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Tech Focus – 10 Predictions on How AI will Shape Technology in 2024

Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Ee Huei Sin shares ten predictions from Keysight Technologies on how AI’s influence will strengthen and impact technologies across industries in 2024.

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) ready to direct physical-world activities in 2024?

Is Artificial Intelligence (AI) ready to direct physical-world activities in 2024?

With the introduction of ChatGPT, Dall-e, and many other tools to the public, artificial intelligence (AI) has become a hotly debated topic that will continue to dominate headlines throughout the decade.

Engineers are integrating AI into technologies and reaping the benefits to enhance operations, extract and leverage intelligence, and drive organisation-wide benefits across industries.

Here’s ten predictions from Keysight, on how AI’s influence will strengthen and impact technologies across industries in 2024.

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tech4tea.com Best-in-Class Awards 2023

Monday, February 5th, 2024

#BiC2023: It’s the time of the year to look at the winning brands and products from the previous year – 2023.

Check out the winners of the 2023 BiC Awards from tech4tea.com for each product or brand category.

Check out the winners of the 2023 BiC Awards from tech4tea.com for each product or brand category.

Curated from the many products that the editorial team at tech4tea.com tried and tested in 2023, these products and brands offer the best balance in terms of performance and price.

These products and brands are those that the team at tech4tea.com would personally use for ourselves, based on the positive experiences we had while trying out the product and the ability of the brand to design based on our needs and solving the difficulties that the products were designed to overcome.

Stay tuned for the award honorees in each category.

Tech Focus – How Non-Terrestrial Networks Boost 5G Mobile

Friday, January 26th, 2024

5G Non-Terrestrial Networks (NTN) are on the verge of dramatically improving global connectivity. Dylan MGrath from Keysight Technologies shares his enthusiasm for 5G NTNs and their powerful use-cases for broadband and IoT applications.

How do non-terrestrial networks boost mobile networks?

How do non-terrestrial networks boost mobile networks?

Patchy coverage, dropped calls, voice distortions, and inconsistent data speeds are some common problems with current 4G and 5G networks.

Some of these issues are due to the inherent problems of terrestrial networks.

About the Author: Dylan McGrath is the industry solutions manager for 5G at Keysight Technologies. Prior to joining Keysight, Dylan spent more than 20 years in technology journalism and marketing. He spent more than 10 years as an editor at EE Times, including several years as editor-in-chief of the 50-year-old electronics industry trade publication. His career has also included stints at Electronic News, IHS Markit, and the Hoffman Agency.

About the Author: Dylan McGrath is the industry solutions manager for 5G at Keysight Technologies. Prior to joining Keysight, Dylan spent more than 20 years in technology journalism and marketing. He spent more than 10 years as an editor at EE Times, including several years as editor-in-chief of the 50-year-old electronics industry trade publication. His career has also included stints at Electronic News, IHS Markit, and the Hoffman Agency.

Non-terrestrial networks (NTNs) can not only alleviate these problems but also potentially expand 5G coverage to the entire planet.

While NTN technologies use satellite systems or airborne platforms to provide telecommunication services in remote areas that are impractical for traditional terrestrial networks, a drawback of current NTNs is that they’re incompatible with traditional terrestrial networks.

For example, SpaceX’s Starlink is an NTN that provides internet access to millions of users around the world through its satellite constellation.

But even if users have smartphones and tablets equipped with perfectly capable radio transceivers, they still need an additional gateway device for Starlink internet access.

Fortunately, the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the organisation that creates mobile communication standards, is addressing this incompatibility by bringing the NTN ecosystem under the umbrella of the 5G standards.

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HomeTech Review: Roborock Dyad Air Wet Dry Vacuum Cleaner

Sunday, December 31st, 2023

Most home vacuum cleaners are expert at cleaning up dry dust and dirt. The Roborock Dyad Air comes in useful when you have a wet mess on the floor – a cracked egg, spilt cereals with milk, overturned bowl of noodles in soup etc.

 

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Christmas present for the wife. No more stress when the egg drops onto the floor or the kids spill soup noodle on the floor. Roborock Dyad Air wet dry vacuum cleaner.

For regular vacuuming and mopping of the floor of the apartment, I depend on a robot vacuum which is able to accomplish the job well and without complaining – regardless of how frequently or how many iterations I put the robot through its paces.

Occasionally, the wife drops an egg on the kitchen floor, or the kids spills some cereals with milk, or I spill some noodles with oily soup on the floor.

 

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Roborock Dyad Air wet dry vacuum cleaner freshly unboxed.

That’s when we have to roll up our sleeves, get on all fours and clean up the mess manually.

You can’t use a dry vacuum on the wet mess because you don’t want the vacuum to suck up the wet egg white and yolk into the dust bag and goo up the parts between the vacuum head and the dust bag, and have food remnants rotting away inside the dry vacuum.

And you can’t mop up manually until after the solid debris – the shells, cereals, noodles – have been picked up and removed.

That’s why I got my wife the Dyad Air wet dry vacuum.

Overview

Technically the Dyad Air is just a wet vacuum/mop – it wets the roller mop (and therefore the floor surface) with clean water (you can add a mild Roborock detergent) and sucks up the entire mess – solid debris and wet spills – into the dirty water tank of the Dyad Air.

