Offering a Complete Professional Photography Experience, vivo Redefines Mobile Photography with Flagship X50 Series

Offering a Complete Professional Photography Experience, vivo Redefines Mobile Photography with Flagship X50 Series


vivo today unveiled the X50, X50 Pro, and X50 Pro+, the all-new vivo X50 series of flagship smartphones, which feature professional-grade camera technologies that revolutionize the mobile photography experience.

The X50 series is a realization of vivo's commitment to user-centric design and innovation. Featuring cutting-edge stabilization, night mode, zoom, and portrait technologies, X50 series smartphones enable users to capture stable and high-quality images and videos in a wide range of scenarios, making every shot a masterpiece. The design of vivo's X50 series draws from natural elements and futuristic aesthetics, aiming to complement the active lifestyles of consumers. With professional photography capabilities, stunning design, and smooth performance, the X50 series pushes the boundaries of high-end flagship smartphones.


Offering a Complete Professional Photography Experience, vivo Redefines Mobile Photography with Flagship X50 Series


"Guided by vivo's deep insights into consumer needs, and underpinned by our advanced technology, we crafted the X50 series to provide a professional photography experience to our users. The X50 series' stable shooting capabilities, outstanding lenses and sensors, and overall advanced camera system allow users to capture all of life's stories with professional quality," said Spark Ni, Senior Vice President of vivo. "As the first X series products that will be made available to international markets, we are excited to share the best of our innovative technology and design concepts with people around the world."

Mobile Photography, Redefined
The X50 series integrates professional photography technologies. To reduce shaking, the main camera of X50 Pro is equipped with an industry-leading Gimbal Camera System, allowing users to take clear photos and videos while in motion, even at night. Modelled after a full-size professional gimbal, X50 Pro's built-in gimbal module moves in the opposite direction of shaking motions, providing increased stability for the main camera. This system also widens the rotation angle and anti-shake area compared to popular stabilization methods, resulting in super clear images. The Gimbal Radar, an on-screen animated ball that reflects the gimbal's movement, lets users know when the frame is stable. vivo's motion-deblur algorithm, customized sensors, and continuous focus tracking further enhance image and video clarity.

The X50 series consists of true photography flagship smartphones. X50 Pro has a versatile camera setup with one front camera and four rear cameras. X50 Pro and X50 Pro+ both feature a periscope lens that supports 60x Hyper Zoom, and the main camera on X50 Pro+ features 1/1.3 inch ISOCELL GN1 sensor, leading to photos of breathtaking detail.

The X50 series features Super Night Mode and Astro Mode, which together enable users to capture stunning photographs of both city and country scenes at night, while Super Wide-Angle and Super Macro functions help create professional-quality photos in a wide range of scenarios. vivo's Portrait Mode, powered by a 4-layer masking algorithm, allows users to separate the subject from the background and apply separate effects for a more refined result.


Sleek Performance and Design

In addition to its professional photography capabilities, the X50 series delivers overall flagship performance. The series supports 5G connectivity, allowing users to stay online with super fast speeds and low latency. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+X55 processor, X50 Pro+ provides fast computing speed and smooth multitasking capabilities. The series features a high screen refresh rate of 90/120Hz, displaying crisp images, movies, and games without smears or blurs.

Reflecting vivo's design-driven innovation, X50 series smartphones are built with flexible screens, which are slimmer, lighter, and more durable than traditional screens. X50 is the slimmest 5G phone ever, measuring only 7.49mm thick. HDR 10+ technology delivers a bright and vivid display, and AG Frosting on the glass surface creates a soft and delicate touch. The Gimbal Camera System is also designed in the shape of an eye, serving as a unique design element on the rear of X50 Pro.


vivo TWS Earphone Neo Complement the X50 Series with Ultimate Audio

vivo is also launching the TWS Earphone Neo. Built to provide a high-quality audio experience that meets the needs of everyday music lovers, the wireless TWS Earphone Neo have a customized 14.2mm ultra-large driver unit, delivering a more powerful and full-bodied sound, as well as a bio-fiber composite diaphragm to enhance audio details.

Designed with the needs of consumers in mind, TWS Earphone Neo also feature AI noise cancelling for clearer phone calls and several voice-activated smart controls. The earphones are powered by Qualcomm's 4th-Generation TWS platform, the QCC3046, which offers low latency, high precision, and a stable listening experience, as well as the latest Bluetooth 5.2 technology with a maximum range of 10m. TWS Neo's advanced features, along with its classic design and compact body, are a realization of vivo's investments in Internet of Things devices. Like the X50 series, TWS Earphone Neo showcase vivo's commitment to building design-centric devices that improve consumers' lives.


SOURCE Vivo
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Monday, June 1, 2020

NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon

NASA Astronauts Launch from America in Historic Test Flight of SpaceX Crew Dragon


For the first time in history, NASA astronauts have launched from American soil in a commercially built and operated American crew spacecraft on its way to the International Space Station. The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley lifted off at 3:22 p.m. EDT Saturday on the company's Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"Today a new era in human spaceflight begins as we once again launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil on their way to the International Space Station, our national lab orbiting Earth," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "I thank and congratulate Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley, and the SpaceX and NASA teams for this significant achievement for the United States. The launch of this commercial space system designed for humans is a phenomenal demonstration of American excellence and is an important step on our path to expand human exploration to the Moon and Mars."

Known as NASA's SpaceX Demo-2, the mission is an end-to-end test flight to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, including launch, in-orbit, docking and landing operations. This is SpaceX's second spaceflight test of its Crew Dragon and its first test with astronauts aboard, which will pave the way for its certification for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

"This is a dream come true for me and everyone at SpaceX," said Elon Musk, chief engineer at SpaceX. "It is the culmination of an incredible amount of work by the SpaceX team, by NASA and by a number of other partners in the process of making this happen. You can look at this as the results of a hundred thousand people roughly when you add up all the suppliers and everyone working incredibly hard to make this day happen."

The program demonstrates NASA's commitment to investing in commercial companies through public-private partnerships and builds on the success of American companies, including SpaceX, already delivering cargo to the space station.

"It's difficult to put into words how proud I am of the people who got us here today," said Kathy Lueders, NASA's Commercial Crew Program manager. "When I think about all of the challenges overcome – from design and testing, to paper reviews, to working from home during a pandemic and balancing family demands with this critical mission – I am simply amazed at what the NASA and SpaceX teams have accomplished together. This is just the beginning; I will be watching with great anticipation as Bob and Doug get ready to dock to the space station tomorrow, and through every phase of this historic mission."

SpaceX controlled the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy's Launch Control Center Firing Room 4, the former space shuttle control room, which SpaceX has leased as its primary launch control center. As Crew Dragon ascended into space, SpaceX commanded the spacecraft from its mission control center in Hawthorne, California. NASA teams are monitoring space station operations throughout the flight from Mission Control Center at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the space station at 10:29 a.m. Sunday, May 31. NASA Television and the agency's website are providing ongoing live coverage of the Crew Dragon's trip to the orbiting laboratory. Behnken and Hurley will work with SpaceX mission control to verify the spacecraft is performing as intended by testing the environmental control system, the displays and control system, and by maneuvering the thrusters, among other things. The first docking maneuver began Saturday, May 30, at 4:09 p.m., and the spacecraft will begin its close approach to the station at about 8:27 a.m. Sunday, May 31. Crew Dragon is designed to dock autonomously, but the crews onboard the spacecraft and the space station will diligently monitor the performance of the spacecraft as it approaches and docks to the forward port of the station's Harmony module.

