One of the most talked-about technologies shown at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is virtual reality (VR). Headset devices such as HTC’s VIVE, Oculus’s Rift, Samsung’s Gear VR 2 and Sony’s PlayStation VR drew huge crowds that wanted to try them out.
Automotive technology has been a growing highlight of the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the past few years, and this year is no exception. Eric Chang, automotive electronics analyst for TrendForce, said that the auto industry is driven by the race to develop autonomous driving technology and plug-in vehicles.
India has huge potential to become the second-largest smartphone market in the world. While smartphone penetration is still limited in India at the current stage, there is an enormous opportunity in the country as its 1.31 billion population is only less than that of China. In 2014, smartphones accounted for only 16.6% of the total mobile phone shipments in India.
The latest analysis from global research firm TrendForce reveals that the global demand growth for industrial robots continues to accelerate on account of workforce shortages and loss of demographic dividends. Harrison Po, senior manager of TrendForce’s photonics and innovative technologies research, said that China in recent years has been energetically pushing forward with the transformation of its economy, and sales of industrial robots in the country has been growing rapidly in response to the rising demand for automation. Based on TrendForce’s projection, the industrial robot demand in China is expected to reach 95,000 units in 2016.
Since 2014, global smartphone shipments have declined annually after enjoying a long period of high growth that began with the launch of the first iPhone. The latest analysis from global research firm TrendForce projects that smartphone shipments for 2016 will grow by just 7.3% year on year. This forecast may be subjected to downward corrections later.