Howie Mandel Steps into the Metaverse powered by DeepBrain AI

Howie Mandel Steps into the Metaverse powered by DeepBrain AI

DeepBrain AI and Howie Mandel have put their brains together to create AI Howie, a fully interactive virtual human AI replica of the famous comedian, actor, host, and technology enthusiast.

“I am equally thrilled, excited, and terrified to finally have the ability of showing up and doing things without going anywhere or doing anything,” said Howie Mandel. “Thank you, DeepBrain.”

DeepBrain AI applies deep learning technology to create hyper-realistic virtual humans through its AI Studios and the AI Human platforms. These virtual humans are digital twins of the real person, with the same appearance, voice, gestures, and subtle mannerisms. The AI Studios platform enables ‘script-to-video’ software that synthesizes dynamic video content in seconds, producing the quickest and most realistic AI-generated videos. This is a powerful communication and marketing tool for celebrities, professional athletes, news anchors, and even politicians. Before working with Howie Mandel, the DeepBrain AI team created digital twins of Premier League soccer superstar Son Heung-Min, multiple news anchors across Asia, and South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol.

In addition to the ‘script-to-video’ capabilities, the company provides fully conversational experiences with its AI Human software. The AI Human solution enables fans to interact and engage with AI Howie by simply asking questions. For example, when asked, “What was your favorite act on AGT this season?” The AI Howie model responds in real-time to support interactive, fun, and engaging fan experiences. AI Humans are available within mobile apps, web browsers, or voice-activated kiosks.

“Our vision is to humanize digital experiences and empower creative teams to generate immersive content at scale,” said Eric Jang, DeepBrain AI CEO. “Working with Howie Mandel was a fun experience, and we are excited to see how the AI Howie collaboration will connect with his fans worldwide.”

New Satellite Pro Laptops Announced by Dynabook

New Satellite Pro Laptops Announced by Dynabook

Dynabook Americas, Inc., formerly Toshiba PC Company, today announced the expansion of its Satellite Pro™ C-Series with the arrival of the 14-inch Satellite Pro C40-K and 15.6-inch Satellite Pro C50-K.

Dynabook’s Satellite Pro laptops feature modern designs, a unique commitment to quality, and all-round computing capabilities that deliver exceptional value ready for the most demanding tasks required by both professionals and students. Both laptops feature the new hybrid-architecture 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Windows 11 Pro operating system. Dynabook will offer multiple options of these business laptops with pricing starting at $929.99 for Intel® Core™ i7 configurations.

“We’re excited to expand our Satellite Pro portfolio with the addition of the latest Intel Core processors,” said James Robbins, General Manager, Dynabook Americas. “These new models demonstrate how our Satellite Pro laptops can meet a range of needs in terms of style, performance and supporting features, to fit seamlessly into any hybrid work and study environments, ensuring productivity, connectivity, and security to users, wherever they need it”

Satellite Pro C40-KSized Just Right for Hybrid Workstyles

Powered to get work done from anywhere, the Satellite Pro C40-K from Dynabook delivers the uncompromising productivity, portability, and value needed for today’s modern workplace and hybrid learning environments. With a powerful 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, a 14-inch display, and battery life to last beyond the workday, this Windows 11 laptop breezes through demanding tasks with power to spare. Budget-friendly and packed with features, the Satellite Pro C40-K has mastered mobility.

Measuring under 19mm thin and starting at 3.04 pounds1 this stylish laptop easily goes anywhere, while its ultra-fast Wi-Fi®, variety of ports, and microSD™ card slot creates a clutter- and adapter-free workspace. A webcam with a privacy shutter, dual-array TruTalk™ microphones, stereo speakers, video conferencing function keys and AI-enhanced noise reduction work together to support highly collaborative conference calls. Travel-friendly, this laptop’s durable polycarbonate chassis is resilient, while an IONPURE® IPL2 coating keeps things clean by helping inhibit microbial growth. Ensuring worry-free reliability, the Satellite Pro C40-K is backed by Dynabook’s Standard International Warranty with On-site.

