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Interview with Regional Director (South Asia Pacific), Unity Technologies – Mr Quentin Staes-Polet

Everybody is into VR now and it is evident that this sector has grown tremendously in 2017. All the tech giants are increasingly investing more into this space and people are watching this closely for the next breakthrough.

 

But will this trend going to continue in 2018? Today, we have Mr Quentin Staes-Polet, Regional Director, South Asia Pacific Unity Technologies to share with us his view on South East Asia market.

 

What business Unity Technologies (“Unity”) is in and the strategic goals that it hopes to achieve in this S.E.A region?  

Unity Technologies is the creator of a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences.

 

70 percent of all VR/AR content today is created with Unity and we are also working with the world’s biggest players in the world like Facebook, Microsoft, Xiaomi and Samsung to develop VR/AR content for their platforms. Although Unity was born from the gaming space with about 50 percent market share in the mobile games market, it is now being used across several industries outside gaming itself, a testament to the growing success of Unity as a creative platform.

 

Unity aims to “gamify” industries by making game technology, design and methodology, accessible to users beyond gaming – bringing the concept of games into industries by creating more engaging, more immersive experiences for customers and employees alike. That involves applying all that AR/VR can offer to make businesses more innovative, effective, and efficient. Ultimately, this technology can bring them much closer to their customers.

 

We enable anyone and everyone to develop games or applications. We do this through solving hard problems, such as the coding and scripting elements of development, so that today’s creators don’t have to. They can be freed from the worry of complicated back-end processes and focus on building beautiful and creative designs and experiences in their work.


You have built a successful business before. What’s in Unity that wants you to go back to the corporate life?

The game industry is where art and technology meet and interact with each other, which is why I was interested in joining the industry. Gaming continues to be one of the most creative industries and has been fast to adopt and leverage new technologies in engaging ways. Community tools like video conferencing, blogging, and online streaming were all leveraged on early in the industry. Even now, many new technologies are finding their first mass implementations in gaming, resulting in the industry constantly being invigorated, which is always exciting to me.

 

What are your personal goals you wish to or have already achieved in Unity?

When first joining Unity, I wanted to help lay the foundations and build a dedicated team of high performers who possessed a drive for excellence and fun. This has been successful so far with the team here in SAPAC, albeit at a small scale, and I am looking forward to building on this success moving forward.


So far, what’s the most challenging problem you have faced in South East Asia?
Given how young the developer scene is in the region, there has been a recruitment challenge due to the scarcity of experienced talent with the set of skills that Unity is looking for. However, given how the scene is growing exponentially, largely due to the rising interest in games and development from youth within the region, I expect it will only be a matter of time before this challenge is overcome.


Any details of the expansion plan in Singapore?
As one of the strongest economies in the Asia Pacific, Singapore has a huge market potential for the AR and VR technology. While Unity is still used largely for gaming, we are already seeing game technologies being increasingly used across several sectors, from the likes of architectural visualization, film and entertainment, engineering and manufacturing companies, as well as the government sectors.

 

We are always interested to see how others use our technology and other advances, especially within government organisations and smaller tech startups. We have been supporting them wherever we can, especially in the areas of education and training. We have already partnered with some organisations to help build a solid foundation of developers to support the growing industry here, and continue to move forward with helping further build the development ecosystem here where we can.

Review of Huawei Mate 10 Pro – QnA with Singapore Blogger – Chester Tan

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro have been appearing in the news frequently and they are certainly one of the most sought-after phones in 2017.

Before we round up this year, The Neo Dimension would like to do a review for the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. If you have been following our blog closely, it has been a while since we have done a review on smartphone. This time, we are doing a little different from usual.  We manage to interview a prominent blogger in Singapore, Mr Chester Tan (CT) to share with us more about how he feels about Huawei’s latest Mate 10 Pro.

Q1:  What’s your impression when you first touch the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: It feels solid, does not have the sleek feminine curves like the P10 series.

Q2:  What did you use the phone for? What’s the best feature of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: Throughout the 10 days, I use it as a primary phone, transferring all data from my current phone and installing my apps. The best feature that makes Mate 10 Pro stands out has got to be the EMUI Desktop. The camera is superb but is an incremental upgrade from the P10 series.

