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It’s the New Year and you’re getting laundry-folding robots, because the 1960s thought of everything

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The robot laundry-folding wars are heating up.

The German appliance manufacturing giant BSH is in the early stages of partnering with the U.S. and Israeli-based laundry-folding robot designer FoldiMate on product development and manufacturing in the latest volley in the battle to bring a commercially viable laundry-folding robot to market.

As technology moves inexorably closer to an episode of the Jetsons (flying cars are already on the horizon), it’s only fitting that laundry-folding robots become the next step on the path.

FoldiMate took CES by storm last year with its early prototype for a laundry-folding robot, and the company will be back again this year to unveil its new device and to speak more fully about what the partnership with BSH will entail.

“We have come a long way since then,” FoldiMate’s chief executive, Gal Rozov says of his company’s progress since that CES 2017 debut. The company has more than 200,000 followers waiting for the opportunity to pre-order the laundry-folding robotic device and is looking forward to the unveiling of a new and improved FoldiMate.

These two partners aren’t the only players in the laundry-folding robot game. Seven Dreamers is working with Panasonic on the laundroid — which aims to bring its own vision of a laundry-folding machine to the masses.

Backed by roughly $90 million in capital from funds affiliated with the Henry Kravis and George Roberts, two of the founders of the gargantuan private equity investment firm KKR, laundroid is clearly the better funded device — but the partnership with BSH will go a long way toward leveling the playing field.

There’s also a significant price difference between the two devices. FoldiMate was aiming for a price point of around $850 as of last May, while laundroid is already retailing at $14,000 in Japan and has a targeted price of $2,000.

For Rozov, FoldiMate is the culmination of a seven-year journey for the software developer turned company founder.

The rationale behind FoldiMate is simple. Rozov hated folding clothes… but still wanted to help out around the house.

FoldiMate has raised $3 million from undisclosed angel investors, but is counting on the partnership with BSH to take its business to the next level.

“We  believe we’ve gotten to a point where the technology is mature enough and we’re satisfied enough with the results,” to begin bringing the product to market, says Rozov.

BSH will help with that process. “The best way to reduce risk with making such an endeavor with all of our challenging deadlines would be to have a partner,” Rozov tells me. “So we have decided to go deeper into discussions with BSH.”

From its headquarters in Munich, BSH has become the second largest appliance manufacturing in the world (behind Whirlpool).

“We have a big expertise in washing machines, dryers and garment care,” says Fridolin Weindl, head of crisis communication and international coordination for BSH Home Appliances Group. “FoldiMate has shown very innovative thinking and development of laundry folding solutions and this of course was interesting to us.”

If everything goes well, Rozov said that FoldiMate will look to go to market alongside BSH.

These devices are already a hit with consumers who hear about them (all of my friends… and friends’ parents… want them), and move us further along the path to Rosey the Robot’s automated housekeeping services.

Here’re some teaser images for the new FoldiMate to tide you over til CES.

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Internet Of Things | A Hands-on Approach

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In today’s era, internet is an integrated part of our daily lives. From things to human beings, everyone is connected to the internet directly or indirectly. Internet of things is the conceptualization and application of this aspect of interconnectivity among objects and people or within individuals to make otherwise time consuming tasks easier.

Internet of things aims at incorporating this idea of binding each daily necessity with technology to increase it’s outreach to everyone’s lives which will slowly and steadily lead to creating a huge societal impact with the help of mobile application development for such purposes.

 

What is Internet of Things? 

The internet of things is the inter connectivity of various ‘things or functions’ over a network such that it leads to reduction in interaction between the device or mobile application and the person operating it. It can be used to reduce human-human or human-machine interaction.

Internet Of Things | A Hands-on Approach

The things mentioned in the above sentence, can be everyday devices like watches, glasses, light bulbs, a pacemaker placed in the human heart or even a basic food item. These things can be installed with sensors and can thus be controlled remotely or locally by a device or any mobile application.

Benefits:
1) Time saving: The collection of information directly from source and transferring of this digitally computed data over a network and quick display of items through a web or mobile application leads to almost 40% saving in time. Also, information collected and shared is much faster and this leads to an increase in outputs for users as well as businesses.

2) Accurate: The data collected by these sensors is accurate and highly precise as it does not get affected by human error. The basic experimental and parallax errors are avoided and a highly precise result is obtained.

3) Economical: A onetime investment in such a technology can lead to various cuts elsewhere. For example the manual force required for management and administration is decreased.

4) Increased data collection and processing: The quantity and quality of data collected is also increased in such an arrangement. The interconnectivity allows fast access and processing can be done at a much higher rate.