After successfully docking, the crew will be welcomed aboard the International Space Station, where they will become members of the Expedition 63 crew, which currently includes NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy. NASA will continue live coverage through hatch opening and the crew welcoming ceremony. The crew will perform tests on Crew Dragon in addition to conducting research and other tasks with the space station crew.

Three astronauts aboard the International Space Station will participate in a live NASA Television crew news conference from orbit on Monday, June 1, beginning at 11:15 a.m. on NASA TV and the agency's website.


Demo-2 Astronauts

Behnken is the joint operations commander for the mission, responsible for activities such as rendezvous, docking and undocking, as well as Demo-2 activities while the spacecraft is docked to the space station. He was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000 and has completed two space shuttle flights. Behnken flew STS-123 in March 2008 and STS-130 in February 2010, performing three spacewalks during each mission. Born in St. Anne, Missouri, he has bachelor's degrees in physics and mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and earned a master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Before joining NASA, he was a flight test engineer with the U.S. Air Force.

Hurley is the spacecraft commander for Demo-2, responsible for activities such as launch, landing and recovery. He was selected as an astronaut in 2000 and has completed two spaceflights. Hurley served as pilot and lead robotics operator for both STS‐127 in July 2009 and STS‐135, the final space shuttle mission, in July 2011. The New York native was born in Endicott but considers Apalachin his hometown. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans and graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School in Patuxent River, Maryland. Before joining NASA, he was a fighter pilot and test pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps.


Mission Objectives

The Demo-2 mission is the final major test before NASA's Commercial Crew Program certifies Crew Dragon for operational, long-duration missions to the space station. As SpaceX's final flight test, it will validate all aspects of its crew transportation system, including the Crew Dragon spacecraft, spacesuits, Falcon 9 launch vehicle, launch pad 39A and operations capabilities.

While en route to the station, Behnken and Hurley will take control of Crew Dragon for two manual flight tests, demonstrating their ability to control the spacecraft should an issue with the spacecraft's automated flight arise. On Saturday, May 30, while the spacecraft is coasting, the crew will test its roll, pitch and yaw. When Crew Dragon is about 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) below the station and moving around to the docking axis, the crew will conduct manual in-orbit demonstrations of the control system in the event it were needed. After pausing, rendezvous will resume and mission managers will make a final decision about whether to proceed to docking as Crew Dragon approaches 20 meters (66 feet).

For operational missions, Crew Dragon will be able to launch as many as four crew members at a time and carry more than 220 pounds of cargo, allowing for an increased number crew members aboard the space station and increasing the time dedicated to research in the unique microgravity environment, as well as returning more science back to Earth.

The Crew Dragon being used for this flight test can stay in orbit about 110 days, and the specific mission duration will be determined once on station based on the readiness of the next commercial crew launch. The operational Crew Dragon spacecraft will be capable of staying in orbit for at least 210 days as a NASA requirement.

At the conclusion of the mission, Behnken and Hurley will board Crew Dragon, which will then autonomously undock, depart the space station, and re-enter Earth's atmosphere. Upon splashdown off Florida's Atlantic coast, the crew will be picked up by the SpaceX recovery ship and returned to the dock at Cape Canaveral.

NASA's Commercial Crew Program is working with SpaceX and Boeing to design, build, test and operate safe, reliable and cost-effective human transportation systems to low-Earth orbit. Both companies are focused on test missions, including abort system demonstrations and crew flight tests, ahead of regularly flying crew missions to the space station. Both companies' crewed flights will be the first times in history NASA has sent astronauts to space on systems owned, built, tested and operated by private companies.

Learn more about NASA's Commercial Crew program at:

https://www.nasa.gov/commercialcrew

SOURCE NASA
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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Technics Announces the SL-1210GAE Limited Edition Direct Drive Turntable to Commemorate Its 55th Anniversary

Technics Announces the SL-1210GAE Limited Edition Direct Drive Turntable to Commemorate Its 55th Anniversary


Technics has been delivering a wide variety of epoch-making audio products, such as speaker systems, amps and audio players to worldwide markets since 1965 the year in which this valued Hi-Fi audio brand debuted. This year, Technics is releasing the SL-1210GAE Limited Edition direct drive turntable to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Technics brand. This special model is based on the internationally acclaimed Grand Class SL-1200G hi-fi turntable and features a full black color scheme which has already proved popular with other recent Technics products. The SL-1210GAE will be available from June 2020 and limited to only 1000 will be sold in the world.


Special and exclusive specifications of the SL-1210GAE 55th anniversary model


1. All-black color scheme
The SL-1210GAE's 10-mm-thick aluminum top panel sports a meticulously anodized black brushed hairline finish. In addition, the operation buttons and tonearm also employ a high quality black finish that results in a uniform, premium appearance.

2. Special badge inscribed with a serial number

The SL-1210GAE is wholly made in Japan by skilled artisans' hands, with a significant level of hand-made processes to ensure the highest quality possible. The top panel features a special badge, inscribed with the unique serial number to signify that it is a 55th anniversary model.

3. Insulator
The specially developed zinc insulator features αGEL™, a soft gel-like material with excellent shock absorbing properties which is also used on the highly acclaimed, 'flagship' SL-1000R reference turntable. The high-density zinc die-cast housing offers superb vibration damping characteristics and excellent long-term reliability. The new insulator effectively isolates the turntable from external vibrations, ensuring completely undisturbed music reproduction while preserving every fine nuance and detail within the musical signal.
αGEL™ is a trademark of Taica Corporation registered in Japan and/or other countries.

4. Strobe light ON-OFF switch

Turning off the strobe light allows the listener to concentrate more effectively on the music, especially in a dimmed environment.


Product features of the SL-1210GAE

Coreless Direct Drive Motor
Conventional analogue turntables have problems with degradation in sound quality caused by factors such as minute speed vibration during rotation and rotation irregularity called "cogging." In the SL-1210GAE, the use of a coreless direct-drive motor with no iron core eliminates cogging. Also, the twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque, and also reduces minute vibration during rotation. These factors enable reproduction of the warm, exquisitely detailed sound etched on analogue records.

High-Precision Motor Control Technology

The application of motor control technology developed for Blu-ray devices, and switching the drive mode depending on the operational status of the motor achieves a high starting torque and high-speed stability for optimum playback.

Three-layered Turntable Platter
The turntable features a three-layered construction with a rigidly combined brass top-plate, an aluminium die cast core platter and a solid rubber coating covering its entire rear surface to eliminate unwanted resonance, thereby achieving overall superior rigidity and vibration damping. This delivers smooth rotational stability and high inertial mass surpassing the SP-10MK2 (the direct-drive turntable standard used by broadcast stations worldwide), as well as having more than twice the inertial mass of the SL-1200MK5.

High-level Balance Adjustment
When the weight distribution of the turntable is uneven, excess vibration or noise occurs during rotation, which causes degradation in sound quality. To counteract this, the balance of the turntable is adjusted at the factory by using specialized high-precision balance adjustment equipment for each and every item after the turntable is assembled. Turntables that have undergone adjustment are labelled with a sticker reading "BALANCED" to indicate that individual adjustment has been done.

