Hydrogen Drone Now in its Second Generation: Introducing HyDrone 1800

ABU DHABI, UAE, Feb. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX 2017) was unveiled today at Abu Dhabi national exhibition center. Together with CATIC at the exhibition,  drone manufacturer MMC, global leader in industrial and military drones and developers of the first hydrogen drone, introduced the next generation of its hydrogen technology, designed for the military: HyDrone 1800. The superior product was an immediate success and attracted a constant stream of visitors.

The carbon-fiber HyDrone 1800 is an almost indestructible aircraft.  Designed for use in the toughest conditions, the drone is wind-resistant, rain-resistant, cold-resistant and still incredibly lightweight.  Most importantly, HyDrone 1800’s hydrogen fuel cell technology provides a flight endurance of 4 hours or of a stunning 50+ hours when combined with MMC tethered technology.  The endurance of the hydrogen drone changes the scope of applications dramatically: most military or industrial drones currently on the market are limited by flight times of under 1 hour. HyDrone 1800 achieves the extended flight time while maintaining altitude limits of 4500 meters – competitive or better than other similar sized aircraft – and a payload capacity of up to 5kg. 

Hydrogen fuel cell technology is a breakthrough for drones.  The technology is an environmentally friendly solution towards a drone industry bottleneck: flight endurance. Constructed for safety and durability, an auxiliary lithium battery starts the fuel cell and provides a backup source of power for the drone. The properties of hydrogen fuel not only allow for extraordinary flight time, but extend the ideal temperature range for operation. Hydrogen drones can be flown in extreme temperatures – from -10 degrees Celsius to 40 degrees Celsius.

„This technology is the next step forward for military grade drones,” says MMC’s founder Lu Zhi Hui. „It’s safe, it’s effective, it’s proven – and the endurance is unmatched by other power sources. „

Payloads can be changed quickly and easily.  Operators may choose from payloads including a thermal imaging camera, low light camera, laser equipment, or zoom camera; making the system ideal for many military applications. HyDrone 1800 can be used for intelligence gathering, border patrol, aerial fire support, laser designation, or battle management services to tactical military operators. MMC also offers packaged solutions in target acquisition and reconnaissance technology (ISTAR).

About MMC:  MMC is a leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial drones focused on enhancing productivity, improving work safety and efficiency. In 2016, MMC launched the first commercial hydrogen-fueled drone, followed by the first commercial tethered drone. MMC is not only a leader in drone design and manufacturing, but is a pioneer in the use of ecofriendly hydrogen cell energy.

To learn more about the Hydrogen fuel cell drone, visit  http://www.mmcuav.com/

Or Contact:   info@mmcuav.com

Phone: +86 755 8607 4603

SOURCE MicroMultiCopter Aero Technology Co., Ltd.

Coalition Forces Strike Five-Story Facility in Mosul

SOUTHWEST ASIA, Feb. 18, 2017 — With the approval of the government of Iraq, Coalition forces struck an ISIS command and control headquarters and propaganda facility yesterday in western Mosul, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

In a release issued today, officials said the five-story Bab Sinjar administration facility was located in the Jumhuri medical community complex.

The ISIS terrorists continue to ignore the Law of Armed Conflict and use protected sites such as hospitals, schools and mosques to try and shield themselves from Coalition airstrikes, the release said. In this instance, coalition forces were able to determine through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance efforts that ISIS did not use the building for any medical purposes and that civilians were no longer accessing the site, the release said.

The intelligence showed that the building’s sole function was as a military command and control facility for ISIS to oversee its operations against the people of Iraq.

Coalition forces comply with the Law of Armed Conflict, work diligently to be precise in airstrikes and take all feasible precautions during the planning and execution of air strikes to reduce the risk of harm to civilians, the release said.

The strikes conducted against legitimate ISIS military targets are just one of the ways the Coalition continues to work by, with, and through its Iraqi partners to defeat ISIS in Iraq, the release said.

Why 2017 Could Be This Stock’s Best Year Yet

Investing in winning stocks is equal parts art and science. Making the endeavor harder is that finding stocks primed for a move higher often involves seeing something the rest of the market is missing.

Here at The Motley Fool , we don’t believe in market timing. We prefer investing for the long term. When I went looking for a stock poised to pop in 2017, Chinese tech giant Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) stood out for a number of reasons. Baidu’s stock price has struggled to keep pace with its product and financial evolution — partially for some fair reasons — making its shares an interesting idea today.

