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How immersive technology could drive the future of healthcare

SINGAPORE (Jan 11): Immersive technology is ­increasingly being deployed in various fields other than electronic games and entertainment. 

Take medicine for example, where Singapore start-up BetaSight is using virtual reality (VR) headsets to make the diagnosis of glaucoma easier. 

Glaucoma is an eye condition in which the optic nerve is damaged as a result of ­abnormally high pressure in the eye. If the damage continues, it can cause permanent vision loss. 

Future of work: Tech-enabled freedom

SINGAPORE (Aug 6): Imagine hosting an international business conference from a deck chair on a beach, through a laptop and virtual reality device. Midway through your presentation, a robot brings you a cocktail. It does not matter that you are in surf shorts — the audience, also plugged into VR devices, only sees an augmented reality (AR) image of you on a stage. Not too far-fetched? That is because all that technology is already available.

5 ways factories of the future are likely to evolve

SINGAPORE (Jan 20): In the early 1900s, Ford’s Model T came in only one colour. And yet, the same variant of the Model T accounted for close to half of the cars in the world in 1920.

Now, the Ford F-150 pick-up has 16 equipment option categories – including selection of preferred colour, engine, and trim – which work out to more than 600,000 variants of the same vehicle to be produced in Ford’s factory.

Forget the uniformity associated with factories. The way products are rolling off the factory floor have changed radically – and are likely to continue evolving.


What Pokémon GO’s success means for Singapore’s economy

SINGAPORE (Aug 19):  The enthusiasm that has greeted Pokémon GO in Singapore reflects a readiness to adapt to a world of new technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, robotics and artificial intelligence, says Irvin Seah, an economist at DBS Bank.

“The way the population has responded to Pokémon GO is a good sign that many people are ready for the future and to think out of the box for ways to grow,” he says.

Pokémon GO could open pathways to more sophisticated technologies and ideas than location apps.

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