High Sensitive Tonearm
The tonearm employs lightweight magnesium which has a high damping effect, with cold drawing improving the characteristics of the material and achieving the high-precision required. In addition, high initial-motion sensitivity is attained by employing the traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction with the horizontal rotation axis and the vertical rotation axis intersecting at a single central point, as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing.

High-Quality Terminals
The use of brass-milled and gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals prevents degradation in sound quality while enabling the easy attaching and detaching of cables. Also the use of metal shielding construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise.

Four-layered Cabinet Construction

A hairline-processed, 10-mm-thick black top panel of immaculate aluminum is added to a three-layered construction of aluminum diecast, BMC (Bulk Moulding Compound), and heavyweight-class rubber. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity necessary for superb vibration damping with a superior solid build and a luxurious finish and feel.


SOURCE Panasonic Corporation of North America
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Friday, May 29, 2020

Will I notice side effects if I quit drinking?

Will I notice side effects if I quit drinking?


Unlike other hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine, alcohol addiction takes longer to develop, ranging from months to years.

You may eventually reach a point where you wish to tone down or completely stop your drinking altogether, only to find out that you are unable to do so.

Quitting for some people will be relatively easy because they experience no withdrawal side effects.

However, others may find it hard to stop their drinking habits, with mild or severe side effects due to withdrawal.

Let us look at some of the side effects of quitting alcohol that you may notice.


Anxiety


Alcohol slows down brain function and interferes with nerves sending messages back and forth.

With time, your central nervous system adapts to functioning with alcohol in the brain, and withdrawal comes when alcohol is not in your body.

If you quit drinking, one notable but mild side-effect will be anxiety - a disruption of hormones and electrical signals to the brain due to lack of alcohol.

The need for alcohol in the system makes you experience many feelings related to anxiety, which cease once you take a drink.

You may experience shaky hands partly due to anxiety or lack of alcohol affecting proper brain and body function.


Other mild symptoms


With brain and nerve function less optimal, you can experience other mild side effects such as:

  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Headaches


You can quickly remedy the mild symptoms with proper medical care and direction.


Hallucinations

One significant side effect you may experience is hallucinating. You begin seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there.

Picture your brain working overtime to make you take that drink. Severe addicts need proper medical care if they start hallucinating.

Hallucinations start within 12 to 24 hours of putting that drink down. Together with tremors, illusions form the earliest withdrawal symptoms.


Seizures


Seizures can occur both as effects of taking excessive alcohol or as withdrawal symptoms.

They usually occur within 48 hours of putting down the drink or within the first week of soberness.

Withdrawal seizures are less frequent with between 2% and 5% of alcoholics experiencing it and do not have any brain damage effects.

You may not experience this side effect, but the culmination of the mild effects could ultimately place you in danger of seizures.


Are there more extreme side effects?


One extreme withdrawal side effect is delirium tremens (DT).

DT has severe symptoms such as delusions and vivid hallucinations, which occur to less than 5% of people with alcohol withdrawal.

Other symptoms that could occur with DT include high blood pressure, fever, heavy
sweating, and confusion.


Look on the bright side.


Some side effects seem scary, while others are downright unpleasant.

However, your body continues to heal even as you go through these side effects of withdrawal, which are mostly short term.

In the long run, better mental health, weight-loss, increased energy, and a healing liver includes some of the advantages of quitting alcohol.

Seek experienced good alcohol addiction advice and a proper diagnosis from a doctor on what symptoms follow alcohol withdrawal.


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Karma Automotive Begins Prototype Testing For Supercar-Capable E-Flex Platform

Karma Automotive Begins Prototype Testing For Supercar-Capable E-Flex Platform


Following the announcement of Karma Automotive's all-electric high-performance E-Flex™ platform with supercar-capable architecture last month, Karma engineers have now begun testing the platform in an all-wheel drive (AWD) performance EV prototype vehicle.

Equipped with Karma's racing-inspired E-Flex platform suitable for both road and track day applications, the AWD performance prototype aims to achieve 1,100 HP. A combination of attributes including 10,500 lb-ft (14,000 Nm) wheel torque, electronic torque vectoring and front and rear mounted dual electric motors will generate superior power and handling for the test vehicle.

Front and rear dual electric motors and a flat-floor 120 kWh battery provide the prototype with optimal near 50/50 weight distribution and up to 400 miles of all-electric range. The AWD performance prototype's electric motors already have over a million miles of testing in Karma's current product, the award-winning luxury electric 2020 Revero GT.

Dynamic and static testing are part of Karma's comprehensive validation process to ensure the car will meet customer and partner expectations and demands in global markets. Karma engineers recently conducted dynamic testing at California's exclusive Thermal Club race track, among other performance circuits and conditions.

"Physical prototype testing is an important landmark for Karma, and an exciting milestone for all involved," commented Kevin Zhang, Chief Technology Officer, Karma Automotive. "We aim to make sure the platform is capable of achieving leading standards in the supercar sector and is superior in every sense."

The prototype demonstrates Karma's vision for future products, in addition to showcasing mobility solutions available to other OEMs, startups and automakers who wish to develop their own all-electric high-performance vehicles.

Michael Jones, Karma's Sr. Director of Body & Chassis Engineering, who has begun the task of fine-tuning the new prototype, along with Karma's engineering team at the Thermal Club, stated, "The first time this prototype was on the track was a special moment. We've followed the development phase from ideation to creation of our E-Flex platform to testing in our prototype."

Karma's platform can be applied to both track day and street car iterations, while providing the instant torque, handling and sustainability of an all-electric vehicle. It can be retrofitted to existing products and developed for new electric supercar applications; both for Karma and prospective partners.

Innovation, coupled with luxury and pioneering spirit, is an integral part of Karma's DNA, and the AWD performance prototype is a testament to this driving force. Karma also recently announced plans to build the Revero® GTE, an all-electric, twin motor variation of its Revero GT, which will see its first results in Spring 2021.


SOURCE Karma Automotive
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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

AKASO Announces the New Brave 6 Plus Action Camera

AKASO Announces the New Brave 6 Plus Action Camera


For years now, AKASO has been the world-leader in low-priced, high-quality action cameras designed as more affordable alternatives to GoPro with similar features. Released in 2019, the company's Brave 6 action camera has received rave reviews for both is functionality and price – less than $100. The company has now released the Brave 6 Plus action camera which adds a few more bells & whistles to their stalwart "Brave" product line. Some of the new improvements include a touchscreen, a 6-axis Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), boosted video resolution, added external microphone support, 8x zoom, as well as integration with the AKASO GO app. The AKASO Brave 6 Plus is priced at $119.99 MSRP.


AKASO Announces the New Brave 6 Plus Action Camera


Most consumers are familiar with the GoPro brand, which is known for both its high quality and high price tag. Certainly, some people have even purchased some lower-priced alternatives and been ultimately disappointed. AKASO, however, has forged a great reputation throughout the industry for its feature-packed, well-made cameras which are both reliable and affordable. Unlike many other budget camera makers, AKASO includes a full set of camera mounts including a helmet accessories kit, so consumers can start using the Brave 6 Plus in any imaginable situation right out of the box without any extra costs.


