NASA and HeroX Launch Lunar Loo Challenge to Find Way for Astronauts to Poop on the Moon

NASA and HeroX Launch Lunar Loo Challenge to Find Way for Astronauts to Poop on the Moon

HeroX, the social network for innovation and the world's leading platform for crowdsourced solutions, today launched the crowdsourcing competition "Lunar Loo" on behalf of the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) and NASA's Human Landing System (HLS) Program. NASA is preparing to return to the Moon by 2024 and needs to develop a new way for astronauts to urinate and defecate in microgravity and lunar gravity. The crowdsourcing challenge calls on the global community of innovators to provide innovative design concepts for fully capable, low mass toilets that can be used both in space and on the moon.

Competitive toilet designs will align with NASA's overall goals of reduced mass and volume, lower power consumption, and easy maintenance. Selected designs may be modified for integration into Artemis lunar landers. This effort is all part of NASA's Artemis program to return astronauts to the moon in 2024.

During the eight-week challenge, problem solvers can win up to $35,000 in prizes.

"As NASA astronauts prepare to set their boots on the Moon in 2024, we're turning to the global network of problem solvers to design the next-generation lunar toilet," said Mike Interbartolo, project manager for the Lunar Loo Challenge in the HLS Crew Compartment Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center. "As we prepare for this extraordinary event, we can't forget about the ordinary needs of our astronauts."

"NASA's previous challenge, Space Poop, went viral, demonstrating how effective the power of the crowd is to solve galactic problems," said Christian Cotichini, CEO, HeroX. "It's always an honor helping solve 'number two' challenges."

The Challenge: NASA is calling on the global community to submit their novel design concepts for compact toilets that can operate in both microgravity and lunar gravity.These designs may be adapted for use in the Artemis lunar landers that take humanity back to the Moon. Although space toilets already exist and are in use (on the International Space Station, for example), they are designed for microgravity only. NASA is looking for a next-generation device that is smaller, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity. Getting back to the Moon by 2024 is an ambitious goal, and NASA is already working on approaches to miniaturize and streamline the existing toilets. But they also want ideas from people that will approach the problem with a mindset different from traditional aerospace engineering. This challenge hopes to attract radically new and different approaches to the problem of human waste capture and containment. And, to encourage the next generation of solvers, there will also be a Junior category for innovators under 18 years of age.

The Prize: The challenge will award $35,000 in prizes to the authors of the three most compelling design concepts. In addition to the awards, design winners will have the opportunity to talk directly with NASA engineers about their proposed toilet designs. The top three participants in the Junior category will each receive public recognition and an item of official NASA-logoed material.

How to Become a Solver: The prize is open to anyone aged 18 or older participating as an individual or as a team. Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation (some restrictions apply). To submit to the Junior category, you must be younger than 18.

To accept the challenge, visit

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman models

The 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman models

For the 2021 model year in the U.S., many of the 718 Boxster and Cayman models are receiving a comprehensive list of upgraded standard features. All standard 718 Boxster and Cayman models, as well as the T, S and GTS 4.0 variants, will come standard with automatic two-zone climate control, heated front seats and auto-dimming mirrors with rain sensor for the new model year. Additionally, Apple CarPlay® as well as bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) (bi-xenon in Black with PDLS for GTS 4.0) will become standard features. Prices start at $59,900 for the 718 Cayman, and $62,000 for the 718 Boxster, not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. As before, all models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission, and can be optionally fitted with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

Now available to order: the 2021 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0

First shown at the beginning of the year, the new 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 and 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 are now available to order for the 2021 model year and expected to reach U.S. dealers at the end of 2020. The 718 Cayman GTS 4.0 will be priced starting at $86,800, while the 718 Boxster GTS 4.0 has an MSRP of $88,900, each not including the $1,350 delivery, processing and handling fee. Both models are powered by a 4.0 liter, naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine producing 394 hp and 309 lb.-ft. of torque. Paired with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, both models can reach 60 mph from standstill in as little as 4.3 seconds, and reach a top track speed of 182 mph. Typical for a GTS model, many performance features are standard, including Sport Seats Plus, the Sport Chrono Package, Sport Exhaust System, PASM Sport Suspension, a mechanical limited-slip differential with Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) and 20-inch wheels painted in satin black.

Optional: 7-speed PDK for 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder and 718 GTS 4.0 models

For the first time, the 718 Cayman GT4, 718 Spyder as well as the 718 GTS 4.0 models will be optionally available with the 7-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. This transmission offers the potential for quicker acceleration through rapid and seamless shifts. Six-cylinder 718 variants ordered with this option are expected to reach U.S. dealers in early 2021.

SOURCE Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

A Historic Celebration: 110 Years of Alfa Romeo

A Historic Celebration: 110 Years of Alfa Romeo
Reopening today in celebration of the brand's 110th anniversary, the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, Italy, houses more than 200 historic vehicles, including the 1600 Spider "Duetto" from 1966.

  • Today, Alfa Romeo officially celebrates its 110th birthday, reopening the doors to its historic museum in Arese
  • Visitors will have access to areas of the museum previously concealed from public view, featuring an additional 150 cars, plus trophies, artwork and engines
  • "Alfa Romeo in Uniform," a new section dedicated to the cars of the carabinieri – the national police force of Italy – will be unveiled
  • The new limited-edition Giulia GTA makes its first public appearance
  • Exclusive video content unveils private areas of the museum, including "Storage" and "Archive" sections
  • Enthusiasts can join the celebration online via this link at 9:30 am EDT
  • Festivities at the museum will continue until Sunday, June 28, with extra visiting hours

To commemorate a milestone that very few automakers can match, Alfa Romeo today celebrates its 110th anniversary, reopening the doors to its historic museum in Arese, Italy, while following all current health and safety guidelines. The brand invites fans from around the world to see new sections of the museum, enjoy exclusive video content and join the celebratory festivities online.

Alfa Romeo Museum, the hub of the celebrations

Located in Arese, on the outskirts of Milan, the Alfa Romeo Museum is a true brand center that houses more than 200 historical vehicles, making it the natural venue to celebrate the brand's 110th anniversary. As a special gift to all the "Alfisti" fans around the world, Alfa Romeo now opens the museum's previously private collection storage areas to the public, inviting visitors to enjoy an additional 150 cars, plus trophies, artwork, and engines for road, air and marine mobility. The collection is divided into 18 themed zones, ranging from the brand's earliest cars, such as the 20/30 ES, to Formula racers, with Formula 1 and Formula Indy models among them.

Further highlights of the collection include:
Concept cars, such as the Caimano and Protéo
Prototypes, such as the Scrabble and Sprint 6C
Historic sports model RLs, Vittorio Jano's 6Cs and more recent racing and road cars

Last but not least, the collection houses notable powertrains, including the 4C 1500 from the 1930s and the Formula 1 Turbo 415Ts.

A story linked to a nation

As part of the celebrations, the museum unveils the new "Alfa Romeo in Uniform" section, dedicated to the cars of the carabinieri, the national police force of Italy, as a testament to the historic relationship between Alfa Romeo and the police force, which has long enlisted Alfa Romeo's most significant models. From the carabinieri's 1900 M "Matta" that won its category in the 1951 Mille Miglia to the legendary Giulia, the most iconic of the "Gazzella" models, plus the 75, the Alfetta Alfa 90 and a rare Giulia Giardinetta, the museum's new "Alfa in Uniform" section tells the story of the cars, the trims and the eras that have marked Italian history.

A historical acronym for the future: GTA

The new limited-edition Giulia GTA, conceived for the brand's 110th anniversary and confirmed to be sold in Europe, makes its public debut in Arese. From a technical point of view and in terms of concept, the new Giulia GTA is inspired by the Giulia GTA of 1965. Developed by Alfa Romeo's racing arm Autodelta, the 1965 "Gran Turismo Alleggerita" (GTA) was based on the Giulia Sprint GT that racked up sporting successes worldwide.

The new Giulia GTA is based on the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is fitted with a more powerful version of the 2.9 V-6 bi-turbo engine with 540 hp. With its extensive use of ultra-light materials, it benefits from a weight reduction of 220 lbs (100 kg), achieving a best-in-class weight/power ratio of 6.2 lbs/hp (2.82 kg/hp). Additionally, specific technical solutions have been developed for other aspects, namely aerodynamics, alignment and handling.

"A Tour of 110 Years"

The brand is offering a virtual tour of the museum through a series of videos produced to commemorate this remarkable event. Titled "A Tour of 110 Years," the video series includes:
An introduction, offering a panoramic view of the museum
The "Timeline" concept, describing the brand's industrial continuity
The "Beauty" area, combining style, design and lifestyle
The "Speed" section, a summation of technology, competitive spirit and driving pleasure
An exclusive view of the "Storage" area, featuring a collection of vehicles and artifacts previously unseen by the public
An overview of the "Archive," showcasing photographs, videos, technical drawings, sketches and production records

Passionate participation

Alfa Romeo is inviting all fans, from die-hard "Alfisti" fans to casual enthusiasts, to join the festivities at the museum via the brand's official social media channels at this link. For people able to visit the museum in Arese in person, Alfa Romeo has organized the direct involvement of clubs, visitors and enthusiasts, inviting fans to participate in several activities, including parades on the museum's internal track. All activities will be conducted following current sanitization and safety guidelines.

Farina and Fangio to R?ikk?nen and Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo was the manufacturer that won the very first Grand Prix race and the inaugural edition of the Formula 1 Championship in 1950, with Nino Farina on board an Alfa Romeo Gran Premio Tipo 158 "Alfetta." That triumph was repeated in 1951 by Juan Manuel Fangio in the Alfetta 159. This goal to obtain the ultimate motor racing prize continues, so it's only fitting that today features special greetings from Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN F1 drivers – world champion Kimi R?ikk?nen and rising Italian talent Antonio Giovinazzi. 

Three exceptional travel companions join Alfa Romeo

Swiss luxury watch company Eberhard & Co. is strengthening its bond with Alfa Romeo by creating a new limited-edition chronograph to pay tribute to the 110th anniversary. A unique timepiece, the chronograph is designed to encompass all the technical and stylistic content long seen in Eberhard & Co. products, with the same sporty and glamorous appeal as Alfa Romeo's models.

Italian bicycle manufacturer Compagnia Ducale's contribution is the Alfa Romeo 110th Anniversary e-MTB, an electric mountain bike that combines strength and sportiness with the comfort of assisted pedaling. Its athletic feel is reflected in the tech specs – a powerful yet quiet 500-watt battery, fully integrated into the frame – and in the striking livery created jointly with the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile, the brand's in-house design and construction office.

AUDES Group is the official licensee for Alfa Romeo apparel, a partnership that begins with a collection to celebrate the brand's 110th birthday. AUDES Group – the official clothing licensee – designs, produces and distributes its Alfa Romeo-branded collection worldwide.

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Panasonic Launches the LUMIX G100, its Newest Mirrorless Camera for Vlogging and Creative Video Content

Panasonic Launches the LUMIX G100, its Newest Mirrorless Camera for Vlogging and Creative Video Content

Panasonic today launched the LUMIX G100, a new Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera designed and developed for creating high-quality, versatile content.

Intuitive controls, visually engaging images and excellent sound quality are hallmarks of the new LUMIX G100, raising the bar for content production and user experience in the vlog camera category. Usability is further enhanced by its remarkably compact and lightweight design that doesn't skimp on functionality and creative options.

1.The Logical Next Step from your Smartphone

With their limited sensor size and optics, a Smartphone can only take your creativity so far, the LUMIX G100 uses a smartphone crushing 4/3rds sensor that records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840 x 2160 resolution at 30p or 24p in MP4*1 and Full-HD at 60p. The five-axis hybrid I.S. (image stabilizer)*2 in the LUMIX G100 provides effective shake suppression essential for capturing stable, easy-to-see video in scenarios such as walking or in a moving vehicle. In addition, the new Video Selfie Mode easily captures both the videographer and background in crisp focus without adjustments of aperture that changes with the lens each time.

Adopting a static-type touch control system, the 3.0-inch free-angle rear monitor with 1,840K-dot high resolution makes it easy to compose selfies as well as shots from a high or low angle. Convenient shooting assist functions allow the Frame Maker to check the composition during recording in various popular aspect ratios such as 16:9, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5, 5:4 and 9:16. The REC Frame Indicator displays an eye-catching red frame so that videographers can recognize whether the camera is recording or not at a glance.

*1 Recording stops when the continuous recording time exceeds 10 minutes with [MP4] in [4K]
*2 When using an interchangeable lens (H-FS12032) released before this camera, update the firmware of the lens to the latest version.

2.High Sound Quality Supported by OZO Audio Technologies

The LUMIX G100 integrates OZO Audio by Nokia for high-quality spatial audio recording, a first for a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera.* Engineered for universal playback and shareability across the world's most popular social media platforms, the OZO Audio enables users to capture and edit the full richness of sonic life with vibrant accuracy and precision. It sets a new standard in innovative audio solutions for user-generated content. Three microphones record clear, vibrant sound with outstanding images, for example a dynamic landscape with immersive, realistic sound; interviews with clear speech; or easy, on-the-scene coverage by the videographer with easy mode selection. Combining Panasonic and Nokia OZO Audio technologies, the LUMIX G100 also offers a tracking feature that continues tracking the voice of the subject. Auto mode automatically recognizes the best setting and switches between tracking and surround modes.

* For a digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 24, 2020.

3. High Potential and Unlimited Expression

The new LUMIX G100 integrates a 20.3MP MOS Sensor without Low Pass Filter, which features higher resolution and a larger size than found in smartphones. Realizing maximum ISO 25600 high sensitivity, even images captured at night or low light are clear. In addition, the large sensor enables beautiful defocusing in the background, and the Venus Engine assures high-speed, high-performance image processing. Impressive 4x*/2x slow and 8x/4x/2x quick FHD motion footage and time lapse shots are captured with ease.

Advanced videographers will appreciate the V-LogL recording capability; users can apply the LUT (Look Up Table) of their choice on the recorded V-LogL footage via a PC to create a differentiated video with subtle colors and moods.

Features such as the 4K technology, along with the 3,680K-dot equivalent center-aligned viewfinder, allow users to capture 4K PHOTO shots, excelling in performance and function for photo shooting. Able to save spontaneous shots by just selecting the frame out of a burst file sequence, users will never miss a moment.

*30p only

4. Easy Connectivity via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HDMI

The LUMIX G100 integrates Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n) connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and easy instant image sharing. A dedicated upload button controls video and photo transfer to a smartphone via Panasonic's LUMIX Sync app for iOS / Android. Users can also use their smartphone as a remote control to capture video and photo.

Compatibility with Bluetooth 4.2 (called BLE: Bluetooth Low Energy) enables constant connection with a smartphone/tablet with minimum power consumption and can activate the camera by using a smartphone/tablet or automatically add geotagging photos.

HDMI*1 allows video output via The LUMIX G100, or it can be used as a webcam that provides exceptional image quality with rich depth of field and high quality sound for streaming in combination with an HDMI video capture device.*2

*1 It is not possible to stream live in 4K. While using the HDMI output function, video cannot be recorded.
*2 A separate streaming software for PC is required.

5. Compact, Lightweight Design Even with Tripod Grip

Despite its high performance and selection creative functions, the LUMIX G100 is portable, compact and weighs only 412 g, even with the LUMIX G VARIO 12-32mm / F3.5-5.6 ASPH. / MEGA O.I.S.(H-FS12032) lens. A new Tripod Grip DMW-SHGR1*4 makes it even easier to hold the camera or can be used as a compact tripod. Connecting with the camera via USB allows the user to start/stop video recording, release the shutter and enable/disable sleep mode. The camera's battery can be recharged either via AC or USB according to the user's convenience.

*4 Tripod Grip is bundled in DC-G100V kit. It is also sold separately.

Tripod Grip (DMW-SHGR1)
A compact, lightweight handgrip / mini tripod allowing start/stop video recording and shutter release via USB connection.
Compatibility: DC-G100, GH5*,GH5S*,G9*, G95** and G85*   
*Firmware update of the camera is required. It connects to the remote terminal of the camera using a bundled conversion cable. Sleep button cannot be used.

The LUMIX G100 will be available for sale at the end of July.

SOURCE Panasonic Corporation of North America

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LiveU and Grabyo Announce Partnership for Simplified Cloud-based Live Productions

LiveU and Grabyo Announce Partnership for Simplified Cloud-based Live Productions

LiveU and Grabyo have teamed up for broadcasting and sports partners, and anyone sharing content online, to provide a simplified end-to-end solution for live video productions, based on their integrated cloud-based technologies.

Enabling remote production and cloud editing from anywhere in the world, the solution is particularly relevant in today's COVID-19 environment, where video editors and producers need to create live programming from their home studios and other remote locations.

The solution combines Grabyo's cloud-native SaaS platform, providing a range of digital video production and publishing tools such as editing, clipping and highlights, with LiveU's broadcast-quality live video solutions, ranging from its professional-grade hardware HEVC field units and Solo wireless video encoder to its LU-Smart app for smartphones.

This integration is optimized in LiveU's new LU800 production-grade, multi-camera field unit, with its inherent support for remote production workflows.

Ronen Artman, VP Marketing, LiveU, said, "With the growing demand for cloud-based solutions, we see huge benefits for our customers in partnering with Grabyo, an expert in cloud-based video production and editing – especially with the remote production capabilities of the LU800. We're committed to work together to enhance and simplify the content workflow, helping our customers, which include some of the largest broadcasters and media organizations, to create compelling live content from anywhere."

Gareth Capon, CEO at Grabyo, said: "We're excited to bring this solution to market with LiveU. Our products complement each other perfectly and by working together, we are able to offer an agile, innovative and robust cloud production workflow to broadcasters and digital publishers. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for cloud-based solutions to be an integral part of any live production set-up, and this partnership will equip producers with the tools they need to future-proof their video strategy and extend the scope of live broadcasting."

Production teams can implement the integrated solution quickly, with limited training and an easy set-up, with additional service integrations to follow for joint customers.


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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Moshi Introduces New Wireless Charging Stand with fast charging

Moshi, purveyor of electronics and accessories, today announced a stylish wireless charging stand - Lounge Q. The new addition follows the company's ethos of creating quality products from durable materials that extend their usable life. This principle is backed by the company's industry-leading 10-year Global Warranty on all their products.

As the latest addition to Moshi's Q Collection inspired by Danish furniture design, today Moshi has announced its Lounge Q wireless charging stand. The charger's stylish design makes it the perfect complement to any minimalist desktop, workstation or nightstand. Unlike other charging stands with a fixed charging coil, Lounge Q features an adjustable-height design which means the charger will accommodate phones of any size. This makes it suitable for those using iPhone, Samsung, Google, and more.

The internals is driven by Moshi's proprietary Q-coil? technology which includes a ferrite sheet that offers better charging speed and efficiency compared to other wireless chargers. This allows Lounge Q to wirelessly charge through cases up to 5 mm thick. The stand is Qi-certified by the Wireless Power Consortium and thanks to its extended power profile, it can fast-charge any device up to 15 W. Lounge Q is compatible with any Qi-enabled phone and supports both Apple (7.5 W) and Samsung (9 W) fast-charging (supports WPC Qi-EPP spec).

Lounge Q (USD $70) will be available on June 23rd on and from select retailers.

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Siemens acquires UltraSoC to drive design for silicon lifecycle management

Siemens acquires UltraSoC to drive design for silicon lifecycle management

Siemens has signed an agreement to acquire Cambridge, UK-based UltraSoC Technologies Ltd., a provider of instrumentation and analytics solutions that put intelligent monitoring, cybersecurity and functional safety capabilities into the core hardware of system-on-chip (SoC). Siemens plans to integrate UltraSoC's technology into the Xcelerator portfolio as part of Mentor's Tessent? software product suite. The addition of UltraSoC to Siemens enables a unified data-driven infrastructure that can enhance product quality, safety and cybersecurity, and the creation of a comprehensive solution to help semiconductor industry customers overcome key pain points including manufacturing defects, software and hardware bugs, device early-failure and wear-out, functional safety, and malicious attacks.

"Siemens' acquisition of UltraSoC means that for the first time our customers can access not just design-for-test, but a comprehensive 'Design for Lifecycle Management' solution for system-on-chips, including functional safety, security and optimization," says Brady Benware, Tessent Vice President and General Manager, Siemens Digital Industries Software. "By utilizing design augmentation to detect, mitigate and eliminate risks throughout the SoC lifecycle, customers can radically improve time-to-revenue, product quality & safety, and profitability. UltraSoC has a fast-growing business and impressive customer list and, as part of Siemens, can complement Tessent to create a truly unique offering in the market."

UltraSoC is a pioneer of embedding monitoring hardware into complex SoCs to enable "fab-to-field" analytics capabilities designed to accelerate silicon bring-up, optimize product performance, and confirm that devices are operating "as designed" for functional safety and cybersecurity purposes. Tessent is a market leader in SoC design-for-test (DFT) solutions, and has established strengths in the field of automotive functional safety via its Tessent Safety Ecosystem. These two highly complementary offerings are the foundation of a complete package of solutions, encompassing semiconductor design and production, functional safety, cybersecurity, and functional optimization of products in the field.

The combination of Siemens and UltraSoC technology can benefit the entire semiconductor product lifecycle, including structural, electrical, and functional capabilities of SoCs. It also supports Siemens' comprehensive digital twin with UltraSoC providing monitoring of the real device.

"This acquisition accelerates UltraSoC's vision at a much larger scale with the incredible team, assets, industry know-how and footprint of Siemens," said Rupert Baines, CEO, UltraSoC. "Being part of one of the world's foremost technology companies will allow UltraSoC to better serve our customers by accelerating R&D, leveraging a much larger pool of go-to-market resources, and an enormous global infrastructure. It has been clear since our initial meeting that UltraSoC and Siemens share a vision on how technology businesses can transform their operations end-to-end, from design conception to field deployment and we are excited to join the community."

UltraSoC's products are widely used in the automotive, high-performance computing, storage and semiconductor industries. The company was recently selected as a participant in the DARPA AISS (Automatic Implementation of Secure Silicon) program; and is a member of the Secure-CAV consortium, an ambitious collaborative project that aims to improve the safety and security of tomorrow's connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). Siemens' acquisition of UltraSoC is due to close in the fourth quarter of Siemens' fiscal year 2020. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Siemens Digital Industries Software is driving transformation to enable a digital enterprise where engineering, manufacturing and electronics design meet tomorrow. The Xcelerator portfolio helps companies of all sizes create and leverage digital twins that provide organizations with new insights, opportunities and levels of automation to drive innovation. For more information on Siemens Digital Industries Software products and services, visit

For further information on Siemens' SoC offerings, please see

SOURCE Siemens Digital Industries Software
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TouchSource Wellness Kiosks Deliver Contactless Messaging With Temperature Readings and Hand Sanitizing

TouchSource Wellness Kiosks Deliver Contactless Messaging With Temperature Readings and Hand Sanitizing

As the country reopens, property managers, human resource professionals, and facility managers have rallied to create safer lobbies and access to buildings. New building safety measures require a new set of tools that support good and constant communications as well as safe distancing and protective health procedures.

TouchSource, the leader in smart digital signage, has led the industry in offering digital building directories, kiosks and interactive visitor and tenant communications. The company has extended its innovative solutions to enable property owners and managers to safely re-open public spaces using contactless, interactive directory-to-mobile apps, and new safety compliance solutions.

To support visitor safety programs, TouchSource is now introducing the TouchSource Taos wellness kiosk. The TouchSource Taos can display contactless public health messaging, directory, and wayfinding content on a digital display along with built-in temperature sensors and touchless hand sanitation in the kiosk. Its cloud-based software allows users to easily deliver always-current messaging that's easy to update. The Taos is perfect for contactless wellness assessments, vendor check-in and auditing of health safety compliance, visitor management, and touchless concierge applications. The Taos is also available in a variety of powder coat colors and ready for custom vinyl applications for a solution that fits any brand.

Now users can deliver highly visual, digital information that keeps pace with rapidly changing public health messages from a safe distance. Let visitors see and scan information to personal mobile devices while sanitizing their hands and doing a quick wellness check. Place at least one unit at each entrance and leverage TouchSource safety messaging options for optimum impact. Deploy contactless TouchSource Mobile Directory and Mobile Wayfinding with the kiosk to support easy and safe visitor movement throughout the facility. Add contactless visitor concierge to make it easy for visitors to call tenants from the kiosk.

Manage vendors more easily with vendor check-in forms and acknowledgment of safety and health requirements. Maintain an auditable list of vendor compliance. As things change in the future, the temperature functions can be easily disabled or utilized as proximity sensors for dynamic content experiences. The Taos is designed to be future-proof beyond the current health crisis and be a long-term asset for any public space.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Four Tips to Increase Capacity on Your Production Line

Four Tips to Increase Capacity on Your Production Line

The modern production line requires diligent planning and oversight to function at full capacity. Any inefficiency at any stage in the line will cause delays on further functions – leading to logjams and backlogs that production line managers are all too aware of. In this article, and in light of the many delays that can and do take place on production lines each day, we’ll walk you through four tips to help you increase your production line’s capacity without also increasing its inefficiency.


When you start thinking about making changes to your production line, you need to make those changes in a planned and phased manner. You need to be aware of where you’re making the changes, why you’re targeting that phase of your production line, and what the knock-on effects of that change might be. You can do this by conducting an audit of your facility, to give you an impression of how your changes will improve our overall capacity. Make sure you go through this stage if you’re interested in boosting your overall production line’s performance.


Next up is the hardware that you use on your production line. All modern production lines are slick operations, governed by the technology that was available at the time of their construction. Naturally, technology moves on, and the relics of the past that sit in your production line are likely to have been improved upon in more recent years. That’s the case with Fluent Conveyors, which ferry your products along your line, as well as highly dexterous robotic machines, which you can have tailor-made for your line from several production robotics companies. Look always to your hardware, and to the new technologies on the market, to improve capacity on your line.


While some automation has been running on production lines for decades, the level of control that you can now operate over each element of your production line has increased dramatically. In today’s world of manufacturing and production, it’s easy to monitor and change your production line from a responsive piece of software. This software – much of which may be updated and upgraded from the software that you currently operate – is excellent at spotting where your production line’s weak spots are. As such, this is a significant upgrade to help you boost your production line in the long run.


