Archive for August, 2020

IFA 2020: LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier for Personal Use

Saturday, August 29th, 2020

LG will introduce the PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier at IFA 2020 next week. The personal air purifier will be available starting in the fourth quarter in select markets.

LG’s PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

LG’s PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier.

LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier addresses the dilemma of homemade masks being of inconsistent quality and disposal masks being in short supply.

The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier employs two H13 HEPA Filters similar to the HEPA filters used in the company’s home air purifier products.

Employing LG’s latest advancements in air purification, high-performance replaceable filters enable PuriCare Wearable to supply fresh, clean air indoor and out.

With its Dual Fans and patented Respiratory Sensor, LG’s wearable air purifier allows users to take in clean, filtered air while the Respiratory Sensor detects the cycle and volume of the wearer’s breath and adjusts the dual three-speed fans accordingly.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Philips SenseIQ In Hair Dryer and Straightener

Friday, August 28th, 2020

Philips introduces intelligent SenseIQ technology for its new Hair Dryer Prestige and Hair Straightener Prestige. Price and availability below.

SenseIQ technology offers personalised care for healthy hair, enabling the Philips Hair Dryer and Straightener Prestige to sense and adapt to the hair’s temperature and characteristics to provide personalised heat protection, styling and care.

SenseIQ technology offers personalised care for healthy hair, enabling the Philips Hair Dryer and Straightener Prestige to sense and adapt to the hair’s temperature and characteristics to provide personalised heat protection, styling and care.

Both the Philips Hair Dryer Prestige and the Hair Straightener Prestige offer an alternative to “one-size fits all” offerings in haircare in an industry that is pushing steadily towards technology-backed, personalized products and experiences.

The Philips SenseIQ technology is activated through infrared sensors that continually sense the hair’s temperature, not the airflow, so the level of protection is completely personalized.

The intelligent microprocessor analyzes the data captured by the sensor and adjusts the temperature up to 4,000 times for the hair dryer and up to 20,000 times for the straightener to prevent overheating.

This sensing and adapting technology protects hair while drying, locking-in up hair’s natural moisture, for shiny and healthy-looking hair.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dyson Unveils Digital Slim Cord-Free Vacuum

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

The Dyson Digital Slim vacuum is 20% smaller and 30% lighter than its Dyson V11 predecessor. Available in Singapore from today at S$749/S$849.

The Dyson Digital Slim vacuum has the same technology features of a Dyson V11 cord-free vacuum, yet it’s 20% smaller and 30% lighter.

The Dyson Digital Slim vacuum has the same technology features of a Dyson V11 cord-free vacuum, yet it’s 20% smaller and 30% lighter.

The Dyson Digital Slim features a powerful Dyson Hyperdymium motor, highly efficient cyclones and carbon fibre filaments for fine dust pick up needed to deliver a barefoot clean.

The Dyson Digital Slim features a 40% lighter soft roller cleaner head than the V11; a
specifically designed Dyson Hyperdymium motor; and uniquely – 11 scrolled cyclones to give greater separation efficiency for less energy whilst ensuring the capture of fine dust.

The Dyson Digital Slim vacuum also achieves 99.97% filtration of particles as small as 0.3 microns while maintaining no loss of suction.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Fitbit Sense, Fitbit Versa 3, Fitbit Inspire 2 Health Smartwatches

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020

Fitbit debuts Sense, its most advanced health smartwatch, as well as upgraded versions of Versa 3 and Inspire 2. Price and availability below.

From Left: Fitbit Sense, Inspire 2 and Versa 3.

From Left: Fitbit Sense, Inspire 2 and Versa 3.

Fitbit boasts that the Sense features the world’s first electrodermal activity (EDA) sensor for stress management, a new ECG App, advanced heart rate tracking technology, SpO2 and on-wrist skin temperature sensors.

The Versa 3 adds a GPS and a speaker, while the Inspire 2 sports an enhanced design and Active Zone Minutes (AZM)

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 & Surface Earbuds

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

The new Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) and Surface Earbuds (S$300) from Microsoft are now available for pre-order in Singapore, and will hit the shelves on 8 September, 2020.

The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) is available in Light Grey and Matt Black while the Surface Earbuds (S$300) is available in Glacier.

The Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 (S$378) is available in Light Grey and Matt Black while the Surface Earbuds (S$300) is available in Glacier.

Launched as part of the new Surface line-up, the Surface Headphones 2 and Surface Earbuds will be available via the Microsoft Store and authorised commercial resellers from 8 September 2020.

Surface Commercial customers can also purchase the devices from commercial resellers AsiaPac, JK Technology and UIC.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Mi Curved Monitor & Portable Photo Printer

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Xiaomi brings Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) to Singapore.

The Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) from Xiaomi are now available in Singapore.

The Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) from Xiaomi are now available in Singapore.

The new Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” and Mi Portable Photo Printer are the latest additions to Xiaomi’s ecosystem of gadgets.

Both are available for purchase from today online at the official Xiaomi store on Lazada, and offline at Authorized Mi Stores in Singapore and through other official offline retailers.

More details below from the press release.

