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44 The PCB Magazine • January 2017 Perovskite Solar Cells Hit New World Efficiency Record They're flexible, cheap to produce and simple to make, which is why perovskites are the hottest new material in solar cell design. And now, engineers at Australia's University of New South Wales in Syd- ney have smashed the trendy new compound's world efficiency record. Printable Electronics The next time you place your coffee order, imag- ine slapping a sticker onto your to-go cup that acts as an electronic decal, letting you know the pre- cise temperature of your triple-venti no-foam latte. £10M Award Creates Compound Semiconductor Hub A £10m award announced today puts Cardiff Uni- versity at the forefront of research into cutting- edge Compound Semiconductor (CS) technolo- gies. IDC Unveils its Top 10 Predictions for Worldwide Robotics for 2017 and Beyond IDC predicts 35% of leading organizations in lo- gistics, health, utilities, and resources will explore the use of robots to automate operations by 2019. 4G Smartphones to Surpass 1 Billion Mark in Shipments for 2016 Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.45 billion units with a year-over-year growth rate of 0.6% in 2016, according to the latest forecast from the International Data Corpo- ration (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. Although growth remains positive, it is down significantly from the 10.4% growth in 2015. Nano Dimension Delivers 3D Printer to a Fortune 100 Company Nano Dimension Ltd, a leader in the field of 3D printed electronics, announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technolo- gies Ltd, has delivered a DragonFly 2020 3D Printer to a Fortune 100 company for evaluation purposes. Scientists Use Graphene and Toy Silly Putty to Make State-of-the-Art Sensors Researchers in AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland-funded materials science research centre, hosted in Trinity College Dublin, have used the wonder material graphene to make the novelty children's material silly putty (polysilicone) con- duct electricity—creating extremely sensitive sen- sors. Strong Growth Expected for the Wearable Technology Markets The technology sector is constantly growing with new innovations. According to the Scalar Market Research report, "Wearable Technology Market" the wearable technology market is worth $28.89 billion and expected to reach $71.23 billion by 2021, growing at a CAGR of 18.9%. Rice and IBM Explore Watson-powered Robot Designed to Aid Elderly and Caregivers IBM Research and Rice University have collabo- rated to create the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA), a first-of- its-kind Watson-enabled application designed to aid the elderly and assist caregivers. Watson is a question-answering computer system developed by IBM. Pioneering Nanotechnology Captures Energy from People The day of charging cellphones with finger swipes and powering Bluetooth headsets simply by walk- ing is now much closer. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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