NASA will host a media teleconference at 4 p.m. EDT today, Friday, April 16, to announce the company or companies selected to move forward in developing a modern human landing system (HLS) that will carry the next two American astronauts to the surface of the Moon and pave the way for sustainable lunar exploration under the Artemis program.
Tune in for a special announcement followed by a livestream of the teleconference audio at:
Participating in the teleconference are:
Acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk
Kathy Lueders, associate administrator for NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate
Mark Kirasich, deputy associate administrator for NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems division
Lisa Watson-Morgan, HLS program manager
Tyler Cochran, HLS contracting officer
To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Jena Rowe at email@example.com by 3:45 p.m. EDT today for dial-in information.
The HLS is a vital part of NASA's deep space exploration plans, along with the Space Launch System rocket, Orion spacecraft, ground systems, and Gateway. NASA is committed to using a commercial HLS to carry the first woman and first person of color to the surface of the Moon during Artemis missions, leading a path to sustainable exploration and preparing humanity for the next giant leap, human exploration of Mars.
For more information about the Artemis program, visit:
ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, is introducing a series of monitors to support the work-from-anywhere trend that has grown significantly in the past year. With secondary work hubs at home and on-the-go work patterns becoming the norm, fully featured displays greatly help optimize workflow. ViewSonic offers a diverse portfolio of related products that boost work efficiency and flexibility. VG2440V and VG2740V for high-quality, built-in webcams; VG3456 for ultra-wide screens with USB-C docking; and VA1655 for versatile portability.
"As more flexible models of remote and hybrid work take shape, people need more diverse visual solutions. We acted promptly to meet this trend and actively expanded our VG and VA series, which are monitor series designed for both enterprise and home offices," said Oscar Lin, Head of the Monitor Business Unit at ViewSonic. "Professionals from different sectors can easily find a second display in our comprehensive product lineup that satisfies their needs and helps them build a highly efficient second work hub wherever they are."
Exceptional Video Conferencing Quality Through Built-in Webcam
Conducting meetings from home is very different from having meetings in a fully equipped conference room. To solve this pain point, ViewSonic is introducing the 24" VG2440V and 27" VG2740V Full HD monitors that both feature a built-in webcam. They deliver superb video conferencing, high-quality live streaming capability, and crisp audio through a built-in speaker and microphone. With their vertical angle adjustment and ergonomic flexibility, the monitors position the webcam at the user's eye level, making virtual communication even more immersive and significantly improving the overall video conferencing experience.
21:9 Ultra-Wide Screen for Multitasking and USB-C Docking for Instant Connection
ViewSonic's VG3456 features a stunning WQHD resolution on a 34" 21:9 ultra-wide monitor. By installing the vDisplay Manager Software, users can create split screens and auto-launch applications to maximize multitasking abilities and enlarge visuals. Its integrated USB-C docking station also supports ethernet connectivity, which turns the monitor into a hub that provides 90W power charging, data transfer, internet, and connections to video, audio, and other peripherals, further streamlining the home working environment and improving the efficiency.
Swiftly Move from One Place to Another with a Featherlight Portable Monitor
Aside from the 15.6" Full HD, metal cased TD1655 touchscreen and the non-touch VG1655 portable monitors, ViewSonic is launching the ultra-light VA1655. Designed with a plastic case, it weighs only 0.71 kg, making it easier to mount and carry around. It is also equipped with a built-in back stand and pivotable display, enabling users to adjust the viewing angle and orient the screen in both portrait and landscape viewing modes, made specifically for users working from home who seek the ability to swiftly set up a flexible work environment or overcome one-screen limitations even when they are on the move.
Hyundai today unveiled its highly anticipated Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. The 2022 Santa Cruz breaks new ground within the SUV, Truck and Crossover segments by offering a true Sport Adventure Vehicle unlike anything else in the U.S. market. Santa Cruz boasts bold yet sophisticated design, powerful and efficient powertrain options, a flexible open bed for gear, cutting-edge connectivity and a highly maneuverable all-wheel drive platform that is equally at home in urban and adventure-focused environments. The Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle begins production in Montgomery, Alabama in June and will be available for sale in summer. The addition of Santa Cruz to HMMA production will add an estimated 1,200 jobs to the U.S. economy. Hyundai is also creating an early reservation system for the U.S.-market Santa Cruz in late April at https://www.hyundaiusa.com/.
"Santa Cruz, with its bold styling, breaks open all new segment territory, both for Hyundai and the industry as a whole. Open-bed flexibility coupled with closed-cabin security meets the changing everyday needs of its adventure-oriented buyers, while powerful and efficient engines and superb maneuverability ensure it is a pleasure to drive in urban or off-road environments. Our customers will wonder just how they managed before owning one," said Jose Munoz, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America.
Why Santa Cruz?
Santa Cruz was developed to be the ultimate Sport Adventure Vehicle, a moniker confirmed in Hyundai's early consumer research. The research found consumers, often living in urban environments, whose lifestyles include the need to escape to weekend adventures of all kinds. Many of these customers carry various gear and equipment that is better suited to an open bed rather than a typical SUV bodystyle. These buyers want versatile transportation that is equally flexible for urban, adventure, occupational or even home improvement gear. Santa Cruz features a secure, open bed area which includes a lockable tonneau cover, hidden bed storage and versatile bed extension accessories. At the same time, these customers still value the secure utility of a compact SUV, with its comfort, passenger space, fuel efficiency and parking ease. Santa Cruz, with its unique, bold design, created an entirely new segment that meets these specific buyer needs like no vehicle before it.
