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vivo Unveils Major Optics, Computing, and Algorithm Technologies at vivo 2023 Imaging Conference

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vivo Unveils V3 chip with 6nm Processes, Powering 4K Cinema Portrait Mode

SHENZHEN, China, July 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — vivo today held this year’s Special Event of the 2023 vivo Imaging Conference in Xining, China, where it showcased a host of innovations in imaging technology. The company unveiled the V3 chip, a state-of-the-art 6nm customized V3 chip, as well as the latest algorithm technology. In addition, vivo revealed a periscope lens with the new “Vario-Apo-Sonnar” standards developed in partnership with ZEISS. During the event, vivo also announced the winners of the 2023 VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards, with Indonesia photographer Jiehan Herry Saputro ‘s “Let Me Fly” crowned the Best Photograph of the Year.

Yu Meng, Vice President of vivo Imaging; Li Zhuo, Senior Director of vivo Imaging Products; Sebastian Döntgen, Head of Category Management, Marketing and Sales, ZEISS Consumer Products; Zhang Yan, Product Manager of vivo Imaging Performance; visual artists Gao Yuan and Duan Yueheng; Song Wen, Founder of FIRST International Film Festival; and Bertram Hönlinger, ZEISS Expert of Photography, attended the event to share their views on technological innovation and the future of mobile imaging.

“At vivo, we are committed to advancing ‘human-centric professional imaging’. To this end, we continuously enhance our expertise across optics, computing, and algorithm foundations to build imaging capabilities comparable to professional photography equipment. We aim to deliver the user experience of recreating what the human eye can see and make professional-grade imaging capabilities more accessible for everyone. In the future, vivo will stay committed to creating the best imaging technology and help users record life’s most precious moments,” said Mr. Yu Meng.

At a time when everyone can be a creator, vivo has been dedicated to providing exceptional user experience with innovative mobile imaging technology. From industry-outstanding imaging chips and algorithms to expanding technological boundaries in partnership with other industry leaders, vivo continues to make efforts to boost its image technology strengths and improve the user experience in any scenario.

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Unveiling the latest V3 chip and algorithm technology   

The brand’s latest V3 chip adopts a 6nm process and incorporates a newly designed multi-concurrent AI-ISP architecture and second-generation Frame Info Tunneling (FIT) technology. The technology upgrade delivers a superior user experience by enabling 4K cinema-like bokeh, automatic subject focus detection and switching, cinema-like skin optimization, and cinematic color processing. This makes vivo the first Android phone maker to enable 4K cinema-quality portrait video with post-processing functions.  

In addition to the launch of the new V3 chip, vivo has also announced a composite algorithm matrix solution. The company’s new vivo Origin Imaging Engine (VOIE) enhances image quality, color, tone, and computing functionality by advancing the underlying algorithmic capabilities for three sub-modules: Color Restoration Engine, Ultra HD Engine, and Accelerated Computing Engine. vivo also developed the Hyper-Sense Portrait System and Vast-Sky Night System based on the common portrait and night scene user scenarios. Additionally, vivo has been continuously upgrading its algorithmic matrix and technological capabilities to ensure the best possible shooting experience in various scenarios.

Building a prosperous image ecosystem with joint innovation

vivo’s long-term partnership with optical pioneer ZEISS has led to breakthrough innovations for X series, from generation to generation proving ZEISS technologies and iconic optical designs were adapted for vivo’s flagships. ZEISS T* coating for superior optical quality and iconic ZEISS Style Portrait to name just a few.

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At the event, vivo and ZEISS jointly announced a periscope lens design with the new “Vario-Apo-Sonnar” standards. APO design is considered to have the level of the industry’s top-quality control of chromatic aberration. For the very first time, the APO design will be adapted to a mobile imaging system enhancing a high performance zoom quality. 

Further leveraging the floating lens group technology in the periscope lens, aiming to provide ultra-high resolution and enhanced focusing capability, to enable users to achieve excellent macro shooting outcomes. At the same time, it also has a creamy bokeh effect that allows the subject to be further emphasized.

The T* Coating is ZEISS’s signature technology for anti-reflective coating on optical surface. The co-engineered rear camera system in the vivo’s X series has achieved compliance with ZEISS T* Coating and reduced significantly unwanted lens flares in images under challenging lighting conditions such as nighttime, strong backlighting, and complex light sources.

