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VITEC to Unveil Completely Portable IP Streaming Solution for HEVC/H.265 Video at IBC

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-IBC 2015 will host VITEC’s Demo of HEVC Portable Decoder, with MGW Ace Encoder and IPTV Solutions for Broadcasting Sports and Entertainment Venues at Booth 7.G16

SUNNYVALE, California /PRNewswire/ — VITEC, a worldwide leading provider of powerful digital video solutions, invites you to visit VITEC Booth 7.G16 to see a live demo of the industry’s only completely portable IP streaming solution for HEVC/H.265 video September 11th-15th 2015 at RAI Amsterdam.

See Us at IBC, Booth #7.G16
See Us at IBC, Booth #7.G16

See live demonstrations of our innovative, advanced video products, featuring:

MGW Ace – The First Portable HEVC Encoder: At IBC2015, VITEC will be demonstrating its innovative MGW Ace HEVC Encoder, the industry’s first 100-percent hardware-based HEVC/H.265 portable streaming appliance. MGW Ace brings the power of HEVC compression into the field with a small footprint, power efficient appliance that delivers broadcast quality low latency streams at up to half the bandwidth utilization of legacy H.264 solutions. Equipped with a wide selection of I/Os MGW Ace is the answer for any video broadcast and contribution requirement within settings such as live news broadcasts, sports venues, or government and  military video applications . Advanced features include Zixi™ Error Correction technology and KLV/STANAG metadata processing for ISR missions.

MGW D265 Portable HEVC Decoder: Also being shown for the first time at IBC is VITEC’s portable HEVC decoding appliance, MGW D265. The broadcast-grade IP decoding appliance decodes real-time HEVC/H.265 streams anywhere, anytime. The appliance features a rugged portable design suitable for field use or stationary applications. With backward compatibility for legacy MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 H.264 IP streams – the MGW D265 can be used to receive streams from VITEC’s HEVC encoder or as standalone decoder for any IPTV or Full-Motion-Video application. Powered by the Zixi™ technology for both HEVC and H.264 – MGW D265 assures error-free playout of IPTV streams over public networks.

EZ TV IPTV System: At IBC2015, VITEC will be showcasing its award-winning EZ TV IPTV system, which allows any facility to deliver live, on-demand, or recorded video over their existing IP infrastructure. Using the EZ TV Web Portal, administrators can easily create, manage, and distribute video assets while the solution’s browser-based EZ TV Player uses the market’s most flexible digital video codec to offer CPU-efficient quality playback of IPTV streams across networks. Now equipped with a new add-on for IPTV settings, the solution easily complements any IPTV deployment with quality and compliance dashboards, as well as instant alerts — ensuring all video, audio, and metadata services are delivered reliably to users.

Focus FS-H50/60/70 — Portable Proxy Recorders: Ideal for sporting events, breaking news, dailies, meeting and training, surveillance, and online video sharing, the VITEC Focus FS-H50/60/70 are versatile, portable H.264 standard and HD recorders for workflows and applications requiring superior video quality and optimized video file size. With a resolution range up to 1080p30 and bit rates up to 8 Mb/s, the three models include composite and analog audio inputs, an HDMI input, and an HD/SD-SDI input, respectively.

Proxsys PX-Series Media Logistics and Archiving Solution: The Proxsys PX-Series Media Server system enables organizations to ingest, archive, and share valuable media assets efficiently and securely, both within an organization and with credentialed third parties. Within a smooth, user-friendly workflow, the Proxsys PX-Series provides the functionality and features required to safeguard high- and low-resolution video as well as images, audio, and typical “office” files such as word documents, pdf’s, spreadsheets and more. At IBC2015, Proxsys V.8 will be unveiled featuring a new Proxsys Custom User Interface (CUI). In V.8 it will now be possible to integrate the full Proxsys functionality onto a customer’s Website, creating a seamless workflow with a familiar look and feel compatible with the customer’s corporate identity.

Extensor SDI4Mosaic — 4K Mosaic Generator: The Extensor SDI4Mosaic is the simplest way to connect up to four SDI feeds on a single mosaic display. SDI4Mosaic converts a 4K HD-SDI video source to a standard HDMI monitor. SDI4Mosaic automatically creates a mosaic of up to four video channels and displays on compatible monitors. It also allows the comparison of two video channels and displays them in various layouts. The OSD Status gives all status information super-imposed directly on the video output signal.

