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From the very beginning Google has been about data, our mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful and as it turns out while doing this we've had to learn a lot about dealing and working with data. Leveraging the power of data is at the core of everything we do at Google and Google Cloud Platform brings the tools we've used to get here to everyone.
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2019
13 Dec

How Close Are We to Autonomous Cars?

In the past decade, progress continues in the development and deployment of autonomous driving technologies. IDTechEx forecasts that autonomous car and mobitliy services will become a $2.5 trillion market by 2040.
12 Dec

Improved Online Shopping with 'Distributed Deep Learning" Breakthrough

Online shoppers typically string together a few words to search for the product they want, but in a world with millions of products and shoppers, the task of matching those unspecific words to the right product is one of the biggest challenges in information retrieval.
10 Dec

Who Makes Better Decisions: Humans or Robots

In cities, we depend on apps such as Waze and Google Maps to help us discover new places. At home, we use these apps to beat the rush-hour traffic and find the quickest routes to school, work, and other places we regularly frequent. But sometimes, we doubt a suggested turn; we question a re-route; we suspect an arrival-time estimate.
29 Nov

Autonomous Driving: Peak Car to Arrive as Early as 2031?

Autonomous driving technologies are disrupting the business models for the traditional auto industry. Latest research from IDTechEx forecasts that autonomous driving technologies will accelerate the arrival of peak car sales, in 2031.
29 Nov

Cultured Meat: Just Around the Corner?

The idea of growing meat outside an animal has been around for a long time. In 1931, Winston Churchill wrote that by the 1980s "we shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken in order to eat the breast or wing, by growing these parts separately under a suitable medium." Although his timing was off by four decades, his predictions are beginning to materialise as the world looks for new ways to feed its burgeoning population whilst overcoming the environmental problems of conventional animal agriculture.
20 Nov

Waymo LLC

Waymo LLC offer lidar modules.
20 Nov

Robots Appear More Persuasive When Pretending to be Human

Recent technological breakthroughs in artificial intelligence have made it possible for machines, or bots, to pass as humans. A team of researchers conducted an experiment to study how people interact with bots whom they believe to be human, and how such interactions are affected once bots reveal their identity.
7 Nov

Fitbit to be Acquired by Google for $2.1 Billion

Fitbit, Inc announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google LLC for $7.35 per share in cash, valuing the company at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $2.1 billion.
1 Nov

Actronika

IDTechEx spoke to Thomas Farnoux, Business Development Manager at Actronika at their booth at AWE EU 2019. We discussed their latest products and development in the haptics space.
1 Nov

Lenovo

IDTechEx spoke to Jorg Walther at the Lenovo booth at AWE EU 2019. They demonstrated and promoted their ThinkReality AR headset and software platform at their booth and in presentations
29 Oct

Using AI to predict risk of thyroid cancer on ultrasound

Thyroid nodules are small lumps that form within the thyroid gland and are quite common in the general population, with a prevalence as high as 67%. The great majority of thyroid nodules are not cancerous and cause no symptoms. However, there are currently limited guidelines on what to do with a nodule when the risk of cancer is uncertain.
24 Oct

PragmatIC joins forces with Topolytics

PragmatIC has announced another order for its ConnectIC family of ultra-low-cost flexible integrated circuits. Topolytics, a leading waste analytics company, will use RFID tags incorporating PragmatIC's unique technology to deliver the UK's first comprehensive digital waste tracking solution.
18 Oct

Volvo introduces first fully electric car

Volvo Cars introduces the XC40 Recharge, the company's first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand new Recharge car line concept.
16 Oct

Wearable, washable textile devices possible with MXene-coated yarns

Producing functional fabrics that perform all the functions we want, while retaining the characteristics of fabric we're accustomed to is no easy task.
9 Oct

Waymo

Waymo began as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009 and became a stand-alone subsidiary of Alphabet in 2016, developing autonomous mobility services.
3 Oct

Levi's and Google launch denim jackets that answer phones

Levi's and Google are launching new denim jackets that can answer phone calls and control your music. As with the original version of the Jacquard-equipped Levi' Trucker, this new version features an ever-expanding range of digital technology, accessible via gestures on the cuff that are conducted through an electronic cuff tag smaller than a stick of gum.
2 Oct

Machine learning finds new metamaterial designs for energy harvesting

Electrical engineers have harnessed the power of machine learning to design dielectric (non-metal) metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of terahertz radiation. The design technique changed what could have been more than 2000 years of calculation into 23 hours, clearing the way for the design of new, sustainable types of thermal energy harvesters and lighting.
13 Sep

XenomatiX

XenomatiX offer lidar modules that integrate a 2D monochrome camera, and lidar software. IDTechEx interviewed Mr Kris De Meester in April 2019. De Meester is the Vice President of Sales and Business Development at XenomatiX, and he is based in Belgium.
10 Sep

Origin

3D printing Californian start-up Origin are disrupting the industry with their Open Additive Production platform using Programmable Photopolymerization (P³) technology. IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Bryony Core investigates this new technology and the exciting range of materials being developed by Origin's partners.
10 Sep

Empathy for robots can have life-changing consequences for troops

It is increasingly common to use robots in war zones to examine and disarm hazards or recover objects with the understanding that the loss of a robot is a far more acceptable outcome than the death of a solider.