Author: Charbax

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Best of CES 2016: Rokid Amazing Robot AI Home Assistant As A New Family Member

Posted by Charbax – January 7, 2016

Rokid Smart Robot Voice Assistant running Android on Samsung Exynos5410 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A15/A7 big.LITTLE with custom amazingly beautiful Android Launcher developed by Rokid projected using an integrated Texas Instruments DLP Pico Projector. Artificial Intelligence, Voice Conversations and Voice Commands are supported. Rokid supports far-field technology for 5-6 meters voice recognition with a bunch of algorithms with their microphones, such as AEC, beam forming, VAD, and more. Third party apps for music playback and perhaps even also Uber can be integrated, it's a Smart speaker with a microphone array it can detect where the voice is coming from, it can detect who is talking to it through voice print. Rokid implements Gesture Recognition, Face Recognition through it's front-facing camera, Rokid has Touch sensors on each side to do things such as turning up and down the brightness and volume. The experience with Rokid is totally amazing and the features for Smartly bringing notifications and voice commands to a room, this is how the Amazon Echo of the future could look like. There might be Robot Faces which a user can customize to choose if for example it should project a real face and perhaps also use speech based on a real recorded voice.

You can contact the project manager of Rokid here:

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Sony AX53 Handycam 4K Camcorder

Posted by Charbax – January 6, 2016

Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 is Sony's newest consumer 4K Camcorder with a better 4K video sensor, better optical image stabilization, better audio recording quality, better low light sensitivity compared with their previous Sony AX33 Camcorder. To be available from around March, Sony wants to make their new AX53 available for every consumer to easily record 4K video to upload to YouTube or to be edited.

Omron Wrist BPM Smartwatch takes blood pressure on the wrist

Posted by Charbax – January 5, 2016

Omron is the worldwide leader in selling home blood pressure monitors for consumers to use by themselves, Omron Project Zero Upper Arm is a blood pressure monitor where everything is integrated, you put it on your arm, press start and in about 30 seconds it measures your blood pressure and synchronizes it to your smartphone or tablet. Then Omron releases their Omron Bloor Pressure Smartwatch with steps, calories burnt, distance and sleep monitoring, it can measure the blood pressure through the radial artery in the wrist, it inflates a little bit to measure the blood pressure on the wrist also within about 30 seconds by just pushing a button, making it easy to take ones blood pressure directly on the wrist! The price is going to be below $200 for release in 2016.

Huawei Mate 8, ARM Cortex-A72, Merry Christmas!

Posted by Charbax – December 24, 2015

Beach review of Huawei Mate 8, the Fastest Smartphone in the world today, using HiSilicon Kirin950, the world's first Octa-core Quad ARM Cortex-A72, Quad ARM Cortex-A53 in big.LITTLE and the world's first device with the ARM Mali-T880 GPU. With 4000mAh it has a really long battery life, a really nice 1080p display with 2.5d "elevation/reinforcement" which may also help in performance, brightness and battery life compared to a 2K display, Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is super smooth (Huawei being the a Marshmallow Nexus partner of Google), Google Play can be installed even though this phone is only sold in China for now, Google Play services will probably be available as soon as the International version of Mate 8 is released maybe a couple of weeks from now. It's supports Dual-SIM card slots with LTE Cat-6 on one SIM (2G voice calls on the second SIM only) and you have to choose between the second SIM or up to 128GB MicroSD storage in that same slot. The price online in China is around $570 for the 4GB RAM with 64GB Flash version, $470 for 3GB RAM and 32GB Flash, if Huawei somehow decide to increase manufacturing capacity and to lower the retail price by $150-$200 and to make it available in every country worldwide, I think they could make this one of the most popular high end phablets of 2016. The sales and marketing strategy for this phone worldwide in 2016 is up to Huawei sales and marketing teams now. I would like it if Huawei offered a Switch to turn the whole UI into the same Nexus style UI as on a Huawei Nexus 6P, hopefully Huawei will consider offering a dual-UI switch.

