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AR Optics: IDTechEx Explores Insights from IDTechEx at CES 2024

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BOSTON, Feb. 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Apple’s Vision Pro has recently grabbed all the headlines in the spatial computing world, following years of hype and rumors of Apple bringing a headset to market. The Vision Pro is thought to be merely the opening salvo of the tech giant’s strategy, with see-through augmented reality (AR) devices expected to be the endgame. Compared to the camera passthrough used in headsets like the Vision Pro and Meta’s Quest 3, this would vastly improve the view of the real world while helping to make devices much more like normal glasses – not to mention aiding social acceptability by making the wearer’s eyes visible to those around them.

As outlined in IDTechEx’s report, “Optics for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality 2024-2034: Technologies, Players and Markets“, the development of optical combiners, specialized optical components which project virtual information on top of the real world, is a key hurdle holding back see-through AR from primetime. However, startling progress is being made to solve this, with CES 2024 giving a great overview of recent developments in AR optics and spatial computing overall.

Contrasting approaches to AR

The two biggest AR headset announcements at this year’s CES took very different approaches. TCL’s upcoming RayNeo X2 Lite headset fell under the banner of “lite AR”. These devices are lightweight with a glasses form factor, focusing on being minimally intrusive while displaying simple contextual information like directions or sports statistics to the wearer. In contrast, XReal’s Air 2 Ultra is more of a spiritual successor to the HoloLens, focusing on adding emphasis on mixed reality features like spatial localization and mapping, and hand tracking to XReal’s device lineup. While no heavyweight at 80g, it is not designed to be worn as an accessory in the same vein as “lite AR” devices.

Polymer waveguides showed impressive performance

Optics for lite AR were a fruitful space for innovation at this year’s CES. Chinese player Mojie, also known as Meta-Bounds, supplies Oppo its AR optics. It showed IDTechEx its newest resin surface relief diffractive waveguides at the event. Compared to the optical glass substrates more commonly used in AR waveguides, polymers can increase durability while reducing weight due to their lower density and potential elimination of the requirement for cover glass. They could also cut the cost of these specialized optical components. A major downside is that their lower refractive index limits the field of view of the waveguide, but this is not an issue for lite AR. Critically, Mojie’s waveguides can be bonded directly to ophthalmic lenses, meaning AR glasses can become viable prescription eyewear without clunky solutions like prescription inserts.

Shenzhen-based Optiark’s pre-production LHASA-5 resin waveguides could make lite AR even lighter: one waveguide, weighing only 4g, uses a single display to project images to both eyes. This could solve the comfort issues some face while wearing glasses with a monocular display without adding significant weight or cost. Optiark said it expects the image quality to surpass others already producing resin waveguides: this could be due to the multi-level diffraction gratings it employs, or it may be able to achieve higher new levels of surface flatness than are typical in polymer AR optics.

A new challenger to birdbath optics

Innovation was not limited to the lite AR space, with Korean player LetinAR’s latest optics looking like strong competitors to the birdbath optics used in lower-cost, wide field-of-view AR devices like those from XReal. This special class of reflective waveguide uses the proprietary PinTILT™ architecture, which allows a relatively affordable and high-resolution micro-OLED display to be used, just like with birdbath optics but unlike with most other waveguides. Although the design makes them thicker than other waveguides, it also allows these injection-molded plastic optics to have a wide FoV, making them suitable for immersive applications. Crucially, the wearer’s view of the real world and the view of the user’s eyes are vastly better than with birdbath optics. LetinAR’s optics are close to mass production readiness and were shown at CES in devices from Jorjin, Sharp, and Nimo.

Optics are taking AR headsets close to primetime readiness

Compared to previous years, AR felt significantly closer to mass-market viability at this year’s CES, with the contribution of optics being hard to understate here. Improved optical designs, in conjunction with the wider availability of emerging display technologies like micro-LED, are shrinking AR glasses down, with more efficient optical systems reducing demands on batteries and thermal management systems. Vuzix’s Z100 lite AR glasses, announced at CES, weigh less than many prescription glasses and quote a battery life of over 48 hours, with a Jade Bird Display micro-LED screen and advancement in waveguide design being key here. More immersive devices might not be quite so unobtrusive, but XReal’s Air 2 Ultra offers true MR features at $2,800 cheaper than the Vision Pro (although you will need to pair them with a high-end smartphone). Overall, the future for AR looks bright.

Further insight

The stories presented here provide only a small portion of IDTechEx’s insights from CES 2024, which are available to their subscribers, amongst much more timely information on emerging technologies on their portal. Events like CES help shape IDTechEx’s coverage of spatial computing with its recent reports, “Optics for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality 2024-2034: Technologies, Players and Markets” and “Displays for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality 2024-2034: Forecasts, Technologies, Markets“, giving comprehensive intelligence including 10 year granular adoption forecasts into these two critical technology markets.

