Pixelworks | April 20, 2022
Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: PXLW), a leading provider of visual processing solutions, announced it is now a Unity Verified Solutions Partner ("VSP"). This means that Unity has vetted the Pixelworks SDK and ensured that it is optimized for the latest version of the Unity editor, providing a seamless experience for Unity developers.
The Unity Verified Solutions Program supports Unity developers and creators through partnerships with technologies that help shorten application delivery times, improve game performance, minimize downtime, and accelerate adoption.
Pixelworks provides industry-leading technology and solutions for content creation, video delivery, and display processing – targeted at enabling highly-authentic viewing experiences with superior visual quality, across all screens. With the convenience of portability and continued performance improvements, smartphones have become the go-to device for multiple forms of visual entertainment. Specific to gamers, certain prominent pain points have remained synonymous with mobile gaming, such as the tradeoffs commonly associated with higher frame rates. Pixelworks' solutions augment the display performance capabilities of mobile devices to enable the seamless play of AAA games in HDR at a high frame rate over extended periods, while simultaneously retaining a fully optimized and immersive visual experience.
In late 2021, Pixelworks launched its X7 visual processor and Rendering Accelerator Solution 2.0 for the advanced display processing of mobile games. Designed on the basis of an X7 processor, Pixelworks' Rendering Accelerator Solution provides powerful, industry-first features that effectively combat the inherent pain points associated with gaming on mobile devices. Now, as VSP of Unity, Pixelworks aims to contribute to building a more robust and sustainable gaming ecosystem alongside other key players in the gaming industry, including content providers, game developers, mobile platforms, and other technology providers.
The release of Pixelworks' Rendering Accelerator intends to serve as a catalyst for bringing ultra-smooth motion and a longer time of play for games on mobile devices. Coupled together with Pixelworks' X7 processor, the Rendering Accelerator solution elevates content frame rate by pre-processing motion vectors more precisely and efficiently to deliver the optimal and smooth animation, while simultaneously offloading the GPU to extend the length of gameplay and lowering the operating temperature of mobile devices.
"As the world's leading platform for creating and operating real-time 3D content, Unity has gained immense popularity among game developers due to its cutting-edge technology and abundant resources that extend across the full game development lifecycle, By becoming a Unity VSP, we aim to expand on our vision to embrace technology innovation and an improved user experience, coupled together with a cooperative development environment and comprehensive support tools for the entire gaming community. It's exciting to work with both Unity and OEM partners to positively impact all phases of the mobile gaming development lifecycle, and thus bring valued benefits and a premium gaming experience to more users."
-Todd DeBonis, President and CEO, Pixelworks
We're pleased to welcome Pixelworks to the VSP program, said Junbo Zhang, Unity Greater China President and Global Senior VP. "We hope our creators enjoy success through the use of the newly available Rendering Accelerator." As part of elevating users' gaming experience with superior visual display performance, Pixelworks continues to develop dedicated visual processing solutions that allow mobile OEMs to meet the growing and individualized demands of end consumers. The Company's visual processors and solutions have been successfully applied and recognized by many well-known mobile device manufacturers, including vivo, OPPO, OnePlus, Black Shark, HONOR and realme.
For game developers who are interested in Pixelworks' Rendering Accelerator, please direct detailed inquiries to: email@example.com
Pixelworks (NASDAQ: PXLW) provides industry-leading content creation, video delivery and display processing solutions and technology that enable highly authentic viewing experiences with superior visual quality, across all screens – from cinema to smartphone and beyond. The Company has more than 20 years of history delivering image processing innovation to leading providers of consumer electronics, professional displays and video streaming services.
For more information, please visit the company's web site at www.pixelworks.com. Note: Pixelworks and the Pixelworks logo are registered trademarks of Pixelworks, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Sony Electronics Inc. | May 19, 2022
Sony Electronics Inc. announced their newest addition to the LinkBuds series: LinkBuds S. The latest model empowers a new sound experience through Sony's sensing technology and partner collaboration, while retaining a "Never Off" wearing experience perfect for staying connected to online and offline worlds due to their ultra-small and lightweight design with natural ambient sound.By leveraging sensor and spatial sound technology, they deliver new and immersive sound for AR games such as Niantic's game Ingress,1 for consumers looking for new options for entertainment beyond music and calls. The model also makes music listening easier than ever with a new and unique "Auto Play2" feature. By detecting the listener's environment, such as wearing LinkBuds S, the feature enables their music to play automatically, delivered accordingly to their activity.
LinkBuds S are perfect for streaming content all day long. Consumers can enjoy music, video, or social media content just as the creator intended with Sony's highly acclaimed noise canceling technology and high-resolution capability.
The world's smallest and lightest, noise canceling, Hi-Res Truly wireless headphones3
Sony Electronics has engineered these remarkably small and lightweight truly wireless headphones with comfort in mind. LinkBuds S combine a shape that matches the human ear with an ergonomic design for a more stable fit to avoid discomfort in the ear that gets in the way of entertainment.
Adaptive Sound Control and Auto Play2 for seamless music listening
LinkBuds S provide music listeners with the best of both worlds. These headphones combine the LinkBuds' innovative ambient sound concept that lets the listener interact with the world around them, with high-quality noise canceling technology allowing them to focus on the content they love and nothing else. Consumers can step into a coffee shop and quickly order with ease, then just as quickly sit back and enjoy their favorite entertainment distraction-free.
Adaptive Sound Control is a smart function that senses the user's activity, then adjusts ambient sound settings for the ideal experience. With Auto Play, LinkBuds S can automatically play music as soon as the headphones are put on or end a call, auto-triggering music to play based on behavior, such as going on a mood-boosting walk.
Auto Play automatically delivers music and audio notifications right when a listener needs them. Headphone sensors work with a unique algorithm that analyzes activity. For instance, when the listener was wearing headphones earlier, or is on the move after finishing a call, the headphones will resume music from Spotify2 or soundscapes from Endel2 based on pre-sets configured by the user Additionally, audio notifications can be read aloud without pausing music.
A new sound experience for AR gaming
Sony is collaborating with its partner company Niantic in the area of audio AR by developing an AR game that can be enjoyed both visually and audibly. When playing the game "Ingress" using LinkBuds S, the sensor and spatial sound technology enable players to enjoy a new experience with sound delivered according to the direction they are facing.
Crystal clear calls
Making a call on a noisy street or on a windy day has never been easier with LinkBuds S, thanks to Sony´s Precise Voice Pickup Technology that optimally controls the microphones on both earbuds and with the use of a mesh structure around the microphones. Consumers can enjoy crystal clear conversations, letting them catch up with colleagues and friends no matter where they are.
Immersive sound, authentic music
LinkBuds S create immersive sound and authentic reproduction, so users can enjoy their music, video or social media content just as the creator intended.
With the help of a new 5mm driver unit, these small earbuds pack a punch, producing powerful bass and stunningly clear vocals despite their size, bringing out the best in whatever genre or entertainment you choose. Sony's Integrated Processor V1 improves noise canceling, enhances sound quality, and reduces distortion with less power for distraction-free listening perfect for busy commutes.
These new headphones also allow the listener to experience High-Resolution Audio Wireless4, thanks to Sony's industry-adopted audio coding technology, LDAC. All music will be restored back to high range sound with the use of DSEE Extreme™5 that upscales digital music files in real time, allowing the listener to appreciate all the fine-details the artist recorded into their most-loved tracks.
Effortless hands-free control
Life should be full of interactions, so with the help of Speak-to-Chat6, based on precise Voice Pickup technology, music will automatically pause when the user needs to speak to someone, making it easier than ever to have a conversation when their hands are full.
These new headphones are also Google Assistant and Alexa compatible, helping with everyday tasks for hands-free help on the go.7 Users can connect with friends and family, get information, listen to music, set reminders and more, just say "Ok Google" or "Alexa" to activate their preferred voice assistant.
Full control with just a few taps
Thanks to the intuitive touch sensor control panel, consumers can change their sound settings, activate Quick Attention, and even resume Spotify7 music playback or Endel8 with just a few taps on the earbuds. Endel creates personalized soundscapes that give the body and mind what they each need to achieve better focus, relaxation or sleep while enjoying total sonic immersion.
Easy Bluetooth Pairing with Fast & Swift Pair
LinkBuds S support Google's new Fast Pair feature where users can pair the headphones with their Android device quickly and easily4. Swift Pair makes it quick and easy to pair headphones to Windows 11 or Windows 10 laptops, desktop PCs or tablets via Bluetooth®. If there are multiple devices to connect, it is simple to automatically switch to a new device with just a tap of the play button9.
Next generation Bluetooth audio
These earbuds are ready for LE Audio9 next generation Bluetooth audio that enables ultra-low latency that is ideal for gaming.
Made with the environment in mind
LinkBuds S aren't only designed to be slick and stylish, but also with the environment in mind. Like the rest of the LinkBuds series, all packaging on the headphones are plastic free10 and the headphones use recycled materials from automobile parts11 reflecting Sony's commitment to reducing the environmental impact of their products.
Stay connected with others with long battery life
Sony understands how important it is to audiences to enjoy their favorite content on their smartphone without anything getting in the way of their listening experience. Therefore, Sony has packed LinkBuds S with a full working day of charge, up to 6 hours with noise canceling from the headphones and storing another 14 hours in the stylish, compact charging case12. Even when in a rush, just a 5-minute quick charge offers up to 60 minutes of play time.
Messages from Sony's partners
LinkBuds S connect online and offline worlds and will continue to provide various services for better and new sound experiences. Here are some messages from some of Sony's strategic partners.
"Niantic has a vision of a 'Real World Metaverse,' which means adding the AR digital layers onto the real world," said Archit Bhargava, Director of Product Marketing at Niantic, Inc. "Currently, the AR layers are visual layers, however, we believe that adding a sound layer will create a richer AR experience and it makes the real world more enjoyable and convenient. Sony's LinkBuds series adds the sound layer without compromising the visual and audio information of the real world. When it is used with the various games offered by Niantic, they can create a richer, more enjoyable gaming experience. Ingress, which is celebrating its tenth milestone this year, is going to have a new feature before the summer. We hope players will enjoy the feature with the LinkBuds series. Also, please stay tuned for the AR experience by the combination of LinkBuds series and our Lightship platform, which is the foundation of Niantic's game titles, which shall be available soon."
"At Spotify, we're always working to create the most seamless listening experience for every moment," said "It's one of the reasons we're so excited about our ongoing partnership with Sony. Spotify Tap on LinkBuds S provides an easy way to bring music to your ears without having to reach for your phone. Simply tap to get the music playing right away and tap further to enjoy great recommendations made just for you. We look forward to continuously innovating whilst delivering more seamless experiences together with Sony."
-Edward Layoun, Product Director at Spotify.
Our vision is to make wellness accessible to all through the power of sound," said Oleg Stavitsky, Co-Founder and CEO of Endel. "Endel is a science-backed technology that creates personalized, adaptive soundscapes to help people focus, relax, said, and sleep. The integration with Sony's LinkBuds series and sensor technology enables a genuinely seamless functional sound experience for any moment of the day, be it commuting, a relaxation break, a power nap, or a deep work session.
Pricing and availability
LinkBuds S have a suggested retail price of $199.99 and will be available for purchase on May 20, 2022, or for pre-order today in color options White or Black at Sony.com, Amazon and other authorized dealers. Exclusively at Best Buy, a third color option will be available, Ecru.
About Sony Electronics Inc.
Sony Electronics is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America and an affiliate of Sony Group Corporation, one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world, with a portfolio that encompasses electronics, music, motion pictures, mobile, gaming, robotics and financial services. Headquartered in San Diego, California, Sony Electronics is a leader in electronics for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony Electronics creates products that innovate and inspire generations, such as the award-winning Alpha Interchangeable Lens Cameras and revolutionary high-resolution audio products. Sony is also a leading manufacturer of end-to-end solutions from 4K professional broadcast and A/V equipment to industry leading 4K and 8K Ultra HD TVs. Visit http://www.sony.com/news for more information.
