LG To Debut HU80KA , A 150-inch 4K HDR Projector This Week

This year’s CES is actually a history in the making. This, as LG, has confirmed that it would unveil HU80KA projector ahead of CES this week. The company’s new projector has a price tag of $3, 000 USD.

 

HU80KA is LG’s 150-inch 4K HDR Projector

 

Obviously, LG has revealed ahead CES, one of its sought-after devices for 2018. The HU80KA is a 4K HDR projector. And the company claims that its new high-end projector is at par with the size of 4K projectors on the market.

Accordingly, LG’s HU80KA projector brags of its 4K video quality output. Apart from this, the new projector supports HDR with HDR10 tech. This means that the HU80KA projector could be compatible with both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One X gaming consoles.

 

LG’s HU80KA projector is described as both thin and tall. The projector’s design has also earned praise, saying its elegant and versatile. The projector could be mounted directly on the floor, mounted on a wall, and even a ceiling, among others.

Also, what makes HU80KA projector so popular is its ability to produce 2,500 lumens of brightness and includes two seven-watt speakers in its casing. Using the projector, you can also allow using the projector using Optical, HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity for use with high-end entertainment speakers.

China Challenges TESLA’s Electric Car Sales in Major World Markets

Tesla may have perked interest in electric cars but clearly, China is leading sales in six global markets with 579,000 units sold in 2017. According to a Statista report written by Felix Richter, this represents but 2.3% of the country’s total passenger car sales. However, in terms of percentage, Norway topped the charts with 36.7% based on 58,000 electric cards sold last year. This market share of one electric car per three sold in Norway is significant because only Norway showed double-digit figures among the 6 countries included in the report. In terms of total numbers, the U.S posted almost 200,000 units sold or 1.2% of its automobile market. Strangely, in countries that pushed electric mobility and clean air like Japan, Germany, and the U.K., its popularity only ranged from 1.3%- 1.8%

https://www.statista.com/chart/13143/electric-vehicle-sales/

Byton, a concept car that that is the product of the collaboration of between a China car-maker and a noted European car designer made an impact at CES 2018. More astounding designs and concepts designed to curb fuel emissions were presented at the Geneva International Motor Show from March 8 -18, 2018. Electrical vehicles ranging from sedans to SUVs from Tesla, Mercedes Benz, Jaguar, Hyundai, Aston Martin, Subaru, BMW, Nissan, Chevrolet, Renault and other major names in the industry jostled for supremacy. Here are some models that could potentially unseat Tesla – which one is your favorite?

Plug-and-drive cars may be the wave of the future, and certainly for a good reason. With recent fuel-emission scandals wracking the automotive industry, attention is now focused on cars that are eco-friendly, sleek and high-performing. The EV has gone on from being a novelty to the future of transportation.

The industry is projected to grow at a rate of 72% and according to Bloomberg, 1 out of 3 cars will be an EV by 2040.  Wang Chuanfu, Chairman of BYD, one of China’s leading EV manufacturers makes a daring prediction that by 2030, all cars will be electrified. Five of the major deterrents to achieving this goal are:

  • poor design,
  • lack of speed and compromised performance,
  • lack of charging points,
  • the perception of poor quality,
  • and restrictions on the safety of the materials used in the production of batteries.


China is stepping up production and with a huge potential market, it is no wonder that its manufacturers, like top seller BAIC, Cherry, SAIC, and BYD are predicted to produce  4.4 million cars per year by 2020 – overtaking Tesla’s target of 1 million cars. Recognizing the limitations of Chinese-produced EVs, BYD Vice-President Stella Li says, “We’re going to design a lot of sexy, nice, cool-looking cars.”

“All over the world, people are realizing that cars that run on fossil fuels are inefficient and a major threat to the planet.”

