Xiaomi launches Mi A1 with Google in major next step for Android One

Mi A1 touted as a fresh take on Google’s Android One program, featuring a flagship dual camera setup and a premium design

Global technology leader Xiaomi today announced Mi A1 in collaboration with Google, the first device to run on the evolved Android One program. 

Mi A1 runs on stock Android to offer a high-quality software experience designed by Google, underscoring Xiaomi’s commitment to providing more choices for users. Priced from INR 14,999 in India, Mi A1 is a beautifully-designed device that combines hardware innovations, including an optical zoom dual camera setup, with great Google-designed software. 

At a launch event in New Delhi, India, it was announced that Mi A1 would be available in India and also in more than 40 markets around the world including Indonesia, Vietnam, Russia, Poland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Mexico. Local pricing in these markets will be available at a later date.

Xiaomi Senior Vice President Wang Xiang said: “Mi A1 is a strategic device in our global expansion, marking a milestone on our quest to bring innovation to everyone. From the beginning Xiaomi has been all about choice, and we are delighted to offer users a new way to experience the power of Xiaomi.”

Wang noted that this is a logical extension of Xiaomi’s long and fruitful partnership with Google. “Google has been a great partner, and given our strong collaboration, we thought their idea to launch a Xiaomi smartphone on Android One would be a great opportunity to give our users a different user experience. I’m truly excited about what this partnership will bring to our users across the world!”

"By taking this next step with Android One, we are excited to be working with partners around the world to bring high quality Android device experiences to more consumers,” said Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s VP of Business & Operations, Android & Google Play. “Mi A1 marries excellence in device design with a simple and pure Android experience, the best of Google built in, and a commitment to future software and security updates. We're thrilled to welcome Xiaomi and the Mi A1 to the Android One family."

Dual camera with optical zoom for more beautiful portrait shots

Mi A1 incorporates a dual camera configuration similar to that in Mi 6, Xiaomi’s latest flagship device, with wide angle and telephoto lenses used to incredible effect.

The two lenses allow Mi A1 to calculate what is in the foreground and what is in the background, creating a depth-of-field effect that typically requires a DSLR lens to achieve, allowing the user to create photos of unparalleled clarity and color. In addition, an improved Beautify mode that makes selfies look more natural, now works with the both the front 5MP camera as well as the 12MP dual rear camera. Mi A1 supports 2x optical zoom, which makes photos of distant subjects remain clear, while 10x digital zoom is also supported.


Created by Xiaomi, powered by Google

Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One phone, with a software experience designed by Google, offering users a simple, pure Android phone that stays fresh over time with OS upgrades.

As an Android One smartphone, Mi A1 comes with the most popular Google services built-in as default, such as free unlimited high quality storage from Google Photos.

Top-of-the-line specifications in a beautiful design

Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold, Mi A1 has an attractive full-metal body design that measures just 7.3mm in thickness, with discreet separation lines for a seamless look and rounded edges for great hand feel. It also comes with a rear fingerprint sensor. 

Featuring a 5.5-inch 2.5D curved glass screen featuring Corning® Gorilla® Glass protection, Mi A1 also boasts a 10v power amplifier for deeper lows and higher volumes, ensuring it provides an immersive media experience. A dedicated amplifier also provides support for high-impedance headphones (up to 600 ohms).

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor based on the 14nm manufacturing process, as well as a 3080mAh battery, Mi A1 provides users with a smooth experience that lasts all day. 

With 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, Mi A1 is expected to be available in the Middle East starting October through online and offline channels, with further details to come via Xiaomi’s official Facebook page.


Key features of Mi A1:

  • Premium full-metal body
  • Dual camera, optical zoom:
    • 12MP wide angle + 12MP telephoto
    • Exceptional portrait photography with background blur
    • Beautify, for natural selfie enhancements
    • 5MP front camera
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 with 14nm FinFET technology (Octa-core 2.0GHz)
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB internal storage
  • Up to 128GB microSD expandable storage
  • 5.5-inch full-HD Corning® Gorilla® Glass display
  • 3080mAh battery, USB Type-C port
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • IR blaster, with Mi Remote App
  • Dual SIM (3-choose-2 hybrid SIM tray)
  • Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Available in Black, Gold and Rose Gold
  • Stock Android


Wacom Australia’s global digital art competition is back for 2017

This year, more than 40 artists have been selected as winners from the Wacom The Next Level competition and will have their artwork exhibited alongside national and internationally renowned artists including David Milan, Rik Oostenbroek, Lauren Carney, Merda, Gemma Correll and Sha’an d’Anthes.