Q3: Everybody is talking good stuff about the camera? Is it really that good? Tell me more on your photography experience with the phone

CT: The camera captures images quickly without lag, the exposure is well compensated so there is little post-adjustments. I rarely use the monochrome mode because I prefer to shoot in colour then process in black-white. The best mode to shoot is the wide aperture mode, as it achieves the unique shallow depth of field which can be easily adjusted post-shooting. What I like is that adjustment is really fast and not cumbersome, something that other brands fail to achieve.

 

Q4: Personally, I have yet to hear bad reviews on the phone. Is there any specific area that you think Huawei could have done better?

 

CT: I think Huawei needs to continue to reach out to the consumers to give them a chance to experience the phone, to convince them that it is an excellent product. Unlike bloggers, these consumers do not have the luxury of testing the phones at lengths. Among their peers, someone must be using a Huawei phone who will spread the good word about the phone, then others will give it a go.

 

Q5: Out of 5, what score will you give to Huawei Mate 10 Pro?

CT: I give 4.5.

 

 

About Chester Tan

Chester Tan is a freelance blogger with a healthy appetite for technology and social media. If he’s not shooting photos or composing music, he’s likely to be spending time with family while tinkering with mobile devices, headphones or other gadgets. His passion for consumer technology lifestyle shines through on his blog, where he shares insight, reviews and opinions on some of the newest gadgets and apps in a non-techie perspective. Through this blog, he hopes to reach out to readers who need opinions to products they are looking out for. To know more about him, visit his blog at http://musicphotolife.com/ or you could follow his instagram at http://instagram.com/musicdiary

 

 

 

 

Joint Review of Sudio Tre by The Neo Dimension and Poisonvine

For those who are reading my blog for the first time, you may be surprised to learn that this is actually the third time that The Neo Dimension is reviewing Sudio’s personal audio products. So far, the readers’ feedback regarding the last two reviews (Sudio Vasa Bla and Sudio Regent) have been positive. Some mentioned that they really enjoyed the interview that we have done with Poisonvine.com. There’s no snobby audio jargon, just a showcase of the product from a real user’s perspective. In addition, some of our male readers expressed that they liked reading a review from a female’s perspective. (Okay, we are a male-centric blog but hey, we do have posts that are family-oriented.)

If you haven’t already read our previous reviews, here are the links:

Sudio Vasa Blahttp://theneodimension.com/review-15-discount-code-sudio-vasa-bla-classy-device-busy-professionals/

Sudio Regent http://theneodimension.com/poisonvine-coms-review-sudio-regent-wireless-headphones/

Today, we are inviting Poisonvine.com to take part in a joint review on Sudio’s latest offering – Sudio Tre, their first water-resistant wireless earpiece. This time round, we have designed a set of questions that will be posted to both Poisonvine.com (P) and owner of TheNeoDimesion (TND). The objective is to allow our readers to look at Sudio Tre from a male’s as well as from a female’s perspective.

Without further ado, below is the Q&A. Check it out!

Q1. What’s your first impression when you unboxed the Sudio Tre?

P: I have the white colour version of the Sudio Tre. The product is looks stunning. There are lovely rose tone buttons and accents at the bottom of the earpieces. It also comes with a matching pouch to carry the Sudio Tre in.

TND: Well, I got the black one. I like the fact that they keep the standard micro-USB charging port for Sudio Tre. I have several wireless earpieces and every single one of them used different charging port making it cumbersome to keep switching cables.

Q2. Sudio claims that this product is designed for an active lifestyle. Well, everyone has different ways of interpreting “active”. How did you guys use the product?

P: I use this product when I work out on my elliptical machine. Sudio Tre remains comfortable to wear even after an hour long cardio session.

TND: I bring this out for run. Similar to the Vasa Bla, the weight of Sudio Tre is very well distributed from one end to another. The addition of “wings” on the earbuds, does not impair the comfort and in fact, the wings’ reinforcement has made the earbuds harder to come off no matter how hard I shake my head.

 

Q3. Which feature of the product appeals to you most?

