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C360 Technologies, a startup working in 360-degree video, receives $3.5 million in funding

COURTNEY LINDER
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
clinder@post-gazette.com
3:28 PM AUG 2, 2017

A startup in Pine is the first Pittsburgh-area company and the fourth overall to receive funding from Boeing’s new venture capital arm, HorizonX Ventures.

C360 Technologies Inc. creates 360-degree video solutions for broadcast, and has been in operation since 2008.

C360 reported $3.5 million in an oversubscribed Series A funding round Wednesday afternoon, led by HorizonX and Wexford-based BlueTree Capital Group. An oversubscribed round includes more investment than was originally projected.

The company originally projected $2.5 million, according to a spokesperson.

HorizonX and BlueTree are also accompanied by investments from York, Penn.-based MI-12 Ventures and Pasadena Angels in California.

The company’s proprietary processes have earned it relationships with Fox Sports, CBS Sports, ESPN, TNT, NASCAR, the National Football League and the National Hockey League, among others.

Fox Sports used a camera from C360 for its Super Bowl LI coverage in February.

C360 develops 360-degree video and virtual reality content that does not require multi-headed cameras or “stitching,” which involves arranging multiple photos into one cohesive image.

The company also credits itself for having the “industry’s smallest pro-grade immersive camera,” according to its website. An immersive camera can shoot 360-degree video for use in virtual reality applications.

Investment from this round will be used to develop advanced features like C360 replay applications, additional camera controls and video insertion for virtual reality and augmented animation.

Boeing’s presence through HorizonX extends C360’s reach in future advancements in streaming virtual reality to second screen devices in the aeronautical industry. A second screen experience revolves around one device, such as a mobile phone, being used to enhance the experience on another device, like a television or monitor.

Potential aerospace applications of C360’s innovative video technology include more capable autonomous systems and other advanced platforms.

In the past few months, HorizonX has invested in an Austin, Texas-based artificial intelligence company, an aircraft manufacturing startup based in Kirkland, Washington and a Herndon, Virginia-based wearable technology firm.

“Boeing’s support for the growth of C360 Technologies is a testament to the capabilities of the company’s platform technology and founding team, said Catherine Mott of BlueTree Capital Group in a release. “We are very pleased with this partnership.”

​Courtney Linder: clinder@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1707. Twitter: @LinderPG.

 

 

Timberland x Thread is here!  Get yours now.  timberland.com/markmakers/thread

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Global retail chain Timberland has partnered with Thread, a company that hires workers in developing countries to create environmentally sustainable textiles, to release a line of shoes and bags crafted from plastic bottles.

Thread uses materials collected in Honduras and Haiti to craft its fabrics, creating jobs for thousands of people in the developing world in the process, according to the company.

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Because Thread fabric is tracked throughout its creation, the partnership will allow Timberland customers to learn about the workers who’ve helped create the products they buy, as well as understand the impact each boot or bag has had on developing communities.

“Working together transparently, we’re able to look beyond recycled materials toward the rich social impact consumers care about and the stories that bring consumers to life,” Thread CEO Ian Rosenberger said in a statement.

ERIE, PA (PRWEB) JUNE 16, 2016
PA-based RendrFX now offers over a half million royalty-free studio quality HD videos, images and music to enable customers an easy way to add stock content and easily create custom videos for social media, websites and online marketing needs.

Continuing with the momentum of their official launch in May 2016, RendrFX has partnered with VideoBlocks to empower customers to create even more engaging video content. RendrFX customers now have access to VideoBlocks’ growing offerings of 110,000 studio quality HD videos and motion graphics; GraphicStock’s over 300,000 royalty-free vectors, illustrations and photos; and AudioBlocks’ over 100,000 royalty-free music, SFX, and loops.
“No longer does a customer have to spend time finding video and graphics. A partnership with VideoBlocks allows each customer to easily create even more video without the hassle of having to shoot video or photography or worry about commercial licensing sertraline 50 mg.”, says Mat Silva, co-founder of RendrFX. “It is a dream come true for social media marketers who have been struggling to create video. The traffic from the 24 billion+ social media video views that occur every day has been seemingly out of reach, until now.”

VideoBlocks content is available to each customer while creating a video within the RendrFX platform. Customers can easily browse available stock or upload their own content for use within their video.

With the hundreds of millions of hours of video viewed on Facebook, YouTube, SnapChat, Twitter, and other platforms each day, RendrFX’s easy to use video creation platform and VideoBlocks’ repository of stock video, imagery and audio truly give power to the customer to create engaging social video.

