5 Things You Should Know This Week: 4 December 2018

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Updated on December 04, 2018 8:12 am

Cromly Editor

5 Things You Should Know This Week: 4 December 2018

These are some of the news you should know this week:

1. Kampung Admiralty is World Building of the Year Award

Kampung Admiralty, designed by WOHA, has won the prestigious World Building of the Year 2018 award, supported by GROHE, at the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Amsterdam. The substantial mixed-use building is Singapore’s first integrated public development that brings together a mix of public facilities and services under one roof.

The one-stop integrated complex maximises land use and is a prototype for meeting the needs of Singapore’s ageing population. Located on a tight 0.9Ha site with a height limit of 45m, the scheme builds upon a layered "club sandwich" approach, with a range of commercial, residential and health space amid amenities and community services, topped by extensive green terraces adorning various elevated spaces.

This is the third time that a project from Singapore has claimed the top prize at the "Oscars of Architecture," following Cooled Conservatories at Gardens by the Bay, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, Grant Associates, Atelier One and Atelier Ten winning in 2012; and The Interlace by OMA and Buro Ole Scheeren winning in 2015.

“The judges admired the project for the way in which it dealt with the universal condition of longevity and health treatments, social housing provision, and commercial space, which enabled substantial public realm benefits. This hybrid building also incorporates a huge amount of greenery (more than 100% of its footprint) in a series of layered levels which have generated welcome biodiversity. This is a project that does something necessary in an intelligent fashion from the way it connects to transport to its natural ventilation strategy, all benefitting from a decision to layer a series of buildings rather than separating them into separate tall blocks. The jury felt this was a project with potential lessons for cities and countries around the world.”said Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival.

2. LG presents premium QuadWash dishwashers

LG Electronics (LG) introduced the newly launched QuadWash™ dishwashers. It offers consumers an efficient solution to clean dishes thoroughly in just one powerful wash, eliminating the need to handwash the dishes for more valuable time spent with family and loved ones. The LG QuadWash™ steam dishwashers also feature LG’s TrueSteam® technology, which uses a steam generator to ensure hygienic cleaning, and anti-bacterial disinfection for a more hygienic wash for your family.

Besides the powerful features, the dishwasher boasts sleek design that will complemen any modern kitchen interior. Equipped with the innovative QuadWash™ technology, it utilizes four spray arms instead of the usual two in most dishwashers. Its multi-motion arms sweep and rotate back and forth while spinning in both directions to clean plates, glassware, and cookware from nearly every angle. The dishwasher is powered by the LG Inverter Direct Drive Motor, which increases energy efficiency and reduces noise. For more information, visit https://www.lg.com/sg/dishwasher.

3. Sony unveils new wireless noise cancelling headphones

Hey, music lovers! Sony introduced its latest addition to its family of innovative Bluetooth® noise cancelling headphones, the new WI-C600N neckband. Aimed at music lovers, the WI-C600N comes jam-packed with superior wireless sound quality and noise cancelling features, all while ditching the cables to provide wireless freedom anywhere and everywhere.

With the WI-C600N, users can go completely hands-free while making calls or listening to music as it comes with a built-in microphone and is compatible with Google Assistant1 and Siri. The magnetic housing also cleverly snaps the earbuds in place to keep tangled cords at bay. The WI-C600N comes equipped with DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), a technology developed by Sony which enhances the sound quality of compressed audio files by restoring high-range sound removed by the compression process.

The WI-C600N comes in three stylish colours, black, grey, and blue. It will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centres, and Sony authorised dealers for $199 from January 2019.

4. Epson announces additions to the EcoTank L-Series Ink Tank System Printer lineup

Two new EcoTank L-series ink tank system printers models—L1110 and L5190—were added to the existing Epson EcoTank family, following the launch of L3110 and L3150 in October. Designed for smart businesses, both the EcoTank L1110 and EcoTank L5190 feature an ISO print speed up to 10 ipm (mono) / 5.0 ipm (colour) to maximise productivity and enhance business performance. Both EcoTanks have an ultra-high page yield of up to 4,500 pages for black and white, up to 7,500 pages for colour prints, and they also support borderless photo printing up to 4R.

Both the new EcoTank L1110 and L5190 are available islandwide from 1 December 2018 as part of Epson Singapore’s Christmas promotion. The EcoTank L1110 (print only model) is priced at $199, while the EcoTank L5190 all-in-one is priced at $399.

5. Audeze introduces Mobius, a headphone designed for gamers

Still looking for the perfect present for your gamer friend? Audeze, the world's leading manufacturer of planar magnetic headphones, unveils Mobius, the first premium high-end, fully immersive 3D cinematic audio and head tracking-enabled headphone designed specifically for gamers in Singapore. Conceived under the steadfast belief that audio quality should never be compromised for the sake of utility, Mobius will be the first headphone to provide the unsurpassed level of detail, clarity, and positional accuracy afforded by planar magnetic drivers in a feature-rich package oriented specifically around the needs of both professional and casual gamers.

Mobius features full 3D emulation with support for surround sound modes along with a fully integrated 3D head-tracking system that interfaces seamlessly with today's most popular video games. Coupled with state-of-the-art room emulation technology and anatomy calibration, Mobius is truly optimised for the way your brain processes sound, in a manner consistent with real-world listening. The headphones’ advanced technology and lightweight ergonomic design, delivers comfortable, long-term use and reduced listening fatigue. This comfort is enhanced by the inclusion of fully replaceable, contoured memory foam ear pads and an adjustable, durable, memory foam padded headband. Mobius is available at a recommended retail price of $629 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, Connect IT, Stereo Electronics, and Treoo.com.

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