Friday, September 19, 2014

THE BIG BANG THEORY OF WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY

The impending explosion of the wearable computing market is one of the most interesting and highly anticipated developments taking place in the high-tech industry. The $3 billion wearable consumer market is intrinsically linked with the $240+ billion smartphone market. The key market driver for wearable computing is the soaring global popularity of smartphones from manufacturers including Apple, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, HTC, Blackberry, Nokia and Microsoft.

The burgeoning field of wearable technology is hitting the mainstream and one of the highlights of high-tech wearable devices is that they are getting smaller, faster, cheaper, and more powerful with every new product. The computing power of an Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer or ENIAC a decade ago can now be easily fitted inside a chip in a musical greeting card. Similarly, the smartphones today are more powerful than the PCs used, say, five years ago. Now, all the capabilities of a smartphone like making calls, taking pictures, connecting to the internet, video chats, and so on, are being condensed into smartwatches—practically everything a phone or a tablet can do.

If the growing trend in the wearable computing industry is to be believed, the time may soon come when phones and tablets are a thing of the past. Google Glass is a perfect example. The product is still under development, but if everything goes as planned, consumers will soon have no need for their standard smartphone. Google Glass will be able to easily respond to verbal commands, augmented by the occasional manual interaction via controls located directly on the frame. There has even been talk about eventually including a laser-projected virtual keyboard for those times when voice just isn’t enough. With the ability to access countless sources of information in seconds and then relay them to a miniature screen situated in the upper corner of the wearer’s vision field, Google Glass makes 4G internet connectivity features seem archaic.

Motorola recently entered the ring with its Moto 360 smartwatch, which is primarily voice operated and can easily display messages and reminders on command. The result is a small, stylish accessory that serves as an assistant, calendar, and phone all at once and completely replaces the smartphone.

However, Apple's stated entry into the smartwatch arena last week with a device that won't go on sale until early 2015 raises questions: Can the company work its magic as it has in the past and convince people that they really need a smartwatch —or will this time be different? Referring to its much awaited product of the year, iWatch, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a press release, “Apple introduced the world to several category-defining products, the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. And once again Apple is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary product that can enrich people's lives. It's the most personal product we've ever made.”

In fact, the “wearable category” covers almost everything from Fitbit's $99 Flex fitness tracker and Nike's $99 Fuelband fitness monitors to Samsung's $199 Galaxy Gear smartwatch. In January 2014, Washington-based Innovega revealed its latest effort in introducing a wearable computer in the form of contact lenses at the CES trade show held in Las Vegas, USA—iOptik. Synchronizing its operations with the human eye, the iOptik uses its lenses to project an image of apps and information through the wearer’s pupil and onto the back of the retina. The lenses superimpose one upon the other to produce an image overlaid with information. The product is yet to be given approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA); however, the company plans to schedule further operations later this year or early next year.

Wearable computing concept is evolving to be even more personal, and not just for the benefit of the wearer. Expectant mothers, in the near future, will wear electronic “tattoos”—smartsensing stickers that will monitor fetal heart rate and brain waves, detect early signs of labor, and even notify the doctor directly when it’s time to go to the hospital.

Wearable computing devices have potential benefits for any situation where information or communication is desired, and the use of a hands-free interface is considered beneficial or essential. In addition to consumer products, many industry-specific applications in markets such as defense, healthcare, manufacturing and mining are also emerging.

The growth of the consumer market for wearables largely depends on how rapidly existing smartphone users will adopt wearable accessories and alternative devices. With new and improved innovation hitting the global market every day, only time will reveal whether wearables will ultimately replace smartphone technology in many consumer environments.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Redefining 3d Printing Technology through Innovation


Three-dimensional (3D) printing, also called additive manufacturing, is the process of making three-dimensional solids from a digital model by depositing successive layers of material in different shapes. In the last few years, this technology has taken the world of trade and commerce by storm, most notably, retail, traditional manufacturing, automotive, aviation, finance, construction, and electronics. BCC Research estimated the total 2013 global market for 3D printing materials to be worth $245 million. This figure is expected to rise to $285 million in 2014 and $650 million in 2019, a CAGR of 17.9% over the next five years.

The rate of development and the increasing popularity of 3D printing is astounding; continuously pushing its limits to the extreme. Every day new breakthroughs are being achieved, and ideas which seemed impossible only a few short years ago are becoming commonplace. To an extent that NASA has decided to take this emerging technology beyond stratosphere: into space. With the size of a small microwave, the printer is only proof of concept that printing in zero gravity can create objects that are as accurate and as strong as those produced by a printer on Earth. The objective of this project is to create a machine shop for astronauts in space. Astronauts will no longer have to be dependent on next resupply mission on gravity well; they can create the needed parts right onboard!

The printer is scheduled to be lofted into low-Earth orbit on a SpaceX-4 space shuttle this September. If all goes well with this experiment, then NASA will move on to a more elaborate next-generation printer called the Additive Manufacturing Facility later this year.

