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Testing Elmo Live

Every year a toy comes onto the market that sends some parents wild, fighting over the last of its stock in supermarkets and high street shops. In recent years parents have become more accustom to frantically checking websites for stock levels. Another trait of these toys in recent times has been the annual doubling of price for the toy on eBay as parents become desperate to avoid disappointing their children.

This year that toy is highly likely to be Elmo Live. There are two good reasons why I suspect this. One is that after I posted information about the new toy, m1y website’s statistics show a large volume of people coming to the site after searching for “Elmo Live” along with one of the following; “shortage”, “sold out”, “will it sell out”, “supply” and “in stock”. The second reason is that the toy is simply very impressive.

The problem however, is that until recently there has been very little information available on Elmo Live. All the information posted on websites seems to be based on a 3 minute video posted on YouTube of Elmo Live being demonstrated at a conference.

Finally we are able to buy Elmo Live and experience him fully to judge whether or not he is really worth the £60 retail price.

One concern before purchasing my own Elmo Live was that in one of the lesser viewed videos online, the motors inside Elmo seemed quite loud, taking away from his life-likeness and giving him a more robotic feel. However when I experience Elmo myself, this was not a problem. You can hear the robotic sounds still but you have to listen carefully. I’m not sure why this isn’t as much of a problem as it seemed in the video, but it could be due to an over-sensitive microphone or that the model being demonstrated was an earlier version and they have somehow reduced the motor noise.

I quickly realised that the abilities shown in previous demonstrations of the toy were only a small proportion of Elmo Live can really do. Elmo sings and dances to 3 songs, all of which last around 3 minutes. That alone is very impressive in comparison with other toys which rarely say more than a few short phrases.

One of the most impressive features that I hadn’t seen before is that if Elmo falls over, he asks you to pick him up. Along with that, he gets an itchy back and asks you to scratch it. His head bobbing motion is another nice feature.

There is no denying Elmo Live really is a great toy. He is aimed at toddlers but I’ve seen 9 and 10 year olds that would love Elmo Live for Christmas. In fact you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone at any age that is not impressed by him.

There is one downside to buying Elmo Live however; the price. When Elmo was conceived the economy was not a worry, now the UK economy has taken a major down turn and parents will be acting more cautiously with what they spend their Christmas budget on. A relatively expensive toy for toddlers has been released at the worst possible time.

It’s hard to imagine any young child not enjoying this year’s Elmo toy. The only consideration really is whether you can afford to pay this much for toy at this time. A good way to find out is by showing your children a video of the toy and decide whether to buy Elmo Live based on their reaction. Personally, my decision was to buy this one toy which I expect will blow my children away, and if I have to, cut back a little on other toys which will quickly be put away and not touched for several months.

Parents in the UK who wish to buy Elmo Live should consider carefully where they want to buy it from. For example, while some shops appear cheaper than others, they often do not include delivery in their prices. Another consideration should be the low supply of Elmo Live in comparison with the demand. You can see where Elmo Live is in stock and where he has sold out on my website before choosing where to make an order.

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LifeScan and ENER-G combine forces to win green energy CHP award


(PRWEB UK) 29 November 2013

Medical device manufacturer LifeScan and combined heat and power specialist ENER-G have been awarded a top prize for industrial low-carbon energy generation.

Partners LifeScan and ENER-G Combined Power Ltd beat off strong competition to win the industrial and commercial category at the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) annual awards, presented at a gala ceremony as part of the CHPA’s Heat 2013 conference.

An independent panel of judges applied rigorous criteria, such as carbon reduction, enhanced security of energy supply and lower energy costs, with the ENER-G CHP installation at LifeScan delivering on all counts to win the prestigious accolade.

Since installing the state-of-the-art, gas-fired ENER-G cogeneration system in April 2012, LifeScans Inverness site has reduced its carbon footprint by 625 tonnes per year. This is equivalent to the environmental benefit of removing more than 200 cars from the road or of the carbon dioxide sequestered annually by 512 acres of forest.

LifeScan Scotland, a Johnson & Johnson-owned company, manufactures blood glucose monitoring devices and the Inverness facility is a key research and development location for the global group. In a bid to boost its sustainability rating and meet key green objectives, LifeScan considered several options to reduce carbon emissions and cut energy bills. After evaluation, the company decided CHP would be the most viable option, in terms of cost and carbon savings.

LifeScan approached ENER-G to deliver a CHP installation for the site. After analysis and detailed specification, ENER-G designed, manufactured and installed a 230 kWe CHP system, which has been integrated with site’s boiler network system to supply the manufacturing facility with low-temperature hot water, as well as power. The system is fully containerised and includes roof-mounted dry air coolers.

Carbon emissions at the site have reduced by 21%, and electricity consumption is down by more than half (53%), lowering the energy bill by 27%. As a large site, LifeScan is subject to the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme and the CHP system is making a substantial contribution towards its CRC performance.

