IFA 2016: Acer Press Eventby Ian Cutress on August 31, 2016 4:02 AM EST
04:07AM EDT - Ian here, it's already started!
04:07AM EDT - Pawbo+ being shown
04:07AM EDT - Remote monitoring device with audio and video for pets left at home
04:07AM EDT - new updates
04:08AM EDT - can access through smartphone app, up to 8 users per camera
04:08AM EDT - 'A conferencing device with your pet'
04:08AM EDT - Using IoT to interact with accessories
04:09AM EDT - Pawbo Flash: see your pets in the dark
04:09AM EDT - All these devices connect though a hub, and all social media connected as well to share
04:10AM EDT - Pawbo Munch, a feeder
04:10AM EDT - Pawbo Catch and Pawbo Munch, toys that can be controlled remotely
04:10AM EDT - Preorders from 9/1
04:10AM EDT - Acer bringing IoT into the pet industry
04:11AM EDT - Now sports
04:11AM EDT - Xplova X5 cycling computer
04:12AM EDT - Programmable with new accessories: heart rate monitor, sensor, so it starts recording above a heartrate or offers advice for training
04:13AM EDT - Taiwan at the minute, 12 country roll out soon
04:13AM EDT - Now Elder Care, joint venture with grandPad
04:13AM EDT - All about communications and networking for this age range
04:13AM EDT - One problem is the technology barrier
04:14AM EDT - Paired with Comfort Keeper, an Elder Care firm
04:15AM EDT - 'We love the toys from Acer'
04:15AM EDT - 'We want people to age gracefully and keep their network'
04:16AM EDT - Comfort Keeper cares for 27k seniors in US every day, 35k worldwide
04:18AM EDT - The Acer/grandPad combo is used by Comfort Keeper to help the elders reconnect with the world
04:19AM EDT - grandPad coming to Europe, Switzerland first
04:19AM EDT - More countries over time
04:19AM EDT - Now for Computing, the core business of Acer
04:20AM EDT - 'We pay lots of attention in this area'
04:21AM EDT - So now announcements
04:21AM EDT - Or recap of old
04:21AM EDT - Switch Alpha 12
04:22AM EDT - That's a lot of 2-in-1 revenue
04:22AM EDT - 'User reviews are showing great acceptance'
04:23AM EDT - Apparently Ultra-Slim is a bright spot
04:23AM EDT - Acer Aspire S 13 released 6mo ago
04:24AM EDT - Announcing Acer Swift
04:24AM EDT - Press release out in a few minutes...
04:25AM EDT - 17.9mm, 1.58 kg, 14hr, 14-inch
04:25AM EDT - Swift 3, is thinner and moves up to a Full HD display
04:26AM EDT - Now Swift 5
04:26AM EDT - A 14-inch display in a 13.3-inch chassis
04:26AM EDT - fingerprint reader in the touchpad
04:27AM EDT - Now Swift 7
04:27AM EDT - 9.98mm
04:27AM EDT - Kaby Lake 7th Gen CPUs
04:28AM EDT - Two Type-C ports on the side
04:30AM EDT - Gorilla Glass
04:30AM EDT - Gorilla Glass
04:31AM EDT - Chris Walker from Intel on stage, VP of Client Computing Group
04:32AM EDT - I tell you what, the dual Type-C is interesting, and the design of the Swift 7 looks neat, but the Swift 5 better for usability?
04:32AM EDT - Someone forgot the capital letters in this Intel slide
04:33AM EDT - 'Game with Overwatch on new Intel Core 7th Gen in HD'
04:34AM EDT - Now the Spin 7
04:34AM EDT - a full 360 rotating notebook with 7th Gen and a 14-inch Full HD display in a 13 chassis
04:35AM EDT - Swift and Spin families start from $299
04:37AM EDT - Now Microsoft video, doing the corporate thing of describing what we've seen and the benefits of synergy
04:38AM EDT - Now Predator
04:38AM EDT - THey say gaming, the video has lots of DJ and clubbing
04:39AM EDT - It's all in the marketing
04:41AM EDT - Most Acer #1 and #2 markets are non-America, it's worth noting
04:41AM EDT - Now monitors with eye tracking from tobii
04:41AM EDT - Talking about eye tracking - I've used it on an MSI laptop.
04:42AM EDT - Acer says it pushes immersion. Personally I didn't feel it. It was more gimmicky
04:42AM EDT - Eye tracking to help with natural targeting in games
04:43AM EDT - 'When your gaze hits the edge of the screen, the scene will scroll'
04:43AM EDT - I'd say that that doubles eye strain. Having to move to the side and back to the center to stop scrolling
04:44AM EDT - This is interesting - dynamic lighting based on eye tracking as you adjust from light to dark areas
04:45AM EDT - VIdeo showing the tech, but not someone actually at a monitor playing
04:45AM EDT - Tobii works with Windows Hello
04:45AM EDT - Devices upgraded with NVIDIA 10-series
04:46AM EDT - Now the Predator 21 X notebook
04:46AM EDT - a curved display laptop
04:47AM EDT - A desktop replacement
04:48AM EDT - Core i7, two GTX 1080s
04:48AM EDT - 5 fans in the thermal system
04:48AM EDT - overclocked...!
04:48AM EDT - Three fans are patented, can see one of them work while you game
04:49AM EDT - Side module for numberpad or trackpad
04:49AM EDT - Top panel can be removed with one screw for upgrades
04:49AM EDT - Pre-orders in Q4
04:49AM EDT - No pricing, expect north of $4000 ?
04:50AM EDT - They just closed the notebook, the curve has a significant gap between monitor and keyboard
04:50AM EDT - It's not got another closed panel or anything...
04:51AM EDT - Now with Starbreeze, talking VR
04:52AM EDT - 'The real challenge is building hardware'
04:53AM EDT - 'content is king'
04:53AM EDT - Star VR
04:54AM EDT - 5k resolution in a headset
04:54AM EDT - 210 degree vision
04:54AM EDT - 'we want to create the matrix experience'
04:55AM EDT - Now Shipping...!
04:56AM EDT - IMAX is here
04:56AM EDT - My laptop networking has practically died
04:56AM EDT - 'content is king'
04:57AM EDT - Now IMAX VR
04:57AM EDT - working with Acer and Starbreeze
04:59AM EDT - The power of IMAX is technology and distribution
05:01AM EDT - 'So why VR?'
05:02AM EDT - IMAX is partnering with Google for 360-degree cinema grade cameras, JJ Abrams already on board
05:02AM EDT - In discussions with every major US and most China studios about VR content
05:02AM EDT - IMAX's distribution vision is location based in cinema like environments
05:03AM EDT - People leave the sofa for IMAX films, they'll do the same for VR films and experiences with high quality environments
05:04AM EDT - The problem there is that VR can be companion based, and can be hardware expensive per location
05:04AM EDT - First VR centers in LA in Q4, Pilot center in London, Shanghai and New York
05:05AM EDT - The Star VR headset seems key to this
05:05AM EDT - 'Make sure next time you watch a movie, you walk into the movie'
05:06AM EDT - That's a wrap