Poly has introduced its latest pro-grade solutions to solve the evolving needs of today’s distributed workforce. Additions to Poly’s portfolio of intelligent devices include the Poly Studio R30, Poly Sync 10, and enhancements to the Poly Lens platform to help deliver exceptional experiences from wherever you work. These solutions, combined with developments to Poly DirectorAI smart camera technology, help employees look and sound their best, while employers can maintain focus on delivering meeting equity for hybrid and office workers alike.
“The ability to deliver a seamless and equitable experience for today’s modern workforce is not only critical for driving business success but also happier and more productive employees,” said Beau Wilder, Senior Vice President, and General Manager of Video Collaboration, Poly. “Although organizations have started to announce return-to-office plans, relying on solutions that were successful pre-pandemic will no longer cut it. At Poly, we’re dedicated to investing in pro-grade tools that make sure all employees have equal opportunity and experience – whether in the office, at home, or on the go.”
The Poly Studio Series pro-grade video conferencing devices deliver a seamless purpose-built experience for meeting rooms of all sizes, including Poly Studio Kits for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows. Poly’s lineup of video conferencing devices brings equity and ease to upgrade every meeting with Poly DirectorAI technology which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver real-time automatic transitions, group framing, speaker tracking, and presenter and conversation mode, while NoiseBlockAI and Acoustic Fence technologies block-out unwanted background noise.
The newest addition to the Poly Studio Series is the Poly Studio R30 smart USB video bar, designed for small meeting rooms. This plug-and-play device comes equipped with Poly DirectorAI technology to ensure everyone is seen clearly with the pinpoint-accurate group and speaker framing. Poly is expanding its lineup of devices for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows to include the Poly Studio R30 Small Room Kit, optimized for smaller meeting rooms. The Poly Studio R30 works with the cloud-based video provider of your choice and is certified by Microsoft and Zoom.
Poly Studio R30 video bar features include:
- 4K camera with a 120-degree field of view so every meeting participant is seen clearly, even those sitting closest to the camera
- Poly DirectorAI smart camera technology that can perfectly frame everyone in the room, an individual speaker, or even track a presenter in real-time.
- Advanced audio with NoiseBlock AI and Acoustic Fence to block-out unwanted background noise
- WiFi device capabilities for remote IT management, eliminating the need for additional software in the room
- End-users have the option to personalize settings for their workspace
For larger meeting rooms, the Poly Studio E70 camera and Studio X70 video bar are adding a new Poly DirectorAI mode called people framing. People framing mode provides close-ups for each meeting participant in the room, which are displayed in gallery mode. People framing mode will be available on Studio E70 and Studio X70 starting in June 2022.
In addition to the Poly Studio Small Room Kit for Microsoft Teams, Poly is delivering added flexibility for its entire lineup of Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows:
- A USB extender and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) options for more flexible room deployments and seamless connections to user’s laptops for any video app
- A Camera Control App so users can easily adjust the camera experience or change Poly DirectorAI modes
Poly Sync speakerphones feature USB and Bluetooth connectivity with intelligent microphones that track the talker, not the noise. The Sync family lineup is sleek, sophisticated, smart, and designed to deliver crisp audio quality for both work and entertainment. The Poly Sync 10, the newest member of the Sync family, is a plug-and-play USB speakerphone designed to upgrade the home office experience, converting any space into your own personal conference room. Perfect for calls and music, its two-microphone steerable array reduces surrounding noise and delivers high-quality audio. The Poly Sync 10 is certified by Microsoft and Zoom and works seamlessly with the cloud-based meeting platform of your choosing.
Poly Sync 10 speakerphone features include:
- Reliable, enterprise-grade hi-fi audio and power amplifier for calls and music
- Easy-to-spot call status, with clear, bright status lightbar
- USB-A cable, with a USB-C adapter included
- Dust-and water-resistant IP64
- Supported by Poly Lens
Poly Lens provides a holistic platform with device control for all Poly gear, including the Studio R30 video bar and Sync 10 speakerphone, to enhance workspace and user experience. The cloud-based solution delivers vital management tools for provisioning, monitoring, and troubleshooting Poly devices.
“No matter where users work, or which device they choose, the Poly Lens App gives them the ability to personalize their experience, stay up to date with the latest software, get helpful usage tips, support, and more. The latest enhancements will feature Lens App for mobile devices supporting Poly Bluetooth devices while on the go. Poly Lens App for mobile will be available in June 2022,” the company said.