P: This offering is quite similar to the old Sudio Vasa Bla, but in order to make it more friendly for sports, the earbuds have a wing tip so that it doesn’t fall out easily.

TND: It is not a bad idea to make this product water-resistance. In Singapore, the weather is either rainy or sunny. You don’t want to encounter rain during your run but in the event that happens, you don’t want your device to be spoiled by rainwater.

How long do you need to plank? Simple, time for one song. #sudiotre #gym #instagym #instagood #instasport #workout

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Q4. What do you hope to see in Sudio’s future products?

P: Recently “true wireless” headphones that have two separate earbuds (like the Sony WF-1000X) are increasingly popular. I hope to see Sudio come up with their own version in future.

TND: I hope their future products could add voice assistance or notification to inform the users on the bluetooth connection and battery usage status.

Availability

The Sudio Tre is retailing at SGD 139/- (after tax rebate of 20%). If you make the purchase online via Sudio’s website, shipping to Singapore entitles you to 20% tax rebate.

On top of that, readers of TheNeoDimension are entitled to an additional 15 % discount. You can use the promo code NEODIMENSION.

Christmas Wonderland 2017 is Returning to Singapore!

Organised by Blue Sky Events and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board, Christmas Wonderland will be returning to Garden By The Bay from 1 to 26 December, from 4pm to 11pm daily.

Visitors can skate under the stars, discover the joy of Christmas with one of Asia’s biggest Santa’s Grotto, be wowed by the Asian debut of the highly acclaimed Circus Abyssinia from Ethiopia, savour a tantalising festive spread by award-winning restaurants and be awed by Southeast Asia’s tallest Italian luminarie light sculpture at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay.

Video Preview of Circus Abyssinia at Edinburgh Fringe 

 

This year, visitors will also see an enhanced and expanded dining experience with the addition of SAVOUR: Christmas Wonderland. Curated by Savour Events – the team behind Singapore’s premiere gourmet food festival brand SAVOUR – this special edition will feature celebrity chefs from award-winning restaurants such as Shoukouwa (2 Michelin Stars), Saint Pierre (1 Michelin Star) and Monti at Fullerton Pavilion offering dishes starting from as low as S$6. Gourmet food and wine lovers can also sample wines from around the world by at a specially-curated Wine Market.

 


Admission to Christmas Wonderland starts from S$4, providing access to a myriad of attractions across the 57,000sqm fairground. Tickets can be purchased online at www.christmaswonderland.sg starting today, or at the event. Each paying adult can bring in up to three children under 0.9m free of charge. A child above 0.9m requires a ticket.

 

Kill Some Zombies at Bugis This October

This Halloween, Bugis Junction and Bugis+ are daring shoppers to face their fears with a larger-than-life immersive virtual reality (VR) gaming experience.  This is the first time that malls in Singapore are hosting a VR experience of this scale.

The Time Zombies competition that uses the latest Arctic Fox wireless technology, which allows a fully immersive gaming experience without the the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement.  The VR gaming showcase at Bugis Junction and Bugis+ this Halloween will mark Arctic Fox’s debut in Southeast Asia, to the delight of VR gaming enthusiasts in the region.

 

The Time Zombies VR competition

 

The thrilling Time Zombies VR competition will take place at Bugis+ Atrium, Level 2, from 13 to 29 October.  To take part in the Time Zombies VR Competition, shoppers can either present a receipt with a minimum spend of $20 in a single receipt at either Bugis Junction or Bugis+, or redeem one game play with 100 STAR$® via the CapitaStar app.

 

Qualifying rounds will take place between 13 to 26 October from 11am to 9pm daily.  Thereafter, scores will be tabulated and the top 10 individual players will be selected on 26 October at 9pm.  The competition will culminate in a final showdown among the top 10 players on 29 October from 2pm to 6pm.

 

Exciting prizes await the top 10 players, which include:

  • First place – $1,000 CapitaVouchers, plus Samsung S7 edge x 1 and Logitech speaker x 1
  • Second place – $800 CapitaVouchers, plus Samsung S7 edge x 1 and Logitech speaker x 1 Third place – $500 CapitaVouchers, plus Samsung S7 edge x 1 and Logitech speaker x 1
  • Fourth to Tenth place – $100 CapitaVouchers each.