Baidu’s stock price struggles

The past half-decade has been a rather unremarkable time to own Baidu stock, which I hold in my brokerage account.

BIDU Chart

BIDU data by YCharts

The company has dramatically underperformed its benchmark index, the Nasdaq Composite , over the past five years. Worse yet, Baidu stock has effectively traded sideways over the past three years. So what caused investors to shun Baidu shares?

After riding the rise of the Chinese internet to incredible success, Baidu has invested heavily to establish dominant positions across the myriad opportunities present today as the Chinese tech industry continues to mature and evolve. A nice corollary is Google’s metamorphosis into the more diversified holding company Alphabet . Baidu has spent heavily to drive this transition, which has placed near-term pressures on the company’s bottom-line profitability.

BIDU Revenue (TTM) Chart

BIDU Revenue (TTM) data by YCharts

Expanding sales and marketing its teams have been the main drivers in Baidu’s recent surge in costs. Over its past three full fiscal years, Baidu’s selling and marketing expenses grew from 16% of revenue in fiscal 2013 to 25.7% in 2015, while every other major cost category for the company remained mostly stable as a percentage of sales.  The important distinction is that growing a sales and marketing organization will eventually allow Baidu to monetize its new services, but this process takes time. Meanwhile, Baidu has launched a series of new products that should bolster its competitive presence in the Chinese tech market for years to come.

A bot running Baidu's Duer AI-powered personal assistant.

Image source: Baidu

What the market is missing

As the market has ignored Baidu stock, the company itself has launched a steady stream of new products that investors should be cheering. Notable new products include the iQiyi video streaming platform, Baidu Takeout Delivery online food ordering and delivery service, Baidu Maps, Baidu Wallet, and many more. Like Baidu’s search engine, most of the company’s transaction services borrow their business models from already-successful Western tech products and services. iQiyi is a YouTube copycat that already enjoys a staggering 520 million monthly users and growing. Providing these services to China’s massive population base should yield plenty of revenue in the years to come. Baidu CEO Robin Li once estimated that transaction services enjoys a $400 billion opportunity .

Beyond near-term services, Baidu has also pushed into next-gen technologies such as deep learning, artificial intelligence, and self-driving. The company’s voice-responsive personal assistant, Duer, has garnered high praise from the tech community, earning the title of one of MIT Technology Review’s top innovations of 2016. In addition, Baidu has hired an impressive array of academic talent, including Stanford-trained Andrew Ng, to lead its Baidu Research operations. Finally, the company has been one of the most active developers of autonomous-vehicle technology, which it hopes to deploy commercially as soon as 2018.These moves should all allow Baidu to maintain its leadership position in China as each technology plays an increasingly prominent role in the coming years.

Putting it all together

The market’s fixation on the negative near-term effects of Baidu’s investment spending makes sense to a point. Analysts see the company’s current-year earnings declining year over year before returning to its above-average growth rate next year. However, this strikes me as the investing equivalent of missing the forest for the trees.

Baidu is clearly pursuing a sensible long-term strategy that should end with it controlling a far larger share of China’s digital economy. At some point,  the market will awaken to this reality. Especially if the forward guidance Baidu issues in its quarterly reports signals a recovery is coming, Baidu’s stock could begin to rise this year.

With Baidu trading at some fairly compressed earnings multiples, a signal that the company is returning to above average growth could set the stage for a dramatic rally. Investors with the foresight to invest before the market comes to its senses should stand to do quite well, which is precisely why I think 2017 could be Baidu stock’s best year yet.

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


Why 2017 Could Be This Stock’s Best Year Yet

Investing in winning stocks is equal parts art and science. Making the endeavor harder is that finding stocks primed for a move higher often involves seeing something the rest of the market is missing.

Here at The Motley Fool , we don’t believe in market timing. We prefer investing for the long term. When I went looking for a stock poised to pop in 2017, Chinese tech giant Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) stood out for a number of reasons. Baidu’s stock price has struggled to keep pace with its product and financial evolution — partially for some fair reasons — making its shares an interesting idea today.

Baidu’s stock price struggles

The past half-decade has been a rather unremarkable time to own Baidu stock, which I hold in my brokerage account.

BIDU Chart

BIDU data by YCharts

The company has dramatically underperformed its benchmark index, the Nasdaq Composite , over the past five years. Worse yet, Baidu stock has effectively traded sideways over the past three years. So what caused investors to shun Baidu shares?