MGW Sprint and MGW Portable Encoders — Zero-Delay Streaming: VITEC’s video innovations will also be shown with a live demo of its MGW Sprint – the world’s fastest MPEG-4 H.264 HD encoder/decoder appliance. With the ability to encode, stream and decode HD content up to 1080p06 in under 1 frame of latency , the professional-grade IPTV device enables IP delivery of the most complex imagery point-to-point (unicast) or point-to-multipoint (multicast) — with Delano visible delay glass-to-glass matching the latency of any hardwired uncompressed video system. Also on display will be VITEC’s full line of MGW portable encoders including Premium, Nano, Nano TOUGH, and Pico, all of which now support Zixi error-correction technology.

“At VITEC, we are constantly striving to give our customers the highest quality, cutting-edge IP digital video solutions, from encoding and streaming to media logistics. This IBC, we will be demonstrating our newest portable encoding, IPTV, and decoding solutions — featuring the multi-award-winning MGW Ace portable HEVC encoder and its counterpart the MGW D265 IP decoder,” said Philippe Wetzel, CEO of VITEC. “Visit our booth for a live demo of the industry’s only completely portable IP streaming solution for HEVC/H.265 video.”

About VITEC

VITEC is a worldwide leading provider of innovative digital video products that support end-to-end media solutions for broadcast, military, medical, education, enterprise, house of worship, telco, government, transportation, sports and entertainment customers. VITEC’s professional-grade video technologies have changed the landscape of how video is processed and delivered around the world and drive many of the major video services in key vertical markets. For more information, visit www.vitec.com.

All company and product names used herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

© 2015 VITEC

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September 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm

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SHOTOVER Selected by Red Bull Media House for High Velocity Shoots of World’s Most Extreme Athletes and Adventurers

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-Celebrated Global Media Company to Purchase Three SHOTOVER F1 Stabilized Camera Systems for Exclusive Use in Aerial and Vehicle-Mounted Filming
-See the SHOTOVER F1 at IBC 2015 at Booth 11.A68

LOS ANGELES and AMSTERDAM /PRNewswire/ — SHOTOVER, the maker of high performance stabilization platforms for the motion picture and broadcast industries, announced today the sale of three SHOTOVER F1 camera systems to global media company Red Bull Media House. Known for its shoots of the world’s top athletes and adventurers, Red Bull Media House will utilize the SHOTOVER F1 for all of its stabilized shooting needs, including aerial, vehicle and crane mounted footage. The deal follows an in-person demo in Austriaby SHOTOVER and SHOTOVER’s European reseller Hildemann + Partners.

SHOTOVER Selected by Red Bull Media House for High Velocity Shoots of World's Most Extreme Athletes and Adventurers
SHOTOVER Selected by Red Bull Media House for High Velocity Shoots of World’s Most Extreme Athletes and Adventurers

SHOTOVER continues to gain rapid adoption across the broadcast and filmmaking community. Recent assignments include shooting the 2015 French Open as well as the 2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix inShanghai; the SHOTOVER F1 has also been adopted by broadcasters KCBS in Los Angeles and Fuji TV in Japan, amongst others. Upcoming motion picture credits include Hollywood blockbusters Tarzan, The Great Wall, Monster Trucks and Spectre, the newest James Bond movie. The SHOTOVER F1 has also been tapped by the BBC for filming telephoto 4K footage of wolves, bears and caribou in Canada’s remote Northwest Territories for a six-part wildlife documentary series scheduled to air in 2016. Other SHOTOVER credits include Jurassic World,Transformers 4, RoboCop and Furious 7.

“SHOTOVER showed us the F1 has what it takes to keep up with our style of filmmaking. The F1 is a perfect match for the vast span of different missions around the world, and it will enable us to give wings to many future productions”, said Andreas Gall, chief technology officer of Red Bull Media House. “We are confident that SHOTOVER has developed a strong and future proof platform for our film needs.”

SHOTOVER’s 6-axis gyro stabilization and modular design provides unparalleled versatility, accommodating cameras such as the Red Weapon and Dragon, Arri Alexa (all models including the Alexa Mini), Phantom Flex4K, Canon C500, Sony F55 and F65 along with a broad range of lenses. In addition to the SHOTOVER F1, the company offers the flagship K1, which offers enhanced functionality, including 3D shooting and the ability to utilize additional lens and camera configurations. All SHOTOVER systems are designed to be able to accommodate new cameras and lenses as they come to market.

