Archive for the ‘Gadgets’ Category

Event: LG Connect 2018 Asia – Commercial Displays & Home Solutions

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

LG Connect 2018 Asia is a showcase of the company’s innovations to enhance end-user experience across the retail, hospitality, transport and residential sectors targeting citizens of smart nations at work and play.

LG 55″ transparent OLED signage, with razor-thin bezels. With 40% transparency, this display will be launched end this year or next year.

The LG Connect 2018 Asia was held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore.

“Buoyed by an all-encompassing suite of solutions, LG is excited to partner with businesses in Asia to help expand their portfolios of offerings. Together, we can build technological infrastructures that are future proof and can bring immense benefits to end-users across all the retail, hospitality, transport and residential industries,” says Steve Song, Asia Regional Chief Executive Officer of LG Electronics.

Among the impressive lineup of commercial displays showcased were the Open Frame OLED digital signage, the 55-inch Transparent OLED signage, the In-Glass OLED Wallpaper, OLED Wallpaper Hotel TV, Ultra HD smart displays, 0.9mm even bezel video wall, IPS Interactive Digital Boards, and 88-inch Ultra Stretch displays.

Solutions using these displays in various commercial settings were also exhibited, eg. Pro:Centric smart platform for hotels, and All-in-one Collaboration Solution for business centers, as well as SmartThinQ ecosystem for home appliances and ThinQ AI for LG’s Signature OLED TV W8.

Details below from the press release.

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CE China 2018 – Successfully bridging brands to consumers

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Today, CE China 2018 draws to a close after three days of connecting brands to manufacturers, retailers and consumers in the pan-Asian region. Tech4tea.com reports as an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

CE China 2018 show floor at Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Panoramic photos taken with a Sony Xperia XZ2.

In total, 146 companies from 12 countries presented their brands, showcasing consumer electronics and home appliances products.

On top of that, 25 prominent speakers from 9 countries shared their market knowledge with retailers, trade visitors and prosumers.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

tech4tea.com is an official media partner for CE China 2018.

CE China 2018 demonstrated a clear growth in quality compared to previous installments.

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CE China 2018 – Interview with Jens Heithecker & Dirk Koslowski

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin; while Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Jens Heithecker is the Chairman of CE China, IFA Executive Director and Executive Vice President Messe Berlin.

Here are some thoughts from the men behind CE China 2018.

Question: In 2017, you had 120 exhibitors showcasing their innovations to 11,500 visitors from 38 countries, within one exhibition hall with 15,000 square metres of exhibition space. This year, the scale is similar. I understand CE China focuses more on quality and focus rather than on size, but in terms of future evolution, is this the ‘steady-state’ size of the show that you’re looking at for the next five years, or are you planning to scale it up in terms of size.

Koslowski: That’s correct. Anyone who has experienced CE China since its premiere in 2016 has witnessed the level of quality that the organisers of IFA pursue with our international retail events. It continues to be our objective to provide all our partners with the most efficient and effective platform for the continuous exchange between brands and retail, outside of political intentions and issues, purely focused on the core purpose of doing business.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Dirk Koslowski is the IFA Senior Executive Manager at Messe Berlin.

Koslowski: This does not necessarily go hand in hand with huge growth spikes in exhibition space, especially during the introductory phase. What matters more to us is a consistent, credible qualitative development that is based on partnerships – just like outlined above. We may be acting very German in this regard – however, that is exactly what we aspire to and what our partners expect from us.

Jens Heithecker on the roles and significance of CE China 2018.

Question: How do you envisage CE China 5 years from now, in 2023 – in terms of scale and nature? What is your vision for CE China in that timeframe?

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CE China 2018 – Opening & Day 1 with IFA Retail University

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

CE China kicked off its third installment this morning in an opening ceremony attended by Shenzhen Vice Mayor Chen Biao. The first of three days for CE China 2018 saw the successful completion of the new IFA Retail University.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

Ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony of CE China 2018 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center in China.

IFA Retail University is a new format in CE China where international exhibitors at trade show presents their latest products and share their brands’ strategies and visions in short 20-minute “power briefings” in the IFA-GPC style.

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

From right: Guest-of-Honour for the opening of CE China 2018, Chen Biao (Shenzhen Vice Mayor) with Dai Fengjun (EVP, South China, Suning.com Group).

Industry analysts from GfK and IHS Markit also presented their findings on trends and forecasts for the region.

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IFA GPC 2018 – Global Press Conference for IFA 2018

Saturday, April 21st, 2018

The actual press conference for IFA 2018 in Berlin (31 August – 5 September) will be held at 11am today in Rome, Italy. Stay tuned for the excerpt and press release.

“Technology mega-trends are driving innovation, with components that are ever smaller and ever more powerful, which in turn power emerging technologies like voice control and artificial intelligence. IFA is the convener for all this innovation, it’s the connecting tissue for the global technology ecosystem. That’s because it’s not just one sector innovating, but seven, eight or nine different industries that all try to solve the same problems and push the edge of innovation. Each industry brings its own knowledge, insights and skills to the table. All these industries learn from each other, they inspire each other. That’s co-innovation at its best,” said Dr. Christian Göke, CEO of Messe Berlin.

Smart devices, artificial intelligence and 8K television will be among the big trends for IFA 2018.

“We expect an ongoing positive market development for both segments of home appliances. Growth will continue in almost every country around the world, because the middle classes around the world keep increasing their spending. At the same time, new technologies and design trends are driving the growth potential in many product groups. A great example is the kitchen, where we see innovation in nearly every product category,” said Georg Walkenbach, Member of ZVEI Managing Board of Directors.

Technology megatrends are driving a new wave of innovation in consumer electronics and home appliances.