Everything about Santa Cruz reflects a duality of purpose in its design execution. This all-new category-bending vehicle holds a variety of imagery in balanced juxtaposition:
Urban life connectivity with escape to outdoor adventure
Work and play flexibility
Tough yet alluring demeanor
Roominess with maneuverability
Open cargo area and secured, lockable storage
Towing capability and fuel efficiency
The forward view of Santa Cruz deploys a hidden lighting signature that becomes visible within the grille only when illuminated. The daytime running lamps (DRLs) present a parametric jewel design with high-tech precision detailing. A bold, cascading grille anchors the front view, supported by a skid plate element in the lower front fascia. Voluminous hood and fenders further communicate an imposing first impression.
In profile, Santa Cruz signals a sporty yet capable spirit. The A- and C-pillars present faster forward and rearward rakes than typical open-bed utility vehicles. Large 20-inch alloy wheels with a multi-faceted, triangular design are surrounded by armor-like wheel arches, conveying both wheel-articulation potential and off-road capability. Powerful body side volumes contrast with precise triangular sheer-edged surfaces and tight radius character lines.
From the rear, a horizontal "T" lighting signature adds visual width and distinguishes Santa Cruz from anything on the road. The functional rear open bed area features secure, lockable in-bed storage, integrated corner bumper steps and a lockable tonneau cover, seamlessly integrated with the overall design. The rear tail lamps are embossed with: "Designed in California" as a testament to the passion of Hyundai's California-based design team. Small, discrete design details such as this can be found throughout the exterior and interior.
The interior of the Santa Cruz expresses a sophisticated and refined appearance. The contrasting rugged yet refined motif matches the boldness of the exterior, boasting a technical ambience that appeals to those who appreciate cutting-edge technologies in their daily lives. It features an enveloping dual-cockpit design that encapsulates each passenger. Design teams focused on ease of ingress and egress and ergonomic comfort on long drives. The premium center stack display features an edgeless infotainment screen appearance, with an impressive 10 inches of visibility. The optional center digital cluster display also measures 10 inches. Under the rear seats is convenient, in-cabin storage. Completing the premium ambience is an available Bose® audio system.
Powerful and Efficient Powertrains
Santa Cruz offers two powerful, flexible and efficient powertrains. The standard powertrain is a 2.5L direct-injected in-line four-cylinder engine with an estimated 190+ horsepower and 180+ lb.-ft. of torque. This engine couples to an eight-speed hydraulic automatic transmission for quick acceleration and superb efficiency. Santa Cruz also offers a 2.5L direct-injected turbocharged engine with an estimated 275+ horsepower and 310+ lb.-ft. of torque linked to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). This DCT includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual shifting control by the driver.
Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
The eight-speed transmission for the standard 2.5-liter engine provides quick and crisp shifts for an engaging and efficient driving experience. This automatic transmission adds ratio range at both the top and bottom of output speeds allowing for extra thrust off-the-line and a quieter, more fuel-efficient trip on the interstate. A multi-disc and individually controlled hydraulic channel torque converter improves responsiveness by expanding the direct connection band, while a downsized oil pump and double ball bearings minimize frictional losses.
Advanced HTRAC® AWD and Towing Capability
Both 2.5L four-cylinder and 2.5L four-cylinder turbo models offer HTRAC® all-wheel drive capability for complete confidence when pursuing adventures of all kinds or for that extra peace of mind when driving in an unexpected snowfall. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty, dynamic experience. This system has a wide range of torque distribution variability, tuned for conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts. For those customers who like to tow their weekend gear with them, the 2.5L 4-cylinder is rated at 3,500 lbs. for towing and the 2.5L Turbo AWD model boasts a generous 5,000 lbs. of towing capability.
Compact Dimensions Yield Superb Maneuverability
Santa Cruz makes efficient use of its compact dimensions by offering high utility with excellent maneuverability. Its shorter wheelbase and smaller overall footprint make it a joy to maneuver and park in challenging urban parking, with an exceptional curb-to-curb turning radius of only 20.0 feet.
Responsive and Refined Chassis Tuning
Santa Cruz was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for a wide variety of urban and off-road, multi-surface driving conditions. The shorter wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments. These specifications also provide confident agility when traversing off-road terrain. Available 20-inch alloy wheels with wide, all-season, all-terrain tires give surefooted, agile handling character on a variety of road surfaces. Available 18-inch wheels with more voluminous tire sidewalls for off-road adventures are also available.
Hyundai SmartSense Safety and Convenience
Santa Cruz offers excellent safety and convenience features, with an array of advanced safety technologies as part of the Hyundai SmartSense feature suite.
Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS)
Drivers do not want to compromise when it comes to protecting their passengers, so Hyundai has expanded its available SmartSense technologies on the Santa Cruz. This generous suite of advanced features includes many available driver assistance systems, including:
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (with Pedestrian, Cyclist and Junction-Turning Detection)
If the preceding vehicle suddenly slows down, or if a forward collision risk is detected, such as a stopped vehicle or a pedestrian, FCA provides a warning. After the warning, if the risk of collision increases, FCA can automatically assist with emergency braking. While driving, if there is a risk of collision with a cyclist ahead or an oncoming vehicle while turning left at an intersection, FCA can automatically assist with emergency braking.
Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
When operating the turn signal to change lanes, if there is a risk of collision with a rear side vehicle, BCA provides a warning. After the warning, if the risk of collision increases, BCA automatically controls the vehicle to help avoid a collision. If exiting a parallel parking spot and there is a risk of collision with a rear side vehicle, BCA can automatically assist with emergency braking.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
If there is a risk of collision with an oncoming vehicle on the left or right side while reversing, RCCA provides a warning. After the warning, if the risk of collision increases, RCCA can automatically assist with emergency braking.
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
If the driver leaves a lane without the turn signal on, LKA provides a warning. When a lane departure is detected, LKA can automatically assist with steering to help prevent leaving the lane.
Highway Driving Assist (HDA)
Highway Driving Assist helps to maintain a prescribed distance from the vehicle ahead when driving on a highway and helps center the vehicle in the lane while driving, including curves. HDA also can help maintain vehicle speeds according to posted speed limits on federal interstate highways.
Blind-Spot View Monitor (BVM)
When operating the turn signal, BVM displays video of the blind-spot view for the respective side of the vehicle in the cluster display.
Surround View Monitor (SVM)
Surround View Monitor displays a view of the space around the vehicle from above to assist with parking.
Safe Exit Assist (SEA)
When an occupant tries to open a door to exit the vehicle at a stop, if an approaching vehicle from the rear side is detected, SEA can provide a warning. SEA can also help to keep the rear doors closed through operation of the electronic child lock when a vehicle is approaching from the rear.
Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
Smart Cruise Control helps maintain distance from the vehicle ahead and maintain the speed selected by the driver. The vehicle can stop and start automatically when the vehicle ahead is stopped for a short period.
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)
DAW displays the driver's relative attention level while driving and can provide a warning when signs of driver inattentiveness are detected.
Advanced Infotainment, Connectivity and Convenience
Santa Cruz provides seamless connectivity and technology that helps drivers escape from the daily stress of long commutes, heavy traffic, road hazards and distractions. Drivers also expect to stay connected wherever they go, and the Santa Cruz provides this capability.
Santa Cruz offers a standard eight-inch color touchscreen. Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto® are also available to make staying connected easier than ever. Wireless pairing automatically connects an Android or Apple smartphone, so the driver can keep their phone in a pocket, backpack or purse. Owners can keep their devices charged on an available Qi wireless charger. Santa Cruz offers Digital Key supported by a dedicated smartphone app. The Hyundai Digital Key app also allows smartphones to control selected vehicle systems remotely. Users can lock and unlock the vehicle, activate the panic alert and start the engine. Digital Key allows owners to leave traditional keys at home and allows secure sharing of keys with family and friends. Digital Key is currently compatible only with phones using the Android operating system.
The Santa Cruz navigation system offers split-screen functionality that enables multi-tasking capabilities. Santa Cruz also offers an eight-speaker Bose® Premium sound system.
Blue Link® Connected Car System
The Santa Cruz receives many Blue Link® Connected Car service enhancements. As with most Hyundai models, Blue Link is complimentary for three years and includes features such as Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Destination Search by Voice and others. Blue Link features can be accessed via interior controls or through the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps.
2022 Santa Cruz key features include:
Remote Engine Start allows the owner to remotely warm up or cool down the vehicle using the Santa Cruz key fob on models equipped with Proximity Key and Push Button Start.
Remote profile management—stores select vehicle settings to the Blue Link cloud, with the ability to remotely update and push back to the vehicle, personalized to driver preferences
Remote start enhancements:
Remote seat heating and ventilation(on/off/level for each individual heated/cooled seat)Profile selection (preloads individual driver settings for seating position/side mirrors)
Vehicle Status Notifications—if the vehicle is left with doors unlocked or windows open, customers will receive a notification
POI Send to Car now with Waypoints (ability to add up to three way points, to be delivered to the vehicle together and automatically set order of destinations)
Maintenance Alert Enhancement—maintenance interval tracking is now visible in the multimedia system, with ability to reset
More details on specific Blue Link–equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.
Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance and America's Best Warranty®
Hyundai Complimentary Maintenance is the latest addition to the Hyundai Assurance program, which promises to create a better experience for shoppers and owners of Hyundai vehicles. Hyundai Assurance is made up of Owner Assurance, now including complimentary maintenance, and Shopper Assurance, which together offer customers a variety of ways to simplify the buying process and improve the owning and service experience. Details on these promises include:
America's Best Warranty: 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, 7-year anti-perforation warranty
Complimentary Maintenance: 3 years/36,000 miles of normal oil changes and tire rotations
SOURCE Hyundai Motor America
Sony Electronics New Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III Smartphones Deliver an Elevated Photo, Video and Entertainment Experience for Creators
Sony Electronics Inc. today announced two new additions to its Xperia 1 and 5 flagships series line-ups – Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Both devices provide a rich collection of integrated features that connect Xperia community with some of the most advanced technologies across Sony's entire suite of consumer electronics products. Whether they are photographers, audiophiles, cinephiles, gamers or cinematographers, the next generation of Xperia 1 and 5 flagships series will deliver a user experience that is unlike any other smartphone in market today.
"Today we're introducing two new Xperia models that are significant for both Sony and the industry as a whole," commented Neal Manowitz, President and COO, Sony Electronics Inc. "Drawing on our leadership in imaging, display and audio technology, we're proud to debut the world's first smartphone with a 4K 120Hz display and the world's first smartphone with a variable telephoto lens. We continue to break new ground and provide passionate consumers with a more powerful creative device and an immersive entertainment experience like they've never had before—all in the palm of their hand."
