AVerMedia Technologies, Inc. | May 12, 2022
AVerMedia Technologies, Inc., a leader in audiovisual technology, is pleased to introduce the 4K Ultra HD Webcam PW515, the latest addition to its professional workspace offering. The PW515 is a premium 4K webcam with an impressive 100° ultra-wide FOV, incredible color reproduction, and image clarity. Its Sony 4K sensor paired with an advanced auto-focus system and onboard video processing power helps level up professionals’ online video calls experience regardless of the video conferencing platform or the lighting conditions.Boasting 4K Sony® STARVIS™ CMOS sensor the PW515 delivers brilliantly sharp video. To make the most out of this pristine 4K video, the PW515 is fitted with powerful onboard video processing features such as HDR and 3D video noise reduction to make sure users look their best under any lighting condition; and intelligent features such as hand gestures recognition and AI tracking so that users will always be perfectly in frame, all of these without sacrificing their system’s performance.
Designed to provide seamless and easy integration to any professional workspace, the PW515 has a built-in privacy shutter to keep users protected, an ultra-wide 100° field of view giving professionals the opportunity to show as much of their workspace according to the occasion, a 360° swivel design with 1/4" tripod adapter allowing for perfect positioning from any angle, and two stereo microphones to make sure executives sound as good as they look.
The PW515 comes bundled with CamEngine 4, AVerMedia proprietary software, that will allow users to fully unleash this professional 4K Webcam’s potential. Unlocking useful features such as Smart AI tracking, audio noise reduction, ePTZ framing presets, picture-in-picture mode, color tuning, stills capturing features, etc. CamEngine 4 is also the world’s first webcam software to leverage Intel® graphics for virtual background and background blur. Users will enjoy a stable stream of video effects with selected Intel® processors.
Developed to meet industry’s high standards and provide peace of mind for professionals, the PW515 4K Ultra HD Webcam is Zoom and Barco certified, delivering high-quality audio and video performance as well as a reliable communication experience.
With the addition of the PW515 to AVerMedia's professional workspace offering, like the AI speakerphone AS311, AVerMedia offers an easy-to-use and outstanding audiovisual solution that empowers any professional to look and sound their best while participating in any remote meeting regardless of the workspace.
The PW515 4K Ultra HD Webcam is available on the AVerMedia e-store (click here) for US$249.99 (MSRP) excluding local duties and taxes.
PW515 4K Ultra HD Webcam Features
Vivid, ultra-clear 4K quality
Adjustable Ultra-Wide 100° field of view without distortion
Built-in privacy shutter and 360° swivel design
Two stereo onboard microphones
AI-driven auto framing and gesture control keep professionals effortlessly in frame
Onboard video processing, HDR, and 3DNR to ensure perfect exposure under lighting conditions
For more information on AVerMedia products, please visit https://www.avermedia.com
About AVerMedia Technologies, Inc.
Established in Taiwan in 1990, with US headquarters in Fremont, California, AVerMedia is a leader in Digital Video and Audio Convergence Technology. The company provides cutting-edge, high-quality audio and video peripherals and professional capturing and streaming solutions. AVerMedia is committed to providing rich experiences in entertainment and communications, delivered via innovative and environmentally friendly solutions. The company is highly involved in community and social responsibilities, and partners with ODMs for the development of AVerMedia’s technologies for integrated applications.
Nikon | April 07, 2022
B&H is excited to announce the Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S lens. This super-telephoto prime is Nikon’s longest lens for its Z-mount mirrorless system and features a unique design that includes a Phase Fresnel element to dramatically cut the overall weight and size.
With such a long focal length, this lens is ideal for birding, wildlife, and sports subjects—instances where you need to get close to the action or isolate subjects from a distance. Compared to the previous Nikon 800mm f/5.6 lens, for F-mount SLR cameras, this updated Z-mount version has a revised optical design that includes a PF element to reduce the overall weight by 50% and the length by 16%, making for a super-tele prime that can feasibly be used handheld.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens
Z-Mount Lens/FX Format
Aperture Range: f/6.3 to f/32
PF Element, 50% Weight Reduction
SR and ED Elements
Nano Crystal Coat
Multi-Focus Stepping Motor AF System
Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
Customizable Fn and Memory Set Buttons
Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
Rotating Tripod Collar
The PF element also contributes to a marked reduction of various abnormalities and is combined with extra-low dispersion (ED) and short-wave refractive (SR) elements to virtually eliminate chromatic aberrations and color fringing for high clarity and color accuracy. A Nano Crystal Coat further improves on contrast by helping to suppress flare and ghosting for improved color accuracy in bright and backlit conditions.
