20 April 2018

Dyson's new Pure Cool fans purify the air, too

Dyson has released the Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans, which bring together Dyson’s expertise in airflow, filtration and electronics to tackle the issue of indoor air pollution and purify every corner of the room1.

Pioneering purification Dyson first entered the purifying fan category in 2015 in response to the increasing global problem of indoor air pollution. According to Dyson, most of the air we consume is from indoors2, and it can contain microscopic particles which are invisible to the human eye. Urban pollution, particulate matter and pollen can enter the office and combine with indoor pollution sources like cleaning products, then remain trapped inside.

The new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans – in a large tower format for floor placement, and a small desk format for worktops and floors – automatically purify the whole room properly3, capturing gases and 99.95% of ultrafine particles as small as 0.1 microns4.

Dyson designs its purifying fans to go beyond test chamber conditions and focus on real conditions.
Paul Dawson, VP, Dyson Health and Beauty, said: “At Dyson we develop machines for real people and real homes, creating technology that works well in the test lab but more importantly doing what they’re expected to do in a real-world setting. To clean the air at home, a purifier needs more than a filter. It needs to automatically sense pollution, capture gases and ultrafine particles, and project clean air to every corner of the room. The Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan does all of this5, making it the only purifier fan to clean a whole room properly3.”

Dyson Pure Cool fan features include:

Sensing

A new LCD display shows which particles and gases the Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan is automatically sensing in real time. A unique Dyson algorithm processes the input from three sensors and then displays air quality readings.

Lasers measure and detect ultrafine particles.  A separate sensor detects the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as benzene and formaldehyde, emitted from paint, burning candles and materials in furniture, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) present. NO2 can cause respiratory problems and acid rain. A third sensor measures relative humidity and temperature.

Dyson engineers calibrated the sensors inside the Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans with scientific particulate readers. An array of 30 Dyson sensors have sat alongside air quality monitoring labs in both King’s College London in the UK and Peking University in Beijing, China to understand how Dyson sensors react and ensure they are delivering the same feedback as academic equipment.

The sensors were left running outside in boxes for six months across three seasons in dirty, hot, wet and freezing conditions to gather long-term running information. Collecting 288 measurements a second gave Dyson engineers over 5 billion data points for analysis and meant the most effective calibration possible could be applied to the new generation of machines.

Capturing

Dyson filters meet the filter industry standards EN1822 and H13-A. An improved filter in the new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan captures both particulate matter and gases. Dyson engineers have incorporated 60% more high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) media into a taller and deeper filter, and introduced three times more activated carbon. Activated carbon can absorb gases, odours, domestic fumes and VOCs while HEPA filters capture particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and tobacco smoke.

Nine metres of condensed and sealed borosilicate microfibre filters capture 99.95% of particle pollution as small as 0.1microns2, including allergens, bacteria, pollen and mould. Activated carbon filters, which have been coated with trishydroxymethylaminomethane to increase the absorption efficiency, remove gases including NO2, formaldehyde and benzene.

Projecting

The Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan can distribute clean air efficiently. By expanding the degree of oscillation to 350⁰ degrees and using Air Multiplier technology, the machine can project 290 litres of purified air per second to every corner of the room1.

To avoid a cooling effect in winter, the Dyson Pure Cool purifying fan features a unique new diffused airflow mode. While the forward airflow mode cools the air, the diffused airflow or purification-only mode purifies the air without cooling it.

App

Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans are integrated with the Dyson Link app 4.1, which has been designed for iOS and Android. The Dyson Link app enables owners to track indoor and outdoor pollution, temperature and humidity levels. It can also be used to control the machine and estimates how many hours of filter life are left.

The new machines also come with full Over the Air Update Capability (OTA) – meaning Dyson owners can continue to get the most advanced Dyson software even after purchasing the machine6.

