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Senic Wants To Revolutionize Measurement, Starting With A Smartphone-Connected Laser Distance Meter

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New hardware startup and Y Combinator Summer 2013 cohort member Senic is launching pre-orders for its first product today, a laser rangefinder like the ones sold in hardware stores around the world and used every day by contractors and DIY enthusiasts. The difference is that Senic’s device uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate with iOS and Android devices, recording measurements instantly and syncing them to the cloud.

The use of a cloud-based platform for collecting and storing measurement data, as well as Senic’s plans to expand their hardware catalog to include a number of different hardware devices, including micrometers, gauges, and other tools that builders and engineers use regularly in their work. Senic co-founder Toby Eichenwald explained that he got the idea working for his father’s company in Korea, and learned from its customers that the measurement industry was essentially “stuck in the 80s.”

“We build precise, sensitive devices for smartphones,” Eichenwald said. “The product that we’re working on right now is the worlds’ smartest laser distance meter. It’s directed to two big groups right now, so we’ve made one app that’s directed at do-it-yourselfers and consumers (a floor plan app), and for our B2B customers we’re doing a price quote app so that electricians or heating guys for instance can walk into a building, enter the price-per-feet of their systems and quickly generate a quote.”

The laser distance meter they’re building has a 200-foot range, is accurate up to 0.075 inches, is water and dust resistant and features single button operation. It will retail for $ 149 in stores, but is available to pre-order customers through the Senic website starting today for just $ 99. The Floorplan app for iPad (Android support coming soon, now that Android 4.3 supports Bluetooth Low Energy) allows a user to record length and width measurements and build a model in the software, and then rooms can be dragged and positioned next to each other to mimic the actual floor layout. The Price quotes app outputs an invoice that can be emailed, and offers in-app customer sign-off for approving work orders.

“We’ve talked to a lot of architects, engineers and really big firms here in the Bay area to see what problems they’re going through, and that’s why we’re focusing on apps first because they solve the biggest problem,” Eichenwald said. “People in the building industry are under huge money and time pressures, and anything that can save them a lot of time and make their lives easier is so valuable to them.”

Senic is looking to ship in the beginning of November, with an idea first production run of around 500 to 1,000 units, and Eichenwald says that they’re fully ready to go to production, unlike a lot of Kickstarter or other crowdfunded products at this stage. The laser rangefinder is just a start, too, and eventually firms could use Senic products for all their measurement needs, which could result in a completely new resource in terms of aggregate, cloud-based data from the building and construction industry.

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StatCounter’s iOS Web Traffic Measurement Reveals Apple’s Asia Appeal May Be Waning

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Apple ’ s iPhone could possibly be dealing with a downturn in overall consumer interest in essential markets consisting of Singapore and Hong Kong, according to a report from Reuters based on StatCounter traffic figures from this past weekend. StatCounter found that around 3 million internet sites for which it oversees traffic, Apple ’ s share of mobile gadgets represented in the general mix in Singapore dropped from 72 percent in January last year to HALF this month, with Android climbing up from 20 percent to 43 percent in the exact same time frame.

There is great information, nevertheless: Southeast Asia is taking on smartphones at a really fast clip, with customers enhancing their buying of those sorts of devices 78 percent in between September 2011 and September 2012, Reuters states. That implies that even if Apple is getting less of the pie in trend-setting cities like Hong Kong, it ’ s still most likely not in hazard of seeing its general customer growth slow all that much in Asia in non-relative terms. Still, in Hong Kong, iOS traffic consider 30 percent of traffic gauged by StatCounter, below 45 percent one year back, and Android is now up to around two-thirds of all traffic.

Apple makes no bones about how vital the Asia-Pacific market is to its company; the company presented brand-new reporting practices that break out Greater China sales by themselves in its newest profits report, in order to better represent that area ’ s expanding contribution to the business. Greater China ’ s contribution to Apple ’ s bottom line swollen vs. the year ago quarter in its Q1 fiscal 2013, expanding profits 67 percent. On a quarterly basis it was up, too, but simply 26 percent, where income grew by 47 percent sequentially in the Americas, the next slowest mover.

There are good reasons Apple ’ s development could have slowed in Greater China, consisting of the fact that the iPhone 5 was just launched for much of the area late in the quarter, and the fact that the holiday doesn ’ t necessarily spike sales as much as it finishes the Americas, Europe and various other markets. And Apple CEO Tim Cook still singled out China as a “ hyper-growth ” market for the brand in a City center meeting that was simply held at the Cupertino Apple HQ, according to 9t05Mac.

Talk of Apple “ losing its cool ” in China and various other parts of Asia isn ’ t new, therefore far, in spite of market share reports, revenues are not reflecting any mass exodus far from its devices. But Android is absolutely pushing on in those markets, which ’ s a trend Apple definitely has to enjoy and attempt to neutralize.

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LG’s 55-inch OLED TV gets in the third measurement, we slide on our glasses (hands-on)

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We first saw LG’s 55-inch OLED TV at last year’s CES, where it drew a fair share of oohs and ahhs at the business’s press event. In Could, the tentative rates info for the European market was produceded, but this set’s future in the USA continued to be TBD. Quickly forward to IFA 2012, and we’re in front of this titan once again– however this time, it’s sporting 3D. Real, at 55 inches, it’s no goliath contrasted to the 84-inch Televisions we’ve seen this week from Sony, Toshiba and even LG, but the professional claims this 55-inch style is the largest OLED HDTV readily available, and its carbon fiber backing and ultra-thin 4mm profile are most certainly the markings of a high-end setup.

Throughout LG’s booth excursion today, we had a possibility to sneak a peek at the now 3D-capable set, which otherwise looks fairly like the version we saw at CES, albeit with a bit more polish. In order to accomplish a 4-millimeter profile, the set packs all of its connectivity in the base module. There’s additionally an Unnoticeable Connection module on order, which links to the TV with a proprietary optical connector and transparent cable television, should you wish to mount the display on your wall. Naturally, 3D content wasn’t as sharp as its 2D equivalent, but the OLED looked excellent regardless. With its ultra-thin design, it’s undoubtedly suggested for consumers who care about appearances maybe much more than image quality, but if you can stomach the & euro; 9,000 price, this is one great get. Take a closer appearance in our gallery just below.

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Nikko’s 3D meat measurement system is enough to make James Cameron’s butcher jealous (video)

Not getting the most out of your meat? Then you’re clearly not using Nikko’s multi-camera 3D meat measuring system. In an attempt to deal with the rising cost of seafood, the Japanese company enlisted the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, which offered up a method for taking images of the backside of meat through gaps in a conveyor belt. The system uses fours pairs of stereo cameras to create a 3D image of meat as it travels down the line, helping to determine the best way to make the most out of the foodstuff. The company is attempting to drop the price of the system, in order to bring it to market within two years. You know you want to check out a bevy of 3D seafood images after the break.

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Northrop Grumman to Supply High Accuracy Inertial Measurement Units for Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A

Northrop Grumman to Supply High Accuracy Inertial Measurement Units for Eurofighter Typhoon Tranche 3A
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a contract by EADS Defence & Security, through its Military Air Systems business unit, to deliver 88 inertial measurement units for Tranche 3A of the Eurofighter Typhoon.

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