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India Develops ECT Robot Manipulator for Nuclear Power Plants

Scientists at India’s Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics have developed a remotely controlled system for inspecting steam generator tube eddy currents in nuclear power plants, which will remove humans from the potentially hazardous job, according to a Sputnik report.

The system is called the ECT Robot Manipulator, which is a “remotely controlled Five-Degree-of-Freedom robotic system used for positioning a probe below the steam generator tube.” A technician with a remote camera is on hand to make final adjustments, if necessary, to position the inspection probe. The camera allows for “automatic visual position correction to compensate for mechanical errors in the system,” the report said.

Image of ECT Robot Manipulator

While robotic systems are deployed elsewhere for steam generator tube work, this is a first for Indian technicians, reports Nuclear Street.

November 13, 2017   No Comments

iPhone Assembler to Expand Operations in India

With Apple‘s earnings in India doubling year-on-year, Taiwanese manufacturer Wistron, primary iPhone assembler in India, is scouting for 100 acres of land in Bangalore to expand its facilities.

Though Apple is currently a minor player in India, its potential is huge. CEO Tim Cook said on the earnings call in early November that there was much work to be done to fulfill this potential.

He said he’s confident the company can gain ground, but it will take work on many fronts.”It’s building stores. It’s building channels. It’s building markets. It’s building the developer ecosystem,” he said. “It’s having the right product lineup for the market. And I feel like we’re making good progress there and are gaining understanding of the market, but we still have a long way to go.”

Picture of PM Modi and Tim Cook

The India government’s Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion wrote to the firm saying it was “actively involved in resolving issues raised by Apple” and the various key departments in charge of vetting these concessions are “positively inclined to the proposal,” according to a document from an official to Apple that was reviewed by Bloomberg News.

November 12, 2017   No Comments

WhatsApp Partners with eTailers in India

With a 200 million plus user base that communicates in 10 Indian languages to generate 50 billion messages a day, Facebook-owned WhatsApp is turning toward businesses in India to monetize the platform. It has already partnered with travel portals  MakeMyTrip and Goibibo, and is now planning to add Flipkart, utility agencies, movie houses, and telecom players too. Users will be able to access the services offered and make payments on WhatsApp itself via a new WhatsApp wallet.

WhatsApp Logo

In February this year, WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton, met India’s minister for Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss ways the company could contribute to India’s digital commerce initiatives, reports the Business Standard.

 

October 31, 2017   No Comments

India Overtakes U.S. to Become 2nd Largest Smartphone Market

According to Singapore-based research firm Canalys, with more than 40 million smartphones shipped to India in the third quarter of 2017, India surpassed the United States to become the second-largest smartphone market. Shipments in Q3 grew 23 percent year-over-year in India, putting it in second place right behind China.

Samsung and Xiaomi accounted for nearly 50 percent of the market in Q3, shipping 9.4 million and 9.2 million units respectively, with Vivo, Oppo and Lenovo rounding out the top five places, reports ZD Net.

Samsung Smartphone

Ishan Dutt, research analyst at Canalys noted that there are close to 100 mobile device brands sold in India, and added that growth in India will continue, attributing it mainly to low smartphone penetration and the explosion of LTE. Analyst Rushabh Doshi said, “We predict Xiaomi’s continued go-to-market innovations will allow it to overtake Samsung within a couple of quarters.”

 

October 31, 2017   No Comments

Health Consciousness in India Boosts Dietary Supplements Market

BillionFit: Technology Redesigning Healthcare a joint study by Kalaari Capital and accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton says that with India’s consumers now invested in healthier lifestyles, the fitness technology segment will double to $250 million by 2023. Wearable fitness devices such as fitness trackers, and smart technology such as smart shoes, stride sensors, and clothes integrated with  wearable technology will account for 90% of this projected growth.

Additionally, this awareness for good health will boost India’s dietary supplements market which is projected to expand at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next four to five years. Online retailers such as Healthkart, Amazon, Medisys and Neulife are increasing their stocks of ‘super’ foods and supplements.

Wellness

Nutraingredients-asia quotes Vrinda Mathur partner at Grant Thornton who says, “The global realm of healthcare has radically shifted from ‘detect and manage’ to ‘predict and prevent.’ This change in mindset, combined with the rapid technological and socio-political impetus on improving health, is resulting in a fitness and health boom across the world.”

October 29, 2017   No Comments