The Alexa Conference, Jan. 15-17, 2019, Looks at How Voice Technology Impacts Every Industry, Company and Person



The Alexa Conference, presented by podcast network VoiceFirst.FM, will take place Jan. 15-17, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. This worldwide gathering of the Alexa development community will bring together executives, developers, entrepreneurs, strategists and marketers – all the roles involved in conceiving and creating great voice experiences.

"The tech world is changing, and with it, our expectations as a culture on how we interact with computers," says Bradley Metrock, executive producer of The Alexa Conference and host of This Week In Voice by VoiceFirst.FM. "Increasingly, we want to be able to interact with our voice, first. Voice-first technology is an inevitable destination for computing. This shift impacts every industry, every company, and every person. The Alexa Conference is driving voice innovation forward, along with associated areas like AI, machine learning, smart speakers and more."

The Alexa Conference program features a presentation by Nolan Bushnell, CEO of X2 Games. Bushnell, who previously established Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre chain, will present on "Alexa and Entertainment: Alexa's Groundbreaking Opportunity," along with Zai Ortiz, president, co-founder and chief creative officer of X2 Games. Kesha Williams, software engineering manager for Chick-fil-A corporate, will present the 2019 Alexa Conference keynote. Williams is an award-winning software engineer who developed several popular Alexa skills and was featured on Amazon's "Alexa Women of Voice" campaign.


Highlights of Topics Include:

A Voice-First World: How We'll Go from Alexa at Home to Voice Technology Unifying Entire Smart Cities
Disrupting and Re-defining the American Home with Voice
What's New with Alexa and Amazon's Voice-First Ecosystem
How Voice Assistants Are Reshaping Healthcare
Voice and the Connected Car
LEGO and Beyond: Using Voice to Capture Consumer Attention
Alexa Skills and Government: How Mississippi Led the Way
Using Voice to Re-Write the Rules of Storytelling and Publishing
Naming Your Alexa Skill, and Designing It to Keep Users Coming Back
Alexa Presentation Language (APL): Understanding It and Deploying It
Building Alexa Skills Without Coding
The Art of Creating Alexa Skills for Brands


In addition, the conference features The Alexa World Fair and The Alexa Awards. The Alexa World Fair is the first exhibit hall dedicated to Alexa-oriented products and services, showcasing best-in-class companies contributing to Alexa development across the world. The Alexa Awards, the largest awards program for Alexa development and businesses, will honor some of the innovators and pioneers within the community.

Amazon is the 2019 Platinum Sponsor (as well as a presenter) of The Alexa Conference. Highlights of other companies sponsoring or presenting include: Magic & Company, Gimlet Media, Mayo Clinic, LEGO, EPB Fiber Optics, Applause, Botmock, SoundHound, Inc., Capstone, Novel Effect, Audioburst, Orbita, Earplay, Lifepod, Tellables, PullString, Voice Metrics, Oaktree Products, Inc. and PrivaKey.

Metrock says, "The Alexa Conference is an opportunity for those just getting interested in voice, alongside those doing work in related fields for decades, to gather together and share best practices and network with one another."

To learn more and to register, visit https://www.voicefirst.fm/alexaconference.

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Casio Announces Release Date For PRO TREK Smart WSD-F30 Smartwatch For Outdoor Enthusiasts



Casio America, Inc. announced today that it has set a January 18, 2019 release date for the PRO TREK Smart WSD-F30 smartwatch for outdoor enthusiasts.

The original announcement of the WSD-F30 caused a stir and captured eight awards this summer at IFA 2018, one of the world's largest trade shows for consumer electronics and home appliances. In addition to its water resistance up to 50 meters, military specification construction, and offline map functionality, the promised WSD-F30 received strong praise for its proprietary energy-saving mode using a new dual-layer monochrome and color display.

Also, on January 18, Casio will release the WSA-BX1 extra-long cloth band, an optional accessory for the WSD-F30. Just swap it for the regular WSD-F30 band and wear the watch easily over the sleeve of a rugged jacket.

Casio also announced a partnership with Bikemap, the world's biggest cycling map app. Now, PRO TREK Smart owners can use the Bikemap app to download maps and routes in advance to their smartwatch. Cyclists can then enjoy access to useful information maps and routes from the wrist, even when offline and not connected to a smartphone. The WSD-F30 automatically synchronizes with the Bikemap app to save records of cycling activity, including information such as the route, speed, distance, and time. Moving forward, Casio and Bikemap will actively promote each other under the partnership.

For additional information on Casio's PRO TREK Smart collection of timepieces, please visit https://wsd.casio.com/us/en/.


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Ready for Battle: Mopar to Offer 200-plus Products for All-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator



The Mopar brand will deliver a portfolio of more than 200 parts and accessories available to enhance the all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. A Mopar-modified 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, on display at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show'sAutoMobility LA, highlights the open-air personalization potential of the most capable midsize truck ever.

Owners can put their personal imprint on the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator by choosing from a full Mopar menu of products. Customization options include a Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) 2-inch lift, JPP tube doors, Mopar spray-in bedliner, tonneau covers, a truck bed storage system and much more, all designed specifically for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator.

"The Mopar brand is bringing to market a full selection of parts and accessories for owners to personalize the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator to fit their individual lifestyles," said Steve Beahm, Head of Parts & Service (Mopar) and Passenger Car Brands, FCA - North America. "We're giving owners what they need to enhance the most capable midsize truck ever, whether that's versatile lifestyle accessories or Jeep Performance Parts for hard-core off-roaders."

The majority of parts and accessories for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator will be ready when the truck launches in the second quarter of 2019. Mopar products will include active lifestyle, truck-capable accessories, such as bed-mounted cross rails that adapt to a variety of carriers, and additional performance content, such as off-road lights and beadlock wheels, and many more that have been developed specifically for the new Jeep Gladiator.

Mopar parts and accessories for the Gladiator are backed by a factory warranty and were created in close conjunction with the Jeep brand, engineering and the product design office through tens of thousands of hours of development, testing and validation. The strictest standards and factory-exclusive data — information not available to the aftermarket — were used to seamlessly integrate Mopar parts and accessories with the Gladiator and to deliver proper fit, finish and quality down to the color, grain, look and line of each product.

Mopar-modified all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon
The Mopar brand grabbed a large selection of items from its available portfolio to demonstrate the top-down, open-air potential of the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon with a modified version on display at the 2018 LA Auto Show's AutoMobility LA.

Exterior Mopar modifications include a JPP 2-inch lift kit, JPP tube doors and rock rails and JPP 5-inch and 7-inch off-road LED lights. A mesh sun bonnet works with the tube doors to deliver an open-air feel unlike any other offered by a production midsize truck. The JPP logo is added to the rear of both bed sides. Additional Mopar accessories include unique five-spoke wheels, a hood decal, a blacked out Mopar grille and windshield tie-down straps.

In the rear, Mopar bed-mounted cross rails work with a Mopar bike carrier to support active lifestyles. A truck bed storage system enhances utility with lockable, dual sliding drawers. The interior of the custom 2020 Jeep Gladiator is outfitted with Katzkin seats, Mopar grab handles, molle bags and all-weather floor mats.

The Jeep Gladiator is armed with a Mopar cold air intake, which works with a Mopar cat-back exhaust system to add horsepower and torque.

20 Mopar Products for 2020 Jeep Gladiator
Below are 20 Mopar products available for the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator:

Bed-mounted cross rails: Adapted from Ram 1500, bed cross rails work with Trail Rail system for adding Mopar lifestyle accessories, such as bike carriers, kayak carriers and more.

Bed storage system: Tailgate opens for access to dual sliding drawers, providing lockable storage space for gear, supplies and tools.

Ramps: Carryover from Mopar portfolio for Ram 1500, ramps are tested and proven and provide easy ingress and egress into bed area.