After riding the rise of the Chinese internet to incredible success, Baidu has invested heavily to establish dominant positions across the myriad opportunities present today as the Chinese tech industry continues to mature and evolve. A nice corollary is Google’s metamorphosis into the more diversified holding company Alphabet . Baidu has spent heavily to drive this transition, which has placed near-term pressures on the company’s bottom-line profitability.

BIDU Revenue (TTM) Chart

BIDU Revenue (TTM) data by YCharts

Expanding sales and marketing its teams have been the main drivers in Baidu’s recent surge in costs. Over its past three full fiscal years, Baidu’s selling and marketing expenses grew from 16% of revenue in fiscal 2013 to 25.7% in 2015, while every other major cost category for the company remained mostly stable as a percentage of sales.  The important distinction is that growing a sales and marketing organization will eventually allow Baidu to monetize its new services, but this process takes time. Meanwhile, Baidu has launched a series of new products that should bolster its competitive presence in the Chinese tech market for years to come.

A bot running Baidu's Duer AI-powered personal assistant.

Image source: Baidu

What the market is missing

As the market has ignored Baidu stock, the company itself has launched a steady stream of new products that investors should be cheering. Notable new products include the iQiyi video streaming platform, Baidu Takeout Delivery online food ordering and delivery service, Baidu Maps, Baidu Wallet, and many more. Like Baidu’s search engine, most of the company’s transaction services borrow their business models from already-successful Western tech products and services. iQiyi is a YouTube copycat that already enjoys a staggering 520 million monthly users and growing. Providing these services to China’s massive population base should yield plenty of revenue in the years to come. Baidu CEO Robin Li once estimated that transaction services enjoys a $400 billion opportunity .

Beyond near-term services, Baidu has also pushed into next-gen technologies such as deep learning, artificial intelligence, and self-driving. The company’s voice-responsive personal assistant, Duer, has garnered high praise from the tech community, earning the title of one of MIT Technology Review’s top innovations of 2016. In addition, Baidu has hired an impressive array of academic talent, including Stanford-trained Andrew Ng, to lead its Baidu Research operations. Finally, the company has been one of the most active developers of autonomous-vehicle technology, which it hopes to deploy commercially as soon as 2018.These moves should all allow Baidu to maintain its leadership position in China as each technology plays an increasingly prominent role in the coming years.

Putting it all together

The market’s fixation on the negative near-term effects of Baidu’s investment spending makes sense to a point. Analysts see the company’s current-year earnings declining year over year before returning to its above-average growth rate next year. However, this strikes me as the investing equivalent of missing the forest for the trees.

Baidu is clearly pursuing a sensible long-term strategy that should end with it controlling a far larger share of China’s digital economy. At some point,  the market will awaken to this reality. Especially if the forward guidance Baidu issues in its quarterly reports signals a recovery is coming, Baidu’s stock could begin to rise this year.

With Baidu trading at some fairly compressed earnings multiples, a signal that the company is returning to above average growth could set the stage for a dramatic rally. Investors with the foresight to invest before the market comes to its senses should stand to do quite well, which is precisely why I think 2017 could be Baidu stock’s best year yet.

10 stocks we like better than Baidu
When investing geniuses David and Tom Gardner have a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor , has tripled the market.*

David and Tom just revealed what they believe are the 10 best stocks for investors to buy right now… and Baidu wasn’t one of them! That’s right — they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.

Click here to learn about these picks!

*Stock Advisor returns as of February 6, 2017

Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Andrew Tonner owns shares of Baidu. The Motley Fool owns shares of and recommends GOOG, GOOGL, and BIDU. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy .

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.


TOMY International and PlayFusion Announce Toys”R”Us® as the Exclusive In-Store Retail Launch Partner for Lightseekers at Toy Fair 2017

OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TOMY International, the master toy licensee for Lightseekers, announced today that the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer, Toys”R”Us®, will be the first brick-and-mortar retailer to bring Lightseekers smart figures, trading cards, accessories and more to all of its stores nationwide beginning Saturday, July 1. Pre-sale for the assortment will begin online at Toysrus.com starting on Monday, April 17.

Lightseekers, the critically-acclaimed action adventure role-playing game from PlayFusion, is far more than just a game; it’s the fusion of fantasy and reality powered by a proprietary technology platform. Integrating video games, smart action figures with artificial intelligence, augmented reality, interactive trading cards and more, Lightseekers creates the most ambitious transmedia entertainment platform ever envisioned. TOMY will manufacture, distribute and market the entire toy line.

