Web3 Studios: Sporting metaverse is ‘at an inflection’

A report from Web3 Studios claims the sporting metaverse is “at an inflection point” amid growing interest.

The World Cup in Qatar proved a great opportunity for web3 players to connect with sports fans. In their report, Web3 Studios noted some of the key projects around the FIFA World Cup:

While the collapse of the FTX exchange shook confidence in blockchain-related web3 projects, the growing number of high-profile deployments shows that brands are willing to...

Omdia: IoT adoption set to surge in APAC

According to a report from global research firm Omdia, the APAC region is set to witness unprecedented IoT growth.

The researchers note that APAC has lagged behind in ‘Full IoT Deployment’ within enterprises (38% for APAC versus 42% in the 'Rest of the World'). However, spending is on the increase and the spare growth capacity is set to cause a surge in adoption.

Over 38.9 billion IoT devices are forecast to be deployed by 2030. Revenue from cellular IoT modules is...

Industrial robots increase unemployment and lower wages

Research from China justifies concerns about the impact of industrial robots on the workforce.

Critics of automation believe it will replace many predominately blue-collar jobs. Proponents of industrial robots argue that new jobs will be created and the workforce will adapt.

At least in the short term, a paper from China backs the critics.

The paper, How Do Workers And Households Adjust To Robots, analysed the effects of exposure to industrial robots on labour...

Berg Insight: Global cellular IoT connections grew 22% in 2021

Berg Insight says that global cellular IoT connections grew an impressive 22 percent in 2021.

According to the company’s analysts, global cellular IoT connections reached 2.1 billion last year.

No particular region stood out for growth. The major regional markets of China, Western Europe, and North America grew similarly during the year as the world recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, China continues to lead the way for cellular IoT...

IDC expects Meta to lose its VR dominance

IDC predicts Meta will lose its dominant marketshare in the VR market in the coming years.

The VR industry is growing rapidly. During Q1 2022, global VR headset shipments increased 241.6 percent compared to the same period last year.

Meta continues to dominate the market amid the success of its Quest 2 headset. According to IDC, Meta has now captured 90 percent of the market.

According to IDC, the biggest rival to Meta currently is ByteDance’s Pico; despite...

Eseye: Hardware design leads IoT deployment barriers

A survey of more than 750 IoT professionals finds that hardware design is the number one perceived barrier to deployment.

The survey, conducted by Eseye in association with Kaleido Intelligence, set out to uncover the main pain points for IoT deployments.

Here are the key findings:

84% stated hardware design is the number one barrier56% who’ve adopted cellular IoT are finding maintaining commercial relationships with multiple providers “too complex”51% of...

Smart locks installed by over 12M US households

The rapid proliferation of smart locks in the US means they've now been installed by over 12 million households.

Parks Associates released a whitepaper today highlighting the adoption of smart locks in the US alongside the reasons why they’re so desirable.

“The majority of residential door locks installed in the US are mechanical, but an increasing number of exterior locks are being replaced with smart door locks,” said Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research,...

Berg Insight claims 8.6M Europeans were using connected healthcare in 2021

Research from Berg Insight suggests 8.6 million Europeans were using connected healthcare solutions in 2021.

The figure relates to the end of 2021 and consists of traditional telecare, next-generation telecare, and telehealth solutions in EU27+3 countries.

“As lockdowns and quarantines were imposed all around the world, healthcare providers were motivated to adopt remote patient monitoring and telehealth solutions,” said Samuel Andersson, IoT Analyst at Berg...

Inmarsat reveals the drivers and challenges of IoT deployments

Research from satellite telecoms giant Inmarsat highlights the factors driving IoT adoption in addition to what is hampering successful deployments.

Over half (54%) of respondents said that cost-efficiency is their leading reason for adopting IoT technologies. This was followed by environmental sustainability and greater supply chain insight—both at 48 percent.

Organisations with a formal IoT strategy are reaping the most benefits in terms of those leading drivers of...

Survey: Adoption of digital transformation tech is accelerating

According to a survey of UK leaders conducted by bluQube, the adoption of digital transformation technologies is accelerating.

“So-called ‘future’ technologies, such as robotics or the Internet of Things, have now firmly entered the mainstream for businesses looking to grow and stand out from the chasing pack,” commented Simon Kearsley, CEO of bluQube.

Almost three-quarters (72%) of business leaders report their organisations have adopted mobile technology. An...