This is what the future of gaming looks like

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For Zero Latency, a Melbourne-based virtual reality gaming company that’s in the process of helping launch 2,000- to 4,000-square-foot gaming “arenas” around the world, the formula is pretty straightforward.

The power of VR, explains Zero Latency head of global business development Bob Cooney, is the immersion it makes possible. “And the ultimate immersion,” he continues, “is in these big spaces where you get long experiences that are never going to happen at home.”

That’s a bit of a knock on the home VR market, where Cooney explains that immersion is constrained by, well, the size of your living room and all the furniture and everything else that gets in the player’s way. To do VR right, he’s saying, you’ve got to go big. Which explains why his company is on something of a tear at the moment, with six of Zero Latency’s gaming spaces open across four continents right now and three more opening in the next six weeks. And there are plenty more to come, with the company having a total of 24 open by the end of 2017.

One of the newest is a VR attraction powered by Zero Latency that was set to open on Memorial Day at Octane Raceway, a family entertainment center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Other Zero Latency spaces on the way include a VR space in Boston set to open in July, with venues already open in Tokyo, Madrid and Orlando, among other destinations.

As far as business models go, this one is pretty simple. All that’s needed by Zero Latency — the origin of which dates back to the founders’ fascination with the idea of using a custom tracking system to play VR games in a big, empty warehouse-like space – is a room with basically nothing in it. (Other than the dozens of cameras tracking players’ movements, but you get the idea). The company already has rigs for players to use — which include an Alienware gaming computer and a custom backpack — and gaming content that Zero Latency has developed in-house.

Six players at a time can play any one of three games, from a zombie fort defense-style game to a puzzle game that bends gravity. And what those players get, in return, is as much as a 30-45 minute experience that Cooney insists eventually makes you completely forget you’re inside a virtual world.

“You walk in and there’s nothing,” he explains. “It’s a big space with a grid of cameras over your head. And all of a sudden you put on a headset, and you’re in this amazing world and you see your friends in there and you get to explore the space.

“When you’re tethered to your computer or limited to where you take one step and see a virtual wall pop up every five seconds, you’re being pulled out of that immersion. But when you get in a 2,000-square-foot warehouse and through tricks of the trade of going into elevators and turning people around when they don’t realize they’re being turned around — you’re not reminded you’re inside a video game.”

The company’s shortest game experience is 15 minutes. The average customer it sees is 31 years old, but they tend to range from between 25 to 40. And it’s a mainstream crowd, according to Zero Latency — not a purely gamer crowd.

The company is talking to entities like malls and movie theatres and family entertainment centers as candidates for new locations. The beauty of needing essentially an empty space, though, is Cooney says Zero Latency has yet to find a space where the concept doesn’t work.

The games Zero Latency has created and offers to players include Singularity. That one is a 30-minute game where players are investigating something that’s gone wrong at a space station. There’s also the puzzle game Engineerium, where players can walk up walls and ceilings and on twisty curves that Cooney says “mess with your spatial relations,” and Zombie Survival, where players are holding down a courtyard while zombies come at them from all around.

A CNET reviewer who tried out a Zero Latency space called it “the best virtual reality experience I have ever had.” It’s experiences like these that are fueling the expansion of the multibillion-dollar VR market — one that lets you strap on a backpack and headset, grab a gun controller and run around a massive space gleefully double-tapping the undead with your friends doing the same and cheering you on.

“There’s been so much written about VR being an isolating technology, with gamers kind of stuck in their homes,” Cooney said. “Our vision is to continue to build a big, big footprint of these epic social game spaces and bring people together to play games in a social environment.”

 

Source: BGR Media

Mercedes-Benz secures manufacturing capacity to produce compact electric vehicles

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Mercedes-Benz is not only talking about electric car concepts and show models anymore. The German automaker is increasingly securing manufacturing capacity at its existing plants in order to produce its upcoming EQ electric vehicles.

The company announced today that it reached a deal with the management and works council of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt in order to build ‘compact electric vehicles’ at the factory.

Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars for Production and Supply Chain, made the announcement:

“Our Mercedes-Benz car plants in Germany play a decisive role in electric mobility. They are centres of competence for the production of EVs in the global production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Thanks to highly flexible structures, we are able to integrate electric vehicles in the regular series production in our plants. At the same time, we are increasing our competitiveness with the efficient integration of Industry 4.0 applications. This allows us to benefit from the opportunities of electric mobility, while considerably reducing the required investment,”

Rastatt is Mercedes-Benz’s biggest plant for compact vehicles. It employs 6,500 people and it manufactures 300,000 vehicles per year.

The company plans to shift some of that production capacity to electric vehicles.

Thomas Geier, Site Manager of the Mercedes-Benz Rastatt plant, commented on the announcement:

“With the new declaration of intent, we are shaping our future, thereby creating good prospects for our workforce in the coming age of electric mobility. The Mercedes-Benz plant in Rastatt will be the centre of competence for the production of new compact EQ models. In the year of our 25th anniversary, this is great news for our highly motivated workforce,”

They didn’t confirm what electric car will be produced at the plant beyond saying that it will be “compact electric vehicles”.

Earlier today, we reported on reports that Mercedes plans to unveil a relatively affordable all-electric hatchback with long range at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

The vehicle would be under the EQ brand and therefore, it’s likely to be the one to be produced under this deal at the Rastatt plant.

 

Source: Electrek

What is Water filter?

2017-05-26_174433A water filter removes impurities by minimizing contamination of water using a fine physical barrier, a chemical process or a biological process. Filters cleanse water to different extents for purposes such as providing agricultural irrigation, accessible drinking water, public and private aquaria, and the safe use of ponds and swimming pools.

 

 

Types

  • Water treatment plant filters : Types of water filters include media filters, screen filters, disk filters, slow sand filter beds, rapid sand filters, cloth filters, and biological filters such as algae scrubbers.
  • Point-of-use filters: Point-of-use filters for home use include granular-activated carbon filters (GAC) used for carbon filtering, depth filter, metallic alloy filters, microporous ceramic filters, carbon block resin (CBR), microfiltration and ultrafiltration membranes. Some filters use more than one filtration method. An example of this is a multi-barrier system. Jug filters can be used for small quantities of drinking water. Some kettles have built-in filters, primarily to reduce limescale buildup.
  • Portable water filters: Water filters are used by hikers, aid organizations during humanitarian emergencies, and the military. These filters are usually small, portable and lightweight (1-2 pounds/0.5-1.0 kg or less), and usually filter water by working a mechanical hand pump, although some use a siphon drip system to force water through while others are built into water bottles. Dirty water is pumped via a screen-filtered flexible silicon tube through a specialized filter, ending up in a container. These filters work to remove bacteria, protozoa and microbial cysts that can cause disease. Filters may have fine meshes that must be replaced or cleaned, and ceramic water filters must have their outside abraded when they have become clogged with impurities.

 

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Steel Output Down in April, but Recovery is On Track

Tonnage decreased -1.0% from the previous month, but still 5.0% higher year/year

  • China, 72.78 million metric tons
  • U.S., 6.72 million metric tons
  • Capacity utilization up to 73.6%

April 2017 raw-steel production slipped by 1.0% from March to April, finishing the most recent month with 142.1 million metric tons across 67 countries. Still, the total is an increase of 5.0% over the April 2016 result and brings global year-to-date steel production to 550.84 million metric tons, 5.2% better than the January-April 2016 total.

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Global raw steel production is stabilizing in China and other major regional markets, after several years of weak demand, though the April results halted the steady improvement of previous months.

These figures are supplied by the World Steel Association, which tracks global raw steel production and capacity utilization on a monthly basis. Raw (or crude) steel is the output of basic oxygen furnaces and electric arc furnaces that is cast into semi-finished products, such as slabs, blooms, or billets. World Steel reports tonnage and capacity utilization data for carbon and carbon alloy steel in 67 countries; data for production of stainless and specialty alloy steels are not included.

The April totals reconfirm that the global steel industry has recovered from a nearly three-year long period of weak demand and excess capacity. Even so, a mid-range forecast of steel demand suggests that the recovery will be modest, as political and industrial-market ambiguity (particularly in China) persist through 2017 and 2018.