„As the leading toy retailer with a history of supporting some of the most innovative products in the marketplace, we’re very pleased to partner with Toys”R”Us as our exclusive in-store retail launch partner for the Lightseekers toy line,” said Masayuki Nagatake, President and Chief Operating Officer of TOMY International. „We’ve worked with the team at PlayFusion for more than two years to develop a product offering that will disrupt the category and the toy industry as a whole, and are excited to see it on Toys”R”Us shelves this summer.”

Gamers need to be prepared for smart toys and connected play like never before! Lightseekers, a story-rich action adventure RPG (role playing game), built for mobile and tablet. The FusionCore, the high-tech, powerful mini-computer embedded within each action figure and the „brains” behind the smart connected toys, completely eliminates the need for cumbersome NFC portals, allowing the game to seamlessly connect to TOMY’s 7″ collector-quality, articulated smart action figures. The characters’ unique attributes, accomplishments, social circle and lineage are stored on the FusionCore in perpetuity. In other words, the game automatically remembers the last character played, enabling on-the-go play without figures in the state that it was when it was last connected. Lightseekers melds together augmented reality trading cards, smart action figures, interchangeable accessories and more.

„We’ve worked with TOMY and PlayFusion to bring Lightseekers to market and see it as a truly unique player in the video game category,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us. „With six decades of toy industry experience behind us, we are constantly searching for new, innovative products to bring to our shelves and are excited to be the first brick-and-mortar retailer to bring this toy line to our customers, making Toys”R”Us the go-to destination for all Lightseekers fans.”

A crucial piece to the transmedia world is the interactive collectible trading card game, with 385+ cards at launch,that further enhances the Lightseekers universe. The digital game, the physical trading cards and figures can be enjoyed independently of one another, but when played together it creates an even more-enhanced game play. Each card, when scanned by the Lightseekers game, delivers immersive augmented reality experiences, rewards game players and unlocks powerful in-game abilities. In addition to cards, the Lightseekers game can reward players for interacting with almost anything—songs on the radio, shows on TV, movies, posters on the wall and much more. Beginning Saturday, July 1, gamers can also find signage at all Toys”R”Us stores across the country that will unlock in-game activities and rewards – providing players with the ultimate gaming experience.

Lightseekers also offers next level interchangeable accessories. Equipping a weapon or accessory onto an action figure will have an immediate effect in the game and vice versa, opening up new abilities and adventures. In addition, flight packs can be added to any hero, allowing players to magically control their in-game character by moving the toy.

„Two years ago, PlayFusion set out with a vision to create the future of transmedia entertainment. Today is the first time we’re providing the industry with an opportunity to experience our platform, and we’re delighted that industry leader Toys”R”Us, recognized the innovation and potential of Lightseekers, has come aboard as our retail partner,” said Mark Gerhard, CEO and Co-Founder of PlayFusion. „We’re thrilled to partner with toy industry icons like TOMY and Toys”R”Us to help bring our vision to life.”

http://toyfair.vporoom.com/TOMY

About TOMY

TOMY International (www.tomy.com) is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a broad range of innovative, high-quality toys sold to preschoolers, youths and adults under the TOMY® and Ertl® brands as well as products for parents, infants and toddlers marketed under the The First Years®, JJ Cole® Collections and Boon® brands. TOMY International also markets its products under popular licensed properties such as John Deere, Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lamaze, Lightseekers, Disney Baby properties including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Princesses, Cars, Fairies and Toy Story, and other well-known licenses. TOMY International’s mission is to make the world smile. TOMY International reaches its target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more than 25,000 retail outlets throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia. TOMY International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code No. 7867). © TOMY.

About Toys”R”Us

Toys”R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 795 international stores and over 259 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys”R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys”R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $125 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About PlayFusion

PlayFusion is an independent, employee-owned, game and technology developer with studios in the UK and USA that is pioneering the future of mixed media connected play. PlayFusion’s proprietary technology platform uniquely fuses video games, robotics, toys, and transmedia entertainment for game developers, toy manufacturers, and other content and brand owners. PlayFusion recently unveiled their new original IP Lightseekers coming in 2017 along with smart toys and trading cards from master toy licensee TOMY.

SOURCE TOMY International

TOMY International and PlayFusion Announce Toys”R”Us® as the Exclusive In-Store Retail Launch Partner for Lightseekers at Toy Fair 2017

OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TOMY International, the master toy licensee for Lightseekers, announced today that the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer, Toys”R”Us®, will be the first brick-and-mortar retailer to bring Lightseekers smart figures, trading cards, accessories and more to all of its stores nationwide beginning Saturday, July 1. Pre-sale for the assortment will begin online at Toysrus.com starting on Monday, April 17.