Tests

Dyson purifying fans are designed to work in real environments. Some manufacturers of conventional air purifiers gauge their performance using a laboratory test method called clean air delivery rate. It is conducted in a compact chamber 12m2 in size, with an added fan to circulate the air - and only one sensor to measure air quality. It is not representative of the average living room environment.

Dyson engineers created the POLAR test, which is based on a larger living room size, with no added fan, and eight sensors in the corners of the room plus one sensor in the centre collect air quality data every 5 seconds.

Evan Stevens, Head of Engineering for Dyson Environmental Control said: “We needed to test our machines in an environment that reflects how our owners actually use their machines and the rooms in which they are used. So we built a chamber without a ceiling fan, made it 27m2 in size, and added nine sensors capable of detecting particles 300 times narrower than a human hair. 3D mapping our machine’s performance in this chamber lets us know that when our machine says the air in a room is clean, it truly is clean.”

Dyson has continued to pioneer purifying fans globally, leading new test methods in China, the world’s largest market for air purifiers. In January 2018, China’s Household Appliance Standard and Technology Industry Alliance7 released the first accreditation for intelligent air purifying fans – featuring test methods first developed on Dyson’s UK Technology Campus. Dyson is the first company to test its machines according to this new standard.

According to Dyson, sources of pollution can include:

Tree pollen, particulate matter and city pollution, which can enter the building and may remain trapped there.

• Pollen: Plants and flowers can release microscopic pollen into the air.

• Scented candles: Some chemical substances found in scented candles can release benzene and formaldehyde into the air as they burn.

• Furniture foam: Foam that can be found in furniture can release formaldehyde gas

• Indoor paints: Some indoor paints can use volatile organic compounds, which can be released as gaseous chemicals when they dry and potentially throughout their life

• Air fresheners: Some household air fresheners can contain volatile organic compounds and benzene, which can be released with the fragrance when sprayed.

• Cleaning products: Household cleaning products can contain benzene and household fumes and odours.

• Carpets, rugs and flooring: Some carpets, rugs, flooring and their backing materials can emit formaldehyde when new and potentially throughout their life.

Details:

The new Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans come in two versions - a larger tower format for floor placement, and a smaller desk format for desks, worktops and floors. There is a two-year parts and labour guarantee8.

The Dyson Pure Cool purifying fans are available on shop.dyson.com.sg, and major departmental and electrical stores from late May 2018.


Dyson Pure Cool Desktop purifying fan (DP04)
Dyson Pure Cool Tower purifying fan (TP04)



Source: Dyson. The Dyson Pure Cool Desktop purifying fan.
Source: Dyson. The Dyson Pure Cool Desktop purifying fan.

The Dyson Pure Cool Tower purifying fan.
Source: Dyson. The Dyson Pure Cool Tower purifying fan.

S$799
S$899 (White/Silver and Iron/Blue)
S$949 (Black/Nickel)
Available in White/Silver
Available in White/Silver, Iron/Blue, Black/Nickel


1At the maximum setting. Tested to Dyson internal test method TM-003711 in a 27m2 room and DTM801. Editor's note: There is no online explanation available of what DTM801 stands for.

2US Environmental Protection Agency. 1989. Report to Congress on indoor air quality: Volume 2. EPA/400/1-89/001C. Washington, DC, US.

3The AHAM AC1-2015 standard sets out how air cleaner manufacturers can define their performance by “the relative reduction of particulate matter suspended in the air in a specified test chamber”. This means their performance is based on cleaning efficiency rates only.

4Tested to GB/T18801 (formaldehyde, benzene). Gaseous capture rates vary. Tested to EN1822 - airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns.

5Tested to Dyson internal test method TM-003711 in a 27m2 room. 'Harmful'/'ultrafine' pollutants refer to airborne particles as small as 0.1 microns (tested to EN1822).

6Standard data and messaging rates may apply. App functionality may vary by location. Requires Wi-Fi and app-enabled device.

7An affiliation of China’s leading home appliance agency – China’s Household Electronics Appliances Institute (CHEARI).

