MAHLE Powertrain’s tech-talk series explains how they make electric vehicle battery technology work harder, faster, further

MAHLE Powertrain’s tech-talk series explains how they make electric vehicle battery technology work harder, faster, further

  • Twelve-part video tech-talk series, delivered by MAHLE Powertrain’s experts, will cover every aspect of electric vehicle battery design, from concept through to testing
  • New videos will be released every other week, starting on 31st October
  • Registration via the MAHLE Powertrain website:

MAHLE Powertrain will outline how their expertise can push electric vehicle battery technology harder, faster and further in a series of in-depth tech-talk videos. Each will review a different aspect of the battery design, development, validation and integration process, and will cover critical topics such as designing for legislation, performance trade-offs, and the importance of rigorous testing. Starting on 31st October, new videos will be released every other week, with each presented by MAHLE Powertrain’s experts as they deliver the benefit of their knowledge, direct from the engineering team.

The series will also include a virtual tour of MAHLE Powertrain’s new Battery Development Centre, which opened earlier this year following an overall £15m investment programme, and which provides a spread of capabilities that is almost unique to the automotive industry.

Registration is open to all media colleagues, and is via the MAHLE Powertrain website:

Agency contact
Richard Durbin
Phone: +44 7525 718205 E-mail:

About MAHL
MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry with customers in both passenger car and commercial vehicle sectors. Founded in 1920, the technology group is working on the climate-neutral mobility of tomorrow, such as fuel cells and hydrogen motors, with a focus on e-mobility and thermal management as well as further technology fields to reduce CO2 emissions. MAHLE already generates over 60 percent of its sales independently of the passenger car combustion engine. This should increase to 75 percent by 2030. Today, one in every two vehicles globally is equipped with MAHLE components.

MAHLE generated sales of around EUR 11 billion in 2021. The company is represented with over 71,000 employees at 160 production locations and 12 major research and development centres in more than 30 countries. (Last revised: 12/31/2021)

About MAHLE Powertrain
MAHLE Powertrain is a specialist in providing engineering services for the design, development and integration of advanced internal combustion engines and electrified powertrain systems. As a recognised expert in these fields, MAHLE Powertrain is engaged in the extensive research, development and application of new traditional and advanced drivelines into cost-effective, production feasible solutions for enhanced efficiency, improved fuel economy and lower emissions.

As a services subsidiary of the MAHLE Group, MAHLE Powertrain has six technical centres strategically located in the UK, Germany, USA, and China and is well-placed to provide solutions around the globe. It operates independently of the main group when considering choice of components or technologies.

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.


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.



At the outset of the pandemic, the mobile ecosystem demonstrated genuine leadership to keep vital lines of communication open. Two years later, as we learn to live with the virus, it is time for the industry to come together and collectively build a vision for a connected recovery.

Earlier this week, the GSMA made an informed statement confirming our intention to hold MWC22 Barcelona as planned. This moment demands responsible leadership. That means making difficult decisions and responding to everchanging circumstances, listening, and taking appropriate actions to protect and promote every member of this ecosystem.

Given the lengths that so many partners, large and small, have taken to reconvene and make MWC22 Barcelona a success, we remain on course to host the industry at Fira Gran Via on 28 February – 3 March. We do this with overwhelming support from the industry, our partners, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, and the Host City Parties. In fact, earlier this week, the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni confirmed the city’s “political, institutional and operational” support for MWC22 Barcelona.

We anticipate much speculation in the lead-up. Covid is a real concern, and unfortunately, in an environment with varied opinions and predictions about the near- and long-term impact, some exhibitors and attendees will be re-evaluating their plans for the event this year. Every year, we look forward to seeing our community come together, so we would be disappointed to miss any of you but understand and respect the decisions of our partners. The health and safety of staff, workers, exhibitors, visitors, suppliers, partners, and the local community remain our top priority. With three successful events in 2021, we have proven our ability to deliver a safe environment founded on our industry-leading health and safety plan, Committed Community.

This moment is our collective opportunity to showcase how the entire digital ecosystem continues to transform lives and significantly support global recovery with technology visionaries – against a backdrop of international recognition that connectivity has never been more critical.


