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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shehryar Munawar Appointed as a Brand Ambassador for Huawei

Huawei has signed with the young and vibrant Pakistani heart-throb – Shehryar Munawar, to redefine the future with their dual lens camera.

With its newly released Honor 6x Huawei containing a dual lens 12MP + 2MP rear camera you can capture life’s magical moments in the highest definition to empower your inner photographer.
With the advent of technology, we have developed an innate system to capture and document our lives from the day a child is born and throughout his life. These pictures are like a highlight reel of our lives giving us a trip down memory lane or something to smile about.
The true revolution in the era of documentation came with the arrival of the smartphone camera, which was handy and always available. Coupled with the rapid progress of social media, this has tuned users to continually click and capture. Hence a camera is undeniably the most important factor while purchasing a smartphone for almost all users. Camera features and quality can make or break a smartphone for a major segment of consumers. Huawei being a pioneer in technology, is determined to keep upgrading and treating customers with innovative options and cutting-edge technology.

Huawei started with the introduction to dual-lens cameras in the industry which was preceded by a partnership with the world leading international photography brand; Leica Cameras. Now, raising its benchmark, Huawei has yet again come up with an ingenious campaign that will give its customers ‘double the experience’ in their smartphone photography.
Shehryar Munawar is a famous actor, model and film producer, who has worked with Huawei in the past as a brand ambassador as well. Shehryar’s charasmatic personality, as well as the ability of picking out-of-the-box projects, blends perfectly with Huawei’s DNA of keeping users up-to-date with the latest smartphone technology in all aspects, from revolutionary design to one-of-a-kind tech features.
Huawei is committed to deliver exceptional services to the rapidly expanding segment of smartphone users in Pakistan, who seek powerful global connectivity and info-tainment, round-the-clock, on-the-go. To stay updated about this campaign and others, you can follow Huawei’s Facebook and Instagram page.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Pakistan-American’s AI Company Set for $2 Billion IPO

Founded by a Pakistani-American, Afiniti, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of applied artificial intelligence, is on the verge of going public with a $2 billion valuation.


Meet Zia Chishti – Founder and CEO of Afiniti

Zia Chishti, the current Chairman of the Board and CEO of Afiniti, founded the company back in 2009. Although he was born in the United States, Zia spent most of his young life in Pakistan. He returned to the United States for a Bachelors degree in Economics and Computer Science from Columbia University and also holds an MBA from Stanford University.
An exceptionally successful businessman, Zia has made his mark on several other companies as well before founding Afiniti. Before Afiniti, he founded Align Technology, a medical device technology company, in 1997.
As the Chairman and CEO at Align, he led the startup to over a $1 billion valuation. The company is also a major source of employment for Pakistanis and employed over 700 Pakistanis at the company’s offices in Lahore, Pakistan, during Chishti’s tenure.

Afiniti IPO

Afiniti works on artificial intelligence programs to pair callers and agents based on their behavior. They use big data analytics to analyze customer data from third parties and internal client data to provide a detailed view of individual customers and agents.
With a total of 150 programs around the globe, the company analyzes 400,000 calls on average per day. Some of their biggest clients include Vodafone, Virgin Media, T-Mobile US Inc., and Sprint.
Bloomberg reports that the company is currently considering an initial public offering (IPO). People at Afiniti reportedly believe that an IPO will help them raise funds, allowing them to further boost their growth.
The company has potential to have one of the largest enterprise software IPOs in recent years.
Sources, who asked to remain anonymous, have revealed that Afiniti could be ready to sell shares to the public as soon as this year. For now, they are deliberating over selling 20 to 30 percent of shares on a $2 billion valuation.
Just a few days ago, we covered a story about Tariq Farid— the owner and CEO of Edible Arrangements which is worth over half a billion dollars today. A serial entrepreneur, Zia is another successful business from Pakistan proving his mettle in the business world.
Source— Bloomberg

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

British-Pakistani Doctor Will Invest £15 Million to Renovate Hospital in Multan

Dr Mohammed Aslam Nasir, well known in the medical circles for the invention of the I-Gel, is going to invest £15 Million for the renovation of Nishtar hospital in Multan.

Dr. Nasir happened to visit Nishtar hospital after 30 years when his father became ill and was admitted. The condition of the institute, which he had graduated from before he moved to the UK, shocked him. Commenting on its state, he said that the hospital was overcrowded with patients lying on the floor and the infrastructure had suffered a lot over the years as well.


Detailing his renovation plan, Dr. Nasir said,

”We plan to start renovation from one side of the hospital e.g. from the A&E and then ward by ward with minimal interruption to the routine function of the Nishtar hospital.

We plan to renovate all rooms, wards, offices, corridors, staircases, toilets, windows, doors etc and fix damages internally and externally. We will install new Flooring and paintwork, will provide new beds and nursing stations and of course AC units.”

