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Bang & Olufsen Launches Beolab 8

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Bang & Olufsen introduces the Beolab 8, a speaker characterized by its elegance and compact design. The Beolab 8 is known for its versatility, capable of standing out on its own or seamlessly fitting into any setup. It performs admirably regardless of its placement, whether as the centrepiece of a home sound system or as a solitary point of sound.

This speaker can function as part of a system, contributing to an immersive home cinema experience when paired with the latest high-end Bang & Olufsen speakers or even heritage speakers dating back to 1984. For those seeking a high-fidelity music experience, stereo pairing two Beolab 8 speakers creates a powerful and precise stereo sound.

In addition to its role in a system, the Beolab 8 can also be used as a stand-alone speaker. Despite its compact size, it delivers impressive depth and intense bass, enhancing the overall audio experience. “Our goal is to create powerful and immersive listening experiences for our customers. Beolab 8 provides exactly this. It is a scalable speaker that is all about flexibility, performance, and innovation,” says Michael Henriksson, Vice President of Product Marketing at Bang & Olufsen.

“Drawing inspiration from the high-end Beolab range, our aim for Beolab 8 was to distil the acoustic essence of these impressive speakers into a compact offering that maintains the directivity and sound beam control for optimal sound reproduction in any environment. Bringing immersive experiences for every moment,” he added.

Beolab 8 boasts a design that exudes beauty from every perspective, regardless of its placement. The seamless one-piece aluminium body represents a fusion of a sphere and cylinder, forming a solid shape that reflects the impeccable craftsmanship of Bang & Olufsen’s renowned Factory 5. Available with either Danish-manufactured wooden lamellas or a fabric front, Beolab 8 adheres to the distinctive design language seen in other Bang & Olufsen products, such as Beolab and Beosound lines, including Beosound Theatre, Beolab 28, and Beolab 50.

Between the outer aluminium shell and the inner core, the interplay of light and shadow contributes to a visually lightweight appearance. Aligned with Scandinavian design principles, where form complements function, the speaker’s shape serves both as an aesthetic object and an enhancer of its acoustic capabilities. The glass interface atop the speaker forms a seamless curve that guides the user’s finger effortlessly across the surface.

Featuring four slender and sculptural stand options, each crafted with Bang & Olufsen’s expertise in aluminium manufacturing, the table stand creates a floating illusion, while the discreet ceiling bracket and floor stand are polished to perfection. Tuned by Bang & Olufsen tonmeisters, the three-driver setup of Beolab 8, including a 16mm tweeter, 3” midrange, and a 5.25” woofer, ensures an exceptional audio experience. Building on the heritage of the iconic Beolab 17 speaker, the tonmeisters carefully selected drivers that maintain the same performance and sound quality, allowing listeners to enjoy the renowned Beolab speaker sound.

Nevertheless, the performance of Beolab 8 has been significantly enhanced through the integration of beam width control, room compensation, adaptive tuning, and ultra-wideband technology.

  • The beam width control feature enables users to effortlessly switch between two distinct listening experiences. Beolab 8 allows for precise narrowing of the audio beam to optimize the sweet spot for the listener. Alternatively, users can opt for a wide sound dispersion throughout the room, with the front LEDs on the speaker indicating the current sound mode status.
  • Beolab 8’s Room Compensation feature tailors the audio output to the unique acoustics of the room. By carefully mapping its environment, the speaker ensures crystal-clear sound quality regardless of the room’s size or layout. A neodymium motor further enhances the experience, delivering a soundscape adapted to the specific surroundings for a fully immersive music experience.
  • Through adaptive sound tuning, Beolab 8 adjusts its configuration by utilizing sensors to detect the front cover and fine-tune the sound for optimal performance. This is facilitated by small sensors in the speaker and magnets within the cover, allowing Beolab 8 to identify the cover type and automatically apply the appropriate tuning.
  • Leveraging ultra-wideband technology, Beolab 8 goes beyond adapting to the room; it can also direct the acoustic sweet spot based on the user’s phone location via the Bang & Olufsen app. This ensures an immersive sound experience with a dynamically adjustable sweet spot.