Poly Lens and the Poly Lens App features include:
- Vital management for the Poly voice, video, and headsets for both the IT manager and individual user
- Device personalization for both the user’s desktop and mobile
- “Find My Device” for mobile users, so you never misplace your favorite device
Acer’s ConceptD Laptops and Desktops Get 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs and NVIDIA RTX GPUs
Acer has announced new models in its professional line of ConceptD creator PCs. The ConceptD 5 laptop, ConceptD 500 mini workstation, and ConceptD 100 small form factor desktop now include the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GPUs, while the ConceptD 5 laptop now offers a 16-inch OLED display option. ConceptD PCs are designed and optimized for graphic designers, filmmakers, engineers, architects, developers, and other creators. They feature top-of-the-line technology housed in a timeless design aesthetic.
ConceptD 5 Laptop
The powerful ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro creator laptops for mobile professionals are ideal for those who need the ability to create or edit work on the go. Less than an inch in height, their sophisticated and durable metal design makes them easy to take on the road. Designed to handle large, complex CAD modeling and advanced digital content creation, they smoothly render up to 6K-resolution videos, effortlessly process 3D animations, and deliver the best encoding and image quality for livestreaming.
Models are equipped with the latest high-performance components including up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i7-12700H processor and powerful NVIDIA RTX and GeForce RTX Laptop GPUs; the GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU is found on CN516-73G models, while the more powerful NVIDIA RTX A5500 is featured on the Pro configurations (CN516-73P).
They also include up to 32 GB of fast LPDDR5 SDRAM and up to 2 TB of ultra-responsive NVMe PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD storage. Keeping all this power running coolly and efficiently is an advanced thermal design; strategically placed air intake and exhaust vents generate an aerodynamic “Vortex Flow” within the device, while three efficient cooling fans reduce noise levels to less than 40 dBA.
Acer has collaborated with NVIDIA to bring all the benefits from NVIDIA Studio to the ConceptD 5 and ConceptD 5 Pro. As NVIDIA Studio-validated laptops, they include software optimizations and pre-installed NVIDIA Studio Drivers for enhanced performance and reliability in top creative apps. Artists will be able to create at the speed of imagination thanks to dedicated hardware benefits accelerating 3D, video editing, live streaming and graphic design workflows. Users also get access to NVIDIA tools including NVIDIA Omniverse for 3D editing and collaboration, NVIDIA Broadcast for live streaming and NVIDIA Canvas for AI-assisted landscape painting.
An Optional pixel-packed WQUXGA (3840 x 2400), 400-nit OLED display is backed up by several color technologies including 100% DCI-P3 coverage, PANTONE Matching System (PMS) Colors, HDR capability and Delta E<2 color calibration. This all equates to saturated color with deeper blacks, brighter whites and full-spectrum color precision. The extra screen real estate provided by its 16:10 aspect ratio is especially useful for managing application title bars and Windows taskbars at the top and bottom of the screen.
Supporting its powerful but thin and lightweight design, the ConceptD 5 series has the highest capacity battery Acer has ever included in a ConceptD laptop. The 99.98-Wh lithium-polymer battery powers the bright display and delivers higher maximum sustained power for long wireless web browsing, video playback and streaming up to 11 hours. The ConceptD 5 series also includes a wide range of ports critical for content creation. An HDMI 2.1 and full-size SD 7.0 card reader make it easy to connect to peripherals and quickly transfer content, while the latest Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C connectors charge devices faster, transfer files quicker, and extend the display onto multiple external monitors.
The full-sized amber backlit keyboard includes individual hard keycaps and a scissor mechanism with 1.55 mm travel for a responsive, comfortable and quiet typing experience. The Corning Gorilla Glass trackpad is 27% larger in comparison to the previous generation, and a fingerprint reader integrated directly onto the top left hand side of the touchpad makes it easy to log in through Windows Hello.
Built-in hotkeys give creators a convenient way to work; the “Snipping Tool Key” enables quick snipping and sharing of a screenshot; the “ConceptD Key” opens the Color Picker window; and the “Swapping Apps Key” lets creators switch between current and previous windows by repeatedly pressing this key. The keys can be changed and customized in the ConceptD Palette, which allows creators to quickly and easily adjust color profiles or internal microphone settings, access favorite apps and adjust sound settings. Users can also monitor the laptop’s CPU, GPU and memory usage, and when necessary, switch between full-performance, balanced and whisper-quiet Eco mode.
ConceptD 500 Desktop
The ConceptD 500 desktop PCs sport a white minimalist modern design with a timeless, aesthetic and warm amber lighting. Beneath its sleek and unobtrusive design, Acer’s powerful mid-sized (20L) ConceptD 500 has some of the most powerful capabilities available, making it the perfect creator desktop PC for intensive tasks such as 3D animation, videos and complex design projects.