$470 Huawei Mate 8, Kirin950 ARM Cortex-A72 Mali-T880 Smartphone

Posted by Charbax – December 13, 2015

Here's the world's most powerful smartphone, running an Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin950 quad ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 in big.LITTLE configuration with the ARM Mali-T880 GPU and also an ARM Cortex-M7 for the sensor hub on TSMC 16nm FinFET+ node. With a 1080p 6" display with 2.5D "elevation", 4000mAh battery, dual-SIM LTE Cat-6, 32GB/64GB/128GB storage and 3GB/4GB RAM. Now for sale in China starting at $470 for 3GB RAM and 32GB Flash to $570 for 4GB RAM and 64GB Flash. So for about the same price as a Nexus 6P 64GB you get more RAM, more CPU, more GPU (possibly, I didn't check performance configuration benchmarks), dual-SIM slots, MicroSD card support (you have to choose between MicroSD or the second SIM card in the same slot as far as I understand) also I hear that maybe that the 4GB/64GB version and above have worldwide LTE/HSPA+ bands and are not limited to either European/Asian or US bands (to be confirmed?) possibly that the Camera optics are the same from Sony as in the Nexus 6P, though it records only 1080p video and not 4K and the display is only a 1080p and not 2K. The battery life, usability benchmarks, connectivity speed is to be tested. This might be the best smartphone in the world today. Rumors are that Huawei plans to manufacture at least 1 Million units per month, they plan to overtake the Huawei Mate 7 sales amount that was over 7 million units over the previous year. I think that if Huawei wants to sell 70 million units of this one, they can do it if they price it $100 or $200 lower and make it available everywhere where people demand to buy it. I think that Huawei should use Google Now Nexus Style launcher as default and full Google designed UI instead of EMUI. I wonder if video output such as MHL works to use the powerful processor with an external Laptop Dock or Desktop Dock and I wish that using MicroSD and Dual-sim at the same time was possible. USB Type-C would have been more interesting.

Karen Sandler, Software Freedom Conservancy

Posted by Charbax – December 11, 2015

Karen Sandler Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy offers an inside look of the state of compliance from the perspective of the Software Freedom Conservancy, a nonprofit charitable organization that is the most active in the field. In her keynote Karen gives an overview of where things are with compliance initiatives and insight into the ideological movement behind copyleft.

Martin Stadtler, Director of Linaro Enterprise Group

Posted by Charbax – December 11, 2015

Working on the Boot Architecture (ACPI, UEFI), members from AMD, Qualcomm, Cavium, Alibaba, all engineers working together to make all the software boot for ARM Servers, leading projects around Open Stack, Big Data, going up the stack, finding things to optimize, such as virtualization, to have Server parity on ARM vs x86.

EYE VR professional VR 42 cameras, 24 microphones

Posted by Charbax – December 11, 2015

For professional VR TV Show or Movie recordings, EYE VR camera incorporates 42 cameras and 24 microphones in a 3-axis design, that can capture of 3D 360 video, in all 3 axes of head movement.

You can read more at http://360designs.io/

Toradex shows Freescale i.MX7, Windows 10 IoT Core on ARM

Posted by Charbax – December 10, 2015

Toradex shows their upcoming Freescale i.MX7 based System on Module (SOM). The module is pin compatible with the existing Toradex Colibri Modules based on i.MX6, Vybrid, PXA and Nvidia Tegra. The i.MX7 is a heterogeneous asymmetric multicore system including a Dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 and a ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller for real-time. The Toradex computer module will be available at the official i.MX7 launch early next year. Also first time in public, Toradex shows Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Core on an ARM based SOM which is designed to be used directly in volume. The module is based on a Nvidia Tegra 3 which is pin compatible with the I.MX7 and provides a fully HW accelerated DirectX driver.

Robot Development Kit using Hardkernel ODROID-C1+, VU7 display, ODROID-XU4

Posted by Charbax – December 10, 2015

Bo Lechnowsky of ameriDroid.com shows the fully-programmable robot kit based on the ODROID-C1+ and controllable through the web. We then moved on to an 8-inch tablet kit for the ODROID-C1+ which includes case, multi-touch screen and battery for less than $100 due to be available this December. After this, we looked at a new 7-inch tablet-style multi-touch display from ODROID called the VU7 that allows attaching an ODROID-C1+ to the backside providing an expandable tablet-like solution for low cost. The ODROID-XU4 was discussed, an Exynos-5422 octa-core ARM Cortex-A15 at 2.0GHz and ARM Cortex-A7 at 1.4GHz ARM board with 2GB LPDDR3 on-board, USB3.0/2.0 ports and gigabit Ethernet along with removable eMMC and microSD storage options. An ODROID-C1+ was shown which is a low-cost but powerful AmLogic S805 quad-core ARM Cortex-A5 at 1.5GHz ARM board with 1GB LPDDR3 on-board with USB2.0 ports and gigabit Ethernet, also with the removable eMMC/microSD storage options. We then moved on to a display from a partner company, Withrobot.com, that showed real-time bar- and QR-code reading from three cameras simultanously through one USB3.0 port on an ODROID-XU4 and a 5MP standalone USB camera processed by OpenCV on an ODROID-XU4. In the background was an ODROID-C1+ with a HiFi Shield and a VU7 streaming high-quality audio to a stereo running Rune Audio. Volumio is also available for this platform. Both distributions are controllable by a smartphone or tablet from anywhere.

You can order these and read more about it at:
http://ameridroid.com
http://odroid.com