Lift kit: Available 2-inch lift kit delivers additional off-road clearance and adds aggressive appearance.

Bedliners: Durable, factory-backed spray-in bedliner available as production option through Mopar Custom Shop, with drop-in bedliner also available.

Roof rack/carriers: Mopar roof rack accommodates variety of lifestyle cargo carriers, such as a bicycle, ski and snowboard carriers.

Door sill guards: Composite and stainless steel door sill guards feature the Gladiator text logo.

Tonneau covers: Similar in design to tonneau covers for Ram 1500, but configured to fit Jeep Gladiator, options include hard-trifold, soft–trifold and soft roll-up tonneau covers.

Side graphics: Graphics unique to Jeep Gladiator flow down from C-pillar and include a hexagonal design, military and retro-themed options.

Hood graphics: Options include "Flag," "1941" and "Jeep Grille Through the Years" designs.

Cold air intake: Features the Jeep brand logo and draws in fresh air from hood cut-out to increase engine performance.

Katzkin seats: Katzkin leather seats are embroidered with distinctive Jeep grille logo in Tungsten stitching.

Tube doors: Tough, 2-inch-round steel tube doors add open-air feel that makes Jeep Gladiator unique for midsize pickups.

LED off-road lights: Military grade 5-inch and 7-inch LED lights shine at a maximum of 8,000 lumens for 7-inch option, with JPP brackets available for mounting.

Sun bonnets: Mopar mesh and solid sun bonnets enhance freedom of Jeep Gladiator while delivering factory-engineered and UV-tested protection when hardtop is removed.

Grab handles: Mopar grab handles feature Jeep grille logo and are hard-secured, offering increased grip.

All-weather mats: Durable, all-weather mats fit like a glove and feature graphic design inspired by rugged Moab trails.

Wheels: Aluminum 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels help negotiate off-road terrain, and additional wheel options include five-spoke "gear" and five-spoke "slot" designs.

Rock rails: Unique, heavy-gauge steel JPP rock rails are thicker and wider and utilize same powder-coating on Ram Truck bedliners to give non-slip finish.

Bumpers: Rugged, sturdy, winch-capable steel bumpers include production Rubicon and "Stubby" bumper options.

For more information on Jeep Performance Parts, visit www.mopar.com/jpp.


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All-New 2020 Kia Soul EV Combines Soul-Ful Vibe With All-Electric Buzz



Today Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced the 2020 Soul, a completely new version of Kia's beloved, award-winning and unconventional compact utility vehicle. In conjunction with that world-debut, the all-electric, battery-powered Soul EV was also unveiled. Just as quirky, fun-loving and crowd-pleasing, the Soul EV provides the opportunity for lovers of the Soul to drive without ever stopping for gas.


A Much Better Battery

The new Soul EV has a new state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery which is expected to mean much less need for daily charging, and with Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge3 as standard equipment, battery refills should be brief so road trip fun can happily continue after only a short break.

The new battery is currently being tested to ascertain precise EPA-estimated range. Results are expected early in 2019 and will be announced at a later date.

Driving Dynamics – The Soul EV is More Fun Than Ever
The Soul EV has always provided a bit of a magic carpet ride, whisking along silently with seemingly effortless pull. Now, with 201 horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque (way up from 210 lb.-ft. in the outgoing model), drivers will feel like a virtual Aladdin. Handling and driving dynamics are also much improved, thanks to the addition of independent rear suspension. The new Soul EV also provides plenty of tools for drivers to customize their driving experience and their battery usage, including:
Four drive modes – Eco, Comfort, Sport and Eco+ – that automatically adjust power output to the traction motor, regenerative braking, air conditioning and heating settings, and set speed limits to help manage operating efficiency4 depending on driving conditions
Smart regenerative braking operated via paddle shifters provides drivers the ability to slow the car and capture kinetic energy, adding extra range. Drivers can choose from four regen braking levels (0 to 3) depending on desired driving smoothness, enjoyment and efficiency
Brake and Hold System feature allows regen paddle shifter to bring the car to a full stop5
Smart Regen System adjusts the regenerative braking level based on a vehicle being detected in front of the Soul EV and creates smoother coast-down driving, especially when descending a steep road6
Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the instrument cluster keeps the driver aware of real-time battery usage based on accelerator pedal input


HIGHLIGHT –SOUL AND SOUL EV– WHAT'S THE DIFF?


The 2020 Soul is all-new with a refreshed exterior that stays true to its boxy origins – a distinctive look beloved by legions of fans. The new Soul EV is built with the same architecture, but imbued with unique styling that provides the car a flair of its own:

Restyled front and rear bumper fascias
Solid front grille insert with charging door conveniently located on driver's side
LED headlamps strikingly integrated into upper cross-car brow
Unique fog lamps
Exclusive EV five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels

Technology Befitting a Thoroughly Modern Vehicle

The Soul EV comes equipped with a long list of state-of-the-art features to help enhance safety, improve the driving experience and provide ease of operation and ownership. Kia engineers and designers have thought of everything. Every Soul EV includes a suite of "Kia Drive Wise" Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, highlights of which are listed below.
High-tech rotary shifter (shift-by-wire)
10.25-inch color touchscreen7 with rear view monitor8 and parking guidance
6-speaker audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM)9 with USB input
Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
Apple CarPlay10 and Android Auto11
Bluetooth12 wireless connectivity with voice recognition
7 airbags13 (dual front advanced air bags, dual front seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags with rollover sensor, driver's side knee air bag)
Vehicle Safety Systems14
Antilock braking
Traction control
Electronic stability control
Hill-start assist control
Tire pressure monitoring system
Pedestrian warning system
"Kia Drive Wise" Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)15
Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)16
Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW) (available)
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (available)
Parking Distance Warning – Reverse only (available)

New for Soul EV is a revamped UVO17 telematics system that allows owners to monitor and control a long list of vehicle operations, including:
Notifications of battery and charging status
Real-time charging station update
Scheduled charging
Panic notifications – the vehicle will send a notification to the server if the panic alarm is triggered and the system dials 911 emergency services, provides the car position via GPS, and opens a live microphone so that emergency workers can communicate with the vehicle occupants
"Send2Car" points of interest (POI) and waypoints — owners will be able to plan a road trip with waypoints and send it to the vehicles' navigation system


Made in Korea and One Soul with a Whole Lot More

Built at the Gwangju plant in Korea, the Soul EV is expected to go on sale next year. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date. Buyers can choose from two trims, the Soul EV and the Soul EV Designer Collection. Supporting its super-fancy sounding name, the Designer Collection model gets all the Soul EV goodies, plus a whole lot more, including:
Two-tone paint: Gravity Grey with a Platinum Gold roof; Cherry Black with an Inferno Red roof; and Neptune Bluewith a Cherry Black roof
Power-folding gloss-black heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors with signal repeater
10-speaker Harman/Kardon18 premium audio with external amplifier
Wireless phone charger19
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Heated front seats with Sofino® premium non-animal seating upholstery
Auto-dimming rear view mirror


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All-New 2019 Kia Niro EV[1] Crossover Utility Makes North American Debut



The new Niro EV opens a world of new possibilities for consumers who love crossover characteristics but also want all the benefits electric vehicles have to offer. Not only can they have all the functionality of a traditional crossover, but they can have it while happily driving past filling stations.