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Review: Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Initially launched in February this year, the 4K camcorder has just debuted in Singapore. The FDR-AX43 is now available on Sony’s online store at S$1,699.

Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder for bloggers

Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder for bloggers

The FDR-AX43 was developed for content creators and vloggers looking to produce footage that’s of better quality than that from a smartphone.

My Take:

Overall the Sony FDR-AX43 is an excellent camcorder for vlogger looking to improve video quality beyond that of a smartphone and desires an in-built gimbal for more professional footage, with good sound recording thrown in.

The camcorder is the newest member of a line-up that includes the AX33 and AX53, with its main addition being an in-built gimbal mechanism and its Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology for capturing smooth, natural and high-quality video footage.

So instead of purchasing and lugging around an external gimbal setup, it was a pleasure just using the compact FDR-AX43 during shooting.

When sitting down or just standing still, the footage came out totally free of shake.

The flip-screen of the Sony FDR-AX43 can be rotated 180 degrees for taking selfies.

The flip-screen of the Sony FDR-AX43 can be rotated 180 degrees for taking selfies.

But it’s when you’re walking (or even slightly jogging) that the embedded gimbal does its magic, producing smooth footage that doesn’t look like an amateur Blair Witch Project.

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Tech Focus: NUS Showcases InfinityGlove Smart Gaming Glove Prototype

Friday, August 21st, 2020

The InfinityGlove contains ultra-sensitive microfibre sensors that can translate hand gestures into in-game commands, allowing users to play first-person shooters such as Battlefield V without the need for a traditional controller or a keyboard.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

Simply flex your index finger to fire your weapon and rotate your wrist clockwise to move forward. Immersive controls have always been a pipedream in the world of gaming but is steadily becoming reality.

Editor’s Comments

This is an interesting and innovative project.

Currently each finger of the glove contains one microfibre sensor that can differentiate two states – straightened or curled – due to the difference in conductivity of the liquid metal within the fibre in the two states.

So the overall status of the glove should be readable as a five-digit binary.

Would be good to add one more to the wrist to include bending of the wrist.

And in the longer term, I can think of two ways of improving the resolution of the sensing.

One would be to implement multiple sensors per strand of microfibre.

Another would be to weave multiple microfibre strands to provide a matrix detection pattern for a snapshot of the state of each sensor.

That could probably come in useful as a grid sensor to monitor the distribution of stresses/deformation on a surface etc.

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck, has developed a smart glove – called ‘InfinityGlove’ – that allows users to mimic a variety of in-game controls using simple hand gestures.

While the concept of controlling a game using your hands is not new, the main problems have always been weight and flexibility.

The current generation of smart glove type controllers available on the market are usually bulky and rigid as they rely on conventional sensors which put the hard in hardware.

The InfinityGlove overcomes existing problems with weight and flexibility by weaving ultra-thin, highly sensitive microfibre sensors into the material of the glove.

These sensors are not only lightweight and accurate, but also fulfil the role of wires thus reducing the need for additional wiring.

Currently the prototype weighs about 40 grams, and is flexible and comfortable.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2021 Cyber Protection Solution

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Acronis True Image 2021 combines automated backup with antimalware defence to offer a comprehensive personal cyber protection solution. Perpetual & 1-year subscriptions available online, prices below.

Acronis True Image 2021 integrates real-time antimalware and on-demand antivirus with its established personal backup solution.

Acronis True Image 2021 integrates real-time antimalware and on-demand antivirus with its established personal backup solution.

Acronis True Image 2021 is a cyber protection solution targeted at home users, prosumers, and small businesses around the world.

With COVID-19 forcing people to work from home, a recent Acronis survey found nearly half (47%) of remote workers never received clear guidance on working from home.

Incorporating cybersecurity capabilities such as real-time antimalware protection, on-demand antivirus scans, web filtering, and videoconference protection into Acronis True Image helps users enjoy greater cyber protection.

For individuals and small business users, unifying these vital capabilities in one solution makes their protection easier to manage and more affordable.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: AVITA Launches Colourful LIBER V Notebook

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

AVITA has launched the LIBER V notebook series, and introduced PURA with new specifications (AMD) with 9 iridescent colours. Prices below.

A few of the 14 colours available for the AVITA LIBER V series of notebooks.

A few of the 14 colours available for the AVITA LIBER V series of notebooks.

The AVITA LIBER V notebook has a 16:9 IPS display with ultra-wide viewing angle of 178 degrees.

Available in 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch models, the LIBER V series offers 14 colours to choose from with weights starting from 1.28kg.

Featuring the new 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10210U/i7-10510U processors, 8GB DDR4 RAM and large storage of up to 1TB SSD, the LIBER V has a full-sized backlit keyboard with 1.5mm key travel and 19mm key pitch.

It also sports a large touchpad and multi-touch support for up to four fingers, as well as a fingerprint reader and compatibility with Windows Hello for both convenient log-in and strengthened privacy protection.

LIBER V’s battery is rated for up to 10 hours whilst connectivity comprises one USB-C, two USB, a micro HDMI and one Micro SD port.

Also included are two full-range speakers, dual-radio microphones, and 4.2 Bluetooth.

Below is the information about the AVITA PURA AMD R6

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