Over 170 designs can be accessed via http://www.rendrFX.com and videos can easily be created online without professional video editing skills, intensive computing, or extensive cost.

STRATHAM, N.H., June 2, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland today announced a partnership with responsible fabric manufacturer Thread, furthering both brands’ longstanding commitment to environmental and social responsibility. Crafted from plastic bottles collected in Haiti and Honduras, Thread™ Ground to Good™ fabric challenges how the world thinks about recycled PET. Going beyond environmental sustainability, Thread also creates social value in the form of cleaner neighborhoods and job creation for thousands of people. The partnership – the largest to date for Thread – will bear its first fruit in spring 2017, with a collection of Timberland® footwear and bags made from Thread™ fabric.

“We are beyond excited about partnering with Thread,” said Colleen Vien, director of sustainability for Timberland. “From the moment we met them, we knew this had the potential to be far more than a supplier relationship. Building community has always been at the heart of Timberland, and we were also inspired by the Haiti connection, given our work there over the past five years. Any time we find an opportunity to create both environmental and social value, that’s a big win. And Thread does just that.”

Made in the U.S. with up to 50-percent recycled PET from plastic bottles collected from the streets, canals and neighborhoods of Haiti and Honduras, each yard of Thread™ fabric is traced and tracked at every step of its journey, from bottle collection to fabric creation to the delivery of the fabric bolt to the manufacturer. This unprecedented transparency will allow Timberland consumers to learn about the people, the vibrant stories and the impact metrics behind each boot, shoe or bag they purchase, so they can know they are making a difference while also receiving the premium quality they expect from Timberland.

“This partnership is truly special. We’re proud to work with a brand with such a longstanding commitment to the environment and social responsibility,” said Ian Rosenberger, CEO of Thread. “Working together transparently, we’re able to look beyond recycled materials toward the rich social impact consumers care about and the stories that bring beautiful products to life.”

The Thread network provides jobs and income opportunities for nearly 3,600 people in the developing world, including roughly 1,800 bottle collectors, entrepreneurs and manufacturing employees in Haiti where the supply chain is based, and another 1,800 in Honduras. Beyond income, employees benefit from valuable services such as job training, process improvements and micro-loan programs.

Timberland also has strong connections to Haiti, making the partnership with Thread a natural fit. The brand recently culminated a five year commitment to plant five million trees in Haiti, which resulted in the creation of a self-sustaining agroforestry cooperative helping 3,200 smallholder farmers increase productivity on their farmlands, increase their incomes and create new opportunities for the future. To learn more about Timberland’s work in Haiti, visit kombitfilm.com.

Timberland and Thread will discuss their partnership, including the opportunities it presents to transform the way consumers and brands think about sustainability, at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego next week.

About Timberland

Timberland is a global leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of premium footwear, apparel and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle. Best known for its original yellow boot introduced in 1973, Timberland today outfits consumers from toe-to-head, with versatile collections that reflect the brand’s rich heritage of craftsmanship, function and style. Timberland markets lifestyle products under the Timberland® and Timberland Boot Company® brands, and industrial footwear and workwear under the Timberland PRO® brand. Its products are sold throughout the world in leading department and specialty stores as well as company-owned retail locations and online. Timberland’s dedication to making quality products is matched by an unwavering commitment to environmental and social responsibility – in terms of its products, the outdoors, and communities around the globe. To learn more about Timberland, a brand of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), please visit timberland.com or follow us along the modern trail @timberland.

About Thread

Thread, a Certified B Corporation based in Pittsburgh, PA, transforms plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti and Honduras into the most responsible fabric on the planet. Each product made with Thread™ fabric supports a vibrant network of dignified jobs in the developing world and the United States. See how atwww.threadinternational.com or follow the Ground to Good™ story @threadintl.

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The Hemolung Respiratory Assist System will be exclusively utilized in the 1120-patient study.

PITTSBURGH  (December 2, 2015) – ALung Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of low-flow extracorporeal carbon dioxide removal (ECCO2R) technologies for treating patients with acute respiratory failure, announced today its participation in the world’s first and largest pivotal trial of ECCO2R technology. The Hemolung RAS, a minimally invasive artificial lung device which removes CO2 independently of the lungs through a process called Respiratory Dialysis®, has been selected as the exclusive technology for the upcoming UK-based study.

The global incidence of acute respiratory failure exceeds 1 million cases per year. Many patients with respiratory failure require the assistance of a ventilator to provide life sustaining oxygenation and carbon dioxide removal. Unfortunately, the injured lung is susceptible to additional damage by the positive pressure exerted by the ventilator, leading to additional injury, complications, and increased mortality.

