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October only means one thing — winter is coming. Don’t let the cold bother you this time around; meet the USB heated vest from JY Electronics.

This vest keeps you toasty and warm, thanks to heating pads inside. If you need it warmer, you can adjust the temperature with varying degrees with a single press of a button.

Not feeling the design? Let JY Electronics customize your jacket for you. Aside from bubble vests, they can make you a wool coat, leather biker jacket, or even a faux-fur parka filled with heating pads that powers up through USB.

The basic USB heated vest starts at $20, with no minimum amount of orders.


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Second GNI Innovation Challenge is now accepting applicants

Winners get a US$ 250,000 funding

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Google News Initiative hosts the annual Innovation Challenge to support projects in journalism and for its second year, they are now accepting applicants from the Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s Innovation Challenge will focus on projects that increase audience engagement for news providers. Everyone can apply as long as they commit to an authentic and trustworthy news ecosystem.

To apply, applicants must come from eligible countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Google will ask for project descriptions and budget information on its online application form. All projects must have clear indicators showing its impact from a user and/or business perspective. Also, there is a one-year deadline for delivering the project.

There are four criteria for judging: impact on news ecosystem, innovation, feasibility, and inspiration. Winners of the challenge will receive a funding of up to US$ 250,000 and 70% financing for all the projects’ costs.

To know more about the Innovation Challenge, visit Google News Initiative website.

The Google News initiative is Google’s effort to help the news industry. It builds products, partner with organizations, and conducts programs to help journalism thrive in the digital age.

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Global Sources: Lovots

A robot meant to love and be loved

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Feeling lonely? Here’s a robot who exists to love and be loved.

Meet Tomato and Wasabi. These Lovots (derived from the words Love and Robot) were developed by a Japanese startup called GrooveX.

They aren’t the typical robots that try to be an all-around helper. Its purpose is to stay cute, get your attention, interact with you, and make you happy. Emotional bonds with robots may seem implausible, but it’s difficult to ignore them. Especially with their kind, googly eyes that draw your attention.

Moreover, they laugh when you play with them, fall asleep when you cuddle and remembers if you were mean as if they have emotions.

While this may be shocking and groundbreaking, the creators of Lovot believe this robot can make an impact on relieving stress. For now, it’s too early to tell but one thing’s for sure: Lovots are here for you to love and they won’t leave you, unlike your ex.


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Global Sources: Travel Vacuum Compressor

Reduce extra space and make room for more clothes

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Frequent travelers are always finding ways to make living out of a suitcase easier.

At Global Sources 2019, we chanced across VAGO, a vacuum pump that makes more room in your suitcase. It’s the smallest and lightest of its kind in the market, which is about the size of an egg but extremely light.

This small device can reduce the space taken up by your clothes by up to 50%. Who knew this would be a godsend for all the travelers out there?

So, how does it work? Fill your vacuum bag with clothes, screw-on VAGO, and plug it into a power source like a power bank. Easy, right?

The VAGO Vacuum Compressor is available in four colors: White, Black, Purple, and Pink. For more information, you can visit their website.


Global Sources Consumer Electronics is the world’s largest electronics sourcing show bridging suppliers and resellers. For more information visit GlobalSources.com.

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