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VRsenal To Debut Fully-Automated Beat Saber Virtual Arcade Cabinet At IAAPA 2018

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VRsenal, the leader in attendant-free commercial VR systems, has partnered with Beat Games to launch a fully-automated Beat Saber Virtual Arcade Cabinet at the 2018 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, Florida.

Just like a traditional arcade cabinet, VRsenal’s Virtual Arcade Cabinet is a single machine that can go from shipping pallet to fully operational in thirty minutes, all with zero technical expertise or prior VR experience.

VRsenal’s Beat Saber cabinet has a footprint of just 30 square feet (2.8 square meters) and has been optimized for high throughput, high uptime, high ROI, and low maintenance.

“We’ve had commercial VR products operating under real world conditions for over two years, so we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t,” said Ben Davenport, Founder and CEO of VRsenal. “Success in this arena requires a product that actually delivers on the high promise of VR, but without any of the hassle and inconvenience that currently comes with most commercial VR systems. It’s not enough to simply deliver a fun experience, it also has to be affordable, profitable, easy to operate – and it needs to do all of this while never, ever, making anyone sick. The fact is – there’s just no way to accomplish all of these things without a robust, fully-automated VR platform that’s been carefully paired with highly repayable world-class VR content. That’s why we partnered with Beat Games. Beat Saber burst on the scene in mid-2018 and instantly became a music rhythm phenomenon. People from every imaginable demographic love to play this game, and they love to watch their friends play. It’s super social, and when you combine our compact, fully-automated Virtual Arcade Cabinet with a brilliant game like Beat Saber, operators are going to see significant revenue-per-square-foot numbers beyond anything ever witnessed in the LBVR space. We fully expect the Beat Saber Virtual Arcade Cabinet to be remembered as VR’s PAC-MAN moment. In other words – this is VR’s killer app.”

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“VRsenal’s design and execution of the Virtual Arcade Cabinet perfectly reflects our goal of making virtual reality approachable, accessible, and entertaining,” said Jenna Seiden, LBE lead for Beat Games. “Beat Saber appeals to a mainstream audience, to anyone who likes rhythm, music, songs, or dance, and we want both existing and new fans, as well as our operator friends, to have only the best experiences when playing our game.”

This is a premium piece of kit. The Beat Saber cabinet’s steel frame glistens with neon lighting and strikes a pose like a sleek sculptured piece of modern art. Each cabinet boasts a crowd-drawing 80-inch (203-cm) 4K screen protected by quarter-inch windshield glass displaying everything the player sees in stunning life-size detail. The entire system is powered by HP VR-ready PCs, Intel i7 processors, Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards and HTC Vive Pro headsets. The cable management and retraction system provides a near-wireless experience, while the fully integrated ticketing system brings redemption functionality to the table. On top of all of this, the overall unit boasts an impressive 99% uptime record. VRsenal then seals the deal with futuristic holographic signage that projects rotating Beat Saber logos that hover in mid-air just above the cabinet.

In short, VRsenal’s Beat Saber Virtual Arcade Cabinet is dressed to impress, from the moment you lay eyes on it to the last slash of the last beat of your last song.

VRsenal will be at Booth 3886 from Nov 13-16, 2018.

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Calling For Young Social Entrepreneurs to Make the World a Better Place

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This year’s winning teams of the SIF’s Young Social Entrepreneurs Programme join an almost 1000-strong network of change-makers, and mark the opening of applications for the tenth run in 2019

35 young social entrepreneurs from eight countries including India completed their final lap in the Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) signature 2018 Young Social Entrepreneurs (YSE) programme last month. The Kisan Union, Co-founded by Singaporeans Kannan Venkataramanujam, Ho Jing En and an Indian Nikhil Mukkawar was amongst the seven winning teams to walk away with up to S$20,000 to kick-start or scale up their business ideas for social change. These winners opened the applications for the 2019 YSE programme now at http://www.sif.org.sg/yseapply .

The other winning teams for 2018 were from Bhutan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the United States of America and Vietnam. Each winner was chosen based on the impact and scalability of their social enterprise, as well as commitment level of team members. The Kisan Union has the sole distinction of being the only team in this year’s YSE to have members from different countries. The Founders – Ho Jing En, Kannan Venkataramanujam and Nikhil Mukkawar identified that people living in rural India have travel miles to access eGovernment services and basic healthcare. To bridge that gap, their Kisan kiosks, located across rural areas in India, provide access to government policies, information and health services.

