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.


RoboSense Announces World’s First Public Road Test of Smart LiDAR Vehicle at CES 2020



RoboSense, the leading autonomous driving LiDAR perception solution provider, announced the world’s first public test of a vehicle equipped with a Smart LiDAR Sensor at CES 2020. The RoboSense Smart LiDAR car, featuring the award-winning RS-LiDAR-M1 Smart LiDAR, will be running outside the Las Vegas Convention Center daily during CES 2020, showing the latest technological progress in autonomous vehicle LiDAR.

Simultaneous exhibitions will be held at RoboSense’s CES Booth #6138 at the LLVC, North Hall showcasing the real-time 3D point cloud data on a vehicle equipped with the multi solid state LiDAR fusion system.

The RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 Smart LiDAR is the world’s first MEMS Smart LiDAR Sensor to incorporate sensor hardware, AI perception algorithms, and IC chipsets, transforming conventional LiDAR sensors from an information collector to a complete data analysis and comprehensive system, providing essential information for autonomous vehicle decision-making faster than ever before. The RS-LiDAR-M1 is the winner of the CES Innovation Award for two consecutive years in a row, 2019 and 2020.

At CES and on the streets of Las Vegas, the RoboSense RS-LiDAR-M1 Smart is demonstrating that it is the world’s first and only Smart LiDAR capable of real road tests on open roads.

During CES 2020, RoboSense128-beams LiDAR RS-Ruby and the short-range Blind Spot LiDAR RS-BPearl also go on public road demo, meanwhile there is also a simultaneous exhibition at RoboSense booth. This super high-performance 128-beam LiDAR RS-Ruby possesses an ultra high resolution 0.1° and the range performance of 200m for a 10% reflectivity target.

The RS-BPearl, the first mass produced short-range LiDAR for blind-spot detection, reaches the minimum detection range of less than several centimeters, with hemispheric FOV coverage of 90° * 360°, which not only precisely identifies objects around the vehicle’s body, but can also detect the actual height information in particular scenarios, such as with bridge tunnels and culverts.


TDK Announces World’s First MIPI Standard Sound Microphone at CES 2020



TDK Corporation announced the world’s first MIPI Standard SoundWire microphone for mobile, IoT and other consumer devices. This multimode microphone pushes the boundaries of digital microphone acoustic performance while providing advanced feature sets with very low power.

The T5808 SoundWire microphone features 66 dBA SNR and 135dB SPL AOP at 650 µA in high quality in high quality mode (HQM), and decreases power consumption to 215µA in low power mode (LPM). The T5808 microphone also features concurrent mode (CCM), enabling simultaneous audio streams from HQM and LPM that can seamlessly transition back and forth without audio glitches.

The SoundWire Standards Committee, who created the MIPI standard for SoundWire, includes technology leaders in application processors, audio DSPs and codecs, and other ICs. SoundWire is a standard audio bus that supports multiple audio devices including microphones, speakers, codecs and class D amplifiers. SoundWire revolutionizes how audio devices and ICs communicate by integrating audio and control data for up to 11 devices (e.g. 7 mics, 4 speakers) on a single bus.

“As a member of the SoundWire Standards Committee, Qualcomm Technologies has supported the SoundWire Interface on speaker amplifier products for a number of years. We are excited to see TDK’s microphone technology now incorporating this interface.” said Rahul Shinke, Director, Product Management at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

T5808 is currently in mass production and will be available through distribution in Q1 2020.

TDK will be demonstrating the T5808 microphone along with the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of passive components, sensors, power supplies and batteries in its booth #11448 at CES, Central Hall (LVCC), CES 2020.


Airthings Hub Debuts at CES



Norwegian air quality experts Airthings announced the new Airthings Hub at CES 2020 this week. Centralising the collection of air quality data from the Wave range of monitoring devices, the Hub helps provide a comprehensive understanding of air quality in the home.

Building on the popularity of smart homes and recognising the health benefits relating to air quality, Airthings brought the Wave Plus radon detector to the market in 2008. Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the Wave Plus was recently named in Time Magazine’s list of 100 Best Inventions.

Next came the Wave Mini which measures temperature, humidity and indoor air quality level. The Airthings complementary app provides real-time information on indoor air quality using data collected wirelessly from the Wave devices.

