CES 2021 dp Smart Technology Creates Cutting-edge, Powerful, Slim, and Stylish Rogy 360° Livestream Camera

CES 2021 dp Smart Technology Creates Cutting-edge, Powerful, Slim, and Stylish Rogy 360° Livestream Camera

dp Smart Technology is proud to introduce the Rogy360 streaming camera – a cutting-edge, powerful, slim, and stylish 360° livestream camera that provides users with the ability to record wirelessly for up to 6 hours and to share across Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and other social media channels with only a few clicks. 

Rogy's 360° livestream camera solution addresses the primary challenges of challenging user experience, complicated processing, and high price. Rogy360's top-of-the-line technology, created through extensive research and development, simplifies live streaming and eliminates the high cost of hiring professionals without sacrificing quality – what more could one ask for?

Solving your Livestream Shooting Issues

In with the new, out with the old: Compared to the limited peripheral capture angles of traditional fisheye lenses, Rogy360 reach uses six powerful, big-pixel, high sensitivity CMOS sensors to improve the appearance of distorted, stitched photos and to create vivid experiences that are fully encapsulated and brought to life.

Earthquake Filter No More: Whether you're capturing impressive ski jumps or rambunctious family gatherings, blurry videos and photos are a thing of the past thanks to Rogy360's 3D Anti-Shake stabilization capability.

Night Crawler: The 8K/photo 4K/video 360° panoramic filming captures high-resolution details even in scenes with dark backdrops and surroundings.

Chameleon-Like Flexibility: Built-in Wi-Fi functionality and direct, live streaming options to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and other social media platforms allow users to live stream anytime, anywhere without needing to tie up their phones. Yes, this means you can check the weather, text your friends and family, see if your team is winning the game, find your hotel booking confirmation, and multitask as you please…all without disrupting precious moments captured on your Rogy360.

VR Mania: Step into 3D simulations of your photos and videos to relive your entertainment experiences in 360° all over again. The easiest way to travel!

Simple Content Editing within the App: Our exclusive app allows users to view and edit recorded 360° videos and photos and even to select screen-captured 2D photos from within 360° videos. It also supports instant image post-production. Select the special effect and see the results immediately.

From Taiwan, Made for the World

dp Smart Technology's core team has over 20 years of experience in the digital imaging market. dp Smart Technology was established in early 2019 in Taiwan and has emerged as a leader in robust innovations, technology integrations, and outstanding product quality in the worldwide digital market.

The dp Smart Technology team is thrilled to be one a "100 Taiwanese startups to watch", and we are excited to exhibit our innovation, the Rogy360, at CES 2021.

Whether you're new to capturing media or a veteran content creator, producing professional quality images and videos has never been so simple.

CES 2021 TTA-VR Pavilion: https://livetour.istaging.com

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NASA Conducts Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage for Artemis I Moon Mission

NASA Conducts Test of SLS Rocket Core Stage for Artemis I Moon Mission

NASA conducted a hot fire Saturday of the core stage for the agency's Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will launch the Artemis I mission to the Moon. The hot fire is the final test of the Green Run series.

The test plan called for the rocket's four RS-25 engines to fire for a little more than eight minutes – the same amount of time it will take to send the rocket to space following launch. The team successfully completed the countdown and ignited the engines, but the engines shut down a little more than one minute into the hot fire. Teams are assessing the data to determine what caused the early shutdown, and will determine a path forward.

For the test, the 212-foot core stage generated 1.6 million pounds of thrust, while anchored in the B-2 Test Stand at NASA's Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. The hot fire test included loading 733,000 pounds of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen – mirroring the launch countdown procedure – and igniting the engines.

"Saturday's test was an important step forward to ensure that the core stage of the SLS rocket is ready for the Artemis I mission, and to carry crew on future missions," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who attended the test. "Although the engines did not fire for the full duration, the team successfully worked through the countdown, ignited the engines, and gained valuable data to inform our path forward."

Support teams across the Stennis test complex provided high-pressure gases to the test stand, delivered all operational electrical power, supplied more than 330,000 gallons of water per minute to protect the test stand flame deflector and ensure the structural integrity of the core stage, and captured data needed to evaluate the core stage performance.

"Seeing all four engines ignite for the first time during the core stage hot fire test was a big milestone for the Space Launch System team" said John Honeycutt, the SLS program manager at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "We will analyze the data, and what we learned from today's test will help us plan the right path forward for verifying this new core stage is ready for flight on the Artemis I mission."

The Green Run series of tests began in January 2020, when the stage was delivered from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and installed in the B-2 test stand at Stennis. The team completed the first of the eight tests in the Green Run series before standing down in March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. After resuming work in May, the team worked through the remaining tests in the series, while also standing down periodically as six tropical storms or hurricanes affected the Gulf Coast. Each test built upon the previous test with increasing complexity to evaluate the stages' sophisticated systems, and the hot fire test that lit up all four engines was the final test in the series.

