Posts Tagged ‘devices’

New arrival: Dyson Pure Cool Link air purifier fan in Singapore

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The new Pure Cool Link comes in desktop (S$699, from end May) and tower (S$1,099, end April) form factors.

The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air.

The Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan automatically removes 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns from the air.

The new Dyson Pure Cool Link purifier fan uses a unique 360° Glass HEPA filter.

“We think it is polluted outside of our homes, but the air inside can be far worse. Dyson engineers focused on developing a purifier that automatically removes ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants from the indoor air, feeding real time air quality data back to you,” says James Dyson, Inventor & Founder of Dyson.

This technology captures 99.95% of ultrafine allergens, odours and pollutants as small as 0.1µ from the air – keeping them in the filter.

Sensors inside the machine detect changes in conditions, before automatically adjusting airflow to maintain the target air quality.

The machine projects cleaner, purified air around the room evenly and quietly, purifying all year round and doubling up as a fan to cool you in the summer.

Dyson currently already has a Pure Cool purifier fan on the market.

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The Dyson Pure Cool Link comes in desktop and tower sizes and will be available at all major departmental stores and electrical multiples in Singapore. Pictured her during the launch at the Aliwal Arts Centre.

This new version (Pure Cool Link) features connectivity to an iOS/Android app so that users can control/manage the purifier remotely, and peruse environmental recorded by the purifier’s sensors.

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New arrivals: ASUS ZenWatch 2 in Singapore TODAY (S$229)

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is now available in Singapore. Priced at S$229, it comes in 2 sizes with more than 50 customisable watch faces. Stores listed below.

The ZenWatch 2 works with both Android and iOS devices and its battery life is rated at more than 2 days for each charge.

The ZenWatch 2 works with both Android and iOS devices and its battery life is rated at more than 2 days for each charge.

The ZenWatch 2 is ASUS’ first smartwatch to be introduced in Singapore.

ZenWatch 2 is available in two sizes:

  1. Sparrow, the larger 1.63-inch gunmetal housing and navy blue leather strap.
  2. Wren, the 1.43-inch silver housing and khaki leather strap.

A variety of interchangeable straps (S$39) for the smartwatch will be available by end November.

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McAfee says Singaporeans value their digital assets at S$57,500

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

McAfee’s Global Digital Assets survey reveals that the price an average Internet user in Singapore places on his/her digital assets could get one a private university degree in Singapore.

Yet, consumers still do not adequately protect these assets across all their digital devices.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of Singaporean households now own more than five digital devices.

Nearly a quarter (24%) of Singaporean households now own more than five digital devices. Click to view enlarged and complete infographic.

The average Singaporean now own digital items (such as photos, videos and documents) with a total financial value of S$57,500.

McAfee Digital Assets 2013 study

The survey was conducted between 15 March and 9 April 2013 in US, Canada, Spain, UK, Italy, Germany, Japan, Australia, Singapore, India, Brazil & Mexico. There were 6,078 respondents.

This is roughly equivalent to one and a half year’s salary for the average worker in Singapore, who earns S$37,705 a year, according to the 2012 report of Department of Statistics Singapore.

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Game-changing technology: wearable unified displays with scalable imagery

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

In a time when new technology and gadgets are launched everyday, and every one of their makers proclaim them to be game-changers, it is truly heartening to see products showcasing technology that has genuine potential to become a game changer in the near future.

Wearable video displays are an example. The Epson Moverio and Google Glass are examples of such gadgets.

Wearable unified displays can be used everywhere and for any purpose in the future, here an aircraft engineer has his hands free while referencing his technical manual through an Epson Moverio.

Wearable unified displays can be used everywhere and for any purpose in the future. Here an aircraft engineer can have his hands free (if he clips the controller to his overalls) while referencing his technical manual through an Epson Moverio.

In my humble opinion, there are two main constraints in consumer devices that represent frontiers in product developments for gadget makers.

Google Glass was showed off by co-founder Sergey Brin (not in this picture) at the Google I/O conference in June.

Google Glass was showed off by co-founder Sergey Brin (not in this picture) at the Google I/O conference in June.

These are display technology and device input.

What defines a smartphone and a tablet, laptop and a laptop, or even a television and even the cinema?

It is the size and form factor of the device.

Apart from the backend processor and performance, a large determinant of their category is simply their screen size.

If it’s a 3-5 inch device (with 3G connectivity), it’s a smartphone. 7-10 inch flat screen (with or without 3G), it’s a tablet (used to be netbook not too long ago).

Beyond that, you have the 13-17 inch notebook computer, and still beyond that – the desktops with even bigger screens.

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Need we go into the numerous sizes for TVs, projectors and erm – cinemas?

A large determinant of device portability and usability – which often run counter to each other – is the size of the display.

Greater portability results in more squinting, whereas nice expansive viewing pleasure means bigger heavier screens.

A viewer/display device that allows the user to divorce display size from processing hardware will free the user from having to own multiple devices with different form factors.

Imagine the ability to make calls, read ebooks, play games, work on documents or edit images/video, watch the equivalent of large-screen movies on a single viewer/display.

Wanna look like an X-men? Try the Cyclops look.

Wanna look like an X-men? Try the Cyclops look.

No need to purchase separate bulky devices with their own different-sized displays.

You’d still need to have the little black-boxes containing the different processing hardware and device input.