The competition attracted 1900 entries worldwide, 700 more than last year. “Every year we are absolutely blown away by the calibre of entries The Next Level draws. This is the best part about our job, we love seeing the amazing work people are able to produce and knowing that we play some small part in that. There is nothing more inspiring to us here at Wacom and it helps to push us further as a company,” says Simon Marshall, Marketing Manager at Wacom ANZ.

The chosen winners will not only have their work exhibited and published in The Next Level publication featuring artwork from across the globe, but if purchased at the exhibitions, will receive profits from the sale, less the production costs.

One of the renowned artists that will be showcased at the exhibitions is Sydney based illustrator and artist Bill Hope. “Exhibiting with The Next Level Competition allowed me to show my work alongside some of the best talent in the digital arts scene. Wacom consistently brings together artists committed to expanding the realms of what is possible in the medium and it's an exciting cohort to be represented amongst,” says Mr. Hope.

The not-to-be-missed exhibitions will be held in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney throughout September to November.


Auckland: 21 Sept – 5 Oct @ Silo Park, Beaumont St & Jellicoe St, Auckland
Opening Night: Friday 29th September 6-9pm

Melbourne: 31 Oct – 13 Nov @ Besser Space, 15-25 Keele St, Collingwood
Opening Night: Friday 23rd November 6-9pm

Sydney: 22 Nov – 3 Dec @ M2 Gallery, 4/450 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Opening Night: Friday 24th November 6-9pm

The Australian winners of The Next Level competition are:

Adam Dunt

Alex Solis

Andrew Kostakis

Andy Sutton


Angelo Konofaos (knf)

Ark Eleven

Bill Hope



Brodee Leonard


Clare Brady

Colorbot/Ricardo Juårez

David Johnston

Dean A Jones


Elen Winata

Freddy Bustamante

Furry Little Peach

Greg Martin

Grizzly Street

HezronH Vivian

Janine Millington

Josh Thorsen Yung

Kalliopi Lyviaki

KatArt Illustrations



Little Fox


Matthew Heath

Meg Theodore

Michelle Webb

Mitch Revs

monstery and me

Nelson Nokela




Rosie Apps

Scott Gessler


Sophie Melissa

Stephen Mooney

Thayne Abraham

Tobe Fonseca

Street Tolio

Vivian Mineker


Yung Jiz Grafix

Zheng Qu

For more information visit: www.wacomnextlevel.com

Bentley Announces Finalists in 2017 Be Inspired Awards Program Recognising BIM Advancements in Infrastructure Design, Construction, and Operations

Winners to be Selected and Announced at The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, October 10-12 in Singapore

Bentley Systems, Incorporated, a leading global provider of comprehensive software solutions for advancing infrastructure, today announced the finalists in the 2017 Be Inspired Awards program. The annual awards honor the extraordinary work of Bentley users advancing infrastructure design, construction, and operations throughout the world. Ten independent jury panels comprising distinguished industry experts selected the 51 finalists from more than 400 nominations submitted by organizations in more than 50 countries.

The finalists will present their innovative projects to their peers, the jurors, industry thought leaders, and more than 120 members of the media as part of related infrastructure forums at The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference, October 10-12 in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.

This gathering of leading professionals in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations will feature:

  • thought-provoking keynotes by Bentley senior executives and prominent industry thought leaders
  • live technology presentations from Bentley’s alliance partners – Microsoft, Siemens, Bureau Veritas, and Topcon
  • opportunities for attendees to meet and have one-on-one discussions with awards finalists
  • informative industry forums and panel discussions featuring speakers from Microsoft, Siemens, Bureau Veritas, Australia Road Research Board, Applied Research & Associates, Building and Construction Authority of Singapore, and more
  • Be Inspired Awards finalists’ presentations on October 10 and 11
  • evening ceremony and gala featuring announcement of the Be Inspired Awards winners on October 12

The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference is an ideal opportunity for management-level executives in engineering firms, architecture firms, construction companies, and government or owner-operator organisations responsible for the design, delivery, and/or operations of infrastructure to share best practices and meet infrastructure professionals from around the world. All those who submitted a nomination in the Be Inspired Awards program are also invited to attend.

