P3 collaborates with Amazon to provide system integration and testing for Alexa Auto

P3, an engineering, technology development and management consultancy firm, announces a collaboration with Amazon’s Alexa Auto team to provide system integration and testing services for automakers integrating Alexa into their vehicles.

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show’s GENIVI Showcase, a special reception designed to kick off the premier annual event, and the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), P3 will showcase its Connected Vehicle Voice Recognition services with Alexa built-in, along with its core capabilities.

“This is where we need to be in terms of Voice Recognition capabilities and in making today’s drive and vehicle ownership a truly positive experience,” said Philip Potkowski, Managing Partner, P3 North America. “It is another example of how P3 is committed to providing clients with a truly end-to-end experience, from strategy consulting through development and implementation,” added Hakan Ekmen, CEO of P3 communications.

In addition to demonstrating voice recognition access to Alexa features and capabilities like music, weather, and traffic, the preview system will showcase specific in-vehicle features that could be introduced to simplify customers’ interactions in the car.

For example, the system could alert drivers of any maintenance-related issue: when passengers ask Alexa about a maintenance alert light, Alexa could respond with the description and an offer to schedule an appointment with a local dealer or service center. Alexa could then cross-reference the driver’s calendar with the dealer’s service scheduling system and proactively suggest a potential service appointment.

“By integrating Alexa into the vehicle, we believe we can make the in-car experience simpler, more productive, and more entertaining for our customers,” said Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon. “We’re excited to be working with P3 to deliver new, vehicle-specific features and capabilities to Alexa, and to make it easier for automakers and suppliers to embed Alexa into their vehicles.”

In addition to the GENIVI Showcase, P3 and Alexa will be demonstrating this at the North American International Auto Show during media and industry preview days in the AutoMobili-D space at Cobo Center in Detroit.

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Resaphene Suisse AG: European Patent Office announces patent for tinnitus therapy

Resaphene Suisse AG, ISIN CH0367465439, WKN A2JG91, has been informed of the announcement of patent grant by the European Patent Office. In a novel procedure involving a combination of Tailor Made-Notched Music Training (TMNMT) and heat therapy, an initial clinical user observation showed an average relief of 54% within 4 weeks in patients with chronic subjective tonal decompensated tinnitus; in individual cases, a decrease of 100 percent (complete disappearance) was noted.

"We identified the heatable in-ear headphones we developed as the key to successful therapy. The next step is an extensive double-blind placebo-controlled study at a large university hospital, "says Anke Rauterkus, CEO of Resaphene Suisse AG.

As part of the highly complex procedure, the project management for patenting was replaced by a long-term experienced project manager by the Board of Directors. This led to a significant shortening of the process. The Board is now expecting the swift completion of the US patent application.

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Suisse AG: Europäisches Patentamt kündigt Patent für Tinnitus-Therapie an

Die Resaphene Suisse AG, ISIN CH0367465439, WKN A2JG91, ist über die Ankündigung zur Patenterteilung durch das Europäische Patentamt informiert worden. In einem neuartigen Verfahren aus einer Kombination aus TMNMT (Tailor Made-Notched Music Training) und Wärmetherapie wurde in einer ersten klinischen Anwenderbeobachtung eine durchschnittliche Linderung von 54 % binnen 4 Wochen bei Patienten mit einem chronischen subjektiven tonalen dekompensierten Tinnitus beobachtet; im Einzelfall wurde ein Rückgang um 100 Prozent (vollständiges Verschwinden) festgestellt.

«Als Schlüssel zu einer erfolgreichen Therapie haben wir die von uns entwickelten beheizbaren In-Ear-Kopfhörer identifiziert. Als nächster Schritt ist eine umfangreiche doppelblind-placebo kontrollierte Studie an einem großen Universitäts-Klinikum vorgesehen.» so Anke Rauterkus, CEO der Resaphene Suisse AG. 

Im Rahmen des hochkomplexen Verfahrens wurde durch den Verwaltungsrat die Projektleitung für die Patentierung gegen einen langjährig erfahrenen Projektleiter ausgetauscht. Dieses führte zu einer signifikanten Verkürzung des Prozesses. Der Verwaltungsrat erwartet nun auch den zügigen Abschluss der US-Patentanmeldung.

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EPSON Accepts Orders For New USB Resynchronization ICS For Automotive Applications

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has begun accepting orders for the S2R72A11, a new USB resynchronization integrated circuit for automotive applications that supports USB 2.0, stabilizes communications, and improves connectivity with smartphones. Epson plans to produce 200,000 of the new chips per month.

USB ports, convenient and popular interfaces for in-vehicle systems, have become standard equipment on dashboards and consoles. However, USB connections tend to become less reliable as cable length increases. Epson first addressed this problem in 2009 with the release of the S2R72A4 series, a line of hub controllers that provide stable communications, improve the connectivity of in-vehicle USB devices, and are used in many in-vehicle systems.

The new S2R72A11, like Epson’s existing products, offers robust communications performance, supports the latest smartphone functions, and provides enhanced connectivity with in-vehicle systems. Smartphones are already being connected to in-vehicle systems for people to enjoy music, but apps that allow you to directly control your smartphone on a navigation system display are also gaining popularity, making smartphone connectivity essential for car navigation systems. To provide such connectivity, however, automotive ICs are required to adapt itself to unconventional connections such as USB On-the-Go*1 and issues for establishing stable connection are cropping up in the development of automotive applications.
Epson’s new IC has an integrated bus monitor that recognizes the switching of host and device terminals and automatically switches the USB communication pathway. 

In addition, the new product satisfies the strict quality requirements of the automotive industry. It is compliant with AEC-Q100*2 and operates at temperatures up to 105°C. The package (SQFN5-32pin-W) is a compact 5 mm x 5 mm and occupies minimal space. A wettable flank*3 package is used to improve convenience during visual inspection of automotive equipment.

Epson is committed to helping its customers improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson’s efficient, compact, and precision technologies.

*1 USB On-The-GoUSB On-The-Go (OTG) is a standardized specification for USB connections that allows a device to read data from a USB connection without requiring a PC. With OTG, it becomes possible that a host and peripheral device can exchange roles.

*2 AEC-Q100The Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) is an industry group that creates standards for the reliability and qualification of automotive electronics. It was formed by the “Big Three” U.S. automobile manufacturers in partnership with major electronic component manufacturers. The AEC standard is a de facto global standard that has been widely adopted as a standard for automotive electronic components.

*3 Wettable flank packageA package with solder pads that have been treated to make it easier to visually confirm whether the package is properly soldered to a board.

 

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Epson shipping samples of a 32-bit microcontroller with dedicated sound hardware

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") has begun shipping samples of the S1C31D50, a 32-bit microcontroller with dedicated sound hardware for 2-channel sound. Epson plans to produce 200,000 units per month of each model.

Sound is becoming an increasingly popular feature in home electronics, remote controllers for home appliances, industrial devices, health and fitness equipment with guidance systems, and alarms in office buildings, shopping complexes, and factories. This MCU is ideal for all these applications. An ARM® Cortex®-M0+ processor integrated with a dedicated HW Processor provides 2-channel sound on a single MCU chip. The use of two channels enables music and voice to be played simultaneously, lending audio guidance greater elegance and warmth. Voice speed can also be flexibly adjusted.

The MCU’s dedicated HW Processor sound hardware boasts a pair of special features. First, the HW Processor plays sound without requiring CPU resources, so CPU resources can be allocated to other processes even during sound playback. The use of a high-compression algorithm (16 kbps @ 16 kHz) shrinks the size of sound data memory, making it possible to provide a large amount of sound data and sound data in multiple languages. Epson also offers a PC tool that provides a development environment for easily creating sound data in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean without studio recording. 
Second, the MPU also has a self-memory check function that can detect failures in built-in RAM, built-in Flash, and external SPI-Flash memories without using CPU resources.

Epson is committed to helping its customers improve the performance of their products with solutions that leverage Epson’s efficient, compact, and precision technologies.

* A processor designed by U.K-based ARM Limited, the ARM® Cortex®-M0+ is ARM’s most energy-efficient processor and by far the most widely used processor in the market.
ARM and Cortex are registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the EU and other countries. All rights reserved.

Key Product Features

1. Dedicated hardware block for independently executing functions. The HW Processor executes the following functions without using CPU resources:

Sound play processing

  • 2-channel mixing sound (for playing background music + voice)
  • Voice speed conversion (playback speed adjustable in 5% increments between 75% and 125%)
  • The sampling rate of 15.625 kHz is high enough for background music as well as voice.
  • High-compression voice decoding algorithm with high sound quality (16/24/32/40 kbps)

Self-memory check function

  • Built-in RAM (R/W check, MARCH-C START)
  • Built-in Flash checksum, CRC
  • External QSPI-Flash checksum, CRC

Simple HW Processor interface

  • Just set functions and commands in the special register and then start

2. Easily add voice later

  • Sound data is easily added simply by writing the sound data and sentence information (sound data number and joining information)

3. Development environment

Epson sound creation PC tool

  • Studio recording is not needed. Simply use the PC tool to create all the sound data you need (languages supported: Japanese, English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean)
  • Sound data, which is assigned a number in the PC tool, can be played back by specifying the assigned number in the HW processor register, so there is no need to create and evaluate codes for linking sound data, etc.
  • Your WAV format sound data is easily imported into the PC tool

Notes

1. Please see the website below for further details about the S1C31D50 and the rest of the products in the S1C31 series (the S1C31D50, S1C31D01, and S1C31W74).
global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/micro_controller/armcore/index.html

2. Further details about the 16-bit S1C17 series are available on the following website:
global.epson.com/products_and_drivers/semicon/products/micro_controller/16bit/

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
global.epson.com/ 

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Gibt es Musikstreaming in HiFi-Qualität?

Musikstreamingdienste erfreuen sich größter Beliebtheit. Statt sich CDs zu kaufen, streamen Verbraucher die neusten Songs direkt ins heimische Wohnzimmer oder auf‘s Smartphone. Markus Weidner vom Onlinemagazin teltarif.de weiß: "Für die meisten Nutzer ist das Streamen der Musik in MP3 ausreichend. Allerdings gibt es Interessenten mit hochwertigen HiFi-Anlagen, die sich wünschen, dass auch die Musik in bestmöglicher Qualität übertragen wird." Für solche Nutzer gibt es entsprechende Angebote.

Bei den meistgenutzten Streaminganbietern Spotify und Apple Music existiert zwar derzeit keine Option für echte HiFi-Qualität, dafür können Nutzer bei einigen Mitbewerbern fündig werden. Zu denen gehört beispielsweise mit Deezer auch einer der bekannteren Streamingdienste. Verbraucher haben die Möglichkeit, den Dienst 30 Tage lang kostenlos zu testen. Wer sich anschließend für die HiFi-Option entscheidet, bezahlt monatlich 19,99 Euro – also den doppelten Preis gegenüber dem herkömmlichen Abo. Laut Deezer sind derzeit rund 36 Millionen Musiktitel verfügbar, die in sogenannter FLAC-Qualität (16 Bit) gestreamt werden. Für die Offline-Nutzung wird diese hohe Qualitätsstufe allerdings nicht angeboten. Mit Musikstreaming in hoher Qualität hat sich zudem Tidal einen Namen gemacht. "Seit einiger Zeit kooperiert beispielsweise die Telekom-Discounttochter congstar mit Tidal, um Kunden zum Handyvertrag auch gleich Musikstreaming mitverkaufen zu können", sagt Weidner. Der Preis für Musik in HiFi-Qualität liegt hier ebenfalls bei knapp 20 Euro im Monat. Nutzer können dafür auf 46 Millionen Titel in verlustfreier Qualität zurückgreifen.

Ein Anbieter im Musikstreaming-Geschäft, der "Hi-Res-Qualität" bietet, ist qobuz. Mit 349,99 Euro im Jahr gehört der Tarif Sublime+, bei dem die Kunden hochauflösende Musik zu hören bekommen, zu den nicht ganz billigen Angeboten. Allerdings haben sie Zugriff auf über 40 Millionen Titel und 70.000 Alben in der höchsten Übertragungsqualität (Hi-Res 24 Bit). Wem es reicht in FLAC zu streamen, kann ein Jahres-Abo für circa 220 Euro abschließen. Hierbei sind auch Downloads für die Offline-Nutzung möglich. "Nach wie vor können Verbraucher bei den Streamingdiensten, die eine HiFi-Option anbieten, die Musikübertragung in Standardqualität wählen – zu günstigeren Konditionen", erklärt Weidner abschließend.

Weitere Einzelheiten und Streamingdienste finden Sie unter: https://www.teltarif.de/…

In unserem Ratgeber erhalten Sie einen Überblick über verschiedene Musik-Flatrates: https://www.teltarif.de/…

 

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Erasmus plus-Projekt „The Music ist the Key“ jetzt mit eigener App

Die Hochschule Bremen mit ihrem Chor „IntoNation“ ist Kooperationspartnerin im europäischen Erasmus plus-Projekt „The Music ist the Key“. Ziel des EU-Vorhabens ist die Verbesserung der Arbeitsmarktchancen von Profimusikerinnen und -musikern. Jetzt ist in der Zusammenarbeit der Partner-Institution aus Belgien, Deutschland mit der Hochschule Bremen, Italien, Portugal und Spanien eine App entwickelt worden, die die Zielsetzung des Projektes unterstützen und zugleich die strategische Netzwerkbildung fördern soll.

Die App mit der Bezeichnung „Musicjob“ beschreibt mit Blick auf die Partnerländer jede beteiligte Institution, listet kalendarisch Veranstaltungen mit Auftrittsmöglichkeiten auf, stellt Musik-Studiengänge vor und liefert Fallbeispiele über Menschen mit Förderbedarf. Die App mit dem türkisfarbenen Hintergrund kann kostenfrei in den App-Stores von Apple und Google heruntergeladen werden.

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Apps for All: Airtime Pro and Nobex Partners Join Forces to Help More Radio DJs Go Mobile

Airtime Pro (https://www.airtime.pro), the award winning internet radio broadcasting automation platform, and Nobex Partners, the provider of customizable mobile applications for radio broadcasters and podcasters, announced a partnership today. Nobex has been selected as the exclusive mobile app provider for Airtime Pro, bringing this long awaited feature to all Airtime Pro station owners. This partnership delivers Airtime Pro broadcasters highly personalized, engaging and monetizable mobile applications for their online radio stations and podcasts.

Why do internet DJs choose Airtime Pro? Our cloud-based radio station broadcasting software boasts a long list of industry-leading features, including advanced automation, DJ management, seamless transitions between live and scheduled programming, and social media widgets. Airtime Pro offers advanced technology that’s also fun to use, supporting broadcasters in their pursuit of delivering premium radio content.

Nobex mobile applications offers broadcasters a fully customized mobile app experience, from programming, to branding. In addition, broadcasters can earn revenue with the Nobex mobile app’s advertising feature.

The combination of Airtime Pro’s powerful broadcast automation technology with Nobex’s robust, fully-customizable mobile apps offers an instant mobile win for broadcasters. With mobile apps for all, broadcasters can streamline management of their online stations, easily monetize their content, and most of all, deliver an unparalleled experience to their listening audience.

Aleksandar Brajanoski, Airtime Pro Product Manager, says:
“We’re extremely happy to have Nobex by our side. Thanks to this partnership, we are now able to meet the huge demand for a customizable Station App in our client base. Furthermore, Nobex gives our DJs and station owners opportunity to monetize their stations, which comes as a nice bonus. We decided to go with Nobex because we think they have the best offering in the station app market.”

Cait Watson, VP Customer Success, Nobex Technologies, says:
“We’re really looking forward to helping Airtime Pro users get their own custom mobile apps. Setting up their station with Airtime Pro was easy, we want to make setting up their mobile app just as easy.”

