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Stanford Student Entrepreneur Raised $800K on Kickstarter

Palo Alto, CA, April 02, 2015 — /EPR ELECTRONICS NEWS/ — Stanford student Jerming Gu, founder of CANDY HOUSE Inc., raised more than $800,000 dollars after his product launch on Kickstarter. Sesame – the world’s first instant smart lock – reached its funding goal in nine hours when first introduced. Currently, nearly 5,000 supporters have backed the project.

Sesame allows users to lock and unlock their doors using the Sesame app on their smartphones. It is the only smart lock that syncs the movement of the lock with the phone, providing exact control of the angle to which the lock turns.

Gu is a mechanical engineering master candidate from Stanford University. Originally from Taiwan, Gu is someone who usually thinks outside the box. Disruptor, troublemaker, entrepreneur, as he calls himself.

“There has got to be smarter ways to live our life,” Gu said.

Gu said he got the idea for smart lock due to his experience living in Asia where technology is relatively less developed.

With five-patented design, Sesame works with just about any deadbolt in the world. Users can install it in seconds, without replacing existing lock or removing anything. Current model is optimized for US/Canada/northern Europe Markets.

CANDY HOUSE also offers optional access point, which connects Sesame to the Internet when plugged into any nearby outlet. It lets users control Sesame wherever they are.

With Internet connection capability, users can allow guests in remotely. They can also control who has access and when. To ensure safety, the Sesame app also sends out a notification whenever the door opens or closes.

About CANDY HOUSE
Founded and developed by Stanford University students, CANDY HOUSE, Inc. is a candy store that sells dreams, putting the joy and surprise of innovative technology in the hands of consumers, just like candy. It is also a design house, developing and manufacturing products that inspire a minimal lifestyle. It launched its first product – Sesame, the world’s first instant smart lock – in February 2015. For more information about CANDY HOUSE, Inc., visit the site online or follow it on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact CANDY HOUSE
media@candyhouse.co
(650) 644-5681

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Sesame – smart lock that changes the world

Palo Alto, CA, March 27, 2015 — /EPR ELECTRONICS NEWS/ — Sesame, the world’s first instant smart lock, raised more than seven times of its funding goal on Kickstarter. Launched on Kickstarter on Feb. 25, 2015, Sesame has raised more than $760,000 from backers all over the world.

The smart lock, which allows users to control their door with a smartphone app, attracted thousands.

Connected to users’ phone via Bluetooth, Sesame allows users full control of the lock, even to the exact angle a lock turns. With the optional Wi-Fi Access Point that connects Sesame to the Internet, users don’t even have to be physically near Sesame. The remote control feature allows people to send access to their friends and keep track of whether the door’s locked wherever they are.

With five-patented design, Sesame works with just about any deadbolt in the world. Users can install it in seconds, without replacing existing lock or removing anything. Current model is optimized for US/Canada/Singapore/Norway/Sweden Markets.

With market of Internet of Things (IoT) expanding rapidly, backers are turning more and more attention to smart gadgets that make their life easier. Founded by two students from Stanford University, CANDY HOUSE Inc. designs and manufactures products that inspire a minimal yet joyful lifestyle.

“People will carry less and less things when leave the house, that’s the trend,” said Jerming Gu, founder of Candy House.

Wallet, keys, and cell phone. People used to bring three things when they leave home. Now walltet is gradually replaced by keys. The Starbucks app pays your green tea frappuccino, you Venmo money to a friend for getting late-night pizza, you hop on a Uber without worrying about cab fare or tip.

“With Sesame, the next thing to disappear are the keys,” said Gu.

Contact-Details: CANDY HOUSE Inc.
media@candyhouse.co

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1st Patented Mobile Vampire Proof Charger Starts Kickstarter Campaign During SXSW!

Currently one of the Top 4 Most Popular projects on Kickstarter in the Technology category and almost 50% funded in Just 2 Days!

An Austin start-up company, Vampire Labs, has solved Vampire Energy Loss in the most ubiquitous of products – mobile devices. The Vampire Proof™ Mobile Charger is a breakthrough in smart charging as current mobile chargers (phone, tablet, etc.) continue to suck energy off the grid when they are left plugged in and disconnected from your mobile device – this is known as Vampire Energy Loss. Just think about the energy waste impact for the billions of chargers that are plugged in all over the world; this energy waste affects all of us – extremely bad for the environment causing extra CO2 production. So, to sum it up: Vampire Energy Loss Sucks!

With the Kickstarter campaign, Vampire Labs is unveiling a simple and sleek, 2-USB port Vampire Proof smart charger that will stop wasted energy. This campaign will enable Vampire Labs to manufacture Vampire Proof chargers on a larger scale. In turn, your pledge will empower you to stop Vampire Energy Loss with the Vampire Proof charger – saving money and decreasing our footprint. Saving global energy that is otherwise wasted is just smart.

Vampire Labs is offering a great pre-order Kickstarter prices starting at $25.00. The link to the Kickstarter page is: http://kck.st/1hT43a3

For more information:
Jaclyn Olivas
Jaclyn@vampirelabs.com

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Smarter Systems Names Former Consulting Firm Executive To President Role

Barry Whaling, Chief Executive Officer, Smarter Systems, announced today that Theresa Ulyatt has been named President, effective today, December 1, 2010. Both Whaling and Ulyatt will be working together to lead the company. Collectively, with the team, they will forge a strategic plan focusing on continued growth, product and service expansion and infrastructure scalability in the business.

