Nikon Corporation and Verily Life Sciences LLC Establish Strategic Alliance to Develop Machine Learning-Enabled Solutions for Diabetes-Related Eye Disease
Dec 28 16
Nikon Corporation and its subsidiary Optos Plc announced a strategic alliance with Verily Life Sciences LLC in the field of machine learning-enabled retinal imaging. The companies will collaborate on creating technology and solutions for enhanced screening of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema by diabetes-treating physicians and others to assist in efficient referral of patients to eyecare specialists, and provide these specialists with assisted reading programs for easier diagnosis of disease. Diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema are leading causes of blindness among adults around the world, and improved access and screening rates can prevent disease progression and blindness. Through an exclusive collaboration in numerous geographies, Nikon (including its subsidiary Optos) and Verily will co-develop solutions for the earlier detection of diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema. The partnership will combine Nikon's leadership in optical engineering and precision manufacturing, its proprietary ultra-widefield technology and strong commercial presence among eyecare specialists, and Verily's machine learning technology. Together, Nikon and Verily will work to provide innovative medical solutions to assist physicians, and address a broad population of diabetic patients. About diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular edema Diabetic macular edema is a complication of diabetic retinopathy, caused by fluid accumulation in the eye. Early detection and intervention can significantly reduce the risk of permanent vision loss from these diseases, so effective screening of patients is crucial.
Nikon Corporation Launches D5600 DX-Format Digital SLR
Nov 10 16
Nikon Corporation has announced the release of the D5600, an entry-level DX-format digital SLR designed reportedly for photography hobbyists and content creators to explore different creative and artistic expressions. With convenient connectivity features, the D5600 is also built for easy sharing and social storytelling. The D5600 is equipped with a range of features that encourages users to capture and communicate their stories. Featuring a vari-angle LCD monitor that flips out and rotates, it is possible to shoot from nearly any angle for greater creative freedom. The touch-screen operation so popular with the D5500 has been further enhanced in the D5600 with the addition of a crop function for use during playback zoom, and a frame advance bar that allows scrolling through images in playback mode easily. The D5600 also incorporates a time-lapse movie function equivalent to that of the more advanced Nikon D7200, enabling users to capture changing scenes over a time period and create stunning time-lapse videos. In addition, a constant connection between the D5600 and a smart device is possible using the SnapBridge app and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology. Images captured are automatically transferred to the paired smart device and users can upload and share high-quality images in a seamless, integrated process. The image transfer continues even after the camera has been turned off. SnapBridge also enables automatic image upload to NIKON IMAGE SPACE. Furthermore, wireless video transfer and remote shooting are possible via Wi-Fi. SnapBridge support for constant connection of the D5600 to a smart device: Support for the SnapBridge app means that with one-time setup, a constant connection between the D5600 and a smart device is maintained, realizing simple automatic transfer of photos. In addition, a number of convenient functions, including automatic upload to Nikon's photo sharing service, NIKON IMAGE SPACE, the addition of copyright information and comments to photos, and automatic synchronization of camera date/time and location information with that of the smart device, can be used. What's more, the D5600 also supports the high-speed transfer of selected still images, movie transfer, and remote capture of still images when Wi-Fi is enabled. A vari-angle LCD monitor that makes capturing creating photos easy from any angle: The D5600 is equipped with a 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor that enables shooting from low angles, high angles, and even selfies. A touch screen has also been adopted. Naturally, it supports the same touch operation available with the D5500, but it also features the frame advance bar adopted for the high-end D5 and D500 for scrolling through images in full-frame playback. In addition, the touch Fn function so popular with the D5500 has been expanded to support the enabling and disabling of auto ISO sensitivity control, and operation with viewfinder shooting has also been improved. An effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels and support for a broad range of sensitivities ISO 100 to 25,600 enable expression with superior image quality: The camera offers an effective pixel count of 24.2-million pixels. It is equipped with a Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter. This achieves capture of images that make the most of the superior rendering characteristics of NIKKOR lenses. The EXPEED 4 image-processing engine has been adopted, and a broad range of standard sensitivities are supported ISO 100 to 25600, the combination of which enables capture of highly detailed images in which noise is effectively suppressed, even with shooting in dark or dimly lit surroundings. Equipped with the same time-lapse movie function found in more advanced models: The D5600 is newly equipped with the time-lapse movie function, which allows users to easily compress long periods of time into short ones, entirely within the camera, to express changes that occur over time, such as the shapes of clouds as they roll by, or the movement of people and cars through city streets. In addition, the exposure smoothing function makes capturing beautiful time-lapse movies easier by suppressing variations in exposure caused by changes in lighting that occur naturally, such as when the sun comes up or goes down. Time-lapse movies recorded with the camera can also be transferred to a smart device via SnapBridge.
Nikon Corporation Announces Dividend for the First Half Ended September 30, 2016, Payable on December 1, 2016; Provides Year-End Dividend Guidance for the Year Ending March 31, 2017
Nov 9 16
Nikon Corporation announced dividend of JPY 12.00 per share for the first half ended September 30, 2016 compared to JPY 8.00 per share for the same period a year ago. The date of dividend payout is December 1, 2016.
For the year ending March 31, 2017, the company expects to pay year-end dividend of JPY 4.00 per share compared to JPY 10.00 per share for the same period a year ago.