Powertrain and Battery
Energy and power for Niro EV comes from a state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled 64kWh lithium ion polymer battery that is packaged under the floor of the vehicle to allow for minimal passenger space intrusion. Fast chargingrates are brief, so even extended road trips can continue after only short charging intervals. Some specifications and features of the Niro EV battery and powertrain include:
  • 201-horsepower electric motor with 291 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Charging protocol changed to CCS and battery can now charge at 100kW
  • Combined Charging System (CCS) DC fast-charge is standard equipment – approximately 100-mile recharge in 30 minutes or 80 percent total battery capacity in 75 minutes
  • Level 2 (240v) at 7.2 kWh charger needs approximately 9.5 hours for a full charge
The Driving Experience — A Blast on the Road and Flexible, Too
With 291 lb.-ft. of torque, the Niro EV's powerful electric motor offers plenty of pull and, well, electrifying get-up-and-go. Add to that a low center of gravity due to the floor-mounted battery pack and a 106.3 inch-long wheelbase, the Niro EV delivers a vehicle that's entertaining to drive, stable and feels planted and substantial on the road. Of course, driving style affects the amount of energy expended, and the Niro EV is equipped with a variety of tools that put lots of useful energy management control in the driver's hands, including:
  • Four drive modes – Eco, Normal, Sport and Eco+ – that automatically adjust regenerative braking level, air conditioning and heating settings, and even set speed limits to help manage operating efficiency4
  • Smart regenerative braking operated via paddle shifters provides drivers the ability to slow the car and capture kinetic energy, returning energy to the battery and adding extra range. Drivers can choose from four regen braking levels (0 to 3) depending on how aggressive drivers want the regen effort and energy efficiency (range) needs
  • Brake and Hold System feature allows regen paddle shifter to bring the car to a full stop, adding energy to the battery that would be lost using normal braking5
  • Smart Regen System adjusts the regenerative braking level based on a vehicle being detected in front of the Niro EV and can create smoother coast-down driving, especially when descending a steep road6
  • Smart Eco Pedal Guide display on the instrument cluster that helps to keep the driver aware of real-time power distribution based on accelerator pedal input
Design – A Unique Expression of a Successful Style
When Kia designed and created the Niro, it was engineered to accommodate many different advanced electrified powertrains. First to arrive in 2016 was the hybrid, then in 2017 the Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV), and now a fully-electric powertrain. This battery-electric Niro EV is right on trend as consumers shift more and more to electric vehicles while looking for the attributes of crossovers, such as the higher seating position for easy ingress/egress and better visibility, and the utility and function for varied lifestyles (18.5 cu.-ft. of cargo space and 53 cu.-ft. with the backseat folded). In order to provide the Niro EV its own character, it has several unique exterior and interior design cues, including:
Exterior:
  • Unique front fascia with closed off grille – no need for an open grille, since there's no internal combustion engine to cool
  • "Arrowhead" LED Daytime Running Lights
  • New lower air intake with EcoDynamics blue surround accent
  • Specially-designed 17-inch alloy wheels engineered to help reduce drag and improve efficiency
  • Reshaped rocker panels
  • Revised front and rear bumper fascias with blue trim accents – unique to the Niro EV
Interior:
  • High-tech rotary shifter dial (shift-by-wire) with available customizable "mood" lighting
  • Large, multi-functional center console with many storage options, cup holders, storage compartments and 3 USB ports – 2 charging and one connectivity
  • Niro EV-only seat upholstery with blue highlights
  • Available special blue and black high-tech "holographic" graphic door trim
Technology — Equipment-Rich, Advanced Connectivity, Safety Features, and Driver Assistance Systems
The Niro EV is loaded with high-tech, advanced automotive technology to complement its status as a state-of-the-art, all-electric vehicle. Equipment includes the "Kia Drive Wise" suite of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems, and a long list of standard and optional equipment, highlights of which are listed below.
  • 7-inch color touchscreenwith rear view monitorand parking guidance
  • 6-speaker audio system (AM/FM/SiriusXM9) with USB input
  • Apple CarPlay10 and Android Auto11
  • Standard wireless smart phone charging12
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity13 w/ voice recognition
  • 7 airbags14 (dual front advanced air bags, dual front seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags with rollover sensor, driver's side knee air bag)
  • Vehicle Safety Systems15
    • Antilock braking
    • Traction control
    • Electronic stability control
    • Hill-start assist control
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • "Kia Drive Wise" Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS)16
    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
    • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
    • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
    • Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
    • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW)
    • Driver Attention Warning (DAW)17
    • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
    • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
    • Parking Distance Warning - Forward and Reverse (available)
New for Niro EV is a revamped UVO18 telematics system that allows owners to monitor and control a long list of vehicle operations, including:
    • Notifications of battery and charging status
    • Real-time charging station update
    • Scheduled charging
    • Panic notifications – the vehicle will send a notification to the server if the panic alarm is triggered and the system dials 911 emergency services, provides the car position via GPS, and opens a live microphone so that emergency workers can communicate with the vehicle occupants
    • "Send-to-Car" points of interest (POI) and waypoints — owners will be able to plan a road trip with waypoints and send it to the vehicle's navigation system
    • Pre-condition the vehicle cabin temperature prior to use19
Made in Korea, Coming to America
The new Niro EV will be built in South Korea at Kia's Hwaseong manufacturing facility, right alongside the Niro hybrid and plug-in hybrid. When it goes on sale early next year (pricing will be announced near the on-sale date), the Niro EV will be available in two trims, EX and EX Premium, which adds a host of upscale features to the already well-equipped EX. Premium EX features include:
  • 8-inch color navigation20 touchscreen
  • Power tilt/slide sunroof
  • LED headlamps
  • 8-speaker Harman/Kardon21 premium audio system with external amplifier and subwoofer
  • Auto-dimming mirror with Homelink22
  • Heated steering wheel
  • LED interior lighting
  • Mood lighting
  • Parking distance warning – forward and reverse23
  • Deluxe scuff plate
About Kia Motors America
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia*
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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts
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A Better Way To Roll: 2020 Kia Soul Makes World Debut In Los Angeles



At the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show today, Kia Motors America (KMA) introduced a better way to roll with the world debut of the all-new 2020 Soul, a completely new yet familiar version of Kia's beloved and award-winning urban runabout. Taking everything that helped popularize the quirky, unconventionally styled subcompact, Kia Motors poured more of its soul into nearly every inch of the vehicle, resulting in a third-generation that continues to transcend unmatched style, peppy performance, thrilling technology, and urban practicality.

"The Soul has been a massive success since its introduction to the U.S. market, blowing its (now defunct) rivals out of the water and establishing itself as an automotive icon with its fun-loving character and eccentric style," said Orth Hedrick, executive director of Car Planning and Telematics. "Even with an entirely new generation of competitors now crowding the marketplace, we are confident the all-new Soul will once again prove to be a tough contender given its unparalleled style and impressive level of invigorating technology and customization options."


Proving the point that "there is a Soul for everyone," the normally aspirated and optionally turbocharged Soul is available in six trim levels – LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, "EX Designer Collection" – plus the all-new Soul EV (outlined in a separate press release). Pricing will be available closer to expected on-sale date in the first half of next year.


Design Beyond the Box


While the Soul stays true to its design heritage with its boxy silhouette and confident stance, its newly sculpted lines, cutting-edge details, and technical lighting elements present the most futuristic, youthful and innovative Soul yet.

New exterior design highlights include:
High-tech front headlight configuration with connecting trim piece accentuates width
Slim-design daytime running lights and turn signal indicators
Larger front grille with unique two-tone treatment
Front fenders add volume to clean and smooth surfaces
Roof rack mounting points
Three-dimensional wraparound boomerang-shaped taillights
C-pillars designed to resemble airplane wings
Signature vertical rear window and "Island" stay true to Soul design heritage
Distinctive C-pillar garnish features new "Soul" graphic

Music has been an overarching theme for Soul since its inception, and it's no different this round.. For the third generation, designers and engineers turned up the volume on the interior. Drawing inspiration from the "emotional visualization of sound," the Soul's interior space is adorned with shapes and textures that reflect acoustic inspired elements to create a full sensory experience.


