10 YEARS BUILDING THE ECOSYSTEM

South Summit Madrid was born in 2012 as Spain Startup to boost economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. 10 years later we are proud of having built a solid ecosystem and having a referent encounter became more and more relevant in the startup world.

SOUTH SUMMIT 2022 June 8-10th | The Ship, Madrid

2022 will be our 10th anniversary. To celebrate it we are preparing the best edition to date. Connect with key players in the ecosystem, find business opportunities and meet new talent, all in one place. Are you gonna miss it?

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Fēnix 7: the latest generation of Garmin smartwatches

  • The popular multisport GPS watch series is reinvented with a new touch screen, advanced training features and a longer-lasting solar-charged battery
  • The fēnix 7X models incorporate a built-in multi-LED flashlight so that the adventurer can enjoy his passion even in the dark.
  • Users will continue to have access to topographic maps, smart connectivity and security features, and wellness measurement tools.

Barcelona, ​​2022. – The wait has been worth it. Garmin introduces the fēnix 7 series of smartwatches, the next generation of the iconic line of solar-powered multisport GPS devices, designed with the best features to help athletes and adventurers perform at their best. Among its novelties, the new touch screen combined with an interface with 5 buttons integrated into a resistant casing stands out. It also incorporates innovative training functions, as well as multi-band positioning and multi-zone topographic maps. Not forgetting the advanced solar charging technology that allows for longer battery life sAo users can enjoy their passion for longer.

“Since the introduction of fēnix 10 years ago, at Garmin we have been committed to helping athletes and adventurers pursue their challenges, and we remain steadfast in our mission to equip them with innovative tools that help them do so,” said Salvador Alcover, Garmin CEO. Iberia. “The fēnix 7 series brings cutting-edge multisport training capabilities to the wrist. The new touchscreen and updated design, advanced performance metrics, and health, wellness, and connectivity features make fēnix 7 the most complete lineup for athletes to perform at their best,” he adds.

Designed for adventure

The series is available in three sizes and different premium materials, such as titanium and sapphire. To withstand the most demanding adventure conditions and to obtain greater durability, the watch has been redesigned incorporating reinforced lugs and a metal protection for the start button. As a novelty, the 5 button-shaped controls are joined by a new highly responsive touch screen. In this way, the user will have a dual utility interface, thus facilitating quick and intuitive interaction and navigation through the maps, or they can deactivate the touch screen if they prefer to use only the buttons.

 

Solar charging technology, pioneered by Garmin watches, is also present in fēnix 7 which, thanks to its design, maximizes the solar surface for greater efficiency, doubling the solar gains of fēnix 6 in smartwatch mode. For fēnix 7X models, solar power can last even longer between charges with a battery life of up to 5 weeks in smartwatch mode1 and up to 5 days in GPS mode2. Furthermore, with the introduction of the Power SapphireTM (solar sapphire) models, wearers will no longer have to choose between a solar-charged watch or one with a sapphire lens, as these models have both features.

Light in the darkness

While solar charging helps make the most of daylight hours, fēnix 7X’s new hands-free, quick-access integrated multi-LED flashlight makes it possible to take advantage of low-light and dark hours. An adjustable white or red light will illuminate the path for increased visibility and terrain awareness. Thanks to it, adventurers can set up camp after a long day of hiking or exercise in the late afternoon. With race mode activated, the light will adapt to the runner’s cadence, alternating between white and red with each movement of the arm. The white light will illuminate forward to see the track and the red light will illuminate backwards so the runner can see and be seen as he takes each stride with the utmost confidence.

First level training

The new fēnix 7 generation continues to bet on multiple sports applications ranging from bouldering (block climbing) to mountaineering, through strength training and many other profiles. It also incorporates a series of tools to achieve optimal performance and go to the next level:

Stamina – This tool allows athletes to control and track exertion levels during a running or cycling activity, thus keeping exhaustion at bay.

Visual Race Predictor: This feature takes into account the user’s running history and general fitness to provide race estimates and insights on how their training is progressing.

Recovery Time Advisor: Once physical activity is complete, this feature takes into account training intensity and other factors such as stress, daily activity, and sleep to estimate the number of hours of rest needed to recover before another training session of the same nature.

Daily Training Suggestions – This feature provides recommendations for the next running or cycling training session, based on your current training load, training status, and overall fitness level.

In order not to lose the north

Staying true to the brand’s philosophy, the range of watches is equipped with the full suite of Garmin navigation features, being compatible with all major satellite systems along with the additional L5 frequency range to improve accuracy in harsh GPS environments. All models in the series come with preloaded SkiView and 42,000 golf course maps. Standard Solar copies allow TopoActive maps to be downloaded from any region of the world. For its part, the Sapphire Solar models have preloaded TopoActive maps of their region and also allow downloading of any territory in the world.

