Røde releases debut headphones

By Joe Murray | April 14, 2022

Professional microphone manufacturer Røde has released its first-ever headphones, the NTH-100. The company has been a prominent player in the professional microphone market for many years, being the go-to brand for vocal microphones. Its biggest rivals Shure and Audio-Technica have been in the headphone market for years and currently hold the top spots for professional […]

Olive Union release self-branded hearing aids for severe hearing loss

By Joe Murray | April 14, 2022

April 5th saw the announcement of the second edition of Olive Union’s Olive Max PSAP. While the company is marketing these earbud/hearing aid hybrid devices as Hearing Aids, countries that follow the FDA’s regulations will be unable to recognize these as true hearing aids until the company gets FDA approval to market the earbuds as […]

HP announces agreement to acquire Poly

By Joe Murray | April 5, 2022

March 28th saw the announcement of a new planned acquisition of Poly by HP. The total deal has been valued at roughly 3.3 billion USD, at $40 per share, with HP taking on Poly’s debts. HP has claimed that they are hoping that Poly will help to strengthen their position in the peripherals market and […]

TITAN’s first haptic motor packs a big punch in a small size

By Peter Cooney | April 5, 2022

For those that don’t know, Titan Haptics is the new business unit of Nanoport, launched last year to own and market all the haptics products and operate as a separate brand. Nanoport also provides other products such as magnetic connectors.   Titan Haptics’ main product is its Linear Magnetic Rams (LMRs) haptic actuator. This particular press […]

Syntiant raises $55 million, ships 20 million+ chips

By SeongCheol_Jang | April 4, 2022

Syntiant is a start-up company founded in 2017 focusing on developing always on, machine learning based processor solutions.  Investors for Syntiant includes a whole spectrum of tech industry companies such as Amazon, Bosch, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola, and Renasas and more.  The NDP100 chip (NDP = Neural Decision Processor), from Syntiant achieves industry leading ultra-low power […]

Grupo Antolin and Uniphy partner to develop advanced smart surfaces for next generation in-car user-interfaces

By Peter Cooney | March 28, 2022

More vendors are embracing the use of haptic feedback in automotive applications. Here, one of the leading automotive interior manufactures, Grupo Antolin, has collaborated with Uniphy, a supplier of “smart surfaces” created using its “optical touch” solution. Uniphy have also announced they are working with Hyundai Motor Group. This demonstrates a continuing drive towards new ways […]

Rumours develop over Apple’s VR and AR headsets

By Joe Murray | March 9, 2022

Rumours have been flying around about the release of Apples’ VR, and AR headsets. Rumours suggest that the new VR headsets will feature Micro OLED displays which may even be capable of an 8K resolution. The new headsets are set to be announced during Apple’s annual event in 2022.   Current market leaders in include Meta […]

Aito raises a further €1 million to fund its haptic touch technology

By Peter Cooney | March 9, 2022

Haptics hardware technology company Aito announced it has raised another €1 million from Dutch bank – Rabobank.   Aito launched its haptic trackpad solution at CES 2020. This is a piezo based solution that uses piezo discs to both sense force and provide haptic feedback. Aito provides the Aito Haptic IC and Aito Controller IC in […]

Sonos Roam SL drops the mic with a $159 price tag and all the portability   

By SeongCheol_Jang | March 2, 2022

Recent Sonos Roam SL release from Sonos is quite interesting in two ways.  The first point is that the new Sonos Roam SL drops the built-in microphone meaning it is also dropping the voice assistant feature. The second point is that by dropping the built-in microphone, the Sonos Roam SL will also drop Sonos Trueplay.  […]

Beyerdynamic build enterprise and consumer crossover speakerphone

By Joe Murray | March 2, 2022

On the 3rd of march Beyerdynamic announced its new SPACE speakerphone. The device is optimised for both call quality and streaming ability, suggesting that the company believes that home offices are here to stay. Small speakerphones such as this one has however had issues in the past with voice clarity due to a dynamic voice […]

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