"Stennis has not witnessed this level of power since the testing of Saturn V stages in the 1960s," said Stennis Center Director Rick Gilbrech. "Stennis is the premier rocket propulsion facility that tested the Saturn V first and second stages that carried humans to the Moon during the Apollo Program, and now, this hot fire is exactly why we test like we fly and fly like we test. We will learn from today's early shutdown, identify any corrections if needed, and move forward."

In addition to analyzing the data, teams also will inspect the core stage and its four RS-25 engines before determining the next steps. Under the Artemis program, NASA is working to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024. SLS and the Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts to space, along with the human landing system and the Gateway in orbit around the Moon, are NASA's backbone for deep space exploration.

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Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils The Pure Electric ACE Coupe Performance Edition

Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils The Pure Electric ACE Coupe Performance Edition

Alpha Motor Corporation has lifted the curtains on the striking Performance Edition of its revolutionary ACE™ Coupe electric vehicle.

Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils The Pure Electric ACE Coupe Performance Edition

It's a four-wheel drive, dual motor electric vehicle that's been touted by the company as capable of going from zero to sixty in an impressive 4.6 seconds. It could also accelerate up to 124 miles per hour with maximum estimated range of 220 miles.

Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils The Pure Electric ACE Coupe Performance Edition

Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils The Pure Electric ACE Coupe Performance Edition

Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils The Pure Electric ACE Coupe Performance Edition

Alpha Motor Corporation Unveils The Pure Electric ACE Coupe Performance Edition

The ACE™ Coupe Performance Edition vehicle dimensions measure approximately 4,300mm (169in) in length, 1916mm (75in) in width, and 1435mm (56in) in height. The special edition vehicle was unveiled in a polished metallic finish with a warm tone.

The interior of the ACE™ Coupe Performance Edition is a testament to its groundbreaking modularity, with its driver-centric digital speedometer that can be removed and used as a personal electronic device, digital center display that is replaceable with other displays of various sizes, ergonomically bolstered sport seating, and removable audio speakers.

The vehicle's spatial structure is built for flexibility and customization, which empowers its owners to input their personality and create their very own unique car by selecting their preferred colors, materials, and finish.

Aerodynamic Modification Package, which is available for the vehicle, includes a front bumper that has an integrated air dam to reduce air flow under the vehicle, a rear bumper with a diffuser and rear deck mounted spoiler, which can efficiently increase downforce and provide enhanced grip and maneuverability, and sports side mirrors. All such features will be made from lightweight materials.

For aesthetic enthusiasts, the Aerodynamic Modification Package will also be available as an alternative body style option for the base ACE™ Coupe. The ACE™ line of pure electric vehicles is built for flexible customization and feature combinations.

Alpha Motor Corporation is now accepting online reservations for the ACE™ Coupe Performance Edition at www.alphamotorinc.com/alpha-ace-reservation.

Alpha plans to roll out more variants of ACE™ in the coming months. Details on ACE™ and Alpha Motor Corporation are provided on the company's website www.alphamotorinc.com.

Alpha Motor Corporation had also recently previewed its ICON™ electric vehicle with an interchangeable structure that boasts modularity for utility purposes.

The Alpha ACE™ Coupe Performance Edition launch can be viewed at https://youtu.be/FuKJ5fwToJg.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas Group Launches New UniCarriers Forklift Heavy-Duty Cushion Truck

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas Group Launches New UniCarriers Forklift Heavy-Duty Cushion Truck

Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas group, the exclusive manufacturer and provider of UniCarriers® Forklifts across North, Central and South America, announced today the official launch of the CF100-CF155 Series, 4-wheel internal combustion heavy-duty cushion tire forklifts. These engine-powered forklifts are available to all UniCarriers brand dealers across North and South America, as well as the Caribbean. This product lineup addition now completes the Class IV product line for UniCarriers Forklift.

Some key advantages:
10,000-15,500 lb capacity
PSI 4X 4.3-liter V6 EPA/CARB compliant engine with great fuel economy
Low noise/vibration levels
Low-profile counterweight allows for more compact turning radius (an optional short turning radius also available)
Optional paper application package, as well as dust/foundry and reverse drive packages
Higher lift heights to allow stacking at the third level

"These models provide the same quality and reliability our products are known for, and our customers get a complete class IV product line," said Mark Manninen, vice president of Sales and Marketing for UniCarriers Forklifts at Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas. "These additional features and advancements bring out the best of an operator's time, and ultimately, deliver ideal uptime and productivity during a day's work."

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2021 Honda Ridgeline Arriving Next Month Ready to Rumble with Rugged New Look

2021 Honda Ridgeline Arriving Next Month Ready to Rumble with Rugged New Look

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline begins arriving at Honda dealerships on Feb. 2, with bold new styling underscoring its rugged and versatile pickup truck capabilities. Ridgeline's standard V6 power, fully independent suspension and standard torque-vectoring i-VTM4® all-wheel drive give it the capability to tackle challenging trails and treacherous roads with class-leading ride and handling. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) start at $36,490.

