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By Abhishek Baxi
Qubo Baby Cam, a baby monitor with AI smarts and Alexa integration, launches in India
by Abhishek Baxi
Hero Electronix has launched a smart baby monitor in India with a kid-friendly design. The highlight of the Qubo Baby Cam is its AI-powered features like virtual cradle and baby cry monitor which have been tailored to address the specific needs of parents.
Hero Electronix is a Hero Group company that forayed into the consumer technology market in 2019 with the launch of Qubo connected smart devices. The US$5 billion Hero Group is one of the top business houses of India.
Qubo Baby Cam is designed to be an extra pair of eyes and ears to work on parents’ behalf. It is designed like a penguin to visually blend in any kid’s room due to its toy-like appearance. The baby cam offers 1080p Full HD video stream with night vision to monitor the baby from the companion Qubo app. Apart from real-time monitoring, the app also gives you a time-lapse video of the child’s activities through the day that you can save for memories or share with your friends and family. There’s also two-way talk with echo cancellation that lets parents connect with their children or babysitters.
The AI features are what makes it different from any other smart security cameras. You can create a smart virtual cradle that ensures that your new-born is always in a designated safe zone. There’s ‘baby cry alert’ that is able to isolate the baby’s cries from surrounding noise and generate an instant alert on the app if the baby is upset. The baby cam can also play a customized lullaby in case the child tends to move or start crying.
The Qubo Baby Cam works with Amazon Alexa devices with screens, like a TV with Fire TV Stick or an Amazon Echo Show. There’s no support for Google Assistant though. The entire Qubo portfolio as yet works only with Alexa.
The Qubo Baby Cam is available at a price of ₹7,490 ($101) across leading online and offline stores in India. As per market estimates, the projected size of the smart home/security market in India is expected to touch $6 billion by 2022 and $53 billion globally.
Samsung announces four new 0.7um ISOCELL camera sensors for upcoming smartphones
by Rajesh Pandey
Samsung today announced four new ISOCELL camera sensors with up to 108MP resolution for upcoming smartphones. Compared to its existing camera sensors, Samsung has been able to make its latest sensors up to 15% smaller by switching to a slightly smaller 0.7um pixel size vs 0.8um. The height of the new camera modules is also 10% shorter than existing sensors while still delivering the same image resolution.
To improve light sensitivity and photo quality despite the reduction in pixel size, Samsung is using its ISOCELL Plus and Smart-ISO technologies on these sensors. The former helps in retaining the light hitting the sensor using a wall-like structure around the pixel while Smart-ISO adjusts the ISO depending on the light coming to the sensor. The new camera sensors will also feature ISOCELL 2.0 that will help in improving the light sensitivity of individual pixels by up to 12%.
The four new sensors announced by Samsung today include the 108MP ISOCELL HM2 that is 15% smaller than the 108MP HMX and HM1 sensors used in many flagship Android smartphones. It also features a faster phase detection autofocus solution called Super PD. The ISOCELL GW3 is a 64MP sensor for mid-range smartphones that features gyro-based EIS and video recording at resolutions of up to 4K60fps. Then, there's the 48MP GM5 that is meant for use in telephoto or ultra-wide angle cameras. It also supports 480fps slow-motion video recording at 1080p resolution. There's a very similar ISOCELL GH1 sensor with a slightly lower 43.7MP resolution.
Lastly, there's the ISOCELL JD1 which Samsung claims is the smallest 32MP image sensor measuring 1/3.14-inches. This sensor is primarily meant for being used as a selfie shooter in smartphones that come with a pop-up camera or a small notch. It also features staggered-HDR for brighter and clearer photos.
Samsung is already mass-producing the ISOCELL HM2, GW3, and JD1 sensors, with the GM5 currently being sampled to OEMs.
By Ather Fawaz
Researchers have captured the world's first 3,200-megapixel image
by Ather Fawaz
Image via SLAC Researchers at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford, California have captured the world's largest single-shot image. Comprised of 3,200 megapixels (MP), the image was captured using an array of 189 imaging sensors that are being developed to be integrated into the world’s largest digital camera that is currently under construction at SLAC.
Image via SLAC The gargantuan sensor required to capture 3,200 MP shots is more than two feet wide and its focal plane is enormous, large enough to capture the size of a portion of a sky equivalent to 40 full moons. Strictly speaking, the sensor contains 189 individual 16MP sensors, or charge-coupled devices (CCDs), and each individual pixel is about 10 microns wide. To put this all into perspective:
Using this gargantuan sensor, the researchers captured a variety of different subjects, including the intricate head of Romanesco (broccoli) and a photo of Vera Rubin, who was one of the key figures in the discovery of dark matter. Given the size of the photos, the team has developed a web app that will allow you to check out the incredibly detailed pictures. You may click on the links below to be redirected to the photo viewer.
Head of Romanesco Flammarion engraving Vera Rubin LSST Camera team photos Logos of institutions involved in the LSST Camera project Image via SLAC These pictures are were taken as a test-run once the initial assembly of the image sensor was completed at SLAC Laboratory. The raison d'être for this sensor, however, is at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile in mid-2021, where it will produce one panoramic image of the complete Southern sky every few nights for 10 years, capturing over 20 billion galaxies. The aim of this entire initiative is to further our understanding of dark matter, dark energy, and the cosmos in general. For more details, you may check out this webpage.
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