 

In addition to the top 10 prizes, daily rewards await shoppers when they participate in the Time Zombies VR competition.  They stand to receive STAR$® when they achieve a minimum game score of 1,000 points, which will be awarded daily after tabulating the day’s game scores.

  • 1,000 to 1,999 game points = 1,000 STAR$® 2,000 to 2,999 game points = 2,000 STAR$®  •   3,000 to 3,999 game points = 3,000 STAR$®
  • 4,000 to 4,999 game points = 4,000 STAR$®
  • 5,000 game points and above = 5,000 STAR$®

More about Arctic Fox VR technology

 

Marking its debut in Southeast Asia, the Arctic Fox VR technology is a fully wireless and untethered system.  Players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.

 

Without the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement, the system allows the player free movement within a 5 metre x 5 metre (25 square metres) physical space, thereby enhancing the immersive factor of the virtual reality experience.

 

Eight infrared cameras mounted on a truss keep track of the headsets and gameplay pistol positions in 3D where the player’s entire body becomes the controller for the game.  Players can move around in game as freely as they would like – walk, jump, duck, dodge, and even leopard crawl.  Equipped with a software that maps the movements onto the players’ positions within the game, the corresponding virtual visuals are then fed wirelessly to the headsets worn by players with no discernible lag time between the players’ physical movements and corresponding visuals within the game.

Arctic Fox VR headset and controller

Ready to be ushered into unparalleled thrills?  Horror fans will relish the adrenaline rush as Bugis Junction and Bugis+ bring them on a brand-new experience where their worst nightmares come to life with the latest in VR technology.

 

Study finds 80 percent of travel managers today make mobility the biggest priority in corporate travel

SINGAPORE – September 12, 2017 – Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a technology provider to the global travel industry, today unveiled findings from its 2017 Asia Pacific Corporate Traveller study. One key finding shows that 80 percent of travel managers now believe mobility to be the biggest priority in managing corporate travel; another underscore the rise of premium economy as a new corporate favourite class; a third finds companies trying to stay on top of corporate travellers who are increasingly deviating from their travel policy.

“The increasing incidence of non-compliance is the result of corporate travellers booking out of policy, where they extend business trips to include some leisure time at their own expense. With more companies shifting accountability of policy compliance to the traveller, the ability to integrate non-traditional sources of flight and accommodation, and option to change plans easily while on the go, will go a long way in helping the corporate traveller adhere to policy without compromising on the quality of travel,” said Jason Toothman, vice president of global accounts, Sabre Travel Network Asia Pacific.

 

Almost half of all corporate travellers make changes to their trips

 

According to the study conducted on corporate travel professionals from across 19 countries in the region, more than 43 percent of corporate travellers are deviating from company policy ahead of the trip and 42 percent are making changes while travelling.

 

As companies strive to find the balance between driving compliance and increasing their corporate travellers’ satisfaction, respondents have seen corporations actively re-crafting their travel policies (32 percent in 2015 vs 47 percent in 2016) to accommodate more booking autonomy. One quarter of respondents also noted that most of their clients have deployed mobile app(s) that incorporate policy compliance options, shifting accountability of compliance to the traveller.

 

Rise of mobile and virtual payment technologies

 

When asked what it is they considered to be the biggest priority in managing corporate travel in their organisation, 80 percent of travel managers believe mobility – from making a booking through a mobile device, to itinerary management, to staying in touch with their traveller via instant messaging – is their top priority, highlighting the importance placed on moving towards a mobile first strategy. 66 percent also quoted looking at alternative forms of payment technology as a high priority area for them.

Today, new technologies are emerging at a rapid pace, ultimately opening up countless new revenue channels for travel companies to tap into. Travel managers have an opportunity to engage their corporate travellers on multiple devices at all points of the journey for a truly seamless trip. Product solutions that can seamlessly integrate booking, itinerary management, messaging, virtual payments, expenses reporting and travel risk management will help corporate travellers improve their traveller experience, whilst helping their organisations maximise efficiency, streamline expenses and improve compliance.

