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D-Link Expands Range of Google Assistant-Compatible Products

Consumers can soon control their mydlink cameras and new smart plugs remotely with voice commands

D-Link today announced that its mydlink DCS-8000LH HD Mini Wi-Fi Camera, DCS-8100LH HD Wi-Fi Camera, DSP-W115 Wi-Fi Smart Plug, and DSP-W245 mydlink Wi-Fi Power Strip will work with the Google Assistant by the end of the month. Users can ask the Google Assistant to show their camera’s live view on a television or display when connected to a Google Chromecast device. The mydlink Wi-Fi Smart Plug and Wi-Fi Power Strip can also be turned on and off with the Google Assistant.

D-Link Demonstrates New Connected Innovations at CES 2018

D-Link showcases new 11AX routers, next generation Covr Wi-Fi Systems, and mydlink solution

Leading international provider of networking solutions D-Link today introduced new products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company announced products and solutions that offer more comfort and convenience, more peace of mind, more power and performance, and more seamless coverage to meet the demands of consumers today who require reliable home networking for the ever-increasing number of connected devices

Foxtel commemorates Heath Ledger with dedicated Pop Up Movie channel in January

Media Release: Friday December 15, 2017

Heath Ledger Pop Up Movie Channel

From Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21

Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Now

On the eve of the 10th Anniversary of Heath Ledger’s passing, Foxtel Movies announced today it will commemorate the renowned Australian acting legend with a dedicated Heath Ledger Pop Up movie channel in January.

From 6am Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21 the Heath Ledger Pop Up movie channel will showcase Ledger’s collection of work with 17 of his most popular and critically-acclaimed films. Determined to steer clear of the stereotype of being a “young hunk” in Hollywood and nothing more, Ledger played a hugely diverse assortment of roles from Jimmy in Two Hands to Patrick in 10 Things I Hate About You, Ennis in Brokeback Mountain, and his Oscar-winning role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. The Heath Ledger Pop Up channel on Foxtel Movies will also include the 2017 documentary I Am Heath Ledger.

The Heath Ledger Pop Up channel will be available in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400 which is home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive Pop Up movie events. All the Heath Ledger Pop Upmovies will be available to watch from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed on demand via Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

The following films will be featured in the three-day Pop Up event:

Two Hands (1999): 19 year old strip club promoter Jimmy (Heath Ledger) gets an offer he can’t refuse from a local crime lord. But, after being robbed of a $10,000 package while out for delivery, all of a sudden he is on the run from the dangerous gang who are now after him.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999): Adapted from William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, Cameron learns that the only way he could ever have the chance to date the beautiful sophomore Bianca Stratford, is if he found someone for her irritable older sister Kat. He chooses to pair her with hunky, bad-boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), but will Patrick ever be able to win Kat’s heart?

 

The Patriot (2000): After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) enlists in the army to defend America against the British, he reluctantly returns to his old life to protect his son and his family from British autocracy.

 

A Knight’s Tale (2001): After his master dies, a peasant squire (Heath Ledger), fuelled by his desire for food and glory, and creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

 

Monster’s Ball (2001) Hank Grotowski is a prison guard. He works with his son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), and lives at home with his racist father, Buck. Lawrence Musgrove has just been executed and a horrible tragedy has happened at home. Now, Hank has just met Leticia, a young black woman and they quickly fall in love to ease each other’s pains.

 

The Four Feathers (2002): A British officer resigns from the forces right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancée give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he’s actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honour.

 

Ned Kelly (2003): An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

 

The Order (2003):  Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of a secret order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death.

 

Brokeback Mountain (2005): Two men meet when they both find work sheep-herding on Brokeback Mountain. One cold night they find themselves sharing a tent, where the root of their relationship develops. As their lives continue, whether they are together or apart, they will never forget where it all started.

 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

 

Lords of Dogtown (2005):  Anti-hero and social outsider “Skip” (Heath Ledger) owns a surf shop in Venice, California or “Dogtown”. Set in the sprawling urban decay of Southern California in the early 1970s, Skip recruits local boys to form a skateboarding team called the “Z-Boys” who turn the sport skateboarding into a worldwide phenomenon.