Professional Technology from Alpha Brand Cameras
Co-developed with the engineers behind the Sony Alpha brand cameras that are renowned for their industry-leading autofocus technology, the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III feature fast, accurate continuous AF plus Real-time Eye AF in all lenses. With Xperia 5 III and its advanced object tracking technology, photographers can capture accurate shots of moving subjects in a wide variety of scenarios with a simple tap on the screen.
Xperia 1 III presents an even more sophisticated feature set for photographers that strive for picture-perfect results. Object tracking is upgraded with Real-time Tracking, allowing users to shoot the most challenging moving subjects with precise focus. Using AI-based algorithms and the 3D iToF sensor to measure distance, Real-time Tracking can accurately detect and focus on a subject even if the subject temporarily moves out of sightix so they can capture even the most difficult images with ease.
When speed is a necessity, both models offer continuous AF that performs AF / AE calculations at up to 60 times per second – enabling users to shoot and store up to 20 shots (20fps) with high precision, accurate focus and optimized exposurex. This level of performance is comparable to that used in professional sports cameras such as the Alpha 9 series. The BIONZ X™ processor enables users to shoot in low-light scenarios in Burst Mode for the first time, producing results with noise reduction that have never previously been possible in predecessor models.
Reach Beyond Expectation with a Variable Telephoto Lens
The variable telephoto lens on each of the new Xperia models allows for focus to acquire instantly when users are switching between the 70mm and 105mm lenses. Pairing this unique lens setup with a dual PD sensor and a dual PDAF capabilities ensures that all of the beauty and detail in each image is captured in full, across the entire focal range. These new models represent the first time ever that a variable telephoto lens has been paired with a Dual PD sensor in any smartphone.
Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III offer a total of four focal lengths in photo and video recording - 16mm, 24mm, 70mm and 105mm focal lengthsxi, giving creators the freedom to capture a variety of settings from landscapes to wildlife in stunning clarity. Both models continue to feature ZEISSTM optics calibrated specifically for the Xperia smartphone. The ZEISSTM T* coating contributes to exquisite rendering and contrast by reducing reflections.
A Wealth of Creative Opportunities
The next generation of Xperia both incorporate new AI super resolution zoom. This technology uses Sony's AI processing to restore detail and definition to images, ensuring precision is not compromised.
Additionally, like their older siblings, Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III feature the Photography Pro function, making it a breeze to capture professional-level photography in a palm-sized device. Both models were developed in collaboration with professional photographers to mirror many of the manual controls available in Alpha series cameras including ISO, shutter speed, EV Indicator, RAW support plus a dedicated shutter button (with embossed finishing exclusively on the Xperia 1 III). New for this year's smartphones is the 'Basic Mode' feature in Photography Pro which enables fast access to a range of easy-to-use photography features including a touch shutter button, portrait orientation, artistic bokeh effect, panorama and more.
To capture supremely smooth, shake-free video footage, the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III also features the very latest Optical SteadyShot™ with FlawlessEye™xii, which couples the image sensor's increased reading speed with an original Sony algorithm for optical image stabilization.
Transporting Cinephiles to the Big Screen
The new Xperia models are a true cinephile's dream. Xperia 1 III features a larger than life 6.5" 21:9 CinemaWideTM 4K HDR OLED display with a 120Hz Refresh rateiv while Xperia 5 III offers a stunning 6.1" 21:9 CinemaWide™ HDR OLED display with a 120Hz Refresh rate. Whether on the go or in the comfort of home, both models transport users into a uniquely immersive viewing experience, allowing them to lose themselves in their favorite movies or TV shows.
Users can now enjoy their favorite entertainment as the producers intended with the Creator Mode. "Powered by CineAlta," it now features a factory-calibrated OLED display to mirror the color reproduction of Sony's professional color monitors used in leading Hollywood studio productions. Additionally, both models feature 10-bit equivalent displays (8-bit with 2-bit smoothing) that can display a myriad of colors without banding and support BT.2020 color space.
Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III capture the senses and offer an audio-visual experience like no other. Streaming content is more lifelike than ever with more contrast, color and clarity. Consistent with their predecessors, they benefit from the X1™ for mobile engine which brings BRAVIA HDR remastering technology for a beautifully expressive viewing experience. Similarly, thanks to the continued incorporation of Dolby Atmos® sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment, users can experience a fully immersive, multi-dimensional performance with headphones or the smartphone's built-in Full-stage stereo speakers.
Play to Win
Gamers can gain a key advantage with the superior upgrades in Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. The familiar 21:9 display transports players into the thick of the actionxiii.Thanks to a new and improved 120Hz Refresh rate displayxiv, now incorporated in the 1 series and 5 series, fasting-moving objects are rendered clearly for seriously smooth gameplay. The addition of 240Hz Motion blur reductionxv also means the display updates at an incredible 240 times per second for blur-free with crystal clear performance. 240Hz Touch scanning rate also ensures that the action happens exactly as intended, and is a crucial advantage over the competition.
Another new feature in both models is the ability to adjust white balance – reducing strain on the eyes and allowing for longer durations of mobile gameplay. The new L-y raiser (low gamma raiser) also makes it easier to see opponents in the dark by adjusting image details in dark areas and highlighting enemies without overexposing bright areas of the screen.
