Proxxi saves workers from getting electrocuted

There are some gadgets that are nice to have – iPhones, sous vide wands – and some gadgets that you must have. Proxxi fits in the latter camp. Proxxi is an always-on sensor that buzzes when it gets too close to high voltage electricity. Its worn by mechanics and electricians and warns them when they […]

There are some gadgets that are nice to have – iPhones, sous vide wands – and some gadgets that you must have. Proxxi fits in the latter camp.

Proxxi is an always-on sensor that buzzes when it gets too close to high voltage electricity. Its worn by mechanics and electricians and warns them when they get too close to something dangerous. The Vancouver-based company just sold out of its initial commercial evaluation units and they’re building a huge business supplying these clever little bracelets to GE, Con Edison, Exelon, Baker Hughes, Schneider Electric and ABB.

The bracelet connects to an app that lets workers silence warnings if they’re working on something that is energized and it also tracks the number of potentially harmful interactions wirelessly. This lets management know exactly where the trouble spots are before they happen. If, for example, it senses many close brushes with highly charged gear it lets management investigate and take care of the problem.

Founded by Richard Sim and Campbell Macdonald, the company has orders for thousands of units, a testament to the must-have nature of their product. They raised $700,000 in angel funding.

“All of this is critical to enterprises looking to mitigate risk from catastrophic injuries: operational disruption, PR nightmare, stock analyst markdowns and insurance premiums,” said Macdonald. “This represents a whole new class of hardware protection for industrial workers who are used to protection being process driven or protective gear like gloves and masks.”

The company began when British Columbia Hydro tasked Sim to research a product that would protect workers from electricity. Macdonald, whose background is in hardware and programming, instead built a prototype and showed it around.

“We initially found that all utilities and electricians wanted this,” he said. “The most exciting thing we have discovered in the last year is that the opportunity is much larger covering manufacturing, oil and gas, and construction.”

“It’s a $40 billion problem,” he said.

The goal is to create something that can be used all day. Unlike other sensors that are used only in dangerous situations, Proxxi is designed to be put on in the morning and taken off at night, after work.

“There are other induction sensors out there, but they are focused on high risk scenarios, ie, people use them when they think they are at risk. The trouble is you can’t tell when you are at risk. You can’t sense that you have made a mistake in the safety process,” said Macdonald. The goal, he said, is to prevent human error and, ultimately, death. Not bad for a wearable.

Kuo: Apple to use custom chips for the long-awaited car effort between 2023 and 2025

Any significant talk about a possible Apple car or autonomous driving project is, of course, coming from Kuo, everyone’s favorite (and most reliable) Apple analyst “out there”.

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (formerly with KGI Securities) has predicted that Apple may recruit its sole chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to build in-house designed processors based on ARM architecture for use in its car project.... Read the rest of this post here


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Kuo: Apple-designed ARM chips to pop up in Macs no later than 2021

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted in the most recent note to clients that Macs might adopt Apple’s own chip technology used in iPhone and iPad starting in 2020 or 2021.

We’ve been hearing rumblings about Apple’s internal project to ditch Intel processors for its own in-house designed chips since that 2012 Bloomberg report, and now a revered analyst has predicted that ARM-based Macs would be coming in 2020 or 2021.... Read the rest of this post here


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Kuo: 2019 iPhones won’t utilize Apple’s TrueDepth infrared system on the back

Trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has expressed his belief that the Cupertino technology giant won’t put its infrared depth-sensing system on the back of iPhone models to be released in 2019. This isn’t necessary a bad thing, and here’s why.

In a new research note issue to clients this morning, respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has expressed his belief that the Cupertino technology firm won’t add its infrared depth-sensing system to the back of new iPhone models due in 2019, citing two reasons.... Read the rest of this post here


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Chipmaker Renesas goes deeper into autonomous vehicles with $6.7B acquisition

Japan-based semiconductor firm Renesas — one of the world’s largest supplier of chips for the automotive industry — is scooping up U.S. chip company IDT in a $6.7 billion deal that increases its focus on self-driving technology. Renesas produces microprocessor and circuits that power devices, and automotive is its core focus. It is second only to NXP […]

Japan-based semiconductor firm Renesas — one of the world’s largest supplier of chips for the automotive industry — is scooping up U.S. chip company IDT in a $6.7 billion deal that increases its focus on self-driving technology.