“Red Bull Media House is one of the world’s premier sports, culture and lifestyle production companies and we are pleased to have been selected as the stabilization platform for their high energy productions,” said SHOTOVER president Alex Giuffrida. “We are excited to support them as they continue to set the bar for action and adventure sports productions across the globe.”

About SHOTOVER

SHOTOVER is a developer of high performance aerial camera systems for the motion picture and broadcast industries. The company’s line of gyro-stabilized camera platforms offer aerial cinematographers an unprecedented level of stability, control and versatility in a compact package easily configured for 2D, 3D and Ultra HD shooting with the world’s most advanced cameras and lenses. Developed in partnership with the motion picture industry’s top aerial cinematographers, SHOTOVER systems are fully user upgradeable, allowing operators to utilize new professional cameras, lenses and accessories as they come to market. SHOTOVER is online athttp://www.shotover.com.

Babette Schrank
SHOTOVER
bschrank@shotover.com
530-639-2466

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September 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

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Forbes Travel Guide Expands Further into Key Markets in Europe

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-Brings its Global Star Ratings System to Eight More Major Cities and Metropolitan Areas in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Switzerland

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Forbes Travel Guide today announced its expansion further into the heart of Europe, announcing that it will rate hotels in eight additional Europe cites and metropolitan areas:

  • Paris
  • Cannes
  • Berlin
  • Geneva
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Milan
  • The Home Counties outside London

Responding to increasing demand for its global star ratings platform worldwide, the move follows the opening of the company’s Europe office in London led by Chris Fradin, earlier this year. Forbes Travel Guide will rate hotels in 17 countries on four continents, and the Islands of the Caribbean.

“We are proud to announce our expansion into these key markets in Europe,” said Gerard J. Inzerillo, Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Travel Guide. “We are continuing to aggressively expand our service capacity and our base for our rated Five-Star, Four-Star and Recommended hotels throughout Europe.” Inzerillo concluded, “As we expand our capability to help discerning consumers make better luxury travel decisions around the world, we also increase our ability to serve the luxury hospitality community, now in many of the major markets in Europe.”

The company expects to make further announcements detailing its rapidly accelerating international expansion in the coming weeks.

Francois Delahaye, Chief Operating Officer of the Dorchester Collection, said, “We welcome the expansion of Forbes Travel Guide throughout Europe.” He concluded, “As the worldwide market for luxury hotel guests grows, standards for hotel excellence continue to rise alongside them. The finest hoteliers are staying one step ahead, by ensuring their properties reflect the best of the best. Forbes Travel Guide is an essential resource and partner for helping them do so – in the United States, Asia and Latin America and now, more than ever, in key markets inEurope.”

Forbes Travel Guide announced a push into Latin America in 2014, with the expansion of its star ratings system toMexico, The Caribbean, and key markets in Argentina and Brazil. Early this year, it also announced its first star rated hotels in Bangkok, Thailand, Guangzhou, China, and Tokyo, Japan.

In February, Forbes Travel Guide released its annual list of top rated hotels, restaurants and spas for 2015, recognizing hundreds of Five-Star, Four-Star and Recommended properties in the markets it rates — the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Costa Rica, London, Beijing,Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore and Guangzhou.

About Forbes Travel Guide

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visitwww.forbestravelguide.com.

ForbesTravelGuide.com combines the objectivity and heritage of the Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating system with insightful recommendations from a hand-selected group of travel experts, tastemakers and Forbes Travel Guide inspectors. ForbesTravelGuide.com is the exclusive online destination for Forbes Travel Guide’s list of Star Rated hotels, restaurants and spas, giving registered members exclusive access to special offers and curated experiences from select Forbes Travel Guide partners.

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September 14, 2015 at 5:56 pm

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International Medical Group, Inc. Enters into Acquisition Agreement with ABRY Partners

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INDIANAPOLIS /PRNewswire/ — International Medical Group®, Inc. (IMG®), a leader in the global insurance and assistance services market, has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by ABRY Partners (ABRY), a leading private equity firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

International Medical Group(R) (IMG(R))
International Medical Group(R) (IMG(R))

“ABRY is a natural fit for ownership as IMG continues to grow,” said IMG President and CEO Brian Barwick. “With decades of experience investing in high-quality companies, ABRY will complement IMG’s growth by providing capital to further expand our global presence.”