AKASO Brave 6 Plus Details:
Touchscreen
Voice Control
Remote Control
6-Axis EIS
4k30 / 2.7k30 / 12440p60 / 1080p90 / 720p120
20mp Photo
AKASO GO App
Viewing Angles: 170°, 140°, 110°, 70°
Type-C USB
8x Zoom
External Microphone Support
Waterproof to 130 feet / 40 meters
WiFi
Includes full range of camera mounts including bicycle stand and helmet kit

For more information, visit: https://www.akasotech.com/brave6plus

SOURCE AKASO


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Motiv Space Systems Launches xLink, the Highly Modular, Cost-Efficient Space-Rated Robotic Arm System

Motiv Space Systems Launches xLink, the Highly Modular, Cost-Efficient Space-Rated Robotic Arm System


Today, Motiv Space Systems announced the launch of its xLink™ space-rated modular robotic arm system. The xLink™ system is exceptionally adaptable and can accommodate nearly every current and planned application for space-rated robotic manipulation.

At a price point as low as 1/10th the cost of existing solutions, xLink™ puts robotic arm technology within a range of a whole new category of missions where robotics were previously cost-prohibitive. In addition to redefining the market price point, the xLink™ system also replaces the previous standard of multi-year development cycles, with delivery times as short as six months.

While xLink™ marks a brand-new technology, Motiv Space Systems is no stranger to space-rated robotic arms. The company was responsible for developing and delivering the robotic arm on NASA's JPL Mars 2020 Perseverance rover. In developing the xLink™ system, engineers at Motiv leveraged the high-reliability space flight elements and techniques from the Mars 2020 mission and combined them with modular, cost-effective technologies from Motiv's own ground-based RoboMantis™ line of robotics.

As a highly modular system, xLink™ can be configured to meet a user's unique needs, whether that's a 4-DOF trenching arm for lunar operations or a multi-armed robot for on-orbit construction. xLink™ is equipped with a range of actuation capabilities as well as force-torque sensors, tool changing capabilities, and end effectors. The system can also be enabled with Motiv's xLink™ control software, which enables new use cases for a wide range of applications including on-orbit assembly, satellite servicing, lunar and planetary vehicles, and more. "Motiv's xLink™ robotic system will fundamentally change what's possible to do in space at this price point," said Chris Thayer, President, and CEO of Motiv Space Systems. "Our hope is that this enabling technology will unlock the potential of a whole set of new space ventures that presently cannot afford this kind of on-orbit capability."

xLink's™ first scheduled deployment is on NASA/Made in Space's Archinaut One on-orbit manufacturing and assembly technology demonstration mission. The mission is currently scheduled for launch in 2022.


SOURCE Motiv Space Systems
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Enjoy Unforgettable Eid Moments With OPPO Reno3 Pro and Enco W31 Wireless Headphones

Enjoy Unforgettable Eid Moments With OPPO Reno3 Pro and Enco W31 Wireless Headphones


Eid al-Fitr is a special time for families and friends to celebrate and create memories that last a lifetime. Because it's unforgettable moments, make this occasion so unique to everyone in the region, OPPO Reno3 Pro is here to help you capture each and every memory this Eid so that you continue to enjoy it for years to come.

Featuring its advanced 64MP Zoom Quadcam, the latest OPPO Reno3 Pro is an ideal gift that delivers an unparalleled smartphone experience.

Give the music-lover in your life the perfect gift this Eid with the amazing OPPO Enco W31, offering the industry-leading sound quality and highly synchronized audio for an immersive listening experience.


OPPO Reno3 Pro

If you're looking for that perfect smartphone with exceptional photography features and superb gaming experience, OPPO has it all in one.

Whatever you're doing, whether it's staying under the sun or gathering with your family for Iftar, OPPO Reno3 Pro brings photography to a new level. With its 64MP Zoom Quadcam, Ultra Steady Video 2.0, 44MP Dual Front Camera with Ultra Night Selfie Mode, this impeccable smartphone delivers an outstanding photography performance and allows you to capture clear images under any daily life scenarios.

Great memories are meant when you spend time with your loved ones. The Ultra Steady Video feature provides two modes for different life scenarios, respectively, allowing you to record all your favourite moments in steady and clear videos.

Reno3 Pro empowers users to see more in the dark. For the first time, OPPO has added its Ultra Night Mode feature in the front cameras. As taking a selfie at night is popular amongst young explorers, Ultra Night Selfie Mode guarantees clarity and brightness, even in low light conditions. Ultra Dark Mode on the Reno3 Pro's rear camera makes taking photos in the dark so easy.

Famously known for its captivating smartphone designs and patterns, OPPO has carried the legacy forward with the Reno3 Series. Inspired by the natural skylights, Reno3 Pro comes with two stunning back colours, Auroral Blue and Midnight Black, which echo the beauty of nature.


Availability

The OPPO Reno3 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB ROM, 64MP Zoom Quadcam, 44MP Dual Front Camera with Ultra Night Selfie Mode, and Super AMOLED Display, is available for AED 1,899 only. The smartphone is available on OPPO Official Website, and e-commerce partners' online stores at Noon and Amazon.


OPPO Enco W31 Headphones

Unleash the power of music this Eid, with the stunning audio capabilities of OPPO Enco W31 Headphones. As OPPO's first wireless audio product in the Middle East, Enco W31 Headphones are the ultimate gift for the audiophile, with highly synchronized audio and industry-leading sound quality to make everything – from your favourite song to movie soundtracks and even phone calls – sound exactly as you imagine it.

Enco W31 Headphones feature an optimized audio experience, tailored specifically to meet the demands of active users. In addition to IP54 dust and water resistance, the headphones feature binaural low-latency Bluetooth transmissions and dual-microphone noise cancellation during calls, amongst numerous other exciting features.

The ergonomic in-ear design provides users with a perfect fit to further enhance audio, while an immersive experience is guaranteed through the use of leading technologies and materials that ensure a resounding treble and deep, powerful bass, with balance mode and bass mode available to offer audio personalization.

And of course, voice calls are received with unparalleled clarity, as if you were speaking face to face. An environmental noise cancellation algorithm and anti-wind noise chamber cancel out noisy surroundings, while OPPO Enco W31 Headphones also feature technologies to distinguish users' voice and transmit it clearly, blocking out all surrounding noise.

Oppo Enco W31 has recently been recognised with the renowned Platinum A' Design Award in the Digital and Electronic Devices Design Competition Category. Platinum A' Design Award is a prestigious award given to top consumer electronics designs that have accomplished an exemplary level of perfection in design.


Availability

OPPO Enco W31 Headphones are available in white on OPPO's official website, Noon.com, and OPPO's official distributors for only AED299. Consumers will be able to purchase the headphones exclusively on Noon until May 20th.


SOURCE OPPO


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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Toyota Launches All-New 2021 Sienna to Suit a Variety of Lifestyles

Toyota Launches All-New 2021 Sienna to Suit a Variety of Lifestyles


Aiming to redefine the segment, the fourth generation Toyota Sienna reimagines the minivan to support a wider array of life stages and activities. With a standard hybrid powertrain now across all trims and an array of new tech and amenities, the 2021 Toyota Sienna raises the bar for style, safety, comfort, versatility and fuel efficiency in its segment.

