Augmented reality systems appearing in Japanese shopping malls

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Another AR experience is being provided for shoppers in Shinjuku Ward in Tokyo at the children’s department of an Isetan department store. This AR system is being exhibited until December 25 this year and was developed by Sky & Road Co. Ltd. and Sony Music Communications Inc (SMC), in conjunction with Total Immersion, a French software company that provided the AR development kit. In this augmented reality system, one or more people stand in front of a display screen and camera. An image of the people is then displayed on the screen with a virtual image superimposed on it, placing them in a virtual “wonderland,” such as a winter snow scene or a magical fantasy land.via TechOn© 2009 PhysOrg.com Citation: Augmented reality systems appearing in Japanese shopping malls (2009, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-augmented-reality-japanese-malls.html (PhysOrg.com) — Augmented reality (AR) systems are being developed for real applications in store windows and shopping malls in Japan. The company plans to increase the number of items that can be tried on to nine by October 2010, and by the same time in 2011 will include side and back views of the person. Trying on clothes in a magic mirrorcenter_img Explore further When the camera recognizes the package of a sample product, the display on the equipment shows the description of the product. Image: TechOn AR systems present a real field of view of a physical environment augmented by computer-generated imagery (CGI), thus combining the real world with the virtual. They are often interactive in real time and sometimes the images are three-dimensional. In Japan AR technologies are finding their way into digital signage applications and store windows, showcasing products and giving shoppers additional information on products. One example is Toppan Printing Co. Ltd., which has been testing a terminal resembling a vending machine in three Ito-Yokada supermarkets. In this system potential shoppers register on the Toppan website and receive a QR (Quick Reference) code. (The QR code is a relative of the barcode but consists of a pixilated rectangle rather than stripes.) The shopper presents the code to a camera on one of the terminals in the store, and then receives a sample product. When the sample product is held in front of the camera the terminal displays an image of the product with the description superimposed upon it.Furutanisangyou Co. Ltd. is using a non-real-time AR technology in a “Magical Mirror” system that allows shoppers to see how outfits would look on them without needing to try them on. A similar system, the “Virtual Mirror,” was demonstrated in the CEATEC JAPAN 2009 trade show in Tokyo by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute.The Magical Mirror has a number of cameras, one of which captures an image of the shopper, which is then displayed on a high definition LCD. Images of selected clothes are then superimposed on the image of the person, with the system processing the digital images to make them fit the person’s image. The clothes shown in the composite image are available for sale in stores in the underground shopping mall where the system is located, and the image includes information on where the clothes can be purchased and what sizes are available. The Magical Mirror allows a shopper to “try on” up to six different items of clothing at the same time, even if they are sold at different locations, and this allows the shopper to see how combinations of clothes would look together before buying any of the items. “Magical Mirror.” Image: TechOnlast_img read more

New 3D structure shows optimal way to divide space

first_img Journal information: New Journal of Physics As the researchers explained, they intentionally removed the equal volumes constraint when developing their search method because it allowed them to design the algorithm in a new way: instead of directly minimizing the surface area of a structure, they maximized the polyhedra’s average isoperimeters (the perimeters shared by all adjacent polyhedra). While these two approaches are different, they are ultimately equivalent.The researchers used the new algorithm to explore several 3D structures made of between two and 64 polyhedra. Starting with a specific number of randomly arranged points in 3D space, the algorithm begins to move the points around. After each iteration, the algorithm calculates the new average isoperimeter, and based on the result either keeps or rejects the new configuration with a certain probability. After millions and sometimes billions of iterations, the points eventually form the vertices of multiple polyhedra that together form a 3D structure with very low surface area.As there is currently no way to prove what the most optimal space-partitioning structure is (with or without equal-volume cells), the researchers plan to continue searching a wide variety of structures of all types. Their best guess is that even more optimal structures exist, and they plan to use their algorithm to continue their exploration.The researchers also expect that the algorithm could generate other unique structures. One particularly interesting structure they discovered here is a 40-polyhedra structure that is more optimal than Kelvin’s structure but not quite as good as the Weaire-Phelan structure. This highly complex structure is also unusual in that it doesn’t belong to a category of structures called Frank-Kasper structures, which researchers have traditionally focused on for optimal space partitioning. The finding suggests that other optimal structures may also exist outside of this category. Although Kelvin’s problem wasn’t originally proposed to meet any practical need, optimal space partitioning now has a variety of applications. In the medical field, these concepts have been used to design strong, lightweight bone tissue replacements. Optimal space partitioning has also inspired architecture, with one notable example being the swimming venue built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The building, which is called the Water Cube, is based on the Weaire-Phelan structure. Citation: New 3-D structure shows optimal way to divide space (2016, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-d-optimal-space.html © 2016 Phys.org One of the new 3D structures has the lowest surface of any known space-partitioning structure: it is made of 24 polyhedra, some of which have 12 faces and some of which have 16 faces. Since the 12- and 16-faced polyhedra here have different volumes, the new structure doesn’t satisfy Kelvin’s original requirement for equal volumes. Credit: Opsomer and Vandewalle. ©2016 IOP Publishing (Phys.org)—Researchers have discovered a new 3D structure that divides space into 24 regions, and have shown that it is the best solution yet to a modified version of a geometrical space-partitioning problem that has challenged researchers for more than a century. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. New breakthrough in bubble research More information: E Opsomer and N Vandewalle. “Novel structures for optimal space partitions.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/18/10/103008 The new algorithm uncovered this 3D structure composed of 40 polyhedra of two different types. Credit: Opsomer and Vandewalle. ©2016 IOP Publishing In 1887, Lord Kelvin asked how space could be partitioned into 3D structures of equal volume in a way that minimizes the total surface area of each structure. It must be possible to tightly pack many of these structures together with no gaps in between them—in other words, they must be “space-filling” structures. Each structure can take on a variety of complex 3D shapes, or “polyhedra,” either as a single polyhedron or a combination of multiple smaller polyhedra of various types. The challenge is to figure out what particular types of polyhedra to use in order to minimize the outer surface area of the entire structure. Kelvin’s best solution to this problem was a single polyhedron called a “tetrakaidecahedron,” which has 14 faces: six squares and eight hexagons. Since this is the shape obtained when cutting the corners off a 3D diamond shape, it can also be thought of as a truncated octahedron.Although Kelvin’s solution stood for more than a century, in 1994 Denis Weaire and Robert Phelan at Trinity College Dublin used numerical simulations to discover a more optimal space partition. Weaire and Phelan’s solution is made of eight polyhedra of two different types, though both types have the same volume: six of Kelvin’s tetrakaidecahedron and two dodecahedron (which has 12 faces). Together, these eight polyhedra make up a 3D structure that has 0.3% less surface area than Kelvin’s single tetrakaidecahedron. The Weaire-Phelan structure has remained the most optimal solution to Kelvin’s problem for the past 22 years. Now in the new study, physicists Eric Opsomer and Nicolas Vandewalle at the University of Liége in Belgium have developed a new algorithm for finding space-filling composite polyhedral structures with minimal surface area. Using the new method, they discovered that a novel 3D structure made of 24 polyhedra has an even lower surface area than the Weaire-Phelan structure. The 24 polyhedra are of two different types: some have 12 faces and some have 16 faces. Unlike the Weaire-Phelan structure, in which the two different types of polyhedra have equal volumes, the 12- and 16-faced polyhedra here have significantly different volumes. For this reason, the new structure doesn’t satisfy Kelvin’s original requirement for equal volumes. “Unfortunately, it is not a ‘true solution,’ since equal volume cells are a requirement for the original Kelvin problem,” Opsomer told Phys.org. Nonetheless, the structure is still interesting for other reasons. “These results may lead to the discovery of structures with potential implications for material physics, medical research, and other areas,” Opsomer said. Explore furtherlast_img read more

