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44 The PCB Magazine • January 2016 Frost & Sullivan: Five Big Technology Predictions for 2016 Frost & Sullivan's Audrey William, Head of ICT Research, Australia & New Zealand, shares her in- sights for the five big technology predictions go- ing into 2016. Portable Device can Quickly Determine the Extent of an Eye Injury An engineer and an ophthalmologist are develop- ing a portable sensor that can quickly and inex- pensively determine whether an eye injury is mild or severe. The device, called OcuCheck, measures levels of vitamin C in the fluids that coat or leak from the eye. Smart Grid Data Analytics Market to Triple by 2022 According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Smart Grid Data Analytics Market—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015– 2022," the smart grid data analytics market was valued at US$1.6B in 2014 and is estimated to reach US$4.6B by 2022, expanding at a CAGR of 13.4% from 2015–2022. A Battery Revolution in Motion The first prototype of a sodium-ion battery has just been revealed by the RS2E, a French network bringing together researchers and industrial ac- tors. This technology, inspired by the lithium-ion batteries already used in portable computers and electric vehicles, could lead to the mass storage of intermittent renewable energy sources. Flat Camera Invented at Rice University Looks into the Future How thin can a camera be? Very, say Rice Univer- sity researchers who have developed patented prototypes of their technological breakthrough. FlatCam, invented by Rice labs' electrical and computer engineers Richard Baraniuk and Ashok Veeraraghavan, is little more than a thin sensor chip with a mask that replaces lenses in a tradi- tional camera. TrendForce Anticipates 4K TVs to Reach 23% Market Penetration in 2016 Global LCD TV shipments for 2015 will total 216 million sets, according to the latest estima- tion by WitsView, a division of TrendForce. This year's shipments will represent a slight annual decline, for the first time since the shipment slide in 2013. Researchers Find New Phase of Carbon, Make Diamond at Room Temperature Researchers from North Carolina State Univer- sity have discovered a new phase of solid car- bon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-car- bon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pres- sure in air. Future Batteries Could Charge in 30 Seconds Future cell phones and other electronics could have batteries that charge in less than a minute. This new capability will be in part thanks to a space experiment using hard, flexible material as a clean power source. Intel Takes Integration Down a New Path In its latest teardown report, ABI Research, a leader in technology market intelligence, discerns that the Intel Atom x3 Platform, the company's second integrated communication platform, includes the highest integration mobile platform transceiver to date. Teaching Machines How to Learn Machines will become not just more intelligent in the future, but also more capable of learning. To promote research in this field, ETH Zurich and the Max Planck Society officially opened the Max Planck ETH Center for Learning Systems. The sci- entists want to understand the theoretical princi- ples of learning and how these can be applied to real machines. 44 The PCB Magazine • January 2016 Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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