IMG’s operations will not be impacted by the ownership change, Barwick said, adding, “It will be business as usual for our employees, producers and clients.”

Founded in 1989 as a managing general underwriter, IMG has become one of the leading international insurance providers in the world, serving members in more than 200 countries.

“Over the years, IMG has developed a reputation for excellence in the global insurance and assistance services markets,” said ABRY Partner Brent Stone. “We are excited to welcome such a well-established company to our portfolio and look forward to working with the IMG team.”

IMG’s executive management team, Board of Directors and current private equity partners — Altaris Capital Partners and Galen Partners — approved the agreement.

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Todd Hancock said, “ABRY shares our vision, energy and commitment to being there to protect and enhance the health and well-being of our constituents. We look forward to working with ABRY, and we are grateful to Altaris and Galen Partners for their support since August 2012.”

Greenhill, a leading independent investment bank, facilitated the transaction. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About International Medical Group, Inc.

For more than 25 years, International Medical Group — headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. — has provided global benefits and assistance services to millions of members in more than 200 countries. We’re committed to being there with our members wherever they may be in the world, helping to deliver Global Peace of Mind®. With 24/7 medical management services, multilingual claims administrators and highly trained customer service professionals, IMG is confident in its ability to provide the products international members need, backed by the services they want. IMG’s global family of companies includes Akeso Care Management®, IMG Europe Ltd.,IMG-Stop LossSM, Global Response Ltd., iTravelInsured® and International Medical Administrators, Inc.

About ABRY Partners

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, ABRY Partners is an experienced and successful private equity investment firm focused on media, communications, insurance, business and information services. Since its founding, ABRY has completed more than $42 billion of transactions, representing investments in more than 450 properties.

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September 14, 2015 at 5:54 pm

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Theradome LH80 PRO Laser Helmet Launches at the 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery

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-Theradome Inc. Introduces the World’s First FDA-Cleared Wearable, Hair Restoration Helmet to Industry Leaders

LOS ANGELES /PRNewswire/ — Theradome Inc., creator of the first FDA-cleared over-the-counter, wearable hair restoration device, introduces the Theradome LH80 PRO Laser Helmet at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) from September 9 to September 13 at the Hilton Chicago. Former NASA scientist and inventor of the Theradome Laser Helmet, Tamim Hamid, will be in attendance to discuss and educate participants on the benefits of Low-Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLT) for patients battling hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia.

“The ISHRS Annual Scientific Meeting is such an important event for hair restoration surgeons and their teams,” says Hamid. “We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to introduce the Theradome LH80 PRO to the foremost experts in the field, and are anticipating an exceptional response.”

Using an optimal LLLT device, such as the Theradome, in conjunction with undergoing hair restoration surgery can boost the overall results of the procedure. This is due to the release of nitric oxide, which improves blood flow to hair follicle roots and increases the reduction rate of swelling, redness and inflammation after surgery.

The world’s most experienced hair restoration surgeons gather each year for the event, which is considered the “premier meeting in the field of hair restoration.” The conference includes various lectures, discussions, presentations, and courses on the subject.

This year, elite hair restoration expert Dr. Sara Wasserbauer, who is a major proponent of LLLT and the Theradome LH80 PRO Laser Helmet, will be leading the meeting’s Advanced/Board Review Course on September 9 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“The reason so many lauded physicians in the field have already become advocates of the Theradome LH80 PRO is simple: it allows patients to treat their hair loss symptoms in the comfort of their own homes in a manner which is completely safe and extremely effective,” says Hamid. “It is all about expanding our knowledge and network as hair restoration professionals. I’m very much looking forward to it.”

For more information on the event, please visit http://www.ishrs.org/AnnualMeeting.html

About Theradome
Theradome Inc., a medical device company based in Silicon Valley, Calif., specializes in bringing laser-based hair restoration therapies previously only available in clinical settings into the home. The laser helmets developed by Theradome can minimize shedding, thicken existing hair and promote new hair growth for a fraction of the cost of visits to laser hair clinics.

For more information please visit www.theradome.com.

