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42 The PCB Magazine • December 2017 Electronic Circuits Reveal When a Plant Begins to Experience Drought Conditions Forgot to water that plant on your desk again? It may soon be able to send out an SOS. MIT en- gineers have created sensors that can be printed onto plant leaves and reveal when the plants are experiencing a water shortage. Berkeley Startup to Train Robots Like Puppets Robots today must be programmed by writing computer code, but imagine donning a VR head- set and virtually guiding a robot through a task, like you would move the arms of a puppet, and then letting the robot take it from there. Smart Manufacturing Market Size Worth $395.2 Billion by 2025 The growing emphasis on increasing produc- tion efficiency and gaining visibility across the en- tire value chain are the two major factors driving market growth. In addition, the availability of ad- vanced technologies such as 3D printing, Man- ufacturing Execution Systems (MES), and plant asset management solutions to small and medi- um enterprises is further accelerating the industry growth. Top 3 Drivers for IIoT Market in Automotive Industry Technavio market research analysts forecast the global IIoT market in the automotive industry to grow at a CAGR of more than 33% during the forecast period, according to their latest report. IPC Pulse Survey: Bullish Outlook for Equipment, PCB Manufacturers A preliminary survey in IPC's new Pulse of the Elec- tronics Industry global data service reveals a bull- ish outlook for most segments of the electronics industry, especially for equipment manufacturers and PCB fabricators. A Robotic Spy Among the Fish A new miniature robot developed by EPFL re- searchers can swim with fish, learn how they com- municate with each other, and make them change direction or come together. These capabilities have been proven on schools of zebrafish. Beyond 5G—After the Next Generation The TERRANOVA team will be working on embed- ding terahertz wireless solutions into fast fiber op- tic networks, developing new frequency bands and thereby laying the foundation for a resilient communications infrastructure that is equipped to cope with the demands of the future. Real-Time Data Drives the Future of Wearables in Healthcare The proliferation of wearables for health and well- ness, and the need for more data about the cur- rent and future condition of individuals and pa- tients, are key factors propelling market growth. Future growth opportunities focus on the com- mercialization and embedding of wearables in skin patches, clothing, and electronic skins. Telecommunications and Wireless Communication Markets Projected to Grow According to a research by MarketsandMarkets, the telecom managed services market is expected to grow from $11.90 billion in 2017 to $22.58 bil- lion by 2022, at a CAGR of 13.7%. New Quantum Materials Offer Novel Route to 3D Electronic Devices Researchers have shown how the principles of general relativity open the door to novel electron- ic applications such as a three-dimensional elec- tron lens and electronic invisibility devices. Electronics Industry News Market Highlights

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