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Tech Focus – All about automotive lidar

Friday, December 22nd, 2023

From its use in metrology and topography, lidar (light detection and ranging) technology has come a long way to quickly become one of the key technologies in autonomous vehicle (AV) advancements. Chaimaa Aarab from Keysight Technologies gives you the lowdown on lidar for AVs.

As automakers progress with real-world testing, it's clear that next-generation sensors offer intriguing features but differ from the silver bullet many thought they'd be at first.

As automakers progress with real-world testing, it’s clear that next-generation sensors offer intriguing features but differ from the silver bullet many thought they’d be at first.

Without driver/human inputs, AVs require sensors and computers to work together to read the road and surrounding environment.

Most advanced driver aids in the world today use a combination of radar (microwave) and sonar (sound) to warn about unseen threats and help stop a vehicle before a collision occurs.

About the Author: Chaimaa Aarab is a market initiative manager at Keysight Technologies

About the Author: Chaimaa Aarab is a market initiative manager at Keysight Technologies.

Lidar can perform similar functions, developing an image of the environment around it while still representing the best option for AVs to see the light.

Lidar technology in automotive

The automotive industry is undergoing an existential transformation with autonomous driving (AV) and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

To achieve a fully autonomous driving experience, sensor fusion is positioning itself as the key enabler in the automotive industry.

While sensor fusion focuses on software algorithms combining the data collected from cameras, radar, and lidar to obtain meaningful decision-making information, data quality is paramount.

While there’s still a long way to go in mimicking the human senses and brain for level 5 driving automation, sensor fusion is a further step in that direction.

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Tech Focus – Elevating the In-Car Experience: The Power of Automotive HMI Testing

Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

The automotive world is evolving rapidly, and the power of hardware is being superseded by the power of software. This means the old ways of doing things are rapidly becoming obsolete, especially in the testing space. Nick Hudson from Keysight Technologies shares how you can embrace the change and be at the forefront of the new world.

As the widespread rollout of fully autonomous vehicles comes ever closer, the accepted in-car setup is going to change beyond all recognition.

As the widespread rollout of fully autonomous vehicles comes ever closer, the accepted in-car setup is going to change beyond all recognition.

Just a few short years ago, the automotive human machine interface (HMI) was limited to dashboard instrument clusters, steering wheel controls, and centre stack controls.

Today, a vehicle is likely to have all that, plus voice recognition systems, digital interfaces, an in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system that connects to your phone, and even head-up displays (HUDs).

And the evolution of automotive HMIs isn’t slowing down any time soon.

When the vehicle is in control, having all controls centred around the steering wheel and the driver’s 30-degree viewing angle is no longer necessary.

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Tech Focus: Reasons to transform your current software test approach

Monday, October 16th, 2023

In our digital world, software is the engine that drives us forward. Companies can only grow if their software infrastructure allows. Anna McCowan from Keysight Technologies shares what happens when your in-house tools cannot keep up with emerging technologies, software innovation, or your future business goals.

Software testing is an essential part of the software development lifecycle. It ensures that applications are high quality, meet end-user requirements, and are free from defects or bugs.

Software testing is an essential part of the software development lifecycle. It ensures that applications are high quality, meet end-user requirements, and are free from defects or bugs.

Keysight commissioned Forrester Consulting to survey software testing decision-makers at global enterprises to research their current software testing approach and how their approach will impact their future business decisions.

Weighing the pros and cons of in-house testing vs. automated software testing solutions

Many organisations use their resources and expertise to perform software testing in-house.

However, as Forrester found, decision-makers have several compelling reasons to move to a commercial software testing solution from an in-house one.

Commercial software testing

Commercial software testing solutions are designed to help organisations improve the quality of their software and reduce time-to-market.

By leveraging the latest testing tools, methodologies, and best practices, these solutions can help organisations identify defects and bugs earlier in the software development lifecycle.

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Review: Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni Flagship Robot Vacuum Mop

Sunday, October 15th, 2023

Freshly launched in Singapore last month, the Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni (S$1,699) takes the tedium out of cleaning by automating everything from vacuum and mopping to emptying the dustbin, refiling the clean water, and washing/drying the mop pads.

Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni (S$1,699) robot vacuum mop.

Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni (S$1,699) robot vacuum mop.

I recall my first robot cleaner was the original Roomba iRobot which did one single thing – autonomously vacuum the entire home.

The second robot I bought was an Ecovacs Deebot which could mop in addition to vacuuming.

Both had a basic dock with the sole function of charging the robot.

Many robots later, I’m back to testing out the Ecovacs, this time round an all-singing-all-dancing flagship model – the Deebot X2 Omni.

 

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Ecovacs Deebot X2 Omni (S$1,699) robot vacuum mop – freshly unboxed.

Like the flagship models of other brands today, in addition to the robot vacuuming and mopping the floor, the dock is capable of auto-emptying the dustbin, refilling the water container, and washing the mop cloths on the robot.

What is less common that the X2 Omni can do is to wash the mop cloths with hot water, and to dry the mop cloths with hot air after washing.

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