Ridgeline continues to bring unmatched versatility, including the segment's largest interior for passengers and gear, a brilliantly versatile bed featuring the class-exclusive In-Bed Trunk® lockable storage compartment, and best-in-class standard AWD model payload capacity.

For the 2021 model year, Ridgeline features all-new sheet metal from the front roof pillars forward, including a new hood with a pronounced power bulge, a new squared off nose and upright grille, and new front fenders. Flanking the grille are new, brighter LED headlights bisected by the crossbar atop the grille, which is painted gloss black on Sport trims and Black Edition, and is chrome plated on RTL and RTL-E. The body-color lower front bumper further accentuates the Ridgeline's tough new look with a prominent skid plate and broad side vents that create air curtains to route air through the bumper and around the front tires and wheels to improve aerodynamic performance. A reshaped rear bumper exposes aggressive new twin exhaust outlets, and all Ridgeline trims feature tougher looking 18-inch wheels and an additional 20 mm of track width to give Ridgeline a broader, more planted stance. New tires top off the more rugged look with a more aggressive sidewall and shoulder design. Ridgeline also adds a new Radiant Red Metallic to its exterior color palette.

A new HPD Package was developed in collaboration with Honda Performance Development (HPD), Honda's U.S.-based racing company, and adds a unique grille treatment, an HPD emblem, black fender flares, aggressive bronze-colored wheels, and special HPD graphics on the side of the bed—for a suggested retail price of $2,800. It's one of four new post-production option packages available on all Ridgeline trims that include Utility ($1,465), Function ($270), and Function+ ($1,315).

Inside, the 2021 Ridgeline adds a physical volume knob for the audio system, and wireless phone charging. Plus, all Ridgeline trims get new contrast stitching on the seats; Sport trims add new cloth seat inserts; and Sport, RTL and RTL-E trims have new dash, steering wheel and center console accents. Ridgeline's spacious cabin offers top-class passenger comfort and rear-seat legroom, with a flat floor and foldaway 60/40-split rear seat bottoms, offering enhanced flexibility for carrying long and tall items in the cabin.

A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC® V6 backed by a smooth and responsive 9-speed automatic transmission powers every 2021 Honda Ridgeline, with i-VTM4® torque-vectoring all-wheel drive now standard across the lineup. The i-VTM4® system automatically sends up to 70 percent of the engine's 262 lb.-ft. (SAE net) of torque to the rear wheels and continuously apportions 100 percent of that torque between the left and right rear wheels based on driving conditions at each wheel. Ridgeline's standard Intelligent Traction Dynamics System further optimizes power delivery and distribution in various conditions, including snow, pavement, mud and sand.

All 2021 Honda Ridgelines come standard with the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, featuring Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Ridgeline also targets top-class collision safety ratings from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score, a "GOOD" rating in all IIHS collision tests, and a "SUPERIOR" IIHS rating for front crash prevention.

2021 Ridgeline Pricing & EPA Data

Model / Trim


MSRP1 Including
$1,175 Destination

EPA Mileage Rating2


Ridgeline Sport



18 / 24 / 21

Ridgeline RTL



18 / 24 / 21

Ridgeline RTL-E



18 / 24 / 21

Ridgeline Black Edition



18 / 24 / 21

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2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis Shows

2020 Tied for Warmest Year on Record, NASA Analysis Shows

Earth's global average surface temperature in 2020 tied with 2016 as the warmest year on record, according to an analysis by NASA.

Continuing the planet's long-term warming trend, the year's globally averaged temperature was 1.84 degrees Fahrenheit (1.02 degrees Celsius) warmer than the baseline 1951-1980 mean, according to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York. 2020 edged out 2016 by a very small amount, within the margin of error of the analysis, making the years effectively tied for the warmest year on record.

"The last seven years have been the warmest seven years on record, typifying the ongoing and dramatic warming trend," said GISS Director Gavin Schmidt. "Whether one year is a record or not is not really that important – the important things are long-term trends. With these trends, and as the human impact on the climate increases, we have to expect that records will continue to be broken."

A Warming, Changing World

Tracking global temperature trends provides a critical indicator of the impact of human activities – specifically, greenhouse gas emissions – on our planet. Earth's average temperature has risen more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.2 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century.

Rising temperatures are causing phenomena such as loss of sea ice and ice sheet mass, sea level rise, longer and more intense heat waves, and shifts in plant and animal habitats. Understanding such long-term climate trends is essential for the safety and quality of human life, allowing humans to adapt to the changing environment in ways such as planting different crops, managing our water resources and preparing for extreme weather events.

Ranking the Records

A separate, independent analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concluded that 2020 was the second-warmest year in their record, behind 2016. NOAA scientists use much of the same raw temperature data in their analysis, but have a different baseline period (1901-2000) and methodology. Unlike NASA, NOAA also does not infer temperatures in polar regions lacking observations, which accounts for much of the difference between NASA and NOAA records.

Like all scientific data, these temperature findings contain a small amount of uncertainty – in this case, mainly due to changes in weather station locations and temperature measurement methods over time. The GISS temperature analysis (GISTEMP) is accurate to within 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit with a 95 percent confidence level for the most recent period.