Designed, engineered and assembled in the U.S., the all-hybrid 2021 Sienna, influenced by the bold and robust character of SUVs, hosts many premium features: kick-open and closed sliding side doors and rear gate, four-zone climate control system, heated second-row super-long slide captain's chairs with ottomans, onboard vacuum and refrigerator, a segment-first power tilt and telescoping steering column with heated steering wheel, a digital rear-view mirror, 10-in. color head-up display and 12-speaker JBL® Premium Audio system.


The 2021 Toyota Sienna is also ready for life's outdoor adventures with its all-wheel drive option – and is well-positioned for Yakima® accessories, such as a rooftop carrier, cross bars, bike rack and more. The Sienna will also offer an available tow hitch and factory optional 1,500-watt inverter with 120V AC outlet to power camping equipment.

What's more, all versions of the 2021 Sienna are rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. That's enough to pull a well-equipped compact travel trailer, or simply carry your bikes for that weekend getaway.


Sienna: All-New from the Foundation Up

The fourth-gen Sienna, designed by the combined effort of CALTY's Newport Beach, CA and Ann Arbor, MI studios, delivers a combination of room, comfort, convenience, fuel efficiency and versatility that other types of vehicles can't match. Starting with an all new minivan structure based on the TNGA-K Platform, the goal was to optimize everything that is great about minivan function, while wrapping it all into a bold, sexy, and provocative design, expanding the definition of what a next generation minivan should be.

"This is an all-new vehicle from the ground up, including a new chassis platform as well as a new electrical platform," said Chief Engineer Monte Kaehr. "The development of the fourth generation Sienna was a huge undertaking but we always worked towards one single mission—to make the best van yet."

This bold and innovative approach enabled the design team to create strong and robust proportions with a shoulder-themed body design, and muscular wheel flares that express athleticism. The body surface is boldly sculpted, a fresh departure from the typical, boxy minivan driving on the roads today.

The front design was inspired by the iconic Shinkansen Japanese Bullet Train to appear sleek, speedy and confident. The headlights are mounted high and stretched around to the sides as if they are being shaped by the wind. The bold lower grille is contrasted by slim, high tech LED fog lights that are pushed to the corners, enhancing the wide and stable stance.

In the spirit of optimizing interior roominess while avoiding a boxy design, the rear cabin features a speedy pillar that is dynamically angled forward. The taillight flows seamlessly from the sculpted body to the rear, using thin bands of LED lighting to create a signature impression. There is an integrated black taillight canard that not only looks cool, but also improves aerodynamic performance. The crisp, deeply sculpted tailgate with an integrated spoiler is made possible by a molded resin process.

The ultra-sporty XSE model amps up the excitement, sportiness and driving experience to a level never before seen in minivans. With dark 20" split 5 spoke wheels and aggressive front and rear bumpers that are unique to XSE, this model looks like it was born on a race track.


Bold Design Meets Spacious Interior

Toyota called the third-generation Sienna a "swagger wagon," but the 2021 model takes it to a whole new level.

Learning from today's minivan customers that they do not want to feel like they are driving a bus, the design team took this to heart and thought carefully about how to combine the practical attributes of a minivan with the emotional desire for having a more personalized driving experience.

The key terms used to redefine the minivan experience were Confidence, Refinement, and Smart innovation. With this in mind, a modern instrument panel was created of bold, horizontal layers to express a wide and spacious interior, with a large center touch display, handy storage capability, and the innovative Bridge Console, which is the key to allocating personalized space to the driver and front passenger.

The Bridge Console is an innovative solution that is a departure from common minivan layouts. The bridge is ergonomically positioned high between the driver and passenger for ease of use, and elegantly connects the instrument panel to the center armrest. This unique feature enables the driver to have a more stress-free and comfortable driving experience. The shifter and necessary functions are all within easy reach, along with cup holders, available wireless charger, and ample storage bins for smaller items. Beneath the bridge is a large open area for convenient storage of larger personal items such as a purse or bag.

To further celebrate the interior spaciousness, the available Super Long Slide second-row captain chairs slide 25 inches, providing unprecedented legroom and flexibility to maximize comfort, especially when used with the available ottoman feature. Even large adults can relax comfortably. With all the features, the best seats of any row in the segment!

The Sienna LE and some XLE models come equipped in eight-seat configurations with two captain chairs, a long slide second row seat and a stowable middle seat. Some XLE models, as well as the XSE, Limited and Platinum are seven-seat models featuring the Super Long Slide second-row captain's chairs with the Limited and Platinum FWD models equipped with ottomans.

There are smart solutions and first-class comfort throughout the interior to make this the most sophisticated, versatile and enjoyable Sienna ever.


Safety

In addition to exemplary collision protection provided by the TNGA-K Platform the 2021 Sienna comes standard with second-generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), a comprehensive active safety system that includes:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection/Lowlight Detection
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Lane Trace Assist
Automatic High Beams
Road Sign Assist

Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian Detection is designed to provide automatic braking capability should the driver not react in time in certain emergency situations. The PCS system is not only designed to detect a vehicle ahead, but it can also detect a bicyclist and even a pedestrian in low light situations. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard on all Sienna models, as well.

The 2021 Sienna is equipped with 10 airbags: driver and front passenger airbags; driver's knee airbag; passenger seat cushion airbag; front seat side airbags; rear outboard seat side airbags, plus curtain side airbags for all three rows. Toyota's Star Safety System includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

Toyota takes safety a step further with a features like a rear passenger seatbelt reminder and electric parking brake (EPB) – as well as a new feature called Rear Seat Reminder. Designed with family safety in mind, the rear occupant detection is based on door sequencing logic in which the Combi Meter MID provides a warning "Attention: Check Rear Seat for Passengers and Cargo."


Confident Driving Performance

To give the Sienna driver confidence to compete with all the SUVs on the road, a natural and intuitive connection between the driver and the vehicle is achieved with the optimized geometry of TNGA-K Platform combined with a trailing-arm multi-link rear suspension and increased body rigidity.


A Quiet Place to Make Some Noise

Like all Toyota vehicles built on the new TNGA-K Platform, the 2021 Sienna benefits from a multitude of measures that bring library quiet to the cabin. In particular, Toyota engineers focused on reducing noises in the frequencies where conversation takes place.

The high-strength TNGA-K Platform resists noise intrusion and curbs vibration through the steering, floor and vehicle structure. Extensive, strategically placed noise insulation and body sealant further keep outside noises where they belong – outside.

Of course, with all the onboard connectivity Sienna offers (seven USB ports, available WiFi, optional JBL 1,200-watt amp/12-speaker Premium Audio and 1080p HD rear entertainment system), conversation is just one of the things made better by the quieter cabin.

If interior noise level should rise, say, due to a minor altercation between certain young passengers, Sienna's unique available Driver Easy Speak is the driver's best friend. Introduced on the third-generation Sienna, this feature is essentially a built-in PA system that carries the driver's voice through the audio system's rear speakers right to the source of the disturbance.

In short, the Sienna offers all of the luxuries of a large SUV, but with room for a family, (7) USB ports and up to 18 cup holders.


Seeing the Invisible

The Sienna has always offered a high, broad view of the road that instills a feeling of confidence behind the wheel. The high seating position and big windows make the Sienna an excellent sightseeing machine, while privacy glass behind the front row means passengers are not riding in a fishbowl.