As a lens intended to be used on fast-shooting flagship cameras, like the Nikon Z9, this 800mm incorporates an advanced multi-focus system that uses stepping motors for quick, quiet, and responsive autofocus performance. Also, contributing to the idea of handheld use of the lens, a robust 5 stop-effective Vibration Reduction system helps curb the effects of camera shake and is compatible with Synchro VR, for 5.5 stops of image stabilization, when used on select Z cameras.
In terms of build quality, the lens has a weather-sealed design with rubber gaskets to prevent the ingress of dust and moisture. Fluorine coatings are also featured on the exposed elements to repel dust and markings and make the elements easier to clean. The handling is intuitive, akin to the Z 400mm f/2.8, with a variety of dials, Fn buttons, a focus limiter switch, and a memory set button for easily adjusting settings without needing to take your eye away from the viewfinder. The lens has a well-balanced design for stable panning when shooting atop a tripod or monopod using the rotating tripod mount and it is also compatible with the optional Z Teleconverters TC-1.4x and 2x to further extend the lens’s reach.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens: All the Reach, Half the Weight
Nikon Z 800mm F6.3 VR S Lens First Look
About B&H Photo Video
As the world's largest source of photography, video, and audio equipment, as well as computers, drones, and home and portable entertainment, B&H is known worldwide for its attentive, knowledgeable sales force and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for over 45 years.
Visitors to the website can access a variety of educational videos and enlightening articles. The B&H YouTube Channel has an unmatched wealth of educational content. Our entertaining and informative videos feature product overviews from our in-house specialists. You can view the B&H Event Space presentations from many of the world's foremost experts and interviews with some of technology's most dynamic personalities. Tap into this exciting resource by subscribing to the B&H YouTube Channel here. In addition to videos, the B&H Explora blog presents new product announcements, gear reviews, helpful guides, and tech news written by product experts and industry professionals, as well as our award-winning podcasts.
When you’re in Manhattan, take a tour of the B&H Photo SuperStore, located at 420 Ninth Avenue. The techno-carousel spins all year round at the counters and kiosks at B&H. With hundreds of products on display, the B&H Photo SuperStore is the place to test-drive and compare all the latest gear.
Spintop Network | April 26, 2022
Spintop Network has presented their state-of-the-art GameFi blockchain ecosystem, which offers developers, investors and gamers alike a streamlined game finance experience. Blockchain gaming has developed as an exciting utility within the digital ecosystem. That development, however, has been associated with basic problems in connectivity and interaction amongst stakeholders. Many popular gaming platforms have been unable to provide users with a broadly-encompassing environment on which to publicize, launch and invest in games, no less to discover, play, trade and earn with them. GameFi solves those problems by offering a complete and expansive ecosystem.With the developing global market for digital gaming, the community is watching this sector boom and benefit users financially. With so many opportunities, bringing interest groups together and cataloging those opportunities becomes key. Gamers can use the many features of the hub to both discover and profit. Spintop’s GameFi ecosystem provides gamers with the option of finding games across Gamepedia, trading tokens across Spindex, and sharing NFTs across the NFT Marketplace. It uses the tools of Web3 to offer a unique experience.
Gamers can find their preferred games across the Gamepedia, a community-driven gaming guide that provides greater ease in game selection. Following the selection of a game, the platform provides reviews and user guides that can help gamers play their game perfectly.
Spintop Network operates on the play-to-earn model, allowing gamers to earn across the blockchain. As this market has grown, many gaming platforms have been integrating this innovation in their systems for user utility. Spintop Network’s Guild Maker helps users set up their character with appropriate in-game tools and earn from playing games. The Guild Maker allows sponsors to create guilds, which are then capitalized on by scholars (gamers) who compete on their behalf. The rewards are then distributed among sponsors and scholars.
With considerable earning potential through playing, users can then manage their earnings across Spindex, the DeFi hub for gaming projects. Spindex would potentially offer services in staking, farming and trading coins across the platform to help users get more from their in-game earnings. This would soon see cross-platform operability through the SPIN token.
Spintop Network enhances user operability with its NFT marketplace. Users can buy, sell and rent their NFT assets and use their guild elements for their character. The potential for regulation of the assets across the marketplace would be extremely helpful in securing their value throughout the ecosystem.