Barry Whaling, CEO, said, “We are very excited to have Theresa Ulyatt join the Smarter Systems team. She is the exact combination of experienced executive and quality leader that we were looking for, and we are pleased to have attracted such outstanding talent. The Smarter Systems team is united in the vision that her energetic management style, along with a proven track record of driving growth, is exactly what we need to achieve our full potential. I believe Theresa is the ideal person to assist me in leading Smarter Systems forward and I’m honored to get the chance to work with her. As far as I’m concerned, the best is yet to come.”

Prior to joining Smarter Systems, Ulyatt held an executive leadership role with NouvEON, a management-consulting firm based in Charlotte where she led Strategy and Talent. Theresa also spent time with Wachovia/Wells Fargo in IT and HR Recruiting leadership. While still in the Northeast, Theresa was the Founder and CEO of two Executive Search firms in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.

Ulyatt commented about her new role, stating, “The opportunity to co-lead this young, successful organization is exhilarating. I believe in Barry Whaling and what he has built and in this company’s potential. The Smarter Systems technology solutions are leading edge and add such tremendous value; I am excited about being part of that. The team is hard working and ‘in it together’.”

Whaling noted that during the lean, recession years Smarter Systems pushed hard and worked to serve their customer needs, delivering on promises, watching expenses and staying close to their core company values. These fundamentals served the company well. In its first year of business the company far exceeded all benchmarks for revenue set at inception. In its second year, it doubled in gross revenue and kept expenses impressively low. In these challenging economic times, Whaling feels grateful to a committed team of employees and loyal customers who make it happen.

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Retro HP 35s Launched to Commemorate 35th Anniversary of First HP Handheld Calculator

HP has recently unveiled the retro HP 35s Scientific Calculator in commemoration of the original HP-35, the world’s first handheld scientific calculator launched 35 years ago.

As part of its year-long 35th anniversary celebration of the company’s entry in the handheld calculator business, HP also named the winners of its nationwide calculator video contest.

The HP 35s pays tribute to its revered lineage with a classic design that is reminiscent of the original HP-35, including protective raised edges so that the calculator rests nicely in the palm of one’s hand.

The new calculator is also HP’s most advanced scientific programmable calculator, featuring ample memory for keystroke programming, equation solving and more than 800 storage registers; 100 built-in functions; and a large, two-line display with adjustable contrast to easily view entries.

For greater flexibility, the HP 35s allows users to easily switch between Reverse Polish Notation (RPN), HP’s exclusive time-saving input mode, and the traditional algebraic mode. In addition, the HP 35s comes with a premium zippered protective pouch.

“With the HP 35s, HP honors the legendary HP-35 scientific calculator, which revolutionized the way engineers and scientists worked and marked the birth of HP’s innovative heritage in the handheld calculator market,” said Sam Kim, acting general manager, Calculator Division, Personal Systems Group, HP. “And today’s winning contest videos help share this HP story, showing the new online generation how HP calculators touch people’s lives.”

“HP Calculator Casting Call” winners
The “HP Calculator Casting Call” winners were announced at the HP Golden Calculator Awards, a stylish event held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home of the original Academy Awards ceremony. The video contest invited entrants to share their personal HP calculator experiences, and entries were judged based on the categories of Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Technical Film.

Celebrity guest Sean Gullette, star of the award-winning movie “pi”, presented theVoters’ Choice award. The Voters’ Choice winner won a HP 50-inch High-Definition Plasma TV.

The winners were:

Best Actor: Gerry Ouellete, “Confessions of a Rocket Scientist”
Best Actress: Actress in Robert Wiest’s video, “Calculator Man”
Best Screenplay: Chuck Innocenzi, “Success Breeds Success”
Best Technical Film: Jamie Coy, “20 Questions with your HP 12c”
Voters’ Choice: Robert Wiest, “Calculator Man”

The winning videos are at hpgoldencalculatorawards.com and more information onHP’s 35-year history in the handheld calculator market are available to view and read at www.hp.com/go/35celebration.

HP Calculators today
In the tradition of the
HP-35 scientific calculator that rendered the slide rule virtually obsolete, HP offers a complete line of market-leading financial, graphing and scientific calculators. The company’s high-end graphing calculators offer more connectivity options and greater configurability than other calculators in their class, and the HP12c Financial Calculator has become an industry standard in the business and finance community with more than 15 million units sold to date.

Information about HP’s calculator line, as well as on-demand training videos, computer-based training and step-by-step learning modules for each of HP’s current calculators, is available at www.hp.com/calculators.

Availability and pricing
The HP 35s Scientific Calculator is available for a suggested retail price of $59.99 (1) at
www.hp.com and select retailers and bookstores across the United States. A complete list of resellers is available at www.hp.com/calculators/resellers.

More information on the HP 35s and other HP mobility solutions is available in an online press kit at hp.com/go/Mobility2007.

About HP
HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $97.1 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2007.

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