But imagine sharing the same viewer/display amongst all these devices.

All of them “plug” into the same viewer/display.

There’s no more difference between a smartphone and a 3G-capable tablet computer.

Cameras and camcorders could also pair up wirelessly.

Although the device closest to bringing this to reality is the mounted-visor display/viewer, I’m sure there’ll be other physical means and ways to achieve this “unified display”.

Olympus has just announced its wearable display prototype - MEG4.0.

Olympus has just announced its wearable display prototype – MEG4.0.

Eventually, I can envisage (pun intended) displays embedded in contact lenses or even implanted into the cornea of the eyes.

In fact, patents have already been filed for such designs.

I haven’t seen any patents that bypass the eyes and inject vision signals directly into the brain though.

In a way, nature already unifies human vision through our eyes. We do not put on a different set of eyes to see different things.

The Olympus MEG 4.0 promises to connect to devices via Bluetooth.

The Olympus MEG 4.0 promises to connect to devices via Bluetooth.

Everything we see are through the same pair of eyes.

Why should we require a different screen to view the contents of different devices?

Now this single unified display may not be good news to device makers, although it surely should be the dream of consumers – even if we may not realise it yet.

Surely it’s better to be able to sell a single user multiple devices with different screen sizes if his/her needs forces him/her to do so.

Many users today own separate tablets and smartphones.

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Apple, for instance, would rather sell you an iPhone AND an iPad, than only a single mobile device that “throws” its display into a single viewer with a “scalable” image size.

Google Glass with augmented reality.

Google Glass with augmented reality.

I’m sure it isn’t even news to the makers.

It’s a bit akin to traditional airlines offering budget flights.

Why introduce new budget services – even though it would benefit customers – that will change the game and threaten their erstwhile profitable business?

Fortunately, we have entrepreneurs who have broken the ranks to offer such choice to budget travellers.

A closer analogy would be the way netbooks had cannibalised the mainstream laptop market.

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer

We have Asus to thank for “creating” the netbook niche to bring affordable and no-frills portable computing to the masses.

The Epson Moverio and Google Glass are not the first such device on the market, and in their current form are not mature enough for mass adoption by consumers yet – in terms of usability and feature-set, as well as content and consumer readiness.

But hopefully it precipitates more momentum to force makers to get on the bandwagon.

The other frontier

The other “physical constraint” to device form-factor is input interaction, a large part of which is text-input.

The size of screen again comes into the picture again if an on-screen keyboard is used.

And if a physical keyboard is used – be it a BlackBerry style keypad or a bigger portable keyboard – it translates into the overall form factor of the device.

Voice-input represents a means to free a device from a physical or on-screen keyboard, and even provide interactivity – through voice commands and voice search.

It’s also still early days and much development is needed before we can enjoy keyboardless devices

But as consumers and end-users, we can always dream on.

* Photos and illustrations used in this article belong to Epson, Google, Sony, and Olympus.

窥探一下未来的显示浏览器。如今已有一些头目。譬如:Epson Moverio BT-100, Google Glass, Sony HMZ T1 Personal 3D Viewer, Olympus MEG4.0。希望有朝一日,能够只凭一个显示机利用多种电子设备器材。

BlackBerry OS vs iOS vs Windows Phone vs Android

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Trend Micro has released the results of its study on the four main mobile operating systems in a report titled “Enterprise Readiness of Consumer Mobile Platforms”.

The security firm found the BlackBerry 7 OS the most secure mobile operating system, followed by iOS 5, Windows Phone 7.5, and Android 2.3.

Summary chart from “Enterprise Readiness of Consumer Mobile Platforms” White Paper by Trend Micro.

Summary chart from “Enterprise Readiness of Consumer Mobile Platforms” White Paper by Trend Micro.

Android 2.3 was used in the study because it was the dominant installed/supplied version of Google’s mobile OS at the time of the research.

Below is an excerpt from the White Paper summarising the findings about the four mobile platforms.

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Facebook to buy Instagram photo app for US$1 billion

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

US$100 billion Facebook Inc has agreed to fork out US$1 billion in cash and stock to acquire the photo-sharing application for smartphones. The deal is expected to be completed this quarter.

Is Instagram worth one-hundredth of Facebook?

Is Instagram worth one-hundredth of Facebook?

Facebook is probably looking at attracting the users of mobile devices through its acquisition of Instagram – its biggest acquisition yet.

“Instagram, owned by San Francisco-based Burbn Inc, was valued at $500 million after raising about $60 million last week from investors,” Bloomberg was told.The idea is to attract the advertisers interested in reaching the mobile users.

Instagram started out as the top free photo-sharing app on Apple’s App Store with more than 30 million users.

Only last week, the company introduced the app for Android devices as well.

Instagram has only 13 employees so the offer works out to some US$76 million per employee, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“We need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook. That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently,” – Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook fanpage.Instagram was launched in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger with a seed funding of about US$500,000.

It subsequently raised US$7 million in 2011, when it had 1.75 million users, according to Bloomberg.

California-based Facebook is the biggest social-networking service today and intends to raise US$5 billion in its initial public offering (IPO) – which is to date the biggest IPO for an Internet company, valuing it at US$100 billion.

Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said it plans to let Instagram retain its independence, in an effort to reassure Instagram users and potential advertisers.