“Reducing ventilator pressures has been one of the most important interventions shown to improve outcomes in these critically ill patients,” said Laura Lund, Ph.D., VP of Clinical and Scientific Affairs at ALung. “Use of these lung-protective ventilation strategies, however, leads to a critical accumulation of carbon dioxide in the blood. Carbon dioxide can be removed from the blood independently of the failing lungs with an extracorporeal device in a manner similar to kidney dialysis, thus enabling implementation of safer mechanical ventilation settings. We have shown through several pilot studies that the Hemolung RAS can safely and effectively meet this clinical need, and are very excited to embark on this pivotal study to determine the impact of this strategy on patient outcomes.”

The UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has funded the 1120-patient study entitled “pRotective vEntilation with veno-venouS lung assisT in respiratory failure – The REST Trial” with £2.1 million. The research will be jointly led by Queen’s University and Belfast Health and Social Services Trust under the direction of principal investigator Professor Danny McAuley, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Centre for Infection and Immunity at Queen’s University Belfast.

ALung will provide Hemolung systems and treatment kits to 40 hospitals participating in the study. “This broad implementation of extracorporeal CO2 removal in support of the study is possible because, unlike other technologies, the Hemolung RAS has been specifically designed to provide highly effective support, in a minimally invasive manner, with a degree of safety and simplicity that allows it to be used in a general medical ICU,” said Peter DeComo, Chairman and CEO of ALung. “We are honored to have been chosen by the study team as the exclusive technology partner for this very important project and look forward to its commencement next year.”

The Hemolung RAS received European marketing clearance (CE Mark) in 2013 as the world’s first fully integrated Respiratory Dialysis® system.  The simplicity, safety and effectiveness of the system have been demonstrated in use at more than 100 hospitals worldwide. The device is approved in 34 countries outside of the US, including Europe, Canada, and Australia.

Source: http://www.alung.com/news/2015/12/alungs-artificial-lung-technology-selected-for-use-in-landmark-respiratory-failure-trial/

Thread International - Bottles

Recycling bins are on every corner in many major cities in the United States. We take for granted that we have access to recycling – plastic recycling, metal recycling, glass recycling, you name it you can check here. However, it’s not so easy to recycle in developing countries.

Take Haiti, for example. In Port-au-Prince alone, every month around 9 million pounds of plastic waste is created. Not surprisingly, the majority of that plastic waste comes from plastic bottles. Since recycling including plastic recycling isn’t common there, the bottles are tossed into canals or on the streets. This habit is not good news for Mother Nature.

One man – Ian Rosenberger – had a vision to change the plastic pollution landscape in Haiti after helping with disaster relief efforts in the country. He also wanted to help with the poverty so many Haitians struggle with in a country that has a 40% unemployment rate.

From this vision, Thread was born as a solution to both the plastic waste and the poverty struggles in Haiti. Thread turns the mountains of plastics into fabric (i.e. plastic recycling) – and jobs for impoverished Haitians.

So how does the plastic recycling solution work?

Thread International People throughout Haiti can collect plastic bottles and turn them into the Ramase Lajan, a network of 26 plastic-collection centers sponsored by Executives without Borders (a non-profit) and owned and operated by Haitians. These people are given an immediate sum of cash, which allows them to provide for their family and keep the plastic waste out of their country.

After the plastic bottles are collected through the Ramase Lajan collection centers, they’re then moved to Haiti Recycling in Port-au-Prince to be cleaned and shredded down into a raw material called “flake.” The flake is packaged and exported to the United States.

After arrival in the U.S., the flake is melted and extruded into fiber and spin yarn that’s made into a variety of different fabrics like 100% recycled PET polyester. Some of the plastic thread is also blended with cotton or canvas. Once the fabric is made, it’s sold to manufacturers that turn it into boots and shoes, bags and totes, sports apparel as well as a variety of other consumer products.

All of the polyester fabrics Thread manufactures are 100% post-consumer material. These fabrics need approximately 90% less water and 80% less energy to manufacture compared to virgin polyesters that are made straight from oil.

Thread International

Through their 100% transparent supply line, Thread has been able to support the creation of nearly 4,000 income opportunities in Haiti and Honduras (Thread also operates in Honduras). In addition, they are able to collect and re-purpose around 300,000 pounds of plastic waste from these impoverished countries each month.

If you like to support responsibly made products, look for apparel and accessories made with Thread Ground to Good fabrics.

All imagery courtesy of Thread International and Jesse Colaizzi Productions

Source: http://www.earth911.com/business-policy/thread-fabric-plastic-recycling/

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