Pepper, a humanoid intelligent robot developed by Japanese telecom giant Softbank, has been an incredible success in its home country. The first batch of 1,000 Pepper units that was released to the Japanese consumer market earlier this June was sold out under a minute, as with later waves of limited pre-orders.
The latest photovoltaic (PV) market price report by EnergyTrend, a division of TrendForce, says strong demand from major markets such as China, the U.S., Japan and India ensures that first-tier PV module manufacturers will have fully booked capacities to the end of 2015.
The competition to develop applications for artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) heats up as tech giants scramble to acquire AI-based startups and related industry talents in order to strengthen their strategic positions.
Smart home technologies have been developing rapidly since 2014. From Google’s US$3.2 billion acquisition of Nest at the start of 2014 to the 2015 CES earlier this year, the explosive growth in the smart home market was reflected by a proliferation of various application products.
The introduction of the Apple Watch did not create takeoff growth opportunities in the wearable device market. Consequently, vendors are working on other attractive products, and virtual reality (VR) currently stands out among the wearable technologies that are under development.