 

Premium Economy – A new corporate favourite

 

Amidst economic uncertainty, companies are cutting back on premium class air travel and as such, premium economy options have become the next best alternative without significantly impacting travellers’ comfort. From the report, over half of the respondents indicated that companies are switching class from business to premium economy. On the other hand, some businesses are upgrading travellers from economy to premium economy for higher traveller satisfaction. Both forces have contributed to 81 percent of respondents are seeing an increase in premium economy bookings.

The Sabre Asia Pacific Travel Study surveyed corporate travel professionals from 19 key markets across the region, representing corporate travel management companies and travel agencies servicing corporate accounts. Countries covered included Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.

Turkey Trip – Review of Alldaywifi’s Mobile Internet

For those who know me, I have been traveling to many places ever since I stepped out from university and mostly, I planned my own trips. Planning your own itinerary is tedious – a lot of reading on the travel forum and chatting with your contacts who have been there.

As a rule of thumb, you always must plan for contingency. For me, having mobile internet access is a must because when things do not go according to plan, I can always ask the oracle over the internet a.k.a Google.

It is not hard to buy a Travel 4G card in Singapore and the price is quite reasonable. Usually, I will recommend people to buy the 4G card beforehand so that you could save the hassle of getting one abroad.

However, you can’t get all the 4G cards in this small country and that’s the challenge I faced when I was planning for my trip to Turkey – I can’t find any compatible 4G Sim card in Singapore! On top of that, Google does not seem to be helpful where there isn’t much discussion in the forum on the 4G card in Turkey (maybe the information is there but in Turkish).

 

Why did I choose alldaywifi?

alldaywifi’s pocket WIFI. Source: Instagram user @weewu

Unlimited data usage: If you run a check on the internet, the prices of the pre-paid sim cards offered by the 3 main telcos in Turkey are about the same and they don’t offer unlimited usage. alldaywifi’s unlimited mobile data usage saves the hassle of topping up.

 

Sharing Via Mobile Hotspot: alldaywifi provides user with a mobile router which makes it easy to share internet access with your travel companions. If you are traveling with a sizeable number of people, this is in fact a cheaper option than buying a pre-paid sim card. Since you are not using the 4G services on your phone, you could save more battery life on your phone to take more pictures and videos of your trips.

 

Free Delivery to hotel: Once you have placed your order, you can choose to collect the device at any hotel in Istanbul. What’s better, the delivery is free-of-charge.

 

User’s Experience

The package consists of a charger, USB cable, instructions and of course the mobile router. They are all packed in a small bag. The instructions are all written on a pile of plastic cards. Each card contains one instruction and it is very easy to follow.

 

Setting up does not take more than a minute. Seconds after, your Wi-Fi is ready for connection.

 

At the end of your trip, all you need to do is to keep the entire package in a plastic bag provided and leave it with the hotel receptionist upon checking out.

The beautiful #bluemosque at #istanbul, #Turkey #travelphotography #alreadytherewithexpedia #travelgram #travelwithdfs

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 Internet Speed and battery life

Alldaywifi is using Vodafone, one of the 3 main telcos in Turkey. Coverage-wise is generally up-to-mark and we didn’t have any issue with instagramming and broadcasting via Facebook Live outside of Istanbul.

Check up the Facebook Live video I took on a hot air balloon ride at Cappadocia.

 

 

Altogether, there were only 2 of us (poisonvine.com and myself) using the alldaywifi’s router. As such, the battery usage of the mobile router was not high. Furthermore, we switched it off while we were on the roads and only turned it on at the site. It lasted us a good whole day.

 

If you are a mobile phone addict who needs to be online all the time, you can connect the router to your power bank (I am very sure all mobile phone addicts carry one). The alldaywifi’s router has micro-USB port which most of the smartphones have; so there shouldn’t be any problem with charging.

 

Verdicts

If you are going to travel in small groups to Turkey, alldaywifi is definitely value-for-money when you are calculating your cost of mobile data usage on the per-pax basis.

 

It is very convenient. You could do all the registration online before you go for the trip so that you don’t need to spend time to hunt for 4G cards at arrival.

 

If you are intending to use alldaywifi for your trip to Turkey, you could use my promocode “THENEODIMENSION” at alldaywifi.com to receive 10% discount.

