Sony car? New CEO has always wanted to work on moving things

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By: Bloomberg | Published: May 24, 2018 9:29:21 am

Sony might soon enter into the moving objects space. (Image: Bloomberg)

Sony Corp’s new chief executive officer is interested in taking the Japanese electronics maker in an entirely new direction: moving objects. Kenichiro Yoshida, who took over in April, said that he’s always wanted to work on “moving objects,” adding that it’s far too early to say whether Sony will enter the space.

“Through our semiconductors, we’re actually already a company that helps to power things that move and, to be honest, I kind of want to create things that move,” Yoshida told reporters at a roundtable interview in Tokyo. “Ever since I was the chief financial officer, I asked whether we can work on a golf cart or a Roomba.”

While Sony does in fact have transport-related projects, such as its SC-1 shuttle concept and a taxi-hailing alliance announced earlier this year, the Tokyo-based company has never expressed any interest manufacturing gadgets that can ferry people or are autonomous. Still, it’s not a leap of imagination to picture a Sony electric automobile. Dyson Ltd, the vacuum cleaner maker, surprised everyone in September when it unveiled plans to build an electric car by 2020, putting one billion pounds ($1.3 billion) behind the effort.

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“It’s still too early to say whether there’s something tangible,” said Yoshida, who chuckled as he spoke about his desire to work on such products. Asked specifically about his aspirations for a Sony car, he said: “It’s probably not something I can deliver during my tenure, but I want to begin working on something for the longer term.”

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Coinbase Announces Launch of Coinbase Pro, Paradex Acquisition

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Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has announced the newest version of its GDAX trading platform, Coinbase Pro.

Coinbase has announced Coinbase Pro, the new version of its trading platform GDAX, in a blog post Wednesday. The announcement comes on the same day as Coinbase’s acquisition of relay platform Paradex.

According to the Coinbase blog post, Coinbase Pro is an evolution of GDAX, which is specifically designed for individual crypto traders. Coinbase says that the new product was made specifically to suit the needs of individual traders, in addition to making the platform “easier and more intuitive.” Coinbase Pro will offer new features such as simplified deposit and withdrawal processes, in addition to letting customers take advantage of services like staking and protocol voting.

Coinbase will integrate the Paradex relay platform into Coinbase Pro which, according their blog post, will let customers trade “hundreds of tokens directly from their wallets.” This would markedly expand expand the types of cryptocurrencies to which customers will have access through Coinbase. The blog post states that the new service will be made available to customers outside the US before eventually being offered to American clients.

Paradex, which has 10 employees according to Reuters, is considered a decentralized exchange, because it does not hold custody of tokens on behalf of users, rather clients trade ERC20 tokens directly from their wallets. The financial details of the acquisition were not mentioned in the blog post.

GDAX and Coinbase Pro will operate in tandem until June 29, 2018, after which “all customers will be seamlessly rolled over” to the new platform.

In March, Coinbase announced the creation of both the Coinbase Index Fund and Coinbase Index. The Coinbase Index Fund is a “basket of digital assets” including all of GDAX’s four coins: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Bitcoin Cash (BCH). The fund requires a minimum investment of $10,000 with a 2 percent annual management fee. GDAX is currently the seventh largest exchange in terms of 24 hour trade volume, which was $365.95 mln at press time.

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IoT in Smart Buildings Market Outlook and Forecasts 2018 – 2023 –

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “IoT in Smart Buildings Market Outlook and Forecasts 2018 – 2023” report has been added to’s offering.

This Smart Building research focuses primarily upon commercial real estate (CRE), such as office buildings and warehouses, which can be augmented with Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for improved communication, automation, and many workplace benefits for both humans and machines. In addition to optimization of tenant operations, CRE owners recognize the ability to realize significantly higher leasing fees with intelligent buildings. Accordingly, over 80% of new construction involves at least one facet of IoT and/or related Smart Building technologies.

It is important to note that roughly 90% of legacy buildings in developed economies have issues that will require substantial retrofitting

Supporting technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mobile Edge Computing, 5G networks will all support new and enhanced smart building system related applications and services. The anticipated massive growth of IoT smart building systems also creates a substantial market opportunity for asset tracking systems and real time IoT analytics, especially associated with smart workplace solutions. Mind Commerce sees many opportunities for AI in Integrated Workplace Management Systems (IWMS), especially pertaining to simultaneous resource allocation and workflow management optimization.

This research evaluates the Smart Buildings marketplace including technologies, players, and solutions. The report analyzes Smart Buildings challenges and opportunities, assessing market potential and provides accompanying forecasts globally as well as regionally and by market segment for 2018 – 2023. The report includes analysis of technologies supporting building automation, IWMS, and smart workplace applications and services. Solution areas covered include 5G, AI, Data Analytics, and Edge Computing.