Technology, a great ally to promote road knowledge of the cyclist

For cycling fans, traveling on the road alongside motor vehicles is a challenge on certain occasions. Thus, to promote awareness of the situation and coexistence between drivers and cyclists, Garmin® collaborates with Con(live), a social responsibility initiative organized by the inspiring content platform “Where is the Limit?”. Likewise, and with the aim of helping to know what is happening around cyclists and, at the same time, promoting their visibility, Garmin makes state-of-the-art products and technological features available that provide them with that safety.

Specifically, the cyclist can count on technology that has been developed specifically for them, such as the Varia™ radars, which allow them to be seen and, at the same time, to be informed of the proximity of the vehicles behind them; Also, Edge® cycling computers, which paired with a Varia radar can show when a car is approaching and detect if the cyclist has suffered a fall, as well as automatically notify the incident or allow family and friends to follow their route directly through the Live Track function.

January 2022.- When riding on asphalt, cyclists are the most vulnerable road users, which is why it is vitally important that they have tools or technology that allow them to move more safely, both with the aim of that they are seen by other vehicles so that they can anticipate and, hopefully, avoid possible collisions. At this point, Garmin collaborates with initiatives such as Con(vivir), a project focused on promoting safety and coexistence between drivers and cyclists. Likewise, Garmin also demonstrates its great commitment to this group by creating products that incorporate advanced functionalities to guarantee greater confidence on the road.

see and be seen

When riding on the road next to motor vehicles it is essential that the cyclist sees them and also that the drivers see them. For this, it is very useful to have a Garmin Varia radar or an intelligent light, which allows you to see and be seen in front of vehicles that circulate on the road or when traveling through places with less light.

These devices also warn the cyclist if a vehicle is approaching from behind up to a distance of 140 meters and some models, thanks to their built-in rear light, alert vehicle drivers of the presence of the cyclist up to 1.6 km away. It is also possible to link them directly with a compatible smartphone (by downloading the Varia application), and use the mobile screen as the main screen, in order to view the different alerts sent by the Varia radar, or keep this information in the background, making it visible only when the radar sends alerts. One of the most important issues is that the cyclist will know the level of risk through a color code based on proximity (green, amber and red). In addition to visual alerts,

Incident detection and live monitoring

In addition, it is highly recommended to have a technology that alerts of any incident that may occur, something that materializes through products such as Edge® cycle computers. Thus, one of the most outstanding functions of these in terms of security is that of “security and monitoring”. If the device detects that the cyclist has suffered a fall, it automatically sends an emergency message with the exact coordinates to the contacts previously added to the device through the Garmin Connect™ app. In addition, the athlete can also manually activate this function to request help.

On the other hand, they have functions that allow the user’s contacts to follow their route live, which transmits peace of mind to family and friends, being able to have the cyclist under control at all times. Similarly, cyclists can make it easier to stay in contact with the pack with the GroupTrack feature in case they get separated from it, depending on the device.

Ask for help without mobile coverage

And if the cyclist wants to go even further in the field of safety, there are satellite communication devices, such as Garmin InReach®, which allows him to stay connected, even in areas where there is no mobile coverage, and send an SOS help message to the emergency services to contact them in case you need help in a dangerous situation within an area without mobile coverage 1 .

Ultimately, these tools and features can help cyclists avoid risky situations, provide better situational awareness and peace of mind to family and friends when out riding. Objectives of great relevance for both Garmin and the Con(vivre) project.

All Garmin information

Designed indoors for life outdoors, Garmin products have revolutionized the lives of runners, cyclists, swimmers and athletes of all levels and abilities. Committed to developing technology that helps people stay active and elevate their performance, Garmin believes that every day is an opportunity to innovate and a challenge to outperform yesterday.

For more information on the features, prices and availability of all of its products, as well as its actions and sponsorships, visit the websites , , , , and

  1. An active satellite subscription is required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices. It is the user’s responsibility to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions in which the device is intended to be used.

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. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual newsroom at http :// www . garmin . com / en / company /press1 / . Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd.