Bentley Systems Chief Communications Officer Chris Barron said, “The Year in Infrastructure Conference is a one-of-a-kind networking and learning experience for infrastructure leaders from around the world. This year we have an unprecedented number of participants for the Be Inspired program, and are pleased to congratulate and acknowledge all of the participants for their excellent work and inspiring projects. Conference attendees will have the chance to meet the awards finalists, and see them present their projects, which represent this year’s most outstanding BIM advancements in global infrastructure.”

This year’s conference will be held for the first time in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, one of the most iconic buildings in Asia. The structural design of Marina Bay Sands was done by Arup and was Bentley’s 2010 Be Inspired Award winner for Innovation in Structural Engineering.

Mike Lee, vice president of sales, Marina Bay Sands, said, “Marina Bay Sands is honoured to be the chosen venue for Bentley Systems’ first-to-Singapore conference. Our relationship with Bentley dates back to our construction days, as our iconic building was structurally engineered using Bentley Systems software. We look forward to welcoming Bentley and its delegates to our integrated resort to experience its multitude of business, leisure, and dining offerings under one roof.”


The Be Inspired Awards finalists for 2017 are as follows:

BIM Advancements in Bridges

  • AECOM – Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge – (New Haven, Connecticut, United States)
  • Arcadis-WSP/PB Joint Venture– Citylink Tulla Widening– (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
  • Long Jian Road & Bridge Co., Ltd. – Heihe - Blagoveshchensk Heilongjiang River (Amur River) Road Bridge Project– (Heihe City, Heilongjiang Province, China)

BIM Advancements in Buildings and Campuses

  • Morphosis – The Bloomberg Center – (New York, New York, United States)
  • Shalom Baranes Associates – Cannon House Office Building Renewal – (Washington, District of Columbia, United States)
  • WSP – 1 Blackfriars, London – (London, England, United Kingdom)

BIM Advancements in Construction

  • China Construction Sixth Engineering Division, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. – Sanya New Airport Reclamation Project – (Sanya, Hainan, China)
  • JMC2 – Heaven Sent – (Simi Valley, California, United States)
  • Leighton Asia – Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge – (Hong Kong)

BIM Advancements in Environmental Engineering

  • NJS Engineers India Pvt. Ltd. – JICA Assisted Ganga Action Plan-II – (Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India)
  • Raymond Vogel Landschaften AG – New Landscape for New Hydropower Plant in Hagneck – (Hagneck, Canton Bern, Switzerland)
  • Stream Environment Sdn. Bhd. – Automated Waste Collection System for Changi Airport Terminal 4 – (Singapore)

BIM Advancements in Manufacturing

  • CPC Corporation, Taiwan – Talin No.12 Topping Unit Project– (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
  • PJSC Giprotyumenneftegaz – Central Production Facility, Novoportovskoye Field – (Tyumen Region, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District, Russia)
  • Satria Technologies Sdn. Bhd. – Sustainable Solutions for Control and Protection Systems – (Klang, Selangor, Malaysia)

BIM Advancements in Mining and Offshore Engineering

  • AMEC Foster Wheeler – Gruyere Project – (South Dorothy Hills, Western Australia, Australia)
  • Offshore Oil Engineering Co., Ltd. – PL19-3 Oil Field Jacket Design and Development of ‘Fixed Offshore Structure Design Tool’ Software – (Tianjin, China)
  • Volgogradnefteproekt, LLC – Design of Electro-Technical Solutions and Systems for Control of the Conductor Supported Platform of Filanovsky Field– (Caspian Sea, Astrakhan Region, Russia)

