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Travel with the HiMirror Slide at CES



HiMirror has unveiled its latest consumer smart mirror, the new HiMirror Slide at CES. Following on from their previous success, the two-time CES Innovations Award winner has developed the Slide for use both at home, when travelling or for popping round to a friend’s house for a bit of shared pampering.

Designed to be compact and portable, the Slide comes with an 8″ screen, a slideable mirror to extend the size in use but protect the screen during travel, and a folding stand. The Slide works in both portrait and landscape modes and to help with beauty treatments, the mirror has LED light strips down each side.

HiMirror‘s range of smart mirrors aim to be “your at-home beauty and health consultant”, and use high resolution digital cameras to record and assess skin condition including wrinkles, fine lines, clarity, dark circles, dark spots, red spots and pores to both identify problem areas and track improvement. Simply, the smart mirror takes a picture of the face, analyses it and recommends personal skincare routines to help improve skin quality. It’s neat stuff.

As a smart mirror, the Slide comes with a host of digital features – Amazon-Alexa, music streaming, social media, weather and news updates, as well as Google Assistant conversation actions.

HiMirror has become a staple at the Consumer Electronic Show over the last few years and we are proud to be bringing even more one-of-a-kind innovations in 2020,” said Simon Shen, CEO of Taipei-based New Kinpo Group. “Our mission is and has always been to revolutionize the beauty industry on both the consumer and business side, with our latest launches – we feel we are doing just that!

The HiMirror Slide is priced at US$119. Additional models and accessories for the HiMirror product portfolio will be available for demonstration during CES at the HiMirror booth including the HiMirror Mini Premium X, Smart Body Scale and the HiSkin. Call into booth #44516 within the Sands Expo Convention Center – last chance today.

There’s a funky video here showing the HiMirror Slide in action.


Mastercard Launches Augmented Reality Experience to Bring Card Benefits to Life



Mastercard unveiled at CES 2020 a new augmented reality (AR) app that lets cardholders see, explore and access the benefits of their Mastercard. The industry-first card benefits app delivers a photorealistic AR experience that transports users to a 360-degree virtual environment, where a series of interactive portals brings their card benefits back to life.

According to the J.D. Power 2018 U.S. Credit Card Satisfaction Study, rewards continue to drive consumer satisfaction with cards, yet only a third of credit card holders completely understand all the benefits available to them. Using augmented reality, the new Mastercard app puts benefit information front and center for cardholders in a fully immersive experience that can be easily accessed with their mobile device.

“At Mastercard, we’re using our technology and solutions to deliver multi-sensory experiences for consumers every day – whether they’re shopping, taking transit, or exploring the card benefits they care about,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing and communications officer at Mastercard. “By leveraging an intuitive AR design, cardholders can now easily find and fully explore their benefits that otherwise might have been overlooked.”

How it works:

  •  Upon launching the app, cardholders will be prompted to scan their Mastercard to start the session.
  •  Using their phone to scan the area around them, cardholders will see three portals, each one representing one of the three categories that Mastercard benefits fall into: Experiences, Everyday Value and Peace of Mind.
  •  To explore a a benefit area, cardholders can tap the related portal to launch a fully immersive 360-degree experience which brings that are to life. For example, Peace of Mind is represented by a spa, and Everyday Value is a stylish home.
  • Once inside, cardholders can use their phone to look around the virtual room and discover their benefits – each represented by a relevant item. For example, tapping on a set of golf clubs prompts a pop-up screen where a user can learn about and access their Priceless Golf benefits.
  • When finished exploring, users can simply tap to exit the portal turn.

The app will be available in the App Store (for iPhones) in the U.S. in Q2 2020, with additional regional and device availability coming later in the year. The technology can be white labeled for Mastercard’s issuing partners, creating customized experiences for their cardholders.


Samsung SDS and Syniverse Simplify Mobile Payments at CES 2020



At CES 2020, Samsung SDS, a global leader in digital transformation and innovation solutions, and Syniverse the world’s most connected company, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a wallet-agnostic, mobile payment platform to enable regulatory-compliant, cross-region mobile transactions for mobile operators and enterprises in logistics, financial, travel and hospitality, media and entertainment, and retail markets.

The companies will bring together Samsung SDS’s Nexledger Universal platform and Syniverse’s industry-leading blockchain solution, Universal Commerce, and market-aware Mobile Engagement platform to develop a common platform that will work with any mobile operator and allow any mobile user to send money, loyalty points, or other digital currencies to other mobile users or merchants on a global basis.

Samsung SDS and Syniverse developed the platform using a motto of simplicity that “your phone number has become your easiest payment method.”

Samsung SDS and its Nexledger Universal platform allow enterprises to take control of distributed transactions, securely and conveniently. The platform has been implemented in various fields, such as finance, manufacturing, logistics, and the public sector.

Nexledger Universal offers a flexible application programming interface that can be applied to different blockchains like Ethereum, Hyperledger Fabric and Samsung’s own Nexledger Consensus Algorithm. In addition, Nexledger Universal can interoperate with diverse wallet-device architectures from vanilla Android to the defense-grade Samsung Knox for exceptional security when needed.

Syniverse’s mobile technology products and services provide a secure instant-access platform for seamless, customizable multi-channel messaging and connectivity. The platform connects more than 7 billion devices in 158 countries and annually processes more than $35 billion in transactions for mobile operators and enterprises.

Syniverse’s Universal Commerce blockchain service simplifies, accelerates, and secures multiparty agreements by replacing manual processes with smart contracts, unifying data records, and providing encryption. It reduces the friction of doing business in a revenue-sharing world of large-scale global service and technologies – regardless of industry or connectivity type.


Medirom and MATRIX Industries Deliver Wearable Health Monitor that Never Needs Charging at CES 2020



Medirom announced a partnership with MATRIX Industries enabling users in the US and Japan to monitor their health activities 24/7 by delivering the world’s first health monitoring smartband – MOTHER – that never requires charging.

As research shows, the number one reason consumers stop using wearables is because they take them off to charge and forget that they exist. By partnering with MATRIX, Medirom hopes to develop a smart-tracker that never requires charging and can provide accessible options for consumers.

MATRIX has developed PowerWatch – the world’s first smartwatch that never requires charging – by applying innovative technology like its Gemini TEG (Thermoelectric Generator) and Mercury Boost Converter that enables body heat to generate electricity. With PowerWatch, it is possible to measure calorie consumption, activity and sleep, without ever needing to stop and charge.

MOTHER is a smart tracker that never requires charging and can provide accessible options for consumers. With MOTHER, Medirom and MATRIX are particular about the unisex design that can be worn stylishly regardless of gender and distinguish from other trackers on the market.

With MOTHER, they will open up the SDK (Software Development Kit) for apps to help any healthcare service provider to build and expand their own service easily.