Lightseekers, the critically-acclaimed action adventure role-playing game from PlayFusion, is far more than just a game; it’s the fusion of fantasy and reality powered by a proprietary technology platform. Integrating video games, smart action figures with artificial intelligence, augmented reality, interactive trading cards and more, Lightseekers creates the most ambitious transmedia entertainment platform ever envisioned. TOMY will manufacture, distribute and market the entire toy line.

“As the leading toy retailer with a history of supporting some of the most innovative products in the marketplace, we’re very pleased to partner with Toys”R”Us as our exclusive in-store retail launch partner for the Lightseekers toy line,” said Masayuki Nagatake, President and Chief Operating Officer of TOMY International. “We’ve worked with the team at PlayFusion for more than two years to develop a product offering that will disrupt the category and the toy industry as a whole, and are excited to see it on Toys”R”Us shelves this summer.”

Gamers need to be prepared for smart toys and connected play like never before! Lightseekers, a story-rich action adventure RPG (role playing game), built for mobile and tablet. The FusionCore, the high-tech, powerful mini-computer embedded within each action figure and the “brains” behind the smart connected toys, completely eliminates the need for cumbersome NFC portals, allowing the game to seamlessly connect to TOMY’s 7″ collector-quality, articulated smart action figures. The characters’ unique attributes, accomplishments, social circle and lineage are stored on the FusionCore in perpetuity. In other words, the game automatically remembers the last character played, enabling on-the-go play without figures in the state that it was when it was last connected. Lightseekers melds together augmented reality trading cards, smart action figures, interchangeable accessories and more.

“We’ve worked with TOMY and PlayFusion to bring Lightseekers to market and see it as a truly unique player in the video game category,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us. “With six decades of toy industry experience behind us, we are constantly searching for new, innovative products to bring to our shelves and are excited to be the first brick-and-mortar retailer to bring this toy line to our customers, making Toys”R”Us the go-to destination for all Lightseekers fans.”

A crucial piece to the transmedia world is the interactive collectible trading card game, with 385+ cards at launch,that further enhances the Lightseekers universe. The digital game, the physical trading cards and figures can be enjoyed independently of one another, but when played together it creates an even more-enhanced game play. Each card, when scanned by the Lightseekers game, delivers immersive augmented reality experiences, rewards game players and unlocks powerful in-game abilities. In addition to cards, the Lightseekers game can reward players for interacting with almost anything—songs on the radio, shows on TV, movies, posters on the wall and much more. Beginning Saturday, July 1, gamers can also find signage at all Toys”R”Us stores across the country that will unlock in-game activities and rewards – providing players with the ultimate gaming experience.

Lightseekers also offers next level interchangeable accessories. Equipping a weapon or accessory onto an action figure will have an immediate effect in the game and vice versa, opening up new abilities and adventures. In addition, flight packs can be added to any hero, allowing players to magically control their in-game character by moving the toy.

“Two years ago, PlayFusion set out with a vision to create the future of transmedia entertainment. Today is the first time we’re providing the industry with an opportunity to experience our platform, and we’re delighted that industry leader Toys”R”Us, recognized the innovation and potential of Lightseekers, has come aboard as our retail partner,” said Mark Gerhard, CEO and Co-Founder of PlayFusion. “We’re thrilled to partner with toy industry icons like TOMY and Toys”R”Us to help bring our vision to life.”

http://toyfair.vporoom.com/TOMY

About TOMY

TOMY International (www.tomy.com) is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a broad range of innovative, high-quality toys sold to preschoolers, youths and adults under the TOMY® and Ertl® brands as well as products for parents, infants and toddlers marketed under the The First Years®, JJ Cole® Collections and Boon® brands. TOMY International also markets its products under popular licensed properties such as John Deere, Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lamaze, Lightseekers, Disney Baby properties including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Princesses, Cars, Fairies and Toy Story, and other well-known licenses. TOMY International’s mission is to make the world smile. TOMY International reaches its target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more than 25,000 retail outlets throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia. TOMY International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code No. 7867). © TOMY.