BIM Advancements in Municipal Operations

  • AAM Group – Creating Singapore's National 3D Map Using Mobile Mapping – (Singapore)
  • Huadong Engineering Corporation Limited, PowerChina – Application of BIM Strategy for Shenzhen Qianhai Municipal Infrastructure – (Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China)
  • Tianjin Municipal Engineering Design & Research Institute – Construction and Design General Contracting of Retrofit Project at Haiyu East Line Municipal Road – (Sanya, Hainan Province, China)

BIM Advancements in Power Generation

  • China Water Resource Pearl River Planning Surveying & Designing Co., Ltd. – Wugachong Reservoir Project – (Pu'an County, Qianxinan Buyei and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China)
  • COBA – Engineering and Environmental Consultants – Kholombidzo Hydro Power Electric Plant – (District of Blantyre, Malawi)
  • PowerChina ZhongNan Engineering Corporation Limited – Digital Delivery of Qiongzhong Pumped Storage Power Station – (Qiongzhong County, Hainan Province, China)

BIM Advancements in Project Delivery

  • A Natural Gas Company – Implementation of a Comprehensive Technical Records & Information Management Program Powered by ProjectWise – (Canada)
  • Ghafari Associates, LLC – General Motors Productivity Improvement Program – (Various Locations, Michigan, United States)
  • Mott MacDonald and the Costain, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, Bachy Soletanche Joint Venture – East Section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel – (London, England, United Kingdom)

BIM Advancements in Rail and Transit

  • China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co. Ltd.; Yungui Railway Yunnan Co. Ltd. – Application of BIM Strategy for Dali to Ruili Railway Project – (Baoshan, Yunnan Province, China)
  • Jacobs/Zephyr UAS – Mapping 42 Miles of California High Speed Rail Corridor Utilizing UAVs – (Burbank to Los Angeles to Anaheim, California, United States)
  • MRT Corporation Sdn. Bhd. – Klang Valley Mass Rapid Transit (KVMRT) SSP Line – (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

BIM Advancements in Reality Modeling

  • CEDD-AECOM-The Earth Solutions – Development of Anderson Road Quarry Site – (Hong Kong)
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Architectural Engineering – Virtual Penn State Campus – (University Park, Pennsylvania, United States)
  • The Sanborn Map Company, Inc. – Sanborn3D HD Maps for Autonomous Driving: Santa Clara – (Santa Clara County, California, United States)

BIM Advancements in Roads

  • AECOM (Poland) – Road Design and Inter-disciplinary Coordination of the E10 Avvakko-Lappeasuando Project – (Gällivare kommun, Norrbottens län, Sweden)
  • CCCC First Highway Consultants Co., Ltd. – Application of BIM Strategy on the Transformation of Meiguan Expressway to Urban Road Design Project – (Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China)
  • CH2M Fairhurst JV – A9 Dualling - Glen Garry to Dalraddy – (Dalwhinnie, Highlands, United Kingdom)

BIM Advancements in Road and Rail Asset Performance

  • New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) – NJDOT / Public Private Partnership of a Bentley-Hosted SUPERLOAD System for Oversize / Overweight Vehicle Permitting and Routing – (Trenton, New Jersey, United States)
  • Oregon Department of Transportation – TransInfo – A Connected Data Environment for Transportation – (Salem, Oregon, United States)
  • Highways England – Network Occupancy Management System (NOMS) – (Strategic Road Network, England, United Kingdom)

BIM Advancements in Utilities and Industrial Asset Performance

  • AES Indianapolis Power and Light – T&D Implementation of Asset Risk at Indianapolis Power & Light – (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States)
  • BP – Khazzan Central Information Store (CIS) – (Khazzan Field, Block 61, Ad Dhahirah Governorate, Oman)
  • North Caspian Operating Company N.V. – Kashagan Oilfield Corrosion and Inspection Management Project in the North Caspian Sea and Bolashak Operating Production Facility – (Atyrau Region, North Caspian Sea, Kazakhstan)

BIM Advancements in Utilities Transmission and Distribution

  • Hubei Electric Power Survey and Design Institute – Macheng Caijiazhai Wind Farm Project – (Macheng, Hubei Province, China)
  • Pestech International Berhad – Automation and Integration of Substation Design Work for 230kV Project – (Kratie and Kampong Cham, Cambodia)
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company – Reality Modeling in Bentley Substation – (San Francisco, California, United States)

