GOOGLE – Need a better night’s sleep? Meet the new Nest Hub

A little over two years ago, I was part of the team that created Nest Hub, Google’s first smart display. Since then, we’ve been exploring ways to make these devices even more helpful. We know people already come to Google for information and tools to help them live healthier, happier lives, and we’ve specifically noticed more and more questions about sleep, exercise and health. So we decided to bring these kinds of solutions to our second-generation Nest Hub, while also improving what people already love about it.

Ashton Udall
Product Manager, Google Nest

Published Mar 16, 2021

The Nest Hub you love, but better

The new Nest Hub’s speaker is based on the same audio technology as Nest Audio and has 50 percent more bass than the original Hub. Fill any room with music, podcasts or audiobooks from services like YouTube Music, Spotify, Apple Music and Pandora — or enjoy your favorite TV shows and movies with a subscription from providers like Netflix, Disney+ and YouTube TV. With Quick Gestures, you can pause or play content at any time by tapping the air in front of your display.

Nest Hub has all the smarts and helpfulness of Google Assistant. And similar to Nest Mini and Nest Audio, it now comes with a dedicated on-device machine learning chip which moves some Assistant experiences from our data centers directly onto the device, so responses to common commands become faster over time (U.S. only).

The new Nest Hub also shows all your compatible connected devices in one place. And with a built-in Thread radio, Nest Hub will work with the new connectivity standard being created by the Project Connected Home over IP working group, making it even simpler to control your connected home.

New sleep features for better rest

The Nest Hub has always helped you tackle the day; now, it can help you rest well at night. Many of us don’t get enough sleep, which comes with some real risks.

As a father of two young kids, I’m especially passionate about sleep. I know I’m much more able to show up and connect with my family and the people in my life after a healthy amount of rest. In recent years, sleep trackers have become a popular solution. But we wanted to offer an alternative way for people who may not want to wear something to bed to understand their sleep.

We knew people felt comfortable with Nest Hub at their bedsides thanks to its camera-free design, so we went to work. The result is Sleep Sensing, an opt-in feature to help you understand and improve your sleep:

Understand your sleep: Sleep Sensing uses Motion Sense (powered by Soli low-energy radar technology) to analyze how the person closest to the display is sleeping, based on their movement and breathing — all without a camera or wearable. Sleep Sensing can also detect sleep disturbances like coughing and snoring or the light and temperature changes in the room with Nest Hub’s built-in microphones and ambient light and temperature sensors, so you can better understand what’s impacting your sleep.

Every morning you’ll receive a personalized sleep summary on your display, or you can view your sleep data anytime on the Nest Hub by asking, “Hey Google, how did I sleep?” Sleep Sensing can also connect to your Google Fit app on Android and iOS devices, so you can see your sleep summary alongside your other health and wellness information.

Get help for better sleep: Understanding your sleep is an important first step, but you may still have questions about what you can do to get better sleep. Sleep Sensing provides tailored bedtime schedules and personalized suggestions developed by a team of sleep scientists and using guidance from organizations like the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Compiled after several nights of analysis, these suggestions point out notable aspects of your sleep, educate you on why they’re important and provide suggestions to improve.

Built with your privacy in mind: Sleep Sensing is completely optional with privacy safeguards in place so you’re in control: You choose if you want to enable it and there’s a visual indicator on the display to let you know when it’s on. Motion Sense only detects motion, not specific bodies or faces, and your coughing and snoring audio data is only processed on the device — it isn’t sent to Google servers. You have multiple controls to disable Sleep Sensing features, including a hardware switch that physically disables the microphone. You can review or delete your sleep data at any time, and consistent with our privacy commitments, it isn’t used for personalized ads.

Sleep Sensing on the second-gen Nest Hub is available as a free preview until next year. We’ll also be looking for ways to work with Fitbit’s sleep-tracking features in the future.

Even if you don’t enable Sleep Sensing, you can still fall asleep and wake up easier with Nest Hub. The display dims to make your bedroom more sleep-friendly, and the “Your evening” page helps you wind down at night with relaxing sounds. When it’s time to wake up, Nest Hub’s Sunrise Alarm gradually brightens the display and increases the alarm volume. If you need a few more ZZZs, use Motion Sense to wave your hand and snooze the alarm.

Sustainable design that matches any room

The new Nest Hub comes in a variety of colors to complement any room in the house: Chalk, Charcoal, Sand and the new Mist. It features an edgeless glass display that’s easy to clean and functions as a beautiful digital photo frame. And continuing our commitment to sustainability, Nest Hub is designed with recycled materials with its plastic mechanical parts containing 54 percent recycled post-consumer plastic.