8For details, see the product manual.

19 April 2018

Credit Suisse: three megatrends for 2018

Source: Credit Suisse. Cavalli.
Source: Credit Suisse. Cavalli.

The sixth annual Credit Suisse Global Megatrends Conference 2018 in Singapore covered three megatrends: technology at the service of humans - artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, a future where Millennials rule, and the silver economy.

In his opening address Benjamin Cavalli, Head of Private Banking Southeast Asia, Singapore CEO, Credit Suisse, explained that megatrends are investment themes based on Credit Suisse’s House View. "They link developments such as political changes in the West, worldwide demographic shifts, and, continuous technological advances, with concrete investment opportunities geared towards the medium- to long term, and most certainly targeted to ultimately improve portfolios’ risk/return profile in the long run," he said.

He noted that with the rise of artificial intelligence, “traditional” industries ranging from healthcare and eldercare to manufacturing are being transformed. At the same time, virtual reality applications are moving beyond gaming and entertainment to education, design, architecture, marketing and even medical practice.

On the flip side Cavalli listed various pressing issues:

 The enormous capacity of artificial intelligence (called AI) to process data has heightened issues of privacy and data security, amplified by its role in the maneuvring of political campaigns.

 The viral power of social media to galvanises active citizen-centred movements on gender equality and youth safety, yet at the same time radically intensifying political and social division in many countries.

 Ongoing debates around fake news, the boundaries of social media and the challenges of regulation.

 Driverless cars causing deaths leading to the question of whether this spells the end of AI in autonomous vehicles.

"How do we, as investors, remain focused on technology being at the service of humans, at a time when technology is increasingly perceived as a threat? How do we see beyond all the short term noises and the daily ups and downs of the financial markets, to focus on the predictability and sustainability of these long-term secular trends, and seek profit from them? Today’s conference will cast the spotlight on some of these topics, and hopefully put into perspective the long term impact they will have in the world of investing," he said yesterday.

When it comes to the silver dollar, Cavalli noted that by 2050, more than 2 billion of the world’s population are expected to be aged 60 and above. This is a full 20% of the world’s total population. "Here in Singapore, the statistics are even starker – in thirty years’ time, almost 50% of Singapore’s population will be aged 65 or older – and that includes me," he said.

At the other end of the demographic spectrum, he said that those below 35, often termed Millennials,  have values around societal perspectives which drive their investments and businesses that have implications in shaping the world economy. Credit Suisse works with Millennials though its Young Investors Organization (YIO), a network representing more than 1,200 members of the next generation of the most influential families around the world that is solely sponsored by the financial institution.

The conference, attended by around 600 guests of Credit Suisse, was themed The Future. Now, and included 30 members from the YIO from around the world.

Hashtag: #CSMegatrends

18 April 2018

Jane's Walk Singapore mixes old favourites with new walks

Source: Jane's Walk Peatix page.
Jane's Walk logo.
Jane's Walk Singapore has updated its Peatix group for free walks happening on the weekend of May 4 to 6. Jane's Walk is an annual movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore the city and connect with neighbours.

At the time of writing, many of the walks were already full, though new sessions may be opened by guides. Popular walks include those exploring Emerald Hill, the Little India area with a focus on migrant workers, and a trek from Botanic Gardens to Bukit Brown. Walk difficulty is typically mentioned, as well as the duration and whether children are welcome.

The following walks are some of those which are still open:

Gardens with a Difference, May 5 8am to 11am, will be led by guides Bala and Bianca who will share stories about the heritage of the gardens and of the nature there. There will also be story-telling combined with yoga stretching exercises as part of this walk, and a walk through the Learning Forest. The ending point is at the Tanglin Gate. Bala and Bianca are volunteers with Animal Allies, a group which inspires people to make more compassionate, healthy and sustainable choices in Singapore by a plant-based diet.

The Elegance of Emerald Hill, May 6 10am to 11.30am, will be about the history and stories behind Singapore’s first designated conservation area.