 

Casanova (2005): Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a certain Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

 

Candy (2006): When Candy falls in love with young aspiring poet Dan (Heath Ledger), and gets wrapped up in his fast-paced, drug filled lifestyle, harmless fun turns into painful misery. As the two continue to spiral downwards, life gets harder and drugs seem to be the only relief.

 

I’m Not There (2007): Reflections on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters personify a different aspect of the musician’s life and work.

 

The Dark Knight (2008): When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice in the two time Oscar-winning movie.

 

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (2009): In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the “Imaginarium”, an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true.

I Am Heath Ledger (2017): Feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.

For more information, please visit foxtelmovies.com.au.

About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic media companies and home to award winning local drama plus the widest choice in live sport, hit international TV and movies and a host of complete TV seasons. Foxtel believes in the importance of telling Australian stories, and its ongoing commitment to creating the best in Australian programming has garnered numerous industry awards for its Foxtel Original productions. Foxtel has helped put Australian talent on the world stage with highly acclaimed international exports and it proudly invests in the people who help tell those stories by employing thousands of Australians directly and indirectly across Australia’s creative industry.  It has also pioneered advancements in entertainment technology with the iQ3 set top box; the Foxtel app for mobile devices; streaming service, Foxtel Now and Foxtel broadband, home phone and entertainment bundles. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel

Media Release: Thursday December 14, 2017

 

BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel

From Saturday, December 30 to Tuesday, January 2

Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Now

 

** Please click here to view promo **

There’s no better way to finish off the year than with a BEST OF 2017 dedicated Foxtel Movies Pop Up channel. Sit back, relax and enjoy your holidays with some of the most memorable, award-winning and popular films from this year airing on the Foxtel Movies Pop Up channel from Saturday December 30 at 6am over New Year and finishing on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

The BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel is your chance to see 47 of the greatest films released on Foxtel in 2017 from all genres including comedy, drama, action, thriller, romance, science fiction and crime or re-watch your favourites and brush up on your film knowledge from the past year.

The stand-out collection from the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up includes action films Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDoctor StrangeJason BourneThe AccountantBatman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice; award-winning dramas La La LandHacksaw RidgeLionManchester By The Sea; suspenseful thrillers The Girl on the TrainSplitPatriots Day; and hilarious comedies Eddie The EagleMike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Why Him?

Additional titles shown over the New Year as part of the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up include Arrival, AlliedDirty GrandpaThe BossCaptain America: Civil War, Central IntelligenceThe Huntsman: Winter’s WarFifty Shades DarkerPassengersLondon Has FallenLifeThe Legend Of TarzanLogan, and so many more.

The BEST OF 2017 Pop Up channel will be available in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400. Channel 400 is home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive Pop Up movie events.

 

All the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up movies will also be available to watch from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now. For a full list of films, please visit www.foxtel.com.au/tvguide.

About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic media companies and home to award winning local drama plus the widest choice in live sport, hit international TV and movies and a host of complete TV seasons. Foxtel believes in the importance of telling Australian stories, and its ongoing commitment to creating the best in Australian programming has garnered numerous industry awards for its Foxtel Original productions. Foxtel has helped put Australian talent on the world stage with highly acclaimed international exports and it proudly invests in the people who help tell those stories by employing thousands of Australians directly and indirectly across Australia’s creative industry.  It has also pioneered advancements in entertainment technology with the iQ3 set top box; the Foxtel app for mobile devices; streaming service, Foxtel Now and Foxtel broadband, home phone and entertainment bundles. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

Epson releases 4 new robots

Epson releases 4 new robots
Includes autonomous dual-arm robot and three new industrial robots

SYDNEY, 14 December 2017 – Epson has commercialised a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot named the WorkSense W-01 that will expand the scope of automated production.

In recent years, manufacturers’ needs have grown more diverse with demand for products fluctuating sharply and a growing necessity to flexibly accommodate small-lot production and just-in-time (JIT) production. Industrial robots are conventionally installed in a fixed location on a line to perform a given task. The WorkSense W-01, however, was developed for easy mobility so that it can be wheeled from place to place to perform assembly, transport, and other tasks. The features described below enable the robot to automate production tasks that previously defied automation.