Satellite Pro C50-K – Modern Features, Big Performance for the Hybrid Life

Packing the essential features and style users demand, the Satellite Pro C50-K delivers uncompromising performance, productivity, and value. Weighing just 3.4 pounds1, this laptop is loaded with a powerful 12th Gen Intel® Core™ processor, up to 32GB of memory, and a large 53Wh battery, to breeze through tasks with performance to spare. The vibrant, slim-bezel, 15-inch FHD display provides a comfortable canvas to work from, while its stylishly sculpted and durable chassis makes it thin and light enough to take anywhere. Keeping bacteria at bay, the laptop features an IONPURE® IPL2 coating to help inhibit microbial growth.

Equipped for maximum portability and productivity, the Satellite Pro C50-K is loaded with ultra-fast Wi-Fi®, a solid mix of ports for an adapter-free workspace and is fortified with robust security features to protect against threats. Excelling at remote work, the laptop features a webcam with privacy slider, Bluetooth®, stereo speakers, dual-array mics, AI-enhanced noise cancellation and dedicated conference call function keys that provide convenient collaboration capabilities. Offering worry-free reliability for whatever the workday brings, the Satellite Pro C50-K is backed by Dynabook’s International Warranty with On-site.

Fusion Energy Leader TAE Technologies Wins $17.4M CalCompetes Grant

Fusion Energy Leader TAE Technologies Wins $17.4M CalCompetes Grant

TAE Technologies, a private company founded to commercialize fusion energy with the cleanest environmental profile, has been awarded a highly competitive California Competes Grant by Governor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz).

The $17.4 million grant will directly support job creation in fusion development, as well as TAE’s rapidly expanding power management business. This funding will have an immediate impact as TAE commercializes spinoff applications derived from its innovations in fusion for scalable power delivery systems, representing a new and distinct line of business that both accelerates the company’s fusion pursuits and serves California’s clean energy goals.

With the expertise of a highly trained and sophisticated workforce, TAE’s sixth research reactor, called Copernicus, is being constructed in California and is expected to achieve a crucial fusion milestone of demonstrating the viability of net energy generation around mid-decade. Copernicus will be the penultimate step on TAE’s path to commercializing clean fusion power by the early 2030s.

As the first private fusion energy company and the world leader in hydrogen-boron fusion research, TAE’s proprietary approach represents the fastest, most practical, and economically competitive solution to delivering safe, abundant, and carbon-free energy to the grid.

“TAE is a leader in commercial fusion, working to develop technology that will deliver clean, sustainable, cost-effective, and safe energy,” said Dee Dee Myers, Director of GO-Biz and Senior Advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom. “We’re pleased to support their work to further a green energy economy in California and around the world, while creating good jobs here in our state.”

GO-Biz serves as the State of California’s leader for job growth, economic development, and business assistance efforts. With the fourth largest gross domestic product in the world, California’s economic success is built on its reputation for building businesses that create world-changing innovations. TAE is at the forefront of the global race to develop and implement non-radioactive nuclear fusion energy and lead in the clean energy transition, putting California at the heart of a world-leading ecosystem for fusion as a viable carbon-free baseload power source.

Founded out of the University of California, Irvine, TAE Technologies has a deep and ongoing relationship with the UC system. Southern California has long been an innovation hub for fusion energy development, with a rich legacy of drawing on academic talent from major research universities, and engineering expertise from the aerospace industry.

“TAE is on course to realize commercial fusion energy in the next decade, and it’s in no small part because we’ve drawn on a rich well of talent from the high-quality workforce of scientists, engineers, technicians, and tradespeople,” said Michl Binderbauer, CEO of TAE Technologies. “California has a well-deserved reputation for being where the future is invented, and we are thrilled that our state is investing in innovations that will change humanity for the better.”

About TAE Technologies

TAE Technologies (pronounced T-A-E) was founded in 1998 to develop commercial fusion power with the cleanest environmental profile. The company’s pioneering work represents the fastest, most practical, and economically competitive solution to bring abundant clean energy to the grid. With over 1,800 patents filed globally and over 1,100 granted, $1.2 billion in private capital raised, five generations of National Laboratory-scale devices built and two more in development, and an experienced team of over 400 employees, TAE is now on the cusp of delivering this transformational energy source capable of sustaining the planet for thousands of years.

