Top 3 Trends in Industry 4.0 From Automation Fair 2019

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Client-Only, Enterprise Transformation, Enterprise xR Intelligence Service, Insight Articles, Software

Rockwell Automation’s annual Automation Fair in Chicago, Illinois brings together leaders in manufacturing and factory operations to showcase the latest trends and innovations in automation. Increasingly, the show plays host to major partner companies in the software and information technology industry, such as Cisco, Microsoft, and PTC, in service of increasing the visibility of Industry 4.0 workflows and educating stakeholders … Read More

How Onshape Will Help PTC Capture The CAD Cloud

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Enterprise Transformation, Enterprise xR Intelligence Service, Insight Articles, Software, Venture Capital, Private Equity, and M&A

This week, PTC, the global IoT software and services company, announced the acquisition of Onshape, a leading provider of computer-aided design (CAD) software-as-a-service solutions for $470 million. PTC’s acquisition of Onshape adds significant value to the company’s offerings, especially its flagship software products for product lifecycle management (PLM) and CAD.  The deal represents the largest disclosed acquisition in dollars by … Read More

Aero: Adobe’s Play for 3D, and The Future of AR

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Devices & Technology, Insight Articles, Media & Entertainment, Software

Following a slew of major product updates and announcements at its annual developer conference, MAX, Adobe continues a years-long trend of subtly but aggressively expanding its offerings into the realm of 3D. Beginning with small but meaningful updates to legacy apps (like the addition of the Skybox 360 video plugin to Premiere Pro) to new products altogether (such as the … Read More

How Facebook Uses Computer Vision To Empower The Mobile AR Market

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Insight Articles

As part of its presentations for the 2019 International Conference on Computer Vision, research scientists at Facebook’s AI research division have announced recent breakthroughs in machine learning algorithms that more efficiently process and recognize physical environments, in order to replicate scenes in 3D. What new opportunities will this and similar computer vision innovations present to mobile augmented reality developers, consumer … Read More

Facebook Acquires CTRL Labs, Hints at Future Plans For Spatial Computing

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Devices & Technology, Insight Articles, Interfaces

On the eve of its annual virtual and augmented reality developers conference, Oculus Connect, executives at Facebook announced the completed acquisition of hardware startup CTRL Labs for an undisclosed sum. The New York-based company’s core product has yet to be released to developers but is marketed as a wrist-worn sensor designed to interpret electrical activity in muscles and transmit control … Read More

Smartglasses Shootout: Garta, Orion, Stella to Advance Augmented Reality

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Devices & Technology, Head-Mounted Displays, Insight Articles

Recent reports have shed new light on the augmented reality hardware strategy underway at Facebook. Persons familiar describe two discrete products, codenamed Orion and Stella which appear to vary significantly in functionality.  Orion represents a major step forward in functionality for consumer AR hardware, promising discrete computing functionality and support for phone-like features such as onboard mobile broadband connectivity. Stella, … Read More

iPhone 11: Apple Lays Groundwork for Augmented Reality

J.C. Kuang, Analyst J.C. Kuang, Analyst Augmented Reality, Augmented Reality Intelligence Service, Devices & Technology, Imaging & Video, Insight Articles, Telecommunications

Apple’s annual iPhone reveal event remains one of the most hotly anticipated events in the consumer technology industry. While the company is credited with popularizing and refining many of the key technologies which make up the current computing landscape, the iPhone event is the company’s opportunity to reassert its ability to innovate on the modern smartphone, in this year’s iPhone … Read More