Combining visual excellence with an immersive audio experience is key for both Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III. Gamers can plug-in their favorite headset via a 3.5mm headphone jack for impressive audio with minimal latency. The new Audio equalizer lets users control, heighten and minimize sounds such as footsteps and surrounding noises, allowing them to hear their opponents approaching and react ahead of themxvi. And for those playing in teams, the new optimized V.C. microphone allows for clear communication by reducing background noise based on the users chosen headset typexvii.
Avid gamers can now relive winning moments in all their glory thanks to high frame rate recording at up to 120fpsxviii. Whatever they are playing, R.T. record (Rewind time record) automatically pre-records up to 30 seconds of game footage so gamers can easily rewind and capture key moments like match-winning plays and share them online with friends and fellow competitors.
Lastly, thanks to incorporated Heat Suppression power control (H. S. power control), gaming performance remains uncompromised. By powering the phone systems directly, rather than charging the battery, thermal stress on the handsets is reduced.
Create Movies like the Professionals
Cinematography Pro "powered by CineAlta" enables more creative choices for engaging storytelling such as dramatic 5x slow-motion in 4K HDR 120fpsxix.It also records in 21:9 ratio at 24/25/30/60fps, enhancing cinematic expression. Eight different Look color management pre-sets allow the user to completely change the mood of their scenes by utilizing different cinema styles, a vital tool in advanced storytelling. Sony's unique Intelligent wind filter technology uses award-winning audio separation technology to reduce wind interference for clearer audio recording, making it easier for the user to focus on their creative vision.
New features within both models include a range of UI improvements designed specifically with movie makers in mind. For instance, to help users control their workflow, they can easily check how much free memory is remaining and how much recording time is still available. Users can also easily check which parameters they used on a specific clip to apply them to other projects. Each clip's parameter details now include resolution, FPS, look, lens, stabilizer, WB, ISO, shutter angle/ speed, focus and audio level. This is further complemented with the ability to review and organize footage with clip playback, allowing users to play back clips with a simple swipe on the phone's display.
Audio Playback as the Recording Artist Intended
Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III allow listeners to immerse themselves in sound that is so authentic, it can feel like they are at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. Much like the immersive experience for cinephiles, the new Xperia models utilize sound tuned in collaboration with Sony Music Entertainment. In addition to unique hardware decoding, a newly developed speaker virtualizer enables Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III to be the world's first smartphones to reproduce 360 Reality Audio in the speakersvii. To top it off, new TIDAL subscribers will get three months of TIDAL Hi-Fi free when they buy either model, including the 360 Reality Audio experience.
If the music source being listened to is 2-channel stereo, the new 360 Spatial Sound comes into play. It enables the Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III to upmix stereo tracks and virtualize to an immersive sound experience, in real time. The technology works with local audio files and streaming services to further enhance the listening experience.
High-quality music can be further enjoyed through the Full-stage stereo speakers or when listening with headphones either wirelessly or with the 3.5mm audio jack. The Full-stage stereo speakers are placed at the front of the phone to effectively reproduce the sound field. And as an exclusive update for Xperia 1 III, are now up to 40 percent more powerfulxx than its predecessorxxi. This is thanks to a new speaker box structure, which has been designed both to improve sound pressure and eliminate vibration. The audio volume through audio-out (via the 3.5mm audio jack) has also been improved by approximately 40 percent, while sound quality has improved with less distortion near the maximum output level.
As well as High-Resolution and High-Resolution Wireless Audio, both Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III continue to offer DSEE Ultimatexxii which enhances the quality of digital music using Sony AI technology, including audio and video streaming services. It automatically improves audio frequency and dynamic range in real-time, taking each track close to high-resolution audio.
All the Speed you Need
Combining 5G and Wi-Fi connectivity with the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 5G Mobile Platform, the next generation of Xperia raises the bar for smartphone performance thanks to the Qualcomm® Kryo™ 680 CPU enabling up to 25 percent higher performance and Qualcomm® Adreno™ 660 GPU delivering 35 percent faster graphic rendering than the previous generation.
Smart connectivity takes Xperia smartphones' deep learning technology that utilizes Sony's Neural Network Libraries and analyses Wi-Fi signals to predict near-future connectivity issues. The Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III assesses the quality of available Wi-Fi before connecting so there's no more grabbing Wi-Fi that doesn't work. If it predicts any compromise in Wi-Fi connection quality, it uses mobile data insteadxxiii.
With a 4,500mAh battery, both models offer plenty of power to keep users going through the day while a range of charging features helps maximize convenience and prolong battery lifeviii. When the battery needs a boost, it can be charged up to 50 percent in just 30 minutes with the included charger XZQ-UC1. Furthermore, Xperia Adaptive Charging allows the battery life to be extended up to three years (up from two in previous models) in both models. Xperia Adaptive Charging works by monitoring the phone as it charges, to make sure the battery isn't overworked.
Finally, Xperia 1 III offers a wireless charging and Battery share function, allowing the device to be connected to a wireless charger to conveniently top off the battery. Thanks to the Battery share function, it can double as a charging pad for other devices too.
Sleek Design with Functionality in Mind
Both Xperia 1 III and Xperia 5 III are crafted to be robust. The Xperia 1 III combines high-quality materials with a bold and distinctive design. From the frosted glass on the back to the blasted metal frame, it's an irresistible blend of form and function. It also features Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ on the display, the toughest Gorilla Glass yet – boasting improvement in both drop and scratch performance. Meanwhile, the Xperia 5 III is its compact cousin featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 6™ on the rear and the display with a sleek mirror-glass finish and a robust metal frame. For further peace of mind, both models also feature IP65/68xxiv water resistance and protection against dust.
