BarcodEye is a company that offers Wearable Computing Solutions. They are showing their wearable devices barcode reading software. Their new software can read 1D and 2D barcodes from your wearable device’s camera. Then, the application interprets the information taken. This software can be used in industries like medical healthcare ambients, library, museum, store, warehouse or post offices.
Category: TV Connect
Huawei is working on making an innovation interface concept for set-top-boxes and Smart TV solutions. Huawei already has many set-top-boxes in the market with standard User Interface design but they are planning to integrate this new technology to beyond coming devices. Users may have the ability to switch different content for different ages and groups of people easily. This software interface is mainly targeted for set-top-box solutions but has similar design for mobile devices since it is generally based on android. You can stream content from the TV or Android Box to the smartphone or vice versa. The design concept is still in its first steps and is the main user interface for the set-top-box and its based in Android operating system but it can be done also over Linux-based or general web-based.
Christian Lindholm, CEO and Founder of http://korulab.com talks about the Koru Wearables OS UI Framework eenabling 60fps smooth UI that can run on ultra low-cost ARM Cortex-M4 powered wearable devices such as sub-$50 smartwatches.
ViewAR is a worldwide Augmented Reality Catalog System providing an Augmented Reality App to browse all kinds of 3D models.
Arris bought Motorola’s Set-top-box business from Google in 2013 for $2.35 Billion, Arris is a major Set-top-box provider, making several solutions for Set-top-box systems worldwide. Some of the innovations from Arris according to their website include:
Invented digital TV,
First wireless broadband gateway
First set-top with HD and DVR
First headless, whole-home video gateway
First widescale CMTS deployment
First MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 digital ad insertion
Pioneered security and digital rights management
Recognized with 15 Technical Emmy® Awards
ViXS shows their new dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 which they claim is the first and only company with a shipping Ultra High Definition (UltraHD) 4K HEVC 10-bit solution to sign the Reference Design Kit (RDK) agreement from RDK Management, LLC. ViXS has formally joined the growing RDK community and will help drive the acceleration of the development of next generation UltraHD/4K Set-top-boxes, Home Media Gateways and video services.
Panasonic has developed the “PH1-Pro4” single-chip system LSI to support high-quality and multi-channel video distribution. PH1-Pro4 can compress/decompress 3-stream full-HD video data simultaneously. For VGA, 12 streams can be handled simultaneously. With PH1-Pro4, you can quickly develop a home media server to view different images simultaneously through different media, such as TV, smartphone, tablet, PC, and so on. Implementing PH1-Pro4 into cloud-based products allows them to be a low-power system with minimal component count. Driver assistance system and security monitoring system are also achieved with small size and low-power consumption. In addition, PH1-Pro4 upconverts video data from full-HD to 4K2K. Text from http://www.semicon.panasonic.co.jp/en/products/systemlsis/ph1-pro4/
Kiroco presents their NFC based Smart Jewllery concept which allows you to view personal private messages from a loved one, and these precious memories are then stored so you can view them whenever you wish just by touching the jewellery to your phone.
All of Kiroco’s Jewellery contains an NFC chip which works when touched to the NFC readers in Android Smartphones, which then in turn launches the messages on a person’s piece of jewellery so that they can be viewed – whether a word, photo or video message.
With the exclusion of the K bracelet in white metal the rest of the ranges are made in sterling silvers with enamales, with some pieces containing Swarvoski Crystals or Cubic Zirconia.
Optinvent is a technology hardware designer company that is working on a augmented reality and smart wearables like glasses.
Optinvent ORA is the smart glasses device that Optinvent is working on at the moment. The ORA feels fairly well built and has a number of design features that are intended to make it usable for all types of workers in various industries. ORA glasses have mounting points for prescription lenses. The Optinvent ORA is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and features a very small-screen version of Google’s operating system. The device is controlled using the touchpad, which moves a cursor.
The glasses have an arm that moves up and down, which can place the display directly in the user’s eyeline or just below it for quick glances. What that “True AR” mode effectively amounts to is a tilting display, one that can sit just below your eye-level for a “dashboard view” of incoming messages and other notifications, or moved right into your field of vision if you plan on going full-RoboCop. Google’s Glass by comparison always places onscreen information above your eye-line.
Other specs include an eye-searing 3,000 nits brightness level, an ambient light sensor, a rechargeable battery good for between 4 and 8 hours of usage and a display that when positioned right in front of your eyes is the equivalent of having an 85-inch TV dangling off your face. The battery is said that will last three hours with intensive use or eight hours with typical use. The Optinvent ORA price starts at €699.
Optinvent is based in Rennes, France and Silicon Valley, United States.
Geniatech is an OEM/ODM specialized in open android based hardware and software platform for Android Set-top-boxes with advanced features like embedded digital TV tuners, video capture and video converters. Geniatech is making some TV Boxes and HDMI Sticks with the AmLogic M802 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 with Octa-core Mali-450 GPU. Geniatech can do HDMI-in and HDMI-out for overlay of the existing TV signals with Android features on top.
Kopin Corporation shows their latest wearable computing microdisplay, the Pupil display module, it’s tiny and can be integrated directly into the top frame of Glasses, no need to add a layer in front of the glasses like Google Glass anymore. Pupil see-through optics, with its height smaller than the pupil of the human eye, allows see-through and see-around without obstructing the outside view. Kopin’s microdisplays with the Pupil optics provide the most compact Smartglass microdisplay modules that can show vivid and bright images, even under full sunlight.
Snapwatch shows their latest prototype/mockup flexible Snapwatch SmartWatch, will have bi-stable E Ink or other type of display, Bluetooth, thermal, solar, sensors and more.