Leonardo Di Caprio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HP Z 3D Camera and Camera 3D App: Best in Innovation at CES 2018

The HP Z 3D Camera with Camera 3D, the breakthrough 3D scanning software for the HP Sprout Pro G2, capable of capturing 3D images for Web VR, AR/VR, Office Powerpoint 3D, and Adobe Project Felix won the CES 2018 Innovation Award in the SOFTWARE AND MOBILE APPS category. To be “best in innovation” in this category tell a lot because of the many worthy contenders. It can easily capture 3D images but on top of that adds geometry and texture to the digitized file making it very realistic. The software allows for precise control and the image generated preserves the richness and attributes with fidelity. Just imagine how many hours of working dedicatedly on Maya, AutoCAD or any 3D software can be saved when you can work with the captured 3D images. And yes, it can scan 2D images and capture live video as well.

This scanner/camera has interesting applications for developers, computer graphic artists, and designers. Just imagine, these objects can be created in a snap – without the hassle of recreating them node by node in some complicated 3D program. It makes working with virtual reality workflows easier (especially on modeling)and faster but requires a minimum of Intel Core i7-4709S, 16 GB RAM, 1.8 GB storage, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics processor, and NVIDIA GPU running on Windows 10. Definitely not for amateurs since these specs are found on high-end professional and gaming PCs.

Reinvent creative workflows and spark spontaneous collaboration with the HP Z 3D Camera, which adds down-facing 3D object, 2D document, and live video capture to your display. — HP WEBSITE

How It Works

The HP Z 3D Camera (14.2 megapixels) is an accessory so it can be used on many computers where it can scan with “computer-graphics-friendly resolutions.

The design is minimalist and has actually no desktop footprint since it attaches to the back of the computer. The user rotates the images by hand under the camera to capture, life-like 3D  digital images using SLAM (simultaneous location and mapping) technology. Texture maps can be maintained separately making it the perfect tool for creating AR or VR content.

Create life-like digital images by rotating an object in your hands or positioning under the camera. Integrated 3D SLAM tracking and technology constructs the 3D model in real time. — HP Website

Since the camera can be shared among many machines, the workflow becomes more collaborative and efficient among many creators using software like Powerpoint 3D, Paint 3D, Autodesk Programs, Adobe Dimension, Z Brush, Substance Painter, and Mixed Reality Viewer.  According to HP, it “maintains separate diffuse color, displacement, and normal maps that are ready for rendering and VR applications” making it an extremely important tool for creative professionals who want to bring 3D into their pipeline with ease.

 

Author’s notes: Video and Images from HP. Targeted for release in the U.S.A. and starts at  $599. Display not included.

 


 

 

 

Mars Ear Buds Simultaneous Person-to-Person Translation Wins Big at CES

Have you ever experienced the supreme frustration of trying close a crucial deal with someone who doesn’t speak your language? There is nothing more annoying than the language barrier in a connected world but the Mars earbuds, from the LINE and NAVER Corporations might just be the gadget that will enable you to deliver a convincing proposal and be understood – well enough to clinch the deal! Unlike other translating earbuds, this clever Japanese-Korean product, a CES 2018 Best of Innovation Honoree (headphones category), is designed so two people can actually use it – one bud each so they can engage in a two-way productive conversation across languages.

 

Definitely, in this aspect, it is superior to last year’s Google Pixel Buds. Both models can translate on the fly but with one big difference; Google has wired earbuds for a single user while Mars utilizes wireless earbuds connected by Bluetooth to each other and to an Android or iOS smartphone resulting to person-to-person translation in real time. In short, unlike the Google version that enables you to understand what the other person is saying but is short-circuited because your own response won’t be understood, Mars makes it a totally two-way conversation on the fly. Only one set paired with a smartphone (with NAVER Papago Translate app) and you’re good to go. It does close the distance between worlds and cultures. Just imagine its implications for business, education, and interpersonal relationships!

Mars leverages on the strengths of two companies that consider communication their core business: NAVER, Korea’s top Internet company and LINE, a social media platform (like a more private Facebook) popular in Japan and other Asian countries. Using LINE’s Clova AI virtual assistant (interacts with Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant) and the NAVER Papago translation platform Mars now translates 10 languages including English, Spanish, French, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Indonesian. It’s not a coincidence that these are the most commonly used languages in the business world and includes countries that are the top ones to do business in. Up to 40 languages will soon be supported with the future incorporation of the Google Translate. Makes sense and is less costly to develop and acquire (an understatement) than translation robots.