The network also believes in supporting new blockchain projects in their growth. To make the growth consistent, Spintop Network has developed a GameFi Launcher and Incubator Program, SpinStarter. It would also offer users the opportunity to invest in developing blockchain projects and, thus, become a part of digital excellence across the network.
Spintop Network’s GameFi ecosystem is a project that is revolutionary for developers, investors and gamers. With a complete set of tools under its belt, Spintop is working on improving the GameFi and blockchain ecosystem. To do that, Spintop is currently working on partnerships and collaborations. It has recently announced its partnership with BetU Ecosystem, it comprises of 3 interrelated platforms: BetU Verse - A licensed metaverse resort and casino, EarnU - Play-to-earn sports & esports prediction game, and BetU - A sports, esports, & crypto betting platform. Spintop has also successfully configured its second IDO, Creo Engine, a GameFi platform. Another partnership worth noting is with Altura NFT, where both parties will be working together to implement smart NFTs and guilds into each other's ecosystems. These advancements show their consistent approach in benefitting the digital community.
About Spintop Network:
Spintop Network is a GameFi ecosystem that provides users with the opportunity to play, earn, trade and discover in the blockchain gaming system. It combines diverse elements to appeal to developers, investors and gamers alike. With a belief in benefitting the digital community through consistent development, Spintop Network is working on integrating a play-to-earn mechanism with a DeFi hub, NFT marketplace and Incubator program.
Alpha Metaverse Technologies Inc. | May 06, 2022
Alpha Metaverse Technologies Inc. (CSE: ALPA) (FSE: 9HN0), (OTC PINK: APETF) (“Alpha” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce, further to its news release dated April 13, 2022, that it has completed the acquisition (the “Acquisition”) of 100% of the issued and outstanding share capital of Shape Immersive Entertainment Inc. (“Shape”) from all of the former shareholders of Shape (the “Shape Shareholders”).
Shape creates three dimensional and non-fungible token (“NFT”) content and experiences for brands including Red Bull® and the Olympics®. Shape has also created metaverse experiences for NFT leaders RTFKT® (recently acquired by Nike®) and Star Atlas®. Bringing Shape’s next-gen content creation abilities into the Company’s portfolio of gaming solutions are intended to accelerate the Company’s metaverse production capabilities, provide cross-selling opportunities across business units and allow further gaming intellectual property development and speed to market. Shape will function as a business unit within the Company and Shape’s management team will continue to lead the studio.
“Acquiring Shape accelerates Alpha’s positioning as a global leader in metaverse technology, NFT content creation and Web3 gaming. Shape’s reputation and skill sets are important assets to add to Alpha’s growing portfolio of gaming ‘software as a service’ applications and metaverse capabilities. The Acquisition will allow the Company to both invest in Shape’s growth and capacity while also giving Alpha the ability to build recognized metaverse gaming experiences in-house,”
-Brian Wilneff, CEO of Alpha.
A leader in metaverse development since inception in 2018, Shape was founded by Vancouver VR/AR Association co-presidents, Alex Chuang and Dan Burgar. Alex Chuang is a BC Business ‘30 under 30’ award winner and founded Launch Academy, Western Canada’s largest tech incubator, which has helped its members raise over $2 Billion since inception. Dan Burgar is an official ‘top 15 technology voice’ on LinkedIn® and a leading voice generally in the global metaverse community.
“The metaverse is anticipated to be worth between $8 trillion to $13 trillion by 2030. By combining Shape’s talent and experience in Web3 with the existing gaming portfolio and user base of Alpha, Alpha will further its expansion into Web3 and position itself to capitalize on the unique tipping point in technology disruption,” stated James Basnett, CEO of Shape.
In connection with the Acquisition, the Company also announces that 3,500,000 performance warrants that were issued on September 1, 2020 to certain consultants have vested in accordance with their terms and become exercisable.
About Alpha Metaverse Technologies Inc.
Alpha Metaverse Technologies Inc. is a technology company that focuses on emerging industries in Esports, mobile, console and web-based gaming, ecommerce, and other high growth opportunities such as augmented reality / virtual reality Web3 and Blockchain-based businesses. Through a strong portfolio of technology assets and products such as GamerzArena and HeavyChips, Alpha brings a unique mass-appeal focus to modern gaming platforms. Learn more at: www.alphametaverse.com