Innovation

Keep track of the latest China technological innovations. 
  1. Patent filings in China rose slightly in the first half of this year even as the number of licences granted declined, according to the latest government data, reflecting the country’s efforts to recover from the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.More than 683,000 patent applications were filed in the past six months, according to data released by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). This was calculated as a 5 per cent increase from 649,000 applications in…
  2. A prominent Chinese semiconductor expert has said that China’s deep integration with global technology supply chains would make it difficult for the country to develop all of the tech it needs from scratch and that better use of funds is needed to help close the gap with the US.“We are integrated with the global technology system,” said Wei Shaojun, a professor at Tsinghua University in the department of microelectronics and nano-electronics, at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference …
  3. Chinese government officials and some of the country’s top business leaders have called for stronger global collaboration in artificial intelligence at a prominent AI summit that opened in Shanghai on Thursday, despite a pushback from the Trump administration that sees Beijing’s tech ambitions as a threat to US economic and national security.“[We should] adhere to deeper and broader open cooperation and jointly build and make good use of the cutting-edge innovative technologies,” Miao Wei, head…
  4. A Huawei Technologies executive warned that Brazil could suffer years of delay in deploying a 5G telecoms network and higher costs if it succumbs to mounting US pressure to snub the Chinese equipment supplier.His remarks come as the Trump administration steps up efforts to limit Huawei’s role in rolling out high-speed, fifth-generation technology in Latin America’s largest economy. US Ambassador Todd Chapman has even suggested Washington is willing to fund the purchase of gear from other…
  5. Attached to a drone, the palm-size device has a more acute sense of smell than a dog and can reach heights out of reach of traditional air quality stations.Called Sniffer4D, it can detect and analyse in real time up to nine different types of gases and particles in the atmosphere.Developed by Shenzhen-based cleantech start-up Soarability, the device can be attached to drones or ground vehicles and, according to company founder and chief executive Steven Jiang.First launched in 2018 and upgraded…
  6. Hello, this is Melissa Zhu from SCMP’s tech desk in Hong Kong with a round-up of some of our most important stories this week. We kicked off the week with big news: India has banned 59 Chinese mobile apps, including the wildly popular TikTok and WeChat, saying that they “are engaged in activities which are prejudicial to the sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order”. The move comes after a deadly clash between the Indian Army and Chinese troops…
  7. It can be stressful in the morning, scrambling to find your transport card or phone as you rush to work via the subway. For citizens in Harbin, the capital city of China’s northeastern Heilongjiang province, there is now a new option though - they can quickly scan their face at the subway gate to pay and board the train. Provided they have pre-registered with an app called “zhihuixing”, which roughly translates to “smart and convenient travel” in English, and linked it to a relevant payment…
  8. The global covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact around the world and completely transformed societies and economies. As the outbreak of the coronavirus disease continues, innovation and technology (I&T) companies are increasingly rising to the challenge to bring benefits to the community during these uncertain times. Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), which has been leading the I&T sector’s steady expansion in Hong Kong and around the region, continues to provide…
  9. Google has acquired smart glasses start-up North to help the internet giant develop what it calls ambient computing. A price was not disclosed, but Canada’s The Globe and Mail recently reported a US$180 million deal was imminent. North, based in Kitchener, Ontario, started developing a device in 2012 that responded to gestures and “neuromuscular impulses”, then switched to Focals glasses that pick up on signals from people’s eyes. Earlier this year, North was looking to sell itself because the…
  10. As China rapidly deploys 5G services nationwide, its cloud gaming market is projected to quadruple in size by 2022, according to a report by research firm CNG. In its 2020 Cloud Game Industry Survey Report, the Beijing-based firm said it expects the country’s cloud gaming market to be worth 1 billion yuan (US$141 million) in 2020 and at least 4 billion yuan by 2022. “Based on what we can see from financial and material investments in various fields, the next three to five years will be a period…