To optimize time on race day, fēnix 7 has a new Next Stops feature that provides the exact location of aid stations, trails, next turns, and more. At user-defined upcoming stops, a data page displays performance metrics including upcoming distance and elevation, with a summary of the last leg and an optional rest timer. All this to help athletes manage their time during the competition.

Wellness and connectivity 24/7

As a good adventure partner, fēnix 7 is designed to be enjoyed every day and in any environment. It has health and wellness tools like Pulse Ox, heart rate, breathing and stress monitoring, as well as measuring energy levels with Body Battery and age according to fitness with Fitness Age. As a novelty, the advanced sleep monitor3 stands out, offering an evaluation of sleep by scoring it from 0 to 100, taking into account how much time the user has spent in each sleep phase, information on activity, stress levels and bedtime.

Fēnix 7 allows smart notifications to be received directly on the wrist by pairing the smartwatch with a compatible smartphone. Thanks to its connectivity, the device has security and tracking functions providing peace of mind while training outdoors with automatic detection of incidents and falls and manually activated assistance alerts, which send a message with the user’s location in real time. to emergency contacts4.

Those who choose fēnix 7 will also be able to make their purchases through the Garmin PayTM5 contactless payment system and enjoy a rhythmic workout listening to their favorite music through the streaming services6 of the Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer applications, all of them downloadable in fēnix 7 smartwatches through the Connect IQ Store.

Released models include fēnix 7S, fēnix 7 and fēnix 7X, with a choice of standard (non-solar), solar and solar sapphire editions, and are available now at https://www.garmin.com/es-ES/ .

All Garmin information

fēnix 7 RRP: from €699.99 (VAT included) fēnix 7S RRP: from €699.99 (VAT included) fēnix 7X RRP: from €899.99 (VAT included)

1 Solar charging, assuming all-day use with 3 hours a day outside in 50,000 lux conditions

2 GPS mode notice: solar charging, assuming use under 50,000 lux conditions

3 This is not a medical device and is not intended for use in the diagnosis or monitoring of any medical condition; see Garmin.com/ataccuracy. Pulse Ox is not available in all countries.

4 When paired with a compatible smartphone. For requirements and limitations on safety and tracking features, see Garmin.com/safety.

5 View currently supported country, payment network, and issuing bank information

6 Requires a premium subscription with a third-party music provider. SPOTIFY and the Spotify logo are among the registered trademarks of Spotify AB. Amazon Music and all related logos are trademarks of Amazon . com , Inc. or its affiliates

About Garmin:

A world leader in satellite navigation, Garmin Ltd. and its subsidiaries have been designing, manufacturing, marketing and selling navigation, communication and information devices and applications since 1989, most of which integrate GPS technology. Garmin products are used in automotive, mobile telephony, wireless communication, outdoor entertainment, marine, aviation and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is headquartered in Switzerland and its main subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd.

Notice about future statements:

This release includes forward-looking statements regarding Garmin Ltd. and its business. Such statements are based on management’s current expectations. Future events and circumstances described in this publication may not occur and actual results may differ materially due to known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties that may affect Garmin, including, but not limited to, the risk factors set forth in Form 10-K of the Annual Report for the year ended December 27, 2020 filed by Garmin with the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission File Number 0-31983). You can download a copy of Garmin’s Form 10-K at www.garmin.com/aboutGarmin/invRelations/finReports.html.No forward-looking statements can be guaranteed. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Garmin undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, regardless of new information, future events or otherwise. review or update them periodically, whether as a result of new data, future events or any other circumstance.

Taking a quantum leap, artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology for the automotive industry

More and more vehicle functions are based on artificial intelligence. However, conventional processors and even graphics chips are increasingly reaching their limits when it comes to the computations required for neural networks. Porsche Engineering reports on new technologies that will speed up AI calculations in the future.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology for the automotive industry, and fast hardware is equally important for the complex back-end calculations involved. After all, in the future it will only be possible to bring new features into series production with high-performance computers. “Autonomous driving is one of the most demanding AI applications of all,” explains Dr. Joachim Schaper, Senior Manager for AI and Big Data at Porsche Engineering. “The algorithms learn from a multitude of examples collected by test vehicles using cameras, radar or other sensors in real traffic.”

Dr. Joachim Schaper, Gerente Senior de IA y Big Data and Porsche Engineer

Conventional data centers are increasingly unable to cope with the growing demands. “Now it takes days to train a single variant of a neural network,” explains Schaper. So, in his opinion, one thing is clear: automakers need new technologies for AI calculations that can help algorithms learn much faster. To achieve this, as many vector matrix multiplications as possible must be executed in parallel in the complex deep neural networks (DNNs), a task that graphics processing units (GPUs) specialize in. Without them, the incredible advances in AI in recent years would not have been possible.