The most recent’ month’s raw-steel capacity utilization rate for the 67 countries in World Steel’s coverage was 73.6%, up 1.7% over the March rate and up 2.5% over the April 2016 rate.

The positive global results are largely the result of improved activity in China, by far the world’s largest steelmaking industry. Chinese steelmakers produced 72.78 million metric tons of raw steel during April, an increase of 1.1% over the previous month but 4.9% more than last April’s result. Through the first four months of 2017, China’s steel industry has produced 273.87 million metric tons of raw steel, 4.6% more than the January-April 2016 total.

In Japan, April raw-steel output slipped 1.5% from March to 8.8 million metric tons during April, but that represents an increase of 3.0% over April 2016.  For the year-to-date, Japanese producers’ raw-steel production total is 34.98 million metric tons, just 1.9% more than during the comparable period of last year.

The Indian steel industry produced 8.06 million metric tons last month, 3.2% less than during March and 4.8% more than during April 2016. The year-to-date tonnage total in India is 33.16 million metric tons, 7.1% more than during January-April 2016.

In South Korea, raw steel production for April 2017 fell 5.6% from March to 5.48 million metric tons during April, a decrease of 2.9% versus the April 2016 result. Through four months, South Korean steelmakers have produced 22.75 million metric tons, 2.8% ahead of the year-ago pace.

In the E.U., raw steel production fell 4.8% from March to April, totaling 14.296 million metric tons across the 28 nations. That represents a 6.1% increase over last April’s tonnage, and raises the year-to-date total to 56.84 million metric tons, an increase of 4.5% over 2016.

Germany, which has the largest steel industry in the E.U., had raw steel production of 3.84 million metric tons for April, down only slightly (-0.9%) from March but up 8.1% from April 2016. Germany’s year-to-date increase over 2016’s tonnage is 3.4%.

Italy, also a regional steelmaking power, had output of 1.976 million metric tons during April, falling 11.5% from the March total and 6.0 from the April 2016 total. Even so, for the January-April period the Italian steelmakers have increased their output 2.5% over the comparable period of 2016.

The French steel industry had a raw-steel output of 1.26 million metric tons during April, 5.1% less than during March but 30.8% more than the April 2016 output. The four-month total for 2017 is 5.17 million metric tons, 8.9% higher than during the Jan.-April 2016 period.

In Spain, steelmakers produced 1.19 million metric tons during April, falling 13.5% below the March total and 2.8% below the April 2016 total. The year-to-date total, however, is nearly even (-0.1%) with the Jan.-April 2016 result.

Raw steel production in Russia during April totaled 6.2 million metric tons, 2.3% less than during the prior month but 4.3% more than during April 2016. The year-to-date total for Russian steelmakers is now 6.21 million metric tons, 3.4% more than during the comparable period of 2016.

In Ukraine, however, the raw-steel output fell 11.9% from March to April, to 1.57 million metric tons. That figure is 28.6% less than last April’s result, and puts the Ukrainian industry 13.8% behind last year’s running total.

The Turkish industry’s raw steel production for April 2017 was 3.0 million metric tons, down 2.7% from March but up 6.5% versus April 2016. For the Jan.-April 2017 period, Turkey’s steelmakers have produced 11.8 million metric tons, 12.0% more than over the comparable period of 2016.

The Brazilian steelmakers produced 2.89 million metric tons of steel during April, 1.7% more than during March and 25.9% more than during April 2016. Their year-to-date production total is 11.14 million metric tons, 14.4% more than during Jan.-April 2016.

Finally, the U.S. steel industry produced 6.72 million metric tons (7.40 million short tons) during April, down 2.6% from the March result but 1.8% over the April 2016 figure. For the Jan.-April 2017 period, the U.S. steelmakers have produced 27.01 million metric tons (29.77 million short tons) of raw steel, which is 2.9% more than the comparable 2016 result.

 

Source: Americanmachinist.com

German Gross Domestic Product Up 0.6% In The 1st Quarter Of 2017

german-economy-grew-by-0-6-in-first-quarter-of-2017The German economy expanded sharply in the first three months of 2017, official data showed Friday, adding to signs that economic recovery underway in the European powerhouse is gathering pace.

