Archive for the ‘audioVisual’ Category

New arrival: Senheiser AMBEO Smart Headset for 3D audio

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The AMBEO Smart Headset brings binaural sound recording to the consumer market. Price & availability TBA.

The Sennheiser AMBEO Smart Headset features an integrated premium Apogee A/D Converter built into the remote control.

Sennheiser has designed the AMBEO Smart Headset to be an intuitive, compact and mobile binaural recording headset.

First showcased at the CES 2017, the AMBEO Smart Headset captures immersive 3D audio with the simplicity of a mobile device.

“With this new headset you can use your iOS device’s camera to record, experience and relive the same balance of three dimensional sound and 180° visual perspective that we as human beings are accustomed to in our perception of the world,” explains Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, co-CEO Sennheiser.

The binaural audio recordings created with the AMBEO Smart Headset offer a stunning 3D experience – placing the listener inside the soundscape and playing back the direction of sounds and natural spatial characteristics of a location.

To create this headset, Sennheiser partnered with Apogee, the manufacturer of professional audio device, and an industry leader of digital audio recording.

The AMBEO Smart Headset produces detailed and realistic recording via two omni-directional microphones integrated in the ear pieces that work alongside a premium A/D converter, mic preamp and SoftLimit from Apogee.

The two microphones capture the subtle differences in timing, volume and timbre that occur as sounds from different directions reach each ear.

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Day 1 of IFA GPC 2017 – Power briefs & discussion panels

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The first day of the IFA GPC 2017 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.

Finally getting down to business. Looking forward to hearing what industry experts have to share about the trends and predictions in consumer electronics and home appliances.

There are altogether eight power briefings and one discussion panel.

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

Power briefing 1

Power briefing 2

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Samsung showcases Galaxy Plus ecosystem around Galaxy S8/S8+

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Samsung kicks off huge publicity campaign in Singapore with pop up Galaxy Studio to showcase the Galaxy Plus ecosystem surrounding its newly launched Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones.

Galaxy Studio showcases the new line-up of device and service additions to the Galaxy ecosystem that puts the newly launched Galaxy S8 and S8+ at its heart.

“At Samsung, we remain committed to building an ecosystem of devices that will not only redefine, but also complement consumer lifestyles. The latest Galaxy S8 and S8+ are at the centre of this ecosystem, and we present Galaxy Plus so our customers can fulfil more and get more from their mobile experiences,” said Eugene Goh, Vice President, IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Singapore.

The Galaxy Studio consumer event is held in celebration of the recent launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and will be held at Civic Plaza, Ngee Ann City, from tomorrow till 29 June.

Galaxy Studio will be open from 14 April to 29 June, 11am to 9pm daily, with the exception of 22 April to 24 April, where it will be opened at 9.30am to 11pm.

Galaxy Studio will introduce the new “Galaxy Plus” ecosystem, offering options for consumers to get more out of their Galaxy S8 and S8+.

This includes the Samsung DeX Station, Gear VR with Controller, Gear 360 (2017) and the Mobile Photo Printer.

More details about Samsung Galaxy Plus from the press release is appended below.

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Rolls-Royce partners Nanyang Polytechnic for VR experience

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars partnered with the local polytechnic to create virtual reality video clips to wow its customers considering its premium Bespoke service.

It’s great that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars extends its patronage to nurture young design talent in Nanyang Polytechnic.

This inaugural collaboration produced immersive 360-degree motion graphics video clips to wow customers of the super-luxury brand’s marques, and to impress them with the possibilities of the its bespoke programme.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

“Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is renowned for Bespoke Luxury design and craftsmanship, and it is a privilege to have this pinnacle company implementing our output. But besides the accomplishment, this project clearly demonstrated processes, pressures and commercial realities that await us in our post-academic life. Thanks to NYP’s collaboration with a real-life global luxury brand, I feel more prepared to enter our workforce in the future,” says student Izz Irfan Sahlan, who worked on one of the selected VR videos.

From today, potential customers can dive into the virtual reality (VR) experiences at Rolls-Royce showrooms in Singapore by donning VR headsets available there.

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New arrival: Samsung QLED TVs in Singapore – Q7F, Q8C, Q9F

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Samsung Electronics has launched its QLED TV line-up in Singapore, together with the new Samsung Sound+ Soundbar. Pricing below.

The three models in the new QLED TV line-up are the Q7F, Q8C and Q9F.

Samsung’s QLED TV Series was first unveiled at CES 2017 where it won more than 20 awards including four CES Innovation Awards.

Samsung’s new QLED TV series is now in Singapore. The launch was held in Vivocity.

The QLED TVs offer improved colour performance and enhanced Smart TV offerings.

Below are launch promotions and pricing.

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New arrival: Fred Technologies launches luxury smart mirror

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Simply called the Mirror, the luxury smart mirror is available online for S$2,700. Only 500 pieces available worldwide.

A smart mirror for a smart home.

A smart mirror for a smart home.

This smart mirror is like a giant smartphone screen which can function as a plain reflective mirror or as a giant Android tablet.

The mirror has a slim profile encased within a champagne gold frame, and can be installed anywhere in the home – be it the living room or in the bathroom.