About Toys”R”Us

Toys”R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 795 international stores and over 259 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys”R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys”R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $125 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About PlayFusion

PlayFusion is an independent, employee-owned, game and technology developer with studios in the UK and USA that is pioneering the future of mixed media connected play. PlayFusion’s proprietary technology platform uniquely fuses video games, robotics, toys, and transmedia entertainment for game developers, toy manufacturers, and other content and brand owners. PlayFusion recently unveiled their new original IP Lightseekers coming in 2017 along with smart toys and trading cards from master toy licensee TOMY.

SOURCE TOMY International

TOMY International and PlayFusion Announce Toys”R”Us® as the Exclusive In-Store Retail Launch Partner for Lightseekers at Toy Fair 2017

OAK BROOK, Ill., Feb. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — TOMY International, the master toy licensee for Lightseekers, announced today that the world’s leading dedicated toy retailer, Toys”R”Us®, will be the first brick-and-mortar retailer to bring Lightseekers smart figures, trading cards, accessories and more to all of its stores nationwide beginning Saturday, July 1. Pre-sale for the assortment will begin online at Toysrus.com starting on Monday, April 17.

Lightseekers, the critically-acclaimed action adventure role-playing game from PlayFusion, is far more than just a game; it’s the fusion of fantasy and reality powered by a proprietary technology platform. Integrating video games, smart action figures with artificial intelligence, augmented reality, interactive trading cards and more, Lightseekers creates the most ambitious transmedia entertainment platform ever envisioned. TOMY will manufacture, distribute and market the entire toy line.

“As the leading toy retailer with a history of supporting some of the most innovative products in the marketplace, we’re very pleased to partner with Toys”R”Us as our exclusive in-store retail launch partner for the Lightseekers toy line,” said Masayuki Nagatake, President and Chief Operating Officer of TOMY International. “We’ve worked with the team at PlayFusion for more than two years to develop a product offering that will disrupt the category and the toy industry as a whole, and are excited to see it on Toys”R”Us shelves this summer.”

Gamers need to be prepared for smart toys and connected play like never before! Lightseekers, a story-rich action adventure RPG (role playing game), built for mobile and tablet. The FusionCore, the high-tech, powerful mini-computer embedded within each action figure and the “brains” behind the smart connected toys, completely eliminates the need for cumbersome NFC portals, allowing the game to seamlessly connect to TOMY’s 7″ collector-quality, articulated smart action figures. The characters’ unique attributes, accomplishments, social circle and lineage are stored on the FusionCore in perpetuity. In other words, the game automatically remembers the last character played, enabling on-the-go play without figures in the state that it was when it was last connected. Lightseekers melds together augmented reality trading cards, smart action figures, interchangeable accessories and more.

“We’ve worked with TOMY and PlayFusion to bring Lightseekers to market and see it as a truly unique player in the video game category,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us. “With six decades of toy industry experience behind us, we are constantly searching for new, innovative products to bring to our shelves and are excited to be the first brick-and-mortar retailer to bring this toy line to our customers, making Toys”R”Us the go-to destination for all Lightseekers fans.”

A crucial piece to the transmedia world is the interactive collectible trading card game, with 385+ cards at launch,that further enhances the Lightseekers universe. The digital game, the physical trading cards and figures can be enjoyed independently of one another, but when played together it creates an even more-enhanced game play. Each card, when scanned by the Lightseekers game, delivers immersive augmented reality experiences, rewards game players and unlocks powerful in-game abilities. In addition to cards, the Lightseekers game can reward players for interacting with almost anything—songs on the radio, shows on TV, movies, posters on the wall and much more. Beginning Saturday, July 1, gamers can also find signage at all Toys”R”Us stores across the country that will unlock in-game activities and rewards – providing players with the ultimate gaming experience.

Lightseekers also offers next level interchangeable accessories. Equipping a weapon or accessory onto an action figure will have an immediate effect in the game and vice versa, opening up new abilities and adventures. In addition, flight packs can be added to any hero, allowing players to magically control their in-game character by moving the toy.

“Two years ago, PlayFusion set out with a vision to create the future of transmedia entertainment. Today is the first time we’re providing the industry with an opportunity to experience our platform, and we’re delighted that industry leader Toys”R”Us, recognized the innovation and potential of Lightseekers, has come aboard as our retail partner,” said Mark Gerhard, CEO and Co-Founder of PlayFusion. “We’re thrilled to partner with toy industry icons like TOMY and Toys”R”Us to help bring our vision to life.”