70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal Sa

first_img Patrick Semansky 70 Mayors Reject Trump Food Stamp Proposal, Saying It Puts… by NPR News Bobby Allyn 8.22.19 3:22pm The Trump administration’s proposal to push millions of people out of the federal food stamp program would punish some of the country’s neediest, including children, seniors and people with disabilities, according to mayors of 70 American cities who have sent a letter to an administrator for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.Under a new rule proposed in July by the Agriculture Department, more than 3 million people would lose their food assistance. The mayors say the move would also hurt their local and regional economies.The change to SNAP is aimed at plugging what critics say is a loophole that allows states to give benefits to people whose savings and other assets the Trump administration says should make them ineligible for food stamps.Anti-poverty groups view the shift as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to peel people off government assistance. Republicans who back the move say the new rules are needed to curb abuse of federal safety net programs.Through the change, the Trump administration aims to cut spending by some $2.5 billion a year. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has pledged the plan will also preserve “the integrity of the program.” But dozens of mayors counter that shaking up the eligibility requirements will exact a toll on some of the nation’s most vulnerable people.”This proposal will put children’s health and development at risk by removing their access to healthy school meals; and harm our economy by reducing the amount of SNAP dollars available to spur regional and local economic activity,” wrote the city leaders, in a letter sent from the U.S. Conference of Mayors.The mostly Democratic mayors who signed the letter come from around the country, from Fremont, Calif., to Houston and from Edina, Minn., to Philadelphia.”Our nation cannot remain globally competitive if our children do not have enough to eat; if our citizens do not have access to affordable health care; if housing and other basic needs are priced out of reach; and if adults who are willing and able to work cannot find jobs that will help them support their families,” the mayors wrote.The majority of the people who receive SNAP are children, the elderly or people who struggle with a disability. Government statistics show that the average monthly benefit per person is $135 a month.Federal food assistance is a pathway out of desperate circumstances, the mayors argue.”SNAP is not only a critical resource in the fight against hunger and food insecurity, but also lifts people out of poverty,” their letter states.Since the new federal rule has been open to public comment, more than 4,000 people have weighed in on the proposal, with many strongly opposing the Trump administration’s move.”It’s horrifying to think that millions of people will not have food stamps! I encourage the American government to act for the people that need a hand up from desperate situations,” wrote Kala Nyx.”I am a 55 year old white male from rural Texas,” wrote Johnny Dotson, who said he has known many families who have depended on SNAP. “You should be ashamed of yourselves if you believe it is ok to make children go hungry for ANY reason. You may think there will be so few children negatively affected it would be worth the cost, but you are wrong.”Others, like Joal Devendorf, embraced the Trump administration’s proposed move.”We should close loopholes such as the SNAP loophole. Temporary Assistance is fine; ongoing dependence is not,” he wrote.The mayors, meanwhile, are fretting about how the overhaul to food assistance will impact their regions’ local economies, saying those who receive benefits spend more money in their communities, as part of a “multiplier effect” that boosts overall economic activity, including job creation.Citing the USDA’s own statistics, the mayors wrote, “during times of economic downturn, every additional $5 dollars in SNAP benefits generates up to $9 dollars of economic activity.”The Agriculture Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The department can move forward with the new rule in about a month, after the 60-day public comment period ends on Sept. 23.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.last_img read more