Garmin announces GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar with automated weather threat analysis technology

Simplified weather depiction helps reduce pilot workload and enhance situational awareness

OLATHE, Kan./April 22, 2021/Business Wire – Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar that delivers an extensive weather threat analysis and depiction to the cockpit. The system reduces pilot workload by providing an automated clear representation of weather by using an enhanced color palette now offering 16 colors, 3D volumetric scanning, hail and lightning prediction, advanced ground clutter suppression, and optional predictive wind shear detection. The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar provides pilots with a complete picture of weather while eliminating the requirement to manually adjust the radar, resulting in easier weather interpretation and a more simplified operation.

The development process for the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar involved complex research and flight test programs, including five years of development to optimize StormOptix autoscan technology and enable simplified operation. Garmin thoroughly flight tested the technology in the most challenging operational conditions including strati-form rain, mild rain, severe thunderstorms, hail, lightning, windshear conditions, and more to verify performance. Further, Garmin tested the technology in environments conducive to producing ground clutter in order to verify the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar can consistently eliminate nonweather returns, ultimately offering pilots a cleaner, clear image that allows them to focus on navigating challenging weather conditions. The tireless effort of developing and rigorously testing the
GWX 8000 StormOptix results in a solution that brings an easy to use weather radar solution to a broader array of aircraft, from turbine-powered Part 25 platforms to high-performance Part 23 aircraft.

“We are excited and proud to offer owners and operators an advanced weather radar solution that provides a comprehensive and clear depiction of weather with virtually no effort from the pilot,” said Carl Wolf, Garmin vice president of aviation sales and marketing. “The StormOptix weather radar can go beyond many popular weather radar systems by leveraging its autoscan technology to display severe storm cells in unparalleled detail in addition to depicting storms which may contain wind shear, turbulence, as well as lightning and hail prediction. With these advanced technologies, pilots can reduce workload while making timely decisions to more confidently navigate around significant weather.”

StormOptix automated weather radar

The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar features an advanced automation technology which allows the pilot to more easily manage the weather radar while in-flight. StormOptix merges 3D volumetric scanning with advanced ground clutter suppression and automatically adjusts the tilt of the weather radar to simplify operation and create the most representative depiction of flight hazards near or along the flight path of the aircraft.

GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar uses autoscan technology that results in simpler operation and easier interpretation for pilots.

Enhanced color palette

A high-definition color palette provides greater color contouring to help pilots more easily interpret the severity of an individual storm cell or multiple storm cells in an area, without requiring the pilot to adjust the radar gain. This enhanced color palette incorporates 16 colors, four times more than typically found in other weather radars on the market to provide a clearer picture for operation around significant weather, ultimately enhancing safety by simplifying the interpretation of information.

Other important features of the GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar to owners and operators include:

  • Turbulence detection and hail/lightning prediction
    As a standard feature, GWX 8000 StormOptix provides owners and operators a unique technology that detects certain atmospheric conditions that can lead to hail and lightning development within a cell. For a more comfortable passenger experience, turbulence detection helps pilots more easily identify turbulence inflight by recognizing air that contains moisture or particulates.
  • Identify shadowing effects
    Weather Attenuated Color Highlight (WATCH®) technology helps pilots identify shadowing effects of cell activity and highlights areas where radar returns are weakened or attenuated by intense precipitation, giving pilots added confidence when navigating weather threats.
  • Lightweight design
    The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar is also among the lightest weather radar in its class at 12.9 lbs (6.3 kg) for the 14-inch version, providing additional savings in weight compared to other weather radar systems on the market.
  • Multiple antenna array sizes
    The GWX 8000 StormOptix will be available in a 10-, 12-, 14-, and 18-inch model to meet the demands of several aircraft configurations.
  • Predictive wind shear identification
    Optional predictive wind shear provides pilots with an additional look into the storm by detecting a combination of updrafts and downdrafts and Doppler-effect that result in wind shear formation, which is fully automated throughout the take-off and landing phases of flight. Pilots receive aural wind shear notifications, as well as visual indications on a dedicated Garmin display using a standard format.

The GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar will be available on select G5000 platforms in Q2, with compatibility for other Garmin avionics systems expected to follow later this year. For additional information on the
GWX 8000 StormOptix weather radar and other Garmin solutions, visit

Garmin’s aviation business segment is a leading provider of solutions to OEM, aftermarket, military and government customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes navigation, communication, flight control, hazard avoidance, an expansive suite of ADS-B solutions and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and value. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at, contact the Media Relations department at, or follow us at or



The world’s first technology-enabled meditation pod.

We’ve entered a time in our world where we must go within to connect, seek balance, and to better ourselves so that we can better the world.

“During this pandemic and with the intense, non-stop negative news…the Somadome has become a place of refuge, reset and renewal for me…it has gone from being something I did to something that I need to do. ”

Margaret, Private User


Somadome uses light and color therapy to transform our body’s state at the cellular level.

The dome structure gives the illusion of infinite space, immersing you into an illuminated pod of colors that coordinate with your session goals. Using colors and light to heal is an age-old technique, premised on the idea that the colors of the spectrum of visible light have specific beneficial health properties. Contemporary research shows that light helps regulate and control the autonomic nervous system and production of melatonin and cortisol, two hormones critical to health and wellness. With the option to select a single color of light or cycle through the whole spectrum, the Somadome provides an environment conducive to the gentle and positive health effects of being immersed in light.

Somadome transforms EMF frequencies that are out of harmony with our bodies’ natural electromagnetic signals.

We are constantly inundated with unnatural electromagnetic fields and wave forms created by human-made electronics. These EMF frequencies and wave forms can disrupt the natural frequencies of healthy cells and organs and create pain, fatigue, feelings of misalignment and low energy. Somadome incorporates the use of micro-crystalline ceramic tiles, which use a proprietary design to transform these unnatural waveforms into forms more like those found in nature.

Somadome uses binaural beats in guided and unguided tracks to achieve beneficial states associated with your session goals.


Binaural beats use varying inaudible frequencies to help guide our minds into brain states achieved during meditation. Just as Tibetan monks use singing bowls, gongs, and other instruments to help access meditative states, modern technology has perfected these binaural beat frequencies, making their benefits obtainable to anyone searching for peace and mental clarity.









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The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® is reimagining how to connect exhibitors, customers, thought leaders and media from around the world while prioritizing health and safety. We are excited to share that CES® 2021 will be an all-digital experience.

CES 2021 Is All-Digital

January 11: Exclusive media-only access

January 12: Exhibitor showcase and conference programming

January 13: Exhibitor showcase and conference programming

January 14: Conference programming

For more than 50 years, CES has been the global stage for innovation. And CES 2021 will continue to be a platform to launch products, engage with global brands and define the future of the tech industry.

With the growing global health concerns about the spread of COVID-19, it is not possible to safely convene tens of thousands of people in Las Vegas in early January 2021 to meet and do business in person.

An all-digital CES 2021 will allow the entire tech community to safely share ideas and introduce the products that will shape our future. You’ll be able to participate in all the awe-inspiring moments of CES wherever you are in the world. We are designing a unique experience for the tech industry.

CES 2021 will offer a highly personalized experience:

  • Keynotes and conferences. Now you’ll have a front-row seat for groundbreaking announcements and insights from the world’s tech leaders completely online.
  • Product showcase. With this digital evolution of the CES show floor, you’ll be able to explore products and services, based on your interests and business, through dynamic product showcases or live demos.
  • Meetings and networking. You’ll be able to engage with the brands, thought leaders and business connections you care about with live interactions, meetups or roundtable discussions.

Technology has helped us all work, learn and connect during the coronavirus pandemic, and it has presented real solutions to help solve complex global challenges. We recognize that, particularly in these uncertain times, it is the partnerships of some of the most creative minds that bring the best solutions to life.

We’re looking forward to welcoming the global tech industry, from international brands to budding startups, to kick off the year with the world’s most influential digital technology event.

Mark your calendars for January 11-14 and be on the lookout for more exciting news about CES 2021. We plan to return to Las Vegas for CES 2022, combining the best elements of a physical and digital show.

Thank you for your continued support. Please stay healthy and safe.


World’s largest hospitality technology conference that brings the brightest minds & hottest technology from around the world.