Interior design highlights include:

Available sound mood lighting emits soft light from the center door panels and a unique 3D pattern surface on the upper door panels, with the ability to synchronize to the beat of the music playing through the Soul's audio system
Sound mood lighting features a rainbow of customizable colors
Available wireless charging1
Available dual auto climate control
Soul's signature tweeter speakers


HIGHLIGHT – SOUL'S MOOD LIGHTING SYSTEM


Since the Kia Soul first arrived on the scene in 2009, it has established a very real and remarkable connection with music. This continues to be a core attribute of the Soul's persona and the volume has been turned up to 11 with a new mood lighting system that tailors the interior ambiance according to a variety of selectable "moods":
Hey! Yo!
Party Time
Traveling
Romance
Midnight City
Cafe


Smart Packaging and Stronger Structure

Despite its compact footprint, the Soul's boxy dimensions continue to offer up a surprising amount of cargo and passenger space. Slightly longer than before, the 2020 Soul also features more smartly designed packaging in an effort to make accessibility even easier.

Exterior Dimensions:
Length: 165.2 in. [+2.2 in.]
Width: 70.9 in. [unchanged]
Height: 63.0 in. [unchanged]
Wheelbase: 102.4 in. [+1.2 in.]

Interior Dimensions:
Legroom (front / rear): 41.1 in./ 38.8 in. [+0.2 in./ - 0.3 in.]
Headroom without sunroof (front / rear): 39.4 in. / 39.5 in. [-0.2 in./ unchanged]
Shoulder room (front /rear): 55.5 in. /54.7 in. [unchanged]
Cargo capacity: 23.8 cu.-ft. [+ 5.0 cu. ft.]

Packaging highlights:
Wider and lower rear liftgate opening improves ease of loading and unloading
Easy grip handle on liftgate
Dual level cargo board offers flexibility with the ability to accommodate taller items using the lower level setting
Larger front door openings as a result of sculpted front door panels

The 2020 Soul's stronger structure benefits from an increased use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), hot stamped components, and structural adhesive. With stronger bones, the 2020 Soul is expected to achieve the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Traffic Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).


Next-Gen Infotainment and Kia Drive Wise Technologies

Recognizing that one's car is an integral part of their social life, the 2020 Soul continues to surprise and delight with next-gen infotainment and technology.
Available 10.25-inch HD color touchscreen2 with split screen function (standard on EX, GT-Line with turbo engine) and rear view monitor3 and parking guidance
Android Auto4 and Apple Car Play5
Bluetooth®6 Multi-Connection - two Bluetooth devices can be connected at the same time
Available 8-inch Head-Up Display2
Available 640-watt Harman Kardon7 audio system – twice the wattage of current Soul – with an amplifier and 10 speakers including tuned center speaker and subwoofer

Like other newly designed Kia models, the all-new Soul offers a suite of available Kia Drive Wise features8 including:
Forward Collision Avoidance (FCA) / FCA Pedestrian type
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)
Lane Changing Assist (LCA)
Driver Attention Warning (DAW)9
Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW)
Rear Cross Collision Warning (RCW)
Smart Cruise Control (SCC)
High Beam Assist (HBA)


What Drives You?

Soul enhances its fun-to-drive personality and versatility with different drivetrain combinations. From the all-new 2019 Forte, Kia's Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) is now available on the 2020 Soul for those who require efficiency with their zip. Designed and built in-house, the IVT is Kia's unique version of a continuously variable transmission that provides an engaging driving experience.
2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine + 6-speed manual transmission or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
147 horsepower, 132 lb-ft. of torque

For those that require even more zip, a turbocharged option is also available:
1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged I-4 GDI engine + 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
201 horsepower, 195 lb. ft of torque

With the Soul's all-new platform comes a more refined experience behind the wheel and on the road. Engineers designed suspension geometry to help quell noise, vibration and harshness while also improving handling and comfort in a variety of conditions.


A Soul for Everyone

The 2020 Soul can be outfitted to convey one's unique sense of style through a variety of customizable options. Aside from the all-new Soul EV that debuts alongside its gasoline counterpart, the Soul offers even more flexibility according to different lifestyles.


GT-Line

Sporty front and rear fascia
18-inch alloy wheels
P235/45 R18 tires
Unique side sills and front fascia with red accents
Integrated fog lights on front grille
Gloss black side mirrors
"GT-Line" badging
Leather-wrapped D-shaped steering wheel and gearshift knob
Available 201-HP turbocharged engine
Chrome tip center exhaust
Larger disc brakes
Sport-tuned suspension


X-Line 
 
Rugged body kit
Body cladding
Overfenders for chunkier look
Offroad-inspired accents
Unique 18-inch alloy wheels
Roof rail inspired accents
Optional two-tone paint
Fog lights

EX Designer Collection
18-inch alloy wheels with black spokes
LED headlights and fog lights
Two-tone roof treatment
P235/45 R18 tires



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TrueLook Unveils 4K Indoor Camera with Cellular Capability



TrueLook, the only construction camera company that combines live jobsite viewing, project time-lapsing, and HD security recording, announced today its new 4K indoor camera with a built-in 4G LTE cellular modem.

"The cellular indoor camera provides a turnkey solution for construction sites where internet service is not available," said Ken Pittman, chief marketing officer for TrueLook. "The wireless option for the camera makes it incredibly mobile and hassle-free for our customers."

Features of the new cellular 4K indoor construction camera include:
Ultra HD resolution: The indoor camera has an Ultra HD 4K resolution, which is four times higher than HD 1080p. Paired with a horizontal field of view of 109 degrees, the camera provides excellent coverage.
Fast data speed: The built-in cellular modem uses the nation's fastest 4G LTE network, and has no data limit.
Increased mobility: The lightweight camera allows live jobsite views on any jobsite and is easy to relocate.

"When we expand our product features, we always offer technology updates that will add value to our customers," Pittman said. "Innovation is important to us but it also needs to be very results driven. We stay ahead of the needs of our customers by adding technology that increases their efficiency."

TrueLook also offers a discounted version of their 4K indoor camera that requires on-site internet. For more information about TrueLook's indoor construction site cameras, visit https://www.truelook.com/cameras/indoor-cameras/.


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Genesis G70 Named 2019 Car And Driver 10Best Award Winner




Today, Car and Driver announced the selection of the 2019 Genesis G70 as a 2019 10Best award winner at an awards event in conjunction with the Los Angeles Auto Show.




"We are honored that the editors of Car and Driver recognized the G70 as a luxury sports sedan worthy of receiving their highest recommendation," said Erwin Raphael, executive director, Genesis Motor America. "We're inspired that the performance and luxury promise of the car resonates not only with our customers but also with some of the most respected third parties."

This is the first time that a Genesis model has been named to the 10Best list. Car and Driver has issued a 10Best list since 1983.

"It's rare that a new entry in a hotly-contested segment draws even with the class leaders, let alone beats them. But the G70 does just that," said Eddie Alterman, editor-in-chief of Car and Driver. "And this new Genesis doesn't achieve its position through simple mimicry. It has its own point-of-view—a smart balance of luxury, performance, and efficiency."

The 2019 Genesis G70 luxury sport sedan resets benchmarks and expectations in its class for the holistic integration of leading performance, refined luxury, and aerodynamic style. G70 is the third of six new Genesis models to debut by 2021 and the final sedan of the lineup. As the first Genesis model in the highly- competitive entry-level luxury segment, G70 outperforms legacy luxury sport sedans with driver-focused performance.


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Capture Life's Moments With Ease Using The DJI Osmo Pocket Stabilized Camera



DJI, the world's leader in creative camera technology, today announced Osmo Pocket, a highly compact three-axis stabilized camera created for everyone. Designed to be incredibly easy to use, Osmo Pocket offers a host of intelligent features to help capture creative videos and photographs in a portable form factor.

