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The $100bn robotics opportunity
The first industrial robot, Unimate, went into operation at a General Motors plant in 1961. Over the next few decades the use of industrial robot arms in the automotive industry matured. More recently, the use of industrial robot arms in the cleanroom environments of the semiconductor and electronics industries also matured. By Dr Jon Harrop, Director, IDTechEx.
Are e-textiles on the cusp of rapid growth?
Whilst the majority of wearable technology products sold today still fit with the components-in-a-box design, 2015 has been a record year for investment in smart clothing and e-textile products. To reach the masses, wearable technology must be useful, practical and fashionable: seamless integration within textiles and clothing is seen as a key part of this. However, with many challenges, not least around washability, durability and in manufacturi...
Profitable niches in the EV market
Vehicles are electrifying at a breakneck speed and they are being completely reinvented with developments in many components and systems. Disruptive change and significant technological innovation is now being seen across all forms of electric vehicles for land, water and air. The fruits of all this are spectacular – from the vehicles themselves to over $500bn market opportunity that will be created by 2026. IDTechEx Research analyses and f...
Demand for quantum dots set to increase 20-fold
Ever since Sony launched the first television with quantum dots in 2013, these highly engineered materials have been back in the spotlight. In the new report Quantum Dots 2016-2026: Applications, Markets, Manufacturers. IDTechEx Research forecasts that shipments of quantum dots will increase significantly in the next ten years. By Guillaume Chansin, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
Mass produced 3D printed electronics
Ten short years ago 3D printing was almost the exclusive remit of rapid prototyping. Nobody was putting 3D printing into mass production back then. Fast forward one decade and the world leader in jet engines, GE, are 3D printing over 100,000 fuel nozzles for their next-gen LEAP gas turbines that could be flying around in commercial aircraft as early as 2016. By Dr Jon Harrop, Director, IDTechEx.
Innovative sensors make wearables truly unique
Defining and exploiting value proposition is an essential part of wearable technology's journey from early adopters into mass markets. Sensor platforms enable the key value proposition in most wearable devices today. This is why made-for-wearable sensors are being developed around the world and why IDTechEx Research finds that made-for-wearable sensors will represent 42% of all sensors in wearable devices in 2026, up from a measly 7% in 2015.
How to make batteries flexible
Thin, flexible and printed batteries have the potential to be widely used in wearable and medical devices and will reach a market of over $400m in a decade, according to IDTechEx report Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2015-2025: Technologies, Forecasts, Players. By Dr Xiaoxi He, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
Are silicon anode batteries the 'Holy Grail'?
Elon Musk recently announced the use of silicon by Tesla in its automotive batteries: “This is just sort of a baby step in the direction of using silicon in the anode, but we will be increasing the use”. This unusual side comment has nonetheless triggered renewed interested in the topic. IDTechEx Research has been studying the topic for some time and finds that Si anode batteries will generate more than $4bn in 2026. By Franco Gonzal...
A new era for solid-state batteries
Oakridge Global Energy Solutions recently announced its plan to fully utilise the many patents developed & owned by the company on solid-state batteries. Oakridge Global Energy Solutions will complete the last phase of pre-production prototyping in early 2016 and will be ready for full commercial product and manufacturing in late 2016 to early 2017. Commercialisation of solid-state battery indicates a new era for the $135bn addressable batter...
More-than-Moore: Can electronics packaging keep up?
Advanced microelectronics are moving on from the Moore’s Law era to be More-than-Moore. Denser chips have higher internal and external clock rates, and higher power dissipation.
Top ten trends at IDTechEx Show! USA 2015
The following is an article by Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx, the global research and business intelligence firm that created the IDTechEx Show! USA 2015, which will be held on the 18th-19th of November, in Santa, Clara, California. Today’s emerging technologies are varied, vast and moving at the blink of an eye. Here are the top 10 key trends we’ll see at the show that are changing the way the world lives, works and plays.
Energy harvesting: from early stage technologies to mature market products
Scouting the market for energy harvesting for almost 7 years now has allowed IDTechEx significant insight into the markets for the technologies, the potential applications and their prospects for growth. The following list of applications comes from recent IDTechEx research that has looked into the level of maturity of a wide range of end user applications, and the technology of choice in most of them. Dr Harry Zervos, Principal Analyst & Bu...
Advanced & post lithium-ion battery market to reach $14bn in 2026
Whilst existing battery technologies such as lead acid and lithium-ion batteries will dominate the battery market in the following 10 years, advanced and post lithium-ion batteries given the right conditions can potentially take a considerable dent of about 10% of whole battery market by 2026. This is mostly because some of them are already in use in niche segments that will present high growth in the following 10 years. Indeed advanced and post ...
Investment brings flexible sensors to market
Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than rigid sensors. By Guillaume Chansin, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
Working towards vehicles that could run forever
Forget the obsession with driverless autonomous cars; Energy Independent Vehicles (EIV) are the new megatrend according to the IDTechEx Research report Energy Independent Vehicles 2016-2026, which explores the latest developments in the booming energy autonomous vehicle industry. By Franco Gonzalez, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
Perovskite PV efficiency excitement
Perovskite PV efficiency gains are double those of organic PV, exciting researchers from KIMM in Korea to Dyesol in Australia. However, it can be like the little girl in the nursery rhyme: 'When she was good she was very, very good and when she was bad she was awful'. Perovoskite PV promises over 20% efficiency, low cost materials and even flexible, transparent and stretchable versions needed for new applications. Record power to weight ratio is ...
Visualising the 3D printing landscape
The 3D printing industry is still going from strength to strength. According to the IDTechEx report 3D Printing 2015-2025 Technologies, Markets, Players this industry is set to grow from $1bn in 2012 to $20bn in 2025. This growth is due to both improvements in existing printing technologies and the development of completely new technologies. Keeping track of these developments is a challenge. By Dr Jon Harrop, Director, IDTechEx.
Printed electronics equipment sales: companies look to Asia
The printed electronics equipment and consumables supplier base consists of over 100 global organisations, according to IDTechex Research in their report Printing Equipment for Printed Electronics 2015-2025. The majority of these are based in Europe, followed by a roughly even share of US and Asian based companies. Within Europe itself, Germany is home to more equipment makers than other European countries. By Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx.
Emerging haptics find their niches
Haptics are an essential feature of the UX platform in many electronic products today. Whether as notification provision in a vibrating smartphone, tension building in a video game controller, or input confirmation in an industrial scanner, this billion dollar industry is something that most people will experience every single day. By James Hayward, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx.
Flexible batteries will become a $400m market in 2025
Primarily by enabling new products, the thin flexible batteries market is set to be worth $400m in 2025 mainly. By Raghu Das, CEO, IDTechEx.