Renesas produces microprocessor and circuits that power devices, and automotive is its core focus. It is second only to NXP on supply, and more than half of its revenue comes from automotive. IDT, meanwhile, includes power management and memory among its products, which focus on wireless networks and the converting and storing of data. Those are two areas that are increasingly important with the growth of connected devices and particularly vehicles which demand high levels of data streaming and interaction.

The acquisition of IDT — which is being made a 29.5 percent on its share price — is set to expand Renesas’ expertise on autonomous vehicles. The firm said it would also broaden its business into the “data economy” space, such as robotics, data centers and other types of connected devices.

Renesas has already demoed self-driving car tech, which puts it into direct competition with the likes of Intel . Last year, the firm paid $3.2 billion to buy up Intersil, which develops technology for controlling battery voltage in hybrid and electric vehicles, and IDT deal pushes it further in that direction.

“There’s little overlap between their product portfolios, so it’s a strategically sound move for Renesas. But it does seem like the price is a little high,” said Bloomberg analyst Masahiro Wakasugi.

The IDT deal has been on the table for a couple of weeks after Renesas first revealed its interest in an acquisition last month. It is expected to close in the first half of 2019 following relevant approvals.

Kuo: slimmer-bezeled Series 4 watches to support EKG, have ceramic back

Apple Watch Series 4 is expected to support electrocardiography (ECG). Additionally, all upcoming watch models should be equipped with ceramic backs (currently, some models use composite backs).

In terms of health tracking, a fourth-generation Apple Watch has been predicted to support electrocardiography (EKG) capabilities that may presumably permit the user to take reliable, accurate readings of the electrical activity of their heart over a period of time.... Read the rest of this post here


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Kuo: upcoming low-price MacBook may feature Touch ID, but not Touch Bar

Apple’s inexpensive Mac notebook model is said to incorporate Touch ID, but not a full-out Touch Bar like we saw on select 13- and 15-inch models of the 2016, 2017 and later MacBook Pro models.

According to well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s rumored brand-new Mac notebook model might include a Touch ID fingerprint scanner but not the Touch Bar feature.... Read the rest of this post here


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Kuo: 2018 iPhones to continue using Lightning, bundle with 5W slow charge adapter

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims the upcoming iPhone refresh won’t make a jump to USB-C I/O. Moreover, Apple will continue bundling the new phones with the slow-charging 5W adapter.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today issued a research note to clients in which he outlines some interesting predictions about Apple’s upcoming product refreshes. According to the analyst, 2018’s iPhones won’t ditch Lightning I/O for USB-C like iPad Pros nor will they include a stronger, Power Delivery-compatible power adapter to support the fast charge function.... Read the rest of this post here


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Kuo: 2018 iPad Pros to ditch Lightning in favor of USB-C, bundle with 18W fast charge adapter

A revered Apple analysts says that refreshed iPad Pro models for 2018 will replace the proprietary Lightning connector with the USB-C standard, speeding up charging and data transfer.

Introduced in September 2012 to replace the aging 30-pin dock connector, Apple’s proprietary Lightning port featured on iOS devices might be replaced on this year’s iPad Pro models in favor of USB-C, the latest industry standard in connectivity.... Read the rest of this post here


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Barclays: AirPods 2 due by Christmas 2019, AirPower launching in September

Some conflicting rumors are swirling regarding what Apple might have in cards for future AirPod models, with a new analyst report claiming that we’ll see a pair of second-generation earphones some time this year.

A second-generation AirPods will launch in the fourth quarter of 2019, Barclays claims, contradicting an earlier report from Bloomberg which predicted AirPods 2 with an improved Apple W2 wireless chip and built-in Hey Siri support would release this year.... Read the rest of this post here


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