From pain to paint

first_imgNot all can transform their lives in to something that is worth the time and effort of hundreds others. And when it comes to a life of difficulty and pain – the effort is a million times more.The Bindu Art School does something not many others have dared to do till date. They use art to transform the lives of people affected by leprosy. By painting and selling pictures, students attain financial independence without the discrimination of receiving alms and support similar people with their income. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Drawing from intense experiences, students produce impressive paintings, tinged with a rare type of beauty. Founded by the Austrian Multimedia Artist Werner Dornik and the Indian Social Activist, Padma Venkataraman, the schools opened in 2005 at Bharatapuram, Tamil Nadu.Werner Dornik has been working since 1980 with photography, text, music and painting in Europe and Asia. Besides 40 one man exhibitions he published amongst other things the photo-text-volume ‘If you go you just go’, given an honorary prize and then awarded the State Prize ‘The most beautiful books of Austria’. His book- and exhibition projects are mostly directed against the ‘consumer society’, encourage spiritual freedom, and support social projects. The proceeds go mainly to the Leprosy Stations Khandwa and Indore in India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs curator of the artist-exchange-project ‘The Search Within’,  together with 20 artists from Austria and India, he illuminates the political and spiritual backgrounds of modern painting in both countries over three years. With the multimedia project  ‘The Journey from: Technic to: Techno’ in Austria, Germany, Portugal, Italy and India, he pointed at the dangers of technical development.Padma Venkataraman, has been active in social welfare programmes at National and International levels. In Vienna she was, among other things, permanent representative of the All India Women’s Conference to the U.N., member of several NGO Committees accredited to UN, such as Committee on Narcotics, Committee on Disabled, etc., Vice President of NGO Committee on Women, President of the United Nations Women’s Guild. In India, she has been most active in grassroots work in leprosy rehabilitation for 15 years. Was Honorary Director of a FAO/All-India Women’s Conference Project for leprosy patients in the 4000 strong Shahdhara Colony in Delhi; and worked with Hope World Wide to construct houses for 800 families there. For over 5 years was Honorary Director of a major Tamil Nadu wide DANIDA-funded leprosy rehabilitation project under the auspices of the Women’s Indian Association, Chennai.The art school is holding an exhibition in the city with paintings made by leprosy patients. Do your bit for the cause, head over and give it a look.DETAILWhere: Azad Bhavan Art Gallery, Azad BhavanWhen: On till 27 Marchlast_img read more

Glistering all the way

first_imgThe Kolkata-based jewellery chain, Senco Gold and Diamonds, has remained the first choice for many families since ages. Be it a wedding, puja or any other occasion, Senco has the perfect collection to make one look absolutely gorgeous and leave others speechless. The business, which was started from scratch by Late Maran Chand Sen, soars high amongst other jewellery brands in the market. Senco Gold and Diamonds’ stores are spread all over West Bengal, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Patna, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Jamshedpur, Ranchi and Guwahati among others.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt not only has a pan-Indian customer base but is also involved in exporting gold and diamond jewellery to the Middle East, Singapore, UK and USA. Suvankar Sen, the Managing Director of Senco Gold and Diamonds, who joined the family business in 2007, believes that trust for quality and value for money sets them apart. An MBA from IMT Ghaziabad, Sen has worked closely with his father Sankar Sen, to learn the nitty gritty of their long running business.  Sen talks about Senco’s impeccable journey which runs for more than eight decades now along with their expansion plans.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKindly tell us the background of your group. How did your grandparents come about it? Our company was started by my great grandfather Maran Chand Sen, who used to be an intern at a jewellery store. One day a trader left behind some precious stones. He was honest enough to keep it aside and return it to him when he met him a year after. That made the trader happy and in return he gave him a packet as a reward for his honesty. This gave him the capital to start his business which he named ‘Senco’.  He was smart enough to sense the change in the political environment and shift base to Kolkata during the Bengal Partition. After his death, his sons had disagreements among themselves and separated. My grandfather was given the smallest showroom and a minimum capital to restart his branch of Senco. He turned that into a very profitable showroom and went on to add 2 more to his portfolio. My father, Sankar Sen expanded it further and introduced the business model of franchisees and after I joined in 2007 the rate of expansion is as we see it today.How has been the journey of Senco group with so many jewellery brands cropping up side by side?Our motto is value for money and trust for quality. The journey with other competitors and brands entering the market with fluctuating gold price has been a challenging one and that in turn has helped us to meet the demands of the current time and supply our customers with lightweight jewellery. There are multiple jewellery brands available for consumers, how do you convince people to go for Senco? Senco Gold & Diamonds is an eighty year old brand so it includes four generations of trust. In addition, Kolkata is the best known for karigari – heavy and light weight jewellery for both wedding and daily/casual wear. So, I believe that very unique handcrafted jewellery designs  can be found here.  What is the USP of Senco gold? Having our base in Kolkata makes us unique as we are in manufacturing and retailing sector. The light affordable jewellery covering wedding or daily wear gives us an upper hand. Also, the trend that we follow while making our products sets us apart. What are the main products that you are pushing for sale? Gold, diamonds, platinum, silver– All are fine for sale.What according to you is the latest trend of consumption?The latest trend is sleek designs in gold and diamonds. It’s not about the quantity but largely depends on the quality source, which is the heritage and the value.People say gold is better as an investment than diamonds. Why?Gold is an internationally accepted metal, almost a substitute to currency that appreciates value over time. The price is driven by market demand and supply. Diamonds on the other hand are rare, precious, beautiful and fashionable. It is more modern and trendy. Big sized diamonds are still accepted as investments but not the tiny ones.In this era of so many diamonds consumers, do you think purchase of gold is on the decline?Purchase of gold amongst youngsters is on decline, compared to diamonds. This is mainly due to the dressing style and behaviour of the consumers. They want to enjoy what they wear and gold becomes selective in that case. However, I believe consumers should appreciate the long term asset value of gold and act on it. Where does Senco group stand when compared to others?We don’t compare ourselves with others. We believe in giving a solution to our consumers in terms of designs and value. We want to execute the best practices in terms of processes and controls and serve the needs of our consumers.Lately, the government has imposed tax on jewellery transactions. How intensely does it affect this line of business? Nearly 10 to 20 per cent. This is due to the rules and taxes that have been suggested but we believe it’s just a matter of time. Consumers will get used to it and we will overcome the challenge.How do you wish to see the group in another ten years?We are at 80 stores right now. As the business grows we are aiming towards 100 stores in the next two years. However, the main target over the next ten years is to take our manufactured products to the rest of the world.last_img read more

