I’ve been asked by one of our PR agencies to prepare a series of articles for their national media about the new technology trends in 2021. This is generally a task I plan to work on every year but somehow never seem to get around to. Perhaps this year will be different. After all it has already been different in so many other ways thanks to Covid-19.
Ironically, I don’t actually see any major new technology trends emerging in 2021. The key metric to watch will, rather, be the speed with which the now-familiar digital transformation drivers such as Machine Learning, AI, IoT, and Cloud are being adopted. While there has definitely been a great acceleration in remote working this year, for example, we are already seeing growing resistance to the idea that it is some sort of panacea. Continue reading Notes from the field: new technology trends in 2021
I can’t say that I was too surprised to see a couple of robots lurking around the lobby when I first checked into my Beijing hotel. The rate of new technology adoption is much faster in China than other countries.
Even though one of the machines was being touted as a service bot for delivering items to guest’s rooms, I would suspect that the main value of the two devices currently lies as a marketing tool. They certainly attracted enough attention and social media engagement from both domestic and overseas visitors to justify their cost. But I don’t think it will be too long before such machines will be able to carry out more business-critical tasks like checking in guests using facial recognition, booking cars and taxis for them, and securing reservations for VIPs in exclusive restaurants. Of course, some human staff will still be required to add a personal touch to the guest experience – but not quite as many as now I would guess. Continue reading Notes from the field: hotel service bots & porcine facial recognition systems
Glorious fall weather in Taipei to mark the double tenth holiday! It was absolutely beautiful when I took a leisurely hike along the trails skirting Tiger Mountain.
Along the way, I came across a hillside temple readying itself for what looks set to be a huge celebration. Tables inside the main structure and courtyard were festooned with offerings of bottles of booze, packages of food, and even toy cars to make the ancestors more comfortable. Continue reading Notes from the field: the more things change the more they stay the same
If you manage a delivery service, taxi company or a haulage fleet, your vehicles and drivers represent a considerable investment. As the demands on these services continue to change and evolve, it’s imperative that you do what you can to protect your investment and maximize the efficiency and performance of your operations. To this end, in-vehicle dual-cam drive recorders are fast becoming a must-have. Let’s explore how these technologies can deliver measurable benefits in terms of safety for your fleet and save you money in the process. Continue reading How dual-cam drive recorders can improve fleet safety and efficiency
One of the most exciting new products we will be launching at at Embedded World 2019 is the VPai Smart Lock Turnkey Platform aimed at the rapidly-growing smart security device market. Germany. This versatile system features a connected wide-angle camera and offers multiple levels of access authentication in a single, securely-designed device that can be connected to Cloud management services. It can be used in either residential or commercial buildings, and provides multiple customization options to meet specific installation requirements.
VPai Smart Lock features a durable aluminum enclosure that houses a high-quality wide-angle HD camera with night vision capabilities and PIR motion detection, two-way audio for remote calling, a ﬁngerprint recognition module, an NFC card reader, a 12-key touch pad, a 2.7” TFT display, and a tamper switch that triggers an automated alarm when it detects an attemp to dismantle it. Other features include Wi-Fi connectivity, two Li-Ion batteries, and the lock motor. Continue reading VIA at Embedded World 2019: new VPai smart lock
There’s nothing like a few bracing walks in the crisp country air to clear the cobwebs out of your mind and build up some perspective on the developments of the past year. At least that’s what I’ve found myself doing during my daily peregrinations along the rutted paths of the fenscape.
Not surprisingly given the speed with which it has replaced IoT as the high-tech buzzword du jour, the subject of AI has been prominent in my thoughts. Are we really moving towards the long-predicted singularity in which the machines take charge and destroy humanity or are we going to harness this technology to help us solve the great challenges of our time such as climate change? Continue reading Bracing walks in the crisp country air
It’s good to be back to Taipei in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival after an intense week in Shanghai and Hangzhou at the China International Industry Fair and Empower Digital China in Hangzhou.
Continue reading Boarding the AI Train from Shanghai to Hangzhou
Alibaba have published an interesting overview of the Chinese coffee market on their Alizila website, even if it somehow neglects to mention the potential impact of emerging local players such as Luckin.
The key takeaway for me wasn’t so much the big numbers that the report throws around, but the two key consumption trends that it identifies: namely, the move to “premium artisan products” and the quest for “novel experiences.”
Continue reading China coffee market: the quest for novel experiential offerings
Forging close links with software and cloud ecosystem partners is critical to providing complete IoT and Edge AI solutions for our customers across multiple vertical markets. That’s why we are excited to announce that we are working together with FogHorn, a leading developer of software for industrial and commercial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions to enable their edge intelligence of our VIA ARTiGO and VIA AMOS systems. For more information, please see the press release here.
Continue reading Forging Close Edge AI and IoT Ecosystem partnerships
When I first started working in the tech industry, I would always go to the US in order to get a taste of what was in store for the future. These days, I only have to take a much shorter flight across the Taiwan Straits. What a change in less than thirty years! In those days, you couldn’t even get a direct flight from Taiwan to China and had to transit through Hong Kong.
Continue reading China: the world’s largest petri dish for IoT and AI applications