LIVE: OCTOBER 27 – 29, 2020

HITEC® offers a unique combination of first rate education and the world’s largest hospitality technology exposition – now virtual for 2020. Sessions are led by industry peers and experts, and the unparalleled expo showcases the latest industry products and services from hundreds of companies.  Don’t miss this virtual opportunity to see many new products and high-caliber existing products all in one virtual location.






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Reimagining The Experience Of Aerial Creativity, Mavic Air 2 Is The Smartest, Safest And Easiest-To-Fly Consumer Drone to Date

Get Ready To Up Your Creative Game With The New DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI, the global leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today ushers in a new era of aerial creativity with the Mavic Air 2 drone, combining high-grade imaging, intuitive yet advanced flight performance and revolutionary smart and safe technology in the best all-around drone we’ve ever made.

Created to make capturing unique, high-quality content from the air simple, fun, and safe, Mavic Air 2 offers flagship capabilities in a compact and easy to use folding drone that features 8K functionality. A larger 1/2” camera sensor offers high-resolution photos and videos to make content stand out, while advanced programmed flight modes, intelligent features and imaging technology make capturing professional-looking content effortless. Pilots can now stay in the sky longer with an enhanced maximum flight time, capture vivid imagery with completely revamped autonomous capabilities, and wholly transform their content with in-app editing features.

“Mavic Air 2 is another milestone for DJI, demonstrating that our smartest consumer drone does not have to be the largest,” said DJI President Roger Luo. “While the Mavic Air 2 bears all the hallmarks of the Mavic drone family, we had to completely rethink its design and development process. Our goal was to create a drone that offered the best overall experience possible to even the most novice pilot. We hope our drones can help boost creativity and become a fun yet educational experience that can be enjoyed, even at this unprecedented moment in history.”

Robust Imaging Capabilities for Every Type of Creator

The new Mavic Air 2 reimagines how quality content can be captured in a portable, folding drone. No matter the skill level of the pilot, Mavic Air 2’s features and technology are sure to appeal to every creative visionary. Mavic Air 2 is the first drone in the Mavic series to offer 4K video at 60 fps and 120 Mbps. Additionally, users can record unique content using HDR video[1], 4X Slow Motion in 1080p at 120 fps or 8X Slow Motion in 1080p at 240 fps. Pilots can record 12-megapixel[2] images or choose a new high-resolution 48-megapixel feature that photographs in stunning detail, while a mechanical 3-axis gimbal helps compensate for camera shake to create smooth and stable footage, even in unpredictable scenarios. Taking full advantage of the large Quad Bayer 1/2″ sensor, the Mavic Air 2 is the perfect tool to take creativity to the next level with a suite of image capture modes. The newly added SmartPhoto records 12-megapixel photos using advanced scene analysis and deep learning to automatically choose one of three image capture options.

  • HDR photos: Mavic Air 2 automatically captures seven varying exposures of the same photograph, merging them together to bring out a highly dynamic image.
  • Hyperlight: Hyperlight is designed for low-light scenarios, taking multiple photographs and merging them to bring out a clear image with less of the noise which usually occurs in low-light scenes.
  • Scene Recognition: Mavic Air 2 can recognize five categories of scenes including sunsets, blue skies, grass, snow, and trees, then optimize settings to make the photograph pop by bringing out the highest degree of color, detail, and tones.

Unparalleled Flight Performance

Mavic Air 2 completely rebuilt the basics of drone flight to open up the skies for more exploration for everyone who is passionate about drone technology. Despite only weighing as much as a small water bottle at 570 grams, the Mavic Air 2 features new motors, new electronic speed controllers (ESCs), enhanced battery technology and an aerodynamic design to provide a maximum flight time of up to 34 minutes. DJI’s proprietary OcuSync 2.0 transmission technology has been upgraded to deliver an extremely reliable and stable HD video feed from the drone at a maximum distance of 10km[3]. OcuSync 2.0 supports both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands and uses an auto-switching feature to move between the two based on signal strength, while anti-interference technology blocks unwanted signals to keep the video feed clear.

