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Wearables Will Aid the Increasing Automation of the Workplace

Across all enterprise verticals, the workplace is becoming more and more automated due to machinery, sensors, and devices that enable processes to be more efficient. This automation occurs with or without human interaction and includes processes such as picking machinery in agriculture, self-scan checkouts in stores, construction robots in machinery, self-drive, and remote working via telepresence. With this automation, processes are completed faster, allowing companies to be more cost-efficient.

Despite increasing concern that jobs will be put at risk by this automation, it is likely that new jobs will be created, causing workers to re-train into new positions. In addition to this, an increasing amount of automation will involve collaboration between machinery and human workers, particularly where a human touch is required. This is prevalent in the healthcare vertical, where patients prefer to talk to a human healthcare professional about their health concerns, rather than an AI machine.

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Retail Sector Embracing Technology-led Transformation

The recently held NRF retail technology conference and exhibition was a good barometer of technology trends and the state of transformational thinking across the retail ecosystem and supply chain. Attendance was up from previous years to more than 36,000. Key buzzwords included social network influencers, engagement, digital merchandising, virtual fashion models and virtualized mannequins, AI and voice chat bots, NFC, seamless check outs, customization, digital signage and shelf labels, mixed realty merging real and virtual models via AR and VR, blending digital and physical, unified commerce and omnichannel, in-store experience and assistance, item and identity tracking and visibility, fulfillment and delivery, and machine-to-machine selling.

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Smart Footwear to Provide Unique Data Opportunities for Enterprises and Healthcare Providers

Smart footwear devices - shoes, insoles, and socks - are seeing a rise in awareness in the consumer and enterprise markets. These devices are providing companies, users, and caregivers alike with tracking capabilities such as location, activity, gait, and falls. ABI Research, a market foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies, forecasts that smart footwear devices will reach over 9 million shipments in 2022, increasing from just under 1 million in 2017, a CAGR of nearly 57%. The enterprise market, despite seeing fewer shipments, will rise at a much faster rate than the consumer market, seeing a CAGR of over 90%.

13 ABI Research Analysts to Provide Strategic Guidance About Transformative Technologies to Mobile World Congress 2018 Attendees

More than a dozen ABI Research analysts will be on-site at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona, Spain, from February 26 to March 1 to conduct press interviews and one-to-one business meetings about transformative technologies, announced ABI Research, a market-foresight advisory firm providing strategic guidance on the most compelling transformative technologies. With an emphasis on operational technologies, transformative technologies can reshape workforces, identify holes in a market, create new business models and drive new revenue streams.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - IP fights loom over Broadcom’s sweetened bid for Qualcomm

This, said Stuart Carlaw, ABI's chief research officer, has driven a need for scale that's geared up the industry's intense consolidation; Qualcomm itself, for instance, is still working through its own attempted acquisition of Netherlands-based rival NXP Semiconductors NV, worth about US$38-billion.

The bid's massive Qualcomm valuation would also price in its intellectual property, the licensing revenues from which can be very lucrative. The company is also positioned to take a large chunk of the forthcoming 5G wireless market. "They've got a very strong portfolio that talks directly to where we see the industry going," Mr. Carlaw says.

TechNewsWorld - Intel's Smart Peepers Look Smart, Too

"Vaunt is purposefully stripped down hardware-wise -- no camera, touchpad, microphone," said Eric Abbruzzese, a senior analyst at ABI Research.

"That means these are only going to serve the most simple applications, mainly around heads-up notifications -- navigation, step-by-step instruction, personal notifications," he told TechNewsWorld.

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