BIM Advancements in Water and Wastewater Plants

  • Beijing Institute of Water – Tongzhou Water Works of Beijing South-to-North Water Diversion Project – (Beijing, China)
  • Shanghai New Jinshan Investment Holding Group Co., Ltd. – Xinjiang Water Purification No.2 Plant and Supporting Pipe Network – (Jinshan District, Shanghai, China)
  • MWH Ltd. (operating in CiM6 alliance) – Netheridge STW – (Gloucester, England, United Kingdom)

BIM Advancements in Water Networks

  • Manila Water Company, Inc. – Manila Water Natural Calamity Risk Resiliency and Mitigation Masterplan – (National Capital Region, Rizal Province, Philippines)
  • Enorsul - Sanitation Services – Optimization of Water Distribution System and Reduction of Losses – (Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil)
  • AEGEA – AEGEA Prolagos Sewerage Master Plan 2041 – (Região dos Lagos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)


About The Be Inspired Awards Program and The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference

Since 2004, the Be Inspired Awards program has showcased excellence and innovation in the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure projects around the world. The Be Inspired Awards program is unique – the only competition of its kind that is global in scope and comprehensive in categories covered, encompassing all types of infrastructure projects. In the awards program, which is open to all users of Bentley software, independent panels of industry experts select finalists for each category. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com/BeInspired.


Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference is a global gathering of leading executives in the world of infrastructure design, construction, and operations. The conference features a series of presentations and interactive workshops exploring the intersection of technology and business drivers, and how they are shaping the future of infrastructure project delivery and asset performance.


Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference will include:

  • The Buildings and Campuses Forum
  • The Digital Cities Forum
  • The Industrial Forum
  • The Rail and Transit Forum
  • The Roads and Bridges Forum
  • The Utilities and Water Forum
  • The Be Inspired Awards Ceremony
  • Alliance Partner Pavilion and Sessions
  • The Project Delivery Summit (by invitation only)
  • The Infrastructure Asset Performance Summit (by invitation only)
  • The CIO Summit (by invitation only)


The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Sponsors

  • Platinum: Microsoft
  • Gold: ARC Advisory Group, BNP Media, Engineering News-Record, Informed Infrastructure, New Civil Engineer, PennEnergy, Reliabilityweb.com, SPAR 3D, Water & Wastewater International


For more details and a complete list of sponsors, including Silver level, click here.


The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Alliance Partners

  • Bureau Veritas
  • Microsoft
  • Siemens
  • Topcon


The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference Supporting Partners

  • Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE)
  • Bluefield Research
  • Building and Construction Authority, Singapore
  • CEATI International, Inc.
  • Chemtech Foundation
  • FIG (International Federation of Surveyors)
  • InfoNetrix
  • Institution of Engineers, Singapore
  • ISGF (India Smart Grid Forum)
  • Korea BIM Association
  • Newton-Evans Research Company
  • OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium)
  • Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau
  • Your Singapore
  • Zpryme


Media Day

On October 9, more than 120 journalists from leading media outlets around the globe will gather at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore for Bentley’s annual Media Day briefing. These journalists will also participate in The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference.

For additional information about The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference or to register, click here. Follow us on Twitter @bentleysystems and follow the news leading up to this event using these hashtags: #YII2017 and #GoingDigital. Like Bentley Systems on Facebook: http://facebook.com/bentleysystems, and follow us on LinkedIn.

Vinylmnky x DEZINE FREE Vinyl giveaway

We've partnered with Vinylmnky to share our interview with the alt-pop duo Shallows by giving you a free, limited edition 7-inch clear vinyl*.

Get your FREE vinyl here!

Shallows is Dani Poppitt and Marshall Gallagher, two imminent songwriter/producers living in Los Angeles. The project itself is the centre of an ambitious musical venn diagram; an attempt to erase the line between alternative and pop, underground and mainstream, grunge and glitter. By using sounds and melodies plucked from all decades and disciplines of music, Poppitt and Gallagher design songs with little regard for current fashion, while still respecting the craft of creating relevant pop hits. And of course, having a little too much fun in the process. The duo has been compared to everyone from Katy Perry to Robyn to Chvrches, and they are definitely ones to watch in 2017!

