Nov. 28, 2021 7:16 p.m.
Cameras and mobile technology have always been symbiotic, heavily influencing the development of modern smartphones. This effectively means that any manufacturer who is able to provide leading, cutting edge mobile imaging solutions for smartphones will be able to determine what the future of smartphones will look like.
This is why TECNO started TAIVOS Labs, focusing on innovative and cutting-edge technological breakthroughs for mobile imaging technology. TECNO’s labs have been involved in numerous in-depth research and analysis that contributed to many of the new camera innovations that we see today.
Jiangtao Li, Senior Director of TECNO Imaging Product and Head of TECNO TAIVOS™ Labs, talked more about the lab and how he reimagines the future of mobile camera technology.
TAIVOS™ Lab, short for TECNO AI Vision Optimization Solution Lab, was set up to enhance photography and videography through the latest technology.
When asked about how the lab came about, Li said, “Based on these grand objectives, our TAIVOS laboratory studies our devices extensively to make some deeper innovations that our users will enjoy and benefit from. We want to redefine how the mobile camera is perceived and what it can do for our users.”
With this goal in mind, one of TECNO’s grand challenges it had to overcome was to cater to the many varying views of beauty over different regions and cultures, combining the best of the past and the present.
With this awareness that beauty can be subjective and individualized, TECNO added more than 200 professionals to its research team, successfully producing more than 6,120 Evaluation Scenarios spanning 115 countries.
According to Li, TECNO is putting in so much effort because it is not enough to advance technology. Still, it is essential to build it with diversity in mind so that everyone can enjoy and utilize mobile imaging technology together.
TAIVOS™ Lab’s final products have continually exceeded the expectations of consumers, producing many successful commercialized features. Specifically, TECNO TAIVOS™ certified cameras could reach a remarkable 4,500 fine-tuning settings thanks to the 3A Algorithm and ISP (Image Signal Processor) module.
Pictures that are inclusive of all demographics and all three primary skin types, particularly those with darker skin tones, are sharpened. A comprehensive Material Library covers nine skin types and 76 categories so that everyone, regardless of demographic, gets to enjoy these improved features. On TECNO’s CAMON 18 Premier, these optimizations enable excellent visuals even in low-light situations.
Another breakthrough of TECNO TAIVOS™ Lab is in the advancement of the Screen Inspection Process. TECNO screens and cameras are fine-tuned for up to a half-year apiece throughout this procedure to provide users with the most bright and compelling colors.
This has brought about many learnings for TECNO, as lighting is one major issue for mobile camera users that inhibits them from creating professional-level photos and videos. Li wants to democratize the pleasures of taking a good picture, and technology can be a significant aid to people looking to gain confidence in their photography skills.
TAIVOS™ Lab’s innovative deep technologies are also evident in its Image Algorithm Technology. Using AI algorithms for Image Super-Resolution, low-resolution images caused by digital zoom can be recovered. As a result, even for those with close to no photography skills, images on TECNO’s upcoming flagship will turn out to be more explicit, richer in detail, and more true-to-life than ever before.
TAIVOS™ Lab has also patented various technologies to support the innovative ideas churned out by the lab. For example, featured inside the upcoming CAMON 18 Premier is a self-developed Galileo Algorithm Engine.
Thanks to this new engine, TECNO says that users can enjoy ultra-long-distance shooting effects comparable to astronomical telescopes and pixel-level image segmentation accuracy, all from the comfort of the smartphone in their pocket.
Li shares: “TAIVOS started five years ago when we established a project department at that time, and then we began to accumulate our data from that time. We have a huge database, and compared to the entire industry, the quality of this database is high because, firstly, it is very focused. Secondly, we are spending a lot of energy to label the data. After we accumulate and label the data, we can do so much more to improve on what we have so that our users will always have the best.”
That data becomes helpful in applications such as a cutting-edge gender recognition feature that comes packed in the CAMON 18 Premier. For example, with a complete understanding that males and females have unique facial traits and different desires when taking selfies, the gender recognition AI protects the details of your natural features – men with beards can enhance them. At the same time, women can enable the technology to deliver beautiful lashes.