The company’s revolutionary technologies have produced a robust portfolio of commercial innovations in large adjacent markets such as power management, energy storage, electric mobility, fast charging, life sciences, and more. TAE is based in California, and maintains international offices in the UK and Switzerland. Multidisciplinary and mission-driven by nature, TAE is leveraging proprietary science and engineering to create a bright future.

Monoprice Adds Audition Series Home Theater Speakers to its Monolith Line

Monoprice Adds Audition Series Home Theater Speakers to its Monolith Line

Monolith, the high-end audio brand from Monoprice, today announced its Audition series home theater speaker solutions. Coming soon, Audition speakers will be available in bookshelf, center-channel and two tower configurations. These affordable and powerful Monolith speakers deliver immersive, room-filling sound, accurate midrange, and crisp, natural highs that make your favorite concerts, movies, and sports come to life.

“Our new Audition Series speakers bring extremely-high quality sound to a new level of affordability,” said Hobie Sechrest, Monolith business unit manager, Monoprice. “Engineered to exceed our strict standards for performance, these speakers deliver room-filling sound while producing an incredibly flat frequency response curve. As with all Monolith speakers, we packed them with premium components, exhaustively tuned them, and designed them to look great in any room.”

Audition Tower Speakers

Available in two flavors, the Monolith Audition T5 Tower Speaker (MSRP: $249.99 each) packs two 5.25-inch ported woofers, and 5.25-inch midrange driver, while the Audition T4 Tower Speaker (MSRP: $199.99 each) packs two 4-inch ported woofers, and 4-inch midrange driver. Both the T5 and T4 feature inset 20mm silk dome tweeter with optimized waveguide. Ideally suited for home theater front left and right speakers, or for stereo use, these powerful 4-ohm towers feature uniquely tuned crossover networks which allows them to deliver a super flat frequency response and easily fill the largest rooms with big sound without compromises.

Audition Bookshelf Speakers

Though much smaller in size then the Audition Tower Speaker options, these precision-tuned bookshelf speakers deliver massive sound. The Audition B5 Bookshelf Speaker (MSRP: $124.99 each) packs a powerful 5.25-inch woofer, while the Audition B4 Bookshelf Speaker (MSRP: $99.99 each) boasts a potent 4-inch woofer. Both options feature a rear-facing bass port, inset 20mm silk dome tweeter with optimized wave guide, and unique crossover networks to deliver room-filling sound and make movies, concerts and live sports come to life.

Audition Center Channel Speaker

Rounding out the home theater speaker line are Audition Center Channel Speaker options. The Monolith Audition C5 Center Channel Speaker (MSRP: $159.99 each) packs dual 5.25-inch ported woofers, while the Audition C4 Center Channel Speaker (MSRP: $129.99 each) boasts dual 4-inch ported woofers. Both feature a center-mounted inset 20mm silk dome tweeter and optimized waveguide. Uniquely tuned for maximum dialog intelligibility and home theater performance, these center channel speakers feature sophisticated crossover networks which deliver incredibly accurate midrange, and crisp highs.

Rocking a premium, internally braced MDF cabinet design with premium black wood-grained PVC finish, Monolith Audition speakers easily match all décor styles and are an excellent fit for all living rooms and home theaters. All Monolith Audition speakers can be mixed and matched to suit any room or system needs, while ensuring a timbre-matched listening experience. Spring-loaded 5-way wire terminals ensures a quality speaker connection and easy installation. For the ultimate entertainment experience, Monolith Audition speakers should be paired with a powerful Monolith subwoofer.

Backed by a three-year warranty, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and Monolith’s proven reputation for excellence, these speakers are sure to exceed consumer expectations. All Monolith Audition speakers will be available at early November.

Click here for the Monolith Audition line press kit.

About Monoprice, Inc. (DBA
Located in Brea, Calif., Monoprice, Inc. is an e-commerce leader providing thousands of high-quality and affordable electronics and tech products. Maintaining a business philosophy that focuses on the needs of its customers, the company strives to bring simplicity, fairness, and confidence to consumers and businesses shopping for big-ticket electronics and tech accessories. As a one-stop-shop for most consumer electronics needs, Monoprice oversees a variety of house brands that deliver lasting quality, premium specs, and industry-leading performance, including Dark MatterMonolithPure Outdoor, and Indio. For more information about Monoprice, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and the Monoprice Blog.

Hiperwall Certified PCs From Seneca Come Optimized for Extreme AV-Over-IP Video Wall Performance

Hiperwall Certified PCs From Seneca Come Optimized for Extreme AV-Over-IP Video Wall Performance

Hiperwall, the ultra-flexible and highly secure software platform provider for IP-based video walls, today announced that Seneca, an Arrow Electronics company and manufacturer of purpose-built computing hardware, will provide a variety of pre-imaged Hiperwall Certified video wall controller PCs that are optimized for a range of video wall applications.

“The global hardware shortage has raised significant concerns among customers looking to deploy video wall solutions in the near term,” said Steve Woo, VP of Sales at Hiperwall. “Through our established agreement with Seneca, we’re not only able to deliver hardware in a timely manner, it also simplifies the process of choosing the right components for any video wall system configuration.”

Assembled in the USA, Hiperwall Certified PCs from Seneca can be delivered in rack mount and tower form factors and are purpose-built for specific functions. Depending on use case, and video wall capabilities required, Hiperwall Certified PCs from Seneca can be custom built to address specific customer needs. Available PCs include:

  • Hiperwall Certified Controller PCs are designed to efficiently run Hiperwall Control software. These PCs serve as the overall control center and brain of the Hiperwall video wall system. These PCs come pre-imaged with Hiperwall Controller software and all associated licenses for the video wall system ordered.
  • Hiperwall Certified HiperView PCs are optimized to power up to four 4K displays per system. In large video wall systems where multiple HiperView PCs are required, these PCs are perfectly synchronized ensuring that all content plays smoothly across multiple displays. Supporting Hiperwall’s industry-leading scalability, more HiperView PCs can be added to the system at any time to expand an existing video wall canvas. These PCs come pre-imaged with Hiperwall software.
  • Hiperwall Certified HiperView LED PCs are optimized to power today’s ultra-high resolution direct-view LED displays and feature hardware Genlock powered by Nvidia Sync ii cards. With no natural breaks or bezels between display panels, large direct-view LED installations require powerful graphics capabilities to drive a quality, perfectly synchronized viewing experience, free of undesirable breaks, image tearing and more. These PCs come pre-imaged Hiperwall HiperView LED software licenses as specified by customer order.
  • HiperSource Streamer PCs are optimized for video capture from external source devices such as a set-top-box, gaming systems and DVR systems using a capture card, as well as for streaming content played on a PC at high frame rates and resolution up to 4K. HiperSource Streamer PCs can be configured with zero, two, four or eight input video capture adapters. These PCs come pre-imaged with Hiperwall HiperSource Streamer software.
  • HiperSource IP Streams/Browser PCs are designed to bridge IP stream sources, like H.264 encoders, IP camera feeds, mapping systems, IoT data feeds and more, to a Hiperwall-powered video wall. These systems are also optimized for managing the playback of ultra-high resolution web content, or displaying the content of several high-resolution web pages on a video wall. These PCs come pre-imaged with Hiperwall HiperSource IP Streams and HiperSource Browser software.

“Working with Seneca to offer Hiperwall Certified PCs allows us to deliver incredible system performance, while also making system procurement easier than ever,” said Steven Wittwer, Director of Technical Services, Hiperwall, Inc. “With these systems, everything is tested and certified down to the driver level, and each PC ships with pre-selected drivers and hardware for the greatest level of system efficiency. Furthermore, each system is stress tested for 30 days to help ensure  durability for mission-critical applications.”

All Seneca Hiperwall Certified PCs are backed by a 39-month warranty with next-business-day parts guarantee and include access to Seneca’s US-based pre- and post-sales support team. Hiperwall software and Seneca Hiperwall Certified PCs are available through SYNNEX.

About Hiperwall, Inc.

Hiperwall, Inc., a leading company in next generation video wall systems and distributed visualization software technology, is transforming the industry by eliminating the need for specialized servers, matrix switches, tangled cables and time-consuming training in favor of a solution that is easy to install, easy to use and easy on the budget. Hiperwall has eliminated these barriers by developing a software-based video wall system that is completely hardware agnostic, allowing users to deploy systems with nothing more than commonly available PCs, monitors and network equipment. For more information, visit