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September 14, 2015 at 5:52 pm

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Boost Brand Awareness with Product Launches

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-Latest PR Newswire Small Business PR Toolkit post explores the importance of a product launch plan

NEW YORKPRNewswire/ — Taking a new product to market can be a make it or break it experience for small businesses. Effective planning is critical to ensure that the new product attracts new customers and increases revenue, but without a solid sense of timing and with confusing messaging, a product launch — can and will — fail.

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PR Toolkit contributing author, Claire Prendergast understands that launching a new product involves many moving parts, and in her latest post offers six steps to take that will guide you through a strong product launch.

  1. Objectives. Prendergast states that it is critically important that any new product fit in with your company’s larger strategic objectives. A competitive analysis will also determine if there is any value in you entering the market where a competitor already has an established presence.
  2. Potential audience. Do you know who your potential audience is for this new product? If so, does this audience differ from your current customer base? Understanding your audience’s demographic profile will help to ensure that the right message is communicated through the right medium, and to the right audience.
  3. Marketing plan.  Positioning the new product in advance lays the foundation for a successful launch. Prendergast suggests not waiting until the new product is ready to launch before embarking on a marketing plan, and suggests you should start spreading the word a full six to eight weeks before the proposed launch date.

For discussion on the three remaining tips that can lead to a successful product launch, read Prendergast’s full article here: http://bit.ly/1Q3JFSW

PR Newswire’s Small Business PR Toolkit is a comprehensive resource that provides small businesses and entrepreneurs the tools to develop an affordable public relations and marketing plan that helps generate interest from potential customers, engage with key audiences and grow their businesses. The toolkit features relevant content such as informative white papers, interactive webinars and how-to articles and premium access to educational resources, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of special offers designed specifically for small businesses. To request information on how PR Newswire can help your small business, click here. You can receive updates on new Small Business PR Toolkit content by following @prnsmallbiz on Twitter.

About PR Newswire
PR Newswire (www.prnewswire.com) is the premier global provider of multimedia platforms that enable marketers, corporate communicators, sustainability officers, public affairs and investor relations officers to leverage content to engage with all their key audiences. Having pioneered the commercial news distribution industry over 60 years ago, PR Newswire today provides end-to-end solutions to produce, optimize and target content — from rich media to online video to multimedia — and then distribute content and measure results across traditional, digital, mobile and social channels. Combining the world’s largest multi-channel, multi-cultural content distribution and optimization network with comprehensive workflow tools and platforms, PR Newswire enables the world’s enterprises to engage opportunity everywhere it exists. PR Newswire serves tens of thousands of clients from offices in the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, and is a UBM plc company.

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September 14, 2015 at 5:51 pm

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The Smart TV Experience: Fierce Competition from Alternative Connected Devices

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-Smart TVs Still Yet to Provide a Compelling and Convincing Media Experience as Standalone Device

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — The popularity of OTT SVOD has influenced the increase of connected media devices in consumers’ homes. However, the smart TV is no longer the ‘go to’ connected media device for several consumers. Nowadays, consumers are not just relying on one connected media device per household, but rather, they are turning to multiple devices due to costs, ease of use, UI and navigation, compatibility with other ecosystems and the apps/services/features available.

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A recent study from the Connected Home UX (CHX) group at Strategy Analytics (http://www.strategyanalytics.com/) has explored consumer ownership, use and satisfaction of smart TVs in the UK, USA and China. Dedicated game consoles, Blu-ray DVD players, dedicated streaming media devices and dongles, stand as a fierce competitor and replacement of the smart TV. Click here for report: http://bit.ly/1KuWt71

Taryn Tulay, Senior Analyst and report author commented “The ‘clunky’ interface of the smart TV has long been a pain point for many owners, with many finding that the UI of other connected media devices they own surpasses that of the smart TV in terms of ease of use, and speed of navigation and responsiveness. With the competition providing the same embedded apps/services as a smart TV, it is imperative that smart TVs not only offer more value-added features, but also a better overall consumer experience in terms of a more simplified and faster UI, easier navigation, an intuitive and more fluid remote and HMI interaction, more customization options and quality applications/services that complement the TV experience.”

Diane O’Neill, Director, User Experience Innovation Practice, added, “Compatibility with all smartphone, tablet and laptop ecosystems is also imperative; mirroring content via such devices should be effortless. Combined, all these aspects can only work to improve the media experience and value of a smart TV.”