Embedded with Bang & Olufsen’s Mozart platform, Beolab 8, as a standalone device, effortlessly connects through WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3. Equipped with Powerlink, which is both wireless and wired and integrated into the speaker, Beolab 8 functions as a true system speaker, establishing a connection with Bang & Olufsen TVs and sound systems spanning over 30 years.

Designed for enduring appeal, Beolab 8 incorporates quality materials that age gracefully, offer continuous customization options, and allow for easy upgrades over time. Its long-term serviceability and replaceable streaming module ensure adaptability to the latest technology standards. The speaker is crafted in accordance with Cradle-to-Cradle principles, a design philosophy focused on proactively creating products for a circular future. Beolab 8 is currently in the process of obtaining Cradle-to-Cradle certification.

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Reolink Launches a 16MP Camera and Dual-Lens Security Camera Lineup at CES 2024

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Reolink has unveiled a new dual-lens camera lineup at CES 2024. The company showed off a 16 million-pixel security camera, Duo 3 PoE, and more cutting-edge security products and technologies, redefining the future of home and business surveillance. “Devoted to creating the finest security products for consumers and business owners, Reolink is harnessing the latest technology to make homes and offices more secure and comfortable,” says Fabrice Klohoun, Marketing Manager at Reolink. “We invite conference attendees to join us at CES to witness the latest advances in security solutions, including the 16MP images captured by our devices and additional capabilities of Reolink’s product offerings.”

Reolink Duo 3 PoE 16MP Camera
Reolink’s newest addition to its flagship dual-lens lineup, the Duo 3 PoE, innovatively merges two high-resolution lenses into a real-life vision with an enormous 16 million pixels. Users can capture more vivid details than ever before, including wanted or unwanted visitors, license plates,  delivered packages and much more. Boasting an advanced dual-image stitching algorithm, the Reolink Duo 3 PoE camera creates a 180° panoramic view with minimum distortion. Users will experience peace of mind when it comes to property surveillance without missing a single detail.

The most innovative feature of the Duo 3 PoE camera is the built-in Motion Track. By overlaying multiple tracks and positions of people, vehicles, or animals over a certain period into a single picture, users can monitor footage within seconds. This feature removes hurdles like video buffering delays and having to watch multiple footage playback to confirm activity.

Reolink TrackMix Series and Argus Track
Reolink’s hybrid lens TrackMix series provides wide-angle images and target-focused close-ups simultaneously. Together with the auto-tracking function, the TrackMix camera lineup delivers the smoothest surveillance experience for tracking a moving target.

Reolink brings this hybrid dual-lens security technology to a consumer-grade security camera, known as the Reolink Argus Track. This sleek camera incorporates all of the must-have features on the TrackMix cameras: 4K colour images day and night, dual-view display – one for overall and the other for close-up, and 6x hybrid zoom. In addition, it is solar-powered with a 6W solar panel.

Reolink ColorX Series
Reolink is expanding its innovative ColorX true colour night vision technology into more lineups: 4K camera series, Wi-Fi camera series, and PTZ camera series.

Integrating an F1.0 super aperture, an advanced 1/1.8” sensor and HDR function, the new ColorX cameras CX810, CX410W, E1 Outdoor CX capture ultra clear and colourful visuals in extreme darkness, improving nighttime surveillance performance as daylight ones.

Whole-Home Security
High-performing security systems should be full-range and centralized. At CES, Reolink showcased three surveillance solutions for homes and businesses, ranging from wire-free battery solutions and fast Wi-Fi 6 plug-in solutions to solid PoE systems.

All Reolink security camera system solutions embrace a spectrum of advanced features, including 24/7 monitoring, AI-assisted smart detection, instant motion alerts, and more.