CMCH gets stateoftheart labour room

first_imgKolkata: In a major infrastructure revamp the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has got a renovated labour room, which will help the hospital authorities provide best quality treatment to the patients.The CMCH authorities have claimed that the labour room has been given a new shape along the lines of what is generally found in some top private hospitals in the country. There has been an infrastructure overhauling at the labour room in the Eden building only to ensure quality treatment. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned here that after coming to power in the state in 2011, the Mamata Banerjee government has laid great emphasis on quality treatment for infants and expecting mothers, besides others. A series of new schemes have been introduced and several projects have been executed in various state-run medical colleges and hospitals across the state. Banerjee has also instructed the Health department officials to focus on healthcare of newborn babies and their mothers by enhancing infrastructure at the gynecological units of all the hospitals. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDr Nirmal Maji, who is the Rogi Kalyan Samiti chairman of CMCH, inaugurated the renovated labour room in presence of senior officials of the hospital on Thursday. As many as 14 tables have been put inside the labour room and a 12-bed observation ward has also been thrown open. A 7-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) has also been installed, which will be extremely handy for the gynecology department. Three stepdown beds have also been put in place. Many new machines have been installed at the department as well. Dr Partha Mukherjee, the head of the department of gynecology, said the newly renovated labour room will enable the hospital authorities cater to the patients in a better way and the patients will be able to avail the best quality treatment here in the hospital. With the innovations, it has turned into a state-of-the-art labour room.last_img read more

BJP cant win polls by conducting riots playing communal card

first_imgKharagpur: In a scathing attack on BJP, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee said the party cannot win the Lok Sabha elections by conducting riots, playing the communal card or highlighting fake nationalism.He was addressing a mammoth rally here on Tuesday afternoon. “BJP is trying to win the elections by conducting riots or by using fake nationalism. Bengal has a different culture and no one can gain anything here by playing the communal card,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee alleged that the BJP leaders who are coming for election campaigns are all harping on the communal agenda to divide the Hindu and Muslim communities. “BJP sells Hinduism to win elections and with this in mind, spreads hatred against the Muslims. This is most unfortunate. Religion is private and in social life our only philosophy is to serve the people,” he added. Banerjee said the 2019 Lok Sabha election is “not a fight between Trinamool and BJP. It is a fight between Bengal’s rich tradition and culture on one side and the Centre’s extortion on the other.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe alleged that BJP has looted the country in the past five years. “You will not hear a single word from them on note ban which was implemented to stop black money and terrorism. BJP does not say anything on the hasty implementation of GST either, along with farmer suicides and why 2 crore people lost their jobs. They only talk on religion to incite one community against the other,” the Trinamool Youth Congress president stated. Banerjee urged people to cast their votes in favour of party nominee Manas Bhuniya. “Undivided Midnapore had played a major role in the freedom movement. In 2019, the district will play a major role in driving out the Modi government. On May 23 when the ballot boxes will be opened, people will see that Trinamool Congress has bagged 42 out of 42 seats,” he said. He also urged people to visit the polling stations early and exercise their franchise.last_img read more

Eighthour sleep may boost academic performance

first_imgWorried that your son or daughter sleep more even during final exams week? If so, take heart. According to a study, students who sleep for eight hours are more likely to perform better. “Better sleep helped in final exam performance, which is contrary to most college students’ perceptions that they have to sacrifice either studying or sleeping,” said Michael Scullin, Assistant Professor at Baylor University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor improvement in academic performance, a student does not have to be an ‘A’ grade, the researchers said. The findings showed that whether a student was an A, B, C, or D student before their final exam, sleeping eight hours was associated with a four-point grade boost. “It is worth noting that one student who had a D-plus grade before the final but slept more than eight hours for a week during finals week remarked that it was the first time her brain worked while taking an exam,” Scullin said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePoor sleep is common during finals as students cut back on sleep, deal with more stress, use more caffeine and are exposed to more bright light, all of which may disrupt sleep. Fewer than 10 per cent of undergraduates maintain the recommended average of 8 hours a night or even the recommended minimum of 7 hours, the researchers said. In the study, the students were given extra points if they met “the 8-hour Challenge” – averaging eight hours of sleep for five nights during final exams week. The participants included undergraduate interior design students and students in upper-level psychology. They wore sleep-monitoring wristbands for five days for accurate results.last_img read more

