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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.


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.


Whisk’s Food AI Provides Personalized Cooking Experience at CES 2020



Whisk, a smart food platform acquired by Samsung NEXT last year, unveiled its advanced Food AI developed in a collaboration with nutritionists, food scientists, software engineers and grocery retailers from the US, UK, Korea and Europe.

Whisk’s Food AI brings together user preferences, intent and context to deliver personalized cooking experiences. To inform the AI, users simply save a few of their favorite recipes into Whisk’s recipe box and, if they wish, share personal food preferences (e.g. likes, dietary restrictions, usual retailers) and their location. Users then receive personalized food recommendations based on their preferences, saved recipes and other context (e.g. local weather, seasonal goods).

The personalized cooking experience shown at CES 2020 is brought to life by the combination of Food AI and the new Samsung Family Hub with the ViewInside camera, where AI-powered image recognition is used to first understand what’s inside the fridge. Then, the fridge recommends a curated feed of recipes that incorporate the ingredients you already have with your preferences, desires and situational needs.

“In the US an average person wastes 238 pounds of food per year – that’s a staggering 21 percent of the food they buy. Wasted ingredients also cost the average household $1,800 per year. When coupled with the fact that people generally end up cooking the same 7-9 dishes on repeat, people are not being inspired to find creative solutions to use up leftover ingredients, wasting food, time and money,” said Nick Holzherr, Head of Product, Whisk at Samsung NEXT. “Whisk’s Food AI takes the ingredients you have and finds uses for them through an understanding of the kinds of recipes you enjoy, making your cooking experience simpler and smarter.”

Last month, Whisk launched its first set of multi-platform apps to empower users with a faster way to plan and shop for meals by turning saved recipes into collaborative, smarter shopping lists.

Visit Whisk at CES 2020 to see Food AI and the new Samsung Family Hub with the ViewInside camera in action at Booth #15006 in the Connected Living zone.


Horseware Ireland Announces Fitness Tracker for Horses at CES 2020



Horseware Ireland, the leading branded horse blanket company and Taoglas, a leading provider of next-generation IoT solutions, announced the ground-breaking Horsepal Edge solution powered by Taoglas, at CES.

The Horsepal Edge is a market-leading Internet of Things (IoT) solution for the equestrian industry and represents the next generation in the Horsepal series. Building on the success of the original Horsepal, the Horsepal Edge enables a “connected horse,” allowing health, activity and behavior to be monitored in real time. Metrics include motion detection, movement style, sleep tracking and more.

The Horsepal Edge ensures professional knowledge to optimize the wellness and performance of the horse through evaluation and management of activity, rest, sleep and environment.

Speaking on the inspiration behind the new Horsepal Edge, Horseware Ireland Founder and Executive Chairman Tom MacGuinness stated, “Having real-time data and a more holistic view of horse health and activity is something our industry has been lacking for ages. Digital transformation with 24/7 monitoring will help horse owners make more informed decisions about health, exercise and care and will ultimately lead to improved health and life of the horse. When we saw the need in the market, we decided to develop a solution from the ground up!”

The Horsepal Edge is powered by Taoglas’ EDGE Connect, a next-generation IoT hardware and software platform that provides full cellular, Bluetooth and GPS capabilities with heart rate and activity monitoring – all from an ultra low-power device. The Taoglas EDGE Connect platform also provides device management, sensor management, a full IoT security stack, power management an Data-as-a-Service out of the box and is the backbone behind the new Horsepal Edge solution.

The Horsepal Edge’s key capabilities include:

  •  Capturing data including distance traveled by the horse, time spent grazing, gait analysis, sleep tracking, time spent standing still, etc.
  •  Fully operational GPS tracking for geofencing with active notifications
  • An integrated heart rate monitor to assess the fitness of the horse and determine recommended activity level for optimal fitness
  •  A Rug Advisor with GPS and advanced temperature algorithms to advise which rug to put on the horse, factoring in the weather forecast for the next 5 days
  • Multi-mode setup with sensor integration, including training mode, stable mode and vet mode
  •  Application including horse profile with farrier contact, veterinary contact, and ability to upload images of passports and vaccination certificates.
  • Cloud-based data that can be shared across devices anywhere
  • User-controlled data update frequency
  •  An ergonomic shape and water-resistant casing

Find out more about Horsepal Edge at the Taoglas Booth #2909 in the IoT Infrastructure Pavillion inside the Westgate at Tech East at CES.


Sunflower Labs Announces World’s First Fully Autonomous Residential Security Drone at CES 2020



Sunflower Labs announced the launch of the Sunflower Home Awareness System – the world’s first fully autonomous residential security drone – at CES 2020. Homeowners will be able to pre-order the Sunflower system with a deposit of $999. The company will deliver the first systems to customers mid-2020.

The Sunflower Home Awareness System pairs always-on motion and vibration sensors with AI processing to provide privacy and peace-of-mind to homeowners while dramatically minimizing false alarms, which a 2018 Urban Institute study found accounts for up to 90 percent of police calls from security systems.

“Advancements in smart home security have been stationary or dependent on video cameras until now,” said Alex Pachikov, co-founder and CEO of Sunflower Labs. “Thanks to the integration of AI and machine learning, homeowners can now have a truly smart security system that, over time, learns and reacts to its surroundings. Sunflower Labs is a leader in the next evolution in smart security.”

The Sunflower Home Awareness System consists of three components: Sunflowers, Bee and Hive:

The Sunflowers: Each Sunflower, disguised as garden lights, houses an array of motion and vibration sensors to constantly monitor activity on the property. Sunflowers are capable of detecting and differentiating people, animals and cars as well as displaying the activity on a map in real-time.

The Bee: A lightweight, fully-autonomous drone that navigates safely to observe activity on your property. The Bee had advanced features, such as automatic deployment, fully autonomous flight, ultrasonic collision- avoidance sensors, high-precision differential GPS and live streaming video.

The Hive: This sleek, weatherproof housing and charging station not only keeps the Bee safe and powered up, it’s also the brains of the entire system with AI data processing and analysis enabled on an embedded system.

If the system senses anything out of the ordinary, it sends an alert to the property owner’s mobile device. In seconds, the owner can choose to launch an autonomous drone flight and view real-time aerial footage of the property via the Sunflower Labs app from anywhere in the world.

The starting price for the system is $9,950. Final pricing may vary based on customization for your property. To learn more about Sunflower Labs Home Awareness System, please visit booth #51306 at Hall G in Eureka Park at Sands Expo during CES 2020.