It is versatile since it can take voice calls, has a convenient ambient noise cancellation feature (ensures clear voice recognition even in the midst of loud noises), and does well what ordinary buds do like answer calls hands-free. With a 3-hour battery life and a charging case, you won’t run out of juice when you make your pitch. But there’s more: with Clova, Mars can control IoT devices through voice commands, update on weather conditions, and even stream music from various sources. With this innovation, LINE and NAVER are pushing the limits of what’s possible and is such a big leap for such a minuscule gadget.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BYTON: Unparalleled SMART Car Experience

Life imitates art with Byton’s introduction at CES 2018 (Consumer Electronics Show) of its first product – an all-electric SUV that delivers unparalleled smart car experience whether you are the driver or the passenger. Poised to launch in mid-2019, it will use 5G technology and will be capable of Google car’s pride, self-driving. When you ride a Byton, you actually have the fastest and safest (encrypted) connection on the road through multiple modems, connected antennas, onboard programmable SIM cards, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC.

Because it was meant to be cutting edge for the long-term, Byton’s design, from its aerodynamics, battery charging, and carbon footprint are prepared for the future. Byton ensures efficiency and top performance in the years to come. Despite its sporty look, it is low-maintenance,  reaching 80% charge in 30 minutes with the capacity to run 325 miles

“Be electrified, stay connected, trust your intuition. It’s not only about technology. It’s about life.” – Byton

Do we dare say that TESLA’s  car has met its match? Beauty, power, and serious brains were experienced during test drives; affirming the company’s vision of replacing horsepower with digital power. This car actually makes 007 and Batman vehicles the relics that they are and sleek looks make you forget it’s China-based. An economy model is priced at $45,000 more or less, while a souped-up version will come closer to the Tesla range.

Benoit Jacob, currently the Head of Design at Byton was the former head of design at BMW and this explains the sleek European looks. Jacob based his innovative design on how people are going to move in the future, highlighting human and machine integration. Jacob stressed that Byton’s concept allowed the user to use his time more meaningfully, even taking care of small details like a charging dock for the smartphone.

It screams clean design from the moment you push a button that swings open the car door so you can enter. The Byton car is keyless and has no handles because the car recognizes you through its multiple sensors. Once you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ll appreciate the dashboard-sized touchscreen which eliminates the dangerous practice of glancing at and fidgeting with your smartphone while driving.

Being a smart device, it shares relevant information (when you want it to) about your location, expected time of arrival and the like. You also get information in real time – especially handy when there are sudden changes in plans. And last but not least, Byton gives you the freedom to communicate according to how you want to: voice, touch, or gesture control.

The user experience is not only made richer by the huge screen but it is also made safer since you don’t get distracted by pushing control buttons. With slight hand gestures, you can select where to go, what to eat, and choose from an array of entertainment options. It’s not so much as achieving top speed or fast response, but more of being a gadget that lets you do more and be more, even while in motion. You know Byton means business when it integrates an 8-in touchscreen tablet onto the steering wheel. The car can be manipulated through the tablet or by gesture recognition on the dashboard. And for those with health issues, it’s good to know that your car can monitor your health (BP, heart rate) as you drive.

 

 

 

 

“At Byton we believe that The Digital user experience will be the number one deciding Factor for our customers.”

Byton has two other unique features that make it a truly shared experience between driver and passenger: the proprietary Air Touch sensors allow front and rear passengers to control the display screen with hand gestures and the Byton Life Cloud Platform connects all passengers’ apps and devices so they don’t miss a beat while traveling.

It may take a while to adjust to a car that has no rear-view mirror and entrust your gauge of depth and distance to cameras and sensors that seem to be everywhere. The jury is still out on whether that is legally sound in China and the international market. But suffice to say that Byton’s adjustments will now mar its pristine, minimalistic looks. After all, at Byton, they have taken the utmost care to veer from the way EVs look to something that looks both stunning and stable. Despite its futuristic looks, it does inspire trust. Definitely, it’s futuristic engineering at its finest; one that brings “smart mobility and autonomous driving” together seamlessly.