Germany‘s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.6 per cent in the first quarter compared with the previous three months, adjusted for price, seasonal and calendar effects, federal statistics authority Destatis said.

That was in line with forecasts from analysts surveyed by data company Factset.

It represented an acceleration over the second half of last year, when the economy had added just 0.2 per cent between July and September and 0.4 per cent between October and December.

First-quarter growth was driven by both foreign and domestic business, with investment in construction and equipment, private consumption and government spending all adding to the momentum.

Foreign trade was also a boost, with exports growing faster than imports, the statisticians said.

 

Source: The Economic Times

BMW to raise global production capacity 27% by 2020

BMW AG plans to raise its annual production capacity by about 27 percent to 3 million vehicles by 2020 and plans to build its X5 offroader in China, German daily Handelsblatt said, citing company sources familiar with the plans.

BMW Group, which includes the Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, built 2.37 million vehicles last year, plans to double its production capacity in China to 600,000 cars, Handelsblatt said.

In North America and Mexico, production capacity will be increased to 750,000 vehicles from 410,000, the paper said, adding that BMW brand wants to overtake rival Mercedes-Benz, which is owned by Daimler, to reclaim the volume sales crown for premium carmakers.

The newspaper said “going on the offensive” will be the message on Thursday from CEO Harald Krueger at BMW’s annual shareholder meeting, as the automaker seeks to win back its “rightful” No. 1 spot.

 

Source: Automotive News

Nissan manufacturing facility in England hit by cyberattack

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Nissan Motor Co. is trying to fix its British plant affected by the global cyberattack that began Friday, officials said Sunday.

Other Japanese companies with bases in Britain, one of the countries hit hard by the ransomware attack, continued to gather information.

Nissan found out on Friday evening local time that a manufacturing system at its Sunderland plant, in the northeast of the country, had been infected with a computer virus, the officials said.

As it was not possible to use the system, the plant stopped production. The company will not be able to resume the plant’s operations for a while if it takes time to fix the problem.

The Sunderland plant, which employs some 7,000 people, is the biggest automobile-manufacturing facility in Britain.

It produces 500,000 vehicles annually. Models produced there include the electric vehicle Leaf and the sport-utility vehicle Qashqai.

Officials at Fujitsu Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp. said there have been no reports of damage from their British operations.

In Japan, many companies are bracing for Monday, as damage may spread when business activities increase.

The National Police Agency said the computers at one hospital and one person’s computer were infected by the malware, which encrypts computer files and makes them inaccessible until the user pays a ransom.

There was no financial loss in these two cases, the agency said.

It is believed that the ransomware circulated across networks by exploiting a weakness in Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

 

Source: The Japan Times

Tata Steel sells speciality steels division to Liberty House

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Liberty House has acquired the speciality steels division of Tata Steel in a £100m deal that will create 300 new jobs in South Yorkshire and secure 1,700 existing jobs.

The company, which plans to relaunch as Liberty Speciality Steels, will invest £20m in new plant and equipment within the first year to boost competitiveness.

The speciality steels business produces a range of high-value steels used in the manufacture of vehicles, aircraft, industrial machinery and equipment for the oil and gas industry.

Production from the arc furnaces is expected to rise to more than a million tonnes a year, and there are plans for the bar mill to roll around 400,000 tonnes a year.

The acquisition gives Liberty the largest arc furnace capacity in the UK, which is key for its Greensteel plan to increase low-carbon steel production using recycled metal in furnaces powered by renewable energy.

Jon Bolton, chief executive of Liberty Speciality Steels, said: “Through increased output and improved positions in the UK, North America and EU markets, the business can improve its competitiveness and re-establish itself as a global force in the supply of engineering steels.”

The acquisition will make Liberty one of the largest steel and engineering employers in the UK, with more than 4,500 workers.

Sanjeev Gupta, executive chairman of Liberty House, said: “The speciality steels business is a global leader in its field, with a highly skilled and well-motivated workforce. We are eager to invest so it can grow and achieve its full potential.