How to keep up with your New Year resolutions

first_imgMaking resolutions and scheduling actions for New Year is something that everyone aspires for. But, the real challenge is in keeping up the momentum to achieve the goals. Chaotic routines, dwindling will-power or plain laziness tend to succumb to these at some point or the other. However a few steps might help you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself in 2019. Experts list some ways to keep up with your New Year resolutions: Trick your brain and start by familiarising your mind with your resolutions by visualising them. Write down your goals and stick them at some corner you visit often like your bedroom walls or office cubicle. These work as perfect reminders which we often require. This will make you feel more inclined towards your goal without positioning it as a threat to your habits. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRecharge your spirits and boost yourself with some pep talk by listening to self-help podcasts. When routine wears you down, escape it with motivational and inspirational sessions on podcast platforms. From health to career goals, you will find a countless number of topics on how you can set realistic goals and achieve them. Also, Set practical and achievable goals keeping in mind your budget. Ensure the goals are specific and measurable for example, ‘I want to lose 5 Kgs’ is a better-defined goal which you can work towards than ‘I want to have a figure like some Bollywood actress’. Research well on the place you want to visit and plan the duration and dates for your travel in advance. Book the tickets accordingly and the moment that is done, you will try your best to make that travel happen.last_img read more

Colin The Celtics dont have another gear this is as good as

first_img Advertisement They can’t flip the switch. There is no switch to flip.They are not a V-8. I’m not sure they’re a V-6. They feel to me like a really nice four cylinder. They’re a Honda Civic. Maybe a Nissan Sentra.”Listen to Colin explain why there’s no “there” there with Boston:The Celtics remind @ColinCowherd of Wisconsin Football pic.twitter.com/jfsSTtOVQ3— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) April 27, 2017 While Cleveland sits and waits for their next opponent after sweeping the Pacers in the first round, the 1-seed Celtics are struggling to finish off the 8-seed Bulls.While Colin believes the Cavs have the potential to play at another level the deeper they go in the Playoffs, he can’t say the same for Boston. This, right now, is as good as it’s going to get.The Celtics will probably advance to the second round, which is as attributable to Rajon Rondo’s broken thumb as it is to Boston’s play. If not for Rondo’s injury, the Celtics probably get bounced.The Celtics have nice players, but nice players don’t win championships. Superstars do.last_img read more

Colin LeBrons fingerprints are all over the Warriors rumor

first_imgThe NBA world was buzzing this morning, after a story reported that LeBron James would consider a move to the Warriors if they opened up a max salary slot. Colin doesn’t believe there’s any real chance LeBron winds up with Golden State, and thinks the sexy rumor smells like another poorly veiled leak from LeBron’s camp to voice his displeasure with the current dysfunctional state of the Cavs.Colin has always supported player mobility, and was one of the lone national voices to defend LeBron’s move to Miami, but joining up with the Dubs would be ring chasing of the highest order and would do nothing to further James’ legacy. From Golden State’s side of the equation, they seem to being doing fine without him.Watch Colin explain why he thinks the internet scorching rumor is nothing but more smoke from LeBron.“The chances of this are highly unlikely. It’s ring chasing to an extreme position.” — @ColinCowherd doesn’t think LeBron will join the Warriors pic.twitter.com/uDAdv1W7wX— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 1, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more

What I Learned at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

first_imgJanuary 13, 2012 LAS VEGAS — After the better part of a week, the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show is finally winding to a close. With 140,000 people attending, crowds here in the high desert have been as deep as we’ve seen in years. While there hasn’t been a stand-out consumer hit, we’ve learned a lot about where the tech field is headed this year. Here are our top three small-business tech trends you can count on. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 1. Digital health care data gains acceptance. Doctors and patients are beginning to digitize significant amounts of information, such as blood test results and body scans. And giants including AT&T, Verizon and even The Ford Motor Company are getting into the business of hosting the networks that carry this information. Health care data is tightly regulated and often can require expensive handling and complex user interfaces.A Sonamba wellbeing monitor/medical alert system”Enabling the networked health care management app is one of the fastest-growing areas of our business services unit,” Chris Hill, vice president for mobility product management for AT&T business solutions, told us.But many small companies, including Durham, N.C.-based Sonamba, which launched a remote health monitoring service three years ago, are also spotting the same opportunity.Related: CES 2012: Three Wild Tools from Tech Entrepreneurs”This space is growing so fast that we are not worried about what Ford is doing,” says company founder Ajit Pendse. Translation: 2012 may be the year of the health care tech boom.A Lenovo USB monitor2. USB monitors are popular for productivity. USB monitors that plug into a computer like a mouse — no battery or bulky electrical cord necessary — are big on productivity for businesses.We found USB monitors from device-makers such as Tokyo-based Toshiba and China’s Lenovo to be unexpectedly effective business tools. For example, Toshiba’s USB 3.0 Mobile LED Monitor is less than one inch thick, weighs less than two pounds, and yet is an exceptional 15.6-inch high definition display. It retails for less than $200.Related: CES 2012 — Five Ways to Boost Productivity with New Tech ToolsThe Lenovo IdeaPad U300s3. Ultrabooks live up to the hype. Ultrabooks — light and thin notebook computers that have tablet-like portability but notebook-like computing power — turned out to be among the stars of the show for business users. The good news: We handled several Ultrabooks, including the Asus Aspire S5 and Lenovo U310, and found them feather-light, with crystal clear screens, strong enclosures and performance that can outstrip tablet devices.For $1,000 or less, and with prices expected to fall quickly, Ultrabooks might be the new business computers for 2012.Related: CES 2012 — Go Green With These Money-Saving Gadgets min read Register Now »last_img read more