Smart and connected devices for the home, powerful AI applications that are deeply integrated in consumer electronics and wellness products, and TVs with ever better screen quality are among the big trendsetters that will dominate IFA 2018, the trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances.

At IFA’s Global Press Conference in Rome, fellow journalists here had a chance to get an early sneak peek of some of the products that will wow trade visitors and consumers alike when the show opens its gates to the public from 31 August to 5 September 2018.

Read more below from the press release.

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IFA GPC 2018 – Day 1: Power briefings from brands & analysts

Friday, April 20th, 2018

The first day of the IFA GPC 2018 comprises a series of power briefs by industry leaders and analysts on the latest trends and products in consumer electronics and home appliances. Here is a rundown on what transpired in those proceedings.

Day 1 of the IFA GPC 2018 kicks off with the MC, Dave Graveline, handing the mic over to Jens Heithecker, Executive Director (IFA) & EVP (Messe Berlin Group), for the opening address.

This year, there are altogether 13 power briefings – a marked increase from last year, which saw eight power briefs and one discussion panel.

As I attend these sessions, I will post a brief synopsis of each session on Instagram and consolidate all the synopsis here.

So stay tuned!

Power briefing 1

Power briefing by Philips on innovative solutions for a healthy and joyful life.

Highlight is the new-to-world #SmartSleep solution that will change the way the world sleeps. Philips is positioned to pair clinical research, the latest digital health technologies and design capabilities to create tools that help consumers take better care of themselves and lead a balanced, healthy and energetic lifestyle through nutrition, a clean environment and sleep.

Presenting were Liat Ben-Zur, Senior Vice President, Head of Connected Digital Platforms Propositions; and Bernd Laudahn, Market Leader Personal Health DACH – from Philips.

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Event coverage: IFA Global Press Conference 2018 in Rome, Italy

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

IFA Global Press Conference 2018 is happening this weekend in Rome, Italy. I will be covering this consumer electronics and home appliances showcase, as part of a small group of media the show organisers invited from Singapore.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

The media delegation from Singapore is part of an international corp invited by Messe Berlin, the organisers of IFA and this Global Press Conference.

IFA this year will be from 31 August 1 to 5 September, 2018.

As a lead-up to the actual trade show in September, the organisers have gathered some of the key exhibitors and media from around the world in a preview mini-show, featuring product showcases, as well as briefs and presentations on the latest trends on consumer electronics and home appliances.

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A day of walking and sightseeing in the ancient city of Rome to get the blood flowing in the veins after the long-haul flight from Singapore. Photo taken with Canon 5DX Mark IV fullframe DSLR.

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New arrival: Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan in Singapore

Friday, April 13th, 2018

The latest version of Dyson’s Pure Cool purifying fan adds an LCD display, a new filter and 350⁰ degree oscillation. Prices below.

The new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan comes in Desktop version (S$699, White/Silver) and Tower version (S$899, White/Silver, Black/Nickel, Iron/Blue).

In the new Pure Cool purifying fan, Dyson leverages its in-house expertise in electronics, filtration and airflow to clean every corner of the room.

The new LCD display reports pollutants in the home in real time, and then reacts automatically using a Dyson algorithm.

The purifying fan features a 360 degree fully-sealed filter system combining an activated carbon filter to remove gases, and a Glass HEPA filter that captures 99.95% of microscopic allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns.

Air Multiplier technology and new 350⁰ oscillation project and mix purified air around the whole room to purify every corner.

A new diffused mode offers users from temperate countries the option, in winter, of purifying the air without the cooling effects of the fan.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Dyson Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum cleaner

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

The latest stick vacuum cleaner from Dyson has a smaller but lighter motor and new in-line format for linear airflow path and “point and shoot” bin emptying mechanism. Prices below.

Dyson launched its new Cyclone V10 cord-free vacuum cleaner together with the new Pure Cool purifying fan in Singapore at the ArtScience Museum.

Dyson’s new V10 digital motor boasts 20 percent more suction power than that found in the V8 cord-free vacuum.

Yet it is almost half the weight of its predecessor.

The new Dyson Cyclone V10 comes in three configurations: Fluffy (S$899), Absolute (S$999), and Absolute + (S$1,199).

Dyson’s fastest and most power-dense digital vacuum motor spins at up to 125,000 rpm.

The new battery in the V10 now adds 50 percent more juice, extending the V8’s 40min use-per-charge to 60 minutes.

More details below from the press release.

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New arrival: Fitbit Versa health & fitness smartwatch in Singapore

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

The new Fitbit Versa smartwatch is now available globally and in Singapore at S$318, with accessories ranging from S$50 – S$140. Includes female health tracking and quick replies to mobile Android device messages (from May).

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Versa is Fitbit’s lightest smartwatch, featuring a modern design, advanced health and fitness features, 4+ day battery life, smart features and cross platform compatibility.

Beginning in May, these new Fitbit features will be available:

Quick replies

“We’re thrilled for consumers around the world to experience Versa, a beautifully designed smartwatch for all with advanced health and fitness features, access to our large global social network and smart features people find most useful at an approachable price. We believe Versa is a smartwatch that will have mass appeal, attracting new audiences and helping us capture a previously untapped segment of users in this growing wearables category,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit.

Android mobile device users can respond to messages on the go using Fitbit Versa and Fitbit Ionic smartwatches.

Create and send up to five custom pre-populated quick replies of 60 characters or less to text messages and messenger apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Female health tracking

Available to all adult users who identify as female in the Fitbit app to track their menstrual cycle and symptoms.

Makes it easier to manage their cycle with a more complete picture of health and fitness data all in one place.

Versa and Ionic users will also be able to view female health tracking information on-device.

More details below from the press release.

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