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About TOMY

TOMY International (www.tomy.com) is a leading global designer, producer and marketer of a broad range of innovative, high-quality toys sold to preschoolers, youths and adults under the TOMY® and Ertl® brands as well as products for parents, infants and toddlers marketed under the The First Years®, JJ Cole® Collections and Boon® brands. TOMY International also markets its products under popular licensed properties such as John Deere, Pokémon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Lamaze, Lightseekers, Disney Baby properties including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Princesses, Cars, Fairies and Toy Story, and other well-known licenses. TOMY International’s mission is to make the world smile. TOMY International reaches its target consumers through multiple channels of distribution supporting more than 25,000 retail outlets throughout North and South America, Europe and Australia. TOMY International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan-based TOMY Company, Ltd. (Tokyo Stock Exchange Code No. 7867). © TOMY.

About Toys”R”Us

Toys”R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 885 Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in more than 795 international stores and over 259 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including Toysrus.com and Babiesrus.com, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys”R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 62,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys”R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $125 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit Toysrusinc.com or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys”R”Us and Babies”R”Us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Toysrus and Facebook.com/Babiesrus and on Twitter at Twitter.com/Toysrus and Twitter.com/Babiesrus.

About PlayFusion

PlayFusion is an independent, employee-owned, game and technology developer with studios in the UK and USA that is pioneering the future of mixed media connected play. PlayFusion’s proprietary technology platform uniquely fuses video games, robotics, toys, and transmedia entertainment for game developers, toy manufacturers, and other content and brand owners. PlayFusion recently unveiled their new original IP Lightseekers coming in 2017 along with smart toys and trading cards from master toy licensee TOMY.

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GISinc Client, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), Presenting Wellness Map Application at HIMMS 2017

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Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISinc), client, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), will be presenting at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017, on February 19th, on How Location Intelligence Adds Value to Healthcare Operation. The locational intelligence referred to in the presentation, is their Wellness Map application; with development enhancements by GISinc. The application helps individuals identify assets in their neighborhoods to keep them healthy and well

We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Loma Linda on updating their Wellness Map application. There is a tremendous amount of information available to citizens, thus it is paramount that accessing information be as intuitive as possible. Working together, we have made strides in that area” Kevin Stewart, Managing Partner, State & Local Governments.

Mark Zirkelbach, Chief Information Officer (CIO), with Loma Linda University Health, will be presenting on benefits the Wellness Map provides the community. The map is based on Geographical Information System (GIS) technology, but gets much of its inputs from the electronic health record (EHR).

The Wellness Map is unique for each patient; the patient’s home, church, preferred pharmacy, doctor’s offices, and support groups related to their medical problems are displayed. And as their health changes, so does their EHR and so does their Wellness Map. The map is not only for the chronically ill, it is also meant for other members of the community; the “walking well”. Displays places for walking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, and other types of exercise. Additionally, the Wellness Map will show locations of farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and healthy restaurant.

“The Wellness Map provides a spatial view of community and clinical care resources to patients that is personalized and can be easily used at home or on the run, via their smartphones,” Mark Zirkelbach, CIO, Loma Linda University Health.

Zirkelback will be discussing:

  • Current applications of GIS in healthcare that are producing a return on investment.
  • How GIS can be used to enhance patient and clinician engagement.
  • Using location intelligence to improve personal health decision-making

The Wellness Map will personalize the assets in their community that are available to keep an individual healthy and well. It is available through the EHR patient portal and can be viewed on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop just like any other electronic map.

“We have been extremely happy with GISinc’s services. They brought a level of expertise we needed to bring LLUH’s Wellness Map to the next level,” Nicholas Yu, Project Manager, Loma Linda University Health.

A premier GIS services firm, uniquely skilled to provide innovative IoT solutions delivering blue dot insights. GISinc continues to implement, deploy, and support award-winning applications for state and local governments.

GISinc, celebrating more than 25 years in GIS, is an employee-owned company located in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices throughout the United States. GISinc has a passion for delivering customer driven location technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.gisinc.com, or call (205) 941-0442.

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GISinc Client, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), Presenting Wellness Map Application at HIMMS 2017

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Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISinc), client, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), will be presenting at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017, on February 19th, on How Location Intelligence Adds Value to Healthcare Operation. The locational intelligence referred to in the presentation, is their Wellness Map application; with development enhancements by GISinc. The application helps individuals identify assets in their neighborhoods to keep them healthy and well

We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Loma Linda on updating their Wellness Map application. There is a tremendous amount of information available to citizens, thus it is paramount that accessing information be as intuitive as possible. Working together, we have made strides in that area” Kevin Stewart, Managing Partner, State & Local Governments.