About Strategy Analytics
Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.www.StrategyAnalytics.com

About Connected Home UX
The Connected Home UX group forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests within in-vehicle, mobile device, connected home and media & services research areas, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences. Extensive expertise and highly experienced in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP’s research methodology allows strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies that would otherwise be unavailable. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information

Press Contacts
US Contact: Taryn Tulay, +1 617 614 0746, ttulay@strategyanalytics.com
European Contact: Diane O’Neill, +44(0) 1908 423 669, doneill@strategyanalytics.com

Source: Strategy Analytics

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September 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

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User Experience Evaluation: High-Speed Autonomous Driving in 2015 Mercedes S-Class

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-Hidden Controls and Lack of Consistent Warnings for Sub-system Failures Will Impact First-time Users

BOSTON/PRNewswire/ — Semi-autonomous driving systems have the potential to be a game-changer. Allowing the attention requirements of a driver to be greatly lessened, cognitive load is freed up for non-driving related tasks such as light engagement with passengers or viewing scenery. Long stretches of motorway driving at speed can potentially become safer and more enjoyable experiences.

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A recent expert review from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has evaluated one such system: the high-speed autonomous driving system in the 2015 Mercedes S-Class.Overall, the feature has many positives. When all systems are functioning normally, the ride on a motorway is smooth and steady; the vehicle properly maintains its speed, following distance, and position in the center of the lane. The instrument cluster display is sharp and visually appealing, attention alerts are not unsettling, and ‘hand-offs’ feel natural. In addition, intentional take-overs by the driver are accomplished without having to fight the system for control.

However, there were several issues encountered which impeded first-time users. Hidden controls make first-time use a challenge and scattered, unintuitive iconography on the cluster exacerbates this problem. But most notable and problematic of these flaws is the lack of consistent warning for sub-system failures, particularly steering assist.

Click here for report: http://bit.ly/1hCTxIb

Derek Viita, Senior Analyst and report author commented, “Semi-autonomous systems are touted as ways to let the driver focus on other things for short periods of time. But this requires all sub-systems to reliably warn the driver every time it turns off. If one sub-system fails, this entire experience fails.”

Chris Schreiner, Director, User Experience Innovation Practice added, “A semi-autonomous system with holistic HMI, developed with the user experience taken into full account, could be the gateway to improved consumer acceptance of driverless technology. But in order for that to happen, it is important that these crucial user experience flaws are resolved in future models.”

About Strategy Analytics
Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.www.StrategyAnalytics.com

About In-vehicle UX
The In-vehicle UX group forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests within in-vehicle, mobile device, connected home and media & services research areas, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences. Extensive expertise and highly experienced in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP’s research methodology allows strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies that would otherwise be unavailable. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information.

Press Contacts

US Contact: Derek Viita, +1 617 614 0772, dviita@strategyanalytics.com

European Contact: Diane O’Neill, +44 (0)1908 423 669, doneill@strategyanalytics.com

Source: Strategy Analytics

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September 14, 2015 at 5:35 pm

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Device Benchmark: Stereo Headsets

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-Bose QC25 Offers High Usability & Comfort, While Beats Solo 2 Wireless Provides Visual Appeal

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — A new user evaluation from the Mobile Device UX group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) benchmarking stereo headsets found that after evaluating headsets from Beats, Bose, Jabra, Parrot, Plantronics and Samsung for usability, comfort and fit and visual appeal, participants ranked Beats Solo 2 Wireless and Bose QC25 headsets as their most preferred.

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Surveying consumers in the US and the UK, Strategy Analytics found that style, convenience and portability were prioritized for premium headsets, while an ‘over-the-head’ style was preferred for a more compelling and quality listening experience. In terms of feature importance, built-in controls to allow the user to undertake core tasks such as answer/reject phone calls, adjust the volume and skip tracks, without having to access a phone directly, were ranked first. The next most important features included Bluetooth connectivity, sweat/water resistance and noise cancelling technology.

Click here for the report: http://bit.ly/1IOI7qp

Monica Wong, report author and analyst commented, “As headsets can be used for both listening to music and talking on the phone, it is imperative to have controls built into the headphones that allow the user to complete core tasks directly from their headset. Furthermore, Bluetooth features on a stereo headset are also important, as many consumers use their mobile device as their music player and expect to be hands-free. As consumers are always on the go, having a sweat/water resistant feature is another important feature of a headset, making them accident-proof or used during exercise without hesitation.”