The Luv Wild Faber Trek, May 6 3pm to 6pm by LUV@ADVENTURE will uncover the wild side of the Telok Blangah hills. Trekkers will visit the World War II bunkers at Seah Im and explore the lost reservoirs of Keppel. An ascent up to Mt Faber is part of the session.

Details:
Registration is required as there is a maximum number of people per walk, and each person may only make a single reservation for a walk. Explore available walks

Those who would like to lead a walk can contact Jane's Walk organisers via Facebook.

Read the WorkSmart Asia account of my Trend Safari experience with the walk as part of the Jane's Walk movement.

15 April 2018

Business delegation visits Singapore to promote “Made In Italy” label

Major Italian sector federations have shared how they will work with local associations on a visit to Singapore to promote theMade in Italy label. Their message was that Italy has first-class capabilities that match the needs of a rapidly evolving ASEAN, and that ASEAN can leverage the success to fast-track their own goals.

2018 marks two decades since Singapore and Italy embarked on formal economic co-operation and exchange activities. Recognising that innovation drives the transformation of economies and societies, Singapore and Italy agreed to intensify long-term co-operation across various sectors from fashion to healthcare, furniture and technology.

“Singapore, with its smart city ambition, and businesses around the region can take advantage of the opportunities we bring. With cumulative knowledge and strong relationships, we can leverage on our experience to overcome challenges and fast-track the attainment of industrial and development goals,” said Leonardo Radicati, Director, Italian Trade Agency Singapore.

"The ASEAN markets have been growing fast in the last five years and in the region. By 2025, there will be a consuming class of 123 million people with high income. For the fashion industry, the area has a great potential as the new customers are asking more and more for Made in Italy products. Singapore is the entry point to reach the ASEAN countries for distribution projects and also for manufacturing cooperation," said Claudio Marenzi, President, Confindustria Moda, the New Federation for Associations of Textiles, Fashion and Accessories.

Footwear is so important that it has a separate association, Assocalzaturifici, the Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association, representing the subsector. In 2017 Italian footwear exports to Singapore remained unchanged in volume (301,217 pairs, worth €34.69 million) representing approximately half of totals for ASEAN.

“Italian footwear exports reached the highest value in the last 15 years, even when considered net of inflation. According to projections, the final result for the year 2017 as a whole should be around €9.2 billion. A new record in commercial trade especially with ASEAN buyers is expected in 2018,” said Tommaso Cancellara, Director General and CEO of MICAM.

“Statistics on leather goods show a very positive trend in the ASEAN markets with significant increase of our export in the last years. Thanks to the high quality of Italian leather goods we can further improve our cooperation and AIMPES will continue to undertake more promotional initiatives in the area,” said Riccardo Braccialini, President of AIMPES, the Italian Leather Goods Association and MIPEL, an international leather goods and fashion accessories exhibition, which takes place twice a year in Milan, Italy.

ASEAN countries attracted about  €88 million euros of Italian cosmetics last year with a growth of 9.6% on the previous year. The largest category of Italian exports are alcohol-based perfume products and haircare, which together account for about 75% of total Italian cosmetics exports to ASEAN. Singapore is the leading recipient of total Italian cosmetics exports to ASEAN, handling goods worth €57.5 million euros (9.3% more than the previous year).

“The figures highlight the competitive nature of the Italian cosmetics industry, despite the uncertainty of the political-economic situation. The Made in Italy cosmetics sector reaffirms its constant attention to investments in innovation and in customer service, validated by the response from the domestic market and also from the international ones such as ASEAN," said Fabio Rossello, President of Cosmetica Italia, the Personal Care Association.

12 April 2018

Order the Microsoft HoloLens in Singapore from today

Microsoft announced today that Microsoft HoloLens, the first fully self-contained holographic computer running Windows 10, will be available in Singapore starting 12 April 2018.

