Thursday, February 12, 2015

FLIR to Manufacture Thermal Imagers at TowerJazz

GlobeNewswire: FLIR is partnering with TowerJazz to manufacture its next generation IR technology to smartphone, security, industrial and other markets. "The partnership between TowerJazz and FLIR has been excellent. Together, we have rapidly implemented a state of the art manufacturing capability in Newport Beach, CA. The Newport Beach site can facilitate commercial, ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), and more recently Category 1A & 1B "Trusted" services through our subsidiary, Jazz Semiconductor Trusted Foundry (JSTF), as accredited by the U.S. Department of Defense. In particular, we developed an industry leading capability for advanced micro thermal pixel array production," said David Howard, Executive Director and Fellow, TowerJazz.

These micro thermal pixel arrays include novel, high density pixels that enable FLIR to offer more powerful sensors with higher resolution in compact form factors. "When we combine the micro thermal arrays with integrated FLIR wafer level optics, software and MSX technology with TowerJazz process and manufacturing capability, we are able to deliver breakthrough product performance and value," said Tom Surran, COO at FLIR Systems.

Russian computer giant acquire part Zecotek 3d printer development

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Monday, February 09, 2015

What are Mattel and Google doing with View-Master?


With a View-Master topped teaser (which you can see after the break), Google and Mattel invoked one of our favorite childhood memories -- and frequent inspiration for low-budget virtual reality shenanigans. The two are planning an "exclusive announcement and product debut" ahead of the New York Toy Fair next week, but other than the View-Master theme there's little to go on. Mattel's Fisher-Price division tried a View-Master comeback for the digital age in 2012, although all trace of it is gone now. We'll have to wait until next Friday to see for ourselves what they're planning, but we invite your wildest speculation until then. So what are you thinking -- a plastic pair of branded Mattel VR goggles based on the Cardboard project, or maybe a Hot Wheel based on something else Google has been working on?

LG unveils VR for G3, its own virtual reality headset inspired by Google Cardboard

Today LG announced the impending launch of its own virtual reality headset, a low-tech device which sits somewhere between Samsung VR and Google’s DIY Cardboard kit. LG calls it “VR for G3.”
As the name implies, LG will bundle its virtual reality headset with its G3 smartphone. The promotion will occur in “select markets” in the coming months. For now, that’s all we know about the release date.
Here’s how the device works, according to LG:
The design of VR for G3 is based on the blueprint for Google Cardboard, available online for home DIY fans. The neodymium ring magnet on the side of the VR for G3 works with the magnetic gyroscope sensor in the G3 to select applications and scroll through menus without touching the display. VR for G3 requires no assembly other than inserting the phone in the viewer.

Not in front of the telly: Warning over 'listening' TV

Samsung said personal information could be scooped up by the Smart TV

Samsung is warning customers about discussing personal information in front of their smart television set.

The warning applies to TV viewers who control their Samsung Smart TV using its voice activation feature.

Such TV sets "listen" to some of what is said in front of them and may share details they hear with Samsung or third parties, it said.

Privacy campaigners said the technology smacked of the telescreens, in George Orwell's 1984, which spied on citizens.