Ms Ho Jing En of The Kisan Union (Singapore and India) said, “It’s been an extremely rewarding eight months and I’m grateful to have taken part in this journey. More than winning the grant itself, I think we gained the most by interacting with like-minded peers from around the world. Having spent time learning from each other has been a great source of inspiration and motivation. I’m sure we will all continue pushing for what we believe in even after the YSE!”

Ms Jean Tan, Executive Director of Singapore International Foundation, said, “Today’s youths are passionate, purpose-driven, and many of them strive to make a positive impact on the world through their work. We are proud to support them in turning their social enterprise dreams into reality via the YSE programme.”

YSE participants undergo an eight-month long learning journey where they receive guidance from a pool of volunteer mentors from McKinsey & Company, Temasek International, and leading entrepreneurs and culminate in a final Pitching for Change session where they present their social enterprise ideas to a panel of for seed funding up to S$20,000. To broaden their perspectives on social entrepreneurship, the teams would also participate in an international study visit where they will meet with established social entrepreneurs, opinion leaders, and industry experts.

Since its launch in 2010, the YSE programme has nurtured more than 900 alumni, spanning 29 nationalities. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of YSE and the SIF will commemorate the growth of the programme, as well as the success of its international alumni.

“We celebrate a decade of the YSE programme next year, and beyond our alumni’s achievements, we see the strong connections they have forged as testament to the programme’s enduring success,” added Ms Tan.

The winning teams for YSE 2018 are:

  1. Junior Art Lab (Singapore) : headed by Aminur Rasyid Bin Mohamed Anwar, the social enterprise aims to empower learners and nurture creative confidence in students by creating unique learning experiences in art, design and technology.
  2. The Kisan Union (Singapore and India): the only team in this year’s YSE to have members from different countries, Ho Jing En, Kannan Venkataramanujam and Nikhil Mukkawar found that people living in rural India have travel miles to access eGovernment services and basic healthcare. To bridge that gap, their Kisan kiosks, located across rural areas in India, provides access to government policies, information and health services.
  3. Cricket One (Vietnam): led by Nam Dang and Bicky Nguyen of Vietnam, Cricket One aims to ensure global food security. By rearing crickets and producing sustainable and affordable food from them, Cricket One offers an alternative and sustainable form of food compared to traditional livestock.
  4. Khemdro Dairy (Bhutan): Sherab Dorji established Khemdro Dairy, a registered group of 41 smallholder dairy farmers in Central Bhutan, to ensure guaranteed fair returns on their dairy products by eliminating middleman inefficiency.
  5. Kon Chhlat (Cambodia): Kieng Lyheang, Chea Sreysrors and Mang Keomonita aim to provide better nutrition for children in rural Cambodia, by selling them a nutritious, convenient and affordable instant porridge.
  6. Musimpanen (Indonesia): led by Erdi Pratama, Gilang Indy Ashari and Alif Oktafian, Musimpanen Indonesia collects neglected agricultural produce and transforms them into everyday products, thus contributing to environmental sustainability. So far, they have two projects where they convert corn and citronella into snacks and toiletries respectively.
  7. Treedots Enterprise (Singapore): founded by Tylor Jong, Lau Jia Cai, Nicholas Lim, Treedots Enterprise sells left-out but still-edible food products from wholesalers to food and beverage companies at a discounted price. Treedots aims to reduce food wastage globally and discourage the disposal of perfectly edible food.

Applications for the 2019 YSE programme are now open at http://www.sif.org.sg/yseapply . The YSE programme is chronicled on social media with the hashtag #sifyse.

APPENDIX A – Full list of YSE 2018 shortlisted team profiles

Cricket One (Vietnam): led by Nam Dang and Bicky Nguyen of Vietnam, Cricket One aims to ensure global food security. By rearing crickets and producing sustainable and affordable food from them, Cricket One offers an alternative and sustainable form of food compared to traditional livestock.

Elvish (Indonesia): Ali Zaenal Abidin, Irham Mulkan Rodiana and Azmi Roqi established Elvish with the aim of improving the standards of living of Indonesian fishermen on small fishing boats. Elvish sells electric solar-powered motors in place of these fishermen’s old diesel motors, thereby reducing their operational costs significantly.

Everybody Eats (United States of America): Americans Imani Majied and Muhammad Ansari founded Everybody Eats, a food delivery service that aims to fight hunger and reduce food waste. Every meal ordered through their platform will help subsidise the cost of a meal for someone in need.