Li concludes: “TAIVOS™ Lab has allowed us to enable our users to analyze and recombine photos on a pixel level, bringing out the best photos for our users. Now with the CAMON 18 Premier, we are extending this technology to video. Hardware is only half the battle. We work incessantly to improve our software to bring the best user experience to our customers. TAIVOS™ Lab is at the forefront of mobile imaging technology today, and we will keep you excited for years and decades to come.”
The highly-anticipated TECNO CAMON 18 Series launched in the Philippines this November, bringing an array of exciting innovations developed by the TAIVOS lab to consumers around the country.
CAMON 18: TECNO Mobile’s most advanced pro-camera phone to date
As the most advanced pro-camera phone to come out of TECNO Mobile’s CAMON line, the CAMON 18 Series is perfect for filmmakers, and anyone who loves taking videos using their smartphones.
Video enthusiasts will certainly enjoy the experience of shooting with CAMON 18P’s 48MP clear and steady video camera, and its 13MP 50mm pro portrait camera. The CAMON 18 variant is another great choice for mobile videography and photography, with its 48MP multi-function triple camera. CAMON 18 also comes in an exciting new Iris Purple colorway that women are sure to love.
CAMON 18P and CAMON 18 are available at the TECNO Mobile PH Official Store in Shopee Mall, the TECNO Mobile Flagship Store in Lazada, and select TECNO stores. CAMON 18P is priced at P10,990, while the CAMON 18 variant retails for P9,499.
Also check out the ‘Movie Master’ CAMON 18 Premier with Stabilized Gimbal Camera, which retails for P15,990.
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Infinit Care powers mental health in workplace with technology
June 28, 2022 8:12 p.m.
Members of the media were gathered last June 24, to talk about workplace mental health and how Infinit Care is pioneering a tech-based solution that allows companies to support the mental wellbeing of employees.
Workplace Mental Health
Mental health issues are on the rise, especially among the working population and it’s severely affecting overall health and productivity.
The World Health Organization found that mental illness is prevalent in the Philippines. In fact, it is the third most common disability in the country. The National Center for Mental Health also recorded a 500% increase in monthly hotline calls due to depression during the pandemic.
Companies have tried to answer this plight by providing mental health support whether in-house or through a 3rd party provider.
However, a lot of the options in the market focus on delivering solutions that cater to those who are already in crisis and leave out a significant part of the population.
Studies also show that despite increases in stress and burnout, utilization for mental health benefits remain low due to the lack of access to proper mental health solutions and the persistent stigma around talking about mental health struggles.
A Pioneer in Mental Health Tech
Infinit Care partners with businesses and organizations to provide their employees and community with comprehensive mental health support.
“Our platform of care solutions are founded on The Mental Health Continuum which takes into account a wide range of mental health states so that every employee can receive customized support, no matter what they’re going through, wherever and however they need it,” explained Infinit Care Marketing Head, Paola Silva.
“Everyone needs different kinds of care at different times. We work with companies who care deeply about the mental wellbeing of their employees and understand that mental health is just as important as physical health. We help companies bring the best out of their people by providing personalized mental health support.” said Infinit Care’s Head of Clinical Care, Shyne Mangulabnan.
Infinit Care is the only provider in the Philippines that can provide multi-channel mental health support.
Available via web and mobile app (iOS and Android), Infinit Care can meet the varying needs of all employees.
Our suite of solutions include 24/7 chat support with real live Care Chat Coaches who commit to an average response time of 5 minutes, a team of qualified licensed counselors and coaches available for virtual counseling or coaching at your convenience, a library of mental health tools and content to meet the varying needs of your workforce, and mental health training and capacity building workshops for the leaders and entire organization.
For more information on Infinit Care, visit https://www.infinitcare.co
3 ways to build a sustainable, digital Asia-Pacific
June 21, 2022 9:38 p.m.
By Baifeng Lin
Many countries in the Asia-pacific have released digitalization strategies. Cloud Computing technologies are the cornerstone of the digital frontier. For digital economies to thrive they must adopt an open and green ecosystem.
The last two years have been a series of trials. Out of the changes, there has been increasing attention in the digital world and rekindled vigor in how people, businesses and organizations should adapt.
As one of the most populous and diverse regions in the world, the Asia-Pacific is set to be the fast growing economy at the forefront of the global digital landscape. It represents two-thirds of the world’s population, and would reap an economic dividend of more than 1.7 trillion annually.
