and audio capabilities, Jooki uses innovative patented NFC ToyTouch® Technology that lets kids operate the speaker independently using figurines or tokens as a remote control. Kids can start, stop, and change Spotify playlists or MP3 files that are preset by parents with a few clicks on the Jooki app. Guided by Montessori education principles, the award-winning Jooki player connects through Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for music and audiobook streaming. The music player helps parents empower their children to develop creativity, independence, and emotional awareness through providing them access to a wide range of pre-selected songs, music, and stories. “We are honored to win the prestigious CES Innovation Award for Jooki,” said Christine Brendle, CEO, Jooki Inc. “As the kid’s music and story player for a screen-free childhood, Jooki is magic at a kid’s fingertips!” This year’s CES Innovation Awards program received a record high number of over 1,800 submissions. The announcement was made ahead of CES 2022, the world’s most influential technology event that will take place from January 5 to 8, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV and digitally. The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. A panel of industry judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers, and more, reviewed submissions based on each product's innovation, engineering and functionality, as well as aesthetics and design. The CES 2022 Innovation Awards honorees will showcase their winning products in the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2022. [Availability & Pricing] Jooki is priced at $112.99 (with free shipping) and includes the Jooki speaker, 2 Jooki tokens with playlists pre-programmed, and a charging cable. Additional packs of 6 colorful tokens and 5 popular figurines are also available. Faster, lighter, and more affordable than the original edition, the new generation Jooki 2 is available immediately at: https://jooki.rocks
C2G Now Offering a Complete Family of HDMI HDBaseT Extenders
C2G today announced that the company's new Performance Series Ultra High Speed HDMI® cables with Ethernet are now available. Offering high bandwidth to 48Gbps, the cables support all HDMI 2.1 features — including uncompressed 8K at 60Hz and 4K at 120Hz, dynamic HDR, and eARC — making them ideal for high-resolution applications in video production, broadcasting, gaming, and more. "The Performance Series' 48Gbps bandwidth allows for higher resolutions, faster refresh rates, and enhanced audio and media features," said Brad Shinkle, product manager at C2G, a brand of Legrand. "With their support for 8K resolutions — and even 10K for commercial AV applications — the cables deliver an incredibly immersive viewing experience. In addition, with their 4K 120Hz capability, they ensure that ultra-fast motion images from gaming and VR applications are crisp and sharp." With support for dynamic HDR, C2G's Performance Series cables optimize displayed video on a scene-by-scene or even a frame-by-frame basis. They provide an extended contrast range, delivering darker blacks, brighter whites, and greater image detail across all color spaces. In addition, with their eARC capability, they support the latest audio formats, including uncompressed 5.1, 7.2, and 32-channel audio. An in-wall (CMG/FT4) rated jacket allows installers to safely run the cables inside walls for a clean, clutter-free look. For high-density environments, they feature compact overmolding. Integrated finger grips on the connectors allow for easy insertion and removal. The cables' gripping connector shells deliver twice the port retention to keep devices firmly connected, while gold-plated connectors allow for better shielding, increased electrical conductivity, and durability. Certified to ensure low EMI, the cables reduce interference with wireless networks, streaming media players, Bluetooth devices, mobile phones, and more. C2G's Performance Series Ultra High Speed HDMI cables with Ethernet are available through retailers and direct to users from C2G. Offered in five lengths from 2 feet to 12 feet, the cables are backed by an unprecedented lifetime warranty.