For the busy multi-taskers, both models feature upgrades to the multi-window functionality. With the pop-up window feature, users can easily handle a new task, then get right back to what they were doing.
Last but not least, when paired with compatible Sony headphonesxxv, users can easily access the Sony | Headphones Connect app using the new Side Sense menu for swift connectivity.
Both models are available with a new and improved Antibacterial Style Cover. Designed with durability in mind, the covers feature a built-in stand to support horizontal placement and provide a comfortable viewing experience. They are also coated with anti-bacterial material that has a protection rate of up to 99.9 percentxxvi – preventing cell growth.
A 30W compact charger is also available and features USB-C power delivery. Designed for overheat protection, this new charger is certified with PPS support (Programmable Power Supply) to reduce heat impact.
Pricing and Availability
Xperia 1 III will be available in Frosted Black and Frosted Purple and shipped with Android™ 11. Xperia 5 III will be available in Black and Green and shipped with Android™ 11 as wellxxvii. Pricing for both models will be announced at a later date. The products will ship to U.S. customers this summer.
SOURCE Sony Electronics, Inc.
Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA and two Roscosmos cosmonauts are scheduled to end their mission on the International Space Station Friday, April 16. Coverage of departure from the station and landing on Earth will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency's website.
Rubins, along with Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, will close the hatch to the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft at 6:10 p.m. EDT to begin the journey back to Earth. The trio will undock from the space-facing port of the station's Poisk module at 9:34 p.m., heading for a parachute-assisted landing at 12:56 a.m. (10:56 a.m. Kazakhstan time) Saturday, April 17, on the steppe of Kazakhstan, southeast of the remote town of Dzhezkazgan.
The three crew members will wrap up a 185-day mission spanning 2,960 orbits of Earth and 78.4 million miles. Rubins is completing her second flight, with 300 cumulative days in space. Ryzhikov is completing his second spaceflight, with 358 cumulative days. This was Kud-Sverchkov's first spaceflight.
In advance of Soyuz departure coverage, station commander Ryzhikov will hand over command of the station to NASA astronaut Shannon Walker during a change of command ceremony. The event will air live on NASA TV, the NASA app, and the agency's website beginning at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 15.
On Friday, April 16, coverage of the farewells and hatch closure for the departing crew members will begin at 5:45 p.m., followed by undocking coverage at 9:15 p.m., with coverage of the Soyuz deorbit burn and landing beginning at 11:30 p.m.
At the time of undocking, Expedition 65 will formally begin aboard the station, with new station commander Walker, NASA astronauts Victor Glover, Michael Hopkins, and Mark Vande Hei, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi, and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.
Later this month, NASA's SpaceX Crew-2 members – NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet – will join the Expedition 65 members aboard the station.
After landing, the Soyuz MS-17 crew will split up, with Rubins returning to her home in Houston, while the cosmonauts fly back to their training base in Star City, Russia.
Anker Innovations, a global leader in mobile charging and consumer electronics, today announces two products under the AnkerWork product line including the PowerConf C300, Smart AI-enabled HD webcam and the PowerConf S500 Portable Conference Speaker.
"For many, working from home has been a dream come true, but it also brings its own unique challenges; distracting pets, family, poor lighting, as well as power and cable management issues, to name a few," said Steven Yang, Founder and CEO of Anker Innovations. "AnkerWork products have been designed to help address many of these issues, while providing solutions that are portable and can be easily used in the home, the office and on the road."
PowerConf C300 Smart HD Webcam
The PowerConf C300 is AnkerWork's first 1080p, Full HD webcam with a built-in AI chipset that provides a high-quality image with accurate color reproduction and unparalleled low-light performance. With three field-of-view choices; 78-degrees for close-ups, 90-degrees for a mid-view or 115-degrees for the widest field of view, users can customize the experience that meets their needs - whether showing something on a whiteboard or keeping pets and family out of frame.
The C300's A.I. also offers smart framing that helps keep an individual or group members centered on screen, though it will only reframe a subject's deliberate movements, so they can take a sip of water off camera, without shifting focus. Dual stereo microphones also ensure great sounding audio.
PowerConf S500 Portable Conference Speaker
The PowerConf S500 builds on the success of the original PowerConf products, adding four upgraded microphones featuring Anker's new proprietary VoiceRadar™ technology. VoiceRadar uses beamforming and enhanced Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) to pick up the voice of the person speaking while ignoring surrounding noises to ensure a great sounding experience for all parties.
The S500 can be used with the AnkerWork app (on Android and iOS) which lets users choose one of three pickup patterns for different use case scenarios. These include traditional conference room environments with multiple people, a single person presenting to others as well as using the S500 as a microphone for live streaming.
Additionally, two units can be paired together for larger conference rooms and upgraded 10 watts of power offers great sound for conference calls or for listening to music.
Availability and Pricing:
The PowerConf C300 is available today through Amazon, Anker.com, and select retailers for $129.99 in the US; €129.99 in Germany, and £119.00 in the UK.
The PowerConf S500's pricing and availability will be announced at a later date. Additional products under the AnkerWork brand will be announced in the coming weeks.
