The Transformative Technology sector looks at innovative technologies that are likely to transform the consumer lifestyle, enable new use cases, and increase productivity, while significantly reducing both capital and operation expenditures. The topics covered provide deep analysis of specific technologies already enabling new use cases such as augmented reality, virtual reality, wearables, consumer, industrial, and service robotics, and smart cities. The sector will also cover technologies that are beyond the immediate horizon, which will truly transform business and society over a five to fifteen year period. These include Cognitive and Neuromorphic Computing, Quantum Computing, 5G networks and beyond, and new materials and lithographic processes that will likely extend Moore’s Law to new milestones with materials, such as carbon nanotubes and graphene.
The market for indoor location, and in particular Bluetooth low energy (BLE), continues to expand rapidly into a wide range of verticals, yet we have not seen the “Pokémon effect” that many predicted. ABI Research believes a single “killer app” is not required to stimulate this market; instead, the evolution of the ecosystem combined with new technical capabilities and easier methods of deployment means that we are reaching a point of exponential scale and opportunity.