Comica Audio Launches BoomX-D PRO Wireless Mic - Mini 2.4G Dual-Channel On-Board Recording Microphone
Comica Audio www.comica-audio.com, a leading professional broadcast level audio company, launched today the Comica Audio BoomX-D PRO mini 2.4G dual-channel on-board recording wireless microphone with a long working distance of 100m (328 feet) specifically made for vloggers, Youtubers, cinematographers, and filmmakers. Based on the popular BoomX-D, the BoomX-D PRO boasts new professional features at a low price, including on-board recording with 8GB of internal Memory, an essential safety channel to record at -6dB, high speed transmission, and digital and analog output modes. Perfect for Commercials, Movies/Documentaries, Video Shooting, Interviews, Weddings, and Live Video for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, & YouTube The BoomX-D Pro wireless mic provides high quality sound for a wide variety of diversified video applications, including daily video shooting, movies/documentaries, content creation, interviews, broadcasting, and live streaming for Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube. Mini-sized, portable, and available in white or black, the mic is universal for use with cameras, smartphones, and computers. Features: 2.4G digital dual-channel wireless microphone with global free frequency: mini-sized, portable, high-quality professional wireless microphone. 48Khz/16Bit Audio Recording, Intelligent De-noise: high sampling rate for better pick up of high and low frequency audio signals and high sound reproduction. Supports On-board Recording with 8GB Internal Memory: built-in 8GB memory for no dropouts or audio issues - one button start and stop. Supports High-speed Transmission and Copy: files can be transmitted via the transmitter’s USB-C interface. Supports Digital and Analog Output Modes, Universal for Cameras, Smartphones, and Computers: automatically identifies device - compatibility with 3.5mm and USB interface devices. Safety Channel for Ultimate Post-production Flexibility: records a second track at -6dB to avoid peak audio and invalid recordings. Visual Power, Audio Dynamic Monitor, and Other Display Functions: clear and convenient, easy to monitor and ensure work status. M/S Switch, Real-time Audio Monitor: choose different output modes according to the environment. Two Input Modes for Internal and External Mic: flexible use with input modes for different environments. RF Technology, Auto Frequency Adjustment, Stable Transmission: auto frequency adjusted for various situations. Low Latency < 20ms -Working Range Up to 100m (Open Area): optimal transmission working range for smooth recordings. Compact Design with Multi-function Belt Clip: portable and convenient. Applications: Shooting Commercials, Movies/Documentaries, Videos, Interviews, Weddings and Live Videos videos with cameras and smartphones Models Available: BoomX-D PRO D2 (Black) = TX + TX + RX BoomX-D PRO D1 (Black) = TX + RX BoomX-D PRO D2 (White) = TX + TX + RX BoomX-D PRO D1 (White) = TX + RX [Availability] The BoomX-D PRO D2 is available immediately in white or black with two transmitters and one receiver, priced at $269, available at B&H Photo at: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1672399-REG/comica_audio_boomx_d_pro_d2_black_2_4g_dig_1_trigger_2_wireless.html and Amazon at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B09JLQWS4P. The BoomX-D PRO D1 (black or white) with one transmitter and one receiver will be available later this year, priced at $195. For more information, see www.comica-audio.com
HoverCam to Unveil Pilot S Digital Teaching Station Powered by Qualcomm QCS8210 at InfoComm 2021
Pathway Innovations Inc, an innovative technology leader in the education and enterprise markets, announced that its revolutionary HoverCam Pilot S will be on display for the first time at InfoComm 2021. Improving on its predecessor, the award-winning Pilot X, the Pilot S is powered by the Qualcomm® QCS8210 System-on-Chip (SoC), which helps the new solution deliver a longer battery life, quieter operation, and improved performance, in addition to support for Windows 11. Designed to drive engagement through presenter mobility, the new mobile device combines every essential classroom technology into one convenient, wireless station that replaces the traditionally messy AV cart. The Pilot S eliminates cables and mobility challenges by combining a 13" Windows tablet computer, wireless 4K HDMI connectivity, embedded microphone, and a foldout document camera. "Like the original Pilot X, Pilot S provides presenters and educators with everything they need to take instruction fully into the 21st century," said Ji Shen, CEO of Pathway. "This new device powered by the Qualcomm QCS8210 SoC takes mobile performance up a notch, allowing HoverCam to finally expand into the enterprise market with faster, quieter, long-lasting battery life. Pilot S is the culmination of state-of-the-art interactive technology that unshackles presenters from their podiums, leading to more opportunities for moments of spontaneous engagement with their audiences." "Through Qualcomm Technologies' streamlined Education as a Service offering via the Qualcomm® IoT Services Suite, HoverCam plays an integral role in bringing its next-generation products to enable smart classrooms and hybrid learning settings," said Ashok Tipirneni, director and head of platform product management for Smart Cities, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. "We are proud to work with HoverCam to drive innovation and enable modern, connected classrooms, driving digital equity for global students and educators." Pilot S features a Windows 10 tablet with a 13" multi-touch screen, which can be undocked to allow presenters to move around the room without leaving their computer behind. The tablet also features HoverCam's award-winning 4K, 13-megapixel document camera that cleverly folds out. In addition, a built-in wireless HDMI transmitter and receiver beams the tablet's image to any interactive flat panel, projector, or display in resolutions up to 4K, eliminating tripping hazards and setup of cables. The software suite enables interactive whiteboarding and annotations for lesson recording and collaboration. The notes, annotations, video, and audio of every lesson, presentation, virtual meeting, and scrum session are captured perfectly in real time for attendees to access anytime and from any device. In addition to the Pilot S, InfoComm attendees will also be introduced to HoverCam's latest document cameras for the first time: the new value-packed, ultra-compact Spark II; and Duo, a dual-output HDMI and USB presentation device. Finally, visitors will get to experience the magic of eGlass, an illuminated, transparent lightboard with a built-in camera and sister product to the HoverCam line. Pilot S, Spark II, and Duo will be on display alongside the eGlass transparent lightboard in eGlass/HoverCam Booth 3943 at InfoComm 2021, taking place Oct. 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. MMore information on HoverCam and its full line of products is available at www.hovercam.com