LifeScan purchased the CHP system outright and will achieve a return on investment in just over two years. This first installation has been so successful that LifeScan has already decided to purchase another CHP unit from ENER-G, to further reduce carbon emissions. The second unit is due to be operational in the first quarter of 2014.

ENER-G worked with Hulley & Kirwood Consultants and Merritt Merrill Technologies to deliver the project.

Alan Barlow, Managing Director of ENER-G Combined Power Ltd, said: “We are delighted to share this award with LifeScan, who have demonstrated environmental leadership in becoming a low carbon distributed power generator. This success follows our triple success in the 2012 CHPA Awards, where we won two out of five categories for our projects with Tesco and Loughborough University, and received high commendation in a third category for multiple projects across GlaxoSmithKline sites.”

Jason Whitley, LifeScans Facilities Senior Project Engineer, added: We are continually seeking ways to raise our environmental performance and this move to on-site generation of power is a key element of our carbon-cutting strategy. We are very pleased to be partnering with ENER-G, which is able to provide us with a total service from initial design to long-term care of the systems ensuring our commitment to a sustainable future.

CHPA Director Tim Rotheray said: These awards are a tangible recognition of the industrys successes at transforming the way consumers energy needs are met. When so much discussion centres on the challenges of making projects work in an uncertain world, it is fantastic to see these exemplars delivering tangible benefits to consumers.

Combined heat and power the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heat is almost twice as efficient as conventional power generation as the majority of heat is recovered and used on site, rather than wasted into the atmosphere.

ENER-G delivers small-scale 10kW to 10MW CHP solutions to customers around the world and it offers the broadest product range on the market, incorporating more than 1,400 installed cogeneration systems across the globe powered by natural gas, biogas, diesel, biogas, propane or biodiesel.

Its UK-designed and manufactured systems are used in hospitals, hotels, leisure centres, supermarkets and factories worldwide. Systems up to 2MWe capacity units can be delivered and packaged as a single unit with the controls, heat recovery units and engine housed in compact, acoustically-insulated enclosures. These are suitable for either internal or external installation. Above 1MWe, every ENER-G cogeneration unit is bespoke, with the engine and system designed to meet each application.

Further information: http://www.energ.co.uk/chp

Caption: Pictured (l-r) are Tim Rotheray, CHPA Director; Ian Hopkins and Heather Foster of ENER-G Combined Power and Award sponsor Phil Hindley, Industrial Sales Manager, Total UK Lubricants.







Global Man-Portable Military Electronics Market 2013 – 2023: Worldwide Industry Share, Investment Trends, Growth, Size, Strategy And Forecast Research Report 2013


Albany, the big apple (PRWEB) November 04, business values, parts influencing demand, the challenges confronted by way of trade folks, prognosis of the prime companies in the change, and key data.

Introduction and panorama

Why was as soon as the report written?

the global Man-moveable safety force Electronics Market 2013-2023 bargains the reader varied prognosis of the international man-transportable armed forces electronics market over the following ten years, alongside conceivable market alternatives to enter the trade, using situated market dimension forecasts.

to try the entire table of contents, consult with: http://www.marketresearchreports.biz/prognosis-small print/the-world-man-transportable-defense force-electronics-market-2013-2023.

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What are the key drivers behind latest market adjustments?

Militaries in every single place the world are focusing on soldier modernization purposes and this constructing has in an instant influenced increase within the man-portable electronics classification. Soldier modernization purposes embody developed man-transportable gadgets for conversation, pressure safety, and surveillance and reconnaissance operations. the most recent a hit experiences with the soldier modernization kits in Afghanistan and Iraq, has accelerated belief in man-portable good have an effect on on class elevate. prior, fairly just a few dialog, ISTAR and energy security gadgets comparable to tactical networking radios, sensors, anti-tank missile applications, GPRS techniques, navigation and enemy neighborhood tool, and UAVs weren’t portable and established to automobiles. The portability of those unique and the most important to analyze?

the world Man-moveable armed forces Electronics Market 2013-2023 offers explicit diagnosis of the current trade dimension and raise expectations from http://www.marketresearchreports.biz/sample/pattern/176910

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NSN, Juniper Networks expand partnership to deliver new generation of mobile IP solutions


Espoo, Finland & Sunnyvale, California, u.s. (PRWEB UK) 11 October 2013

Nokia solutions and Networks, a world chief in mobile broadband, and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), the industry chief in community innovation, lately introduced the expansion of their lengthy-time period partnership. The settlement now covers secure IP connectivity for high-efficiency cellular broadband networks by the use of collectively-developed options that meet the end-to-end needs of operators.