Running Windows 11, the newest models (CT500-53A) include the latest tech from Intel and NVIDIA, including a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 processor and a choice of powerful graphics — either an NVIDIA RTX A4000 or GeForce RTX 3070 GPU.
With up to 128 GB of DDR4 3200Mhz of memory, up to 4 TB of M.2 Gen 4 SSD storage and up to a 4 TB HDD, it offers all the performance and storage needed for the most resource hungry 2D and 3D design applications. The ConceptD 500 runs coolly and quietly; front air intake optimizes cooling and noise levels are kept at less than 40 dbA — as quiet as a library.
A full range of ports for connecting to peripherals are located on the back and front of the unit for easy accessibility. Professionals can quickly transfer files with a USB Type-C (10 Gbps) port or an integrated SD card reader, and connect quickly and securely to the internet via its high-speed LAN connection with speeds up to 2.5Gbps.
ConceptD 100 Desktop
The ConceptD 100 is a space-saving small form factor desktop ideally suited for SMB creative professionals. Its small size and classic design make it ideal for any modern office or studio. It also features a white minimalist design with soft round edges, a faux wood top panel and amber light strip along the front panel for an elegant and timely look. Developed for individual 2D and 3D content creators as well as small to-medium sized design studios, it features powerful components suitable for graphic design, light-duty 3D modeling, CAD and BIM workloads.
The latest models (CM100-53A) now offer a 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor and an NVIDIA T400 or T1000 GPU. They support up to 128 GB of DDR4 3200Mhz memory, up to a 2 TB 7200 RPM HDD and up to a 2 TB M.2 PCI-e/Gen 4 SSD.
Ports on the front and back make it easy to connect to a wide range of peripherals so creators can quickly transfer files with a USB Type-C (10 Gbps) port or an integrated SD card reader. It also includes a high-speed LAN connection with speeds up to 2.5 Gbps for a fast and reliable connection to the internet. In addition, advanced thermals keep it cool, and noise levels are also kept at less than 40 dbA.
The ConceptD 5 laptop (CN516-73G) will be available in EMEA in June starting at $2,499. The ConceptD 5 Pro laptop (CN516-73P) will be available in EMEA in September starting at $2,709. The ConceptD 500 desktop PC will be available in EMEA in September starting at $1,249 . The ConceptD 100 desktop PC will be available in EMEA in September starting at $1,039.
Acer Expands its SpatialLabs Lineup of Stereoscopic 3D Products with new Portable Displays for Creators and Gamers
Acer today announced two additions to its SpatialLabs lineup of products: the Acer SpatialLabs View for personal entertainment and Acer SpatialLabs View Pro for commercial audiences. Both are standalone 15.6-inch 4K displays that can be connected to another PC, providing users with portable access to the SpatialLabs suite of experiences. Not just intended for highly-skilled creators, however, this generation of devices brings glasses-free stereoscopic 3D technology to gamers and home-entertainment enthusiasts, too.
Gamers and creators alike will appreciate the series’ lightweight design (less than 1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs), making it easy to put in a bag and take to a LAN party or product pitch session. Creators in particular can depend on 100% coverage of the Adobe RGB color gamut, but gamers will also appreciate the devices’ 400 nits of brightness.
While the Acer SpatialLabs View comes with an all-new stereoscopic 3D gaming platform, the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro comes with both the technology necessary to realize a user’s creations and also an intelligent industrial design that simplifies deployment — a combination that leads to more impactful storytelling opportunities.
SpatialLabs TrueGame is a new application that brings stereoscopic 3D to the world of gaming, letting players enjoy their favorite titles in their true glory. This is possible because games are mostly created with three dimensions in mind: developers include information about depth into each scene and object they build. SpatialLabs leverages this already-existing information in order to present the games in stereoscopic 3D. A dedicated pre-configured 3D profile will be available for each game title among the 50+ modern and classic titles on launch in order to offer players a seamless experience with their favorite games, and profiles for additional titles will be added on a continuous basis moving forwards.
While these profiles rely on a ton of information and a significant amount of work goes into optimizing each one, the platform itself is incredibly user-friendly. After launching the TrueGame application, users simply need to navigate to the title they wish to play and then press “Play.” The application will do the rest, automatically launching the necessary game files on a user’s system and activating the title’s associated TrueGame 3D profile in order to boot the game up in Stereoscopic 3D.