For vivo’s upcoming X series flagship model, ZEISS T* Coating will be equipped with Multi-ALD technology to enhance further the image clarity, by reducing center reflectivity from 0.2% to 0.1% on the visible light spectrum. Compared with the previous generation of ALC coating, the reflectivity will be reduced by 50%.

In addition to product innovation and joint development, being user-oriented is in vivo’s and ZEISS’ joint belief. vivo is committed to further diversifying the cooperation with ZEISS, including co-organizing the 2023 VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards.

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Sebastian Döntgen, Head of Category Management, Marketing and Sales, ZEISS Consumer Products said: “At ZEISS, we have photography in our DNA. To invite and enable even more users worldwide to enjoy creativity through cutting-edge smartphone image technology, it was a logical step for us to co-organize the 2023 VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards with vivo. The impressive results that we were able to experience again this year are a great acknowledgment of our partnership on imaging aspects.”

vivo has announced a deep collaboration with MediaTek for its X80 series. Additionally, vivo plans to team up with Sony for further collaboration on technologies such as 2-layer pixel (stack pixel) and HDR in the future. vivo will also actively expand joint innovation research by collaborating with more industry partners, and with educational institutes such as ETH Zurich and other universities, striving for technological breakthroughs and a more diversified and open mobile imaging ecosystem.

Creating professional portraits and the ultimate night scene experiences

vivo has formed a unique portrait style that blends clear texture, natural skin tones, and a balance of real and virtual effects across device iterations. In addition, the brand continues to research and develop 3D portrait technology with 3D facial reconstruction and virtual content.

To this end, vivo has relied on its imaging laboratory platform to establish a 3D image laboratory with a proprietary cinema-like optical field system, capable of reconstructing extremely delicate 3D models of human faces and producing highly realistic visual effects in virtual environments. Based on experience gained from past products and real-life business scenarios, the company’s 3D models achieve precise facial expressions, body postures and gestures.

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These technologies have been developed with three user scenarios in mind: generative portrait style, generative portrait editing, and various portrait special effects. Users will be able to take photos that perfectly balance real and virtual effects, edit photos powered by texture reconstruction and lighting estimation algorithms and freely change the lighting, hair and facial expressions.

vivo has introduced enhancements to its technical capabilities in image quality, tone, and color for landscape shooting. The upgraded Vast-Sky Night System was designed to improve image quality and supply the most advanced quality solution for night scenes at all focal lengths. The upgraded SuperRAW technology offers exclusive parameter adjustment capabilities, meeting any professional imaging requirements for all focal lengths.

Based on VOIE, vivo has also introduced a True Color Night model powered by AI learning to the Night Sky Imaging System. This enhancement enables adaptive tone and color adjustments for night scenes and for night scenes with high contrast, a comprehensive night HDR solution has been introduced to tackle viewing issues in preview, shooting and display modes. In addition, the new XDR Photo 2.0 adds a highlight color preservation mechanism for light sources with high dynamic range and saturation at night. This improves the overexposure for highlights without affecting the color performance of the light source and preserves the night scene.

In the future, vivo will work together with Adobe, Apple, and Google to improve HDR photo standardization and overcome the inconsistent display of HDR photos on different devices—making vivo the only Chinese company involved in the development of the IOS standards for HDR photos.

On top of vivo’s original distinctive colors and ZEISS Natural Color, vivo’s team has launched a series of rich and personalized colors, drawing inspiration from classic photography techniques, classic films, and masterworks.

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2023 vivo VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards Winners

During this year’s Special Event at the Imaging Conference, vivo also announced the winners of this year’s VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards. The top award went to Jiehan Herry Saputro ‘s “Let Me Fly”, which is crowned the Best Photograph of the Year. In addition, the competition included awards in six categories: Portrait, Photo Series, Night, Landscape, Motion, and News. Two special awards were also announced: the X90 Series Best Photograph Award and the ZEISS Professional Imaging Award.

Since its inaugural launch in 2020, the VISION+ Mobile PhotoAwards program has received nearly one million submissions from over 40 countries and regions. This year, vivo received submissions from India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and many other countries and regions.