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Kylie Jenner in trouble for allegedly copying artist

On Tuesday TMZ reported that the 19-year-old reality TV personality is facing a lawsuit for allegedly copying a British artist’s work.

Sara Pope (who's artwork you can check out here) claims Jenner copied one of her most well-known pieces, Temptation Neon, which is a painting of white teeth biting lips. The contemporary artists said the image is very similar to a graphic used on the promo for Jenner’s upcoming TV series.

You can see a comparison of the artworks below:

This news comes hot off the heels of another recent Jenner controversy in which Kylie and her sister Kendall Jenner were blasted for their vintage t-shirt line in which they printed their own images over the covers of classic albums.

Wacom Unveils The Newest Additions To Its Bamboo Family Of Smartpads: Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio

How often have you forgotten that important note or lost it in the clutter? Help is here. Wacom’s Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio smartpads help thinkers and doers capture, shape, share and organise ideas on the go.

“Our Bamboo smartpads are made to naturally fit into any workflow, fusing the ease of writing naturally on pen and paper with digital technology to transform thoughts to ideas. The smartpads provide a proactive solution for those that are looking to organise and protect their valuable ideas as they bring them from paper to the cloud – whether that’s at home, at school or at work,” says Mike Gay, Senior Vice President for Wacom’s Consumer Business Unit.

Form meets function for on-the-go note taking and idea generating

Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio smartpads allow users to turn their handwritten notes or sketches into digital files with a simple push of a button. The use of Wacom’s Inkspace app and other integrated cloud services, offer easy editing and access from anywhere across the globe. Inkspace is the central hub for all digital ink files in the Wacom cloud providing a search function, helping users to manage their handwritten notes.

They’re ideal for note takers and idea creators – whether it’s the business traveller that needs a professional notepad to capture and organise meeting notes and ideas, students that jot down and pack their notes from class to study sessions to home, or teachers that need to record and protect their valuable lesson plans.

Bamboo Slate is a small version with no cover and a lower price tag, suitable for the at home “hobbyist” whilst the Bamboo Folio provides an added benefit for those looking to easily and safely transport their notes and ideas. The textured cover keeps everything in place and provides stylish protection with extra slots for business cards and other documents.


Stay organised

The Bamboo smartpads provide peace of mind so you never have to worry about losing a good idea again. Store and organise notes in Wacom Inkspace or easily add them to DropBox, Evernote or OneNote from a smartphone. Files can also be saved locally (up to 100 pages) on both Bamboo Folio and Slate.

Once handwritten notes are converted to digital files, users can download the Bamboo Paper app to easily highlight notes to review with classmates or add annotations to a presentation. With a paid subscription to Wacom Inkspace Plus, users can also convert images to vector files and collaborate in real-time mode, so friends and colleagues can watch ideas come to life remotely as they are drawn on paper.


Pricing and availability

Bamboo Slate and Bamboo Folio are available for purchase at Scorptec AU, Noel Leeming NZ, PB Technologies NZ and online via www.buywacom.com.au

Bamboo Slate, small - $189.00   Bamboo Slate, large - $219.00

Bamboo Folio, small - $219.00   Bamboo Folio, large - $289.00

For additional information, view:

Bamboo Slate – https://vimeo.com/216789660

Bamboo Folio – https://vimeo.com/216789601

Babies and Children Wear Labels are Leading the Way in Sustainable Fashion

Just as organic food is becoming mainstream in developed countries, organic clothing is also gaining popularity in recent years. As new moms meticulously look for things are safe and best for their babies, organic baby and children’s clothing is gaining popularity. As we all know cotton clothing has a very good reputation as it lets your skin breathe and regulates body temperature.

But, recent studies have helped consumers realise that conventional cotton uses nearly 25% of world’s insecticides and pesticides. All these residues are still left in the cotton clothes we wear without us even realising it. As baby skin is more soft, delicate and porous these pesticide residues can penetrate their skin and might aggravate skin issues.