Beyond a Global, Annual Average

While the long-term trend of warming continues, a variety of events and factors contribute to any particular year's average temperature. Two separate events changed the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface. The Australian bush fires during the first half of the year burned 46 million acres of land, releasing smoke and other particles more than 18 miles high in the atmosphere, blocking sunlight and likely cooling the atmosphere slightly. In contrast, global shutdowns related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reduced particulate air pollution in many areas, allowing more sunlight to reach the surface and producing a small but potentially significant warming effect. These shutdowns also appear to have reduced the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions last year, but overall CO2 concentrations continued to increase, and since warming is related to cumulative emissions, the overall amount of avoided warming will be minimal.

The largest source of year-to-year variability in global temperatures typically comes from the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), a naturally occurring cycle of heat exchange between the ocean and atmosphere. While the year has ended in a negative (cool) phase of ENSO, it started in a slightly positive (warm) phase, which marginally increased the average overall temperature. The cooling influence from the negative phase is expected to have a larger influence on 2021 than 2020.

"The previous record warm year, 2016, received a significant boost from a strong El Nino. The lack of a similar assist from El Nino this year is evidence that the background climate continues to warm due to greenhouse gases," Schmidt said.

The 2020 GISS values represent surface temperatures averaged over both the whole globe and the entire year. Local weather plays a role in regional temperature variations, so not every region on Earth experiences similar amounts of warming even in a record year. According to NOAA, parts of the continental United States experienced record high temperatures in 2020, while others did not.

In the long term, parts of the globe are also warming faster than others. Earth's warming trends are most pronounced in the Arctic, which the GISTEMP analysis shows is warming more than three times as fast as the rest of the globe over the past 30 years, according to Schmidt. The loss of Arctic sea ice – whose annual minimum area is declining by about 13 percent per decade – makes the region less reflective, meaning more sunlight is absorbed by the oceans and temperatures rise further still. This phenomenon, known as Arctic amplification, is driving further sea ice loss, ice sheet melt and sea level rise, more intense Arctic fire seasons, and permafrost melt.

Land, Sea, Air and Space

NASA's analysis incorporates surface temperature measurements from more than 26,000 weather stations and thousands of ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures. These raw measurements are analyzed using an algorithm that considers the varied spacing of temperature stations around the globe and urban heating effects that could skew the conclusions if not taken into account. The result of these calculations is an estimate of the global average temperature difference from a baseline period of 1951 to 1980.

NASA measures Earth's vital signs from land, air, and space with a fleet of satellites, as well as airborne and ground-based observation campaigns. The satellite surface temperature record from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument aboard NASA's Aura satellite confirms the GISTEMP results of the past seven years being the warmest on record. Satellite measurements of air temperature, sea surface temperature, and sea levels, as well as other space-based observations, also reflect a warming, changing world. The agency develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records and computer analysis tools to better see how our planet is changing. NASA shares this unique knowledge with the global community and works with institutions in the United States and around the world that contribute to understanding and protecting our home planet.

NASA's full surface temperature data set – and the complete methodology used to make the temperature calculation – are available at:


GISS is a NASA laboratory managed by the Earth Sciences Division of the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The laboratory is affiliated with Columbia University's Earth Institute and School of Engineering and Applied Science in New York.

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IK Multimedia announces UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop

IK Multimedia announces UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop

IK Multimedia announces UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop. Developed in collaboration with Italian boutique synth-maker Soundmachines, both these new analog synthesizers take the groundbreaking UNO Synth monophonic synth and expand it in nearly every section: more oscillators, more filters, more sequencer memory, more effects, more presets, more connections and more programmability. UNO Synth Pro puts this amazing new sound engine in a rugged metal chassis with a 37-key synth-action Fatar keybed, while UNO Synth Pro Desktop provides a more portable form factor to travel anywhere.

The UNO Synth Pro's unique dual-filter, 3-oscillator paraphonic design lets it create nearly any synth sound imaginable, and with 256 presets, a new 64-step sequencer and expanded CV/Gate and audio connections, users will quickly find it's the ideal creation station for any outboard rig.

Huge, real analog sound

Three analog oscillators offer continuously variable waveshape, including pulse-width modulation. Oscillators can be hard-synced for more harmonically-complex tones, and oscillator FM (frequency modulation) lets users shape everything from bell-like sounds to screaming industrial tones. UNO Synth Pro even includes ring modulation for wobbly, sci-fi sound, and a white noise generator for a wide range of percussive sounds and epic rises.

Dual-filter design with 24 available modes

In addition to the original UNO Synth's 2-pole OTA multimode filter, UNO Synth Pro adds a new SSI 2/4-pole LP filter with self-oscillation. The dual filters can be used in series or parallel, with invertible phase, for a total of 24 possible filter modes. This unique design offers nearly limitless tonal possibilities, from recreating classic vintage sounds or forging completely new, experimental sounds.