Mckinsey notes that COVID-19 has accelerated digital transformation by seven years globally and 10 years in Asia Pacific.
To catch up with this sweeping trend, many countries have released national digitalization strategies. For example, Singapore released its Smart Nation 2025 blueprint, Indonesia and Malaysia released strategies to Go Digital, Bangladesh released its Digital Bangladesh blueprint, and Thailand announced its vision to become a digital Hub in ASEAN.
From a technological point of view, the future of Asia-Pacific will require a digital economy underpinned by leading Information and Communications technology solutions and an open and green industry ecosystem is needed as soil for innovation.
And finally, we will need to chart an effective course that addresses gaps in equality to normalize the playing field.
- Build ICT Infrastructure for digital economy
ICT has already proven its value in accelerating economic recovery post-pandemic. Connectivity and computing are the lifeblood of the digital frontier. While connectivity continues to bridge the digital divide offering new education and employment opportunities, enterprises look to the cloud, connectivity and AI to optimize their businesses.
However, the digital readiness of the region varies greatly. For example, China is stepping into data dividend and information dividend, and Southeast Asia is still under the peak phase of demographic dividend. In China, 5G has been widely covered across the country and the penetration rate is more than 40% -100+Mbps, fiber home pass rate is over 90%. However, the large-scale use of 5G has only started in some SEA countries. In SEA, 4G mobile coverage is slightly above 50%, and fiber broadband only reaches one third of households. Cloud penetration in SEA enterprises is less than 20%, which indicates a huge space for data monetization and industry digitalization.
Regarding 5G technology, it is already emerging as a game changer in key industry sectors. For example, Siriraj Hospital, the largest hospital in Thailand on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, launched the first 5G smart hospital in the ASEAN region featuring smart logistics, 5G Ambulance and smart inventory management.
According to professor Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, “the 5G smart hospital project will be a new model for modern medical facilities, 5G provides the high-speed connections needed to ensure seamless transfer of patient data and operation of telemedicine equipment”.
In some remote areas with limited access to 5G, digital infrastructure is playing an even more important role. The Bangladesh government has made great efforts and progress in implementing network in over 2,600 townships and enabling social well-being service including e-government and finance.
In Malaysia, known as “the kingdom of spices”, HEXA Food established an Internet of Things team to train a chili identification model on Cloud MOdelArts. The image recognition technology of Atlas 500 quickly and accurately identifies the quality of the chilies. Intelligent AI-powered sorting eliminates errors in manual sorting and improves the efficiency by 50%.
- Create an open and green ecosystem
Meanwhile, every country, business and individual has faced some common questions recently — how to survive and develop with resilience and robustness in an environment full of uncertainties? The booming digital economy and low carbonization will generate new business form, new production relationships, and new value distribution systems. A healthier and greener industry ecosystem is therefore required.
First, embracing a digital Asia-Pacific will make an open and collaborative ICT ecosystem will include government, partners, operators and users and will help shape opportunities for transformation in different industries. A good example would be the joint open lab in Singapore. All companies, academics and government agencies can use the lab, where they can have access to cutting-edge robotic solutions, intelligent digital twins, and Ai development kits for research.
Secondly, moving towards carbon neutrality, digital power technologies will be essential to enable energy digitalization for a greener future. In Thailand, smart photovoltaic rooftops are being installed in over 1,200 convenience stores. This is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions for more than 1,300 tons every year. By integrating Ai and Clod in PV for optimal power generation, this makes the solar power plant to highly efficient, safe and reliable and builds the foundation for the solar to become the main energy source.
- Chart a sustainable and inclusive course
Simultaneously, we need to be aware that half the world doesn’t have internet access. In Asia-Pacific, according to the APNIC Foundation, the total internet adoption rate in the region remains below half of the total population at 48.4%. By 2023, it’s estimated this will increase to 72% (3.1Billion users), leaving more than a quarter of the region’s population still disconnected.
That’s simply untenable in an increasingly digital world as people can’t be empowered by technology if they don’t know how to use it. Service like mobile payments, government services, access to digital education and healthcare should all act as gateways to anyone and help underserved communities, including women, girls and older generations.
