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42 The PCB Magazine • August 2017 New Fast-Charging Flow Battery Aims to Advance the State-of-the-Art in Energy Storage Masdar Institute researchers have engineered a novel non-aqueous low-cost flow battery equipped with fast-charging that is able to charge itself in half the time it would normally take, which they believe may enable cheaper and more efficient large-scale renewable energy storage. Dell Helps Future Proof Customers Globally with Internet of Things Technology Dell Inc. is helping new customers across the globe, as well as its own manufacturing facilities, to future proof their businesses through embrac- ing IoT technology. Convergence of Blockchain with Emerging Technologies Set to Disrupt the Healthcare Industry by 2025 In the next five to 10 years, a blockchain ecosys- tem with healthcare-focused use cases involving health data exchanges, smart assets management, insurance and payment solutions, blockchain plat- form providers, and consortiums will emerge. 5G Wireless and Beyond: From Evolution to Revolution From a technical standpoint, fifth generation mo- bile wireless—or 5G, as it's commonly known— is more about "evolution" than "revolution." In many ways, 5G simply builds upon the mobile infrastructure established by the current wire- less standard, 4G LTE. From the standpoint of the imagination, however, 5G is poised to reshape the technological world as we know it. New Design Improves Performance of Flexible Wearable Electronics In a proof-of-concept study, North Carolina State University engineers have designed a flexible ther- moelectric energy harvester that has the potential to rival the effectiveness of existing power wear- able electronic devices using body heat as the only source of energy. Building with Robots and 3D Printer At the Empa and Eawag NEST building in Düben- dorf, eight ETH Zurich professors are collaborat- ing with business partners to build the three-sto- ry DFAB HOUSE. It is the first house in the world to be designed, planned and built using predomi- nantly digital processes. Global Healthcare M2M Market: Demand for Remote Patient Monitoring to Bolster Uptake Some of the leading players operating in the healthcare M2M (machine-to-machine) market are Telefonica S.A., AT&T Inc., Vodafone Group plc, and GE Healthcare. A.I. Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown "The goal is for A.I. to be more like a smart assis- tant collaborating with the scientist and less like programming assembly code," said Chien, a se- nior research scientist on autonomous space sys- tems. "It allows scientists to focus on the 'thinking' things—analyzing and interpreting data—while robotic explorers search out features of interest." Artificial Intelligence and Analytics Accelerate the Pace of Digital Workplace Transformation New research that examined how organizations are evolving from a traditional office environment to a digital workplace reveals that gaining compet- itive advantage and improving business processes are among the top goals of their digital transfor- mation strategy. 3D Printing Market worth $32.78 Billion by 2023 The 3D printing market is expected to be worth US$32.78 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 25.76% between 2017 and 2023. The growth is attribut- ed to the factors such as the ease of development of customized products, ability to reduce over- all manufacturing costs, and government invest- ments in the 3D printing projects for the develop- ment and deployment of the technology. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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