With this expansion, HoloLens is now available in 41 countries. “At Microsoft, we are on a mission to empower every person and organisation on the planet to achieve more,” said Veronica Chiu, Windows and Devices Business Group Lead, Microsoft Singapore. 

Source: Microsoft. What mixed reality looks like through the Microsoft HoloLens.
Source: Microsoft. What mixed reality looks like through the Microsoft HoloLens.

“Mixed reality has the potential to help customers and businesses across the globe and in Singapore do things that, until now, have never been possible. Mixed reality experiences will help businesses and their employees to complete crucial tasks faster, safer, more efficiently, and create new ways to connect to customers and partners.”

Mixed reality, as defined by Microsoft, refers to experiences that blend the physical world with the digital world.

Microsoft first announced HoloLens in January 2015 and shipped to developers and commercial partners in the US and Canada on March 31, 2016. The company continues to invest in technologies that are enabling the broader ecosystem to create for mixed reality worldwide. Over the last year, Microsoft has seen several innovative HoloLens implementations from partners and customers:

Trimble, known for its wide range of positioning technologies, introduced Trimble Connect for HoloLens and a new hard hat solution for HoloLens that improves the utility of mixed reality for practical field applications. Trimble has paid close attention to how to support HoloLens as a high-value tool for firstline workers and are continuing to increase their impact on the market.
Thyssenkrupp, one of the world’s major elevator companies and a global urban mobility firm, has found ways to dramatically decrease operational costs with remote assist and training. With HoloLens, thyssenkrupp has digitalised sales and manufacturing processes of its home mobility solutions by as much as four times. 

In addition, using Microsoft HoloLens, 24,000 elevator service technicians can now visualise and identify problems ahead of a job, and have remote, hands-free access to technical and expert information when onsite, improving the way people and cities move.
JRCS, a major Japanese maritime services company, deployed mixed reality, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI) to change how shipping crews are trained, how ships are maintained, and how navigational safety and standards are promoted and enforced. With HoloLens, JCRS will deploy their INFINITY Training system which uses both mixed reality and AI to train both seafarers and land-based supervisors, enabling seafarers throughout the world to participate in equipment and systems courses at any time, wherever they are.

Microsoft New Zealand and local partner Datacom are using the technology of HoloLens to capture and preserve the beautiful tribal stories of one of New Zealand’s largest Iwi (Maori tribe). The Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei community is using Microsoft HoloLens and gamification to preserve and promote beliefs that date back almost a millennium, so that the past can be enjoyed by future generations, through an immersive and interactive medium.

In Singapore, the Infocomm Media Development Authority's (IMDA's) Lab on Wheels programme launched an immersive media themed bus in March to bring immersive media experiences to schools and the community. Immersive media is one of four frontier technologies that Singapore is investing in, according to the IMDA Infocomm Media Industry Transformation Map.

The Lab on Wheels immersive media themed bus aims to showcase and educate students and the community about how immersive media technologies can impact the way they learn, work, live and play. Microsoft and their education partner, Serl.io, are partners in this effort to bring mixed reality experiences to students and the public through Microsoft’s HoloLens.

Details:

Microsoft HoloLens will be available in two configurations - Microsoft HoloLens Developer Edition and Commercial Suite – and is now available to order on the Microsoft Store.

The recommended retail price for the devices are as follows:

Product
Suggested retail price (inclusive of GST)
HoloLens Configurations
Development Edition
S$4,388
Commercial Suite
S$7,288


In Asia, HoloLens is now available in Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, and Singapore, as well as in Turkey and the UAE. Check out more about HoloLens availability in each market

10 April 2018

TripAdvisor recognizes world's best airlines in 2018

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, has announced the winners of its Travelers' Choice awards* for airlines.

For 2018, Singapore Airlines was named the No. 1 airline in the world. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of airline reviews and ratings submitted by travellers worldwide over a 12-month period on TripAdvisor Flights.