Massive sonic flexibility

UNO Synth Pro offers two full ADSR envelopes, one dedicated to the filter and the other to amplitude, with both available as sources to modulate everything from oscillator pitch and waveshape to LFO speed or even other envelope stages. Two LFOs (low-frequency oscillators) can create classic synth vibrato, wah and tremolo as well as do more complex modulations including audio range FM.

A 16-slot modulation matrix makes routing all these a breeze. Users can quickly and easily design even the most sophisticated modulation scheme, with both internal and external sources, including MIDI controllers.

Deep onboard effects

UNO Synth Pro offers four effect blocks: an analog overdrive circuit from the original UNO Synth, plus three new, custom-designed digital effects: modulation, delay and reverb. External signals can also be routed through these effects, with pre-effects filtering for added flexibility.

Improved playability

UNO Synth Pro offers a premium 37-key synth action keybed made in Italy by Fatar, while UNO Synth Pro Desktop provides an enhanced version of the original's long-lasting capacitance-sensing keys along with pitch and mod strips for enhanced expression. Both units add firm-touch rubber pads for the control sections, plus LED-backlit indicators and an LED display for key information, making it easier than ever to use live on stage or in deep programming sessions in the studio.

Powerful presets, sequencer and arpeggiator

UNO Synth Pro offers 256 user-editable presets, each capturing the full state of the sound engine from oscillators to effects. An onboard 64-step sequencer offers both step and real-time recording, with automation of over 80 parameters, letting users create incredibly intricate and evolving soundscapes, and even write CV and gate automation.

And a 10-mode arpeggiator makes it easy to create intricate patterns and runs, while a new "chord mode" takes advantage of UNO Synth Pro's paraphonic design, opening the door to triads and chord work.

Advanced connectivity

UNO Synth Pro offers two noiseless, balanced stereo outputs as well as headphone out, for superior audio quality in any situation. USB and 5-pin DIN MIDI In and Out make it easy to integrate with other synths, Mac/PC and mobile devices, and its assignable CV/Gate connections lets UNO Synth Pro interact effortlessly with a Eurorack or other modular system.

And now, an audio input allows access to the filter and FX section for external signals, in addition to the original pass-through for daisy-chaining multiple units together without using a mixer.

Options, pricing and availability

UNO Synth Pro and UNO Synth Pro Desktop will be arriving in Q1 2021 and are currently available for pre-order from the IK Multimedia online store and from IK authorized dealers worldwide for $/€649.99* and $/€399.99 respectively.

For more information about UNO Synth Pro or to see it in action, please visit: www.unosynthpro.com

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series: Performance Luxury Takes Flight

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series: Performance Luxury Takes Flight

The Lexus LC 500 needs no formal introduction. It greets all encounters with a growl from its powerful 471-horsepower naturally aspirated V8 engine. Its artfully chiseled lines and refined curvature marry luxury and performance in a way that only Lexus can. The new 2021 LC 500 Inspiration Series takes the grand-touring coupe to the next level with an aviation-inspired design that will land in dealerships later this winter.

Inspiration Takes Flight

The new LC 500 Inspiration Series, the fifth on the LC platform, takes cue from a partnership between air race pilot Yoshihide Muroya and Lexus engineers. The Lexus team worked on ways to create efficiencies for Muroya's aircraft for everything from the grip design of the control column to maximizing aerodynamics efficiencies using testing data learned on Lexus automobiles. The partnership ultimately assisted Muroya on his path to winning the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championships.

With some of the same engineers who built the Lexus LFA supercar on board, Lexus took a unique approach to the aerodynamic efficiencies of Muroya's airplane by turning a preconceived concept on its head – literally. They found that taking an airplane wing and flipping it upside down created vortices that improved maneuverability and efficiency at the wingtips. After the team was able to prove their theory on Muroya's aircraft through testing and competition success, the Lexus team then aimed to employ that knowledge onto the LC by creating an automotive wing prototype built from aluminum. The team knew the final version, which would span nearly six feet in width, would need to be light, durable and warp resistant. Carbon-fiber, the same material employed on Muroya's aircraft, seemed like the appropriate material. Yet creating a carbon-fiber wing that large, much of which would be done by hand, would be a great challenge – but it's one the engineers took head-on.

In the end, the engineering team created an exquisite carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) spoiler that meets the demanding production quality expected of Lexus vehicles. The wing serves as the defining attribute of the new LC Inspiration Series, following the trailing edge arc of the trunk and uniquely defined with two downturned winglets on either end. The winglets, of course, are fully functional and create a vertical vortex that helps smooth out the turbulence generated from airflow along the car's flanks.

Limited Engagement

The 2021 LC 500 Inspiration Series certainly has an interesting backstory, but its aerial inspiration is only part of the narrative. With only 100 units available, the latest Inspiration Series is a limited edition of the highest order.