"Innovation is at the heart of every product we create and DJI Osmo Pocket is here to change the way photos and videos are captured, not just by professionals but by parents, couples, adventurers, travelers, and everyone in between," said Roger Luo, President at DJI. "Osmo Pocket is a portable personal camera crew and we can't wait to see how people use it to capture their stories and share them with the world."


Small yet powerful

At just over 4 inches tall, Osmo Pocket is DJI's smallest three-axis stabilized camera. It redefines DJI's family of handheld gimbals offering features never before seen in a product this compact. A 1/2.3-inch sensor records 12-megapixel photographs and 4K video up to 60fps at 100Mbps in stunning detail. Osmo Pocket also uses built-in dual microphones and advanced noise-canceling algorithms to ensure you capture high quality audio to match the footage. Furthermore, a battery life of up to two hours shooting video in 4K, 30fps means you can always rely on Osmo Pocket to capture your story no matter where you are at the very best quality.


Smooth, stable video

Building on DJI's experience creating gimbal technology, Osmo Pocket helps capture stable video for all of life's moments. The state-of-the-art three-axis mechanical gimbal compensates for movements and smooths these motions so users can focus on composition and subject matter. Whether the user is taking videos of the vacation or documenting special holiday moments, Osmo Pocket helps ensure video comes out smooth.


Simple and smart


Designed with ease of use in mind, Osmo Pocket doesn't just let anyone shoot smooth, cinematic footage; it empowers creativity. The gimbal camera uses a 1-inch integrated touch screen that provides a high quality live view as well as the ability to toggle through the various shooting modes, adjust settings, review footage and gain access to a full suite of creative features including:
ActiveTrack- DJI's image recognition algorithms allow Osmo Pocket to recognize and follow subjects of users'choice, perfect for capturing family moments easily with the tap of finger.
FaceTrack- FaceTrack takes ActiveTrack one step further. With enhanced ActiveTrack algorithms, FaceTrack automatically recognizes a human face and locks the subject in center of the frame at all times. It does not identify individual faces, but keeps the camera centered on one. To initiate FaceTrack, simply select selfie mode and the camera will detect the user's face.
Timelapse & Motionlapse- If the user is looking to turn minutes into seconds, Timelapse is perfect for capturing unique content with the effect of the world moving faster, while Motionlapse adds the dynamic element of camera movement to Timelapse.
FPV Mode- FPV Mode lets users capture the greatest adventures by recording video from their perspectives. Instead of locking the gimbal to maintain the horizon, FPV tells the camera to follow every tilt and lean, shooting dynamic footage exactly as 'you' experienced it.
3x3 & 180 degree Panorama- For capturing breathtaking wide-angle photos, Osmo Pocket offers two Panorama modes. 3X3 takes an expansive 9 images in total while 180 degree mode captures 4 images. Osmo Pocket software stitches them together automatically so users can focus on the framing of the scene.


Unlock the full power of Osmo Pocket

A universal port under the touchscreen allows users to connect their mobile devices that use iOS Lightning or USB-C. Upon connection, the new dedicated DJI Mimo app will automatically open and serves as a monitor, while in-app menu offers a variety of intelligent features and recording modes:
Story Mode - Bring creative editing to video with a host of preset music, video transitions and coloring. Choose one of 10 fun templates and Mimo will handle the camera movement for you. After finishing, Mimo automatically generates very own short story, ready to be shared.
Pro Mode - If users want even more control over the content, "Pro mode" gives them access to camera setting adjustments and exposure settings to let them create exactly how they want, from rich video in bright conditions to a perfect handheld long exposure photo at night. Whatever users want to shoot, Osmo Pocket and DJI Mimo let them explore and expand creativity. Osmo Pocket automatically detects and illuminates low-lit scenes into bright photos. This helps eliminates the need for a tripod, and users can rely on the gimbal to keep the camera still for a shutter speed of up to three seconds. Illuminate the dark, or capture the movement of light in a "light painting." 'You' are only limited by 'your' imagination.


A versatile tool with a range of accessories


An ecosystem of accessories unlocks the potential of Osmo Pocket:
Accessory Mount- The accessory mount makes Osmo Pocket compatible with action camera accessories so users are able to capture the adventure footage, such as when mounted on a helmet, backpack or wrist.
Wireless Module- The wireless module supports Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth transmission between Osmo Pocket and smartphone, providing remote access to the camera feed and control of Osmo Pocket; perfect for setting up a Timelapse or Motionlapse on a busy city street.
Controller Wheel- The wheel allows users to precisely control gimbal movement (left-right or up-down) enabling them to easily adjust the composition of the shot. Re-center the gimbal or switch to selfie mode easily with dedicated buttons on the handle.
Expansion Kit - The expansion kit includes the Accessory Mount, Wireless Module and Controller Wheel.
ND Filters Set**- Specifically designed for Osmo Pocket, ND filters attach to the front of the camera to reduce the amount of light entering the sensor. The ND Filter Set offers several levels of filter darkness and allows for more control over the camera's aperture, exposure time, and sensor sensitivity settings.
Waterproof Case**- Bring a unique underwater perspective to the footage using the Waterproof Case which can be placed at a depth of 60 meters.
Extension Rod**- The Extension Rod attaches to the Lightning or USB-C port and provides 31 inches of reach to Osmo Pocket, opening a world of new creative angles that are normally difficult or impossible to get. A gimbal control joystick and camera button on the handle were designed for remote control when using the Extension Rod and a tripod was added to the bottom for expanded use cases
Charging Case**- This dual-purpose case not only protects Osmo Pocket while in transit but charges it as well. Dedicated sections were added into the case for MicroSD card and ND filters so users can quickly grab OsmoPocket and know the user is ready to capture those moments and adventures.
3.5mm Adapter**- The 3.5mm Adapter allows users to connect an external microphone if they prefer to capture audio using a separate device.

**coming soon


Price and Availability

Osmo Pocket retails for $349 USD and will be available for pre-order at store.dji.com, DJI Flagship Stores, DJI Authorized Retailers and additional retailers starting today. Pre-orders will start shipping on December 15th. For more information on all the new features and capabilities of Osmo Pocket, please visit www.dji.com/osmo-pocket.


OSMO Shield

OSMO Shield offers comprehensive two-year protection coverage, doubling your DJI warranty from one to two years. Customers also get an additional free accidental coverage service. Osmo Shield is available in North America and China.


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Stella Artois Launches A Robot Bartender So You Can Seriously Up Your Holiday Hosting Game




For every host who has ever been caught up making sure the glasses stay full, setting out fresh snacks, tidying up as the night goes on – and missing out on the fun of their own party – Stella Artois has a solution. Meet Stella Artois B.A.R.T. (Bartending Automated Robotic Technology), a robot bartender designed to serve beer and snacks to guests all while cleaning up after itself, so hosts can spend less time stressing and more time enjoying special moments with their friends and family.



"Everyone can relate to hosting a holiday party and spending more time running around or cleaning up than actually enjoying spending time with their friends and family. So this year, Stella Artois decided to make our consumers' lives a little easier by introducing B.A.R.T.," said Lara Krug, VP, Stella Artois.

Stella Artois B.A.R.T. is the perfect hosting hack for beer lovers – not to mention, the ideal party trick to impress your friends. Simply install B.A.R.T. onto the top of a robot vacuum and prepare to leave your hosting woes in the dust.B.A.R.T.'s sleek design features:
A custom tray that holds up to four bottles of Stella Artois and Stella Artois Chalices
Specially designed cup holders to keep beer from spilling in transit
A bowl for party snacks to pair with your premium lager

The bottom line: B.A.R.T. takes his role as hosting assistant seriously, so people can seriously enjoy their holiday gatherings instead of stressing about playing host. A limited number of B.A.R.T.s are available, so act fast to get in on the action. Visit www.StellaArtois.com/BART to snag the hottest party gadget of the season for only $19.99, or download the 3D blueprints to recreate B.A.R.T. at home.