Risks:
1) Security: Since this technology is new and upcoming the security threats associated with this are high. The data and it’s safety come up as areas of major concern here. Thus local and national data which may be stored and collected using IoT can have major consequences if not stored or encrypted properly.

2) Safety: Safety of data is another concern as there can be endless possibilities of the data being hacked or compromised.

Applications:
This technology has various applications in all major industries right now. A few examples are listed below:

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  • Healthcare – In the healthcare industry, this technology is being used to monitor the medicine cycle of patients and give them a reminder as to when to purchase a new set. Also, a number of sensors are used to check the patient’s vital signs etc inside and outside the hospital.
  • Food industry – In the food sector, these sensors are being used to make the customer aware about the freshness and helping them monitor the shelf life of a product. Also, these sensors also show whether a product has been contaminated or not and if it is fit for consumption.
  • Logistics: The RFID technology is being used in ID cards, libraries etc to track products and make their identification much easier.
  • Domestic security: Internet of things is being used in homes to imply safer residencies. Homes are now installed with cameras and alarms which can also be remotely controlled.

Appsquadz interventions:

As a mobile application development company, AppSquadz understands the advent of internet of things and keeps in mind the needs of it’s clients to form and execute an application which can perform as per the needs and demands of their innovative product. These technologies are basic yet state of the art and hence require a mobile application development which promises the same amount of commitment as they do.

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Intel lance les Kaby-Lake G : ses processeurs avec puce graphique AMD

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L’annonce en avait étonné plus d’un et pour cause : Intel et AMD annonçaient, en 2017, une collaboration dans les puces pour ordinateurs portables. Voir AMD et Intel travailler ensemble avait quelque chose de surréaliste : les deux entreprises se font la guerre depuis des décennies pour dominer le marché des processeurs ; sans compter que les processeurs Intel sont quasiment toujours associés aux cartes graphiques Nvidia.

Juste avant l’ouverture du CES 2018 de Las Vegas, qui ouvre ses portes au public le mardi 9 janvier 2018, Intel dévoile donc ses nouveaux modèles : les Kaby-Lake G.

Kaby-Lake G : quand Intel s’associe à AMD

Les Kaby-Lake G ont une particularité qui pourrait faire la différence : ils intègrent une puce Radeon Vega de chez AMD en tant que puce graphique. Un changement de taille qui ouvre la voie à de nouvelles possibilités pour améliorer les performances des ordinateurs portables avec carte graphique intégrée qui, jusque-là, étaient bien moins puissants que les ordinateurs portables avec carte graphique dédiée.

Difficile de dire si les Kaby-Lake G vont permettre de compenser la différence mais ils ont des arguments : une puce qui intègre un processeur Intel de 8ème génération gravé en 14nm, une puce graphique RX Vega M et 4Go de mémoire HBM2. Le tout relié sur le même circuit pour plus de rapidité dans l’échange de l’information.

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5 processeurs Intel et deux versions de la Radeon Vega

Intel a annoncé que cette nouvelle déclinaison pour ordinateur portable, qui se destine surtout aux jeux-vidéo, aura plusieurs options. À ce jour, 5 ont été présentées. Niveau processeurs il sera possible de choisir entre quatre i7 et un i5. Mais ce qui va surtout diriger le choix des acheteurs ce sera la version de la puce graphique Radeon Vega M qui lui sera associée.

Les puces graphiques s’offrent deux options : une version GL moins puissante et une version GH plus puissante. La différence est nette : la version GH de la Radeon Vega M dispose de 24 unités de calcul et de 1.536 processeurs de flux, contre 20 unités de calcul et 1.280 processeurs de flux pour la version GL. Les Radeon Vega M GH n’ont en outre été lancées, pour l’instant, qu’en association avec des processeurs i7.

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CES 2018 press day 1: 65-inch gaming TV, short story dispenser, 146-inch modular TV and much more

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The Consumer Electronics Show is officially a go. Sunday, 7 January, was press day 1, and a lot of companies showcased the very latest – some even went old school – technology. There will be one more day for the press before the doors are thrown open to the public. For now, here’s a quick roundup of everything that was announced on day 1.

65-INCH 4K HDR GAMING MONITOR

Nvidia has come out with a BFGD monitor. BFGD stands for Big Format Gaming Display. It’s a monitor that has been built by American technology company Nvidia, with the help of partners Acer, Asus and HP. You may ask why it is Big Format. The answer is because this monitor is 65 inches! It’s one of the largest desktop monitors ever. Essentially, this is a TV built specifically for gamers. It comes with Nvidia’s G-Sync technology. Here’s CNET’s definition of the technology, “employs variable refresh rates to synchronize a display’s refresh rate and gameplay frame rates to prevent artifacts like tearing and stutter”.