Standing apart from the standard LC 500, a magnificent vehicle in its own right, the 2021 Inspiration Series is accented with a combination of features not found on any other LC package. The limited-edition vehicle is offered in one exterior color, the superbly dark Obsidian, which is paired with bold and beautiful 21-inch black forged-alloy wheels that fill out the wheel wells. An eye-catching carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof is standard, and it proves to be the perfect complement to the carbon-fiber rear air wing spoiler.

The LC 500 Inspiration Series also gains some additional enhancements in driving performance thanks to the Torsen limited slip differential. The high-capacity torque-sensing limited-slip rear differential efficiently distributes engine power to the rear axle, helping to optimize traction, handling and control in a variety of conditions. The standard Yamaha rear performance rod with damper, an available option on other LC models, provides added rigidity to the suspension package.

Stepping inside, the serialized badge on the center console immediately identifies the limited nature of the vehicle and its sequence of the 100 produced. The cabin is adorned with black Alcantara-trimmed sport seats that feature elegant Saddle Tan accents and seat belts. The steering wheel and shift lever are also accented in black Alcantara trim. A carbon-fiber scuff plate accents the door, and once inside driver and passengers can bask in the sound of the standard Mark Levinson 13-speaker 915-watt Reference Surround Sound Audio system.

The LC Inspiration Series also comes standard with a large color Head-Up Display (HUD) that projects a range of information onto the bottom of the windshield glass. Relevant information can be displayed to the driver without taking their focus from the road such as: road speed, gear, engine speed; turn-by-turn directions; Dynamic Radar Cruise Control status; Pre-Collision System; Lane Keep Assist/Lane Departure Alert; master warning indicator; information icons; clearance sonar.

Standard on the Inspiration Series is the SmartAccess Card Key, which operates all of the same SmartAccess systems as a key fob without the manual button operation. Users can simply place the Card Key on their person and use the SmartAccess system to unlock/lock the doors by grasping the outside door handle and start the vehicle once inside. Each SmartAccess Card Key also comes equipped with a backup mechanical key to unlock the doors in the event the battery is depleted.

Key Evolutions for 2021

The LC 500 Inspiration Series benefits from the same updates to the standard LC 500 for 2021. Lexus engineers were able to trim 22 pounds of unsprung weight from the vehicle, which is highlighted by the use of aluminum lower suspension arms, lighter suspension stabilizers with a hollow design and revised diameter, new high-strength coil spring material, and lighter 21-inch rear wheels.

With unsprung weight reduced, the LC's suspension was refined to provide a smoother, softer stroke for an enhanced connection to the road. This was accomplished with adjustments to the electronic absorber controls of the front suspension to increase the length of the stroke. Engineers then optimized the bound stopper rigidity to help create a smoother overall suspension stroke. Rear stabilizer rigidity was enhanced to aid front turn-in ability to provide more linear steering input.

Vehicle control at mid- to high-speed ranges are enhanced thanks to the 2021 LC's Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system gaining Active Cornering Assist (ACA). This system helps with cornering by providing brake control to the inner wheels based on G-force and lateral acceleration demands during spirited driving.

High Performance

Upon startup, thundering through the variable Active Exhaust, the 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 issues a full-throated engine note as a call to driving enthusiasts. The LC 500 has an output of 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of peak torque. The LC is also capable of delivering a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds and has an EPA estimated 25 mpg rating on the highway.

Other key enhancements for the 2021 model were made to the 10-speed automatic Direct-Shift transmission on the V8-powered LC 500, as the shift logic was updated to help provide improvement for daily driving in what engineers refer to as the "active zone," or the area where most drivers find themselves at in the 50-70% throttle range. The Direct-Shift transmission allows engine RPM to expand in this range to accentuate the feeling of acceleration before shifting into the next gear.

Lexus Enform for Safety and Convenience

Lexus Enform Safety Connect comes with a three-year trial with access to Lexus Enform response centers 24/7/365. With Lexus Enform Service Connect, complimentary for the first 10 years, the vehicle can send alerts for specific factory recommended maintenance, simultaneously alerting a preferred Lexus dealer. The Lexus App can be used to set push-reminders and alerts for maintenance and service issues. The Lexus Enform Remote (three-year trial subscription included) mobile app lets you lock and unlock doors, start the engine and climate controls, check the fuel level, and more all through your smartphone, smartwatch or Amazon Alexa–enabled devices at home.

Advanced Safety Features and Driver Support

Lexus Safety System+ comes standard on the 2021 LC 500. Lexus Safety System+ features Lane Departure Alert with Lane Keep Assist. Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is standard and includes features such as Frontal Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and Pedestrian Detection. All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is also included, as is Intelligent High Beam that will default to high-beam mode when the road ahead is clear but will temporarily switch to low beams when headlamps or taillamps are detected.

Intuitive Parking Assist comes standard on the LC Inspiration Series. It uses sonar sensors in the front and rear bumpers to detect obstacles in the vehicle's path during low-speed maneuvering. The system gives an audible alert and the Multi-Information Display (MID) shows the position and distance to the obstacle. Blind Spot Monitor is standard equipment, as is a windshield de-icer.

Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its guests. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 242 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Hyundai Elantra Wins Prestigious 2021 North American Car of the Year

Hyundai Elantra Wins Prestigious 2021 North American Car of the Year

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra was named winner of the 2021 North American Car of the Year award today by the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year (NACTOY) automotive media jury. This is the second time the Hyundai sedan has won Car of the Year (2012). Only two cars have won the award more than once (Chevrolet Corvette and Honda Civic) and this marks Hyundai's third Car of the Year category win. The winner was announced during a virtual event. Images, b-roll footage, press releases and specifications for the 2021 Elantra can be found at https://www.hyundainews.com/en-us/models/hyundai-elantra-2021-elantra.

"Thank you to all of the jurors. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire company, our Alabama and Ulsan plant employees who build Elantra and our dealers," said José Muñoz, Global Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America. "Elantra is a symbol of our blend of dynamic design, advanced technology and great fuel economy. Elantra customers are going to experience all of the hard work and dedication that went into making this class-leading car."

The jurors tested and evaluated more than 40 new vehicles before voting the top three cars, utility vehicles and trucks to be 2021 finalists. The Nissan Sentra and Genesis G80 were the other car finalists.

Now in their 28th year, the NACTOY awards are selected through a series of three separate votes by a diverse jury of automotive journalists from numerous outlets in the United States and Canada. Jurors evaluate the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

Founded in 1994, these awards are the longest-running new-vehicle awards not associated with a single publication, website, radio or television station. Because of the jurors' independence, these awards are among the most respected in the industry.

SOURCE Hyundai Motor America
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NASA Highlights Astrophysics Missions at 'Super Bowl of Astronomy'

NASA Highlights Astrophysics Missions at 'Super Bowl of Astronomy'

Experts from across NASA will discuss topics ranging from black holes to exploding stars to planets beyond our solar system at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). The weeklong virtual event begins Monday, Jan. 11.

The event, nicknamed the Super Bowl of Astronomy, will feature agency leaders and researchers discussing the latest developments in astrophysics during various news conferences, scientific sessions, and online exhibits, as well as town halls, including those focused on NASA's Webb and Roman space telescopes.

News conferences will livestream and will be available to the public on the AAS YouTube channel. Among the myriad new studies of the universe that will be presented, researchers will discuss a new finding from Backyard Worlds: Planet 9, a NASA-funded citizen science project in which members of the public can collaborate with professional scientists in identifying new cosmic objects. Discussion of the study will be part of a news conference at 4:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

For registered attendees, four town halls will take place to discuss NASA astrophysics and specific observatories (all times Eastern):
NASA Town Hall: Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 1:40 p.m.
James Webb Space Telescope Town Hall: Thursday, Jan. 14, at 1:40 p.m.
Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) Town Hall: Friday, Jan. 15, at 1:20 p.m.
Roman Space Telescope Town Hall: Friday, Jan. 15, at 1:40 p.m.

For media registration and other information, contact Rick Fienberg at rick.fienberg@aas.org.

For more information on the meeting, including a complete and up-to-date schedule, visit:


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HiPhi X Super SUV Dazzles EV Enthusiasts at Hainan New Energy Auto Show

HiPhi X Super SUV Dazzles EV Enthusiasts at Hainan New Energy Auto Show

Human Horizons, an industry-leading new mobility and autonomous-driving research company, presented the HiPhi X Super SUV at the 2021 International New Energy Vehicle & Connected Mobility Show in Hainan. The exhibition is the first auto show of the year and an opportunity for Human Horizons to showcase their achievements and announce that the first 3,000 units of the Founder Edition will soon be sold out. Fully equipped with the latest technical functionality, the HiPhi X has all the trimmings of a luxury car combined to establish a new category of vehicles, TECHLUXE.

The four-day event held from January 8-11 featured some of the world's largest carmakers. Located between the BMW, Volvo, and Tesla exhibits, the HiPhi X put on an impressive display as it danced along to a rendition of "I Love You China" and a special Christmas number. These kinds of performances are made possible through programmable and customizable software that connects via H-SOA to the Pixel Matrix Lighting (PML) and unique wing doors. Such performances can be designed and shared amongst users as part of HiPhi's mission to create a 'software-defined vehicle'.

Speaking at the exhibition, Human Horizons founder, Ding Lei said "We are so excited. The first batch of our game-changing HiPhi X Super SUV Founder Edition is nearly sold out, and as we are committed to providing an all-round exceptional experience to our dedicated users, we are granting each one of them with six lifelong services. With nearly 3,000 units sold and reservations for test drives at a further 32,000, 2021 is going to be an incredible year here at Human Horizons."

Available in both four-seater and six-seater, the first 3,000 owners of the HiPhi X Founder Edition will be granted six lifelong services. These services include free vehicle warranty, free electric component maintenance, free general maintenance, free charging, free 5G data, and free roadside assistance.