The reason organic cotton clothing is gaining popularity is that it is grown from non-GM seeds and without the use of pesticides and insecticides, making them safe for sensitive and delicate baby skin. As it is not treated with any chemicals the strands are relatively strong, versatile and durable. Organic clothing last longer than conventional cotton clothing. Baby boutiques that source wholesale baby and children’s clothes are opting to buy from brands that offer organic clothing. This is a welcoming trend in the fashion industry. The fashion industry is one of the major cause of environmental pollution and clothing made using GOTS certified organic cotton is not only gentle on the skin and also a better choice for the environment.

NIOVI, an Australian organic baby clothing brand wants to change the way in which the fashion industry operates. After first hand witnessing the impact the fast fashion industry has on the environment, the founders decided to start their own fashion label primarily following a slow fashion transparent business model. Started with a small retail range they have now started offering wholesale on their baby clothes and looking to expand up to size 7 in coming years. Speaking to the founders, they say though many brands are shifting towards the organic trend, it is very important to source clothing that conforms to GOTS or any other reputable organic standard. The standards and certification ensure that the clothing sourced is indeed organic and they are treated separately to prevent cross contamination. As the first 7 years of development is crucial for a baby, NIOVI wants to focus on that age group and slowly expand to larger age groups if the trend continues.

Fair work culture and ethical manufacturing need to be the norm in the fashion industry and we have to focus on reducing the fashion trash that is ending up in the landfill. Retailers and consumers need to start making choices that are safe for the environment and also people involved in the supply chain.

DEZINE Black & White - OUT NOW!

The first special edition of DEZINE is now available!

As always we’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our readers and featured artists. We hope you enjoy this edition of the magazine.

Check out the full magazine below:

Combine the atmosphere of BladeRunner with the universe of Cyberpunk, and the brainchild of Josh Van Zuylen is born.

CyberRunner, a project inspired by the incredible works of Mike Pondsmith, Syd Mead and David Snyder, encapsulates an audience in ways designer, Josh Van Zuylen, never thought it would.

The ultimate goal for Josh was to stand alongside these high-profile legends that helped to create the dystopian science fiction culture. This project strongly connects with the dark urban underworld and throughout, showcases a virtual monolithic city with hidden stories written in neon and scratched paint, offering mystery on every corner. “I was obsessed with the theme, I couldn’t get it out of my head and it kept growing bigger and better”, says Josh Van Zuylen.

Josh primarily used Wacom’s Intuos Pro pen tablet as he describes it as the most efficient and fun way to model and create any computer generated content. The Wacom Intuos Pro aided Josh with a number of assets including concept modelling, UV, baking, texturing, engine implementation, all the way down to shader creation.

After the initial burst of inspiration, Josh set out by creating several visualisation sketches in 3D, a process called white boxing. In this first stage, Josh looked at the main layouts, large shapes and forms as well as primitive lighting.

Once he was happy with the white box, Josh moved into a stage called proxy modelling.This stage is where Josh fleshed out the scope and visual theme for the world. He then took a simple asset that would be represented by a cube in a white box and started to model shapes that formed silhouettes. This helps the assets to start looking like the end result without spending a large amount of development time, thus enabling them to be revised faster. This is a great way of working when you have no concept art and thrive to develop your original designs.

Once Josh created the proxy models and had a clear direction of where the project was headed, he moved into production. Designing high-resolution models and their realtime counterparts was accelerated and made possible with the use of the Wacom Intuos

Pro along with Photoshop, Quixel, Substance and Unreal Engine 4. These tools were critical as without some of the technology used, it would not have been able to run in real-time at 4K resolution.

The art-deco monstrous project demanded a total of six months solid work in production. Josh details the project as “huge in scale, especially as a solo personal assignment. It was an iterative process that included set dressing, developing several lighting scenarios, shader and weather systems, animation and cinematography. At one point, rebuilding the entire environment as the scene hierarchy was not working”.

View the CyberRunner video and gallery via: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/JBbzR

For further information about Wacom visit www.buywacom.com.au

Issue 03 OUT NOW!

The third issue of the magazine is now available!

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our readers and featured artists.

Check out the full magazine below: