Acer has announced the availability of its CloudProcessor IoT starter kit in EMEA at the 2017 BETT show in London. For the company this new kind of educational product is a natural development for the “Hour of Code” – the global movement which encourages students to organize coding tutorials. “This easy to use set of programmable components with customized Acer software in conjunction with cloud connectivity is the perfect way to introduce connected hardware to anyone beginning their technological education,” said the company.
“Basic IT skills and an understanding of the technology underpinning the modern world will be essential to daily life in the next few years. Acer CloudProfessor is part of Acer’s contribution to ensuring today’s students are prepared for the world they graduate into” said Maverick Shih, President of the BYOC Smart Products Business at Acer. “Educational technology solutions like this provides students with a great onramp to computer coding. Presenting computing concepts in fun and simple ways is the key to getting kids excited about the next big thing. With the CloudProfessor, we aim to build that excitement about IoT and the possibilities of the cloud.”
Acer was at the BETT show from January 25th to the 28th at booth B109 with demo units of the Acer CloudProfessor and experts on hand to talk through this device and the rest of the range suited for educational institutions.
Acer CloudProfessor is the world’s first IoT starter kit, combining hardware, software and the Cloud. It is the easiest way for all people who are new to the IoT to learn what the Cloud is and how to bring their own unique creations into the world. Alongside the CloudProfessor module, the kit contains an Arduino Leonardo Development Board, an LED101 Development Board, Seeed Arduino Shield, two LEDs, two Sensors (light and temperature) and a small motor to enable movement with robotics projects.
Straight out of the box, this kit comes with access to Acer´s Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC), an ecosystem with partners from multiple layers of the industry from chipset, sensor, operating system, middleware, to application vendors. This pre-programmed connectivity means users can plug and play with their devices and creations. Importantly, it lets them connect and explore without having to worry about the complexities of security, API access and other technological issues that could distract from the main aim – learning in a fun and engaging way.
Together with companies such as Gigo, Acer isproviding learners with the easiest ways to get into the Internet of Things (IoT). Using CloudProfessor and the hardware provided as a starting point, the kit begins with eight application packages for users to try out. For every extension added after that, Acer delivers a sample code which utilises each to get the project started.
The actual Acer CloudProfessor unit itself is a sleek black box (108mm x 44mm x 13mm and weighing less than 100g). It connects through 802.11 a/b/g/n Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + HS. Storage internally comes through 16GB inbuild flash and the unit can take a MicroSD card for up to 128GB worth of capacity. The whole device is powered through an Intel Atom x5 Z8300 CherryTrail chipset, a powerful driver for this device, opening up a wide range of possibilities for IoT exploration.
The Acer CloudProfessor IoT development kit will be available in the UK and EMEA regions in the first half of 2017. Specific availability and pricing details will be announced soon.
Linksys Launches New Series of Affordable WiFi 6 Mesh Solutions
Linksys has announced two new WiFi 6 mesh systems designed to deliver peak wireless performance for all at-home needs including remote working, streaming content, multi-user gaming, and more. The Linksys Hydra 6 and Linksys Atlas 6 are Linksys’ newest entry-level dual-band products in the company’s family of WiFi 6 mesh systems and come at the most affordable prices to date for the brand.
“There is an increased need for wireless connectivity that can handle the influx of devices on home networks, and deliver reliable, secure, and private connections,” said Amanullah Khan, Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey & Africa at Linksys. “Our mission is to connect everyone securely and through the launch of these systems, we provide our customers with two new options for fast speed, coverage, and connectivity at an affordable price point.”
Linksys Atlas 6
The Linksys Atlas 6 is the newest whole-home mesh system in Linksys’ portfolio of products. Speed and performance at an affordable price, the Linksys Atlas 6 is ideal for hybrid work, online gaming, 4K UHD streaming, and more. The dual-band router works best with internet service plans up to a gigabit. Each node has three 1GbE Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices to wireless networks and provides access to 160MHz channels for superfast wireless connections.
The Linksys Atlas 6 is available in three configurations. The 1-pack supports up to 25 devices and covers over ~2,000 square feet, the 2-pack supports up to 50 devices and covers ~4,000 square feet, and the 3-pack supports up to 75 devices ~6,000 square feet.
Linksys Hydra 6
The Linksys Hydra 6 delivers high-speed wireless data for up to 25 devices over 2,000 square feet. The Linksys Hydra 6 WiFi 6 dual-band mesh router delivers dramatically faster, robust, and reliable wireless connections. Ideal for super smooth 4K UHD streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, and more. The router works best with internet service plans up to a gigabit. It provides 160 MHz channels for superfast wireless connections and has four 1 GbE Ethernet ports to connect wired devices such as gaming devices, television, DVR, and more to the wireless network.
Features of Linksys Atlas 6 and Hydra 6, include:
- Fast to set up. Easy to manage. – The Linksys App makes it simple to set up your WiFi network and you can control and monitor your WiFi from anywhere.
- Linksys Intelligent Mesh Technology – Dynamically optimize speeds and maximize the use of all bands to reduce congestion, latency, and buffering.
- Security and privacy you can trust – Protect your home with automatic software updates so your network is always secure and up to date. Parental controls and separate guest networks keep devices safe.
- Peace of mind – Linksys products pass 25 quality tests, are backed by a 3-year warranty, and have 24/7 tech support.
- Grow as needed – When your family, home, and needs grow, your WiFi should grow with you. Add more nodes to expand coverage for a stronger connection and to handle more devices as needed.
- Robust. Stable. Reliable. – Built with the Qualcomm Immersive Home 214 Platform users can expect great connectivity throughout the home.
The Linksys Hydra 6 will be available beginning early summer in the US for $179.99 on Linksys.com and in select retailers; global availability to follow in the second half of 2022. The Linksys Atlas 6 will be available beginning early summer in the US for $149.99 (1-pack), $279.99 (2-pack), and $349.99 (3-pack) on Linksys.com; global availability to follow in the second half of 2022.
MSI Announces the Modern AM242 and AM272 Series AIO PCs and Modern MD272 Series Monitor
MSI has announced the Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs. Featuring the exclusive software MSI Cloud Center, they can bring you a private cloud and help backup your files between the mobile devices (Android & iOS) and Modern AM242 & AM272 Series. Their eye care technologies, built-in Full HD webcam, and ergonomic design with an IPS panel bring a wide viewing angle and enhanced viewing experience. Both models are designed with efficiency and productivity in mind.
MSI Cloud Center: a Private Cloud with Cross-platform and Mobile Connection Backup
The exclusive Cloud Center allows users to backup and download photos, videos, and any other files between the Android or iOS devices and Modern AM242 & AM272 series All-in-One PC. Just one click and it will automatically backup all of your photos and videos to the specific storage you want within a private intranet environment which ensures a safer private cloud environment. You can make these files accessible to your family or team members, or you can also make files as private as you want and you’re the only one who can access them. The decision is in your hands.
The MSI Cloud Center helps you wirelessly and promptly upload files, projects, or travel plans on your Android or iOS devices to the Modern AM242 & AM272 Series if you don’t want to backup all of these files. You can upload, download, delete or even share the files with your family or team members who have been authorized & logged in with a QR code generated by the MSI Cloud Center, and they will also enjoy the benefit of this private cloud and upload the files to finalize the projects with you. Security, privacy, and efficiency can all be enjoyed at once.
If you have any concerns about having too many photos to backup in your storage, MSI Center’s Smart Image Finder helps categorize and browse through your precious memories with A.I.-generated smart tags so that you can search photos or materials with tags and increase your work efficiency.
Eye Care with Stylish Tone
Using the MSI Modern AM242 and AM272 series AIO PCs is the best way to style a desk, home, or even home office, as they are both aesthetically pleasing and completely functional for learning or working at home or in the office. The innovative Modern AM Series All-in-One PC is designed to stylishly increase visual comfort while performing computer tasks at home or in the office. Both models come with MSI’s Anti-Flicker technology, which eliminates flickering and effectively reduces eye fatigue caused by prolonged use time while enhancing your productivity. The Less Blue Light technology filters visual exposure to the blue light during daily use and brings you the most comfortable viewing experiences.