eGlass to Debut World’s First Transparent Lightboard with Built-in Camera at InfoComm 2021
Pathway Innovations, Inc, an innovative technology leader in the education and enterprise markets, today announced that its revolutionary eGlass illuminated glass writing board will be making its long-awaited InfoComm debut. An all-in-one communications tool featuring a built-in camera and adjustable LED lighting, eGlass merges the presenter's face and writing, along with presentation media, into a single picture for in-person or remote collaboration. At booth 3943, Pathway will demonstrate how to jump-start engagement with the award-winning solution, while giving away 20 units to booth visitors over the course of the show. "When you write on a whiteboard and turn your back to your audience, you lose the valuable face-to-face connection that's critical for engagement," said Bayley Pierson, eGlass director of marketing. "And when you turn to your audience, you're no longer facing the content on the board. eGlass represents a transformative change in collaboration technology by providing a transparent surface on which presenters can write while facing the audience. It draws participants in with the presenter's facial expressions, body language, and gestures, while allowing the presenter to watch the audience's faces to gauge interest and understanding." Available in 35-inch and 50-inch models, eGlass is easy to set up and use by connecting to a PC, Mac, or Chromebook with a single USB cable. It comes with intuitive software that allows almost any digital content to be seamlessly imported into the camera window, enabling the presenter to markup the content with glowing annotations after automatic background removal is applied. As presenters write on its glass, eGlass' integrated camera captures their faces, writing, drawings, and annotations, while displaying media from a computer in any format. eGlass' software automatically flips the content so it reads correctly for the audience. It offers one-button image capture and video recording features and is compatible with Zoom, Teams, and other virtual meeting platforms. LEDs embedded in the unit's frame intensify the physical pen ink with an eye-catching glow that is highly visible on-screen and in-person. With the ability to add meeting notes, training exercises, brainstorming ideas, or engineering diagrams, it is ideal for in-person, remote or hybrid meetings of all types in both higher education and enterprise applications. To see eGlass in action, stop by booth 3943 at InfoComm 2021, taking place Oct. 27-29 in Orlando, Florida. To be eligible for the in-booth giveaway, attendees must represent a higher learning institution and present their credentials in-person to an eGlass representative. For more information on eGlass, visit eGlass.io
C2G Now Offering a Complete Family of HDMI HDBaseT Extenders
C2G today announced that the company is now offering a complete family of HDMI® HDBaseT extenders for the delivery of uncompressed HDMI video and audio signals — in addition to VGA, IR, RS232, USB-C, USB 2.0, and analog audio — over a single network patch cable to displays in conference rooms, huddle rooms, classrooms, lecture halls, and more. "Our HDMI HDBaseT extenders are the perfect solutions for any commercial installation where AV signals need to be distributed — with USB and control signals alongside them — beyond the length limitations of standard HDMI cabling," said Jennifer Crotinger, C2G Product Manager, C2G, a brand of Legrand. "For integrators, the devices embody the four pillars that set C2G apart from other solutions on the market: testing, quality, convenience, and confidence." The C2G family of HDMI HDBaseT extenders includes 16 transmitters, receivers, and transmitter/receiver kits with included power adapters. Leveraging the latest HDBaseT chipset technology, the devices support resolutions up to 4K at 60Hz (4:2:0) and extend single or dual HDMI sources up to 130 feet or 328 feet over a single Cat6a cable. To meet the needs of any commercial application, the family includes solutions with support for: VGA resolutions up to 1920x1200 at 60Hz Visual lossless compression (VLC) USB-C pass-through High-speed USB 2.0 pass-through for KVM control of devices such as USB cameras, keyboards, and mice One-way and bi-directional IR and RS232 pass-through Analog audio pass-through Multichannel audio formats including PCM 2.0/5.1/7.1, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS:X API command control through transmitter Micro USB ports or receiver RS232 ports Automatic switching between input sources CEC pass-through for central control of all HDMI-compatible devices Transmitters are offered in box and wall plate form factors, with wall plate transmitters available in single- and dual-gang configurations. Receivers are available with built-in scaling, in addition to S/PDIF outputs for the de-embedding of connected audio devices for audio distribution. All devices are HDCP 2.2-compliant to ensure a secure connection between the source and display. For greater installation flexibility, Power over Cable (PoC) and Power over HDBaseT (PoH) support mean that only one power adapter is required at the transmitter or receiver to power both units. C2G's HDMI HDBaseT extension family is available through retailers and direct to users from C2G. Each solution is backed by a five-year warranty.