The second-generation Nest Hub is $99.99 USD. It can be preordered online in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, France and Australia at the Google Store and other retailers starting today.

Samsung MicroLED Opens a New Era of Breathtaking Picture Quality and Design

The next generation of television display technology is ready for the home out of the box with the unveil of Samsung’s 110’’ MicroLED in Korea

Samsung Electronics announced the launch and pre-sale of the groundbreaking 110” Samsung MicroLED beginning today in Korea. Unlike any other displays currently available on the market, Samsung MicroLED delivers astonishing color vibrancy and brightness with self-emissive LED display technology.

In 2018, Samsung’s first MicroLED display was introduced in the form of “The Wall”— a system of configurable modules that could be installed professionally. With the new 110” MicroLED, Samsung is delivering the MicroLED experience in a traditional TV form for the first time. Unlike its modular counterpart, installation and calibration is streamlined since the new 110” MicroLED model is prefabricated — offering stunning video, audio, and smart capabilities out of the box.

In the past year, consumer interest and demand for large screen TVs has continued to grow rapidly. With the launch of the 110’’ MicroLED, Samsung offers a breathtaking visual experience on an ultra-large next-generation TV display.

“As consumers rely on their televisions for more functions than ever, we are incredibly excited to bring the 110” MicroLED to the commercial market,” said Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung MicroLED is going to redefine what premium at-home experiences mean for consumers around the world.

Innovative Engineering Delivers Next-Level Picture Quality

Ultra-large screen enthusiasts want excellent picture quality with vibrant colors and stunning resolution. With Samsung’s latest engineering innovations, the 110’’ MicroLED uses micrometer-sized LED lights to eliminate the backlight and color filters utilized in conventional displays. Instead, it is self-illuminating—producing light and color from its own pixel structures. It expresses 100% of the DCI and Adobe RGB color gamut, and accurately delivers wide color gamut images taken with high-end DSLR cameras. This results in stunning, lifelike colors and accurate brightness from the display’s 4K resolution and 8 million pixels.

The 110’’ MicroLED also has a processor powerful enough to live up to its display capabilities. Its all-new Micro AI Processor delivers stunning 4K HDR content — resulting in bright, vivid, realistic picture quality that is optimized to each scene.

What’s more, the 110” MicroLED makes that stunning picture quality last for the long term. MicroLEDs are made of inorganic materials which are long-lasting and durable — allowing a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours, or over a decade.

Previously, mass-producing a MicroLED screen as small as 110’’ for simple home installation wasn’t possible. But Samsung innovated to make it a reality by developing cutting-edge surface mount technology — along with a new production process derived from its semiconductor business — making MicroLED technology easier to manufacture, deliver, and install. These same innovations will allow Samsung to produce even smaller MicroLED models in the future, so even more consumers can enjoy the breathtaking MicroLED experience.

Immersive Design and Premium Audio

When you turn on the 110’’ MicroLED, you are treated to a spectacularly immersive experience thanks to its 99.99% screen-to-body ratio. The black matrix and bezel have been completely removed from the display — leaving only the screen, delivering consumers the most immersive content experience.

Samsung has innovated and optimized its Smart TV features to take advantage of the 110” MicroLED’s massive screen. For example, consumers can use the Multi View feature to comfortably watch up to four sources of content simultaneously on up to 55’’ sized split screens. When using this feature, the viewers can connect multiple external devices and enjoy watching news, movies, and other apps simultaneously on one screen — so they can keep up with multiple sports at once, or stream a walkthrough while playing a video game, all in stunning quality and size.

Plus, the 110’’ MicroLED’s dynamic audio experience is just as immersive as its visuals. It includes an embedded Majestic Sound System that delivers breathtaking 5.1 channel sound with no external speaker—transforming any room into a luxurious home theater. And its Object Tracking Sound Pro feature identifies objects moving on screen, and projects the sound to follow the action — so when you are watching an action movie and an airplane flies overhead, it will feel like its engines are roaring above you.

The 110’’ MicroLED will be available globally in the first quarter of next year following today’s unveiling in Korea. For more information about the 110’’ MicroLED, please visit: www.samsung.com.

2020 will be great for Samsung innovations. A year that will see the company chart a bold new future not only for technologies like AI, 5G and IoT, but for everyday devices like gaming monitors as well.