Following the success of last year's inaugural Travelers' Choice awards for airlines, the 2018 award categories were expanded and now honour 69 airlines that provide exceptional value and service across the world. In addition to the world list, the Traveler's Choice awards recognise the best airlines in seven regions including Asia, South Pacific & Oceana, Africa & Indian Ocean, and the Middle East. The awards also recognize the top airlines in four service classes: International First Class, Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy.

Said Bryan Saltzburg, Senior VP and GM for TripAdvisor Flights: "As the airline industry introduces new fare products and a widening array of in-flight offerings, consumers continue to seek out the carriers that deliver value and a quality experience. The Travelers' Choice awards for airlines recognise the carriers that exceed passenger expectations and receive top marks from travellers."

"The award is a validation of the hard work and dedication of our thousands of staff all around the world, who focus their attention every day on ensuring that Singapore Airlines remains competitive on a global level," said Singapore Airlines' CEO, Goh Choon Phong. "Our business model is based around three main pillars – product leadership, service excellence and network connectivity. We are continuing to invest heavily in all three areas to ensure we have industry-leading offerings that meet and exceed our customers' expectations, both on the ground and in the air."

Among the global top 10, Asian carriers dominated with four airlines on the list (Singapore Airlines, Japan Airlines, EVA Air and Korean Air); followed by the Middle East with two airlines (Emirates and Qatar Airways).

The top 10 airlines in the world are:

1. Singapore Airlines, Singapore

According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: "I flew from Sydney to Singapore in business class. The food was the best I have had in the last 10 years. Service was great and the staff actually wanted to be there. One of the best, if not the best airline."

2. Air New Zealand, New Zealand (NZ)

According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: "The flight attendants are friendly, courteous, professional, and dedicated to customer service. The dinner was excellent, even in Economy class, and there was complimentary NZ red and white wine. Even the safety videos are entertaining. I wouldn't fly any other airline between the US and New Zealand."


3. Emirates, UAE

According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: "This airline is the essence of style, class and comfort. Everything I had expected was surpassed. From their presentation, to their service, which is professional, but does not override their personable approach to travellers. The Airbus is huge, but the atmosphere within is comfortable, seats are wider, windows are bigger."

4. Japan Airlines, Japan

According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: "This airline carrier is exquisite and features great on board meal service, drink service, and the entertainment is great. They provide excellent service with exceptional leg room. This airline is truly above most others and comes with outstanding crew members."

5. EVA Air, Taiwan

According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: "One of the things that separates EVA out from other airlines is in the little things. I was blown away by the novelty of the "character" flight we took. Everything from the pillows to the meals - it was Hello Kitty cuteness overload. Kids' meals are excellent. These small personal touches made our entire flight experience so much nicer!"

8. Qatar Airways, Qatar

According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: "I've traveled a lot in my life and Qataris one of my favourite airlines to travel with. The bar in A380 (business class) is the best. The service regardless of class is fab. The treatment of frequent fliers is great... food very tasty for economy ... and very big portions… Entertainment is top notch. They are one of my favourite airlines for eco travel."

10. Korean Air (KA), South Korea

According to a TripAdvisor reviewer: "We travelled from Chicago to Hong Kong with our toddler, and could not have been more pleased with the experience. Basic economy on KA is basically economy plus on other (especially US-based) airlines. The flight staff actually made me like the experience, rather than detract from it. I'll be flying KA whenever possible in the future."

Class of Service global winners recognise airlines around the world that provide a consistently exceptional passenger experience in each cabin:

Best First Class: Singapore Airlines, Singapore

Best Business Class: Qatar Airways, Qatar

Best Premium Economy: Air New Zealand, New Zealand

Best Economy: Singapore Airlines, Singapore

Explore:

Browse the complete list of winners from the 2018 Travelers' Choice awards for airlines

Hashtag: #TravelersChoice

*Winners were based on airline reviews submitted on TripAdvisor Flights or via one of TripAdvisor's review collection partners from February 2017 to February 2018.