With more people than ever relying on smart home ecosystems to provide them with the critical information they need to live healthy and productive lives, we felt it was crucial to deliver a Hub that will simplify the process of indoor air quality monitoring and make it an essential aspect of our customers’ everyday routines,” said Oyvind Birkenes, CEO of Airthings. “In order to truly gain an understanding of your home’s IAQ and threats like Radon and VOCs, regular monitoring is necessary. Our goal is to educate people everywhere about how air quality can impact their daily lives on both a short-term and long-term scale. By helping people track their air quality in real-time, even when they’re not at home, Airthings Hub will empower customers to breathe easy by keeping tabs on their air quality no matter the time or the location.

The Airthings Hub will be available for pre-order throughout Europe and the US beginning January 6 with an MSRP of US$79.99. The product is compatible with Airthings Wave (2nd generation), Wave Plus, and Wave Mini devices. For more information on the Airthings Hub, indoor air quality and why long-term monitoring is important, visit the Airthings website.

Airthings are at CES in Booth #40646 in the Smart Home area of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas.


Moshi Charges Android and Apple at CES



CES might be full of wacky and wonderful gadgetry, but it’s also good to see some products for the day-to-day. Moshi have released a couple of gadgets for mobile users at CES this year which will appeal to a wider audience.

First up is compact portable battery pack with built-in cables for both USB C and Lightning. This is great for those of us who have a newer Android phone and Apple iPads. If similarly afflicted, the IonGo 5K Duo is for you. The sleek new battery is crafted from stylish and sustainable vegan leather and is small enough to fit in your pocket or lose in the bottom of your bag. For Apple devotees, it is MFi certified, and should retain 80% battery capacity after 500 charge cycles. The IonGo 5K Duo (US$70) is available in Fossil Gray and can be purchased from mid-May.

Second is a stylish desktop charger that holds your phone at the perfect viewing angle and charges it at the same time. Part of Moshi’s Scandinavian-inspired Q Collection, Lounge Q is a wireless charger and stand. It supports both Apple (7.5 W) and Samsung (9 W) fast-charging. Lounge Q (US$70) will be available in mid-April.

Next is Moshi’s new “USB C to HDMI Adapter with Charging” which connects USB C devices to an HDMI display. Interesting and very handy if you want to watch a bit of Netflix on a big screen and you don’t have a streaming device handy. The adapter has an extra USB C socket that can be used for charging while viewing. Surprisingly, it is compatible with a wide range of platforms and devices – Windows, macOS, iPadOS, Android, and ChromeOS, in addition to Huawei PC mode and Samsung Dex mode. The Adapter (US$45) is slated to be available from mid-April.

And finally, the newly released SnapTo Wireless Charger is the latest addition to the company’s growing magnetic mounting system for iPhones. The wireless charger doubles as both a wireless charging wall mount and a horizontal stand for your phone – check out the whole range of mounts over at Moshi. It’s quite a clever system if you haven’t seen it before. The SnapTo Wireless Charger (US$49.95) is available now.

All these devices will be available on moshi.com and from select retailers, and come with a 10 year guarantee – impressive.


Misty Robotics Launches First Misty II Application for Concierge Use



Misty Robotics, the creators of the Misty II platform robot announced the launch of the Misty as a Concierge application template, which provides developers with a robust starting point to build robot skills and quickly put Misty II to work.

The Misty II application templates are open source code for developers to build upon and customize for a specific assignment or task. The Misty as a Concierge application template has utility in environments such as entertainment and sports venues, hotels, eldercare, retail, commercial real estate, museums, and more.

The Misty as a Concierge application template leverages her ability to detect humans in her presence, greet them, and interact with them to provide information and responses to their questions by integrating with third-party APIs such as FourSquare, etc. Developers can extend the utility of the concierge robot skill with other capabilities such as reservations, point of sale systems, call for assistance, directions, etc.

The application templates created by Misty will consist of the code that facilitates the skill, an implementation guide as well as a recorded workshop on how to use it. While initially seeded by Misty Robotics, templates will be supported and maintained by the community where developers are invited to extend the utility of the application and contribute their own code.

The Misty as a Concierge application template has practical use in a wide range of settings including:

  •  Hospitality – hotels (in room and lobby), luxury suites in entertainment venues
  • Eldercare – facilities (in room, lobby central gathering rooms), individual homes
  • Retail – front desk, non-staffed locations (e.g. printing desk, Floor Displays, e.g. a new car showroom), in-store display
  • Commercial Real Estate – front lobby, meeting rooms, visitor centers
  • Healthcare – Hospitals (in room and lobby), doctor’s offices
  • Education – school lobby, front offices
  • Museums – front lobby, specialized installations
  • Marketing – Events and activations

Visit Misty Robotics at the Venetian Tower, Hospitality, VEN 36-108 at CES 2020.