Singtel Scores Big in Fintech Scene with its Dash

Ever since the announcement on the rebranding of the company in 2015, Singtel has been transforming its business from a conventional telco to ICT solution provider. Personally, I think it is not easy for a big infrastructure-based business like telco to change their business model but I think for the past 2 years, Singtel has improved reasonably in turning around their business.

 

#singtel #everydaybetter

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Payment business has been tightly-linked with the Telco but nobody has ever expected a telco to do well in this space. Surprisingly, Singtel has invested a lot in this space with its Singtel Dash, a cashless payment solution using smartphone ( even you are not Singtel subscriber).

 

I think Singtel’s effort has paid off. Today, it announces that its Singtel Dash has been recognised for excellence in FinTech with two industry awards, Seamless Awards Asia’s “Best Asian B2C Payments Initiative” and “FinTech Innovation of the Year” at the FinTech World Forum.

 

Seamless Awards Asia honours excellence in the payments, e-commerce and retail industry in Asia. Selected for its unique ecosystem that makes mobile payments accessible to everyone in Singapore, Singtel Dash was mentioned for its mobile remittance services which offer unparalleled convenience to customers sending money to over 13,700 cash-out points across the Philippines, Indonesia, India and China.

 

Singtel Dash also took home the “FinTech Innovation of the Year 2017” at the FinTech World Forum, held in Shanghai in the same month. Organised as part of the FinTech World Forum by FinTech Alliance (FTA), the FinTech Innovation Awards honour the highest achievements in the global FinTech and financial industries. It is a global competition to showcase companies who are paving the future in financial services and innovative technologies.

 

Ms Gan Siok Hoon, Vice-President of mCommerce, Consumer Singapore, Singtel, said, “We are extremely pleased to receive industry recognition for our contributions to FinTech. Since its launch in 2014, Singtel Dash has evolved to meet the demands of Singapore’s increasingly digital economy and our customers’ connected lifestyles. These two awards affirm our efforts to revolutionise payments for our customers’ convenience. We look forward to delighting them with more innovative features and contributing to Singapore’s journey to Smart Nation by developing the mobile payments ecosystem in Singapore.”

Interview with Lightvert’s CEO – Daniel Siden

Augmented Reality (AR) – A term that you could find all around the web. It is not uncommon that you have heard people around you spoke about this before.

However, how many people truly understand the technology? If you ask your friends how much they know about the technology, it is likely that you hear Pokemon Go as the answer.

Today, we have an AR expert-cum-entrepreneur Mr Daniel Siden to share with you his entrepreneurial experience in this space.

  1. Do you mind introducing yourself as well as your ventures to our friends in Asia?

Sure, my name is Daniel Siden, I’m the CEO of Lightvert Ltd. a digital outdoor media technology company.  We’re working to introduce a wholly new visual medium we call ECHO into the outdoor advertising industry.  ECHO allows us to produce the worlds largest digital outdoor images but without the need for the worlds largest LED screen.  ECHO is what is referred to as a Persistence of Vision (PoV) display technology, with a PoV display like ECHO we can create fleeting images from just a single thin vertical line of light through the persistence of vision effect.  The images exist only in the viewer’s eye and not in reality.  The resulting experience for the viewer is wondrous.  Images appear in their field of view for what feels like 1/10th to 1/4th of a second and at a massive scale!  It’s really quite magical and transformative to the cityscape.  We’ve patented a new means of creating this type of display which allows us to scale up the size of the display massively, up to 200 meters in height!

 

You can find video of viewer reactions and our demonstrations on your YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHApcDFUwO8hVNRDuC4sD9A

 

We’re a small company right now, and I’m not only the CEO but also the technologist in the team.  I come from an engineering and industrial design background, I’m a serial entrepreneur and recently stepped back from my previous company, Haberdashery which i co-founded with two business partners, Mac Cox and Ben Rigby.  I’ve always been attracted to light based products and technologies and my career has naturally followed my heart I suppose.

 

2. In Asia, we heard a lot about augmented reality but most of us don’t exactly understand the meaning of it. What is “augmented reality” all about? And why are you entering to this space?

Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality are really two interchangeable terms, so your readers might be hearing about both, but they are really the same thing.   Both refer to the ability to overlay digital images and information in the real world.  Mixing digital information with real-world sensory information: vision, sound primarily.

 

This is undoubtably the future of information, and anyone who watched the Facebook F8 conference will realise that soon the mobile phone will be replaced by mixed reality devices and the web will grow to accommodate mixed reality media.

 

The power of mixed reality comes down to context… it places the person in both a physical context and a digital context at the same time, and with so much of our lives lived through both, but via very separate channels at present I’m sure your readers can imagine the power and value mixed reality can bring to our daily lives.

 

What’s particularly interesting about our ECHO technology is that it doesn’t require a wearable or mobile device to see the digital content we produce so the thrill and the intrigue of the experience is available to everyone, but once a wearable or mobile device is incorporated into the experience, a wide range of opportunities open up for the viewer.

 

  1. Outdoor or Out-of-Home (OOH) advertising could be quite competitive and in some developed cities, it could be capital-intensive to set up such business. How did you intend to break the barriers of the market? What are the strategies you are employing to enter the markets like US or Europe?

You’re right, OOH is a very challenging space to enter.  And it hasn’t had it’s technology revolution yet unlike web and mobile. But this is quickly changing.  Advertisers and viewers is becoming much more progressive in terms of their acceptance of new media and new commercial experiences.  We’ve partnered with Kinetic Worldwide here in the UK (part of WPP group) and we are looking to form similar partnerships in other regions around he world to introduce our ECHO media to the OOH industry.

 

We recognise that there is going to be a period of education for the general public as they begin to understand ECHO. So we’re working to align first uses of the medium with civic and cultural experiences, such as sports and the arts to allow the viewing public to accept it on their own terms, rather than force the medium into the confines that have been defined by traditional screen media.

 

  1. What are the challenges or opportunities for Lightvert in the next 3 years?

Quite a few!  But our main challenge is ensuring that we introduce the medium in the right way such that different regions and markets appreciate it for what it is.  Everyone expects outdoor media to be a screen or a poster and ECHO has very little in common with either of those mediums.  Most people though don’t recognise that their entire way of thinking about visual communications relates to screens or print, so we need to introduce ECHO in the right way so that people can find their own path to break outside the paradigms of traditional media expectations.

5.What’s your expansion plan for Lightvert? Any plans to enter Asia markets in the near term?

Asia is a large and very attractive market for Lightvert. We are actively looking for the right partners in the region to help us enter the market there.  And we encourage anyone to contact us through our website should they be interested in working together.

 

  1. Is Lightvert raising capital? If so, which funding stage the company is at right now?

We are currently in advanced discussions with a Hong Kong based investor to close our seed round.  Once we complete this round of funding we will be working to produce the first commercial unit for Q4 of 2017.  We anticipate an A round in about 12 months time, which will focus on building out a larger network of ECHO displays.

 

  1. As an entrepreneur yourself, what are the attributes do you think an entrepreneur should possess?

Firstly, It really helps if entrepreneur’s are good all-rounders… they have a thirst to know about finance, HR, design etc., but most importantly they need to know about their customers.  Always stay close to your customers.

 

Secondly, and while it isn’t 100% necessary it certainly helps to be outgoing and tenacious!  Entrepreneurs need to own their space and really be a part of the beating heart, the cutting edge of their market so it pays to be ‘on the scene’ as i call it, attending the events, contributing to blogs like the NEO Dimension, and putting your communications out there.

 

Thirdly, don’t buy into your own hype.  You’re going to spend a lot of time selling your product, but good entrepreneurs keep a very close eye on constructive feedback and draw out the constructive feedback from every person they interact with. A lot of people will shower entrepreneurs in platitudes and it is easy to become too proud.

 

  1. What advice will you give for our budding entrepreneurs or people who want to start a business?  

 

Firstly, build it, do it, make it, sell it.  Make your product, even if it is just a prototype, offer your service for sale.  Get to your minimum viable product/offer before you try to raise any equity funding.  The lessons you learn from building it and doing it will be invaluable to get your business going.