This is a totally new way of playing that offers immersion, unlike anything players, have experienced before. Rooms appear more spacious, objects appear genuinely layered, and adventures become more exciting—all smooth, in real-time, and without the need for special glasses.
When not playing games, it can also be used as a standard 4K monitor.
Acer’s proprietary solution SpatialLabs Go features AI technology that makes it possible to generate stereoscopic 3D content from almost anything that can be displayed in full-screen, all at the press of a button. Photographs pop off the screen, simple web games become a bit more exciting, and videos (online or offline) take on another level of immersion in real-time. Perhaps most importantly, you can generate your own content, by taking some photos or videos with your devices, and once the assets are imported onto the system, you are able to use SpatialLabs Go to generate simulated stereo 3D images.
SpatialLabs Model Viewer
The Acer SpatialLabs View Pro is about making creators’ lives easier. To this end, out-of-the-box support for all major file formats, including newly added support for Datasmith, means that creators can use 3D design software such as Revit, Solidworks, and Cinema 4D by installing Datasmith export plugins: when a project is ready for viewing, it can be imported into the SpatialLabs Model Viewer. Sketchfab integration further simplifies the creation process by giving users access to a massive online library of free and premium 3D assets that can be leveraged for their own projects. As color accuracy is critical for design work, the View Pro’s 15.6-inch 4K display covers 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut.
Not just a tool for creating 3D assets, however, the SpatialLabs View Pro empowers developers with a variety of means to share and display their creations:
- Content can be quickly loaded for sharing — whether that’s to get feedback from a colleague in the office or to give a customer a true-to-life visualization of the item they’re interested in
- Those working in sales or marketing will appreciate the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro’s slim and portable design: less than 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) it’s easy to take on the go, and a collapsible kickstand makes it possible to set up shop virtually anywhere
- A VESA mount makes it easy to affix the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro to kiosks and point-of-sale displays when the situation calls for a more permanent setup, while Ultraleap hand-gesture recognition allows customers to enjoy an even more interactive experience
As with previous SpatialLabs devices, the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro includes several additional add-ons to improve the workflow of 3D creators. The creation can be taken from the 3D software and launched in SpatialLabs Model Viewer with just one click. In addition, Maya and Blender users can connect and edit on a 2D screen while observing their changes being rendered into stereoscopic 3D on the Acer SpatialLabs View Pro — all simultaneously and in real-time.
The Acer SpatialLabs View (ASV15-1B) will be available this summer starting at AED 1,099.
TCL Brings New Mini LED QLED TVs and Home Appliances to the MEA Region
TCL Electronics has announced the launch of its new C Series TV line-up and home appliances in the Middle East & Africa (MEA). As a global technology brand with a presence in over 160 countries and regions, TCL has been providing products to approximately 300 million users globally. In 2021, TCL TV’s market share grew by 11.5 percent with 24.6 million units of LCD TV shipment, while No.1 Android OS Smart TV Brand, according to Omdia TV sets market tracker Q1 2022 and Omdia TV design and features tracker respectively.
“We are proud to unveil TCL’s latest generation of Mini LED and QLED C Series TVs, to offer premium home theater experience to consumers in the Middle East and Africa,” said Sunny Yang, General Manager of TCL MEA.
TCL Mini LED 4K TV C935 and C835, both raise the bar of powerful imagery by increasing the number of local dimming zones to as many as 1920 and offering stunning brightness performance, to achieve striking contrast, show captivating details as well as over 1 billion colors powered by QLED technology.
As a superior QLED 4K entertainment center, C735 and C635 are designed to deliver a comprehensive range of entertainment experiences with Google TV and exceptional video gaming performance. Those line-up TVs will soon be available in the UAE and other countries of the Middle East and Africa region.
TCL also announced the latest home appliances, such as the FreshIN air conditioner, Sweeva Series of robot vacuum cleaners (which received the CES 2022 Innovation Award), Breeva Series air purifiers, P2 Series auto-dose washing machines and its newest range of intelligent IoT small domestic appliances that can be controlled remotely and intelligently through the TCL Home App.
“TCL has expanded already in MEA significantly.” Mohammed Minhajuddin, Senior Marketing Manager of TCL MEA said, “We have great ambitions for the future with an efficient local marketing mapping plan.”
These new products are firmly in line with TCL’s s new brand signature “Inspire Greatness”, which not only carries the brand’s latest corporate message but also reflects TCL’s confidence and ambition to provide consumers around the world with values that inspire and empower people to pursue greatness in their lives. go beyond products.
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