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Before SoftBank announced their intention to acquire ARM, here's the latest SoftBank Pepper Personal Robot with Artificial Intelligence deployed all over Japan, with voice conversations, it can Reads Emotions from people's face. More than 11 thousand Pepper Robots have been deployed in Japan, at the entrance of SoftBank Telecom stores, and in many other stores and malls all over. Previously I interviewed Aldebaran Robotics Founder Bruno Maisonnier before he sold his company to SoftBank
This had to happen after Brexit.
Masayoshi Son seems to be a good person, he says he wants maintain ARM's independence while he'd like to improve ARM, but I worry if SoftBank has enough cash and future prospects to be able to sustain accelerated growth. Masayoshi Son is Japan's richest man, but is that enough? How many Billions of dollars can SoftBank spend on accelerating ARM's growth? Must ARM rely on the Japanese economy and on Alibaba's stock price going forward?
While I have always been one of the biggest Google fanboys, yet I have also been very disappointed when Google doesn't invest its cash where I think it's needed. Hardware. I wish Google's Alphabet would make a counter-offer, it could be at $45 Billion or so. Alphabet can afford it with their $75 Billion in cash on hand. Then ARM can be the A in Google's Alphabet. I believe Alphabet would have enough cash and prospects for growth to fund ARM's required accelerated growth.
The future of Technology has ARM at its core. Everything in the world needs to use ARM. It's very important how the company is managed and how it is owned. I do wish to see technological developments surrounding ARM for it to get the proper backing in terms of cash. If SoftBank can have that type of cash and the desire to make it happen, that can be good. But I believe Alphabet has that kind of cash, I just wonder if they have the desire.
Alphabet should offer $45 Billion for ARM with all the same conditions as SoftBank. Larry Page, Sergey Brin, get to it.
One thing's for sure. Europeans will loose control over the last remaining hope for global technological leadership. Thank you Brexit.
Official video released at https://www.acceleratingtech.com/ a site to explain the SoftBank acquisition of ARM, they claim:
- SoftBank’s £17 offer price gives ARM shareholders a 43% premium on Friday’s closing share price and a 41.1% premium on the all-time high share price
- Assurance to double ARM’s UK headcount in the next five years and increase headcount outside the UK
- Leaves ARM’s successful partnership business model, culture and brand unchanged
- Great endorsement of UK tech
Here's the official Japanese Press Conference (with English real-time voice-over translation) with SoftBank CEO and Founder Masayoshi Son announcing the acquisition of ARM by SoftBank. The presentation and the questions in the Q&A are a bit more extensive compared to the English Press Conference posted here
SoftBank CEO and Founder Masayoshi Son of Japan speaks at the SoftBank Press Conference to announce the acquisition of ARM Holdings for $31.4 Billion, SoftBank promises to keep the same business model of licencing for ARM, to increase the employee count in the UK by 2x within the next 5 years, to increase ARM's employee count around the world. You can read the official presentation materials here
The new UK Government of Theresa May seems to be happy about it.
UK's best Technology company, Europe's best Technology company, to be taken over by a Japanese Telecom company. What does this mean for the future of Processors? What does this mean for the future of R&D, innovation, what does it mean for the future of the Tech industry? This is huge. Who is SoftBank? What does SoftBank's CEO and Founder Masayoshi Son want to do with the future of Technology?
SoftBank has previously acquired Alderaban Robotics, they want to have Humanoid Robots everywhere. Ex-Googler Nikesh Aurora was president of SoftBank (and upcomong CEO) until 3 weeks ago, because SoftBank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son decided to stay CEO for another 5-10 years after his upcoming 60th anniversary.
SoftBank got its money from being successful Japanese Telecom carrier, and also by investing $20 Million in Alibaba in 2000, now worth $61 Billion, and having recently sold a lot of its Alibaba shares, this means SoftBank has a lot of cash to spend.
Who is SoftBank CEO and founder Masayoshi Son? What is his plan for the future of Technology? What does he plan to do with ARM? Is this really happening?
EnLaps is a perpetual time lapse recording device that features a solar panel built into it for unlimited recording. With streaming capabilities and a web portal for control, EnLaps uses two fish-eyed camera sensors and stiches the video together for 25MP pictures. It can be controlled via Bluetooth, WiFi or 3G, and the retail version is expected to cost EUR600. The KickStarter edition cost EUR400. It uses an ARM processor to record video. The housing is meant for outdoor use, being made waterproof and durable.
For more information visit : enlaps.io/?lang=en
Shenzhen Richsat Electronics. Co. Ltd. is a 3 year old Shenzhen-based firm specialising in Android set-top boxes. Their entire range is on display here and the newest model features an RK3128 processor, with a WiFi antenna, ability to be controlled through IR or WiFi, costing between US$20-26 depending on model. Another STB features an Amlogic S905 CPU. The LED projector uses RK3128 CPU, and costs US$60 for a resolution of 800x480px display with 1500 lumen brightness.
Reflying International Electronic Co., Ltd is an Apple-certified manufacturer of battery cases, wireless chargers, and the accessories shown here such as gamepads. One is designed to fit an iPhone 5/5s between the controls, with the phone being removed in order to fold the gamepad. There is even a gamepad for the iPad mini on display, costing around US$100. The company currently supplies many general merchandise stores such as Target, Brookstone, Clas ohlson, Birgma etc.