In a Win for Apple ITC Orders Import Ban on Some Samsung

first_img How Success Happens Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. August 9, 2013 Turnabout was fair play for Apple.The tech giant got a boost late Friday when the International Trade Commission ruled that rival Samsung infringed on some of its iPhone-related patents for older Galaxy phones and tablets.The ITC ordered a ban on imports of the Samsung products that violated the patents, which cover features like headphone jacks and finger-scrolling.That is the mirror image of a previous ITC ruling that Apple had infringed on some Samsung patents for iPhones and iPads. Apple was banned from selling those phones, but the Obama Administration last week vetoed the ITC’s order.President Obama could issue a similar veto on the Samsung ban within the next 60 days. Samsung is expected to appeal the ITC’s decision.The ITC’s decision came as the two companies faced off in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. Apple, which won a federal suit in California that Samsung infringed on iPhone patents, is trying to get the courts to force Samsung to stop selling older Galaxy products in the U.S. The appeals court is not expected to issue a ruling in that case for a few months.center_img 1 min read Listen Nowlast_img read more

Quartz to Text You the News Joining Other SMSBased Services

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Will texting be the new hip, retro user experience for digital content?Digital news outlet Quartz, which is owned by the parent company of The Atlantic, just announced a new app for displaying and featuring news that looks and operates like the texting screen on your smartphone.   Users communicate with the app as if they were texting with a friend. The app answers questions about the news, populates the text feed with gifs and emoticons, and just like your friends, it learn what interests you and what doesn’t. Each text session lasts only a few minutes, perfect for when you are waiting in line or on the bus.Image Credit: QuartzThe app will send push notifications when there is a major update in a story you are following, and sometimes the updates arrive in haiku form — a pretty adorable feature.Related: The Rules of Business TextingThe Quartz app features stories from many news outlets, not just stories written on the platform.Image Credit: QuartzAlso, if a user is following the stock market and has an Apple Watch, the Quartz app will have a single emoji pop up on your watch communicating whether the markets are doing well or poorly.Image Credit: QuartzWhile the app is currently only available for iOS, Quartz says it will soon release an Android version. It’s free for users and will generate revenue from ads displayed within the app.The idea of meeting consumers where they are has been a chronic, unabetting Damoclean sword over the journalism industry. The pressure to evolve rapidly has only accelerated as the number and types of screens in our lives has grown.Related: Why Texting is the New Email in the Hiring ProcessIt doesn’t sound like Quartz is entirely convinced that it has the golden solution, but it is trying something bold. “This is a big and broad endeavor for Quartz as we experiment with new formats,” says Zachary Seward, executive editor of Quartz, in a blog post announcing the new app. “Mobile has developed a lot in the last few years, and we saw some new opportunities worth exploring.”  Just text me. Quartz isn’t alone in its endeavor to utilize a text-messaging user interface, which, without exaggerating, might be dubbed a bit of an app-splosion.For example, Talkspace is a service that lets users message with a therapist for $25 a week via their smartphones.Image Credit: TalkspaceAnd Magic is a personal assistant service that users engage with by texting “83489,” a number that correlates with the word “Magic.”Image Credit: MagicJonathan Libov, a partner at the esteemed venture capital firm Union Square Ventures, says that he is thankful to be able to text the New York City MTA to find out when the next bus is coming.   “Sure, an app that put the bus on a map would be more rich in information, but when I got to texting Bus Time I thought, “Thank god I don’t need to download another f—— app for this,” Libov wrote in a blog post.There is no learning curve for texting, Libov points out. Everyone who uses a smartphone understands it intuitively.“There’s only really only one way to skin this cat: The text I type is displayed on the right, the text someone else typed is on the left, and there’s an input field on bottom for me to compose a message,” Libov writes.And in a world where consumers are constantly overwhelmed trying to keep up with the barrage of new apps and technologies every day, along with the latest news, then simple, intuitive user experiences might just be where it’s at.IMHO.Related: 5 Rules for Texting Anyone You Do Business With February 12, 2016center_img 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Chinese Automaker Plans SelfDriving Electric Car by 2020

first_imgJuly 12, 2016 2 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters An automotive venture backed by China tech giant Tencent aims to launch an electric self-driving car before 2020, entering a crowded field dominated by US-based Tesla, the chief executive told Reuters on Tuesday.Future Mobility, backed by Tencent and Hon Hai Precision Industries, is one of an expanding field of China-backed ventures that aim to take on Tesla Motors Inc. as green energy car sales boom in China.Although the venture sought to produce premium cars like Tesla, it would attempt a different strategy from the US company that began with relatively limited production and focuses on a single model at a time, CEO Carsten Breitfeld said in an interview.”Right from the beginning we define the platform, right from the beginning we define the production process to be mass production and right from the beginning we think of more than one model, a family of models, defined from this platform,” Breitfeld said, defining mass production as 250,000 to 400,000 cars annually.The company was in the midst of closing its Series A round of funding, which also included dealership chain China Harmony New Energy Auto, Breitfeld said.He declined to give financial terms of the first round or name other potential investors that the company was in talks with, although he said the leadership team would also have partial ownership.While Future Mobility intended to jump directly to fully self-driving cars, drivers would only be able to turn on full autonomy in a pilot city at first, later expanding to other geographies.The company would draw from the same battery technology made by a short list of suppliers that most automakers use but aimed to better rivals with more efficient battery management software.Breaking outFuture Mobility is not the first upstart automaker to make bold pronouncements. Chinese-invested Atieva aims to launch an electric car by 2018.LeEco says its proposed smart electric cars will eventually be free, making money on in-car content and other services.Even Tesla now aims to produce 500,000 cars annually by 2018.But Future Mobility stands out from its competitors for poaching its leadership away from big-name tech and autos companies.Breitfeld formerly led the BMW i series electric car division and brought the core team with him to the new venture, with others joining from Tesla, Alphabet’s Google and Daimler’s Mercedes.(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Stephen Coates) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