Overseas Pakistani Doctors’ Efforts
Dr. Nasir is already in touch with his friends and fellow doctors to raise money for the hospital. He said that overseas Pakistani doctors are heavily invested in Pakistan. They either try to send machinery or medicines to Pakistan through various means in an effort to give something back to their home country.

He requested the government to build a platform to ease the process and do it under a well thought-out strategy.

About I-Gel
Dr. Nasir is the inventor of the revolutionary I-Gel, which is a supraglottic airway device. It allows a patient to breathe through a gel-based tube and is used primarily for resuscitation and anesthesia. It is safer than other similar devices, which can cause trauma and damage the wind-pipe. It’s estimated that an I-Gel is used 5 times every minute on average in more than 90 countries across the world.

Via Geo News

Monday, January 9, 2017

MUST Students Launch Pakistan’s First Self-Driving Car

Self-Driving cars are all the rage these days. Google is making them, BMW is on it, Tesla has launched one, Ford is coming up and several others are jumping on the bandwagon. Matching these large enterprises and conglomerates, Pakistani students have developed their own self-driving car.

Students from Mirpur University of Science and Information Technology’s (MUST) CS & IT department have developed a self-driving car under the leadership of Professor Dr. Muaz Niazi and Assistant Professor Faisal Riaz. The project was undertaken under the banner of Intelligent Transport Lab, MUST.

EMO – Prototype

The developers are calling it EMO and it’s the first prototype developed over a period of 2 and a half years at a cost of Rs. 0.6 million. The team claims they had to receive funding from several sources including their own university and the students and staff also had to invest their own money in the project.
The car was showcased at the MUST Olympiad 2017 and was inaugurated by the famous Atomic Scientist Dr. Samar Mubarak. The scientist hopes that this car can go mainstream and car companies invest in this car technology.
EMO is actually an acronym for the dual-seater car and stands for Emotions Enabled Autonomous Vehicle. The research teams says that unlike others developing autonomous cars, their car uses a human inspired design allowing the car to make cognitive decisions based on emotional cues.
The prototype is already running and the team claims it has the following features to boot:
  • Google Maps based mapping system. Also used to drive the car around
  • Car control using an attached tablet
  • Passenger Communication System
  • 360 degree Field of View using long and short range sonars
  • Emotions Inspired Collision Avoidance
  • Vehicle-2-Infrastrure Communication
  • Vehicle-2-Vehicle Communication System
  • Auto-Accident Reporting
The car’s hardware was designed locally and internationally while its software has been coded at ITS lab. The team plans to incorporate security features into the car as well.

Promo Video

The car’s promo video has been released by the research team. Take a look at the video below to see the car in action:

Research Team

The research team, under the guidance of Professor Dr. Muaz Niazi and Assistant Professor Faisal Riaz, behind the project comprised of 12 students.

Final Words

We would like to congratulate the team on this marvelous feat considering the lack of resources and funding. Matching up with international giants is a feat in itself. This also goes on to show the potential of Pakistani students when they are assisted by the right individuals and given a proper platform.
While the car is still just a prototype and lacks some major components which prevent it from being road legal, we certainly hope the team can continue the work and launch a final project ready for Pakistani roads. Let’s hope these cars become the norm so that accidents become a distant memory.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

Pakistani Professor Develops ‘Next-Gen’ Hearing Aid That’s Perfect for Noisy Environments

rofessor Amir Hussain, a UK-based Pakistani, along with his team at the University of Stirling, are developing what they call a “next generation” hearing aid.
This hearing aid will be equipped with a camera and a lip-reading software which will help users in noisy environments, and can switch between audio and visual cues.
The Professor and his team have been funded with almost £500,000 for the project. The project is being funded by the UK Government’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the next three years.
Professor Amir said that this new technology will “significantly improve” the lives of millions of people who suffer from hearing loss.
He said that this kind of an invention was becoming more and more of a crucial need since there are a lot of people all around the globe with some kind of hearing loss. Roughly around 360 million worldwide suffer from a form of hearing loss currently as per latest statistics.

How Does it Work?

According to Professor Amir:
“Existing commercial hearing aids are capable of working on an audio-only basis, but the next-generation audio-visual model we want to develop will intelligently track the target speaker’s face for visual cues, like lip reading. These will further enhance the audio sounds that are picked up and amplified by conventional hearing aids.
The 360-degree approach to our software design is expected to open up more everyday environments to device users, enabling them to confidently communicate in noisier settings with a reduced listening effort.”
Not much details about the physical attributes of this next generation hearing aid have been revealed, but it was mentioned that the tiny camera used to keep track of lip-reading is quite handy and can be mounted anywhere, like in a pair of glasses, in an earring or even in a necklace.
Via BBC