Over the years, the Sienna has augmented its excellent outward visibility and sightlines with technology to see more of what's behind and around the vehicle. The 2021 model delivers the latest generation of that tech:
The standard backup camera features projected path, while higher grade models have a wide-angle monitor to show even more of what is behind the vehicle.
Every driver could use a little magic now and then, and the Sienna has it with an available digital rear-view mirror. It functions as a standard mirror most of the time. But if rear-seat passengers or some cargo block the view to the rear, the touch of a switch makes all obstructions disappear, replaced by the camera's image from behind the vehicle. The digital mirror also integrates a HomeLink® transceiver to conveniently operate garage doors and other compatible devices.
The available Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan is the next-best thing to launching a camera drone to look around the vehicle, but a lot easier to use. This tech provides a live, 360-degree view to help the driver to see potential obstacles. This is especially critical for seeing children or small animals that might be close to the vehicle. And, Curb View can help prevent scuffing those beautiful 20-inch wheels.
The 2021 Sienna Platinum comes standard with a 10-inch color head-up display, controlled via voice recognition and steering wheel switch. The display projects vital information at eye level, such as speed, navigation directions and TSS 2.0 functions.


Hybrid Done Right

The 2021 Sienna driver might not even notice the new model's most significant engineering advance: the hybrid powertrain. That's the point. The Toyota Hybrid System II delivers 243 total horsepower and a manufacturer-estimated 33 combined MPG fuel economy, the latter setting a benchmark for the segment, all while operating seamlessly and transparently.

The Sienna driver will feel ultra-smooth acceleration and hear very little noise. What is noticeable is the kick in low-speed torque from two electric motors working in concert with the high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine.

Critically, the Sienna has no plug, and there is no need to ever recharge the hybrid battery pack, and certainly no need to spend a couple of thousand dollars installing a battery charger in a garage. The Toyota Hybrid System II charges the hybrid battery automatically as the vehicle drives.

Many Sienna owners have been repeat customers; a 2021 might be their second, third or fourth Sienna over the years. They'll appreciate that, like all past models, the new version is strictly gas-and-go, but now with fewer stops for gas thanks to the hybrid system's efficiency.

The Sienna, though, does offer some performance-control surprises. Selectable EV, NORMAL, ECO and SPORT driving modes let the driver tailor the van's driving personality. NORMAL mode is ideal for everyday driving; SPORT mode unlocks boost from the hybrid system for improved acceleration response; ECO mode extracts maximum mileage from the fuel and battery, and EV mode allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances.

The driver can use a sequential shifting feature to "downshift," which increases the regenerative braking in steps. It's ideal for driving in hilly areas, for example, acting as a lower gear while increasing recovered energy sent to the HV battery. As a bonus, the Sienna's hybrid system enhances ride smoothness by finely controlling the drive torque to suppress pitch and dive under acceleration and deceleration.

The Sienna benefits from Toyota's 20+ years of global hybrid leadership and well documented quality, dependability and reliability. Plus, the powertrain warranty covers all hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, for 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Gearheads buy vans, too. They'll be intrigued by the gas engine's 41-percent thermal efficiency, one of the highest of any internal combustion automobile engines on the market (excepting other Toyota hybrid models). The gas engine employs Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system by Electric motor (VVT-iE) on the intake camshaft, and VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft. A variable cooling system (electric water pump and electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump further improve engine efficiency.


The Hybrid That Thinks About Fuel Economy

A 7-inch color Multi-information Display within the instrument panel includes a Hybrid System Indicator to show system output and regeneration status and encourage eco-driving habits. As on other Toyota hybrid models, the display suggests the optimal acceleration amount for eco driving and provides a game-like scoring function for the driver.

Using navigation system operation (when equipped), Predictive Efficient Drive (PED) analyzes driving habits and memorized road and traffic conditions to optimize hybrid battery charging. When the driver activates PED, the system learns repeating routes and can predict when and where the vehicle is likely to slow down or stop. Then, through optimum accelerator pedal release timing guidance, the feature can reduce energy consumption, especially when driving through hilly areas or in traffic congestion. All the owner has to do is drive. Sienna will optimize fuel economy on its own.


Electronic On-demand All Wheel Drive

Sienna has long offered optional all-wheel drive, and the 2021 model is no exception. The 2021 Sienna is the only vehicle in its segment that combines a hybrid powertrain with AWD, and the system is available on all model grades for an exceptionally attractive price.

Sienna uses a new kind of AWD called Electronic on-demand AWD. Instead of a heavy AWD transfer case and space-robbing driveshaft to the rear wheels, this AWD system uses a separate independent electric motor to power the rear wheels the instant additional traction is needed and at all vehicle speeds.

Like the hybrid system, the Hybrid AWD system works seamlessly and transparently. During off-the-line starts, Hybrid AWD pre-emptively sends up to 80 percent of driving force to the rear wheels to help prevent front-wheel slip. The Hybrid AWD system also enhances cornering agility by helping to reduce understeer, giving the Sienna a more confident handling feel.

Torque distribution then varies with conditions, from 100:0 in constant-speed driving to 20:80 on slippery surfaces. Torque distribution is indicated on the Multi-information Display.


Sienna, the Entertainer

Got devices? The 2021 Sienna offers a smorgasbord of connectivity and entertainment, with new Toyota Audio systems offering something for everyone aboard:
Toyota Audio (standard on LE grade): includes a 9-in. touch-screen, 6 speakers, AM/FM, Android Auto TM , Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa compatibility; 7 USB ports; hands-free phone capability, advanced voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth® wireless technology, and SiriusXM® with 3-month All Access trial. Toyota Connected Services include Safety Connect® with 1-year trial and Wi-Fi Connect capability.
Toyota Audio Plus (standard for XLE, optional for LE): adds to the above: AM/FM/HD radio, 8 speakers, Siri® Eyes Free and Safety Connect® with 3-year trial, and Wi-Fi Connect powered by Verizon (up to 2GB within a 6-month trial).
Toyota Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation (standard on XSE): adds navigation to the Toyota Audio Plus system.
Toyota Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL® Premium Audio (standard on Limited and Platinum, optional for XLE and XSE): adds 12 speakers including subwoofer and 1,200-watt amplification, plus Clari-Fi® digital restoration technology to Toyota Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation.


Sienna Feature Highlights


In the Toyota tradition, the 2021 Toyota Sienna comes well equipped in the LE grade and adds more amenities and tech in the higher grades. Options are conveniently grouped in the LE Plus, XLE Plus and XSE Plus packages.

The Limited and Platinum grades have no packages but do offer two factory options: Digital Rearview Mirror and 1080p HD Entertainment Center with 11.6-in. display, HDMI input, remote control and two wireless headphones (also optional on XLE and XSE). A 1,500-watt inverter is also available for XLE grade and above.

The sporty XSE and lavish Platinum grades fill their wheel wells with standard 20-inch aluminum clad wheels with P235/50R20 tires for FWD – the first-ever 20-inch wheels on a Sienna. (A minivan can look snazzy without giving up room.) While the Limited FWD grade comes standard with 18-inch wheels.