Mark Zirkelbach, Chief Information Officer (CIO), with Loma Linda University Health, will be presenting on benefits the Wellness Map provides the community. The map is based on Geographical Information System (GIS) technology, but gets much of its inputs from the electronic health record (EHR).

The Wellness Map is unique for each patient; the patient’s home, church, preferred pharmacy, doctor’s offices, and support groups related to their medical problems are displayed. And as their health changes, so does their EHR and so does their Wellness Map. The map is not only for the chronically ill, it is also meant for other members of the community; the “walking well”. Displays places for walking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, and other types of exercise. Additionally, the Wellness Map will show locations of farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and healthy restaurant.

“The Wellness Map provides a spatial view of community and clinical care resources to patients that is personalized and can be easily used at home or on the run, via their smartphones,” Mark Zirkelbach, CIO, Loma Linda University Health.

Zirkelback will be discussing:

  • Current applications of GIS in healthcare that are producing a return on investment.
  • How GIS can be used to enhance patient and clinician engagement.
  • Using location intelligence to improve personal health decision-making

The Wellness Map will personalize the assets in their community that are available to keep an individual healthy and well. It is available through the EHR patient portal and can be viewed on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop just like any other electronic map.

“We have been extremely happy with GISinc’s services. They brought a level of expertise we needed to bring LLUH’s Wellness Map to the next level,” Nicholas Yu, Project Manager, Loma Linda University Health.

A premier GIS services firm, uniquely skilled to provide innovative IoT solutions delivering blue dot insights. GISinc continues to implement, deploy, and support award-winning applications for state and local governments.

GISinc, celebrating more than 25 years in GIS, is an employee-owned company located in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices throughout the United States. GISinc has a passion for delivering customer driven location technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.gisinc.com, or call (205) 941-0442.

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GISinc Client, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), Presenting Wellness Map Application at HIMMS 2017

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Geographic Information Services, Inc. (GISinc), client, Loma Linda University Health (LLUH), will be presenting at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2017, on February 19th, on How Location Intelligence Adds Value to Healthcare Operation. The locational intelligence referred to in the presentation, is their Wellness Map application; with development enhancements by GISinc. The application helps individuals identify assets in their neighborhoods to keep them healthy and well

We are very pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Loma Linda on updating their Wellness Map application. There is a tremendous amount of information available to citizens, thus it is paramount that accessing information be as intuitive as possible. Working together, we have made strides in that area” Kevin Stewart, Managing Partner, State & Local Governments.

Mark Zirkelbach, Chief Information Officer (CIO), with Loma Linda University Health, will be presenting on benefits the Wellness Map provides the community. The map is based on Geographical Information System (GIS) technology, but gets much of its inputs from the electronic health record (EHR).

The Wellness Map is unique for each patient; the patient’s home, church, preferred pharmacy, doctor’s offices, and support groups related to their medical problems are displayed. And as their health changes, so does their EHR and so does their Wellness Map. The map is not only for the chronically ill, it is also meant for other members of the community; the „walking well”. Displays places for walking, hiking, bicycling, swimming, and other types of exercise. Additionally, the Wellness Map will show locations of farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and healthy restaurant.

“The Wellness Map provides a spatial view of community and clinical care resources to patients that is personalized and can be easily used at home or on the run, via their smartphones,” Mark Zirkelbach, CIO, Loma Linda University Health.

Zirkelback will be discussing:

  • Current applications of GIS in healthcare that are producing a return on investment.
  • How GIS can be used to enhance patient and clinician engagement.
  • Using location intelligence to improve personal health decision-making

The Wellness Map will personalize the assets in their community that are available to keep an individual healthy and well. It is available through the EHR patient portal and can be viewed on a smart phone, tablet, or laptop just like any other electronic map.

“We have been extremely happy with GISinc’s services. They brought a level of expertise we needed to bring LLUH’s Wellness Map to the next level,” Nicholas Yu, Project Manager, Loma Linda University Health.

A premier GIS services firm, uniquely skilled to provide innovative IoT solutions delivering blue dot insights. GISinc continues to implement, deploy, and support award-winning applications for state and local governments.

GISinc, celebrating more than 25 years in GIS, is an employee-owned company located in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices throughout the United States. GISinc has a passion for delivering customer driven location technology solutions to federal, state and local governments, and commercial organizations. For more information, please visit http://www.gisinc.com, or call (205) 941-0442.

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