FYI- new Fortune article in last 30 minutes also LinkedIn action completely stop in the last few days. I guess someone ratted us out to management!!
Expway making a lot of news in past few weeks.
I disagree with sequans needing IR because it's a drain on cash and the few we could afford are horrible. I invest in another small ADR and they go through IR firms like candy. As long is George is upfront with investors and keep cost down, I'm happy.
Virtual and augmented reality devices have slowly edged their way into our lives, popping up on headsets and in cars. Now, they are boldly going where no AR or VR has gone before, into space.
This week a resupply mission will carry two Microsoft HoloLenses to the International Space Station (ISS). The devices will be used by astronauts like real-time instruction manuals, part of a NASA project called Project Sidekick. The idea is to facilitate closer communication between astronauts in space and ground control. A technician in Houston could see what an astronaut wearing the HoloLens is seeing in real time. The person in ground control could then draw a circle around a particular piece of hardware or button on the space station, pointing it out to the astronaut and making instructions for repairs or experiments even more clear than relying on written or vocal instructions.
“HoloLens and other virtual and mixed reality devices are cutting edge technologies that could help drive future exploration and provide new capabilities to the men and women conducting critical science on the International Space Station,” Sam Scimemi, director of the ISS program said in a statement. “This new technology could also empower future explorers requiring greater autonomy on the journey to Mars.”
To make sure the devices would work in a low-gravity environment, the headsets were tested on NASA's Weightless Wonder, a jet that allows people to experience brief moments of weightlessness while the plane is diving towards the ground. You can watch these tests in the short video below. It's essentially watching highly educated engineers float around weightless making strange movements in the air with their fingers, set to dramatic music.
Even though this is augmented reality, and not virtual reality, we all know that it's only a matter of time before astronauts start getting trapped in crazy holodeck adventures. You have to admit, it might make time in the cramped quarters of the ISS fly by.
dont be fooled by others saying msft scrapping Hololens tech.
Himax obtains design-wins for smartphone-use force touch solutions
Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES, Taipei [Thursday 26 November 2015]
Himax Technologies has gained design-wins for its multi-level force touch controller series from leading smartphone vendors for models to be launched in the first half of 2016, according to the Taiwan-based IC design house.
Himax added its multi-level force touch solutions will be eventually featured in tablets and wearable devices.
Himax' multi-level force touch controllers support all mainstream displays including a-Si and LTPS TFT-LCD, and AMOLED, and are compatible with both out-cell and on-cell touch panel modules.
"We are proud to have a very comprehensive touch product portfolio especially with the addition of the latest multi-level force touch technology into our product portfolio," said Himax president and CEO Jordan Wu in a statement. "The introduction of force touch technology illustrates our leading edge competitiveness in the touch panel controller market. This is particularly important at a time when the market is moving toward in-cell touch display requiring integration of display driver and touch panel controller."
Let's go baby!!
Sentiment: Strong Buy
France’s Orange is keeping its options open when it comes to choice of technology for the Internet of Things (IoT), with the operator today naming the 17 cities that will see the first launch of IoT services based on proprietary LoRa technology before the arrival of future standardised cellular technology.
Building on an announcement in September which saw the company proclaim ambitions to become “the number one operator for the Internet of Things”, Orange plans to rollout its LoRa-powered IoT network in the following 17 urban areas from the first quarter of 2016, before a nationwide launch: Angers, Avignon, Bordeaux, Douai and Lens, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Paris, Rennes, Rouen, Toulon, Toulouse and Strasbourg.
LoRa is one of at least six technology options open to companies wishing to deploy IoT networks serving low-bandwidth, low-power IoT applications such as utility meters and vending machines. This market has been dubbed ‘Low Power Wide Area,’ or LPWA.
LoRa technology was developed by semiconductor company Semtech, with the LoRa Alliance later established to develop and promote the solution. Amongst the founding members are Actility (which earlier this year received a €3 million cash injection from Orange, as well as investment stakes from KPN and Swisscom), Cisco, Bouygues Telecom and Proximus.
Although this group of players are attempting to drive support for a global standard for LPWA, question marks remain over the long-term viability of the technology. It has a headstart over future cellular IoT offerings but, like rival Sigfox technology, LoRa only operates in unlicensed spectrum and is unlikely to benefit from the economies of scale that cellular IoT technology will enjoy.
To that end, Orange was keen to point out that it is “continuing standardisation work on future cellular networks (2G/4G), optimised for the Internet of Things”.
By the end of the year Orange and Ericsson will perform “the first usage trial of 2G/4G networks”. The technical tests will focus primarily on coverage in difficult areas such as basements and on sensor life.
The operator is working with the Swedish vendor on a number of trials, including a “world-first” Extended Coverage-GSM (EC-GSM) deployment using the licenced 900 MHz band. Specifications for EC-GSM are expected to be completed and ratified by the 3GPP in Q1 2016.
Meanwhile Ericsson and Orange are also working on another “world-first” LTE IoT trial in partnership with chipset manufacturer Sequans.
Cellular networks optimised for IoT are likely to become operational in 2017. Also vying for a slice of this pie are technologies known as NarrowBand LTE and LTE-Machine (LTE-M).
Reflecting on Orange’s multi-technology approach, Alain Maloberti, SVP of Orange Labs Networks, said: “IoT is a key area in Orange’s Essentials2020 strategic plan, and France should play a key role in IoT takeoff in Europe. In order to extend our connectivity offer, we are currently deploying a LoRa network. At the same time, we are preparing the future of cellular networks and we are happy to collaborate with Ericsson to be the first operator to demonstrate IoT over GSM and LTE in order to roll it out ahead of 5G availability in the market.”
Orange has revealed it aims to generate €600 million in revenues from IoT by 2018.
Mr Wu put me on the sales team!!
Posted on theflyDOTcom. After see this weeks news, I think we are getting upgrade from them next week.
This company offer total solution from R&D to getting it to market.
We should have video with Hololens and space walks soon and momentum will start again. Just in time for CES2016