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DNEG | June 10, 2022
DNEG, a leading technology-enabled visual effects (VFX) and animation studio for the creation of feature film, television and multiplatform content, today outlined plans for the upcoming launch of xSTUDIO, a modern, flexible and feature-rich playback and review application designed to meet the needs of content creators throughout the production process.
Currently in development at DNEG, xSTUDIO will replace all other image review tools across DNEG’s content creation pipeline, allowing individuals and teams to review shots, edits and grades in a single, unified application on all desktop platforms and operating systems (Linux, Mac and Windows).
DNEG is intending to publish xSTUDIO as an open-source project, allowing each industry partner and filmmaking team to integrate the application into its own pipeline, with a view to encouraging the adoption of the tool as the new industry-standard toolset for collaborative review.
“From its conception, xSTUDIO was designed to allow everyone working in the media creation industries to collaborate seamlessly, VFX supervisors, artists, directors, DoPs, studio executives, producers - we all look at images every day in many different ways. xSTUDIO will give us a common industry toolset for organizing and displaying all types of media, annotating and editing them, and then securely sharing the results with each other, on our laptops, in screening rooms or over the internet.”
-Chas Jarrett, Senior VFX Supervisor, DNEG
Expected to launch as an open source beta application later this year, xSTUDIO will be available for free download and use, offering DNEG’s industry partners the ability to contribute features and workflows to support their own specific needs.
Our teams across the globe design, create, animate and submit thousands of visual effects shots and animation sequences across multiple projects every day, said Paul Salvini, Global Chief Technology Officer, DNEG. In xSTUDIO we have created a modern, flexible, feature-rich playback and review application that we hope will become the new industry standard. By freely sharing xSTUDIO as an open source project with our clients and our industry partners we are encouraging everyone to use and develop the toolset, so that we all benefit from the collective expertise in our community.
xSTUDIO will feature a modern, feature-rich and pipeline-agnostic core application, while also providing a full Python API, C++ plugin framework and extensive use of open-source libraries to allow contributors full control of its integration into their pipelines.
“By developing xSTUDIO and releasing it as an open source project, DNEG has created an opportunity for greater collaboration and more efficient workflows for content creation teams across our industry, Built specifically for filmmakers by filmmakers, we are thrilled to launch this innovative, flexible platform that will support substantial efficiencies and advancements in our craft.”
-Namit Malhotra, DNEG Chairman and CEO
More information about the application’s features and capabilities is available on https://www.dneg.com/xstudio/. To express interest and find out more about xSTUDIO, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On January 25, 2022, DNEG announced its entry into a definitive business combination agreement with Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: AKIC). Upon the closing of the business combination, which is expected in the first half of 2022, the combined public company will be named DNEG. For more information about the transaction, please visit https://investors.dneg.com/.
DNEG (www.dneg.com) is one of the world’s leading visual effects (VFX) and animation companies for the creation of feature film, television, and multiplatform content. DNEG employs nearly 7,000 people with worldwide offices and studios across North America (Los Angeles, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver), Europe (London) and Asia (Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai and Mumbai).
DNEG’s critically acclaimed work has earned the company seven Academy Awards® for Best Visual Effects and numerous BAFTA and Primetime EMMY® Awards for its high-quality VFX work. Current and upcoming DNEG projects on behalf of its Hollywood and global studio and production company partners include Bullet Train (July 2022), Black Adam (October 2022), Under the Boardwalk (October 2022), Shazam! Fury of the Gods (December 2022), Borderlands (2022), Knives Out 2 (2022), The School for Good and Evil (2022), “Super/Natural” (2022), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (March 2023), Haunted Mansion (March 2023), The Flash (June 2023), Meg 2: The Trench (August 2023), Nimona (2023), and “The Last of Us” (2023).
About Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp.
Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. is a blank check company organized with the purpose of effecting a merger similar business combination with a major entertainment powerhouse. Sports Ventures Acquisition Corp. is led by Alan Kestenbaum, businessman and minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons of the NFL. Other leadership members include Robert Tilliss, who brings with him extensive sports and arena expertise, Daniel Strauss, and Steve Horowitz.