50 times the size of a GPU

However, graphics cards were not originally designed for AI use, but rather to process image data as efficiently as possible. They are increasingly pushed to the limit when it comes to training algorithms for autonomous driving. Therefore, specialized AI hardware is required for even faster calculations. The Californian company Cerebras has presented a possible solution. Its Wafer Scale Engine (WSE) is optimally tailored to the requirements of neural networks by packing as much computing power as possible into one giant computer chip. It is more than 50 times the size of a typical graphics processor and offers room for 850,000 compute cores, more than 100 times more than today’s top GPU.

In addition, Cerebras engineers have networked the computational cores together with high-bandwidth data lines. According to the manufacturer, the Wafer Scale Engine network carries 220 petabits per second. Cerebras has also widened the bottleneck within GPUs: data travels between memory and compute almost 10,000 times faster than on high-performance GPUs, at 20 petabytes per second.

Giant Chip: Cerebras’ Wafer Scale Engine packs massive computing power into a single integrated circuit with a side length of over 20 centimeters.

To save even more time, Cerebras mimics a brain trick. There, neurons work only when they receive signals from other neurons. The many connections that are currently idle do not need any resources. In DNNs, on the other hand, vector matrix multiplication often involves multiplying by the number zero. This costs time unnecessarily. Therefore, the Wafer Scale Engine refrains from doing so. “All zeros are filtered out,” Cerebras writes in its white paper on the WSE. So the chip only performs operations that produce a non-zero result.

One drawback of the chip is its high electrical power requirement of 23 kW and requires water cooling. Therefore, Cerebras has developed its own server enclosure for use in data centers. The Wafer Scale Engine is already being tested in the data centers of some research institutes. Artificial intelligence expert Joachim Schaper thinks the giant chip from California could also accelerate automotive development. “Using this chip, a week’s training could theoretically be reduced to a few hours,” he estimates. “However, the technology has yet to prove this in practical tests.”

light instead of electrons

As unusual as the new chip is, like its conventional predecessors, it also runs on conventional transistors. Companies like Lightelligence and Boston-based Lightmatter want to use the much faster medium of light for AI calculations instead of comparatively slow electronics, and are building optical chips to do so. Thus, DNNs could work “at least several hundred times faster than electronic ones,” the Lightelligence developers write.

“With the Wafer Scale Engine, a week of training could theoretically be reduced to just a few hours.” Dr. Joachim Schaper, Senior Manager for AI and Big Data at Porsche Engineering

To do this, Lightelligence and Lightmatter use the phenomenon of interference. When light waves amplify or cancel each other out, they form a light-dark pattern. If you direct the interference in a certain way, the new pattern corresponds to the vector-matrix multiplication of the old pattern. So light waves can “do math.” To make this practical, the Boston developers etched tiny light guides onto a silicon chip. As in a textile fabric, they are crossed several times. The interference takes place at the junctions. In between, tiny heating elements regulate the refractive index of the light guide, allowing light waves to move past each other. This allows you to control their interference and perform vector-matrix multiplications.

However, Boston businesses are not doing without electronics entirely. They combine their lightweight computers with conventional electronics that store data and perform all calculations except vector and matrix multiplication. These include, for example, nonlinear activation functions that modify the output values ​​of each neuron before moving on to the next layer.

Computing with light: Lightmatter’s Envise chip uses photons instead of electrons to compute neural networks. Input and output data are supplied and received by conventional electronics.

With the combination of optical and digital computing, DNNs can be calculated extremely quickly. “Its main advantage is low latency,” explains Lindsey Hunt, a spokesperson for Lightelligence. For example, this allows the DNN to detect objects in images faster, such as pedestrians and electric scooter users. In autonomous driving, this could lead to quicker reactions in critical situations. “Also, the optical system makes more decisions per watt of electrical power,” said Hunt. That’s especially important as increasing computing power in vehicles increasingly comes at the expense of fuel economy and range.

Lightmatter and Lightelligence solutions can be inserted as modules into mainstream computers to speed up AI calculations, just like graphics cards. In principle, they could also be integrated into vehicles, for example to implement autonomous driving functions. “Our technology is well suited to serve as an inference engine for a self-driving car,” explains Lindsey Hunt. Artificial intelligence expert Schaper has a similar opinion: “If Lightelligence succeeds in building components suitable for automobiles, this could greatly accelerate the introduction of complex AI functions in vehicles.” The technology is now ready for the market: the company is planning its first pilot tests with customers in 2022.