Feature
Availability
Power windows with one-touch auto up/down, jam protection in all positions
Standard for all
Dual power sliding side doors
Standard for LE
Kick-type hands-free dual power sliding side doors and power back door with back door with jam protection
Standard on XLE and above
Three-zone automatic climate control with air filter, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers and separate rear digital control panel
Standard for LE
Four-zone automatic climate control with air filter, individual temperature settings for driver, front passenger and rear-seat passengers and separate rear digital control panel
Standard on XLE and above
Fabric-trimmed front seats with seatback pockets; 8-way adjustable driver's seat
Standard for LE
Softex® trimmed heated front seats with seatback pockets; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
Standard for XLE
Softex® sport--trimmed heated front seats with seatback pockets; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat
Standard for XSE
Heated front seats
Optional on LE (when combined with heated steering wheel); Standard on XLE and above
Leather-trimmed heated and ventilated front seats with seatback pockets; 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with driver memory function; 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat  and power tilt and telescoping steering column
Standard for Limited and Platinum
Vacuum and storage box
Standard for Limited
Vacuum and refrigerator
Standard for Platinum
Second-row sunshades
Standard for LE, XLE, XSE
Second-and third-row sunshades
Standard for Limited and Platinum
Power tilt/slide moonroof with sunshade
Optional for LE, standard for all others
10-in. color head-up display (HUD) with speedometer, navigation and Hybrid System Indicator
Standard for Platinum
Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, Overhead 360 Degree View and Curb View
Standard for Platinum
Front and Rear Parking Sonar
Standard on XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum
Tow Hitch
Available on LE, XLE and XSE
Tire Fix Kit
Standard for all
Spare Tire
Optional on all



Toyota Limited Warranty

Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60-months/60,000 miles and against corrosion with no mileage limitation. Hybrid-related components, including the HV battery, battery control module, hybrid control module and inverter with converter, are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles. The HV battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is transferrable across ownership.



SOURCE Toyota Motor North America
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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

NASA to Make Announcement About WFIRST Space Telescope Mission

NASA to Make Announcement About WFIRST Space Telescope Mission


NASA will host a special edition of NASA Science Live at 11 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 20, to share an exciting announcement about the agency's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission. The episode will air live on NASA's website, NASA YouTube, NASA Facebook and Twitter/Periscope.

Members of the mission will respond to questions from the livestream chat in real time during the episode. Follow @NASA and @NASAWFIRST on Facebook and Twitter for additional information.

WFIRST is a space telescope that will conduct unprecedented large surveys of the infrared universe to explore everything from our solar system to the edge of the observable universe, including planets throughout our galaxy and the nature of dark energy.

WFIRST is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, with participation by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the California Institute of Technology's Infrared Processing and Analysis Center in Pasadena, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, and a science team comprising scientists from research institutions across the United States.

For more information about WFIRST, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/wfirst

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Toyota Breaks the Sameness Barrier With All-New 2021 Venza Crossover

Toyota Breaks the Sameness Barrier With All-New 2021 Venza Crossover


With a striking new debut, Toyota is breaking the sameness barrier in the midsize two-row crossover utility vehicle (CUV) category. The all-new 2021 Venza delivers an intuitive driving experience with smooth acceleration, predictable handling, and low noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), all wrapped in a sophisticated design.


Toyota Breaks the Sameness Barrier With All-New 2021 Venza Crossover


The all-new 2021 Venza comes equipped exclusively with the Toyota Hybrid System II powertrain and advanced Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive. Along with comfortable urban and highway performance, Venza is expected to have impressive fuel efficiency, with a preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 MPG combined fuel economy in LE trim.

The 2021 Venza, which arrives in Toyota dealerships this summer, is built around a version of the Toyota New Global Architecture K platform that underpins some of the company's sedans and crossovers. As such, Venza delivers the best of both worlds: sedan-like driving comfort and CUV versatility.

The 2021 Venza offers ample room for five in a highly maneuverable package. A host of tech-focused features are available, including a 12.3-inch touchscreen display with nine JBL speakers, 7-inch multi-information display (MID), digital rear-view mirror, and 10-inch color Head-Up Display. Other available features include a Star GazeTM fixed panoramic glass roof, a first-ever for Toyota, and heated and ventilated front seats that set the stage for true, graceful grand touring.

In addition to exemplary collision protection provided by the TNGA-K platform (projected to achieve top NHTSA safety ratings), the 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS 2.0), a comprehensive suite of active safety systems that includes:
Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection (PCS)
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA)
Automatic High Beams (AHB)
Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
Road Sign Assist (RSA)

Pre-Collision System with Daytime/Low-Light Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection, plus Daytime Bicycle Detection, offers automatic braking capability should the driver not react in time in an emergency situation. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) is standard on all grades, while XLE and Limited add Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automated Braking (PA w/AB).


Toyota Audio on the Big Screen

The 2021 Venza offers cutting edge entertainment and connectivity through intuitive and versatile Toyota audio systems. Audio Plus is standard on LE and XLE and includes an 8-inch touchscreen. Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation and JBL is optional on XLE and standard on Limited and features a stunning 12.3-inch touchscreen display with controls that can be switched between driver or front passenger operation.

In addition to AM/FM radio, Toyota audio systems serve up a full roster of connectivity tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth wireless technology, and more. Apple CarPlay includes access to Siri, while Android Auto users can access Google Assistant.

All Venza grades come with SiriusXM All Access 3-month trial Satellite Radio and HD Radio along with Toyota Remote Services trial subscriptions. Available dynamic navigation features enhanced 2D landmark display, land guidance display, and freeway exit display. All Venza models will come equipped with Toyota Safety Connect with a one-year trial subscription.

The standard 6-speaker audio with 4-channel amplifier provides clean, powerful sound for all types of music. Fervent music lovers will want the sonically gorgeous JBL Premium Audio System with 9 speakers, including a rear subwoofer, powered by a 12-channel, 1,200-watt amp – the most powerful system launched in a Toyota to date. It was designed exclusively for Venza with unique speaker architecture and tuned to the specific cabin space.


Visibility Through Technology

Venza's top innovation is literally found on top of the vehicle. In a first for Toyota, the 2021 Venza offers an available Star GazeTM fixed panoramic glass roof. The Star GazeTM electrochromic glass technology allows drivers to switch from transparent to frosted modes within one second using the ON/OFF button. In the frosted mode, Star GazeTM brightens the interior while reducing direct sunlight, giving the cabin an even more open, airy, and inviting feeling.

Visibility-enhancing technology surrounds the driver. The Venza LE grade features a 4.2-inch color MID, while XLE and Limited grades receive a 7-inch color MID. In either display, a Hybrid System Indicator shows the driver system output and regeneration status to encourage eco-driving habits. As used on other Toyota hybrid models, the display suggests the optimal acceleration amount for eco driving and provides a game-like scoring function for the driver.

An available 10-inch color Head-Up Display projects vital information at eye level, including speedometer, hybrid system indicator, and TSS 2.0 functions.

The available digital rearview mirror with HomeLink universal transceiver on the new Toyota Venza helps the driver see what's behind the vehicle. If rear passengers or luggage in the cargo area are blocking the view behind, a flip of a switch on the digital rearview mirror instantly provides the driver with a wide, unobstructed view from a rear camera. The mirror also reduces glare from headlights. To further aid outward visibility, the Limited grade comes standard with Bird's Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan, which provides a panoramic overhead view of the vehicle's surroundings.

The standard backup camera features projected path and dynamic gridlines, while an available rear camera cleaning system sprays washer fluid to clear away water droplets, mud, snow, and snow-melting road treatments from the lens. A standard hands-free power liftgate can be set to lock automatically upon closing. For additional convenience, XLE and Limited grades come standard with a Smart Key System that works on all five doors.