Voicemod | April 21, 2022
Voicemod (www.voicemod.net), the world leader in augmented voice and interactive audio, is now making its technology from the company’s hugely popular direct-to-consumer apps available to third parties through the Voicemod Developer Kit. The comprehensive Kit is the first and only solution to empower developers, creators, and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate Voicemod’s high-performance, real-time voice conversion technology into their games, applications, social apps, and hardware. The ever-increasing suite of effects, including hyper-realistic audio avatars, can easily become a harmonious component of any social audio program.
Voicemod creates social audio tools that make it simple for anyone to create and control their own sonic identity in the metaverse and share the voices they feel best reveal their true selves, in the way they want to be heard. Through a mix of voice filters, voice morphing, hyper-realistic voice skins, soundboard effects, musical effects, user-created speech-to-speech real-time voice modifications, and a variety of other real-time audio customizations — Voicemod helps its users tap hidden sources of creativity to express themselves imaginatively as they play, work, create, and entertain.
The Voicemod Developer Kit is empowering the first major evolution of in-game and in-app voice chat. By making voice chat even more immersive, entertaining, and inclusive, game studios and developers of social and content creator apps, as well as device manufacturers targeting gamers, streamers, and social communication accessories, will be able to drive new levels of user engagement and retention in the metaverse.
Powering the sound of the metaverse
Until now, the Voicemod Developer Kit has been available only in limited release to select partners such as Agora and Bragi to enable existing apps and audio devices with their own voice changing and soundboard capabilities.
“Our aim is to make it easier for everyone — whether game developers, headphones manufacturers, musical artists, voice actors, players — to experiment with real-time social audio and voice augmentation, By enabling customizable sonic personas and creating richer voice chat capabilities, the Voicemod Developer Kit is contributing to more meaningful, immersive experiences that result in heightened user adoption and retention.”
-Voicemod CEO and co-founder Jaime Bosch.
The Voicemod Developer Kit makes available a vast library of Voicemod voice skins that can be used live in real time, creating opportunities for dynamic social interactions in social communications-based applications and video games. Programmers and engineers combine Voicemod technology with other solutions as building blocks to curate dynamic, real-time engagement experiences. From audio and video calls, dating apps, and virtual classes, to streaming platforms and online video game integrations, the Voicemod Developer Kit makes it fast and easy to amplify online interactions in the metaverse through personalized audio avatars while protecting pseudonymity if desired.
Through the Kit, developers create low-latency, low CPU-usage audio-centric apps for mobile, web, or desktop. The open API also allows apps and devices to act as a remote control for Voicemod’s direct-to-consumer Windows desktop app already used in solutions such as Elgato’s Stream Deck.
The Voicemod Developer Kit uniquely provides:
Constantly growing collection of Voicemod original voices and curated sounds
Branded, DMCA-free IP content available exclusively through Voicemod
Headless architecture with multi-platform support on Windows, MacOS, Linux, Android, iOS, VST/AU and including Xbox, PlayStation, Switch, Stream Deck, etc.
Compatibility with game engines such as Unreal Engine, Unity, and more
Voicemod is building momentum around the company’s interactive audio technology and voice avatars — capabilities that will become increasingly essential as the metaverse grows into reality. So far in 2022, Voicemod has already signed multiple agreements to expand its library of high quality sounds and voice filters by licensing popular intellectual property (IP) from diverse entertainment sectors, including games (Angry Birds), emoticons (SmileyWorld), music (ODB), television (Trailer Park Boys), and classic film and TV titles. (See www.voicemod.com/newsroom for details.)
To get started with the Voicemod Developer Kit, visit www.voicemod.net/developers for information on platforms that support Voicemod technology as well as how to integrate Voicemod's real-time voice changing engine directly into hardware, games, and applications.
Voicemod is the leader in real-time audio augmentation. Developers trust Voicemod’s audio technology to help end-users create virtual voices and define their sonic identities. As companies strive to build a responsible metaverse, Voicemod is the tool that helps gamers, content creators, and professionals of all skill levels find the voice that best expresses themselves as they play, work, create, and entertain. Discover more at www.voicemod.net.