Odyssey G7 and G9, the monitors of the future for games

Since producing its first gaming screen less than four years ago, Samsung has risen to the top of the market with a portfolio of offerings that combine outstanding performance with immersive images.

Now, the company has announced that starting this year, its Odyssey line of gaming laptops, PCs, and virtual reality devices will expand to include gaming monitors as well. This will establish Odyssey as Samsung’s official product line of gaming equipment.

Starting Left: Ki-hong Kim, Adam Burgess and Juwon Cho of Samsung Electronics ’Product Design Group, Visual Display Business

Visitors to the Samsung booth at CES 2020 can see first-hand how the company applied the futuristic design patterns (gamers love) the line is known for, to create the new Odyssey G7 and G9.

Both the G7 (27- or 32-inch) and G9 (49-inch) come with top-tier specs that include ultra-wide displays with 1000R curvature, fast 1ms response time, 240Hz refresh rate for a Incredibly smooth FPS (first-person shooter) gameplay, G-Sync support, and more.

To learn more about the design behind the gaming monitors, Samsung Newsroom interviewed some of the designers who brought these monitors to life.

A new chapter for the odyssey

In discussing the refinement process for the Odyssey G7 and G9 designs, each member of Samsung’s Visual Display Business team emphasized the importance of prioritizing the needs and interests of gamers. At its core, that’s what the Odyssey line is all about: equipping users with the tools they need to enjoy the best possible gaming experience.

However, as Visual Communication designer Adam Burgess noted, the launch of the Odyssey G7 and G9 not only demonstrates Samsung’s commitment to bringing revolutionary technologies to gaming consumers, it also provides an opportunity to effectively communicate the philosophy of the line. Odyssey, in a way that feels authentic to our product offerings now and in the future.

That philosophy comes true in a pair of monitors created under design principles that can be summed up with the words brave, futuristic and confident. The device’s simple designs set the tone for Odyssey monitors to follow, and are distinguished by their strong contrast of black and white elements and the use of attractive blue accents. (It should be noted that the name Odyssey will also apply to Samsung gaming monitors that are already on the market.)

The word ‘Odyssey’ (odyssey) reminds us of the idea of ​​navigation, of travel, Burgess said.

As Samsung’s official product line for gaming equipment, Odyssey offers consumers superior gaming experiences powered by a combination of advanced gaming technologies and useful design. Together, these two attributes evoke the image of moving into the future, he added.

Future focused

Odyssey G7 and G9’s futuristic designs are products of the team’s careful observation of market trends. Odyssey G9 designer Juwon Cho explained the team’s approach:

Our market research has shown that Samsung gaming monitors consistently get good reviews. However, we get feedback that some consumers would like to see genre-specific game elements incorporated into game monitor designs. To chart the best path to improve our offerings, we first examine some of the popular games and devices that gamers tend to prefer. When research showed that many players prefer futuristic concepts, the team adopted that term as a key design principle.

For gamers, one of the Odyssey G9’s most attractive and futuristic design elements may be the Infinity Core Lighting on its back. As Cho explained, the key to its design boils down to the same factor that allows the monitor to transform users’ gaming sessions: immersion.

When designing lighting, we use light and mirrors to create the feeling that when you look at it you are being transported to another dimension, Cho said. Of course, playing on a curved 49-inch monitor with a 32: 9 aspect ratio evokes the same feeling of immersion, and that alone would already be very appealing to many gamers. However, we wanted to create game monitors that offered more. That is, we wanted them to be monitors that users took pride in displaying.

However, as design team member Ki-hong Kim explained, immersion was not the only factor that guided the Odyssey G7’s lighting design. Like all Samsung gaming monitors, the Odyssey G7 has what we like to call Arena Lighting on its back, Kim said.

We differentiate the design by adding dynamic shapes and lighting to the front frame of the monitor. It’s all part of creating a monitor that, like the futuristic armor and weapons in science fiction games, projects a solid image as a gaming gear.

Convenience is key

Kim emphasized that the consumer is always key when it comes to product design, and because gamers are always interested in what professionals are wearing, we ask professional gamers to share their detailed opinions and preferences so that they can be incorporated into the product. .

For example, the support of a gaming monitor is considered by many professional gamers to be a very important design consideration. This is because they often require a large space to move the mouse when playing games and a wide monitor stand can get in their way.