About IDTechEx

IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research, Subscription and Consultancy products, helping you profit from emerging technologies. For more information, contact research@IDTechEx.com or visit www.IDTechEx.com.

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Boldyn Networks closes acquisition of Cellnex’s private networks business

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The bold move places the neutral host leader at the centre of the growing private networks market

LONDON, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Boldyn Networks (Boldyn) today announced the close of its acquisition of Cellnex’s private networks business unit. This largely includes Edzcom, a Finnish pioneer and European market leader that designs, builds, and operates private 4G and 5G networks across enterprise customers in the manufacturing, transport hubs, oil and gas, energy generation, and mining industries. This bold move positions the neutral host leader as a key player in the growing private networks market and widens its portfolio of wireless solutions.

With this acquisition, Boldyn is obtaining a portfolio of more than 50 private networks implementations in Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and the UK for world-class enterprises. These dynamic private networks enable industry 4.0 innovation for customers by interconnecting assets, people, and equipment in an agile, sustainable, and safe way. Closing of this acquisition also builds on Boldyn’s 5G overall strategy goals.

“At Boldyn, we’re leading the way in reimagining and deploying the wireless public, hybrid and private networks underpinning our customers’ digital transformations,” said Igor Leprince, Group CEO of Boldyn Networks. “By bringing Cellnex’s private networks business unit under the Boldyn umbrella, not only are we acquiring additional expertise, but growing our capability to interconnect the most complex environments. From heavy industry facilities, transport systems, city-wide networks and large venues to ports and nuclear power plants, we continue to be the neutral host partner of choice for our customers.”

Mikko Uusitalo, CEO of Edzcom, said: “We’re excited to join Boldyn Networks to further develop our combined leading private networks expertise and offering. Boldyn is disrupting the industry with an impressive portfolio of neutral host solutions, which gives us the opportunity to continue in our innovation journey. And with the private networks market opportunity growing at an accelerated pace, I have no doubt we’ll grow stronger, and continue entering new markets, always with our customers at the centre.”

Cellnex’s private networks business unit -the Edzcom team- will become part of Boldyn’s Group Strategy team as a strategic part of the company’s future growth.

To this end, Justin Berger, Group CSO for Boldyn said: “Cellnex’s private networks business unit is a perfect addition to the Boldyn family as we strive to provide more top-tier connectivity to power industrial transformation. We’ll increasingly see bespoke private networks enable 5G use cases. Like enterprise automation, advanced robotics, video surveillance, smart IoT devices working in large areas, employee safety, and many others. Private 5G networks provide secure connectivity to unlock new services and the ability for customers to control and monitor the network in real time.”

“We can’t wait to contribute with developing more 5G use cases that can drastically improve efficiency and productivity across many sectors,” he added.

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About Boldyn Networks

Boldyn Networks is one of the world’s largest neutral host providers, delivering the advanced shared network infrastructure needed for a smart, inclusive, and sustainable future. It brings together the combined scale and expertise of seven leading companies with a single purpose: to unlock the power of an interconnected future. From interconnected transit, venues and enterprises to smart cities, next-generation, and bespoke private networks, Boldyn enables new possibilities in the way people live, work and play. Bringing connectivity to the most complex environments. Our portfolio is harnessing fibre, advancing 4G/LTE, accelerating 5G, preparing for 6G–and looking beyond to the next breakthroughs. With headquarters in the UK our global operations span North America, Europe, and Asia. Boldyn Networks. Reimagine tomorrow. Transform today.

Learn more at: www.boldyn.com  

About Cellnex Telecom

The efficient deployment of next-generation connectivity is essential to drive technological innovation and accelerate inclusive economic growth. Cellnex is the independent wireless telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructures operator that enables operators to access Europe’s most extensive network of advanced telecommunications infrastructures on a shared-use basis, helping to reduce access barriers for new operators and to improve services in the most remote areas.

Cellnex manages a portfolio of around 135,000 sites —including forecast rollouts up to 2030– in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. Cellnex’s business is structured in four major areas: telecommunications infrastructure services; audio-visual broadcasting networks, security and emergency service networks and solutions for smart urban infrastructure and services management.

The company is listed on the continuous market of the Spanish stock exchange and is part of the selective IBEX 35 and EuroStoxx 100 indices. It is also present in the main sustainability indexes, such as DJSI, CDP, Sustainalytics, FTSE4Good and MSCI.