Note: Please be aware that some of the features and technologies mentioned in this press release may currently only be available in the Chinese Mainland market. The availability of certain capabilities and functions may vary depending on your location.

About vivo

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vivo is a technology company that creates great products based on a design-driven value, with smart devices and intelligent services as its core. The company aims to build a bridge between humans and the digital world. Through unique creativity, vivo provides users with an increasingly convenient mobile and digital life. Following the company’s core values, which include Benfen*, user-orientation, design-driven value, continuous learning and team spirit, vivo has implemented a sustainable development strategy with the vision of developing into a healthier, more sustainable world-class corporation.

While bringing together and developing the best local talents to deliver excellence, vivo is supported by a network of R&D centers in Shenzhen, Dongguan, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an and more cities, focusing on the development of state-of-the-art consumer technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, industrial design, imaging system and other up-and-coming technologies. vivo has also set up an intelligent manufacturing network (including those authorized by vivo), with an annual production capacity of nearly 200 million smartphones. As of now, vivo has branched out its sales network across more than 60 countries and regions, and is loved by more than 500 million users worldwide.

*”Benfen” is a term describing the attitude on doing the right things and doing things right – which is the ideal description of vivo’s mission to create value for society.

Stay informed of latest vivo news at https://www.vivo.com/en/about-vivo/news  

 

vivo’s algorithm matrix solution

 

vivo and ZEISS jointly announced a periscope lens design with the new “Vario-Apo-Sonnar” standards

 

ZEISS T* Coating will be equipped with Multi-ALD technology

 

vivo’s latest creating Hyper-Sense Portrait System

 

Upgraded SuperRAW technology

 

Jiehan Herry Saputro ’s “Let Me Fly”, the Best Photograph of the Year

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Blockchain Firm Squad Labs Raises $10 Million for Smart Wallet

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Squad Labs announced that its Series A funding round, led by Electric Capital with participation from RockawayX, Coinbase Ventures, L1D, Placeholder, and Mert Mumtaz, will propel the launch of its Fuse smart wallet. The company aims to establish Fuse as a premier solution for securing and compounding personal digital wealth amid the growing onchain economy.

According to the company’s news release on June 12, smart accounts and smart wallets are gaining traction across blockchains as they offer a more intuitive, secure, and programmable user experience. Fuse abstracts seed phrases and provides features like wallet recovery, 2FA capabilities, and enterprise-level security for personal custody, simplifying the choice of storing digital wealth on-chain.

In addition to securing funding, Squad Labs also announced the public testing launch of Fuse on iOS. This move is part of their strategy to expand accessibility and refine functionality ahead of a full market release.

Meanwhile, a recent report from PYMNTS Intelligence explores blockchain’s role in enhancing cross-border payments. It suggests that integrating blockchain can streamline payment processing, enable digital-to-fiat currency conversion, and introduce stablecoins for faster and cost-effective cross-border transactions. Business-friendly decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions further automate and secure transactions via smart contracts, reducing dependence on traditional payment systems and enhancing security and transparency.

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The report underscores the significance of educating businesses and end-users about the benefits of blockchain-based cross-border payments. It advocates for partnerships with FinTechs and proactive engagement with financial institutions to drive adoption and improve industry-wide support for blockchain technologies in payments.

Overall, Squad Labs’ funding round and Fuse’s development represent strategic advancements in blockchain technology aimed at enhancing digital wealth management and transforming cross-border payment landscapes.

Source: pymnts.com

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TON Blockchain Surpasses Ethereum in Daily Active Users

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Ethereum’s comparative underperformance relative to TON can be attributed to several factors, notably the migration of a significant portion of its user activity to layer 2 scaling solutions. These solutions were not factored into the comparison with TON.

During a week marked by global crypto market fluctuations and cautious investor sentiment, The Open Network (TON), backed by Telegram, has seen substantial growth in user activity, surpassing Ethereum in daily active users.

Since the beginning of the month, TON and Ethereum have been closely vying for user engagement. However, leveraging Telegram’s extensive user base of 900 million, TON has consistently outpaced Ethereum for ten consecutive days starting June 1.

On June 3, TON achieved a significant milestone with 568,300 daily active addresses (DAAs), according to Artemis data. In contrast, Ethereum has not reached this level of activity since September 13, 2023.

