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CES 2016: Best of baby tech

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The Bump Best Baby Award winners were announced last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with companies coming to the fore that excelled in tech innovation, design and utility.

When it comes to raising babies, what tech gadgets should parents turn to? The Bump, a pregnancy and parenting resource, together with Living in Digital Times, producers of the Baby Tech Summit at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, last week announced the winners of The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards at CES.

The winners, who have excelled in tech innovation, design and utility in the fertility, pregnancy and baby product space, were recognised at The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards ceremony hosted by The Bump site director, Julia Wang, and one of the judges, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and New York Times bestselling author, Randi Zuckerberg.

In addition to being named The Bump Best of Baby Tech Award Winner, each winner will receive a one-year distribution contract with Best Babie, the largest national distributor in the baby, children and toy market, allowing their product to be distributed in top US baby retailers, electronic retailers and/or online e-tailers.

“According to a survey of more than 9,000 moms on The Bump, 78 percent say that technology helps make parenting easier,” said Julia Wang, site director of The Bump. “The Bump is excited to help make the lives of these moms, and all parents, easier by introducing them to transformative technologies and new products.”

“We all know how important technology is to our lives and now it’s being used to make parenting much easier,” said Jill Gilbert, producer of the Baby Tech Summit. “The Bump Best of Baby Tech Awards winners underscore that technology is redefining everything from conception to how we care for and raise babies.”

Results were based on a compilation of online votes, in-person votes at CES and expert judges.

The Bump Best of Baby Tech Award Winners were:

Baby Eats

Baby Learn & Play

  • The Starling by Versa Me word-tracking system nourishes a child’s brain during the most rapid stage of development through activities that encourage talk and feedback between parent and child.

Baby On the Go

  • Evenflo ADVANCED Evenflo SensorSafe™ Embrace™ DLX Infant Car Seat reminds the driver that there is a baby in the car upon arrival of their destination.

Baby Safety

  • Owlet Baby Monitor is a smart sock monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximeter—to alert parents if baby stops breathing or heart rate fluctuates.

Fertility & Pregnancy

  • Univfy IVF Prediction Tests are online tests that provide fertility patients with personalized probabilities of their likely success with in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Healthy Baby

  • Kinsa Smart Ear Thermometer uses the latest technology to take a one-second, one-button temperature reading that syncs wirelessly to a smartphone to keep a record of your child for yourself, a caregiver or doctor.

Audience Favorite

  • Owlet Baby Monitor is a smart sock monitor that uses hospital technology—pulse oximeter—to alert parents if baby stops breathing or heart rate fluctuates.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro matches camera benchmark record

A benchmark by DxOMark sees the triple-cam handset tie with the P20 Pro for best smartphone camera on the market.

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The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has come out top in a camera benchmark test that assesses all aspects of smartphone camera performance.

DxOMark, which conducts rigorous hardware testing and is trusted as an industry standard for image quality measurements, has just released the results of its in-depth analysis of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro smartphone camera. 

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the Chinese manufacturer’s latest top-end device. Building on the P20 Pro’s camera technology, the Mate 20 Pro comes with a Leica-branded triple-camera setup, but swaps its stable-mate’s monochrome camera for a super-wide-angle module, offering a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from 16 to 80mm—the widest of all current smartphone cameras.

The handset is in direct competition with the Apple iPhone XS Max, the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, among other. How does it fare?

“With a total photo score of 114, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro ties the record-setting score of its cousin, the P20 Pro,” says DxOMark. “The overall Photo score is calculated from sub-scores in tests that examine different aspects of its performance under different lighting conditions.”

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro achieves a photo score of 114 points. In stills mode, the Mate 20 Pro’s triple camera captures images with good target exposure and a wide dynamic range, recording both good highlight and shadow detail even in difficult high-contrast situations. Noise levels are well under control down to low light levels, and the camera’s white balance system and colour rendering settings produce a pleasant colour response in almost all circumstances.

At 97 points, the Mate 20 Pro is very close to the best for video as well, thanks to a fast and smooth autofocus system with good tracking performance, accurate white balance as well as pleasant colour rendering, and low levels of noise, especially in bright shooting conditions. Our testers also liked the exposure system’s ability to adapt quickly and smoothly to changes in illumination.

It was not all good news. DxOMark also had some criticism for the device.

Click here to read about the drawbacks of the Mate 20 Pro camera, and other positives.

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SA car wins
Dakar Rally

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The final stage of Dakar 2019 drew to a close at the bivouac in Pisco, Peru, and saw Toyota Gazoo Racing South Africa’s Nasser Al Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel bring home their South African-built Toyota Hilux for an historic victory. Not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first petrol-powered car to win the Dakar in the South-American era.

The Qatari driver ensured his French navigator, who turned 43 years old on Thursday, 17 January, received a great birthday present, when the pair arrived at the final time control of Dakar 2019 with teammates Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in close formation. The two Toyota Hilux crews completed the entire stage together, as De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz waited nearly 55 minutes for the leaders to start the stage, in order to shadow them to the finish.

The emotions bubbled over for Team Principal Glyn Hall, who found himself without words as his two crews drove into the media area after the time control. “This victory was long overdue,” he finally managed, before being swamped in a sea of well-wishers.

The winning driver, however, was much more vocal: “We are so happy to win the Dakar – not only for ourselves, but also for Toyota and the entire Toyota Gazoo Racing SA team. Everyone has worked so hard for so long, and really deserve this. Thank you for letting us drive this car.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing SA led Dakar 2019 from the first to the last stage, with Al Attiyah/Baumel drawing first blood, before handing the mantle to De Villiers / Von Zitzewitz during stage 2. But then a disastrous Stage 3 saw the Qatari retake the lead – a lead he didn’t relinquish despite some of the toughest stages yet seen on any South-American Dakar.

“When we first heard that the rally was going to take place only in one country, we were skeptical,” said Hall after regaining composure. “But the organisers made sure that this year’s race will long be remembered as one of the toughest tests in the last decade.”

Al Attiyah / Baumel’s victory at Dakar 2019 means that Toyota Gazoo Racing has now won both of the world’s toughest automotive races – the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the DakarRally.

Click here to read Glyn Hall’s comment on winning the Dakar Rally, as well as the rankings.

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