Setting a New Standard for Drone Safety

Mavic Air 2 is equipped with unprecedented new safety features to help make flying as safe as possible. Obstacle sensors on the front and rear of the drone warn pilots when they’re too close to an object and can also be set to stop the drone from moving any closer to avoid collision. Additional sensors and auxiliary lights on the bottom of Mavic Air 2 assist with several functions including smooth, automatic landing even in difficult lighting. Mavic Air 2 also comes equipped with our GEO geofencing solution to help keep drones away from the highest-risk locations, such as busy airports.

Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) 3.0 brings the next level of autonomous flying to DJI drones. When users enable APAS 3.0, as obstacles come into the drone’s path, Mavic Air 2 will create a new path around, under or over the object to avoid collision, giving pilots the confidence to fly in more complex situations while focusing on capturing their ideal images. Using 3D mapping, the updated version aids in smooth transitions and more fluid movements around objects even in highly complex environments.

In accordance with DJI’s industry-leading 10-point Elevating Safety vision published last year, Mavic Air 2 is also DJI’s first consumer drone designed to include AirSense technology[4], which provides enhanced safety by warning drone pilots of other aircraft nearby. AirSense uses aviation technology known as ADS-B to receive signals from nearby airplanes and helicopters, and displays their location on the drone pilot’s control screen. As these other aircraft approach the drone, AirSense will warn the drone pilot with messages, sounds and vibrations, enhancing the pilot’s awareness and ability to move the drone safely away.

“DJI has an unwavering commitment to enhance drone safety with technology, and Mavic Air 2 implements yet another pioneering safety solution for drone operations,” said DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman. “Our ambitious commitment to installing ADS-B in our new product models means Mavic Air 2 will be the world’s largest single deployment of ADS-B receiver technology, fulfilling and furthering our vision as the industry’s leader on voluntary safety efforts.”

Powerful Intelligent Features

Mavic Air 2 is packed with optimized intelligent features allowing users to quickly and easily record images and video that deserves to be shared with the world. FocusTrack[5] is the most advanced tracking feature on any DJI drone and offers three different capture modes:

  • ActiveTrack 3.0: Select a subject for Mavic Air 2 to automatically follow. The third iteration of ActiveTrack uses state-of-the-art mapping technology and new flight path algorithms to offer improved subject tracking and obstacle avoidance, along with the ability to quickly re-engage the subject if it temporarily moves behind an object.
  • Point of Interest 3.0: Set an automated flight path around a specific subject. The updated iteration improves surface recognition to better dynamically track subjects.
  • Spotlight 2.0: Found in professional DJI drones, Spotlight locks a subject in the frame while the user has free operation of the drone’s movement.

A Hyperlapse feature brings the visual appeal of timelapse but with the added element of the drone physically moving. For the first time, Hyperlapse can be shot in a max resolution of 8K[6] while pilots can choose four flight modes including Free movement, Circle, CourseLock and WayPoints. Pilots can also choose from several pre-programmed flight maneuvers known as QuickShots, which use a 3-axis mechanical gimbal and electronic image stabilization for unmatched video quality. Simply tap the desired mode and Mavic Air 2 will automatically create stunning, cinematic content. Pilots can choose Rocket, Circle, Dronie, Helix, Boomerang or Asteroid.

Intuitive App, Convenient Editing and a Wealth of Accessories

An updated version of the DJI Fly app adds more advanced functionality for Mavic Air 2 while maintaining its user-friendly navigation. New tutorials get users familiarized with the drone and quickly in the air to start capturing compelling footage. Easy to use in-app editing features make the DJI Fly app a one-stop tool to edit and adjust the footage captured. Mavic Air 2 will be supported by a host of additional useful accessories including a shoulder bag, ND filter sets, propeller guards, protective case, tablet holder for the controller and monitor hood.