The quantum computer as a turbo AI

Quantum computers are somewhat further removed from practical application. They will also speed up AI calculations because they can process large amounts of data in parallel. To do this, they work with so-called “qubits”. Unlike the classical unit of information, the bit, a qubit can represent the two binary values ​​0 and 1 simultaneously. The two numbers coexist in a state of superposition that is only possible in quantum mechanics.

“The more complicated the patterns, the more difficult it is for conventional computers to distinguish classes.” Heike Riel, director of IBM Research Quantum Europe/Africa

Quantum computers could boost artificial intelligence when it comes to classifying things, for example in traffic. There are many different categories of objects there, including bikes, cars, pedestrians, signs, dry and wet roads. They differ in terms of many properties, which is why experts speak of “pattern recognition in higher-dimensional spaces.”

“The more complicated the patterns, the more difficult it is for conventional computers to distinguish the classes,” explains Heike Riel, who leads IBM’s quantum research in Europe and Africa. That’s because with each dimension, it becomes more expensive to compute the similarity of two objects: How similar are an e-scooter driver and a walker user trying to cross the street? Quantum computers can work efficiently in high-dimensional spaces compared to conventional computers. For certain problems, this property could be useful and result in some problems being solved faster with the help of quantum computers than conventional high-performance computers.

Heike Riel, director of IBM Research Quantum Europe/Africa

IBM researchers have analyzed statistical models that can be trained for data classification. Initial results suggest that cleverly chosen quantum models perform better than conventional methods for certain data sets. Quantum models are easier to train and appear to have higher capacity, allowing them to learn more complicated relationships.

Riel admits that while current quantum computers can be used to test these algorithms, they still don’t have an advantage over conventional computers. However, the development of quantum computers is advancing rapidly. Both the number of qubits and their quality are constantly increasing. Another important factor is speed, measured in Circuit Layer Operations Per Second (CLOPS). This number indicates how many quantum circuits the quantum computer can run at one time. It is one of the three important performance criteria of a quantum computer: scalability, quality, and speed.

In the foreseeable future, it should be possible to demonstrate the superiority of quantum computers for certain applications, that is, that they solve problems faster, more efficiently, and more accurately than a conventional computer. But building a powerful, bug-fixed, general-purpose quantum computer will still take some time. Experts estimate that it will take at least another ten years. But the wait could be worth it. Like optical chips or new architectures for electronic computers, quantum computers could hold the key to future mobility.

Soon

When it comes to AI calculations, not only conventional microprocessors, but also graphics chips, are now reaching their limits. Therefore, companies and researchers around the world are working on new solutions. Wafer chips and lightweight computers are close to reality. In a few years, these could be supplemented by quantum computers for particularly demanding calculations.

The 2023 MasterCraft XStar S Piranha Limited Edition model is stacked with luxury premium

 

The 2023 MasterCraft XStar S Piranha Limited Edition model is stacked with premium features and upgrades to turn heads and turn up for the best time on the water.

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With a limited run of 25 units and Ilmor’s SUPERCHARGED 6.2L engine, the XStar S Piranha Limited Edition is the most powerful and most exclusive towboat in the world.

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THE MOST EXCLUSIVE

The XStar S Piranha Limited Edition will have an extremely limited run of 25 models. Each model will be flanked with a plaque designating which number of the 25 it is. Additionally, the purple flake gelcoat is an exclusive color to the Piranha edition ensuring your boat is one of the rarest and most luxurious wake boats on the water.

THE MOST LUXURIOUS

We held nothing back when designing the XStar S Piranha Limited Edition. Enjoy premium features like our patented Z8 tower with Hydro-Lock Technology, intuitive stern thruster, CoolFeel jet black upholstery and exclusive purple stitching with RGB accent lighting… just to name a few.

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SPF: security for your email

To protect your email from cyber attacks, you must be able to identify the sender. This is where a security feature known as SPF comes into play.

In this article we will explain what it is and why you should care about it. Let us begin:

What is SPF?

The Sender Policy Framework is an email security protocol that allows the identity of senders to be verified.

This is divided into two parts:

A  DNS TXT/SPF record : which indicates which servers are authorized to send emails from a given domain.

The  ​SPF check ​: is the verification that is done on receiving a message and that checks if the server that has sent the message is indeed the one that the DNS record marks as authorized.

Therefore, the configuration of the DNS TXT/SPF record allows  sending mail  to be correctly signed , while the  SPF check consists of discriminating  received mail . 

How does SPF work ?

The SPF check checks that the sending server is authorized to send mail on behalf of the domain.

It works at various levels, based on the DNS TXT/SPF record:

1.- Verify that the sender IP is authorized to send emails with said domain.
2.- Verify the  email enveloper sender field  matches the expected value.
3.- Verify by means of the helo/ehlo command the valid response from the server that sends the mail.

