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Chinese space startup Commsat launches seven mini-satellites

Seven mini-satellites mostly designed and assembled by a Chinese space startup, Commsat Technology Development Co, blasted off on Friday afternoon, which its designers say will attempt to test the “internet of things” technology in fulfilling tasks such as tracing cargo ships and monitoring endangered wildlife.

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Alibaba leads $86.53m round in smart projector maker JMGO

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba has led a RMB600 million ($86.53 million) Series D round in JMGO, producer of smart theater projectors, CMN reported. Other investors who participated in the round include Junsan Capital, Sunz Fund, Stone Capital, GF Xinde Investment, Beijing D.Z Capital Co. Ltd among others. The company raised its Series C round of $90 million in 2016, led by Golden Brick Capital, Qianhai Zhongjin Group.

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Forbes Holiday Gift Guide 2018

One of our very favorite old school style gifts for the holidays is the Muzen OTR Bluetooth Speaker/AM and FM Radio. Created by Chinese audio designer, Dejun Zeng, OTR stands for “On the Road” a nod to literary icon Jack Kerouac and his beat book by the same name, a title that has launched a thousand and one journeys since its publication in 1957.

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Luxury Brands are Using Apps to Find the Perfect Event Space

Location finder apps are part of a growing space sharing phenomenon in China’s urban areas. From private studios to luxurious yachts, gorgeous rooftop gardens to abandoned factories, tech startups are helping to find the perfect spots for event planners seeking to impress their clients and peers.

In Beijing, hardly a weekend goes by when Chao Hotel isn’t the host of a brand event by the likes of Bally or Versace. Artists take advantage of its spacious and minimalist lower level for gallery shows, while bridal parties make use of its private rooftop pool and salon. Jazz shows and wine tastings lure in city dwellers looking for weekend entertainment. And it’s also, of course, a 180-room boutique hotel.

For Moya Li, founder of Beijing-based startup Location Hunter, Chao is an ideal client. Location Hunter is a platform two years in the making that features a database of thousands of locations across 18 cities, serving as a bridge for about half a million users—including brands, event planners, and consumers—looking for venues for events like weddings, product launches, fashion shows, corporate outings, and birthday parties.

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Forbes – The Walled Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat: Pure Serenity

The Walled is a boutique retreat that opened in 2017 in Yangzhou, China. Situated just north of Yangzhou’s Slender West Lake, a tranquil national park, many Chinese and international tourists come to the area to witness the myriad of man-made lakes. Now, though, they’re coming to see more than just the lakes themselves. Despite its extremely modest exterior, The Walled Tsingpu Yangzhou Retreat is becoming an attraction in its own right.

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Into the Deep with FIFISH Underwater Drone

Qysea, a manufacturer of underwater remotely operated vehicles, has developed the FIFISH P3 to be one of the most advanced underwater drones capable of high resolution video (4K HD) and photography recording, with enhanced contrast even at depths of up to 100m. Aimed at professional users, the remote-controlled P3 boasts of strong industrial design for reliability and performance. The FIFISH P3 was the winner of the CES 2018 Innovation Award in Las Vegas.

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China launches first shared education satellite

China’s first shared education satellite, Young Pioneer 1, carried by the Long March-2D rocket, was launched into space from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday afternoon.

The 3-kg CubeSat (100 * 100 * 340mm), Young Pioneer 1, enters an orbit of 502 km above the Earth. The rocket also carried Zhangheng 1, an electromagnetic satellite to study earthquake data, and five other miniaturized satellites.

Young Pioneer 1 was manufactured and tested by Commsat, a Beijing-based private satellite company funded by the Xi’an Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

It will perform wireless storage and transmission of radio waves at UV frequency, space imaging and the verification of user links to the Internet of Things, said Xie Tao, founder and CEO of Commsat.

After in-orbit tests, Young Pioneer 1 will share its data resources with primary and secondary schools and other education institutions equipped with sub-stations in China. It will provide students with experiences like wireless communication and space photography, Xie said.

“Since our company is based in an industrial park for start-ups, Young Pioneer 1 could also be seen as China’s first satellite made in a warehouse,” Xie said.

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FIFISH Underwater Robot lets you film in 4K

QYSEA is developing an underwater drone, capable of shooting in 4K and even livestream at a 1080p resolution. FIFISH P3 can go up to 330 feet deep and last 2 hours on a single charge.

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The Most Ambitious Earphones In The World Are Back With A Leaner, Sleeker Design

When Max Wu came up with the idea of Vinci, a pair of smart headphones that had a fully functional Android operating system built-in, he “envisioned a computer that sits on your head.”

And the co-founder of the Beijing-based Inspero Inc. built and released just that last year: a set of bulky headphones that almost looked like it was sitting on the user’s head. While many reviewers — including myself — praised Vinci’s ability to stream music and offer AI voice assistant all without the need to tether to a phone, almost all of us found the device too big and cumbersome.

Wu noticed the consensus: “For the follow-up, it was important for us to shrink the form factor from the original.”

The sequel, named Vinci 2.0, is here. And it weighs 84 grams, a big drop from the 260 grams of the original. That’s because, as you can see from the image above, the 2.0s are earbuds instead of headphones. But despite shredding so much physical size, the 2.0 keeps every feature of the original plus offers a few more.

This means it is still a fully self-contained all-in-one headset. It can, as mentioned earlier, stream music from Spotify, Amazon or Soundcloud; track your heart rate and runs; offer not one but two voice assistants (Amazon’s Alexa, plus Inspero’s own Vinci) to do things like map search and navigation. And new this year is the active noise cancellation and use of bone conduction microphones which directs user voice commands to the Vinci in a more clear acoustic path.

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Vinci won 2017 Midemlab Award

Presented by OVH, the major player in the European cloud market, and URights, the global music copyright management system co-developed by Sacem and IBM, Midemlab finalists delivered their pitches today at Midem in front of an audience and jury of investors and potential partners.

Previous editions of Midemlab proved to be a valuable launchpad for many leading startups in the entertainment field such as SoundCloud, The Echo Nest, Kickstarter, BandPage, Songkick, Next Big Sound and Stagelink – to name a few.

Vinci won in the Experiential technologies – AR/VR, high resolution, IoT & hardware category

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