Pricing and Availability

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced new complexities for global shipping and logistics of many products. As a result, the Mavic Air 2 will be initially available for immediate purchase in China today while other regions will begin taking preorders today with an expected ship time of mid-May. Mavic Air 2 will be available in two purchasing options: a standard package which includes Mavic Air 2, one battery, remote controller and all the required wires and cables for $799 USD, and the Fly More option which includes all items from the standard version as well as a shoulder bag, ND filters, charging hub, and 3 batteries for $988 USD. Mavic Air 2 is available for preorder through all authorized retailers as well DJI’s online store:

DJI Care Refresh

DJI Care Refresh is now available for Mavic Air 2. For a small  additional charge, DJI Care Refresh offers comprehensive coverage for incidents such as collision and water damage as well as up to two replacement units within one year. Receive your replacement even sooner with DJI Care Refresh Express. DJI Care Refresh also includes VIP after-sales support and free two-way shipping. For a full list of details and pricing, please visit:

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Smart bathroom technology

The bathroom is a very important room in the house that must always be in good condition and with impeccable hygiene, that is, it must be a place of comfort and well-being. Lately, to achieve all this, the trend to equip intelligence restrooms is growing. But what does this mean? A smart bathroom often has services controlled by a device and the number one product to satisfy this preference is SensoWash® .

Whether it’s SensoWash Slim or E – , there’s nothing more hygienic, more natural and refreshing than cleaning with water. SensoWash® represents a new program of washing seats that meets current demands for hygienic cleaning, great control comfort, good design and individuality

Smart Bathrooms – Smart bathroom technology by DURAVIT

Currently there are homes that already enjoy this type of technology that makes their bathrooms more functional as well as being decorated to the last detail, always using technological accessories to give it a unique and modern style. For example, the new Duravit mirrors   with three different light profiles: an indirect (ambient) light on all four sides, a light strip on the upper edge of the mirror or two side stripes, which provide optimal lighting.

Thanks to the modern LED technique in indirect (ambient) lighting, a blurred light effect is created on the wall. For this purpose, 4 light sources have been placed at the rear that provide uniform lighting on the wall around the mirror. Also in models with light strips, LEDs are used, creating a frameless light source. All models are available in three different versions corresponding to mirror furniture. The comfort version of the mirror element is also available with heating, which prevents fogging.

Step by step, technology continues to play a greater role in the healthcare industry, in designing products to make the bathroom more comfortable and safe. When it comes to high-tech materials like  DuraCeram® , a new raw material to create finer shapes, with greater resistance and stylish accents in bathroom design. Other material,  DuraSolid ®It is made up primarily of natural minerals, resin as a binder, and color pigments. In this way, a bathtub body without joints and visible joints is created, which due to its material structure has a matt surface and a satin finish, providing an extremely warm and soft appearance. As an exclusive option, the discreet air hydromassage system and / or the integrated sound system that is controlled by a Bluetooth compatible device can be integrated. Another sculptural design with space for two people,  Paiova 5 ,  an exceptional bathtub because it guarantees a comfortable and pleasant experience that is equipped with the new Combi – L hydromassage system.  makes it very luxurious. The nice, flat jets move the massage jet vertically up and down along the back muscles. In addition, the entrance to the bathtub is slightly reduced to a total height of 580 mm instead of the usual 600 mm. The narrow edge of the bathtub lends itself to hold on. At the rear, towards the wall, a wide edge offers a surface for depositing bathroom utensils. And continuing with the evolution of the bathroom, we would highlight the new “ c-bonded” solution ,  a new technique that seamlessly fuses  ceramic and furniture in a single unit. The thickness of the sink material becomes invisible and is reduced to a precise edge that produces a unique visual as well as hygienic sensation.

In the selection of faucets, the new C.1 design line  perfectly reflects the Duravit design language. The ergonomically shaped lever with a slit at the bottom provides a comfortable feel and precise handling. The studied details, such as a minimized joint between the base body and the lever, also guarantee a unique appearance. A taps with four different heights for sinks with different measures, an American faucet in two heights and a wall-mounted faucet with two-size spouts offer, apart from an optimal design, maximum comfort in the toilet. The C.1 line also offers an optimal faucet solution in all other areas of the bathroom, such as bidets, showers and bathtubs.

All this, with a simple design, clear shapes, with new materials, the expression of technology has been and will continue to be the main objective of Duravit to continue creating trends with original products that dominate quality, design and innovative technology that optimizes comfort.

Another Duravit Example of an Energy Efficient Home:

A prefabricated house convinces with its sustainability through energy efficiency