To watch a video that showcases the features of the WorkSense W-01 video click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNxN-zZGUIQ&feature=youtu.be

Seeing
The robot is equipped with 4 head-unit cameras and 2 arm-mounted cameras that give the robot human-like vision, enabling it to accurately detect an object’s position and orientation in three-dimensional space. And even if the location of objects and obstacles changes, the robot is able to independently “see” and determine their position.

Sensing
The robot arms are outfitted with Epson’s highly sensitive, precision force sensors, which are already available on sale. The robot is thus able to perform delicate assembly, transport, and other tasks that require human-like force control to avoid damaging objects. Multipurpose hands that can grasp, grip, and clamp objects of various shapes and sizes are included as standard end-of-arm tooling. They can manipulate tools and jigs that were designed for humans.
Thinking
The robot is able to accurately detect the position and orientation of objects in three-dimensional space, so even if the robot is relocated, it can immediately start work—with no programming change required. This gives the robot the ability to flexibly adapt to sudden changes in production. So, for example, it can be wheeled to different locations to perform different tasks every day, if need be. The robot independently decides the path and orientation of its 7-axis arms and is able to avoid obstacles.
Working
The robot’s two 7-axis arms move like human arms. The dual arms move independently from one another to allow the robot to perform tasks that a single-arm robot cannot, such as tightening a screw in a component with one arm while holding the component in place with the other.The WorkSense brand name was coined to represent the concept of a robot that sees, senses, thinks, and works. With its WorkSense robot, Epson is targeting market segments where demand for small-lot production and JIT production are particularly high, such as automotive parts production.

Yoshifumi Yoshida, chief operating officer of Epson’s Robotics Solutions Operations Division, says, “Epson’s Corporate Vision expresses a strong commitment to driving robotics innovation. We are refining our core technologies that combine sensors and smart features, as well as our efficient, compact, and precision technologies, with the aim of realising a future in which robots are widely used to serve and support people. We see the WorkSense W-01, which harnesses the power of Epson’s deep portfolio of technology, as bringing us one step closer to bringing about such a future.”

Epson has also developed prototypes of three new models of industrial robots, the vertically articulated N6 and VT6 robots and the T6 SCARA robot, to meet the wide-ranging needs of manufacturers.

■ N6
Epson’s N series of compact 6-axis robots is capable of performing tasks in tight spaces more efficiently than earlier robots thanks to a uniquely engineered “folding” arm. The N6, which will join the N2 in the N series, was developed to meet the needs of customers who want to transport relatively heavy objects and transport objects over a wide area. Floor-mounted, the N6 has a
6-kg payload capacity and an arm length of 1,000 mm, both considerably larger than the N2. The N6 is ideal for tasks such as loading and unloading electronic components and automotive parts to and from test equipment or shelving and removing medical products. It can reach a wide range of places such as high and low shelves using a smaller installation footprint than earlier 6-axis robots. These features will enable the robot to increase productivity and the efficiency with which factory space is used.

■ VT6
Engineered for maximum usability and a low total cost of ownership (TCO), the 6-axis VT6 is built to automate simple, repetitive material handling tasks that humans find tedious. Manufacturers have been reluctant to automate material handling tasks that add little value because of the expense and trouble involved in building production lines. Epson is bringing down this barrier with the affordably priced and easy to install VT6. Drawing on the miniature controller technology it developed for its T series of SCARA robots, Epson equipped this entry-level robot with a built-in controller. Among the many possible uses for this robot are machine tending applications in which components or workpieces are loaded into and unloaded from test equipment.

■ T6
Equipped with a built-in controller, the T series of SCARA robots are designed for installation simplicity and maximum usability. They are ideal for automating simple material handling tasks. The T6 has doubled the payload capacity (6 kg) of Epson’s T3 robot and thus can transport larger, heavier objects. This robot can be outfitted with heavy end-effectors, such as dual end-effectors that can hold two objects at once, to help manufacturers increase factory productivity.

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About Epson and Epson Australia

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a line-up that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 80,000 employees in 86 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.
www.global.epson.com

Epson Australia offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Epson is the market leader in Australia and worldwide in sales of projectors for the home, office and education. Established in 1983 Epson Australia is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.
www.epson.com.au

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