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Snapchat Launches Spectacles with Camera

BBC, WSJ, Business Insider, Snap: Snapchat launches its first hardware product, a camera equipped sunglasses named Spectacles. Simultaneously the company changes its name to Snap to reflect that its activity expands beyond the smartphone application. Now, Snap home page says: Snap CEO Evan Spiegel wearing Spectacles Spectacles’ camera uses a …

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Yole on Uncooled IR Imaging Market

Yole Développement reports that uncooled IR imaging market has grown by 30% in shipments and 7% in revenue in 2014. The uncooled thermal camera market re-entered a growth phase in 2014, after a subpar 2012 and 2013, thanks to an earlier-than expected stabilization of military demand and a dynamic commercial business. Commercial markets dominate thermal imaging, and were worth US$1,29B in 2014. FLIR Systems was especially successful in 2014, far exceeding the market’s average growth in shipments.

FLIR Systems developed its activities both organically by launching large products line (from high end to low end) in each commercial market and by pioneering new applications (smartphones, PVS, UAV…). FLIR also acquired many companies,” Yole’s report says. “It bought Indigo in 2003, and since 5 years, bought 6 companies for US$595M: Traficon International, Lorex Technology, DigitalOptics, Raymarine, ICX, Aerius.

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Sony Rises to #7 in Semiconductor Capex Ranking

Semico Research publishes Capex ranking of the semiconductor companies in 2015. "In the top fifteen, the company with the largest increase is Sony, with a 207% increase to almost US$2 billion. The bulk of this increase is to expand image sensor production capacity, but some will also be spent on camera module production capacity, a relatively new market for Sony. Sony’s dollar increase is second only to Samsung’s, but this is partly due to the decline in value of the yen."

The ranking has been published on June 22, a week before the latest Sony announcement of the additional investment.

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