ARM overtakes MIPS in the Set-top-box market as most of the Set-top-box SoC makers are showing ARM solutions, it’s about the ecosystem, about the platform, Android, Google TV, RDK, Wyplay, all of these user interfaces are being optimized for ARM, bringing cheaper and better more advanced and more powerful devices all at the same time. The TV market is bigger than the Web, as people still spend a lot more time watching TV than browsing the web in average. And the new features enabled by ARM, Android and other platforms, enable a lot more video-on-demand and other forms of interactivity on the TV.
Entropic shows their latest EN7310 ARM Cortex-A9 SoC with IP-STB and HDMI Stick features, integrated multi-tuner dual DVB-S/S2 cable reception, advanced security and DRM, HEVC decode and transcoding with Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 2.0 home networking.
Entropic is a fabless semiconductor company recognized for inventing the MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) home networking technology, creating Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) Outdoor Unit (ODU) single-wire technology, and developing the industry’s first ARM processor and OpenGL graphics Set-top box (STB), System-on-a-Chip (SoC).
This video also features Eagle Kingdom Technologies (EKT) who launches DCP5205 world`s first Entropic powered hybrid PowerPlug Set-top-box combining the functionality of a Set-top-box into a plug socket, thus eliminating the need for a separate power adapter commonly required in today’s hybrid STBs.
Sigma Designs, a leading provider of System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for home entertainment, control, connectivity and converging multimedia delivery, launches its new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)-capable SMP8750 family ARM Processors for Set-top-boxes. Combining the HEVC compression standard with a high performance ARM Cortex A9, ARM Mali-400 GPU, the SMP8756 enables Sigma Designs to offer more performance, a better user experience and full video quality for the Set-top-box market.
Sigma SMP8756 features HEVC’s Main-10 profile allowing processing of up to 10 bit color samples accepted as the standard for 4Kx2K, OTT (over the top) and IPTV content. The SMP8750 family will support FHD and 4K resolutions. The new SMP8750 family offers SoCs at multiple cost and performance combinations allowing each SoC to offer optimal performance to price ratio for multiple STB platforms from zappers, PVR capable, Hybrid-broadcast and IPTV STBs.
The SMP8750 family migrates robust STB SoC components like broadcast TS processing, OTP and security infrastructure paired with an ARM A9 CPU and Mali GPU. The single-core ARM A9 CPU and 3000 DMIPS of application processing along with a Mali GPU combine to provide a dramatic performance profile for new 3D user interfaces, over-the-top and casual gaming applications. Incorporating Sigma’s industry-proven technologies such as secure media processing, multi-format Full-HD video decoding, VXP display processing, and field-proven AV software core, the SMP8756 is able to provide premium quality video experience. A software SDK is available for either Linux or Android platform development. Future certification of CAS technologies like Verimatrix and Nagravision are planned.
The chipset also demonstrates ecosystem compatibility, leveraging the widely supported ARM processing core, OpenGL ES, HTML-5 and others to ensure that a broad range of existing applications will run including a wide range of hardware and software extensions to support the system solutions; including global tuner/demodulator standards, wired and wireless network controllers, DTV middleware stacks and IPTV middleware ports, such as Wyplay and OpenTV.
The SMP8756 comes with a full Software Suite, including libraries and services packaged under both Linux and Android development kits for rapid development. It incorporates managed power consumption, developed for both US and European regulatory compliance and is developed to a minimal R-BOM to allow smaller footprint and lower cost implementations.
ST’s latest ARM Powered System-on-Chips supporting Android, Google TV (now Android TV), rdk, ST presents their STiH312 client-box and STiH412 server-box product families, codenamed ‘Cannes’ and ‘Monaco,’ respectively, they integrate Faroudja technology to decode and display video up to Ultra HD 4K (2160p) and the next-generation H.265 / HEVC video compression. Even supporting video transcoding (for local and remote streaming from the Set-top-box to Tablets, Smartphones, etc) STMicroelectronics presents their Dual core ARM Cortex-A9 (on 28nm process) with quad-core Mali-400 GPU does Quad-HD Ultra HD 4K HEVC video decoding, combined with Faroudja video processing technology (decoding on Cannes, decoding and transcoding on Monaco), advanced security supporting concurrent conditional access and DRM, wide connectivity, including USB 3.0, PCI-e, SATA and Gigabit Ethernet, Dedicated interfaces to a range of companion front-end solutions, including MoCA 2.0, DOCSIS 3.0, satellite and 802.11ac WiFi and more.
This is the way to do VR. Using your latest Smartphone and the $100€ vrAse headset (€ prices always include 20% VAT!). Using your latest always-improving Smartphone display, sensors, processor, graphics, storage, connectivity and everything. Just insert your Smartphone into the $100 http://vrAse.com headset (successfully funded on Kickstarter, to be available this summer) and you transform your latest smartphone into an awesome virtual reality machine. I’ve tried it, and it’s awesome. Oculus VR and other similar dedicated VR headsets probably use standard smartphone components anyway, so why not just use the latest Smartphone in the vrAse headset? vrAse just focuses on providing good optics with two lenses, which can provide for 3D and 2D immersive virtual reality.
The vrAse finally justifies having 1080p and higher than 1080p resolution on your latest smartphone because it brings your smartphone display pixels up close to your eyes!
I think the killer app for vrAse (and for any other VR headsets) may actually be 360 degree panoramic immersive video (although the 360 video cameras are not yet available to the masses, but they may be imminent), as I filmed the 6K panoramic video demo on Nexus 5 in my Finwe.fi video of last month:
Rovi’s DivX presents a free encoding and decoding solution using High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC/H.265), the successor to H.264, the video compression standard that promises to deliver visual quality equivalent to H.264/AVC with up to 50% bitrate savings.