Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent electronic scrap, wearable technology and 5G network related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 5/27-5/31.
A federal proposal to ban certain electronic scrap exports has received varied responses from electronic recycling stakeholders, who’s comments on the matter were made public last week. The proposed ban was headed by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, who have been aiming to alter requirements for e-scrap exports for nearly a year. The stated goal of the proposal is to reduce feedstock for producing counterfeit goods that are imported back to the U.S. Under the regulatory changes set forth by the proposal, untested end-of-life electronic devices would be prohibited from export. Devices that have been tested and are working could be shipped overseas, however would be subjected to new record keeping and tracking.
According to a report by leading market research organization Technavio, the global wearables market is forecast to expand by 15 percent a year until 2023. The surge in demand for wearable electronics is attributed to the integrated advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), and contactless payments. From smart-bands, smart-rings HMDs (head-mounted displays) and of course smartwatches, these wearable devices are the latest trend in technology. To see this growth continue, Technavio reports that instead of using smartphone technology that has been scaled down to fit in smaller devices like smartwatches, the wearables industry should focus on specialized components that are more in line with the usage patterns of wearable devices.
When we think of 5G technology, the first thing that typically comes to mind are smartphone devices. But 5G isn’t just about lower latency and faster capabilities for your phone. Alongside bringing advanced features to smartphones, the new network will also be ushering in a wave of new technology that will help power the future. And for first responders, 5G represents a game changer. First responders need to mobilize rapidly and make split-decisions, but their ability to do so depends on the free flow of information. Improving how critical intelligence moves can increase situational awareness. The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, will help responders do what they’re trained to do, but with a new level of support.