Greenovations (India): headed by Tanvi Mittal, Greenovations eliminates plastic waste from the environment by upcycling them into filaments for 3D printers, which are normally made of new plastic materials.

Involve (India): Divanshu Kumar and Samyak Jain formed Involve to create an accessible education ecosystem in India. Using a peer-teaching model, senior-school students are trained by the Involve trainers to teach their juniors, and low-income private schools are offered affordable academic support, thereby multiplying their social impact.

Junior Art Lab (Singapore): headed by Aminur Rasyid Bin Mohamed Anwar, the social enterprise aims to empower learners and nurture creative confidence in students by creating unique learning experiences in art, design and technology.

Khemdro Dairy (Bhutan): Sherab Dorji established Khemdro Dairy, a registered group of 41 smallholder dairy farmers in Central Bhutan, to ensure guaranteed fair returns on their dairy products by eliminating middleman inefficiency.

Kon Chhlat (Cambodia): Kieng Lyheang, Chea Sreysrors and Mang Keomonita aim to provide better nutrition for children in rural Cambodia, by selling them a nutritious, convenient and affordable instant porridge.

Musimpanen Indonesia (Indonesia): led by Erdi Pratama, Gilang Indy Ashari and Alif Oktafian, Musimpanen Indonesia collects neglected agricultural produce and transforms them into everyday products, thus contributing to environmental sustainability. So far, they have two projects where they convert corn and citronella into snacks and toiletries respectively.

Pinkcollar (Malaysia): founded by Zenna Law and Elaine Sim, Pinkcollar seeks to secure just treatment of live-in domestic workers in Southeast Asia. Through their online platform, which matches domestic workers and employers, they aim to raise transparency in the recruitment process.

Scan Book (Cambodia): headed by Thao Puthearith, Ly Sophea and Nhev Chanpenhpunloeu, Scan Book is an app that scans images from high-school students’ textbooks and links them to related resources on the Internet, such as images, videos and 3D models. This cultivates greater digital literacy among students in Cambodia-a critical skill for 21st Century learning.

The Kisan Union (Singapore and India): the only team in this year’s YSE to have members from different countries, Ho Jing En, Kannan Venkataramanujam and Nikhil Mukkawar found that people living in rural India have travel miles to access eGovernment services and basic healthcare. To bridge that gap, their Kisan kiosks, located across rural areas in India, provides access to government policies, information and health services.

Treedots Enterprise (Singapore): founded by Tylor Jong, Lau Jia Cai, Nicholas Lim, Treedots Enterprise sells left-out but still-edible food products from wholesalers to food and beverage companies at a discounted price. Treedots aims to reduce food wastage globally and discourage the disposal of perfectly edible food.

UglyFood (Singapore): led by Yeo Pei Shan, Augustine Tan and Lee Zhong Han, UglyFood purchases rejected fresh produce at discounted prices and transforms them into nutritious and delectable food for customers. This reduces food wastage and Singapore’s overall carbon footprint.

About the Singapore International Foundation:

The Singapore International Foundation makes friends for a better world. We build enduring relationships between Singaporeans and world communities, and harness these friendships to enrich lives and effect positive change. Our work is anchored in the belief that cross-cultural interactions provide insights that strengthen understanding. These exchanges inspire action and enable collaborations for good. Our programmes bring people together to share ideas, skills and experiences in areas such as healthcare, education, the environment, arts and culture, as well as livelihood and business. We do this because we all can, and should do our part to build a better world, one we envision as peaceful, inclusive and offering opportunities for all. Find out more at http://www.sif.org.sg

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Apple Is the Most Popular Brand for Wearables, According to New IoT Consumer Survey

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People primarily use wearable devices for “legacy tasks,” such as tracking fitness and checking the time, rather than connecting them to other devices as part of an “internet of things” ecosystem of connected devices.

Apple is the most popular brand of wearable devices, according to new research from Clutch, the leading B2B ratings and reviews firm. Apple Watch (41%) is the wearable device that the most people own, ahead of FitBit (35%) and Samsung (21%) devices.

People who own wearables primarily own smartwatches (61%), which explains the popularity of the Apple Watch relative to other fitness trackers (27%).

Apple has a variety of advantages over competitors in the wearables space, according to Pavlo Bashmakov, director of augmented reality and mixed reality lab for Intellectsoft, a software solutions provider based in Palo Alto, Calif.