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Cisco upgrades Cisco Spark and launches Cisco Spark Board

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Cisco Spark is the company’s cloud-based, unified communications platform, while the Cisco Spark Board is an interactive electronic whiteboard for the future workplace. Prices below.

Cisco showcased its upgraded Cisco Spark – the company’s cloud-based, all-in-one messaging, meetings, calls and conferencing platform designed for the workplace of the future.

The new version of its flagship collaboration solution includes a simplified user interface, more features, and seamless linking to Cisco’s wide portfolio of corporate phone systems, WebEx meeting and video conferencing technologies.

The launch was held at the Impact Hub Singapore, a coworking community with over 670 members comprising both ideation stage startups to billion-dollar “Unicorn” ventures.

Cisco also launched for Asia its Cisco Spark Board, a new plug-and-play, all-in-one device for team collaboration that lets users wirelessly present, whiteboard, and video or audio conference whether you are in the physical conference room or not. (Prices below.)

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Event forecast: N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic @ The Cathay

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

The Downtown Picic marks the commencement of public voting for N.E.mation! 11.

Highlights of the afternoon of fun include games, lucky draw, food, and Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

Highlights of the afternoon of fun include games, lucky draw, food, and Ryan and Sylvia from Night Owl Cinematics.

Student animators from the Top 10 teams will be present to showcase their completed 1-minute animations.

Admission FREE, registration NOT required. Bring along family & friends.

Review: SuperCharged Huawei Mate 9 Android flagship phablet

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Mate 9 is Huawei’s flagship phablet boasting the fabulous camera from P9 that was co-developed with Leica and now improved, a fast Kirin 960 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 user interface. Price in Singapore: S$898.

A photo posted by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

My take: The Huawei Mate 9 is another winner from Huawei. The Android 7 flagship phablet works swiftly as a smartphone and has a fabulous camera that churns out wonderfully toned black and white snapshots. Fantastic for monochrome shooters that want Leica-like photos without any post-editing.

The 5.9-inch smartphone has dual SIM slots capable of supporting 4G and 3G networks.

The Huawei Mate 9 ships with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory, and you can use the secondary SIM card slot to add up to 256GB from a microSD card.

Have been trying out the Huawei Mate 9 since its launch & availability in Singapore last month. Was curious to see whether the camera performance of the Mate 9 had improved over the P9, which had impressed me when I tried it (see the P9 photos here).

With the demise of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7, the Huawei Mate 9 is a strong candidate to take up the mettle left by the Korean flagship phablet.

The phone sports a Type-C USB socket – an adaptor to convert into a regular mini-USB is included in the box – and has a 4000mAh battery that can be SuperCharged for a day’s usage within 20 minutes.

I brought along the Mate 9 when I went on vacation in Taiwan to put it through the grind of daily usage, and to take some photos with its fabulous camera (see the Mate 9 photos here).

The highlights

  • Android 7 Nougat.
  • EMUI 5.0 user interface.
  • Latest Kirin 960 CPU for faster performance.
  • SuperCharge technology (full day’s charge in 20min).
  • 2nd gen Leica dual-lens camera with 12MP RGB sensor, and now with 20MP monochrome sensor and Hybrid Zoom, enabling 2x digital zoom.

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N.E.mation! 11 : Art used in N.E.mation! 11

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Here is a sampling of the art used in this year’s N.E.mation! competition.

Simple but innovative use of ink cartoons on plastic cups for use in stop-motion animation. Rotate the outer cup to get different facial expressions or different stages of a chin-up exercise. Prop by N.E. HEH HEH (#NE11C09).

Simple but innovative use of ink cartoons on plastic cups for use in stop-motion animation. Rotate the outer cup to get different facial expressions or different stages of a chin-up exercise. Prop by N.E. HEH HEH (#NE11C09).

To many, N.E.mation! 11 is first and foremost an animation competition – with animation themes based on the National Education message of building a strong and resilient country that can defend itself against adversity and external threats.

My favourite is this finger puppet of a soldier sewn by [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01). Other finger puppets included civilian clothes like those worn by the Sylvanian family of toy figurines.

My favourite is this finger puppet of a soldier sewn by [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01). Other finger puppets included civilian clothes like those worn by the Sylvanian family of toy figurines.

Cut-out pop-up park to be used as background for the animation. The cylinder can be rotated to simulate movement of foreground objects in the animation. By [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01).

Cut-out pop-up park to be used as background for the animation. The cylinder can be rotated to simulate movement of foreground objects in the animation. By [BlankSpace] (#NE11C01).

So a lot of emphasis is focused on the animation techniques used and how slick and accomplished the completed animation looks.

MADEit (#NE11C08) animates the images on a $10 Singapore bill, adding their own elements to it in their animation.

MADEit (#NE11C08) animates the images on a $10 Singapore bill, adding their own elements to it in their animation.

N.E.mation! 11 bestows upon participating teams the skills of digital animation.

Finding Sanity (#NE11C05) draws their artwork on a computer for their 2D 8-bit animation. I like the patchwork look.

Finding Sanity (#NE11C05) draws their artwork on a computer for their 2D 8-bit animation. I like the patchwork look.

More than that, the competition also brings out the artistic talents in every participating individual.

Passionfruit (#NE11C10) draws their artwork digitally on a graphics tablet.

Passionfruit (#NE11C10) draws their artwork digitally on a graphics tablet.

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