SOURCE Anker Innovations
Today JOYROOM, global consumer electronic innovators, announced the launch of J-Cube: Ergonomic MacBook Stand & 8-in-1 USB-C Hub. This multi-port USB-C hub and portable laptop stand helps users work with a healthy posture while providing ultimate connectivity for MacBook. Now, users can increase productivity and reduce discomfort while working on a laptop. J-Cube is available now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joyroom/a-pocket-sized-ergonomic-macbook-stand-and-8-in-1-usb-c-hub
For many office and creative workers, the MacBook is the preferred tool, prized for its high performance, versatility and intuitive OS. It has limitations, however, especially when connecting it with the array of mobile devices and peripherals many people need for work, entertainment, and fun. It also suffers from a situation common to all laptops - the awkward and uncomfortable position that it creates when working on a flat surface. The newly released J-Cube is an innovative solution for those problems that improve productivity and comfort for MacBook users.
"The MacBook is one of the greatest mobile devices ever created, but like many laptops, it lacks the connectivity of larger computers and working for long hours on it can be uncomfortable. Our goal with J-Cube was to solve two common problems with one simple, yet effective device. J-Cube is portable, pocket-sized and powerful. It sets up in seconds, provides the ultimate in MacBook connectivity, and supports the laptop at the perfect angle for comfortable typing. It lets users work in a better wrist, neck and posture position to avoid discomfort and fatigue." -JOYROOM CEO Joy Yang
Desk work and long hours of screen time can be uncomfortable and unhealthy. J-Cube helps alleviate this situation by positioning the MacBook at a 7.7° angle. It makes screen viewing easier on the eyes, places the hands, wrists, and arms in the proper position and encourages better posture. The result is less fatigue and discomfort over long work sessions. This improved comfort and a healthy working posture boosts efficiency and provides relief to sore necks, wrist pain, backaches, and other discomfort associated with computer work.
The J-Cube is integrated with eight I/O ports for easy connection to essential devices, allowing users to create a high-performance workstation anywhere. The hub includes 2*Thunderbolt 3, 1*USB-C, 1*HDMI, 3*USB-A, and 1*Gigabit Ethernet. With it, users have the ultimate in connectivity for phones, drives, external displays and more. It makes the excellent MacBook even better and is an instant productivity booster. J-Cube is an ideal work companion at home, at the office or on the go.
The J-Cube: Portable Ergonomic MacBook Stand & 8-in-1 USB-C Hub is currently being introduced on Kickstarter with special pricing to reward early supporters. Learn more here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joyroom/a-pocket-sized-ergonomic-macbook-stand-and-8-in-1-usb-c-hub
CaseMail announced today the company has been certified by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as the first producer of blockchain generated ePostage labels. The USPS ePostage labels use CaseMail's revolutionary non-fungible token (NFT) mail technology and mark the world's first blockchain supported postage.
"It's fitting that the USPS, a historic institution that served as a vanguard during the founding of our country, is at the forefront of this revolution in communications and commerce. CaseMail's USPS-certified blockchain postage provides additional credibility to the debate about the future of NFTs and the wider adoption of blockchain into everyday life," said Joe Ruiz, founder and CEO, CaseMail. "Using NFTs to help protect a process that's both familiar and important to everyone – mailing a letter or package – helps demystify this important new technology. It is simply postage printed from the blockchain."
USPS certification of CaseMail's NFT blockchain ePostage labels highlights the practical, real-world application of the popular new technology. CaseMail tokens are digitally stamped on USPS ePostage labels and the items being mailed. As a result, all data about the shipment and mailing history is recorded on the blockchain, creating a verifiable chain of custody for digital and physical assets. The technology certifies the content and delivery history and the chain of custody can be cryptography verified, ensuring privacy for both the sender and recipients. CaseMail's postal tracking and content verification technology is already used by law firms and legal departments across the country to present certified proof of legal correspondence in U.S. court.
The initial rollout of the service is exclusively for legal professionals and government agencies. In the 2nd quarter of 2021, the company will provide global access primarily through integration partnerships with providers of consumer and business services. Cryptocurrencies are not required. CaseMail tokens can be purchased with standard U.S. currency.
Reolink's New Argus 3 Pro is a Smarter Take on Home Security With Person/Vehicle Detection & 2K Images
After releasing smart IP cameras in recent months, Reolink, a global innovator in smart home security solutions, doesn't slow down the pace of launching more AI-enabled cameras. This time, it is Argus 3 Pro, a wire-free smart spotlight camera with 2K image quality.
Compared to other cameras in Reolink's star lineup Argus series, Argus 3 Pro is a complete upgrade with a 2K(4MP) high-performance lens. This camera can capture every detail vividly and deliver 2x clearer images than 1080p ones. Even better, with a built-in motion spotlight, this camera allows users to see in color in pitch-black places.
In addition to the excellent image quality, standout features also include the onboard AI person/vehicle detection, which makes it possible for the Argus 3 Pro camera to know the differences among people, cars, and other movements and thus, deliver more accurate alerts.
"We are devoted to more reliable smart detection service to our users. By leveraging local AI processing of the Argus 3 Pro camera, we eliminate the possibility of delayed alerts and personal information leakage," said Sharon Guo, Reolink's product manager, "So, our users can enjoy elevated peace of mind without worries or subscriptions."
Among the nice-to-have features is dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity, and the camera can deliver more stable performance as it will connect to 2.4 or 5 GHz WiFi. Offered, too, is two-way audio. Users can warn off unwelcome guests from their porch via the phone app.
