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Eseye cuts IoT dev time by 75%

Eseye’s new HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform reduces device prototyping time from an average of 12 months down to three months or less.

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The time it takes to develop, prototype and roll out new IoT devices has been dramatically reduced by the new HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform and rapid prototyping methodology from Eseye, the UK-based cellular IoT connectivity specialist.

On average, an IoT device currently takes around 12 months to bring to market. which is a barrier to the success of many IoT projects. The new platform fast-tracks the process from initial idea to a working prototype in a few weeks, maintaining the momentum of an IoT project.

When combined with Eseye’s rapid prototyping methodology, HERA300 allows IoT theories to be tested in their native environments, where real data can be gathered to support operational planning and investment business case requirements. Once the required data is captured, it can be delivered to hyperscale cloud providers, such as AWS, through preferred System Integrator partners, to maximise a wide range of additional IoT services and functionality.

Alongside HERA300, Eseye has developed an eight-step rapid prototyping methodology that enables the rapid build and deployment of IoT devices. From building the initial model, to carrying out iterative test and development stages, resulting in a prototype that can be confidently and successfully deployed immediately into the field. Using Eseye’s methodology removes a significant amount of financial and reputational risk throughout the exploration phase of the project and builds significantly on the likelihood of success for the final approved designs.  

Jon Darley, director of Things at Eseye, says: “With the rapid growth of IoT ideas we recognised the need to create a solution that would embed a technically robust testing process, but also significantly reduce time to market and increase competitive advantage. The HERA300 modular IoT hardware platform and rapid prototyping methodology successfully fulfil this brief and reduce IoT device development time by at least three quarters. This will unlock significant opportunities for companies that wouldn’t otherwise have been able to invest in IoT development with its previously associated costs and time to market.”

The HERA300 platform carries essential functionality on a modular board, meaning the platform can be rapidly adapted to meet the testing requirements and ensure project success. It features multiple sockets allowing for up to five additional sensors or modules to be plugged in, a modem interface, core software architecture including over the air software updates, and built-in temperature, pressure and humidity sensing designed to monitor the board’s environment.

Click here to read more about the HERA300.

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Second chance to get discounted Xbox One

Last year’s Black Friday deals for the Xbox One were epic, and this year they return to being heavily discounted.

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With 9 days to go until the shopping extravaganza that is Black Friday (29 November 2019), Prima Interactive has revealed its Black Friday deals for Xbox One. 

The deals remain roughly the same as last year’s Black Friday prices, suggesting that these are the absolute minimum at which retailers can sell the consoles.

Xbox fans won’t have to wait until 29 November but will be able to purchase the following deals from 25 November to 2 December 2019 from all leading gaming retailers:

Xbox Box S (1TB) Console for R 3 599.00

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Xbox Box One S + Wireless Controller for R 4 699.00

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Xbox One X for R 6 999.00

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Nokia 7.2 gets triple camera system

The latest handset from Nokia packs a 48MP triple camera system with Zeiss optics, as well as a PureDisplay screen.

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HMD Global, maker of Nokia phones, has announced the Nokia 7.2, the first Nokia smartphone to combine a triple camera and PureDisplay. It features a 48MP triple camera with Quad Pixel technology and Zeiss Optics. It also introduces a range of Zeiss bokeh styles, exclusive to Nokia smartphones, that recreate the way legendary Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact and signature blur. 
Alongside more AI-powered features such as night mode, users can get more creative with their photography. Building on the strengths of its predecessor, Nokia 7.2 combines PureDisplay technology and always-on HDR.

Shaun Durandt, GM of HMD Global Southern Africa, says: “With the Nokia 7.2 we aim to push the limits on what consumers can get from one of our popular Nokia 7 series smartphones. The Nokia 7.2 offers consumers advanced tools to express their creativity. Everything from the Zeiss Optics, exclusive Zeiss bokeh modes and powerful AI imaging, to its breath-taking PureDisplay technology, makes the Nokia 7.2 a device that truly stands out. In combination with the beautifully patterned satin glass back, Nokia 7.2 packs design innovation and stunning imaging performance, with a two-day battery life, into a smartphone for aspiring creators across the world at a truly incredible price.”

Nokia 7.2 is the first in the Nokia smartphone portfolio to feature a triple camera set up with Zeiss Optics. This is a combination of a highly sensitive 48MP sensor with a Quad Pixel technology main camera with ZEISS Optics, an ultrawide camera and a depth camera. The Quad Pixel technology combines four pixels into one for enhanced images in most conditions. 

The new bokeh styles include a portrait mode, which uses powerful image processing to recreate the way Zeiss lenses produce high visual impact. These blur effects are called Zeiss Modern, Zeiss Swirl and Zeiss Smooth modes. Add beautification to improve skin tones for instantly shareable portraits. AI-powered night mode allows users to capture the moment in low light, combining image fusion and explosion stacking to deliver good low light performance.

It comes with an ultrawide camera, which has a 118-degree field of view that means users can fit a lot more in one shot. The selfie camera also features Zeiss optics with a 20MP.  

With a dedicated Pixelworks visual processor, Nokia 7.2 upscales video content to HDR quality in real-time, with up to a billion shades of colour, higher contrast and expanded dynamic range. This means users can enjoy more contrast and deeper colours when watching TV shows, compared to other displays.

Crafted from polymer composite that is twice as strong as polycarbonate and half the weight of aluminium, the device is light, yet super strong and rigid. 

Nokia 7.2’s light-diffusing satin glass back honours the Finnish glass making heritage and results in a premium finish. Using a multilayer coating system with vacuum metallisation, the result delivers bright colours, a smooth finish and offers durability. 
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, the device offers balanced performance, making sure the phone is ready when users need it the most. The Nokia 7.2 also comes with the signature two-day battery life promise.

As part of the Android One partnership, Nokia 7.2 is Android Q ready and will receive guaranteed monthly security updates for three years and OS updates for two years, so it is claimed to get better performance over time.  
Pricing and availability

The Nokia 7.2 comes in Charcoal and is available at Vodacom stores on 20 November from R6,299.

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