Bragi, which claims to have made the world’s first hearable devices, has introduced a new technology suite at Mobile World Congress 2019.
The suite consists of nanoSYSTEMS, a sensor-rich hardware platform designed for low-powered edge computing devices, nanoOS, Bragi’s a hardware-agnostic and modular OS, and nanoAI, machine learning-based sensor fusion technology for embedded systems. It will be available in the second quarter of 2019. Bragi will offer both custom-designed product solutions and ready-to-produce reference designs for hearables, based on this suite.
The upgraded platform enables new applications and features like context-aware audio instructions and guidance, fall detection and emergency alert, contextual audio transparency and group communication, all with an easy user interface based on the traditional touch or button interface, or more innovative AI powered interaction methods like head gestures, wake words and cheek touch.
Multiple microphones arrays provide state-of-the-art audio processing for hearing augmentation, voice control with wake-words, and enhanced speech clarity during telephony. The technology suite also facilitates collaborative computing and supports various communications standards.
Bragi’s reference design for wireless hearable solutions will support typical consumer applications like entertainment, sports and gaming, as well as offering the potential for top- and bottom-line benefits to organisations in a variety of industries, such as manufacturing, public safety, healthcare and transportation.
In the quest of further developing the business unit, Bragi has joined forces with Quuppa, a leader in indoor tracking technology, to become an AI System Integratorthat will bring artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions to the location system. This cooperation will drive the use cases to scale. “Quuppa is looking forward to partnering with Bragi and we are excited about the use cases our two companies can enable when combining high accurate real-time positioning and contextual intelligence.”, Kimmo Kalliola, Quuppa CEO and co-founder.
The company has also partnered with Syntiant, a semiconductor company from California, which also aims to move AI and ML from cloud to edge devices. Syntiantspecialises in ultra-low-power, high performance, deep neural network processors for edge computing, and with the combination of Bragi technology, the time to market and the cost of the solutions will reduce.
“We are pleased to be working with the Bragi team in addressing the market opportunity in the global hearables segment,” said Kurt Busch, CEO of Syntiant. “Bragi’sNanoAI vision of bringing deep learning to the edge is well aligned with Syntiant’s technology of enabling ultra-low-power always-on intelligent devices without cloud constraints.”
Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game
The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.
In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.
This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.
Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.
- Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
- Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
- Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
- Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
- Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.
New AirPods and iMac in iStore this weekend
iStore has announced availability of the new second generation AirPods and iMac, unveiled this week, in store this weekend.
“AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love,” said iStore in its announcement. “The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free ‘Hey Siri’.”
AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case that works with Qi standard chargers. The wireless charging case can be ordered for R3 699. The case can be used with the first or second generation AirPods.
The iMac line now has up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. The new iMac is faster for everyday tasks, up to demanding pro workloads. It includes retina display, all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave.