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iRobot Announces Availability of Ava® 500

Autonomous enterprise-grade video collaboration robot unlocks new applications for telepresence

IROBOT CORP. AVA 500IROBOT CORP. LOGOBEDFORD, Mass., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire – iRobot Corp. (NASDAQ: IRBT), a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced that the company’s Ava 500 video collaboration robot is ready for delivery in the U.S., Canada and select European markets through select certified Cisco resellers.

iRobot Ava 500 offers a whole new level of telepresence to the enterprise. The remote user gets the “better than being there” benefits of telepresence plus a physical presence through complete freedom of movement. The easy-to-use, self-driven robot allows people to use video to see and be seen while collaborating in environments that would otherwise be difficult or impossible from afar, including hallways and manufacturing floors. With the benefits of telepresence, Ava 500 helps globally dispersed teams work more closely together without the need for costly and time-consuming travel, enabling increased collaboration between executives, managers and employees. With Ava 500, more work gets done, more collaboration takes place and more relationships can be built. A complete hardware and software solution, Ava 500 brings together iRobot’s autonomous mobile robotics platform with Cisco’s telepresence solutions. It provides enterprise-class security, reliability and scalability.

“Since announcing a joint marketing agreement and alliance with Cisco to bring Ava 500 to market in June, iRobot has completed a beta program and field trials at various sites, including Fortune 500 companies,” said Youssef Saleh, senior vice president and general manager of iRobot’s Remote Presence business unit. “We have also made great strides by establishing a sales channel that is ready to provide training and installation services. iRobot is committed to continuing its work with Cisco and its channel partners to bring Ava 500 to customers worldwide.”

“We are pleased to see iRobot achieve this important milestone,” said Rowan Trollope, senior vice president and general manager of Cisco’s Collaboration Technology Group. “For truly amazing things to happen, video needs to be available everywhere—on every pane of glass, in every meeting space, and in all the spaces in between. The combination of Cisco TelePresence, Cisco wireless networking and iRobot autonomous mobility will help customers collaborate in new ways. This solution demonstrates a level of innovation that we believe is going to be critical to the next wave of growth in the collaboration industry.”

Among those who participated in the Ava 500 beta program is Bayer.

“As a large company with facilities across the globe, technologies like Ava 500 offer several advantages to our business in terms of cost savings and productivity,” said Dr. Michael Graefenstedt, vice president BU Polyurethanes and Head of Commercial Business Development EMEA/LA at Bayer. “From my office in Germany, I was able to use Ava 500 to manage and collaborate with U.S. colleagues in a way that would have necessitated expensive travel otherwise. Having experienced a physical presence in the meeting and the advantage of “walking around” with colleagues at their offices, I believe this technology holds great promise for how business will be conducted on a global scale moving forward.”


iRobot Ava 500 is ideal when freedom of movement and physical presence are needed to achieve an even more personal degree of remote collaboration. It holds potential for a wide range of applications including:

What Do You Need to Learn About 3D Printing?


Design & Manufacturing New England Features Education on Additive Manufacturing

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire – 3D printing is not new, but the range of possibilities for this technology  has been expanding rapidly. No longer used only for prototypes or patterns in industry, 3D printing is increasingly being used to manufacture parts in a wide variety of industries. The following video shows just some of its capabilities.

UBM CANON LOGOUBM Canon will be presenting educational sessions on 3D printing and its uses at Design & Manufacturing New England at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, March 26-27, 2014. A free presentation on The 3D Printing Revolution will be offered at the Tech Theater the Expo Hall floor at the event. In addition, the advanced Learning Labs will provide a 2-hour session on this technology, in addition to sessions on Lean Manufacturing, Innovations in Robotics Technology, and other topics.

Hottest New Event in Future Tech Seeking Speaker Proposals!