With mass production and rollout to begin in the first half of 2021, Human Horizons is opening HiPhi Hubs across the country. The first batch of 10 Hubs are set to open in January across Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Chengdu, with plans to open more than 50 by the end of June. In addition to opening HiPhi Hubs, Human Horizons is investing in installing and connecting to supercharging stations in first-tier cities. With a network of over 57,000 terminals already in place across 300 cities, customers can locate and charge with the HiPhi mobile app.

The HiPhi X claims a truly unique driving experience in the new TECHLUXE® category, combining all the comforts of a luxury vehicle with cutting-edge technological innovation. Underpinned by Human Horizons' vision of "design defined by scenarios, vehicle designed by software, and value defined by co-creation", the HiPhi X is set to make waves in both the EV and luxury vehicle spaces in 2021 as a cross-over between the two very different worlds.

SOURCE Human Horizons

PopSockets Unveils Innovation at CES 2021, Including MagSafe Solutions

PopSockets Unveils Innovation at CES 2021, Including MagSafe Solutions

PopSockets, maker of expandable phone grips and lifestyle accessories, is pleased to announce its new line of MagSafe solutions in time for the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show. The solutions allow users to easily access the wireless charging capabilities on iPhone 12 devices and will roll out in Spring 2021.

The solutions include three grips, a wallet with an integrated grip, and two mounts. The first grip, PopGrip for MagSafe, attaches magnetically to MagSafe-compatible cases for iPhone 12 devices. The second grip, PopGrip Slide for iPhone 12, attaches mechanically to the sides of the Apple Silicone Case series for iPhone 12 devices. The third grip, PopGrip Slide Stretch, attaches mechanically to the sides of most cases, including most cases for iPhone 12 devices. The wallet, PopWallet+ for MagSafe, attaches magnetically to MagSafe-compatible cases. The new mounts enable users of PopSockets grips to magnetically mount their iPhone 12 devices without moving their grips. All of the new grips feature swappable tops that allow users to switch out and customize the style and functionality of their grips.

"Developing a family of MagSafe solutions was a natural step in evolving our product family to support wireless charging. In 2019 we integrated swappable tops into our PopGrip line to enable users to easily twist off their tops when wirelessly charging with third-party chargers. In 2020, we launched our award-winning PopPower, a wireless charger that enables users to charge their devices wirelessly without removing their PopGrip tops. And now we have a family of optimal solutions for users of MagSafe wireless charging," said David Barnett, CEO and Founder of PopSockets.

PopGrip for MagSafe
The PopGrip for MagSafe attaches magnetically to MagSafe-compatible cases for iPhone 12 devices and features a no-slip rubber bottom and a swappable top. This grip is compatible with PopSockets PopMount 2 phone mounts, including PopMount 2 for MagSafe.

PopWallet+ for MagSafe
The PopWallet+ MagSafe is a natural evolution of the popular PopWallet+, a customizable wallet that allows users to carry up to three cards on the backside of their phone and features an integrated grip. The PopWallet+ for MagSafe attaches magnetically to MagSafe-compatible cases for iPhone 12 devices. The integrated elastic sock enables users to access their cards without removing the wallet from their device, and the product includes a shield to protect credit cards from magnetic damage. The integrated grip twists off easily for switching up one's style or functionality.

PopMount for MagSafe

The mount lineup will launch with PopMount for MagSafe Multi-Surface and PopMount for MagSafe Car Vent. Both solutions attach magnetically to iPhone 12 devices allowing users the freedom to mount their devices at home and on-the-go. PopGrip MagSafe users can leave their grip on and let the mount's magnets connect to the grip's base.

PopGrip Slide Stretch
The new PopGrip Slide Stretch features expanding arms that attach mechanically to the sides of most phone cases, including most iPhone 12 cases. Users can slide this grip toward the bottom of their devices to serve as a portrait stand and also to attach MagSafe accessories without removing the grip.

PopGrip Slide for iPhone 12
The PopGrip Slide for the Apple iPhone 12 has the same benefits as the PopGrip Slide Stretch but is designed specifically to fit Apple Silicone cases for the iPhone 12 devices.

The PopGrip for MagSafe will launch in Spring 2021
The PopWallet+ for MagSafe will launch in Spring 2021
The PopMount for MagSafe line, starting with PopMount for MagSafe Multi-Surface and PopMount for MagSafe Car Vent, will launch in Summer 2021
The PopGrip Slide Stretch will launch March 21st on PopSockets.com and in select Target locations nationwide, followed soon thereafter by a broader launch
The PopGrip Slide will launch May 1st on PopSockets.com and in Apple stores

Other notable early 2021 launches include:
PopGrip Pocketable – Features a soft comfortable base that streamlines the grip when collapsed, enabling users to slide their phone in and out of pockets without getting snagged.
PopGrip Antimicrobial – Features an embedded silver-based treatment that provides long-lasting protection against microbes.
PopSockets x SOG PopGrip Multi-Tool – Made in collaboration with SOG Specialty Knives, this PopGrip provides users with a detachable multi-tool that includes a bottle opener, mini pry bar, and hex-bit mini drivers that store conveniently in the PopTop.

SOURCE PopSockets

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