If the set of checks does not match, the email is blocked. All received emails have a header added with the result of the SPF analysis.

Now, how do we find out the IP addresses of the sender’s email server? We do this by checking the SPF record of the sender’s domain name.

SPF record

In  cdmon  this default log looks like this:

v=spf1 include:_spf.srv.cat ~all

At first glance, this does not seem to include any IP addresses, but if we analyze it with a specialized tool, it indicates the IPs from which a  cdmon user  can send messages:

This means that if a  cdmon user  works with the default SPF record, they will be able to send messages from any of these IPs:

46.16.56.0/21
134.0.8.0/21
185.22.200.0/22
​​185.34.192.0/22
​​185.42.104.0/22
​​185.66.40.0/22

In case of working with more than one mail service (such as a mailing service such as Acumba or Mailchimp), it will be necessary to add their servers as authorized hosts for sending.

Remember that you can only have a single SPF record, so if you have to make this change, we recommend that you follow the steps indicated in our guide to  configure it for mail in the static DNS  or follow the instructions in the following video:

But why do we need email security?

Email is convenient and easy to use, but it’s also open to cyberattacks and other threats. Email security is the way to protect your account and prevent spam emails from others.

This can prevent scams and phishing attacks that can steal your information. Also, knowing the identity of the sender can protect you from spoofed emails and people pretending to be someone else.

With SPF, you can feel more confident that your email account is protected.

MANTA AIRCRAFT and AVIONORD partner in the development of the ANN platform for medical transportation.

MANTA AIRCRAFT and AVIONORD sign an agreement aimed at developing a version of the Manta ANN platform for rapid Medical Air Transport services.

Sesto Calende, Italy, May 2022 – Manta Aircraft Italia S.r.l. (“Manta Aircraft”), and Avionord S.r.l. (“Avionord”), a private air transport company highly specialized in Medical Air Transport, have entered into an agreement to field in the future as many as 15 hybrid-electric long-range vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft derived from the Manta Aircraft “ANN” platform in medical services configuration. Avionord also invests in Manta Aircraft and takes a stake in the company. Deliveries are expected to start in 2026.

The agreement enables a promising partnership that will foster the development of an ecosystem and

a timely establishment of Advanced Air Mobility. The use of the innovative aircraft platform is planned above all in the area of special transports of organs for transplants, transport of equipment for re-perfusion of organs destined for transplantation as well as for possible rapid-intervention operations. The vertical take-off and landing option, for example to connect helipads from two hospitals in different cities, coupled with the long range and low infrastructure requirements, result in new point-to-point capabilities and economic efficiencies in the regional range, as this solution represents a significant cost saving and noise reduction compared to conventional helicopters.

“We are honored to be working with Manta Aircraft. After analyzing the market and considering our time-critical missions, we see that the Manta ANN platform is today the only eVTOL offering a range of several hundred kms, which is useful for the missions to transport quickly organs for transplantation from one hospital to another, avoiding being dependent on airports and road transport. The ANN eVTOLs will enable us to reduce the transportation time of the organs, that have a limited life when not connected to the dedicated machines, using aircraft with a reduced operating cost,” says Avionord, CEO Eugenio Cremascoli.

Lucas Marchesini, CEO of Manta Aircraft, adds: “We are very pleased of this partnership with Avionord, who have recognized the uniqueness of the ANN platform in terms of range, pushing into the direction of creating a real use case that will contribute to the rapid establishment of Advanced Air Mobility. From the outset, the design of the aircraft was planned for a relevant range and speed in combination with the low infrastructure requirements and overall costs at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter, in order to be suitable for this kind of operations.”

The investment of Avionord in Manta Aircraft follows the investment of other Italian tech companies and of the State-led CDP VC, in the effort to expedite creating an Italian AAM ecosystem. Manta Aircraft is developing a range of performance-oriented hybrid-electric long-range vertical and short take-off and landing air vehicles (heV/STOL) for regional air mobility and plans to begin certification of the first two-seat, multi-purpose model ANN2 in 2023.

Photo:

From left to right: Michael Mesaric and Lucas Marchesini, Co-Founders of Manta Aircraft, Eugenio

Cremascoli, CEO of Avionord.

Rendering: Moonlight Studios

For further inquiries:

Michael Mesaric, Co-Founder, Head of Marketing & Operations, m.mesaric@mantaaircraft.com

MANTA AIRCRAFT and AVIONORD partner in the development of the ANN platform for medical transportation.

MANTA AIRCRAFT and AVIONORD sign an agreement aimed at developing a version of the Manta ANN platform for rapid Medical Air Transport services.