Innovators in Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet  to Take the Stage at the Designers of Things Conference September 23-24, 2014

UBM TECH DESIGNERS OF THINGS LOGOSAN FRANCISCO, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire – Designers of Things, a new conference produced by UBM Tech and dedicated to the exciting potential of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, is now accepting technical speaking proposals for the inaugural event this fall. The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2014

Coming to San Francisco’s Mission Bay Conference Center September 23-24, 2014, this two-day conference will bring together leading designers, developers, innovators and project funders to share ideas on building new devices and the road ahead for these technologies. The technical program will consist of two main tracks covering aspects of the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and application of IoT.

Submissions in the following subject areas will receive special consideration: 

NASA Visualization Explorer App Now Available For All iOS Devices!

“This is the NASA Visualization Explorer—the coolest way to get stories about NASA’s exploration of the Earth, sun, moon, planets and universe delivered right to your iOS device.”

Nasa_transGREENBELT, Md., March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire — The popular NASA Visualization Explorer app, first launched for the iPad in July 2011, is now available for the iPhone and all Apple iOS devices.

The app, which features the data visualization work of NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio, Earth Observatory and others, publishes two stories per week about the full range of NASA’s astrophysics, planetary, heliophysics and Earth science missions.

A new universal version of the app is now available for download in the iTunes app store. Since its original launch and through multiple previous updates to the iPad version, NASA Visualization Explorer has recorded about 1 million unique downloads.

The app’s design has been modified to optimize it for viewing on the iPhone and the iPod Touch, as long as they are running iOS 5.1 or newer.

The app’s archive of 274 stories – covering NASA scientists’ studies of the sun, planets, Earth’s climate change and deep space – will be immediately available in the new version. The app’s editorial team will continue to publish a new story every Tuesday and Thursday.

PlayStation®4 (PS4™) Sales Surpass 6.0 Million Units Worldwide In Less Than 4 Months Since Launch!

PS4 Software Sales Reach 13.7 Million, Users Fully Embrace the World of PS4, and Demonstrate Further Enhancement of the Network Service’s Ecosystem With 100 Million Shares Captured, More than 56 Million Spectate Sessions and a Dramatic Increase of PlayStation®Plus Subscriptions

SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC LOGOTOKYO, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 6.0 million units*1 globally as ofMarch 2, 2014 (JST).  This also includes the 370,000 units sold through in Japansince its launch on February 22. 

PS4 software sales also remain strong with more than 13.7 million*2 copies sold in retail stores worldwide and through digital downloads on PlayStation®Store as ofMarch 2, 2014 (JST).   Over 30 exciting titles*3 are available from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) and the industry’s best software developers and publishers, including the independent development community.  This incredible line-up reflects the strong support for PS4 among developers and publishers, and has led the platform’s accelerated momentum and expansion.   A few of the top selling titles included KILLZONE SHADOW FALL (SCE WWS), which has already sold over 2.1 million units worldwide, KNACK (SCE WWS), Call of Duty: Ghosts(Activision), FIFA14 (Electronic Arts), Battlefield 4 (Electronic Arts),  andAssassin’s Creed: IV Black Flag (Ubisoft Entertainment).  Titles developed by the independent development community such as Contrast (Complusion Gams),Warframe (Digital Extremes) and Don’t Starve: Console Edition (Klei Entertainment), have also been highly acclaimed by gamers.  Japanese gamers are enjoying the latest installments of popular franchises, such as DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition (Tecmo Koei Games Co., Ltd),FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn (SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD) and Ryu-ga-gotoku Ishin!  (SEGA Corporation). 

NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio Wins First Place in Video Contest

Nasa_transGREENBELT, Md., Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire – The data visualization studio at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., was awarded first place for its video entry in a visualization challenge sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation.

The winning entry was created by the Scientific Visualization Studio to show how the particles from solar storms bombard Earth and how the sun’s heat energy drives Earth’s climate and weather. It won first place in the video category in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

The visualization was created for a movie called “Dynamic Earth,” a full-length planetarium film produced by Thomas Lucas and narrated by actor Liam Neeson.  The film is showing around the world to an estimated viewership of 500,000 people.

While the full movie highlights many aspects of Earth’s complexity, the contribution from the SVS depicts the vast scale of the sun’s influence on Earth, from the flowing particles of the solar wind and the fury of coronal mass ejections to the winds and currents driven by the solar heating of the atmosphere and ocean.