It is also important that the monitor stand does not prevent them from placing their keyboard in a comfortable position. To address these drawbacks, the team carefully calibrated the angle of the Odyssey G7’s stand to allow users to comfortably position their keyboard and move their mouse freely. Users can also easily rotate, tilt, and adjust the height of the Odyssey G7 and G9 to accommodate their posture and eye level.

Break with the conventional

Continuing her detailed explanation of the Odyssey G7’s design, Kim described several ways the team improved the gaming monitor to differentiate it from conventional offerings. The G7’s 1000R curved display is a notable departure from typical gaming monitors, which feature square rectangular frames. She also explained how the team optimized accent lighting to enhance the gaming experience and make the monitor stand out.

Some of our team were concerned that adding lighting to the front of the screen could disturb the game, Kim said. This led us to create a lighting design that directs light downward. The design received positive reviews from users, and with that aspect of the design fixed, we were able to continue developing the product.

The bright white design of the Odyssey G9 is another thing that sets it apart from the conventional. After surveying customer reviews, the team chose to use this color because comments indicated that white creates the strongest impression of futuristic design. The feedback on the monitors themselves has been great so far as they both won the Innovation Awards at this year’s CES – the Odyssey G9 in the category of computer peripherals and the G7 in the gaming category.

Make the most of the monitor

In addition to discussing the process of refining the Odyssey G7 and G9 designs, the designers revealed how they would use the monitors to enhance their own gaming experiences.

A lot of times when I play, I do it in a dark environment so I can immerse myself in the game and focus better, Kim said. The lighting at the front and rear of the G7 was designed with these environments in mind, and helps make the gaming experience much more immersive.

Cho added that the Odyssey G9’s immersive amp design has the power to transform the way users experience their favorite games. The G9’s 1000R curvature allows the user to fill the entire field of view, Cho said.

When you experience games that support the monitor’s 32: 9 screen ratio, especially with FPS, flight simulator, and racing competitions, the level of immersion is such that you feel like you’re in-game, he added.

The gaming monitor market is estimated to grow from approximately 7.8 million units in 2019 to 12.2 million in 2023.1 Going forward, Samsung will continue to lead innovation in the market by offering gamers monitor designs that prioritize their needs.

Even after the launch of a gaming monitor, the team will constantly search for feedback and data to reflect on future product designs, Cho said.

Our goal, Kim concluded, is to anticipate trends in the rapidly evolving gaming market and to design products that lead those trends, rather than products that are simply different from what already exists.

Unrivaled Images – OLED displays deliver stunning image quality that leaves you directly in-game and takes you to previously unexplored new depths.

Infinite Contrast: Because OLED displays feature individual pixel illumination and virtually infinite contrast ratio, the Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor achieves “true black” for significantly higher contrast, allowing the game to come to life in stunning detail. .

Unrivaled Images – OLED displays deliver stunning image quality that leaves you directly in-game and takes you to previously unexplored new depths.

Infinite Contrast: Because OLED displays feature individual pixel illumination and virtually infinite contrast ratio, the Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor achieves “true black” for significantly higher contrast, allowing the game to come to life in stunning detail. .

Colossal Color – A wide 98.5% DCI-P3 cinematic quality color gamut means colors appear vivid and exactly the way they should be, making this monitor ideal for both gamers and content creators.

Exciting clarity: 4K (2160p) resolution offers stunning new depths of detail, taking immersive gaming to a whole new level. It’s something not often found on gaming monitors, giving the Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor one more advantage over the competition.

A HIGHER SPEED STATE

120Hz Refresh Rate – Reacts with a split-second resolution thanks to an ultra-fast 120Hz refresh rate at 4K resolution.

Perfect graphics: AMD Radeon ™ FreeSync ™ and G-Sync support eliminates screen tear, ensuring a smooth gaming and image experience.

Low input latency: Thanks to low latency, it takes less time to process changes on the screen, ensuring images are displayed quickly and clearly and the game feels more responsive.

Ultra-fast response time: An image refresh time of 0.5 ms ensures that everything in motion stays sharp.

LEGENDARY DESIGN

In a return to form, Alienware has unveiled our new Legend ID, a bolder, more sculpted expression of our brand. Designed with this iconic design, the Alienware 55 OLED gaming monitor introduces a new interstellar look to gaming monitors that no one else can match.

Additionally, AlienFX enables customizable lighting responsiveness, adding to the immersion and overall ambiance of every gaming experience. As an added bonus, reflective mood lighting was designed to complement every wall and mood, while no forward-facing lights mean fewer distractions.

vNew Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor - AW5520QF

New Alienware 55 OLED Gaming Monitor – AW5520QF