Sesto Calende, Italy, May 2022 – Manta Aircraft Italia S.r.l. (“Manta Aircraft”), and Avionord S.r.l. (“Avionord”), a private air transport company highly specialized in Medical Air Transport, have entered into an agreement to field in the future as many as 15 hybrid-electric long-range vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft derived from the Manta Aircraft “ANN” platform in medical services configuration. Avionord also invests in Manta Aircraft and takes a stake in the company. Deliveries are expected to start in 2026.

The agreement enables a promising partnership that will foster the development of an ecosystem and

a timely establishment of Advanced Air Mobility. The use of the innovative aircraft platform is planned above all in the area of special transports of organs for transplants, transport of equipment for re-perfusion of organs destined for transplantation as well as for possible rapid-intervention operations. The vertical take-off and landing option, for

example to connect helipads from two hospitals in different cities, coupled with the long range and low infrastructure requirements, result in new point-to-point capabilities and economic efficiencies in the regional range, as this solution represents a significant cost saving and noise reduction compared to conventional helicopters.

“We are honored to be working with Manta Aircraft. After analyzing the market and considering our time-critical missions, we see that the Manta ANN platform is today the only eVTOL offering a range of several hundred kms, which is useful for the missions to transport quickly organs for transplantation from one hospital to another, avoiding being dependent on airports and road transport. The ANN eVTOLs will enable us to reduce the transportation time of the organs, that have a limited life when not connected to the dedicated machines, using aircraft with a reduced operating cost,” says Avionord, CEO Eugenio Cremascoli.

Lucas Marchesini, CEO of Manta Aircraft, adds: “We are very pleased of this partnership with Avionord, who have recognized the uniqueness of the ANN platform in terms of range, pushing into the direction of creating a real use case that will contribute to the rapid establishment of Advanced Air Mobility. From the outset, the design of the aircraft was planned for a relevant range and speed in combination with the low infrastructure requirements and overall costs at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter, in order to be suitable for this kind of operations.”

The investment of Avionord in Manta Aircraft follows the investment of other Italian tech companies and of the State-led CDP VC, in the effort to expedite creating an Italian AAM ecosystem. Manta Aircraft is developing a range of performance-oriented hybrid-electric long-range vertical and short take-off and landing air vehicles (heV/STOL) for regional air mobility and plans to begin certification of the first two-seat, multi-purpose model ANN2 in 2023.

Foto:

From left to right: Michael Mesaric and Lucas Marchesini, Co-Founders of Manta Aircraft, Eugenio

Cremascoli, CEO of Avionord.

Rendering: Mondlicht Studios

For further inquiries:

Michael Mesaric, Co-Founder, Head of Marketing & Operations, m.mesaric@mantaaircraft.com

Vision AMG show car offers glimpse of all-electric future of Mercedes-AMG

Dedicated AMG.EA architecture for all-electric AMG models forms basis for extraordinary study

Affalterbach/Nice.  Spectacular proportions defined by a long wheelbase and emphasised by short overhangs, powerful shoulders, large wheels, a distinctive rear spoiler and star-shaped headlamp signature – the Vision AMG makes an emotional statement from every perspective.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

This extraordinary show car from Mercedes-AMG offers a glimpse of the all-electric future of AMG Driving Performance. Beneath the breath‑taking exterior design of the four-door coupé is the equally extraordinary dedicated AMG.EA platform, which is currently under development in Affalterbach for all-electric performance models.

“AMG is reinventing itself. As was once the case with our founding fathers, there has been an amazing feeling of new beginnings here in Affalterbach for quite some time now. The course has been well and truly set for an electrified future, and we’ve set the bar high. That’s because our customers expect something very special from all-electric cars. We have already well and truly proven our expertise in this regard with the SLS AMG Electric Drive, our own E PERFORMANCE hybrid technology and the first Mercedes-EQ derivatives. With this study, we are now offering a first glimpse of how we are transferring the AMG DNA into the all‑electric future, starting in 2025. Gorden and his team are pointing the way from a visual perspective with this extraordinary design. At AMG, we have always stood for that extra shot of emotion, driving fun, handling, ingenious aerodynamic features and other innovative solutions. And that’s what we continue to stand for with our first BEV developed entirely in Affalterbach. We’re developing everything from scratch, from the dedicated AMG.EA platform to the revolutionary drivetrain technology with which we will take performance electric mobility to a whole new level,” says Philipp Schiemer, CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH.

