Geneva Switzerland — Parisbased Celsius X VI II

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland — Paris-based Celsius X VI II is planning to define the “prestige” phone market, as the founders have dubbed it, with the rollout of their first product at the upcoming Baselworld Fair this March, according to an exclusive preview here for Elite Traveler.The company was launched in 2006 by four co-founders—one of who is Edouard Meylan, son of George-Henry Meylan, the former CEO of Audemars Piguet—and then found investors in Sofinnova Partners, AGF Private Equity and watchmaker Richard Mille to bring their creation to life.The overall vision for the brand is to eventually create a fully mechanical phone that can harness the energy of the user to be completely energetically independent (so it would never have to be charged), and work in a way akin to how an automatic mechanical watch’s rotor uses the energy of the wearer’s movement to keep it ticking. They have already started on this development with the patented mechanism that winds the watch movement on the phone’s front every time the phone is opened and closed.The product is being positioned as a “piece of art that communicates” and is not solely for the purpose of receiving phone calls, and therefore (the founders hope) will be relevant long after other phones are discarded. The flagship product will include two limited editions and possible unique pieces, a total of 50 pieces in all that are expected to be available shortly after the fair ends. The phones will retail for around $250,000 Euro (approximately $353,500 USD).The group follows Vertu, Ulysse Nardin, Versace, Dior and several others who are trying to define the mobile phone market with status products.For more information www.celsius-x-vi-ii.com.last_img read more

Unusual birdhuman partnership runs even deeper than scientists thought

first_img 00:0000:0000:00 Honeyguides have a special call to attract the winged helpers to the hunt. C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. 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Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) A honey hunter smokes out bees from a tree. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) The trio went on to study how the honeyguide responds to people. The Yao summon the bird with a “trill-grunt” call—one that is reserved for attracting honeyguides, according to 20 hunters Spottiswoode interviewed. In 72 trials, the team played back one of three sounds—the hunter’s usual trill-grunt, a ring-necked dove’s song, or an unrelated Yao call—and tracked the birds’ responses. They were “elegantly simple controlled experiments,” West says. C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) He collects and eats the honey. In Mozambique, the Yao still depend on honey for food, and like other African hunter-gathers have a millennia-old partnership with a wild bird to make finding bee nests easier. Finally, he rewards his helper by placing the broken honeycombs on a bed of leaves for the bird to feast on. African hunter-gatherers and honeyguides communicate The relationship benefits the honeyguide, too, as without the human’s help, it would have a hard time gaining access to so much honeycomb. Unusual bird-human partnership runs even deeper than scientists thought Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) center_img C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) Otherwise, nests can be hard to find, as they are often hidden high up inside trees. Research published in Science this week shows the greater honeyguide homes in on a human’s call, then leads the way to a nest. Email The work, by evolutionary biologist Claire Spottiswoode and her collaborators, “is the first to provide clear and direct evidence that honeyguides respond to specialized human signals … and that the birds associate those signals with potential benefits,” says John Thompson, an evolutionary biologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz. “The honeyguide literally understands what the human is saying,” adds Stuart West, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. “It suggests that the honeyguide and human behavior have coevolved in response to each other.” Spottiswoode, who is at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the University of Cape Town in South Africa, first became fascinated with honeyguides at age 11. She had heard a talk by Kenyan ornithologist Hussein Isack, who had followed honey hunters and found that the birds really do lead people to honey. In the new work, she teamed up with Keith and Colleen Begg, conservation biologists who work at the Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique. They began by quantifying Isack’s discovery, showing that when guided by the bird, Yao honey hunters in Mozambique find nests 75% of the time. C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) In Mozambique, the Yao still depend on honey for food, and like other African hunter-gathers have a millennia-old partnership with a wild bird to make finding bee nests easier. C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) The relationship benefits the honeyguide, too, as without the human’s help, it would have a hard time gaining access to so much honeycomb. C.N. Spottiswoode, K.S. Begg, C.M. Begg (Science, 2016) ‹› Of all the relationships between people and wild animals, few are more heartwarming than that of African honey hunters and a starling-sized bird called the greater honeyguide. Flitting and calling, the bird leads the way to a bee nest and feasts on the wax left after the hunters have raided it. A study in Science this week now shows that this mutualistic relationship is even tighter than it seemed, with the bird recognizing and responding to specific calls from its human partners. After the honey hunter smokes out the tree as seen in the embedded photo, below, he then chops down the tree and opens the nest. In response to the proper call, the birds guided 66% of the time, and 81% of those forays led to a nest. Guiding occurred half as often or less in response to other calls, and nest finding was much less likely, the team reports. The pattern makes evolutionary sense: By saving their efforts for calls that indicate a willing human partner, the birds run a better chance of ending up with a bonanza of tasty beeswax.Brian Wood, an anthropologist at Yale University who has studied honey hunters, says the Hadza, a hunter-gatherer group in Tanzania, summon honeyguides with a different signal, a melodious whistle. He expects that the Tanzanian birds, too, discriminate the call from other sounds and respond specifically to it. It’s unclear how young birds learn to recognize the hunters’ calls, given another peculiarity of honeyguide behavior: Like cuckoos, they lay their eggs in the nests of other species, which means that young honeyguides don’t have an opportunity to learn from their biological parents. There may be little time left to solve this and other puzzles, as age-old lifestyles like honey hunting vanish. “The historical connections between humans and wild animals are becoming altered at unprecedented rates,” Thompson says, and “the possibility of studying these kinds of relationships in any historically meaningful way are decreasing quickly.”last_img read more