Features of Reolink Argus 3 Pro smart spotlight security camera include:
2K image quality: Capturing crystal-clear images day and night
Integrated spotlight: Illuminating dark corners & allowing users to see in color
Person/vehicle detection: Delivering more accurate alerts
Customized alerts: siren, spotlight & recorded voice alarms
Dual-band WiFi: More stable performance with 2.4/5 GHz WiFi connection
Two-way audio: Listen in & talk back at the same time
Flexible power options: Rechargeable battery; solar-powered
Indoor & outdoor use: IP65 certified weatherproof
Smart home integration: Working with Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa
Wide field of view: Enjoying an expansive view of 122°
Time-lapse creation: Recording hour or day-long events to minutes-long videos
BETA Technologies ("BETA" or "the Company") and Blade Urban Air Mobility ("Blade") today announced a binding agreement through which Blade will secure up to 20 BETA Electric Vertical Aircraft ("EVA"), becoming the Company's first passenger service customer. Today's news comes on the heels of last week's announcement by UPS that it would buy up to 150 BETA EVA aircraft, plus charging stations, as part of that company's long-term solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Founded in 2017, BETA and its team of aerospace engineers are building an electric powered ecosystem for aviation, the heart of which is ALIA, the electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that can carry up to six people or three standard cargo pallets. BETA's emphasis on simplicity, efficiency and sustainability has led to a pioneering electric aircraft design and the world's largest aircraft charging network. BETA's customers are in the key aerospace markets of Logistics, Medical, Defense and, now, Passenger.
"Blade is flying people in and out of cities every day, and we're excited to partner together with the leader in UAM to create a new paradigm in passenger aviation," said Kyle Clark, BETA's founder and CEO. "BETA is a pragmatic company building pragmatic aircraft. It's clear that the simplicity of our approach, strength of our technology, consistent progress against our timelines as well as the expertise of our team resonates with the best operators in the world. We are extremely excited to partner with Blade and serve the passenger mission"
Blade founder and CEO Rob Wiesenthal said, "Blade is laser-focused on its transition from conventional rotorcraft to Electric Vertical Aircraft. The ALIA's extremely low sound footprint coupled with its zero emissions design will enable us to reduce the noise and environmental impact to the communities surrounding the existing heliport and airport infrastructure we currently use. ALIA is a full-scale EVA flying in piloted configuration almost every day. The team's progress is formidable. BETA's scheduled delivery beginning in 2024 is ahead of our current projected deployment of EVA in 2025. The transaction, consistent with our asset-light operating model, allows Blade to leverage our significant flight volumes and third-party financing relationships to support the purchase of BETA aircraft by our operator partners."
Expanding Customer Base
With today's news, Blade Urban Air Mobility becomes BETA's first passenger service partner, securing up to 20 of the first passenger-configured ALIA EVAs for purchase by its network of operators and third-party financing partners, with delivery scheduled to begin in late 2024. BETA's ALIA aircraft will have a 250 nautical mile range with a cruising speed of up to 170 miles per hour. Blade's service with ALIA will begin on select routes using Blade's existing private terminal infrastructure. These aircraft will be deployed for a diverse set of mission profiles to and from city centers across multiple geographies.
In addition to today's passenger service news, BETA's technological capability across commercial, defense and cargo applications has been validated by a diverse customer mix.
BETA's first customer and partner, United Therapeutics, will rely on BETA's aircraft to deliver organs for human transplantation.
Last week, UPS announced it reserved the right to purchase 150 of BETA's aircraft, with the first 10 to be delivered beginning in 2024. UPS also purchased BETA's charging stations as part of an integrated solution.
The United States Air Force continues to participate in the BETA flight test campaigns as a part of its innovative USAF Agility Prime program, which marshals government resources to accelerate commercialization of air mobility vehicles.
ALIA: Simple, Clean, Quiet
BETA's ALIA aircraft includes a novel combination of elements that create a smooth, quiet flying experience, with applications for moving both people and cargo, all while producing zero operational emissions. ALIA will be capable of flying 250 nautical miles on a single charge and carrying six people or three standard cargo pallets and a pilot. Charging will be completed in less than 50 minutes. While flying, the aircraft will be more than 10x quieter than a helicopter, imperceptible over normal urban noise and quieter than cars on a highway.
BETA's Commitment to Sustainability and an Electric Aviation Ecosystem
The aviation industry currently accounts for nine percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and is forecasted to account for the majority by 2035 if companies like BETA don't make a meaningful dent in aircraft emissions. With Blade and others in the transportation and logistics companies pledging to reach net zero emissions within the next 20 years, BETA's aircraft offer a clear path to achieving these goals.
BETA is focused on sustainability. The Company is building not only a zero operational emissions aircraft, but a full electric powered aviation ecosystem.
BETA has the largest aviation charging network in the world, extending throughout the northeast United States, and sites are underway across America, with plans to expand it rapidly. These high-speed charging stations allow aircraft to charge at airports, or land on an elevated deck and charge while crew and passengers access a lounge below, complete with work space and sleeping accommodations. Recharging takes less than an hour and can be accomplished in both on- and off-airport locations.
BETA has developed immersive flight simulators, located in Burlington, VT, Washington, D.C. and Springfield, OH, and a curriculum to train pilots on electric powered aircraft, to match an anticipated surge in demand.
SOURCE BETA Technologies