This monitor has a 120Hz refresh rate and supports true high dynamic range (HDR) for both games and videos. It has a resolution of 4K. No pricing has been announced as of yet but Nvidia has said that the BFGD will be shipping later this summer.

WORLD’S THINNEST LAPTOP

Acer has kicked off 2018 with the unveiling of the world’s thinnest laptop ever. The Swift 7 notebook comes in at just 8.98mm thick. It is slated to go on sale in April at at $1,699. The laptop has an all-black aluminum design. There is a 14-inch (1,920×1,080 resolution) touchscreen with ultra-slim bezels and 4G LTE connectivity. The only downside is that the Swift 7 packs in Intel’s older 7th-gen processor. With that in mind, the Swift 7 is slightly pricey.

THE SHORT STORY DISPENSER

French company Short Edition has come out with its Short Story Dispenser. It is a slender cylinder and the plexiglass on the top reads, “select your reading time”. There are three buttons atop the cylinder – “1 min.,” “3 min.” and “5 min.”. Basically, you press the button and decide the length of the story you want. A couple of seconds later, an original short story is printed. It comes on thick paper and doesn’t cost a cent.

Short Edition, the publisher that has come up with the machine, inteded for this device to be used as a medium to share the work of its authors to a larger audience. It’s been seen at train stations, airports and hospitals in France since 2016.

At the moment it contains over 85,000 short stories. In fact, Francis Ford Coppola was instantly impressed. He has placed an order for one for his Cafe Zoetrope in San Francisco and has even invested in the company.

“A short story is a very good basis for a movie because a short story you read in one sitting and a movie you see in one sitting,” Coppola said.

THE WALL

Samsung doesn’t know how to hold back. MicroLED is what Samsung is calling this TV technology and it might just one-up OLED. Samsung brought with it to CES a huge 4K television that it is calling The Wall. The Wall is the “the world’s first modular TV,” according to the South Korean company. It comes in at 146 inches. It uses the MicroLED technology to produce its picture.

The Wall has a bezel-less design, a la Samsung’s Galaxy line of smartphones, and says that the “module-based.” design will allow the consumer to dictate just the size suitable for their requirements.

Samsung may not be revealing much about The Wall but it has said this, ”the modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or simply let consumers increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in the home.”

The Wall, for the time being, is just a concept, but if you listen to the South Korean giant, then you’ll realise just how serious they are. There is going to be a “global launch” later in the spring.

One thing is for certain, for launch, and probably a year or two after, The Wall is going to be one very expensive device.

SAMSUNG’S 8K AI TV

It is time for 8K TVs to become manistream. Samsung has unveiled the Q9S. It is the first 85-inch 8K TV with artificial intelligence.

HEATWORKS COUNTERTOP DISHWASHER

Heatworks and Frog Design have come together to collaborae and bring out Tetra. Tetra is a connected and compact dishwater that dishes out 10-minute, half-gallon cycles. It is powered by Heatworks’ Ohmic Array technology. This technology uses graphite electrodes to heat the water.

This countertop dishwater can be monitored through a companion app and one can adjust water pressure, start remotely and adjust cycle from within that app. It is slated to cost $299 when it comes to retail and will go on sale in late 2018.

HP SPECTRE X360

HP is one of the first companies to bring out a laptop Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors with Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. It’s the same model as last year, with updated internals only. It will retail at $1,369.99 and ship on 18 March.

ANDROID PROJECTOR-BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Anker has a sub-brand called Nebula. The company is bringing a miniaturized version of its projector to general availability. the Nebula Capsule is an Andorid-based DLP projector. As a bonus, it doubles up as a Bluetooth speaker. It is as small as a soda can. It is now selling on Amazon for $349.99.

THE PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANT IS REBORN

The Psion 5 – a PDA that was in everyone’s hands – from 1997 is getting an update to make it relevant in 2018. It’s the Gemini phone and comes from UK outfit Planet Computers. It comes with modern-day specs – 10-core processor, 64GB of storage, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and most importantly, a full-width QWERTY keyboard. Right now, it is only available from Indiegogo. The 4G LTE model sells for $599. Wi-Fi only model comes in at $499.

THREE NEW SONY SMARTPHONES

Sony has unleashed a trio of Xperia phone that are primarily targetted at selfie aficianados. Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2 feature a camera that can shoot 120-degree selfies at 8 megapixels. The XA2 Ultra allows for 16-megapixel selfies without the wide-angle option. These three smartphones are part of Sony’s midrange lineup. The X2 Ultra, being the highest of them all. These phones will be getting a fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. All three phones will go on sale in late January and prices will be announced closer to launch.

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