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With the introduction of LTE and LTE evolved, IP performs an crucial function in cellular broadband networks. efficient backhaul options between the radio and core network are essential to satisfy the low latency and high capacity necessities of LTE networks with time-sensitive applications and services and products. Smartphone and mobile instrument users are expecting high

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AU10TIX: More Than 10% Revenue Increase May Be Achieved By Automating ID Authentication & Processing As Critical Part In Optimizing Document-Driven Customer Enrollment


Nicosia, Cyprus (PRWEB) January 30, 2013

UK’s well being Secretary Jeremy Hunt, has lately declared his imaginative and prescient for a “Paperless NHS by

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The Technology That Helps UK Payday Lenders Protect Against The Surging Identity Fraud


Nicosia, Cyprus (PRWEB) may 31, 2013

latest UK CIFAS record unearths that while overall fraud levels within the UK appear to have diminished in the first quarter of 2013, credit score and store cards have experienced a limiteless elevate in the level of frauds recorded. mortgage money owed in particular have turn into increasingly more well liked by fraudsters, growing by means of forty three% within just 3 months because the starting of the yr (http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/4599630/CIFAS-figures-expose-favorite-fraud-targets.html).

Payday lenders operate essentially online, taking part in excessive accessibility but also suffering from relative vulnerability to identity fraud. until recently, online lenders had simplest partial lend a hand from technology in combating id fraud. Fraudsters might forge or faux identification documents fairly easily. These would be submitted on-line as snapshots or scans for what was once basically manual examination and processing infamous for being sluggish, error-prone and costly.

AU10TIX, the pioneer of Multi-Channel steady consumer Onboarding, has presented the BOS (again-office carrier) on-line purchaser id authentication and document technology already in 2012. AU10TIX BOS is the newest know-how for computerized authentication and conversion of identification image recordsdata to practicable digital data. This evolved image processing and forgery detection expertise is designed to handle the authentication, validation and detection of forgery attempts in id image files produced the use of popular devices corresponding to smartphone cameras, place of business scanners, webcams or digital cameras and submitted online.

With AU10TIX BOS in location, lenders can velocity up customer processing whereas benefitting from better identification fraud protection. at the comparable time, speedier, more error-free document processing interprets to better conversion success probabilities, higher traffic handling capacity, better knowledge high quality in CRM and risk purposes, and more advantageous operating price efficiency gained via decreasing reliance on guide processing.

an increasing number of lenders familiarise themselves with the AU10TIX BOS device,” says Ron Atzmon, Managing Director of AU10TIX: we’re assembly the increasing demand for what is not just a fraud protection technology but also a aggressive leverage in an awfully aggressive market. Automating identity authentication and document technology will inevitably develop into standard. people who do it first will win early advantage, and we’re there to equip them with the most effective know-how.

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About AU10TIX

AU10TIX limited, a completely owned subsidiary of ICTS international N.V, deals with the authentication and digitization of deciding on paperwork, together with: Passports, identity cards, driving licenses and other complementary picking paperwork. the corporate specialises in implementing hardware & instrument primarily based purposes used for scanning, settling on and acquiring identification paperwork, authenticating them and their homeowners, in real-time. the corporate’s merchandise significantly reduce id and file based fraud in firms, decreasing the prices associated with processing purchasers, bettering compliance competence and effectiveness with associated rules, whereas making the sales and give a boost to operations more efficient. For extra information, consult with http://www.au10tix.com

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About ICTS world N.V.

ICTS specialises in the development and implementation of innovative safety concepts and options designed to fulfill the desires of a variety of industries, mainly aviation transportation, border control and delicate services. ICTS global benefits from over two decades of expertise and global operational expertise in transportation security, with a particular emphasis on high-possibility environments, passenger processing transactions and the integration of security services and products to offer a comprehensive safety answer. It additionally bargains all kinds of customised coaching applications, tailor-made approaches and a variety of security consulting services and products. the corporate has developed and applied unique technological options, according to its comprehensive strategy to security, designed to improve the level of security while accelerating the protection test course of. For extra data, talk over with http://www.icts-int.com

This press unlock accommodates ahead-looking statements inside the meaning of the private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, regarding the Companys trade technique and future plans of operations. forward-having a look statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, each common and particular to the matters mentioned on this press liberate. These and different important factors, including these talked about in quite a lot of Securities and alternate fee filings made periodically by means of the company, may just result in the Companys precise outcomes and efficiency to fluctuate materially from the longer term outcomes and performance expressed in or implied by way of such ahead-looking statements. The ahead-having a look statements contained on this press liberate talk handiest as of the date hereof and the company expressly disclaims any responsibility to provide public updates, revisions or amendments to any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect changes within the Companys expectations or future occasions.