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IBM Talent Business Uses AI To Rethink The Modern Workforce



As artificial intelligence (AI) promises to transform both the future of work and the human resources (HR) function, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced IBM Talent & Transformation, a new business to help companies and their employees flourish in the era of AI and automation. IBM Talent & Transformation provides not only robust AI skills training, but also helps companies drive the transformation necessary to use AI to empower employees, transform workflows, eliminate bias and build a modern workforce.

While CEOs and employees agree that AI will transform the workplace, recent IBM studies reveal that few feel prepared to take advantage of AI's potential:
In the next three years, as many as 120 million workers in the world's 10 largest economies may need to be retrained or reskilled as a result of AI and intelligent automation, according to new research from IBM.
An IBM study found that two-thirds of CEOs say AI will drive significant value in HR, yet only 11 percent of Chief Human Resource Officers report their organizations have the AI, data science and machine learning skills needed to fulfill that potential.
84 percent of employed adults in the US and UK believe AI can drive competitive advantage, but more than half are not confident their companies can use AI for competitive advantage, and more than half believe that company culture will be a barrier to adoption, according to a study conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of IBM.

"As organizations grapple with the dual demands of undertaking digital transformation and reinventing their businesses and processes through the application of new technologies such as AI, automation and blockchain, the biggest barrier to progress will lie in accessing the right talent and skills," said Mark Foster, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. "IBM believes that building a workforce to compete in the era of AI is as much about culture and specialized expertise as it is about technology."

With the help of IBM Talent & Transformation, AI can be ushered into organizations with impact and responsibility and also become the catalyst for HR organizations to transform from service function to growth engine, helping companies to attract and retain a diverse and highly skilled workforce that drives and evolves with the future of their business.


The IBM Model, Enterprise Ready

IBM's new services, AI tools and related training initiatives take learnings from methods and technologies that IBM has applied to drive its own workforce transformation. These services harness the power of AI personalization to guide employees in developing skills and pursuing opportunities to grow within the company. They also allow HR teams to measure flight risk for proactive retention and use bias reduction capabilities to flag bias in recruitment efforts, such as language in job descriptions. When applied to IBM's own HR function, these services drove more than $300 million in benefits to the company, $107 million in benefits in 2017 alone, and resulted in significantly better candidate, employee and manager satisfaction.

IBM has already partnered with clients to successfully complete more than 1,000 HR transformation projects globally. Through consulting engagements or by outsourcing talent acquisition, talent development or HR operations to IBM, organizations like Shire plc are reinventing their human capital strategies to drive business growth.

AI can complement employee skills, redefine tasks, and increase productivity, but that requires training, development and new ways of working. IBM AI Skills Academy, a new service offering and educational program, will help businesses plan, build and apply strategic AI initiatives across the enterprise like evaluating AI roles and skills, building the necessary skills, and creating an organizational structure in support of AI strategy, all while being supported by IBM's expert resources.

The offering is aimed at business and technical professionals, from front-line managers to senior executives in areas including marketing, HR, legal, finance and operations, to enable them to find new value opportunities in their companies' workflows. The curriculum covers areas essential to AI initiatives, including deep learning and machine learning frameworks, applying algorithms, open source technologies and data visualization, and will ensure that businesses make decisions less on "gut" intuition and more on data-driven analytics.

To source the right talent and help current employees advance their careers, IBM Talent & Transformation works with organizations like Citizens Financial Group Inc and Ernst & Young LLP to apply IBM Watson Talent products. Developed by experts in behavioral science, AI, and industrial-organizational psychology, the following solutions leverage analytics and the predictive power of AI:
Watson Recruitment: Analyzes an organization's employment history and external data sources to determine key attributes for success in any given role and then uses AI to surface the most qualified candidates without bias.
Watson Candidate Assistant: Sifts through job-seekers' employment and educational experience, infers skills and matches a candidate to openings that are the best fit with recommendations that might never surface with traditional applicant tracking systems.
Watson Career Coach: Serves as a virtual coach and infers employees' skills, interests, and eminence and provides personalized advice to lay path for career opportunities.
Watson Talent Frameworks: Defines the competencies and skills needed for a successful talent strategy today, and future-proofs organizations for tomorrow's workforce in ways customized to their specific industry and needs.
Adverse Impact Analysis (AIA): Leverages Watson AI to analyze, identify and address unconscious bias across an organization's employment history related to gender, race, age, education and previous employment.

To gain an AI advantage, companies must also change how they work, where they work and what principles they use to guide their work.

To facilitate this change, IBM is introducing IBM Garage, designed to develop agile capabilities and change the way work is done. Inside the Garage – which serves as a physical instantiation of digital and AI-enabled transformation across an enterprise – IBM experts sit shoulder-to-shoulder with client employees to develop new ideas, then rapidly test, discard or advance those ideas. In environments designed to be a break from the everyday, traditional silos and barriers are eliminated -- employees are encouraged to learn by doing, fail fast and iterate often, inspiring organizational change and buy-in. The IBM Garage is a tool for executing, scaling and managing an organization's multiple transformation initiatives with strategic purpose amid ongoing market disruption. Companies including Ford Motor Company and Travelport are already working in IBM Garages around the world to create cultures of open collaboration and continuous learning.


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vineyard vines Co-Founders, Shep And Ian Murray, Partner With Zac Brown And DemerBox To Create Limited Edition DemerBox Speakers



vineyard vines, the lifestyle apparel brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo, announced a partnership with Multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning artist Zac Brown in his role as co-owner of DemerBox. DemerBox Speakers, a Bluetooth wireless speaker best known for its indestructible, waterproof world-class pelican case and 50-hour battery life, will now come in two custom vineyard vines patterns – patchwork and blue camo. The same patterns will also be available in coordinating trucker hats. This exclusive collaboration will launch November 28 at vineyardvines.com and in select stores nationwide and retail for $399.00.

"This collaboration is a natural fit for us. We met Zac over a decade ago while fishing and bonded over our passion for music and being out on the water," said Ian Murray, brother and co-founder of vineyard vines. "When Zac gifted each of us a DemerBox this past summer we knew it was something that aligned so perfectly with our brand and the 'Every day should feel this good' lifestyle," adds Shep Murray, brother and co-founder of vineyard vines. "We are excited that they will now come in two of our favorite patterns."

"I carry my DemerBox with me everywhere I go, it's super tough and sounds amazing. We're excited to partner with our friends at vineyard vines to create these special edition Demers," said Zac Brown.

For a complete look at the vineyard vines DemerBox collection, please visit vineyardvines.com or follow along @vineyardvines and #EDSFTG.


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Cerambot Launches & Makes Ceramic 3D Printing Affordable for Everyone



Cerambot announced the launch of the first affordable desktop ceramic 3D printing solution for hobbyists, consumers and professionals alike. Their revolutionary design can be added as a module to the most popular 3D FDM printers or can operate as a standalone, full printer kit.

Recent advances in 3D printing technology and widespread adoption of ceramics products for art, industry and hardware has created demand for this exciting new approach to an age-old material. At the nexus of this new trend, low-cost ceramic 3D printers are making it easy for anyone to dream, design and create.

Ceramic materials are organic and have special properties that make them the ideal basis for many end products. The material is food-safe, biodegradable, heat resistant, mechanically strong and environmentally friendly. Ceramics now offer a more user-friendly and safe alternative to 3D printing with common polymers and plastics.