Take education for example, the ability to learn knowledge regardless of location has helped democratize education resource access. In the Philippines, PLDT-Smart Foundation worked with the tech company to promote the School-in-Bag project. Each backpack includes a laptop for the teacher, 20 tablets and a Smart LTE pocket Wi-Fi kit. It significantly enhanced the students’ learning capabilities, helped children absorb their lessons, and improved the teaching strategies.
Future is digital
Technology has the power to level the playing field. It can bring education, healthcare and jobs to anyone, anywhere around the world. It will revolutionize businesses and industry and it can help manage our use of the world’s resources to enable a sustainable and green future.
In the Asia-Pacific Region, the digital economy ignites social recovery and enables resilient future. It provides synergies for public-private industrial collaborations across country boundaries and scenarios. As we arrive on the precipice of a digital future, we must strive to focus on the harmony that exists between our real world, and the digital one ahead.
Infinix announces NOTE 12-PUBG partnership for smoothest gaming experience
June 16, 2022 8:23 p.m.
Infinix has announced a partnership with massively popular Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) and its newly-released NOTE 12 promising gamers hours upon hours of the smoothest gameplay experience that will test their skills and unleash their fullest gaming potential.
“Filipinos are some of the most passionate and skilled gamers out there and we, at Infinix, want to highlight that talent and the ever-growing E-sports community with this NOTE 12 partnership with PUBG,” said Infinix’s Marketing Head, Joseph Cernitchez. “From the limited edition PUBG packaging at launch, show matches with your favorite gaming influencers, to a nationwide PUBG tournament, we have so much in store for everyone that will show gamers why the NOTE 12 is the ultimate gaming phone.”
PUBG is an online multiplayer battle royale shooting game released in 2017 by PUBG studios. Inspired by the film Battle Royale (2000), the game follows how up to 100 players get parachuted onto one of several maps and how they manage to scavenge for weapons and equipment to eliminate the other players and win the round by being the last man–or team–standing.
As part of the Infinix x PUBG partnership, Infinix launched a limited edition PUBG box and case exclusively for the NOTE 12 G96.
Infinix and PUBG will also be holding a nationwide PUBG tournament that seeks to gather the best players and teams across the Philippines in a series of battle royale showdowns.
They will also bring together some of the renowned mobile gamers in an All-Star game during the tournament.
In the meantime, while you’re gathering your team for the Infinix x PUBG Mobile Cup, view the NOTE 12 in action at Infinix’ official website.
The smoothest gameplay experience
Experience the best mobile gaming experience with the MediaTek Helio G96 Ultra Gaming Processor providing more speed and power to the NOTE 12.
The chipset is a 64-bit octa-core that incorporates two powerful Arm Cortex-A76 and six Arm Cortex-A55 processor cores clocked up to 2.05GHz and Arm Mali G57 GPU that work together to harness next-level intelligence for groundbreaking performance.
Casual and heavy gamers alike will find that no game is too heavy for the NOTE 12. Infinix expands the NOTE 12’s 8GB memory to 13GB by integrating RAM and ROM to provide users with up to 5GB extended RAM.
This improves the smartphone’s processing speed and accelerates performance when users are using their smartphone to multi-task by delivering extra power when it’s needed.
The NOTE 12 is also one of the thinnest smartphones at 7.8mm that comes equipped with a 33W Fast Charge feature, and a huge 5000mAh making this lightweight smartphone more portable than ever while staying powered all day long. So gamers need not worry if they have enough juice while training and even competing.
Beyond gaming, photography enthusiasts will also love the 50MP Ultra Night Triple Camera, which can take clearer night pictures, and its large AMOLED screen with blue light technology.
The Note 12’s screen features the brightest colors on an eye-friendly display that gives the best performance in contrast ratio and color calibration in 1080×2400 pixels resolution.
Want to test your shooting skills and mettle against some of the best PUBG players in the Philippines? Watch for the Infinix x PUBG Cup–see how the Infinix NOTE 12 gives you that smoothest gameplay experience for you to reign supreme and your team may just get the chance to win the massive prize pool!
Learn more about the Infinix Cup and register your team by visiting Infinix Facebook Page.
The NOTE 12 is available in Force Black, Sapphire Blue, and Snowfall in 128GB and 256GB for P8,990 and P9,990, respectively at Infinix stores nationwide, via Shopee. For more information, visit http://www.infinixmobility.com/.