Byton is an international car based in Nanjing, China, with smart technology developed in Silicon Valley, and car design developed in Munich. Those who have tested the car say it’s a smooth ride and accelerates well. Its sedan and SUV versions are in production and will rock the world next year; hopefully with on-the-road performance living up to the expectations of its intelligent design.

“Horsepower becomes data power Performance becomes connectivity Better driving becomes better living.”

 

CES 2018: Tech Event Marred With Rain, Traffic And Power Woes

The biggest trade show of electronic devices, the CES 2018 was marred with a pouring rain on Wednesday. The heavy down pour caused some parking areas, and drop-off points to be flooded.

CES 2018: Power woes, traffic and rain

 

Apart from the pouring rain, the whole Las Vegas Convention Center was clothed in darkness after a major blackout hit both the Central and North Halls. Reports say that blackout stayed for 2 hours and this prompted the security officers to escort the people out from the venue.

 

The CES 2018 blackout trended immediately on Twitter. With guests and exhibitors exchanging their reactions about the CES 2018 power woes.

 

What is clear though was that the scenario was discomforting for them, especially those at the Central Hall where the popular tech companies assembled to display their products.

 

The power outage hit the Las Vegas Convention Center at about 11:15 a.m. The blackout caused all the rooms to be in total darkness. Despite the darkness, emergency lights stayed on while several backup batteries made the internet connections running.

 

CES organizers were able to restore the power at about 2:10 p.m. They restored first the power at South Hall where gaming companies congregate. While other areas took longer to restore the power.

 

According to CES organizers, the blackout was caused by a flashover due to a moisture brought upon by heavy rains since Tuesday.  Both power and rain are not the only issue that CES confronted this year.

 

The CES 2018 also caused a massive traffic after car makers and other tech companies installed a virtual reality display to promote both investments and technology. Traffic literally was at snail-paced as thousands of CES attendees were coming in from various hotels and venues amid rains.

 

CES 2018: Check Sony’s New EXTRA BASS Wireless Speakers

Sony’s portable speaker, the Extra Bass Bluetooth speaker, will have the additional lineup this spring. These are the Sony’s bluetooth speakers: SRS-XB41, SRS- XB31, and SRS-XB21, respectively. The company, however, has yet to announced the international price of the popular Bluetooth speakers.

 

Sony Extra Bass Bluetooth speaker: Price, Features

 

What we know so far is that Sony’s SRS-XB41 will be sold for $250, the SRS- XB31 for $150, and the SRS-XB21 for $100. The company’s blue tooth speakers feature a LED lighting effects. The company  called these speakers as “mini party speakers.”

Sony’s Dunja LaRosa said, “We are excited to bring another round of Sony Extra Bass speakers to the party.”

“The new models build on the Extra Bass family to provide users with the deep and punchy bass they love with an exciting synchronized light show to elevate any party scene,” she added.

And speaking of features, all the company’s blue tooth speakers would sport a Live Sound Mode, Party Booster and Wireless Party Chain.

 

According to the company, the Live Sound Mode creates “a three-dimensional music experience which can make users feel as if they are in the middle of a music festival with singers performing directly to you.

 

On the other hand, the speaker’s Party Booster feature can be used ” as an instrument.”

Below are other features of the blue tooth speakers, according to the company.

 

” New water-resistant, durable fabric covering, with five colour options
” IP67 waterproof rating (fully waterproof)
” Up to 24 hours of battery life

What To Expect At CES 2018: Apple HomeKit, Voice Assistants, Google Tech, OLED TV & More

At CES 2018, tech users are expecting a wide variety of products like speakers, digital assistants, TV, among others. It would appear now that the latest trend is smart speakers with digital assistants.