Paul Brown, Director, Mobile Device UX, added “The Beats Solo 2 Wireless and Bose QC25 headsets met the consumer’s requirements. Providing a good listening experience, built-in controls to complete core tasks, and with classic, stylish designs that were perceived as easy to wear for long periods of time, these stand-out features pushed both devices to the forefront of the competition.”

About Strategy Analytics
Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.www.StrategyAnalytics.com

About Mobile Device UX
Mobile Device UX forms part of the User Experience Innovation Practice (UXIP) at Strategy Analytics. Focusing on user behaviors, motivations and interests within in-vehicle, mobile device, connected home and media & services research areas, UXIP helps clients meet consumer needs, develop usable solutions and deliver compelling user experiences. Extensive expertise and highly experienced in large-scale survey work, in-depth interviews, focus groups and observational sessions, UXIP’s research methodology allows strategic user-centric analysis on the potential for new technologies that would otherwise be unavailable. Providing actionable insight, go-to-market strategies and business recommendations, UXIP is a leading supplier of consumer knowledge to the technology industry. Click here for more information

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September 14, 2015 at 5:16 pm

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Kerastem Hair Growth Data Presented At 2015 International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) Annual Scientific Meeting

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CHICAGO /PRNewswire/ — Kerastem, a worldwide leader in stem cell-based approaches to hair growth, announced today that clinical data utilizing the Kerastem Therapy for the treatment of female and male patterned baldness (genetic alopecia) was presented by Dr. David Perez-Meza (Malaga, Spain) at the 2015 ISHRS meeting. The data was based on an initial clinical series from the United Kingdom.  The authors (Drs. Perez-Meza, Ziering, Sforza, Ball, Krishna and Daniels) performed a single scalp injection of Kerastem’s regenerative cell enriched adipose tissue in 9 healthy hair loss patients, and a total of 6 patients were followed for a period of six months using global photography and macrophotography with the Handyscope and Trichoscale Pro software used to quantify hair growth. The authors reported a 100% patient response rate to the Kerastem Therapy at 6-months and in patients with early stage hair loss, the percentage increase in hair count/density was a mean difference of 17% (p = 0.02). In males with early grade loss, an average 29% increase (p=0.057) in hair count/hair density with a mean difference of 40 hairs per square centimeter was observed.

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According to Dr. Perez-Meza, “We are very pleased with these initial clinical outcomes, as they represent results that are on par or better than those of traditional medical approaches to hair loss.” Added Dr. Perez-Meza, “The Kerastem approach represents a new direction in the treatment of hair loss and we look forward to learning more about how this therapy can treat patients suffering from male and female pattern of hair loss and other causes of hair loss as well.”

The Kerastem Therapy is based on the emerging science that adipose (fat) plays an important role in the normal hair follicle growth cycle. The clinical approach utilizes purified adipose combined with stem and regenerative cells to deliver cell enriched tissue to the affected scalp. According to Dr. Eric Daniels, Chief Medical Officer of Kerastem, “Fat and fat derived stem cells are becoming increasingly recognized as a vital participant in the normal cycle of hair growth. This data set from the United Kingdom supports this assertion and we look forward to the launch of our STYLE clinical trial in the United States.” STYLE is Kerastem’s phase II randomized, blinded, and controlled investigation of Kerastem Therapy in early stage female and male pattern baldness. STYLE is approved to enroll up to 70 patients at up to eight (8) centers within the United States and is expected to begin enrollment by the end of 2015.

Outside of the United States, the company is actively involved in market development, with Kerastem therapy currently being offered at a number of clinics in Europe & Japan. To learn more about Kerastem or the STYLE Clinical Trial, please visit www.kerastem.com.

The STYLE trial is now listed on www.clinicaltrials.gov at the following location:
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02503852?term=Kerastem&rank=1

About Kerastem Technologies

Kerastem Technologies is a private company owned by Bimini Technologies, and holds global and exclusive rights to commercialize Cytori Therapeutics, Inc.’s Celution® Technology for alopecia and hair related indications. The Bimini portfolio of products also includes Puregraft (www.puregraft.comwww.thefatexperts.com) the world’s leading fat grafting technology.

Contact: Support@Kerastem.com

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September 14, 2015 at 4:53 pm

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