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Delving Deeper
Ethereum’s apparent lower activity compared to TON can be attributed to various factors, including the adoption of layer 2 scaling solutions designed to enhance transaction throughput and reduce fees by processing transactions off the main Ethereum blockchain.

Consequently, the majority of Ethereum’s transactional activities have shifted to these layer 2 networks.

For instance, on June 11, the top three Ethereum layer 2 networks—Arbitrum, Base, and Optimism—collectively registered 1.3 million daily active addresses. This highlights that while Ethereum’s primary network may appear less active, substantial transactional volume is occurring on these secondary layers.

New Milestones and Market Performance
Despite the challenges of comparing directly with Ethereum, TON has demonstrated significant growth. Amidst the recent global market volatility, the network’s native token, Toncoin (TON), reached a milestone of $7.76 earlier this month, marking its highest valuation since launch.

Although Toncoin has since experienced a decline of over 12%, industry analysts remain optimistic about its future trajectory.

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A pseudonymous analyst, “Crypto King,” has forecasted a potential rise to $10 for TON in the near term, citing its robust user base, rapid infrastructure development, and Telegram’s support.

Another expert, Alex Clay, shares this positive outlook, suggesting short-term price targets of $10.5 to $11.6 for TON despite broader market downturns.

Furthermore, data from Token Terminal indicates promising long-term indicators for TON, showing a 3.6% rise in fully diluted market capitalization, a 76.3% increase in token holders, and a 26.0% growth in revenue and fees over the past 30 days.

Despite a slight decrease in trading volume by 11.6%, these metrics underline a strong underlying growth trend for TON.

Source: coinspeaker.com

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Brickken is selected to participate in the European Blockchain Regulatory Sandbox

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Brickken, a startup based in Barcelona at the forefront of real-world asset tokenization, has been chosen to participate in the European Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Regulatory Sandbox. This initiative aims to establish legal clarity for decentralized technologies like blockchain by identifying legal and regulatory hurdles to deployment. It will provide confidential guidance, legal counsel, and regulatory expertise.

Facilitated by the European Commission, this program will enable regulators to deepen their understanding of cutting-edge blockchain technologies and foster dialogue between public institutions and private entities such as Brickken.

By joining the European Regulatory Sandbox, Brickken gains the opportunity to refine and enhance its solutions within a secure environment. This will bolster its credibility with institutional clients, market operators, and bond issuers, facilitating its expansion into new markets. Brickken seeks to become a strategic partner for various participants in capital markets, enhancing operational efficiency and promoting technological synergy in digital asset management.

Edwin Mata, CEO and co-founder of Brickken, expressed excitement about this selection, emphasizing:

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“This opportunity validates our innovative approach to asset tokenization and allows us to collaborate closely with regulators and industry leaders to strengthen the blockchain ecosystem. The knowledge and experience gained in this regulatory sandbox will be invaluable for our future growth and success.”

Brickken’s inclusion in this sandbox marks a significant milestone in its mission to revolutionize the tokenization industry. Recently selected for PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Scale program for tokenization and digital assets, Brickken continues to advance blockchain adoption among institutional clients, banks, and capital markets. Additionally, the company has forged partnerships with industry leaders like Psalion and Chainlink, known for their real-world asset tokenization technology.

In collaboration with Coinbase, Brickken aims to set new standards in infrastructure and market structure for real-world asset tokenization. Leveraging Coinbase’s technology such as Wallet and Base, Brickken brings its expertise in tokenization and technology to build robust solutions.

Established in Barcelona in 2020 by Edwin Mata, Yassir Haouati, Bram Duindam, and Dario Lo Buglio, Brickken has experienced rapid growth, operating in over 14 countries and tokenizing assets exceeding 200 million euros. With a client base of over 50, the company has achieved over 100% growth compared to the previous year and is expanding into new verticals.

Brickken’s digital asset platform specializes in tokenizing financial instruments such as equity and debt, catering to entities of all sizes, asset types, and jurisdictions. Offering robust technological support, Brickken enables market entry without the need for proprietary technology development. This positions Brickken to serve diverse sectors including real estate, startups, institutions, venture capital funds, and family offices, facilitating efficient digitization and management of assets.

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Source: cointelegraph.com

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