How can workers improve your production line? Well, the more experienced your workers, the better able they are to spot issues with your line as they develop. It’s therefore essential that you’re able to keep these most experienced workers at your facility – by increasing their wages and offering them promotions. Meanwhile, bringing in expert software engineers, or hardware designers, can help you slowly work on the next upgrade on your facility – whether that’s in terms of further automation, or a better, faster machine at a specific phase of your production line. Staff will help you make your line far more efficient, increasing capacity.

Bear these four tips in mind to increase the capacity of your production line this year.

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United Allied States (UAS) Shares Vision to Build a Global Nation of Sovereign States

United Allied States (UAS) Shares Vision to Build a Global Nation of Sovereign States

The United Allied States (UAS) is announcing the formation of its new sovereign government.

"The founding principles of UAS are freedom, respect for human life and free-market enterprise," says Cory Cozad, Congressman of UAS. "We have a unique opportunity to take principles from history's decisions and develop a united, prosperous nation."


The vision of the UAS is the establishment of a worldwide, sovereign nation of states, each offering its residents an unparalleled level of freedom and prosperity.

Utilizing principles that are proven to facilitate economic growth and foster the creation of wealth, the UAS will promote the values of individual freedoms; respect for human life; and free enterprise. All with the fierce determination to drastically impact the lives of, not only its citizens, but its allies, partners and the continent of Africa as a whole.

The UAS believes that together, we can build the American dream in Africa, and around the World.

Expansion through Collaboration

The central goal of the United Allied States is to establish freedom focused, sovereign special economic zones across the globe. Each sovereign special economic zone will act as a permanent state providing energy, infrastructure, food, jobs, and critical resources to its partner nation. This sovereignty is accomplished by the signing of a treaty between the UAS and this ally. This treaty allows the UAS to offer foreign companies, foreign investors, and its citizens an economically and politically stable, income tax-free, business-focused territory to develop costly infrastructure in areas that would otherwise be considered high risk.

These states act as a beacon of opportunity and prosperity in regions suffering from economic hardship and instability, providing well-paying jobs to the host nation, pouring money into its local economy, and opening up resources and infrastructure that would otherwise be impossible to obtain.

The UAS will utilize its stable government framework to adopt policies of low taxation, minimal regulation, and business security. Not only significantly enhancing the lives of its citizens but also the lives of the citizens within partnering nations.

Individual Rights and Liberties
The United Allied States was founded on the belief that government institutions are only there to serve and protect their people. It is guided by the principles of preserving individual rights and liberty; by protecting life; and by promoting a free-market enterprise that fuels small business.

Free-Market Economy

UAS maintains laissez-faire market conditions empowering businesses to grow and innovate, and enabling all workers to prosper. Citizens and businesses pay 0% personal income tax and 0% corporate tax, respectively, and there is no property tax.

The World's Most Efficient Government

Nearly all government departments and services will be interconnected using one of the most advanced blockchain systems on Earth. Every Citizen and Resident of the UAS will utilize the UAS National Government Platform where services will be made simple to understand and accessible. Residents will be able to access all of their documents in one location. Whether you are incorporating a company, registering a vehicle or filing your yearly taxes, it can all be done in a matter of minutes.

"UAS will create conditions that give citizens maximum freedom, as well as accelerate growth for companies," says Cozad, of UAS. "It's a place that protects the sanctity of human life and empowers businesses to flourish through a highly-responsive, free-market economic system."

The United Allied States (UAS):

United Allied States (UAS) is an independent, sovereign entity with the determination to become the freest and most prosperous nation on Earth. The nation promotes the values of freedom; respect for human life; and free-market enterprise.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

CityQ Developing a Car-eBike, Which Makes People Rethink What a Bike Can Be Like

CityQ Developing a Car-eBike, Which Makes People Rethink What a Bike Can Be Like

As cities are restricting car traffic in inner cities, there is a growing need to shift from car transport towards cycling. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is even a need for good alternatives to over-crowded public transport.

Bicycling is the preferred alternative, but bad weather and lack of transport capability are major obstacles. Seventy percent of cyclists do not cycle in rain and frost.

That's why many experts predict there will be a surge for weather-protected bicycles. CityQ is a front-runner among this new type of ebike – the Car-eBikes.

The Scandinavian ebike is developed to make bicycling more comfortable for everyone, even in the winter season and bad weather. It has window, roof and rotating side doors with the ability to be semi- or fully enclosed.

"CityQ is an ebike with the comfort and technology of a car and with the benefits of a bicycle. You can cycle two children and luggage door to door without having to worry about bad weather, car traffic or parking issues. Nor do you have to worry about hassle with mechanical gears and chains – as these have been replaced with a software-managed drivetrain – like you find in electric cars. That is why we call CityQ a Car-eBike," says founder Morten Rynning.