“By investing to acquire speciality steels, we are casting a big vote of confidence in the future of British industry. With the right business model and an innovative approach, the UK steel and engineering sectors can recover and thrive.

”The Government is now pursuing a new post-Brexit industrial strategy and steel must be at the heart of that strategy.”

Local metal merchants cautiously welcomed the arrival of Liberty House late last year, hoping it would boost competition and quality in the area.

 

Source: Materials Recycling World

Canadian vehicle purchases down in April: Scotiabank

U.S. passenger vehicle sales were also disappointing, with most automakers reporting lower-than-expected volumes.

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Vehicle purchases in Canada edged down from the record performance of recent months, a new report from Scotiabank said, falling 2% below a year earlier in April.

According to the latest Scotiabank Auto News Flash, sales totalled an annualized 1.98 million units last month, down from a record first-quarter average of 2.07 million.

“The moderation was broad-based, with ten automakers reporting lower volumes last month,” the report said. “Light trucks continued to outperform, advancing 2.5% above a year ago, led by a double-digit gain in pickup truck volumes. This likely reflects improving fortunes in Alberta, which accounts for nearly one-quarter of all pickup truck sales in Canada, double the province’s share of overall vehicle purchases.”

In the U.S., meanwhile, passenger vehicle sales declined again last month, with most automakers reporting lower-than-expected volumes. According to Scotiabank, sales totalled an annualized 16.9 million units in April, well below the 17.2 million that had been expected and the second consecutive month below 17 million. “Weak business purchases continue to be the main source of weakness, with fleet volumes for the Detroit Three posting the seventh consecutive double-digit year-over-year fall-off,” the report said. “However, retail volumes also declined in April, reversing the strength of previous months.”

But the current “soft patch” will be reversed, Scotiabank predicts, as employment growth remains solid, interest rates are low, and replacement demand remains intact. “Nearly 40% of all vehicles on the road in the U.S. are at least 13 years old,” the report noted.

Despite last month’s disappointing performance, the industry remains positive about the outlook, the report noted, and increased its second-quarter North American production schedule by 21,000 vehicles. “Through mid-year, assemblies across the NAFTA region are scheduled to advance 2% above a year earlier,” Scotiabank said.

The full Scotiabank report is available at this link.

 

Source: http://www.canplastics.com/automotive/canadian-vehicle-purchases-april-scotiabank/1003441723/

GM, Ford Post Bigger Sales Declines as US Auto Demand Slumps

Higher auto prices may be contributing to the slowdown in U.S. auto sales

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Ford Motor, General Motors and Toyota Motor posted deeper U.S. sales declines than analysts projected, raising the prospect of a fourth consecutive month of shrinking demand.

Ford car and light truck deliveries fell 7.1% last month, while GM’s dropped 5.8% and Toyota’s decreased 4.4%. All three companies reported slumping sales for passenger cars including the Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu and Toyota Prius sedans.

Higher auto prices may be contributing to the slowdown in U.S. auto sales. The average new-car price in the U.S. rose about 2% over the past year, according to data from TrueCar Inc.’s ALG. That’s an increase more consumers may have been able to handle when borrowing costs were low and loose credit made pricier trucks and sport utility vehicles more attainable.

Analysts had projected the annualized pace of U.S. auto sales, adjusted for seasonal trends, probably slowed in April to about 17.1 million, from 17.4 million a year earlier. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. were expected to report the biggest sales declines, with both seen reporting decreases of more than 5%.

Industrywide deliveries have declined in each of the first three months this year and were down 1.5% through March, according to researcher Autodata Corp. Should the slump continue through April, it would reinforce estimates for the U.S. auto market’s first annual contraction since 2009, the year GM and Chrysler reorganized in bankruptcy court.

In an effort to keep new vehicles moving off the lots, automakers have ratcheted up discounting. Spending on incentives last month through April 16 reached a record for the month of $3,499, according to J.D. Power.

“We’re starting to see the slowdown in 2017 we’ve been anticipating,” said Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis for car-shopping website Edmunds.com. “These year-over-year declines may become more typical as the year progresses.”

 

 

Source: IndustryWeek.com