Worldwide Spending on Drones, Robotics System to Reach Approx $128.7 Billion This Year

Spending on drones will also be dominated by hardware purchases with more than 90 per cent of the category total going toward consumer drones, after-market sensors and service drones in 2020. Pixabay
Worldwide spending on robotics systems and drones will be $128.7 billion in 2020, an increase of 17.1 per cent over 2019, according to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC).
By 2023, this spending will reach $241.4 billion with a (CAGR) of 19.8 per cent, said the IDC “Worldwide Robotics and Drones Spending Guide”.
Robotics systems will be the larger of the two categories throughout the five-year forecast period with worldwide robotics spending forecast to be $112.4 billion in 2020.
Spending on drones will total $16.3 billion in 2020 but is forecast to grow at a faster rate – 33.3 per cent CAGR than 17.8 per cent CAGR of robotics systems.
“Software developments are among the most important trends currently shaping the robotics industry. Solution providers are progressively integrating additional software-based, often cloud-based, functionalities into robotics systems,” Remy Glaisner, Research Director at IDC’s Worldwide Robotics: Commercial Service Robots.
Discrete manufacturing will be responsible for nearly half of all robotics systems spending worldwide in 2020 with purchases totalling $53.8 billion.
The next largest industries for robotics systems will be process manufacturing, resource industries, healthcare and retail. The industries that will see the fastest growth in robotics spending over the 2019-2023 forecast are wholesale, retail and construction.
Spending on drones will also be dominated by hardware purchases with more than 90 per cent of the category total going toward consumer drones, after-market sensors and service drones in 2020.
Drone software spending will primarily go to command and control applications and drone-specific applications while services spending will be led by education and training. Consumer spending on drones will total $6.5 billion in 2020 and will represent nearly 40 per cent of the worldwide total throughout the forecast.
Worldwide spending on robotics systems and drones will be $128.7 billion in 2020, an increase of 17.1 per cent over 2019, according to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC). Pixabay
Industry spending on drones will be led by utilities ($1.9 billion), construction ($1.4 billion) and the discrete manufacturing and resource industries ($1.2 billion each), IDC said.
The resource industry will move ahead of both construction and discrete manufacturing to become the second largest industry for drone spending in 2021, according to the forecast.
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The fastest growth in drone spending over the five-year forecast period will come from the federal/central government, education and state/local government, said the report. (IANS)

The new Alexa Skill will also give customers suggestions and options to choose from bestselling gifts. Pixabay

India’s largest gifting brand, Ferns N Petals, has become the first such brand to launch Alexa Skill for gift delivery in Asia, the company said on Monday.
The Skill allows customers to order and send flowers or cakes through the voice assistant.
The brand is anticipating that the business generated through this initiative will touch 10 per cent of the overall online business by 2025.
“We are pleased to be the first player in the gifting industry to roll out Alexa Skill to provide our users an easy access and convenient ordering process of the products in flowers and cakes category,” said Pawan Gadia, CEO, online and retail, Ferns N Petals.
The company has developed ‘The Ferns N Petals Alexa Skill’ for easy access on all Alexa-enabled devices.
Customers can quickly place an order through this Skill for their special someone by just giving voice commands.
India’s largest gifting brand, Ferns N Petals, has become the first such brand to launch Alexa Skill for gift delivery in Asia. Pixabay
In Phase 1, Alexa Skill will be launched for existing customers who have an account with Ferns N Petals and have a saved address in their profile.
The Skill will also give customers suggestions and options to choose from bestselling gifts.
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Customers can simply enable Alexa Skill for FNP and say, “Alexa, open Ferns N Petals” followed by “I’d like to order a cake”, the company said. (IANS)

POCO has also gone ahead and set up a dedicated website mentioning the details of the launch, which reveals a few key details about the upcoming smartphone. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Chinese handset maker POCO, which Xiaomi spinned off as a standalone brand earlier this month, is ready to launch its POCO X2 smartphone on February 4 with a high refresh rate and liquid cooling technology.
An image showing the bottom of the phone seems to suggest the POCO X2 will be similar to the Redmi K30 that Xiaomi had announced last month, Android Central reported on Monday.
POCO has also gone ahead and set up a dedicated website mentioning the details of the launch, which reveals a few key details about the upcoming smartphone.
Chinese handset maker POCO, which Xiaomi spinned off as a standalone brand earlier this month, is ready to launch its POCO X2 smartphone on February 4 with a high refresh rate and liquid cooling technology. Wikimedia Commons
As per the website, the POCO X2 will feature a high refresh rate display, liquid cooling, and, most likely, a Sony IMX 686 primary sensor.
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While it remains to be seen if the two phones will be identical in terms of tech specs, they are likely to be very similar in most areas. On the software front, the POCO X2 is expected to run “MIUI for POCO” out of the box, based on Android 10 operatig system (OS), the report added. (IANS)

The Egyptian priest Nesyamun lived during the politically volatile reign of the pharaoh Ramses XI over 3000 years ago, working as a scribe and priest at the state temple of Karnak in Thebes (modern Luxor). IANS
Scientists have succeeded in accurately reproducing the voice of an Egyptian priest who lived 3,000 years ago, thanks to the mummification process and the use of 3D printing technology.
The scientists created the 3-D printed vocal tract based on measurements of the precise dimensions of his extant vocal tract following computed tomography (CT) scanning.
The acoustic output is a single sound, falling between the vowels in the English words ‘bed’ and ‘bad’, according to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports.
The Egyptian priest Nesyamun lived during the politically volatile reign of the pharaoh Ramses XI over 3000 years ago, working as a scribe and priest at the state temple of Karnak in Thebes (modern Luxor).
His voice was an essential part of his ritual duties which involved spoken as well as sung elements. The precise dimensions of an individual’s vocal tract produce a unique sound. If the dimensions of a vocal tract can be established, vocal sounds can be synthesized by using a 3D-printed vocal tract and an electronic larynx.
Scientists have succeeded in accurately reproducing the voice of an Egyptian priest who lived 3,000 years ago, thanks to the mummification process and the use of 3D printing technology. Pixabay
For this to be feasible, the soft tissue of the vocal tract needs to be reasonably intact. David Howard of University of London and his colleagues used non-destructive CT to confirm that a significant part of the structure of the larynx and throat of the mummified body of the Nesyamun remained intact as a result of the mummification process.
This allowed the authors to measure the vocal tract shape from CT images. Based on these measurements, the authors created a 3D-printed vocal tract for Nesyamun and used it with an artificial larynx commonly used in speech synthesis.
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The researchers suggest that their proof-of-concept recreation of a vocal tract preserved over three millennia has implications for the way in which the past is presented to the public in the present. It may provide an opportunity to hear the vocal tract output of an individual that lived in ancient times. (IANS)

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