One area which will need to advance before complex portable electronics are fabricated through additive manufacturing is that of battery manufacturing. Although, 3D printing of a battery is not a new concept, a 3D printed graphene-based battery could be a game changer for several industries. According to the Vancouver based company, Graphene 3D Lab Inc., batteries which are based on the super material known as graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, could outperform even some of the best energy storage devices on the market today. The ability to 3D print a battery allows for custom shapes to be introduced into the world of electronics where companies are trying to cram as many components into the smallest space possible.

Scientists and researchers are now turning to a field where innovation saves lives. While printing of complete organs for transplants may be decades away, experts in Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have developed highly-realistic 3D-printed body parts to allow trainee doctors to learn human anatomy without needing access to a real cadaver.
"Our 3D printed series can be produced quickly and easily, and unlike cadavers they won't deteriorate - so they are a cost-effective option too," said Paul McMenamin, Director of the University's Centre for Human Anatomy Education.
3D printing technology is being used to manufacture a wide array of items – from auto parts and prototypes to human skin and organs. In a world where mass-manufacturing takes place on scales never seen before, 3D printing is starting to spell big changes for the way the world thinks about production. This inevitably means new frontiers in global trade will be opened as well.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Ebola and Its Relation to Pharmaceutical Companies

Ebola hemorrhagic fever
Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF) is a severe, often-fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees) that has appeared sporadically since it was initially identified in 1976. The virus is one of two members of a family of RNA viruses called the Filoviridae. Ebola is one of the potential bioterrorism agents now targeted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Ebola is one of the world's deadliest diseases, with up to 90% of cases resulting in death, although in the current outbreak the rate is about 55%. The outbreak continues to wreck havoc in West Africa, especially Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, each dealing with hundreds of cases every day. According to WHO reports, the collective death toll has now risen to 2,615 with 1,427 deaths as on August 22, 2014.

Until recently, two pharmaceutical companies were working on R&D and possible vaccine solution for Ebola. In July 2010, Tekmira, Canadian pharmaceutical company, was awarded a contract worth up to $140 million with the U.S. government’s Transformational Medical Technologies (TMT) program to advance TKM-Ebola, an RNAi therapeutic, to treat Ebola virus infection. Unfortunately, after facing a number of hiccups, TMK-Ebola has been put on hold since July 2014.

However, the one doing the media rounds is ZMapp, a biomedical drug created by California-based pharmaceutical company, Mapp Biopharmaceuticals. This drug was shown to result in 100% cure when administered over monkeys during trial stages.  It has not yet been tested in humans for safety or effectiveness. However, Kent Brantly, a 33-year-old doctor and 59-year-old aid worker, Nancy Writebol were two of the early patients of the drug. Both became infected during their stay in Central Africa to combat the deadly virus.

With the rising death toll in Central and West Africa, academic researchers, biotechnology specialists, and pharmaceutical leaders in Boston and elsewhere are offering tantalizing evidence that vaccines against Ebola and other killer diseases can be made faster and cheaper than previously believed.
In a study accepted for publication in the journal, ‘Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics’, a Boston research consortium, called VaxCelerate, details how it produced a vaccine ready for animal testing against lassa fever, a hemorrhagic disease similar to Ebola, for less than $1 million and in four months.

VaxCelerate, based within Massachusetts General’s vaccine center, is part of a broader push by the US government to improve — even transform — vaccine development to better respond to emerging infectious diseases. The US Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense are working with several Boston-area companies and scientists on vaccine initiatives. Also under development are therapies that could help people who have contracted Ebola or who are likely to come into contact with it.

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Global markets for photonic sensors and detectors to reach nearly $15.2 billion by 2019


The photonic sensor market has gained momentum in the last couple of years and is coming to be seen as one of the significant advances engendering new innovations with noteworthy financial return. Photonic sensors are revolutionizing imaging sensor technology, which is the low-mass and low-volume alternative for bulky conventional sensors. With the amount of advancements occurring in the innovation of photonic sensors and the rise in popularity for items that utilize photonic sensors, this business sector is expected to develop exponentially in the coming five years at a significant growth rate.

BCC Research provides a detailed study of the global photonic sensors and detectors market through its report, Photonic Sensors and Detectors: Technologies and Global Markets. According to the report, the global market for photonic sensors and detectors was worth $6.3 billion in 2013. This is estimated to increase from nearly $7.3 billion in 2014 to nearly $15.2 billion by 2019, registering a five-year CAGR of 15.9% from 2014 to 2019.