"When we looked at the available ceramic 3D printers on the market, there was a lack of affordable options. In addition to that, the existing models were prohibitively expensive, large and difficult to use. Our goal was to create a printer that would make ceramic 3D printing affordable and easy enough for consumer use." - Jony Liu , Cerambot Founder

After years in the industry, the team at Cerambot applied their experience to create a revolutionary new design that lowers the cost and adds simplicity to ceramic 3D printing. Their design uses a clever new extruder with a patented, customized worm gear motor with speed reducer that guarantees outstanding printing quality and stability for more complex prints. It also eliminates air bubbles in the mixture, eliminating the need for the expensive and noisy air compressors that are found on first-generation ceramic printers.

This new design makes the device compact, inexpensive, and more user-friendly than previous printers and keeps the cost affordable for anyone, including home users.

Although low-cost, the Cerambot 3D printer is capable of great accuracy and highly complex prints. The system is fast and accurate and achieves mechanical printing precision to 0.1mm and a print resolution of 100 microns making it perfect for arts and crafts as well as prototyping and production. The system is easy to use and works with common open-source software such as Slic3r and Cura.

Cerambot is available now on Kickstarter with special deals and discounts for early adopters. For more information, visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/210413417/1934214216?ref=79j1l3&token=9d0a0c53

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Sprint and HTC Announce Innovative 5G Mobile Smart Hub Coming in First Half of 2019



Sprint (NYSE: S) and HTC are working together to bring a powerful 5G mobile smart hub to U.S. customers in the first half of 2019. This advanced device will deliver multimedia and connected data capabilities in a compact and portable design. The device name, feature specifications, and timing will be shared at a later date.

Developed in collaboration between Sprint, HTC and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, it is the second product announced and designed for Sprint's mobile 5G network. A Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile platform using the Snapdragon X50 5G modem powers this unique device with Gigabit LTE and 5G capabilities to kick data speeds into turbo drive.

"We're excited to continue building our 5G device portfolio and announce another way our customers can be among the first to experience Sprint 5G next year," said Dr. John Saw, Sprint chief technology officer. "This innovative product will allow customers on the go, at work or at home to enjoy Sprint 5G on multiple devices with incredibly fast connectivity for content sharing, mobile gaming, entertainment and so much more."

From a fully-integrated 5G smartphone to this breakthrough mobile smart hub and more to come, Sprint is building its 5G product ecosystem to give customers choice in how they connect to Sprint's 5G network. 5G promises new levels of innovation and progress to connect people, places and the billions of things Sprint customers do with blazing fast speed and ultra-reliable wireless connectivity. Examples of how customers will experience the shift from 4G to 5G including getting full-length HD movie downloads in seconds instead of minutes. Graphic-heavy videos and high-speed games will play without delays, hiccups or lag-time.

"We are thrilled to be working closely with Sprint on this innovative new design," said Cher Wang, HTC CEO. "This collaboration brought our cutting-edge technology together with Sprint's industry-leading 5G network to create the next generation smart devices."

In the first half of 2019 Sprint plans to launch its mobile 5G network in nine of some of the largest cities in the country: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C., with additional markets to be announced.

Massive MIMO technology is a key part of Sprint's award-winning 5G strategy and network build. This breakthrough technology dramatically increases the capacity of Sprint's LTE Advanced network today, and is software upgradable to 5G. With Massive MIMO at the foundation of its mobile 5G service, Sprint can meet its customers' demand for unlimited data and high-bandwidth applications, such as television in high definition and virtual reality.

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Acura's New True Touchpad Interface Wins a "Best of What's New" Award from Popular Science



The 2019 Acura RDX and its revolutionary True Touchpad Interface™ has been recognized by the experts at Popular Science as a "Best of What's New" technology for 2018, adding to a growing roster of critical praise for Acura's industry-first technology, using absolute positioning to deliver a more intuitive and driver-friendly digital experience.




The 2019 RDX debuts a series of new Acura-exclusive features and technologies headlined by the True Touchpad Interface – combining the best elements of a touchscreen with those of a remote-based interface. A 10.2-inch full-HD display is mounted high atop the dash, close to the driver's natural line of sight, paired with a center console-mounted touchpad that is precisely mapped, one-to-one, with the action on the center display – the world's first use of "absolute positioning" in the driving environment. Other signature features of the system include a powerful new natural language voice recognition engine, handwriting recognition, a two-zone touchpad that enables easy swapping of the primary and secondary screen elements along with physical menu shortcuts, and a highly customizable app-based screen layout.





"The Best of What's New Awards allow us the chance to examine and honor the best innovations of the year," says Popular Science Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown. "This collection shapes our future, helps us be more efficient, keeps us healthy and safe, and lets us have some fun along the way. From simple household items to massive space-exploration tools, we're proud to bring you the Best of What's New 2018."





2019 Acura RDX

The all-new RDX is the first in a new generation of products developed from the ground up around Acura's Precision Crafted Performance brand direction. Since its June 2018 introduction, the RDX has set a blistering sales pace, posting five consecutive record months and cementing its position as the retail best-selling model in the compact luxury SUV segment, now the largest product segment in luxury automobiles.

The 2019 RDX is built on an all-new, Acura-exclusive body and chassis architecture and incorporates a host of new premium features and technologies, including Acura's True Touchpad Interface, an ultra-wide panoramic Moonroof, an available Acura ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system, and next-generation Acura sport seats with up to 16-way power adjustment.

The third-generation RDX is the quickest and best-handling RDX yet. Power comes from a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, mated to the segment's only 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT). Peak output of 272 horsepower (SAE net) and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) bests RDX's key competitors. With available Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), the RDX is capable of distributing up to 70-percent of torque to the rear wheels and up to 100-percent of that torque to either the right-rear or left-rear wheel, creating incredible control and agility.

The RDX also features the latest generation of AcuraLink™, which offers in-vehicle 4GLTE Wi-Fi, available over-the-air software updates and a wide array of cloud-based services. RDX comes standard with the full suite of AcuraWatch safety and driver assist technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS).


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Rivian Launches World's First Electric Adventure Vehicles with Debut Of R1T Pickup




Rivian, an electric vehicle manufacturer, has released information about the first of its two Electric Adventure Vehicles™ the R1T™, an all-electric, 5-passenger pickup. The automaker will introduce its fully electric SUV – the R1S™ along with the R1T to the public on Nov. 27, at AutoMobility LA.





The highly anticipated truck features a range of up to 400+ miles, a wading depth of 1 meter, and the performance and precise control of quad-motor AWD and has been developed to help customers get out and explore the world. The R1T and R1S will be produced at Rivian's manufacturing plant in Normal Il, from late 2020.




"We're launching Rivian with two vehicles that reimagine the pickup and SUV segments," said Rivian Founder and CEO RJ Scaringe. "I started Rivian to deliver products that the world didn't already have – to redefine expectations through the application of technology and innovation. Starting with a clean sheet, we have spent years developing the technology to deliver the ideal vehicle for active customers. This means having great driving dynamics on any surface on- or off-road, providing cargo solutions to easily store any type of gear, whether it's a surf board or a fishing rod and, very importantly, being capable of driving long distances on a single charge. From the inside out, Rivian has developed its vehicles with adventurers at the core of every design and engineering decision. The R1T and R1S are the result of all this work and we are excited to finally introduce these products to the world."






Skateboard Platform

The foundation of the R1T and R1S is Rivian's skateboard platform, which efficiently packages the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving the space above for occupants and their gear.

Beyond the packaging benefits, this architecture delivers a low center of gravity that supports the vehicle's agility and stability. Adding to these inertial advantages is a sophisticated suspension architecture with unequal length double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. The suspension features dynamic roll control and adaptive dampers along with ride-height adjustable air-suspension – allowing the suspension to be adjusted for highway comfort, on-road performance or off-road capability.