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Schöner, moderner, unverkennbar: Schäffner 1903 / Der Herrenausstatter jetzt mit Radiopark Background Music

Seit 115 Jahren begeistert der Herrenausstatter Schäffner…

…mit einem Angebot aus eleganter Gesellschaftsbekleidung und modernen Kollektionen seine Kundschaft.

Vom individualisierten Maßanzug über eine breite Auswahl an Hemden und Hosen bis zu saisonalen Must-Haves und luxuriösen Accessoires: Hier ist man(n) an der richtigen Adresse. Nach einem Brand im Dezember 2016 ist das Modehaus, welches aus Düsseldorf nicht wegzudenken ist, wieder da. Schäffner startet mit neuem Design und Interior frisch in das Jahr 2018.

Radiopark freut sich, dass dieses traditionsreiche Geschäft zukünftig auf den führenden Anbieter maßgeschneiderter Background Music für den Einsatz in den Bereichen Fashion, Hotellerie, Gastronomie und Kreuzschifffahrt setzt, um das anspruchsvolle Ambiente musikalisch zu unterstützen.

Damit kommen zwei Unternehmen zusammen, die mit Ihren Mottos „Mode ändert sich, Qualitätsmaßstäbe bleiben“ und „First class music, premium clients“ für hohe Standards stehen.

(Store-Bilder mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Schäffner 1903)

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Logwin: Fun and entertainment at the nationwide family day while fundraising for Save the Children

Ball bath, a drawing competition and face painting. Last weekend, at locations where employees normally provide smoothly functioning logistics for their customers, Logwin employees and their families were invited to take part in a family day event. Many took this welcome opportunity to enjoy something different with their families. More than 2.000 employees visited locations across Germany with their families and joined in the celebrations at Logwin’s first family day event. Celebration took not only place in Germany, the colleagues in Austria and Hong Kong met as well for a family day. Donations were collected for the children’s charity Save the Children, and with a donation from the company, a total of 50.000 euros was raised for the good cause.

The starting point for the family days was a joint event involving Logwin branches and representatives from Save the Children on the occasion of the World Children´s Day on 20. November 2017. In an opening speech by Germany’s Save the Children CEO Susanna Krüger, she emphasised the importance of corporate involvement, such as that from Logwin, for the organisation’s work, and wished all Logwin employees and their families fun at the upcoming family day. Coffee, cake and a barbecue was provided for the employees and their families who were in attendance at the opening in Berlin and a bouncy castle and other attractions were available for the children. A highlight was the handing over of a trailer unit displaying designs from children who had taken part in a company-wide drawing competition.

Lots on offer for children and adults

Celebrations took place across the whole weekend at Logwin locations throughout Germany. Some locations joined together to offer an extensive programme of events with a diversity of attractions for both young and old. For example, there was knock-down-the-tins competition and tombola in Munich. In Stuttgart, tours of the airport were on offer with food-trucks providing refreshments. In Hamburg, children were able to decorate gingerbread hearts and pack a container. In Nuremberg, a turntable ladder from the fire service provided high times. Monchengladbach held a Logwin quiz treasure hunt. In Großostheim, children could spray graffiti onto a trailer unit. In Erfurt, geo coaching was on offer. In Schwäbisch Gmünd, families were provided with stick bread and marshmallows and in many other locations, events were provided for everyone to enjoy a great day. There was of course refreshments for the employees and their families. In Großostheim, these were even accompanied by with music from a band.

Successful cooperation with Save the Children

The idea of the family day emerged in a joint workshop in June with Logwin employee representatives and Save the Children. The aim of the family day was to give families an opportunity to celebrate and have fun together. This was to be accompanied with information on the worldwide activities of Save the Children for the right and protection of children as well as fundraising for the child protection charity. In past years, Logwin has supported Save the Children by transporting aid and making donations.

By the end of the event, everyone had enjoyed the fund and entertainment together, learnt something about Save the Children, ate and drunk well, and made donations to a good cause. An all-round successful event.

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