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Monster Middle East to Showcase its Innovative Product Portfolio at Channel Summit 2024

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Monster Middle East (MME), a full-service, transcontinental regional platform, has announced that it is participating in Channel Summit 2024, which will be held from January 19 to 21, 2024, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

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The company, which has been at the forefront of the consumer electronics industry since 2001, caters to the Middle East, Africa, CIS, and the Indian Subcontinent.

MME offers a wide range of devices under categories such as videography, lifestyle, gaming and toys, multimedia, tech protection, Edutech, wearables, mobility, and so on. Brands represented by the company include GoPro, Cricut, Therabody, My Arcade, Monster Cable & Audio, Gel Blaster, Veritable, Aarke, Larq, Speck, Incase & Incase Design by Microsoft, Minix, Rocketbook, OneAdaptr, and Arcade1Up.

“Over the years, MME has built a reputation as an industry leader, diligently meeting the needs of customers, suppliers, and end-users. The company’s success is underpinned by exclusive partnerships with many of the world’s leading brands in audio, video, mobile, computing, and emerging technology categories,” said Jehangir Khan, Regional Director for Middle East, Africa, CIS and Indian Sub-Continent, at Monster Middle East.

MME boasts a team of over 32 dedicated employees and operates four bonded distribution centres in the Jebel Ali Free Zone and one duty-paid centre in Dubai.

“Our participation at Channel Summit will be centre around reconnecting with current and new partners and highlighting new lines for the upcoming season,” concluded Khan.

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Lenovo to Launch New AI PCs and Far Edge Computing Products at MWC 2024

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At MWC (26th – 29th February, Barcelona, Spain), Lenovo (Booth #3N30) will unveil its latest portfolio of AI devices and infrastructure solutions to date, as well as showcase two new device concepts that challenge the traditional PC and smartphone form factors. At CES, Lenovo launched its first AI PCs, bringing the technology into its ThinkBook, ThinkPad, Yoga, Legion, and ThinkCentre PC portfolio. With the company’s vision of “AI for All” at MWC, Lenovo will unveil several new AI PCs and edge computing solutions, bringing the technology more into the mainstream for 2024/2025. The company expects the trend of hybrid AI to fuel the demand for both AI PCs and AI smartphones and drive another industry refreshment cycle.

Purpose-built to support AI, Lenovo’s AI PCs are designed and engineered to perform tasks such as reasoning, problem-solving, and learning. More importantly, they create a user-machine bond, bringing tailored experiences amplified by AI. With stronger computing power and larger storage, large language models (LLMs) can easily run on the device rather than in the cloud. Over time, these models adapt to the user’s preferences and habits, enhancing their assistance as time goes on, resulting in a more personalized experience while safeguarding privacy.

In addition, Lenovo plans to unveil several next-generation infrastructure solutions for telecom that help businesses harness vast bodies of data at the far edge for transformative AI applications at scale, while reducing the energy consumption of cloud services. As the telecom industry evolves to connect to today’s digital economy, Lenovo’s Edge AI computing solutions are forging new AI capabilities across city streets throughout Barcelona and Madrid, like using video analytics and computer vision to identify smoke and fire, improve emergency response times and support public safety.

At its Tech World event in October 2023, Lenovo unveiled its hybrid AI for All vision and showcased how it is unleashing the power of AI to drive intelligent transformation in every aspect of people’s lives and in every industry and its commitment to investing $1 billion investment in AI innovation. Also, at MWC, Lenovo will show two new concept products for the first time at a public event. Motorola’s adaptive display concept, a world-first product which uses an FHD+ pOLED display that can be bent and shaped into different forms depending on users’ needs, and also another world-first proof of concept and eye-catching innovative laptop form factor that pushes the boundaries of engineering, design, and user experience from the Intelligent Devices Group and Lenovo Research teams.

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