These advantages include:

  1. Expansive platform for developers
  2. Application market that is familiar to customers
  3. Existing Apple customers
  4. Reputation as a luxury brand

People Use Wearables to Track Fitness, Check Time

People use their wearable devices to track fitness (70%) and check the time (61%). Over half (52%) use them to communicate.

People buy wearables specifically to accomplish these low-complexity tasks, according to Rob Pope, chief technology officer and co-founder of Dogtown Media, a mobile app development company based in Venice Beach, Calif.

This explains why wearable devices (35%) are the second-most commonly owned IoT devices, behind smart home appliances (67%). People may purchase a smart home appliance without realizing it is a connected device.

3 Barriers Prevent Users From Completing Complex Tasks On Wearable Devices

Wearables owners do not use their devices to accomplish advanced tasks such as controlling home appliances or managing finances. This is a result of three main factors:

  1. Screen size: Small screens limit the functionality of wearable devices since complex tasks require people to scroll through multiple screens.
  2. Ease of Use: Tasks such as money or data transfers are easier to accomplish manually or using a desktop or mobile interface.
  3. Privacy: Data sharing concerns prevent people from accessing personal or sensitive information on their wearable devices. Half of wearables owners (50%) believe that their personal data is shared across multiple connected devices.

People Tend Not to Connect Their Wearables to Other IoT Devices

Some complex tasks require people to download the same applications on their wearable as on another IoT device. For example, to control a smart refrigerator using a wearable device, it’s necessary to download the application on a wearable or smartphone.

Only 6% of people who own wearable devices connect them to the same applications as other IoT devices. This indicates people have little interest in using wearable devices as part of the internet of things (IoT) – a system of devices that people can control remotely when connected to the internet.

Instead, wearable owners connect their devices to their smartphones. Over 90% access the same applications on their smartphones as their wearable device.

Access Clutch’s complete findings here: https://clutch.co/it-services/resources/wearables-connect-internet-of-things-technology.

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BCV Initiates a Strategic Collaboration with Lambda

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Recently, BCV, a blockchain digital asset management service engine, teamed up with Lambda to jointly promote the development of the underlying infrastructure of the blockchain. In this cooperation, BCV will adopt Lambda’s decentralized storage solutions for the design of the storage network, which will help the currency platform achieve unlimited storage capacity utilizing Lambda’s platform. There is no capped user volume for the service.

As the leading provider of blockchain digital asset service engine, BCV technically researches and transforms the bottom layer of the blockchain, builds support for cross-chain and fast payment, realizes landing from the application layer, and supports a more complete system.

BCV utilizes a SaaS system; digital asset management evaluation platform (chain evaluation); digital asset deep mining and research (finance); digital asset OMO service (chain service) and so on. The currency chain is based on Ethereum and LISK, in order to build its own asset management chain. Based on the DPoS consensus algorithm, the compatibility of the efficiency and trust is solved through the sidechain and main chain solution. Moreover, BCV also made a digital wallet on the basis of the public chain to provide users with a series of financial services.

Lambda is a fast, safe, and scalable blockchain infrastructure project, which provides decentralized applications (DAPPs) and data storage capabilities with unlimited scalability, and fulfills services such as multi-chain data co-storage, cross-chain data management, data privacy protection, provable data possession (PDP), and distributed intelligent computing through logic decoupling and independent implementation of Lambda Chain and Lambda DB.

Wu Xing, Operational Founder of BCV, said: “I met with Xiaoyang in 2012. I’ve witnessed Xiaoyang and his team’s exploration and dedication to technology. I am in awe of their research within the blockchain storage area. I believe that the use of Lambda’s unlimited storage service will help the company to strengthen the underlying infrastructure and enable the chain to carry assets. Services and third-party tools also become faster and safer.”

He Xiaoyang, the founder of Lambda, said: “Lambda is very pleased to announce its strategic partnership with the blockchain digital asset management service engine, BCV. Through this cooperation with BCV, we will jointly achieve the complete construction of the blockchain infrastructure to greatly improve the efficiency of the blockchain industry and make it applicable in the financial field. In order to improve the efficiency of investment and the efficiency of asset management services, the two sides will work together to empower the financial industry.”

BCV’s collaboration with Lambda stems from not only the recognition and trust of the founders of the two parties, but also the mutual promotion and growth of the technical level and industry development. BCV looks forward to working with the company to build the underlying infrastructure and lead a bright future.

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