“The Vision AMG shows in spectacular style what electrification could look like at Mercedes-AMG, while staying true to the brand aesthetic. The study’s extreme proportions create fascination and passion for performance – that’s what AMG is all about. The Vision AMG is an impressive embodiment of the brand’s dual polarity – the interplay of beauty and the extraordinary.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

At the same time, elements from the future, such as the light signatures with the illuminated high-tech grille, underscore the progressive evolution of our design language of Sensual Purity,” says Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Mercedes-Benz Group AG. “With its contrasting modern surfacing and radical proportions, this car showcases the next design step, building on the VISION EQXX and moving further towards performance luxury. The seamless flow of beautifully formed surfaces and the monolithic sculpture complete the powerful aesthetic of the Vision AMG. The result is an electric supercar, a style icon that stimulates desire – and that’s exactly what sets a luxury sports car apart.”

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

Monolithic sculpture and radical proportions

The concept car is characterised by flowing, beautifully formed surfaces. Joints and shut lines are reduced to a minimum, and the rear and side windows are painted in the same Alubeam silver as the car itself. The result is an overall look that reinforces the impression of a monolithic sculpture.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

The sporty proportions are particularly evident from the side, and are defined by the technical layout – long wheelbase, sharply raked A-pillar positioned far forward, short front overhang and slightly longer, aerodynamically optimised rear overhang. It clearly expresses the design language of Sensual Purity with distinctive sports car cues such as the widely flared wheel arches and broad, muscular shoulders at the rear.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

The graceful greenhouse is integrated into the flowing overall form and blends seamlessly into the low-lying silhouette. The roof tapers as its line drops elegantly towards the rear, flowing directly into the rear spoiler. The overall effect is a visually fascinating and aerodynamically advantageous teardrop form, not unlike that of the VISION EQXX. The sensual surfacing and the powerfully defined sculpture are representative of the hallmark Mercedes design language. Similarly, the brand’s aspiration to the extraordinary is realised through the radical proportions and sharply chiselled shark nose. The Vision AMG is thus an impressive example of the dual polarity of the brand’s design approach embracing “Beauty & the Extraordinary”.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

The sharply angled tear-off edge at the rear incorporates an active spoiler, elongating the side view while at the same time improving the aerodynamics. It is framed by a precisely cut band of light that accommodates a variety of different light installations, providing an effective contrast with the large black AMG logo on the rear of the car.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nice: Vision AMG

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Breathtaking technology for hallmark performance

The technology of the Vision AMG tributes the spectacular design in many ways. All of its drivetrain components are developed entirely from scratch: not only the AMG.EA platform itself, but also the dedicated high-performance high-voltage battery and the revolutionary drive technology. The powerful heart of the Vision AMG is its innovative Axial Flux Motor developed by Mercedes-Benz’ wholly owned subsidiary YASA. With its compact and lightweight design it delivers substantially more power than conventional electric motors.

Closed-off AMG grille with illuminated bars

The AMG-specific grille with vertical bars is retained as a distinctive brand feature – despite the fact that an all-electric drivetrain does not require a classic radiator at the front. The high-tech development of the grille is therefore closed off, painted in body colour and fully integrated into the front end. As the visual focal point, the grille emphasises the futuristic look of the Vision AMG with its illuminated bars and three-dimensional exterior contour. The three-pointed star is positioned prominently on the bonnet – as on the Mercedes‑AMG Project ONE.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Extraordinary star-shaped light signature

The headlamp light signature points directly into the future. Three LED elements form a stylised, three‑dimensional Mercedes star, ensuring the Mercedes and AMG branding is immediately apparent and unmistakable by night and day. The two headlamps are visually connected via the horizontal band of light above the grille. This light band can display a variety of animations – ranging from a welcome signature to constant light.

The round lights at the rear have a light design that is new yet familiar. On each side, three LED rings are positioned in cylindrical tubes. Here, too, small stars offer a nod to the Mercedes brand. By way of contrast, the expressive rear diffuser is painted deep black.

Design Essentials IV – The Art of Creating Desire, 2022, Nizza: Vision AMG

Connection to Formula 1 through form and colour cues

The direct connection to the successful Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is evident in further visual details. These include the silver paintwork with a large-format star pattern across the shoulders and rear wings, functional elements in exposed carbon-fibre, the aerodynamic design of the 22-inch wheels with aero claddings, the AMG logo and elements on the sills and diffuser in the Petronas colours.

The sporty high-tech seamless design and the breath-taking proportions give the Vision AMG a futuristic character. The four-door configuration also makes clear that the show car offers a taste of a functional all‑electric sports car of the future. Despite the battery pack in the floor of the car between the axles, the study sits considerably lower than the EQS and, thanks to its intelligently designed interior floor, offers plenty of space for four.

South Summit Madrid – June 8-10

Al Gore and Pablo Isla, are among the confirmed speakers for South Summit Madrid 2022

  • The former Vice President of the United States and the CEO of INDITEX until last March will be some of the star speakers at this 10th edition of South Summit, the global meeting for entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Along with them, at the moment there are 450 confirmed speakers who will share with the attendees their successful professional career and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.
  • South Summit 2022, powered by IE University, will be held June 8-10 at La Nave in Madrid under the theme ‘decoding complexity’.

Madrid, May 24, 2022

South Summit , co-organized by IE University , the leading meeting of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem will be held in Madrid from June 8 to 10 . At the inauguration of this 10th edition of South Summit will be Al Gore, former vice president of the US and candidate for the elections of the North American country in 2000, and Pablo Isla , CEO and president of INDITEX until last March.

Al Gore is also known for his role as an environmental activist and for being one of the world’s leading climate change advocates , as well as being the founder of the Climate Protection Alliance and Generation Investment Management. He will be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 telematically. In this speech he will share, among other topics, how he works in the search for smart and sustainable transport solutions to reduce environmental pollution, one of his main objectives in the fight against climate change.

For his part, Pablo Isla, a renowned businessman who has spent 17 years in the Inditex group , first as executive director and vice president and, in the last 11 years, as CEO, will also participate in this 10th edition of South Summit. Following his departure from Inditex, he has become the new chairman of IE University’s International Governing Board and has also joined as global senior advisor to the General Atlantic fund.

In 2017 and 2018, Pablo Isla was considered the Best Executive Chairman in the World by Harvard Business Review. In 2020, Forbes also distinguished him as the best CEO of the decade. An expertise and professional career that will inspire South Summit attendees.

Both leaders will be at this edition of South Summit, when it celebrates 10 years as the main global meeting point for the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem . A place where entrepreneurs, investors and corporations meet to generate real business opportunities in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

An objective that will be met again in this year’s edition, which will be held again at La Nave in Madrid, where the more than 450 speakers of recognized international prestige who have confirmed their participation so far will meet. These leaders will share with the attendees their successful professional careers and expertise in the field of innovation and the business world.

Among them are Sal Khan, founder and CEO of the non-profit educational organization Khan Academy ; Marc Oshima, co-founder and CMO of AeroFarms, leaders in sustainable indoor farming; Marci Zaroff,  founder and CEO of ECOfashion Corp, a benchmark in the sustainable fashion sector; Iñigo Charola , CEO of the biotechnology company BioTechFoods , dedicated to the development of synthetic meat; and Hrish Lotikar, co-founder and CEO of SuperWorld , an augmented reality (AR) virtual world geographically mapped to the real world, among other profiles.

The great advances in technology, the speed of innovation or the great challenge of fighting climate change will be some of the central themes of the South Summit edition content program . A program that will be articulated under the motto ‘[de]coding complexity’ (decoding complexity).

The 100 finalist startups of the Startup Competition will also be present at South Summit Madrid 2022 , chosen through a rigorous selection process from more than 3,000 candidates from 114 countries. The 100 finalist startups correspond to a wide variety of sectors and have innovative and cutting-edge projects, such as a robot that automates the process of harvesting and collecting food on farms or a forest fire detection system from outer space.

For this year’s edition, South Summit is expected to generate an economic activity of around 20 million euros in the city of Madrid during its celebration , with the more than 22,000 attendees expected at this essential event for the entrepreneurial ecosystem and the overall innovation. In the last 2021 edition, all attendance and participation records were broken , with more than 1,600 investors with a portfolio of approximately 135,000 million dollars, 8,000 startups, 680 speakers and 7,000 corporate members.

Luxury Private Helicopter – HILL HX50 HELICOPTERS

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Inside and out the HX50 represents a masterpiece of sleek, elegant contours, sculpted along futuristic lines for maximum performance, and providing the utmost in enjoyment for pilot and four passengers

The Hill HX50 is tailored to owners, combining performance, safety, and ease of flying into one sleek, flying machine. Its five-person cabin is crafted with luxury in mind offering plush leather seating, two 15-inch glass instrument panels with an iPad in the center, and panoramic windows to immerse riders in the scenery, while its controls are simplified for recreational pilots.

 

SUPERLATIVE FLYING EXPERIENCE

Every feature has been engineered for the ultimate in utility, safety, convenience and especially aesthetic appeal, from streamlined blades to deep panoramic windows to sturdy undercarriage, with a choice of two types of landing gear. The doors open wide for accessibility, making it easy for passengers to enter and exit, while a generous luggage compartment is provided for stowing your bags. Passengers can settle in to relax and wonder at the sights of the journey, with exceptional viewing opportunities created by a continuous sweep of windows that includes a skylight and a glass panel below at foot level.

The aircraft is powered by an in-house GT50 turboshaft engine designed exclusively for the HX50, optimizing efficiency and fuel consumption while boasting 400 horsepower. The Hill HX50 Helicopter is taking preorders and is expected to arrive in 2023.