Enhanced Security & Productivity Design
The built-in Full HD webcam with privacy design and A.I. noise cancellation technology from MSI Center help connect you to the world and with the best video quality. Its built-in webcam supports the Windows Hello biometric authentication system providing you with a faster and safer way to log in. The Modern AM242 and AM272 Series All-in-One PCs also support the privacy screen and peeker detection technology which we developed with Tobii Aware to ensure a safer environment for you. A removable webcam cover is also available if you need more privacy.
With the MSI Instant Display Technology, the Modern AM242 and AM272 Series All-in-One PCs can be used as a monitor without booting up their system. When the devices are connected to their HDMI-in ports, the screen will be turned on immediately. Furthermore, they can support a second monitor through the HDMI output and support the standard VESA mount or MSI’s VESA Arm MT81. The MSI Modern AM242 and Modern AM272 Series All-in-One PCs can help provide a better user experience for you, protect your eyes most ergonomically, and quietly protect our environment as well.
Modern MD272 Series Monitor – The Best Choice Award & Red Dot Design Award Winner
The Modern MD272 Series brings an eye care & ergonomic environment for all users. It provides Full HD & WQHD resolution for a wider field of view and greater detail. With the Less Blue Light PRO and Anti-flicker technology, this monitor protects your eyes while maintaining vibrant colors. With several user-friendly designs such as an adjustable base stand (adjustable tilt, swivel, height & pivot), tool-free design, Type C display & 65W power delivery, internal speakers, the exclusive Productivity Intelligence (P.I.) app that supports the KVM switch, proper display mode, and convenient tools, the Modern MD272 is awarded the 2022 Best Choice Award and the 2021 German Red Dot Design Award. This is the pinnacle of business monitor achievement which helps expand your vision to the world.
Proscenic Intros the WashVac F20 Cordless Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner
Smart home appliance manufacturer Proscenic, with a history of making components for Panasonic, Hitachi, Zojirushi, and Philips, today announces the availability of its new F20 WashVac Cleaner that has been designed to integrate Vacuuming and Washing for one-easy go clean. The Proscenic F20 WashVac Cleaner is available now Indiegogo until June 20th for an early bird price of just $299/€299/£240 until 20th June. Delivery is expected in July.
Designed to simultaneously vacuum and wash with its 10KPa suction power the F20 cordless, the WashVac can effortlessly and flawlessly clean dirt on various floor types. Its multi-surface cleaning abilities mean the scratch-proof roller brush can clean dirt on wood floor/tile surface/cement floor and hard floor, and all with a mop finish too. The inclusion of an infrared sensor means the F20 can intelligently detect both wet spills and dry dirt, and automatically adjust suction power and water volume to the optimal level in smart mode.
With a filter plate installed in the middle of the waste container, liquids and solids will be automatically separated after both wet and dry messes are sucked up from the ground, which makes waste disposal easy and hygienic. The brush head features a Double Narrow edge design allowing even hard to reach areas to be cleaned, such as wall edges or other stationery items as close as 8 mm. Boasting one of the largest water tanks on the market (0.9L dirt water and 1L clean water) and a large battery life with 40 minutes run time, the entire house can be cleaned without the need to refill or recharge.
Including various functions of Electrolyzed Water Sterilization, UV Light Sterilization, Self-Drying, and Self Cleaning combined, the air circulation on the brush roller can effectively prevent mould, germs, and odours from growing, leaving no bad smells both before and after cleaning.
Users can benefit from the self-propelled design of the F20 which includes a drive mechanism that turns the wheels automatically, meaning no back and forth action is required. The time-efficient and effortless usage is topped off with a LED display screen on top of the unit, Smart Voice Assist for things like powering on/off, changing cleaning modes, charging, errors being detected, starting/stopping Self Cleaning, and more all through voice prompts to give users timely notifications.
The PROSCENIC App can be linked to the cleaner which allows basic information to be viewed via a Smartphone, such as monitoring the accessories life cycle, error reports, cleaning data and rankings.
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