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Yalla Group Limited to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2023 Financial Results on March 11, 2024 Eastern Time

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DUBAI, UAE, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Yalla Group Limited (“Yalla” or the “Company”) (NYSE: YALA), the largest Middle East and North Africa (MENA)-based online social networking and gaming company, today announced that it will report its unaudited financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2023 after the U.S. market closes on Monday, March 11, 2024.

Yalla Group Limited will hold a conference call on Monday, March 11, 2024, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time, 4:00 AM Dubai Time on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, or 8:00 AM Beijing Time on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, to discuss the financial results. Listeners may access the call by dialing the following numbers:

United States Toll Free: 

+1-888-317-6003

International:

+1-412-317-6061

United Arab Emirates Toll Free:

80-003-570-3589

Mainland China Toll Free:

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The replay will be accessible through March 18, 2024, by dialing the following numbers:

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+1-877-344-7529

International:

+1-412-317-0088

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A live and archived webcast of the conference call will also be available at the Company’s investor relations website at https://ir.yalla.com.

About Yalla Group Limited

Yalla Group Limited is the largest MENA-based online social networking and gaming company, in terms of revenue in 2022. The Company operates two flagship mobile applications, Yalla, a voice-centric group chat platform, and Yalla Ludo, a casual gaming application featuring online versions of board games, popular in MENA, with in-game voice chat and localized Majlis functionality. Building on the success of Yalla and Yalla Ludo, the Company continues to add engaging new content, creating a regionally-focused, integrated ecosystem dedicated to fulfilling MENA users’ evolving online social networking and gaming needs. Through its holding subsidiary, Yalla Game Limited, the Company has expanded its capabilities in mid-core and hard-core games in the MENA region, leveraging its local expertise to bring innovative gaming content to its users. In addition, the growing Yalla ecosystem includes YallaChat, an IM product tailored for Arabic users and casual games such as Yalla Baloot and 101 Okey Yalla, developed to sustain vibrant local gaming communities in MENA. Yalla is also actively exploring outside of MENA with Yalla Parchis, a Ludo game designed for the South American markets. Yalla’s mobile applications deliver a seamless experience that fosters a sense of loyalty and belonging, establishing highly devoted and engaged user communities through close attention to detail and localized appeal that profoundly resonates with users.

For more information, please visit https://ir.yalla.com.

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Yalla Group Limited
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Tel: +86-571-8980-7962
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Now is The Time to Process W2 and W3 Corrections with 2023 ezW2Correction Software

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The latest version of ezW2Correction software includes pdf format, efile and printing W2C forms. Test drive ezW2Correction software at halfpricesoft.com with no cost or obligation.

ALLENTOWN, Pa., March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — ezW2Correction software from Halfpricesoft.com, offers support for employers and tax professionals to seamlessly process and file W2C and W3C correction forms. With one 2023 version, clients can process unlimited corrections from years 2014-2023. Furthermore, if printing forms is preferred, the application is SSA approved to print the corrections on plain white paper and this feature is SSA approved.

Latest 2023 ezW2Correction software supports business owners, tax professionals and HR streamlining the task for novice clients.

Latest 2023 ezW2Correction software always supports unlimited filing and forms in one single installation starting at 49.00 for paper printing. Efile and other features are available for an additional cost. Our complimentary support features online video tutorials, Forum and email.

Note to businesses: To correct a Form W-2 already submitted, file a Form W-2c with a separate Form W-3c for each year needing correction. File a Form W-3C whenever you file a Form W-2C, even if only filing a Form W-2C to correct an employee’s name or Social Security number (SSN).

“Latest 2023 ezW2Correction software supports business owners, tax professionals and HR streamlining the task for novice clients.” Said Halfpricesoft.com Founder, Dr. Ge

ezW2Correction has a user-friendly design that allows customers to get started immediately after installation from https://www.halfpricesoft.com/w2c_software.asp . The software’s point-and-click simplicity makes it ideal for business owners and tax professionals who have better things to do than learn complicated software.

The robust features that are included in the application are:

ezW2Correction software can print W-2C (copy 1, 2, A, B, C and D) and W3C on plain white paper. This feature is SSA-approved.ezW2Correction can print recipient copies into PDF format to email it to recipients quickly.If pre-printed forms are the preferred method of processing W2 and W3 correction forms, ezW2Correction can also fill data on pre-printed forms.ezW2Correction can support unlimited forms, unlimited recipients and unlimited companies with no extra charge.ezW2Correction also supports the efile feature.

ezW2 Correction is approved by SSA to print all W2C and W3C forms on plain white paper. This will allow customers to save money on expensive preprinted forms.

To begin a no cost or obligation trial version of ezW2Correction software, please visit
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