 

Apple HomeKit, Voice Assistants, Google Tech,

 

Among the tech companies floating because of popularity are Amazon and Google. Aside from these two, Cupertino-based Apple Inc. is also planning to release a smart speaker this year. Details of which are still sketchy as of press time but CES 2018 would be a good venue to hear more details about it.

 

Also, software giant Microsoft and Samsung have teamed up on another. At CES 2018 which will kick-off at Las Vegas, several companies are expected to showcase their electronic products. The event is expected to draw more than 170, 000 people with more than 4, 000 exhibitors around the world.

 

But here’s the catch: both Apple and Google-as expected-won’t be making some announcements during the CES 2018 event. Why? Because their products would be powering the start-ups’ products and services.

 

This means that you should not expect any iPhone models or Samsung Galaxy models at CES. Normally, Apple and Samsung announced about their latest flagships at their events. What you should expect are storage devices, laptops, accessories, gaming consoles, among others.

 

For Google, its mobile operating system Android and Google’s digital assistant will be unveiled publicly. While Apple’s Homekit is getting a boost as the company will be launching its Apple’s HomePod smart speaker.

 

Moreover, other electronics companies such as LG, Samsung will also announce their TV products for this year. Consumers are expecting a higher-end, and upgraded TV models with the latest technology like OLED, HDR, and 4K.

CES 2018: LG To Show Off 65-Inch Rollable OLED Display

Ending the earlier speculations, LG has announced on Monday that it would be showing off its new 65-inch display with Ultra High Definition resolution. The company said that its new “rollable” product would be shown at this year’s CES event.

 

CES: Bigger, wider, rollable displays for LG

 

Apart from this, LG will also be unveiling another product-a 55-inch transparent display as well as a 77-inch wallpaper concept TV. The latter will feature the advantages of having an OLED display. It can be recalled that the company presented its wallpaper model last 2017.

 

Tech users who are privy to LG’s plan said that it had announced back in 2015 about its 18-inch rollable display. For this year, spectators at CES and the public, in general, will be able to see LG’s rollable display.

 

Also, what we know so far is that LG’s 66-inch display features a UHD 3840×2160 resolution. This means that consumers would be able to roll it up if they are not viewing them. Rolling it up allows easy installation and removal of the product, giving users a hassle-free experience of the product.

 

LG is expected to show off at CES, an 88-inc OLED display with 8K resolution. This is not the first time that LG unveiled such bigger display because last year, it developed a 77-inch transparent OLED display.

 

Meanwhile, Samsung will be showing off both a QLED TV with 8K resolution and a 150-inch Micro LED TV at CES this year. Despite the close rivalry, LG was adjudged to be the leading company in large-sized and mid-sized OLED displays for TV.

 

Regarding small-sized displays, Samsung controls 90 percent of the market in OLED display, especially for smartphones.

LG ThinQ: LG Debuts A Google Assistant-powered Smart Speaker

This year is indeed a great year for LG. This is because LG has announced this week that it will debut a new smart speaker powered by Google Assistant called LG ThinQ.

In a statement, LG said that it would showcase a “superior, clearer and the smarter lineup of premium audio products that promise to change the way people think about home speakers.” The company is expected to publicly debut the speaker during CES 2018.

 

What makes LG ThinQ superb in audio experience?

The LG ThinQ, it offers a “premium” audio experience using the Meridian Audio’s advanced high-performance audio technology. The aforesaid technology is expected to deliver a more natural and warm sound.

Aside from offering music, LG ThinkQ can function to manipulate smart home devices using Google Assistant as well as a voice app developed by LG. The said voice app also controls LG home appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, among others.

However, LG did not yet disclose the price of the LG ThinQ. What we know so far is that its price is comparable with other leading smart speakers in the market.

 

“Sound technology has come a long way since LG introduced the first radio to Korean consumers almost 60 years ago,” said Seo Young-jae, head of the convergence audio and video business division of LG’s Home Entertainment Company.

 

“At this year’s CES, I’m confident audiences will be impressed with the amount of technology we’ve introduced into our audio products without compromising on sound quality,” she added.