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  • Gain an overview of the global market for photonic sensors and detectors
  • Analyze market trends, with data from 2013, estimates for 2014, and projections of CAGRs through 2019
  • Discuss concerning photonic sensor and detector technology, application, geography, major manufacturers, and factors influencing their demand
  • Obtain information about the properties of photonics including the generation, transmission, emission, modulation, switching, signal processing, and amplification of light
  • Access details about different types of sensors including fiber optic sensors, distributed sensors, point sensors, laser sensors, and biophotonic sensors
  • Review comprehensive company profiles of major players in the photonic sensor and detector field
SAMPLE FIGURE
GLOBAL PHOTONIC SENSORS AND DETECTORS MARKET, THROUGH 2019
($ MILLIONS)

 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Global market for rigid food packaging to reach 37.2 billion pounds by 2019


Rigid plastic food packaging markets takes into account a wide array of structures that can be blown or injection molded, extruded, or thermoformed. Factors like rising global population along with increasing urbanization in developing areas; growing concern regarding usage of certain types of plastics which could impact the plastic, metal, and glass scenario; increasing emphasis on sustainability, recycling and the environment; and higher demand for more convenient packaging will be responsible for the major changes in the rigid plastic food packaging market over the next decade.

BCC Research provides an in-depth study of the global plastic rigid food packaging through its report, Rigid Food Packaging. According to the report, the global market for plastic rigid food packaging reached almost 30 billion pounds in 2013. This is expected to reach 31.1 billion pounds by 2014-end and 37.2 billion pounds by 2019, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.7% from 2014 to 2019.

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  • Gain an overview of the global market for rigid food packaging
  • Analyze global market trends, with data from 2013, estimates for 2014, and projections of CAGRs through 2019
  • Examine segmentation of the market by major application which include bottles; dairy, meat and deli containers; molded and thermoformed containers made up mostly of liquid foods; prepared foods (e.g., frozen, microwave, dual-ovenables); and food service packaging
  • Assess individual plastics usage in key markets quantitatively
  • Evaluate roles of the many companies involved in rigid food packaging such as molders, thermoformers, and converters
  • Review comprehensive profiles of major players in the industry
SAMPLE FIGURE
GLOBAL PLASTIC RIGID FOOD PACKAGING MARKET BY RESIN, 2013-2019
(MILLION POUNDS)
 
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Global market for organic foods and beverages to reach nearly $161.5 billion by 2018

In spite of facing challenges, the global foods and beverages market has proven to grow as a profitable industry, providing ample opportunities stemming from huge export potential from emerging countries like Asia, Latin America and South Africa. With the rising demand due to increasing domestic organic production, growing government support for organic agriculture and initiatives for the development of organic standards and regulations, this industry is expected to grow considerably in the foreseeable future.

BCC Research provides a detailed analysis of the global market for organic foods and beverages through its report, Organic Foods and Beverages: Global Markets. According to this report, the global organic foods and beverages market was estimated to be worth $80.4 billion in 2013. This is expected to reach nearly $161.5 billion by 2018 with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15.0% from 2013 to 2018.

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  • Gain an overview of the global market for organic food and beverage market
  • Analyze global market trends and opportunities with data from 2013, and CAGR projections from 2013 to 2018
  • Information on various driving factors such as increasing health concerns among people, harmful effects of pesticide residues in food and its impact on health, rising food scarcity, increasing trend of standardization of organic foods, and government support through various subsidies
  • Discussion of suppliers of organic foods and beverages based on market share, product type, new product development, mergers and acquisitions, partnerships, and expansion
  • Obtain comprehensive market sizing and revenue forecasts for each subsegment
  • Identify major market players and their core competencies
SAMPLE FIGURE
GLOBAL ORGANIC FOOD AND BEVERAGE MARKET BY REGION, THROUGH 2018
($ BILLIONS)

 
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Global market for permanent magnets to reach $22.9 billion by 2018


Robust growth has been seen in the demand for permanent magnets during the last decade, and it is expected to grow at a considerable rate due to increasing industrial applications such as electric power steering and engines, wind turbines and consumer electronics. Increasingly stringent Chinese trade regulations and rising global demand from the automotive, green energy, and electronic industries is expected to shape significant growth in this market for the foreseeable future.

BCC Research provides an in-depth analysis of the global market for permanent magnets through its report Permanent Magnets: Technologies and Global Markets. According to the report, this market reached $15.1 billion in 2013. This is expected to grow to $22.9 billion by 2018, and register a five-year compound annual growth rate of 8.7% from 2013 to 2018.

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  • Gain an overview of the global market for permanent magnets, which constitute an important and sophisticated class of engineering materials with a range of industrial and commercial applications
  • Analyze global market trends, with data from 2012 and 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018
  • Identify new applications for permanent magnet materials, such as those for electronics and computers
  • Examine technological issues, trends in manufacturing, U.S. markets as well as foreign competition, and end users of permanent magnets
  • Assess in-depth patent analysis
  • Review company profiles of major players in the industry
SAMPLE FIGURE
GLOBAL PERMANENT MAGNET SALES BY REGION, 2012-2018
($ BILLIONS)
 
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