Key Findings:

  • Global IoT smart building market will approach $51.44B USD globally by 2023
  • 33% of IoT smart building market will be powered by AI technologies by 2023
  • North America will lead the IoT smart building market with 36% share by 2023
  • Smart Building automation systems will grow at 48.3% CAGR from 2018 – 2023
  • MEC, 5G, real-time IoT data analytics, and asset tracking are key solution areas

Key Topics Covered: 1 Introduction

2 Smart Building Challenges and Opportunities

3 Smart Building Organizations and Initiatives

4 Company Analysis

5 IoT Smart Building Market Analysis and Forecast 2018 – 2023

6 Conclusions and Recommendations

Companies Mentioned

  • ABB Group
  • Abundant Power
  • Accenture PLC
  • Aeon Labs LLC
  • Affinegy, Inc
  • Affinity Automation, LLC
  • American Auto-Matrix
  • American Digitals
  • American Energy Management
  • AMMAMSIC Technology Corp
  • Appin Associates
  • Assodomotica
  • Athena Engineering, Inc
  • Automated Control Inc.
  • Azbil
  • Be Home247
  • Belimo
  • Brandt Automation, Inc
  • Building IQ
  • Building Robotics
  • Cadillac Fairview
  • Central Coast Environmental Controls
  • Cisco Systems Inc.
  • Copper Tree Analytics
  • Crestron
  • CSR
  • Current Analytics, Inc.
  • Cylon
  • Delta Controls
  • Distech Controls
  • E.M.S. Technologies
  • Eagle Energy, Inc
  • Ecova
  • EFT Energy

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FAA loosens restrictions on some drones flying near airports

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Commercial drone operators are about to feel a little less caged. The FAA is expected to loosen restrictions on where some drone operators can fly them, near Colorado airports.

It’s called Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability.

“LAANC is a new system from the FAA that allows commercial pilots to get instant airspace authorization with flying in restricted areas,” said Kerry Garrison, Chief Operating Officer of DJI Colorado.

Right now, drones can’t fly within five miles of any airport without authorization but Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability allows remote pilots like Garrison to access that airspace in real time.

“In the past, we had to apply for waivers or authorizations that could talk three or four months,” Garrison said. “So a process that would take literally months and months of time is now going to be done in a matter of seconds.”

He said a lot of professionals like roof inspectors and realtors will be able to fly drones in places they can’t now.

But 9NEWS aviation expert Greg Feith said there are a few drawbacks.

“Now that these restrictions have changed some people are going to take advantage of it,” Feith said.

He said pilots worry about drone operators that aren’t trained.

“Fixed wing and helicopter pilots that are actually flying large manned aircraft are really going to have to be more attuned and aware of the environment now that there are going to be drones within five miles operating within the national airspace system,” Feith said.

Drones can fly up to 400 feet above ground within that airspace but only with authorization – and that number gets lower are you near the actual airport.

“It’s very strictly defined how high we can fly anywhere near the airport,” Garrison said. “Hobbyists don’t understand the rules.”

That is why a lot of drones have built-in systems that don’t allow them to fly into restricted areas without permission.

“They’re go fenced,” Garrison said. “It won’t even let you take off if you’re too close to an airport.”

Now, Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability will allow pilots to access that in real time.

“As everyone learns what this process is, what this program is and how it benefits both manned and unmanned,” Garrison said. “I think everyone is going to see this is a win, win for everybody.”

The looser restrictions apply only to commercial drone operators who are authorized by the new system.

It’s expected to take effect here on May 24 and will cover about 500 airports by September.

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香港–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(美国商业资讯)–领先的企业机器人流程自动化(RPA)软件公司UiPath已任命Thomas Chin为亚太区销售副总裁。驻香港办公的Chin将利用其在亚洲和硅谷的销售和营销经验,推动UiPath的RPA平台在整个大中华区、澳大利亚/新西兰、韩国和东南亚的销售和分销。 Chin将负责UiPath在亚太地区的销售和分销,维护和发展现有客户并向新的市场和行业扩张。他将领导UiPath在该地区不断壮大的员工队伍,以利用亚洲地区对于RPA解决方案不断攀升的需求。预计本地区的员工总数在2018年将增至150人以上。 在Chin的这项任命之前,UiPath在全球和亚洲经历了一个持续增长期。在过去12个月中,UiPath在日本、中国和韩国增设了新的办事处,并于今年早些时候在公司完成一轮1.53亿美元的融资后进军新加坡。 Chin表示:“亚太地区对于RPA平台来说是巨大的市场,我们看到这里的公司和政府都希望将RPA作为提高生产力和推动发展的解决方案。亚洲是一个非常多元化的地区,不同的国家需要RPA的原因各不相同。较发达的市场将利用RPA来提高生产力和抵消特

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