Rivian's vehicles also feature a quad-motor system that delivers 147kW with precise torque control to each wheel, enabling active torque vectoring and maximum performance in every situation, from high-speed cornering to low-speed rock crawling. With 3,500 Nm of grounded torque per wheel (14,000 Nm of torque for the full vehicle), the R1T can reach 60 mph in 3 seconds and 100 mph in less than 7 seconds. This powertrain and chassis also enable the R1T's tow rating of 11,000 pounds.

"The beauty and elegance of our quad-motor setup isn't just about brute power; this architecture provides instantaneous torque with extremely precise control at each wheel, which is completely game-changing from a dynamics perspective, both on- and off-road," said Executive Director of Engineering and Programs Mark Vinnels.


Design


Exterior

Rivian's vehicles have been designed to communicate strength and refinement while still inviting customers to get them dirty. Strong proportions and clean, continuous bodylines help the vehicles achieve a modern, inviting stance while acknowledging the performance and level of technology integrated into the vehicle.

The main bodyline of the R1T wraps up and around the cab and gives the vehicle a distinctive silhouette, while highlighting the Gear Tunnel™ cutline and accentuating the rear fender flares. The R1T features short overhangs, high ground clearance and aggressive approach and departure angles for a confident and rugged stance, all enabled by Rivian's unique skateboard platform. A Rivian will be quickly recognized, with its iconic, signature "stadium" headlights and a daytime running light that extends the entire width of the vehicle.


Interior

In harmony with the exterior, the interior of Rivian's vehicles welcomes occupants into a premium environment that conveys craftsmanship yet invites rugged, daily use. Color and materials play an important role in differentiating Rivian vehicles. Sustainably sourced wood is used throughout the interior and its natural finish contributes to a warm and inviting feel. The most striking use of wood is as a structural element in the dash that integrates the main center display and driver cluster, integrating form and function beautifully. In the high-wear areas of the interior, the materials take inspiration from sportswear and active gear, combining durable and innovative materials that can easily be cleaned.

"Although the exterior of the vehicle is what first attracts you, the interior is where you spend the most of your time, so we really focused on creating a transformational space," said VP of Vehicle Design Jeff Hammoud. "The biggest challenge was creating an interior design that delivered a premium experience, while still being comfortable as a space that is heavily used. To do this, we looked outside the automotive industry and took inspiration from contemporary furniture, as well as hiking and outdoor gear, to drive the design."



Vehicle Specifications*


R1T
Battery Pack Configuration
105 kWh
135 kWh
180 kWh
Passengers
5
Powertrain/Drivetrain Type
4 motor electric AWD
Motor - Power [kW]
147 kW per wheel
Vehicle - Power (Input to Gearbox) [kW]
300 kW
562 kW
522 kW
Vehicle - Torque [Nm]
560 Nm
1,120 Nm
Vehicle - Total Grounded Torque [Nm]
7,000 Nm
14,000 Nm
Range [miles]
230+ miles
300+ miles
400+ miles
Top Speed [mph]
125 mph
0-60 mph [seconds]
4.9 s
3 s
3.2 s
0-100 mph [seconds]
12.5 s
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Vehicle Curb Weight [kg]
2670 kg
Weight Distribution: front : rear [%]
52%/48%
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating [kg]
3,470 kg
Payload [kg]
800 kg
Trailer Weight Rating [kg]
5,000 kg
Overall Length [mm]
5,475 mm
Wheelbase [mm]
3,450 mm
Track Width  [mm]
1,710 mm
Overall Width - Mirrors Folded [mm]
2,015 mm
Overall Height  (Curb) [mm]
1,815 mm
Kneel/Park Ground Clearance [mm]
200 mm
Aero/Standard Curb Mode Ground Clear. [mm]
240 mm / 280 mm
Off Road Ground Clearance [mm]
360 mm
Water Fording Depth (Max) m
1 m
Approach Angle  [deg]
34 degrees (offroad moad)
Departure Angle  [deg]
30 degrees (offroad mode)
Ramp Breakover Angle [deg]
26 degrees (offroad mode)
Climbing Gradient Max [deg]
45 degrees
Frunk Volume [L]
330 L
Bed Length (Tailgate Up) [mm]
1,400 mm
Bed Length (Tailgate Down) [mm]
2,100 mm
Bed Width [mm]
1,385 mm
Rear Bin Volume [L]
200 L
Side Bin [L]
350 L
Underseat Volume [L]
95 L
NA
*Estimated






Utility

The R1T leverages the vehicle architecture to deliver more lockable storage than any other pickup in the world. The 330-liter front trunk is easily accessed for daily use with the hood fully powered for opening and closing.

The R1T's lockable Gear Tunnel sits below the cab, and extends across the width of the vehicle, providing more than 350 liters of space for hauling oversized gear, such as snowboards, golf bags or strollers. The Gear Tunnel doors also act as steps for loading items into the bed or onto the roof, as well as a seat and a convenience platform for such as lacing up hiking boots. The R1T has a watertight, integrated tonneau cover and beneath the bed floor is a 200-liter sealed bin that can also be used to store a full-size spare tire. The bed features three 110-volt outlets and integrated compressed air.

As part of a Gear Guard™ feature, the bed also has two integrated locking cables to safely secure bicycle frames and other gear to the bed. Any gear stored in the bed is monitored by a bed camera and the system alerts owners should the bed or contents be tampered with.

Rivian has developed a telescoping racking system with easy-to-use mounts that quickly attach to the roof as well as the bed rails and bed floor. The racks integrate with a range of accessories including tents, travel containers and bike/ski racks. When not in use, the racks can be easily stored in the front trunk.


Battery System

Rivian's energy-dense battery module and pack were developed with the most demanding journeys in mind — incorporating tough underbody protection and an advanced cooling system to give occupants the confidence to go further, regardless of terrain or temperature. Adaptive control algorithms learn driver behavior, optimizing user-specific battery management for maximizing battery life, reliability and second-life reusability. Three battery sizes are planned, with the 180 kWh and 135 kWh available at launch and a 105 kWh being made available within six months.

The battery is designed for fast charging with charging rates of up to 160kW. This enables approximately 200 miles of range to be added in 30 minutes of charging. In addition to DC fast-charging, an 11kW onboard charger facilitates rapid charging at a Level 2 charger.


Connectivity and Digital Experience

Rivian has developed its connected car platform from a clean sheet to allow full control and flexibility over the vehicle hardware, software and user experience. The system operates on a high-speed Ethernet backbone that enables robust security. This platform supports granular over-the-air updates of vehicle software to enhance functionality and improve performance. All Rivian vehicles connect to a cloud-ecosystem for data exchange and processing, enabling machine learning and data services. The digital experience extends beyond the vehicle into the cloud ecosystem and mobile/web applications and provides a consistent and seamless interface for vehicle status and control. The in-vehicle experience consists of a custom 15.6-inch center touch screen, 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 6.8-inch rear touch screen. Understanding its customers desire for connected adventure, Rivian developed maps, music, navigation and other adventure-focused features to complete the digital experience. The digital user interface strongly reflects adventure, outdoors and exploration – the experience is immersive and natural whether it's being used in a connected urban setting or well off the beaten path.


Self-Driving

The R1T will launch with a robust hardware suite with multiple modalities including camera, lidar, radar, ultrasonic and a high precision GPS coupled with high definition maps. This hardware enables "Level 3" (hands-off wheel and eyes off road) autonomy for highway operation. Beyond the highway Level 3, the vehicle will have a range of self-driving features focused on enabling active lifestyles.


Safety
Rivian's safety systems and body-structure design will deliver IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus and NHTSA 5-Star ratings. Safety features include 8 airbags for occupant protection and reinforcements of the skateboard platform to protect the battery. The R1T and R1S will also be offered with a full complement of active safety systems enabled by Rivian's suite of self-driving sensors. 
Rivian is now accepting preorders for a refundable deposit of $1,000. More information is available at www.rivian.com.

SOURCE Rivian
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