Google Wins FCC Approval to Keep Developing RadarBased Hand Sensor

first_img Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team has been working on Project Soli since 2015. The gesture-based system uses broad beam radar to detect and capture hand movements, turning them into commands for mobile devices. Until now, though, the tech has been restricted, with some companies — including Facebook — claiming that the high frequency levels required might interfere with existing technology. Now, the FCC has granted a waiver that will allow Soli to operate at higher levels than currently allowed, and therefore continue development as Google originally intended.Related: What’s Happening on The Entrepreneur Index Right NowAccording to the FCC, Soli poses “minimal potential of causing harmful interference,” and it’s even been cleared for use on aircraft. Increasing Soli’s frequency band and power level — which Google says is consistent with European Telecommunications Standards Institute guidance — will improve the tech’s accuracy and range of applications, which at this stage focus on the virtual control of devices such as smart watches, but could in the future bring significant benefits for users with mobility, speech and tactile impairments. January 2, 2019 How Success Happens Listen Nowlast_img read more

Empower Your Team to Be More Productive with This Intuitive Tool

first_img 3 min read Register Now » Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. January 30, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. A successful business is sort of like a Big Mac in that it relies on a secret sauce to pull all the fixins together. In this case, that “secret sauce” comes in the form of effective, teamwide collaboration and communication.Teams can take all sorts of approaches to concocting the metaphorical sauce recipe that works best for them. As a manager, maybe you organize bi-weekly check-in meetings, send out teamwide progress emails every morning, organize daily scrums and communications training sessions, or abide by an open-door policy to encourage transparency. And to be sure, all of these approaches can improve collaboration so that you make deadlines and centralize workplace processes. But are they really unlocking your team’s true potential for productivity in the most intuitive, convenient sense?Say hello to monday.com, the team management tool that can help you do just that. The platform was launched in 2014 with the intention of fostering a culture where team members aren’t just productive, but feel like they’re part of something bigger than their job description. This sense of ownership and empowerment cultivates a productive environment where individuals stay engaged and on top of their work, all while using a product they love.To see its vision through, monday.com places both teamwide projects and individual duties on a simple (but not simplified) task board that serves as a beautiful, centralized space for managing and streamlining different workflows. Tasks’ progress are visualized as colorful columns, which can be tagged to monitor progress and inscribed with notes for additional context. You’re also given the option of integrating other productivity services like Dropbox, Slack, Google Calendar, and Trello within monday.com to further streamline your workflow and organize your files. (Custom integrations can be set up, too — just reach out to one of monday.com’s certified partners for more information and a quote.)Image Credit: monday.commonday.com’s format is unique in that everyone gets the same view, which increases transparency for employees, allows managers to easily distribute resources, and — perhaps most importantly — breaks down silos between different departments. With monday.com, you’re not just collaborating on initiatives, but fostering a culture where everyone feels invested in them.So go ahead — scrap those clunky Excel files, put the whiteboard in storage, and cancel tedious team meetings that no one actually finds useful. Whether you’re a team of two freelancers or a global institution of more than 2,000 individuals, tech-savvy or otherwise, you’ll be able to see the big picture on monday.com’s beautiful, flexible, and scalable dashboard.By signing up for monday.com, you’ll join a community of more than 35,000 paying teams, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, that includes the likes of NBC, WeWork, and Uber. Don’t misconstrue those big names for a hefty price tag, though, because you can start using monday.com today for free.Think monday.com is the right team management tool for you? Create your account to begin your free two-week trial.last_img read more

Cord Blood Banking Services Market insights shared in detailed report

first_imgThe Global Cord Blood Banking Services Market accounted for $1,126 million in 2016, and is estimated to reach at $2,772 million by 2023, registering a CAGR of 13.8% from 2017 to 2023. North America was the highest revenue contributor in the global market in 2016; however, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.Download the Sample Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/111Umbilical cord blood is collected from the nursing homes and hospitals post the delivery of a baby. This blood contains a large amount of stem cells, which can be used to treat various diseases. The public cord blood banks are operated by the non-profit organizations with the help of government funding, which are donated by families after the delivery of baby. This donated cord blood is available for multiple applications such as for research purposes and treatment of genetic diseases.The private cord blood banks are privately owned banks where the parents can store the cord blood of newborn for future use such as for treatment of certain chronic disease. In private banks, charges are incurred for the collection, processing, and storage of cord blood. Thus, the public cord blood banks possess competitive advantages in developed regions such as North America and Europe.The cord blood banking services market is expected to witness a moderate growth during the forecast period. The key drivers for the market growth are adoption of novel marketing strategies by key players, increase in R&D activities for application of cord blood, and rise in funding for establishment of public cord blood storage banks. However, high cost associated with the processing, difficulty in finding a match in the donor list of public cord blood banks, and legal & ethical issues related to collection of cord blood are expected to hamper this growth. Conversely, advancement in the stem cell therapeutics and presence of untapped potential in the developing and developed regions are expected to provide various opportunities to the cord blood banking services.For More Inquiry @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/111The private cord blood banks segment occupied a dominant part of the market in 2016, and is expected to grow at the highest rate. This is attributable to the better service provided by the private banks to their customers, guarantee of storing the cord blood for a specified period, and immediate retrieval of the cord blood when required for treatment of any genetic disease.In 2016, North America accounted for maximum contribution to the total revenue generated, owing to the market maturity, high awareness among the expectant parents, presence of high disposable income, and high adoption rate of cord blood storage services. However, Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth during the analysis period, attributable to rise in awareness related to the benefits of storing cord blood, increase in focus of key players to expand their services, and rise in disposable income.Key Findings of the Cord Blood Banking Services Market:The private cord blood bank segment is anticipated to grow at the highest rate during the analysis period.Germany was the highest revenue-generating country in the European market in 2016, and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period.In 2016, North America dominated global cord blood banking services market, and is estimated to continue this trend in the near future.China is expected to grow at the highest rate in the Asia-Pacific region.Latin America was the largest contributor in the LAMEA region.The key companies profiled in the report include China Cord Blood Corporation, Cord Blood America, Inc., CBR Systems, Inc., Cordlife Group Limited, Cryo-Cell International, Inc., Cryo-Save AG, Lifeforce Cryobanks, National Cord Blood Program, ViaCord, Inc., Virgin Health Bank, CordVida, Americord, CryoHoldco, and Vita34.last_img read more

Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Market Forecast 20182025 Key Players Eaton

first_imgAutomotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Market Overview:Automotive hydrostatic fan drive system is a coolant system that uses electro-hydraulic, hydraulic displacement, and types of pumps to maintain the engine temperature. As the temperature of the heavily loaded vehicle increases, the fan drive system is used to cool and maintain the engine temperature.The hydrostatic fan drive system consists of three main components such as hydraulic motor, (with fan), hydraulic pump, and cooling unit. In addition, the fan drive manufacturer Haldex designs hydraulic motors and pumps with a cost-effective gear unit that comes with an optional integrated control.Get Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2802052?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNFactors such as measures taken by the government to reduce emissions and increase in demand for hydrostatic fan drive system drive the growth of the hydrostatic fan drive system market. In addition, development of technology for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emission and development & innovation in engine manufacturing boost the demand for automotive hydrostatic fan drive system in the global market.However, high initial and maintenance cost and rise in adoption of electric vehicle across the globe are some of the major restraining factors of this market. Moreover, anticipated growth from Africa and technological advancements in hydraulic system to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission across the globe are creating huge opportunities for the market.The key players operating in the automotive hydrostatic fan drive system market are Eaton (Ireland), Parker Hannifin (US), JTEKT HPI (Japan), Roxroth Bosch (Germany), Hydraforce Hydraulics (US), Danfoss (Denmark), Bucher Hydraulics (Germany), Concentric (Sweden), Quality Hydraulics & Pneumatics (US), and Casappa (Italy).Key Benefits for Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Market:• This study presents analytical depiction of the global automotive hydrostatic fan drive system market along with current trends and future estimations to depict the imminent investment pockets.• The overall market potential is determined to understand the profitable trends to gain a strong foothold in the market.• The report presents information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities with a detailed impact analysis.• The current market is quantitatively analyzed from 2017 to 2025 to highlight the financial competency of the market.• Porter’s five forces analysis illustrates the potency of the buyers and suppliers.Automotive Hydrostatic Fan Drive System Key Market Segments:By Vehicle Type• On Road Vehicles• Bus• Truck• Off road vehicles• Construction & Mining• Agricultural• Train, Metro and TramsBY Component• Variable Axial Piston Pump• Fixed Gear Motor• Engine Control Unit• Oil Cooler• Hydraulic Valves & SensorsGet a discount on this research report @ https://www.bigmarketresearch.com/request-for-discount/2802052?utm_source=Anil&utm_medium=HTNTable of content: CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION1.1. REPORT DESCRIPTION1.2. KEY BENEFITS FOR STAKEHOLDERS1.3. KEY MARKET SEGMENTS1.4. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY1.4.1. Primary research1.4.2. Secondary research1.4.3. Analyst tools and modelsCHAPTER 2: EXECUTIVE SUMMARY2.1. CXO PERSPECTIVECHAPTER 3: MARKET OVERVIEW3.1. MARKET DEFINITION AND SCOPE3.2. KEY FINDINGS3.2.1. Top impacting factors3.2.2. Top investment pockets3.2.3. Top winning strategies3.3. PORTERS FIVE FORCES ANALYSIS3.4. KEY PLAYER POSITIONING (2017)3.5. MARKET DYNAMICS3.5.1. Drivers3.5.1.1. Focus of government to reduce emission3.5.1.2. High need for hydrostatic fan drive system3.5.2. Restraint3.5.2.1. High initial and maintenance cost3.5.2.2. Adoption of electric vehicle across the globe3.5.3. Opportunities3.5.3.1. Anticipated growth from AfricaCHAPTER 4: AUTOMOTIVE HYDROSTATIC FAN DRIVE SYSTEM MARKET, BY VEHICLE TYPE4.1. OVERVIEW4.2. ON ROAD VEHICLES4.2.1. Key market trends, growth factors and opportunities4.2.2. Market size and forecast, by region4.2.2.1. Bus4.2.2.2. Truck4.2.3. Market analysis by country4.3. OFF ROAD VEHICLES4.3.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities4.3.2. Market size and forecast, by region4.3.2.1. Construction & Mining4.3.2.2. Agricultural4.3.3. Market analysis by country4.4. TRAIN, METROS AND TRAMS4.4.1. Key market trends, growth factors, and opportunities4.4.2. Market size and forecast, by region4.4.3. Market analysis by countryAbout Us: Industry executives tend to keep a tab on their business competitors. This keeps them updated on strategic business activities and investment trends. Company profiles are crucial to participating players of interconnected verticals.Contact Us:5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesCall answer Direct: +1-971-202-1575Call answer Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452Email help@bigmarketresearch.comlast_img read more