The CityQ may look like a car – but it is not much larger than a bicycle. The width is only 87cm and the weight ca. 70kg. It is aligned with European regulations for ebikes and 3-4 wheel cargo ebikes. The driver has to pedal, and motors are limited to 250W and the max speed is 25kmh. With two batteries, it has a range of 70-100km.

CityQ has no chain or gears. Like an electric car – these mechanical parts have been replaced by software. This enables programming a range of convenient drive modes like reverse, cruise control, regenerating breaks, heavy cargo mode, and automatic gearing.

As part of this software platform, CityQ includes an app to open/lock, track and even rent the Car-eBike.

CityQ has been developed for three years together with international partners and experts from both the car and bicycle industry as well as the IT industry. And CityQ is patenting its chassis for a lean four-wheel bicycle.

As CityQ opens up for preordering – there are already close to 500 signed up for interest to buy the Car-eBike – especially from Germany, Scandinavia and Netherland. And there is also requests for fleets of CityQ for cargo transport and shared offering. CityQ has signed such agreements in Scandinavia, Baltics and the UK.

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Flipboard Advances Curation with New Storyboards and Analytics

Flipboard Advances Curation with New Storyboards and Analytics

Today, Flipboard gives thousands of publishers, bloggers and influencers access to a powerful new curation tool, Curator Pro, which enables the creation of Storyboards, unique packages of articles, images and videos curated to tell a story and provide perspective. Storyboards are designed to feature a series of stories, both old and new, that shed light on a particular issue or event. The tool also includes a new analytics dashboard that provides insights into the engagement with Storyboards as well as individual stories contained in them.

"Curation gives people and publishers a way to bring their perspective, expertise or ideas to others. This belief has been at the heart of Flipboard from the start and we've continued to innovate around this concept for the last 10 years," said Mike McCue, Flipboard CEO. "Distinct from Flipboard Magazines, Storyboards offer a new format that brings structure and voice to curation, enabling rich, insightful collections that can be featured both on and off Flipboard's platform."

Select publishing partners have been able to experiment with this new curation format by participating in a beta program. Flipboard collaborated with just over 100 publishers and avid users who were able to share direct feedback with the company's engineering, product design and editorial teams. As a result of this collaboration, the Curator Pro tool is intuitive, the analytics provide insights valuable to publishers, and Storyboards have already become a new way to drive traffic to publisher sites.

In the last couple of months, the first Storyboards have been created by Flipboard's editorial team, including "Call to Action: Ways You Can Help" and "Camping Gear for the Great Outdoors," and beta testers, such as TheGrio's "Minneapolis Protests and the Truth About George Floyd," National Geographic's "40 Years After the Mount St. Helens Eruption" and Popular Science's "How To Sleep Better Tonight." Today, thousands of additional publishers and influencers in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Australia will receive access to Curator Pro. It will be available in Germany, France, Italy and Spain later this summer with more countries to follow.

The New Curator Pro Tool

Starting today, verified accounts of publishers and influencers on Flipboard have access to the new curation tool. Verified users can access Curator Pro through a new module, "Create Storyboard," available on the desktop view of their Flipboard Profile. The web-based Curator Pro tool has open fields where creators write a Storyboard headline and description, select a main image and add URLs to include in the Storyboard. The URLs included in Storyboards can be links to articles, videos, livestreams, products, photos, Flipboard magazines, social posts as well as newsletter sign-up pages and anything with a URL. These items can be organized into "sections" with up to 10 links in each — for example, CNBC's Storyboard, "George Floyd: Seeds of Change," has sections called Leaders Speak Out and Working Together and Talking to Your Kids, giving a broad view into their coverage.

Before publishing a Storyboard, the curator can choose up to five topics that are relevant to the content in the Storyboard, which will improve its discoverability in Flipboard. Once a Storyboard is published, the creator is given an option to share the entire package through Flipboard Magazines, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and email; there is an embeddable widget that is available on Flipboard's tools page. Storyboards will be displayed to the user's Flipboard followers as well as to people who follow related topics. This unique curated package of stories is an asset that can live on and off Flipboard and is expected to give publishers a way to grow their viewership in new and innovative ways.

Once the Storyboard is live, the creator can look at their profile page to view Storyboard analytics, including number of views, opens and social engagement metrics such as likes, comments and flips. For the first time, Flipboard is providing these self-service insights for publishers and influencers interested in understanding their audience engagement on the platform.

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