Hybrid Leader

Toyota made "hybrid" synonymous with high fuel efficiency more than 20 years ago with the first Prius. The Venza brings the number of Toyota Hybrids available to 10 – Mirai makes it 11 electrified vehicles – for 2021, more than any other brand.

The new-generation Toyota Hybrid System in the Venza combines a high-efficiency 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine with three electric motors in a highly compact system. The gas engine employs Variable Valve Timing-intelligent system by Electric motor (VVT-iE) on the intake camshaft, and VVT-i on the exhaust camshaft. A variable cooling system (electric water pump, electric thermostat) and a fully variable oil pump further help improve engine efficiency.

The proven tech seamlessly delivers 219 total system horsepower and a projected preliminary manufacturer-estimated 40 combined MPG in LE trim. As with all Toyota hybrids, the feeling of everyday acceleration and responsiveness is heightened by the way the electric motor boosts low-speed torque. The hybrid system optimizes the level of electric motor assistance and gas engine RPM without the engine running at high revs. Engine speed is synchronized with vehicle speed, yielding effortless and quiet acceleration. Venza's hybrid system adopts a newly-developed lithium-ion battery to enhance performance and size and weight.

Selectable NORMAL, ECO and SPORT driving modes let the driver tailor the Venza's performance personality. SPORT mode improves and sharpens throttle response, making fuel efficiency more fun. ECO mode changes the throttle and environmental logic to help the driver focus on maximizing mileage from the fuel and battery, while NORMAL mode is ideal for everyday driving. Additionally, EV mode allows electric-only driving at low speeds for short distances.

Using a sequential shifting feature, the driver can "downshift" to increase the regenerative braking in steps, which fosters greater control when driving in hilly areas, for example. As a bonus, the hybrid system enhances ride comfort by finely controlling the drive torque to suppress pitch under acceleration and deceleration.


Magically Reading the Road for Maximum MPG

Venza's Predictive Efficient Drive (PED) uses the navigation system operation to analyze driving habits and memorize road and traffic conditions to help optimize hybrid battery charging. When the driver selects PED, the system learns repeating routes and is designed to predict when and where the vehicle is likely to slow down or stop. Then, through optimum accelerator pedal release timing guidance, it can help reduce energy consumption.

PED can help optimize battery charging and discharge ahead of hills or traffic congestion. When approaching a downhill section, for example, the system is designed to apply additional engine braking force to more efficiently charge the hybrid battery after the accelerator pedal is released.


Very Smooth, Supremely Confident

The inherent strength of the TNGA-K platform is the extensive use of high-strength steel. This allows front strut and rear multi-link suspension tuning that helps foster handling agility while providing a supple, quiet ride.

Venza's handling is bolstered by an electronically controlled brake system featuring Active Cornering Assist (ACA), which engages the stability control to reduce understeer in certain cornering situations. The driver feels only the enhanced agility, not the system's operation.

The hybrid system uses a differential torque pre-load function, which enhances acceleration and deceleration controllability when starting off or cornering on normal or slippery roads. The feature also helps enhance steering performance at higher speeds, straight-line stability and controllability on rough roads.

The 2021 Venza LE rolls on 18-inch multi-spoke two-tone alloy wheels, while XLE and Limited come standard with 19-inch multi-spoke super chrome finished alloy wheels.


All-Wheel Drive at its Smartest

The 2021 Venza comes standard with Toyota's Electronic On-Demand All-Wheel Drive, a highly efficient system that takes maximum advantage of the hybrid powertrain's benefits. Instead of using a transfer case and driveshaft to the rear wheels, Electronic On-Demand AWD employs a separate rear-mounted electric motor to power the rear wheels when needed.

It works seamlessly and transparently, preemptively distributing up to 80 percent of driving force to the rear wheels which helps suppress front wheel slip during off-the-line starts. The system also enhances cornering agility by helping to reduce understeer.

Torque distribution varies with conditions, from 100:0 in constant-speed driving to 20:80 on slippery surfaces. Torque distribution can be indicated on the Multi-information Display and audio system screen.


Seats of Comfort and Power

Venza provides exemplary comfort with standard power seats (8-way driver on all grades and 4-way passenger on Limited). The power driver's seat features an auto slide-away function. During driver entering or exiting, the seat automatically moves to the rearmost position to optimize ingress and egress. When the Venza is started, the seat moves to the last position set by the driver. Venza's seats are not only comfortable, but stylish, with unique seat bolster stitching standard on the Limited grade.

The Venza's available heated front seats can be adjusted in three levels. Ventilated front seats are standard on Limited and draw cool air from the air conditioning system into the seat for added comfort.

Venza employs S-FLOW cooling technology that first appeared on Lexus. The system directs air conditioning only to occupied seats, providing comfort and helping to reduce energy consumption. On the Limited and XLE with available 12.3-in display, the climate control system is operated with Intelligent Touch capacitive controls.


Quiet, Please!

For customers who seek premium experiences in a vehicle, keeping unwanted noise out is paramount. The 2021 Venza provides a surprisingly quiet cabin experience. Rather than simply aiming at a "numbers" goal for sound level (decibels), Toyota engineers created a calm atmosphere conducive to enjoying easy conversation or hearing music in cleaner detail.

The high-strength TNGA-K platform is the first defense against noise intrusion, curbing vibration through the steering, floor and structure. Suspension tuning resists road surface disturbances, tire noise is reduced via strategically placed insulation, and an acoustic glass windshield helps minimize wind noise.

That's just the beginning. Sound-blocking and absorbing insulation and body sealing material are placed throughout the structure, under the carpeting, and above the headliner. The materials and their placement were optimized to minimize noise in the frequencies that typically interfere with conversation.

As one example, the floor silencer pad is one large piece rather than separate segments. As a result, surface coverage reaches about 92 percent. Holes and gaps between parts are filled in with sound-damping material for greater road noise reduction.

Under the hood, sound-absorbing insulation around the engine compartment helps reduce intake noise, helped by the placement of two special resonance chambers that help minimize air intake noise in the 530Hz and 650Hz ranges.


Space for What Matters


The Venza doesn't take up a lot of space outside yet provides generous space inside. Cupholders can accommodate large drink sizes, while the center stack tray can handle the largest iPhone models. Door bottle holders can take 24-oz bottles.

Venza offers 36.3 cu. ft. of carrying space behind the second row. The lithium-ion battery pack is small enough to be installed under the rear seats, so it does not take up any cargo or passenger space. The standard tonneau cover can be stored in the storage space beneath the deck board when not in use.


Core Safety

The 2021 Venza is equipped with eight airbags, including side curtain airbags for all three rows. Toyota's Star Safety System includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), and Smart Stop Technology (SST).


Toyota Limited Warranty

Toyota's 36-month/36,000 mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and against perforation from corrosion for 60 months with no mileage limitation. Hybrid-related components that require repairs needed to correct defects in materials or workmanship are covered for 8 years/100,000 miles, whichever comes first from original date of first use when sold as new. The HV battery is covered for 10 years/150,000 miles, whichever comes first, and is transferrable across ownership.

The 2021 Venza also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complimentary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance, for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and 2 years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage.

SOURCE Toyota Motor North America
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