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by Brendan Beh

21 Mar 2023

Metamaterial Lenses Target Consumer Electronics

Refractive lenses are an 800-year-old technology that has stood the test of time. Glasses, cameras, and microscopy are all applications that rely on lenses to redirect light by varying the optical path through a curved piece of glass or plastic. However, the underlying architecture of lenses may be about to change.
14 Mar 2023

E-Textiles: The Future of This Multimillion-Dollar Industry

A shirt that can track a person's heart rate, a shoe that can measure gait - the integration of electronic components with textiles to form e-textiles has been a significant research interest for several years.
15 Dec 2022

Metamaterials' Potential in mmWave 5G Telecommunications and Beyond

Having been largely confined to the realm of academia for many years, metamaterials are now set for commercialization in several major applications.
14 Nov 2022

Growth Opportunities Across Radio-Frequency and Optical Metamaterials

IDTechEx's new research report, "Metamaterials Markets 2023-2043: Optical and Radio-Frequency", analyses the technology and markets for both classes of electromagnetic metamaterials. Defined as materials that utilize periodic structures to achieve potentially revolutionary capabilities, metamaterials have drawn much attention due to their applications across telecommunications, consumer electronics, and aerospace.
08 Nov 2022

Are Rising Energy Costs the End for Vertical Farms?

With their ability to fully control growing environments through LEDs, sensors, and HVAC systems, vertical farms achieve great control over the quality and consistency of their crop. However, this degree of control comes at a cost, a very literal one. Vertical farms are notoriously power-hungry and require large amounts of energy to operate.
04 Nov 2022

The Potential for DNA Sequencing in Diagnostics

The advent of DNA sequencing has revolutionized our understanding of biology, bringing an unparalleled level of insight into genetics. DNA sequencing also offers the potential for highly personalized healthcare: by incorporating a patient's genomic information into their health records, treatments may potentially be tailored towards individual patients. The IDTechEx report, "DNA Sequencing 2023-2033: Technologies, Markets, and Forecasts" explores the technologies and markets of the US$8.2 billion DNA sequencing industry.
07 Sep 2022

IDTechEx Assesses the Potential of Third Generation DNA Sequencing

Since its inception, DNA sequencing has brought about major advancements in our understanding of biology. The breadth of information this technology can offer has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, drug discovery, and many other fields.
28 Jul 2022

Vertical Farming: Location a Key Factor to Success

Vertical farming, the practice of growing crops indoors on vertically stacked layers, has received no small amount of interest over the last few years. The recent IDTechEx report, "Vertical Farming 2022-2032", details the economic and technological factors shaping this rapidly growing industry.
20 Jul 2022

Key Developments Reinvigorate the Insulin Pump Industry

Insulin pumps offer several prominent benefits over other insulin delivery methods, so why are insulin pumps so rarely used today, as compared to other insulin delivery methods?
06 Jun 2022

Automation Technology Could Help Vertical Farms Achieve Profitability

IDTechEx has recently released "Vertical Farming: 2022-2032", a market research report exploring the technology and market factors of the vertical farming industry, which has attracted much attention from investors over recent years. The vertical farming industry raised over $1 billion in funding in 2021, a record high that exceeded the combined funding generated in 2018 and 2019.
19 May 2022

CGMs Could Be Significant Driver for Diabetes Digital Health Industry

Glucose monitoring is an integral part of diabetes management, and test strips have historically been the predominant method of measuring blood glucose. However, continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) have emerged as a major competitor over the last decade.
11 Apr 2022

Diabetes Technology Market: Continuous Glucose Monitors Drives Growth

By the year 2032, IDTechEx predicts the test strip industry to make up only 6.7% of the overall diabetes management device market, down from a peak of 63.4% in 2010.