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SA youth endorse Samsung

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South Africa’s youth has endorsed Samsung as their brand of choice in the Ask Afrika Icon Brands Survey for 2017/18. Top honours were awarded to brands that outperformed thousands of other brands across 19 sectors, at the annual awards ceremony on 14 August 2017.

Samsung was named top brand in the Smartphone, Tablet Devices and Cellular Phone categories, as well as the Platinum Icon Brand of Tomorrow in the Smartphone category.

The largest of its kind in South Africa, the survey is created by the Target Group Index (TGI) in partnership with City Press and Rapport newspapers. This year, it incorporated 15,284 South African interviews to represent over 25 million adult South African consumers and was conducted by Ask Afrika, which is South Africa’s largest independent market research company.

Consumers were asked to vote for the brands that they feel best unite them and form part of the nation’s common experiences. While the survey itself pays close attention to brand loyalty amidst consumer trends, the awards celebrate thought-leader brands that form part of South Africans socially constructed realities, especially within the 15 – 34 age group.

“Thank you to the South African youth market which has voted to reaffirm that Samsung’s creative technological innovations are born out of a deep understanding of what our consumers want and need and that our products indeed enrich our customers’ lives and contribute to social prosperity,” said Justin Hume, Chief Marketing Officer at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “We are honoured to have our future leaders recognise us as an iconic global electronics brand that has formed meaningful connections with them.”

Last year, the brand won the New Technology/Tablets category and Smartphones category. It also scooped up the gold as the top tablet brand in the Ask Afrika Icon Brands Awards 2015 amongst other esteemed positions.

“Samsung will continue to provide leading solutions to a market of digitally savvy young consumers who know what they want and are highly in tune with the latest technological advancements across the global community,” said Hume.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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