 

Secondly, don’t be afraid to take on equity partners.  You can have 100% of nothing or a lesser % of something, which would you prefer?  Finding the right partners can be the biggest challenge though, so take advice as to how to bring them into your business.

 

Thirdly, try to find a mentor.  A good mentor can really mean the world during the inevitable highs and lows you will go through in your business journey. I personally really enjoy mentoring entrepreneurs.  The right mentor will be a friend and an ally but also help to keep you on track.

 

  1. It is said that every entrepreneur has their own set of checklists while evaluating a venture. As an entrepreneur, do you mind sharing with us yours?

Team – Is the team capable of supporting the pillars of the business?

Finances – Do they have a robust financial model and what are the assumptions in the model?

Product – Does their product or service work?  Has it been proven?  Has it been sold?

Khoo Teng Chye Appointed Chairman of ULI SINGAPORE

HONG KONG (April 18, 2017) – Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director for the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC), Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, has been appointed Chairman of Singapore for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), an interdisciplinary research and education institute with more than 40,000 members dedicated to leadership in real estate and land use and creating thriving communities worldwide.

 

Khoo, who was formerly the Chief Executive of PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Planner at the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), is ULI’s first Council Chair to come from the public sector in Asia Pacific. As ULI Singapore Chairman, he will lead the Executive Committee in Singapore, which will continue to focus their efforts in providing long-term thinking and sustainable solutions for the city’s ongoing development.

 

ULI Singapore has been extremely active in the city for a number of years. The National Council has advised on a number of issues related to urban development and in 2016, ULI Singapore, together with the CLC completed a piece of research on “Creating Liveable Cities through Car-lite Urban Mobility” which proposed practical recommendations on moving cities towards a more sustainable mobility future with reference to the city-state. This is the third initiative that ULI has worked on together with CLC, with the other two being defining 10 Principles for Liveable High Density Cities and producing a report on Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility. One of Khoo’s core objectives, as Chairman, is to extend this relationship between the two organisations further, and to continue to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and understanding with regards to sustainable urbanisation.

 

Khoo’s second objective is to help ULI play an active role in supporting some of the exciting new developments in Singapore, like the proposed second Central Business District at Jurong Lake. Khoo believes that many of ULI’s international members are in the unique position to advise and work with the Singapore urban planning and real estate community.

 

The World Cities Summit takes place in Singapore every two years and is a platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge new partnerships. Khoo’s third key objective is to help ULI serve as a strategic partner to the event, as it has in the past, and work on exciting new initiatives planned for the event in 2018.

 

“I firstly became familiar of ULI’s work when I was working for the URA so it is an honour for me to be invited to be Chairman of ULI Singapore,” said Khoo. “Urbanisation is a complex process everywhere in the world and the public sector has to work with the private sector for it to be a success. ULI helps both sides come together, through providing new models of collaboration, and I look forward to helping extend ULI’s mission in Singapore.”

 

“We’re very excited that Khoo Teng Chye will be leading the national council in Singapore as he has been a great advocate of ULI in the past,” added John Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer of ULI Asia Pacific. “His knowledge of the Singapore real estate industry is unparalleled and with his leadership I am confident that ULI will continue to play an important role to the development of the city.”

 

Under Khoo’s leadership, ULI Singapore Executive Committee members include Frank Khoo, Global Head of Asia, Real Assets, AXA Investment Managers; Daniel Cerf, CEO, Cache Logistics Trust; Blake Olafson, Managing Partner, Asia Capital Real Estate; Scott Dunn, Vice President, Southeast Asia, AECOM; Bernard Phang, Managing Director, GIC; Darren Sabom, Head of Underwriting, APAC & Head of Southeast Asia Acquisition; Magdelene Chua, Partner, PwC Singapore; David Huang, Partners Group; Gaurang Khemka, Founder, URBNarc; Terence Tang, Managing Director, Colliers International; Niel Thassim, Head of Asia, Private Funds Group, Brookfield Asset Management; Choon Fah Ong, CEO, Edmund Tie & Company; Augustine Tan, Executive Director, Far East Organisation; Yu-Ning Hwang, Director (Land & Liveability), Strategy Group, Prime Minister’s Office; Benett Theseira, Managing Director, Head of Asia-Pacific, PGIM Real Estate