“SuperHeroes of Peace” – Thich Nhat Hanh/Martin Luther King Jr./Sister Chan Khong/Alfred HasslerComic Book, Graphic Novel & Interactive Movie Creation App on IndieGoGo!


3 Superheroes of Peace use THE 5 POWERS to Change The Course of World History, Planting Seeds Of Peace Deep in The Mud Of War

NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Taking their name from the words of the Fellowship of Reconciliation´s legendary peacemaker, A.J. Muste, “There is no way to peace, peace is the way,” Peace Is The Way Films, in cooperation with globally renowned Zen Master, poet and peacemaker Thich Nhat Hanh, is using the medium of film to create a more compassionate world, to confront bullying, to foster compassion, healing and reconciliation, and to educate teachers, young people and families in the way of peace.

In conjunction with The Secret of The 5 Powers first public premiere at The Odeon Theater in Florence Italy this month, they have just launched a campaign to create an “Augmented Reality” 128 Page Graphic Novel, The Secret of The 5 Powers, starring Thich Nhat Hanh and a mega-cool “SuperHeroes Of Peace” Interactive iOS, Web and Android Movie Creation App that you have a chance to Star in!

Please Help Support "SuperHeroes Of Peace" on IndieGoGo

Please Help Support “SuperHeroes Of Peace” on IndieGoGo

Would buy UHDTV? Come on, Surely Money is No Object…


Strategy Analytics: CES 2014: 56 percent of US consumers would buy UHD TV in next two years

LAS VEGAS & BOSTON, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — CES – Strategy Analytics’ new ConsumerMetrix survey carried out over the past few weeks with 2024 US consumers found very strong interest in UHD TV.  19 percent of people said they would be very likely to buy a UHDTV and 37 percent somewhat likely within the next two years.  Only 24 percent said they would be unlikely to buy one.

The survey question was phrased as follows:

Ultra HD or 4k TV is a new type of TV which offers significantly improved images compared to today’s HDTV.  Assuming the price elsewhere of an Ultra HD or 4k TV was acceptable to you, and assuming the image quality was as good as is claimed, how likely would you be to buy a new Ultra HD or 4k TV within the next two years?

Listening to music is now as easy as turning on the lights; Bang & Olufsen launches a luxuriously simple new sound system


Bang & Olufsen announces the launch of BeoSound Essence –          

A new sound system offering the simplest way yet to add more music to your life…            

By just one touch.  

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — 2014 International CES –

interiorThe conflict of opportunities
Most of the digital music that we can access from cloud-based music services or have stored on our phones and tablets stays there. We’re often too busy to find it, turn on the sound system and connect. So we never really listen to anything new or as much as we would like to because it gets too complicated.

A game changer
BeoSound Essence changes the game. Now, one touch, and one touch only, is all it takes to start enjoying more of your favorite music in premium quality – every day.

B&O PLAY by Bang & Olufsen Announces a New Spin of a Classic Designed Headphone at 2014 CES


Celebrating 30 years of the iconic and timeless Form 2 headphones

COPENHAGEN, Denmark and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – B&O PLAY today announces one of the world’s longest living headphones on the market, Form 2, is now updated and relaunched with new features including a microphone, 3-button remote and improved comfort, as well as a new name, Form 2i.

Form 2i is an ultra-light and stylish on-ear headphone with an impressive and honest stereo sound. Today’s introduction at CES 2014 builds upon the popularity of its predecessor – plus the fact that it is part of the permanent collection at Museum of Modern Art in New York and widely recognized as a truly iconic piece of design.

Back in 1983 Steve McGugan, by then a 23-year old Canadian industrial designer, designed what would become one of the most popular headphones ever – Form 2.

Originally conceived as a stylish, portable and sleek alternative to the other headphones that were on the market back in the Walkman days of the 80′s – this trendsetting headphone has managed to stay relevant through a period of time where consumer electronics were possessions that were frequently changed with short-life spans.