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Tel.: +972-50-four 71 71 50

ICTS international NV

Alon Raich + 00-972-974-47770

mail(at)ictsinternational(dot)com

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The International RoboGames 2011: Robots Made of Metal Compete for Medals Made of Gold


San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) April 5, 2011

The San Francisco Bay area has lengthy been a rich playground the place exhausting working cogs in the startup laptop struggle valiantly in their cubicles with the coding questions of the a while. fifty one weeks out of the year, it can be humdrum workday fixing the world’s know-how issues. after which there’s week 52 – RoboGames week.

that you would be able to really feel a bit spark of pleasure on Twitter, a slight increase in breathless posts on fb and web boards all over the world. there’s an elevate in trade from electronics outlets, hardware producers, and every so incessantly howls of frustration or triumph coming from labs, fabs and unassuming garages. post doctoral researchers in Indonesia already have their airline tickets, whereas machinists within the UK fondle their ratchet units and stare blankly out into distance, plotting and planning. The ears of DIY blacksmiths in the hinterlands of Texas perk up. Lego-devouring teenagers in California software their robots for the Junior lessons.

it can be RoboGames Time! Dancing androids, independent automobiles, 220 pound combat robots, and even bartending bots will stun a reside target audience with their dexterity and lethalness. groups can be competing for gold, silver, and bronze medals towards their colleagues from around the world. fans and their households get their seat cushions ready and their engineering bloodlust activated.

“We’re in point of fact desirous about the collection of countries collaborating this year,” says Simone Davalos, one of the crucial organizers. “RoboGames has change into a global juggernaut of robotics sports. We’re thrilled so many individuals come to the SF Bay house with so much new expertise, innovation, and even artwork. Even after 8 years of doing this, I nonetheless in finding it breathtaking – the extent of human ingenuity that comes out within the ‘bots. This 12 months, now we have got over 600 contestants competing in virtually 70 situations. We’re proud to have over 10 completely different events for humanoids on my own (similar to kung fu, acrobatics, soccer, mech conflict, and foot races.)”

“This yr will probably be bigger than ever – together with a new tv deal with the discovery community!” she excitedly added. “people buying tickets for the live express may just prove seeing themselves on television when it airs on the Science Channel. RoboGames has additionally secured the Mythbusters’ furnish Imahara to host the live experience, and adoring lovers might at last get their likelihood to meet him for the associated fee of a ticket.”

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in fact, there may be also the bashing, crashing, smoke and explosions that come from the fight robots most of the people come to peer. opponents spend months constructing the destructive bots, to enjoy the thrill of victory, hoping to steer clear of the discomfort of bringing their robotic back residence in buckets. These large bots struggle in the back of bullet proof panels in a 100,000 pound customized constructed arena. however it’s no longer all aggression. The adventure also options robots that make artwork, artists that makes robots, and just about each different roughly robot it is advisable think about with contributors from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, throughout Europe, and different far flung places. All of them prepared and raring to usher in “the mechanical superior.” the japanese lead in sumo robots whereas Austria has traditionally led in cocktail robotics. Will the USA preserve it is #1 medal rating or will Japan or Brazil ultimately america the host united states? like the human Olympic video games, most effective time will tell.

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Nick Donaldson of the UK is regarded as the “Michael Phelps of Robots.” Nick’s bot ‘Ziggy’ has gained a gold medal because the event began in 2004 (which is seven yr streak!) and Nick is assured he’ll preserve his run going. “Ziggy is undefeated in the hexapod challenge, and i don’t suppose the contestants this year are as much as the challenge. I’ve additionally obtained loads of new robots in some of the other categories that i am hoping will turn out on the medal platform as well.”

Davalos points out that RoboGames is an open competition, welcoming someone to compete within the grand custom of newbie athletics. RoboGames contestants don’t have to be affiliated with an organization, college, or different formal group, and may use any elements they can cobble collectively. The event makes an attempt to broaden the potential for new robotics know-how by casting a wide web for participants, from the only American tinkering alone in his garage to a bunch of German third graders constructing one pound robots. long vaunted as a nexus for the commingling of robotics disciplines, RoboGames tries to attach companies, researchers, technologists, revolutionaries and audience over one shiny 3 day weekend.

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This yr features an expansion of the RoboGames educational symposium, curated via academic chair Heather Knight of Carnegie Mellon college, JPL and MarilynMonrobot.com. Paper displays from major educational institutions on present works-in-growth and previous research. On the RoboGames Presentation Stage, see speakers equivalent to Eric Singer (internationally acclaimed musical robot artist of lemurbots) and Evan Ackerman of the IEEE Automaton robotic blog. From Google Robotics, Ryan Hickman will discuss cloud computing and the sumo events that Google is sponsoring – with a $ 5,000 whole prize purse!

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Friday is “learning teams Get In Free Day”, which is an opportunity for schools, scout troops, and others to RSVP for a fun, free admission for college students day at RoboGames.

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The global RoboGames

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Tickets: $ 15-$ 25/particular person

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