Innovation

Keep track of the latest China technological innovations. 
  1. Wang Ranran took home 18,000 yuan (US$2,580) in her pay packet in November, a career-high that included a bonus twice her base salary, as manager of a car-park management company in Beijing.Her daily routine starts at 8am by making sure the smart parking system at Soho Tianshan Plaza displays the accurate traffic flow and parking sessions in the 1,000-bay facility in Hongqiao business hub operated by her employer, Sunsea Parking.Aided by the on-site system, the 32-year-old executive easily…
  2. Chinese social commerce platform Xiaohongshu will launch live-streaming features early next year, the latest in a stream of e-commerce sites that have implemented the feature as a way to better engage with consumers.The launch, which was announced at its recent Creators’ Day conference, comes as other prominent e-commerce platforms such as Alibaba, JD.com and Mogu have launched the feature with great success. Live-streaming is part of the growing “shoppertainment” trend in China’s e-commerce…
  3. Quantum computers aim to carry out tasks in just a few minutes that would take today’s best conventional computers thousands of years. But in nearly every photograph of the devices, there’s a tangle of wires in the background connected to equipment that controls the quantum computer.Intel Corp on Monday announced a chip that it hopes will change that. The Santa Clara, California-based chip maker announced a chip called “Horse Ridge” that is designed to take all the work being done by the wires…
  4. The lack of high-quality data and shortage of hi-tech talent are preventing wider adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in China, which has become the world’s second largest market for the technology amid a tech and trade war with the US.China, which has laid out plans to become the global AI leader by 2030, is projected to have an AI market worth US$11.9 billion by 2023, up from an estimated US$4.5 billion this year, despite those issues, according to the 2019 China AI Development white…
  5. Hong Kong will start evaluating and awarding patents to local and foreign inventors from this month, catching up with the rest of the world in supporting innovation and creativity at a time when new technologies are driving economic growth.The government is hoping its Original Grant Patent (OGP) system will help plug the gap in the intellectual property ecosystem and create a new economic pillar in a city that relies heavily on traditional finance and real estate sectors for growth.Inventors…
  6. For years, Rueban Kumar wanted to fix his misaligned teeth, but found metal braces too much of a hassle. Clear aligners from brands such as Invisalign, which are virtually invisible when worn, cost up to US$7,000, which was outside his budget.So when he came across Zenyum, a Singapore-based start-up promising straighter teeth with clear aligners for just a third of the cost, Kumar decided to give it a try.“When I signed up, Zenyum was still pretty new and I had my reservations,” said the 27…
  7. An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit.The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion 2 (CIMON 2) is a spherical droid with microphones, cameras and a slew of software to enable emotion recognition.The droid was among 5,700 pounds (2,585kg) of supplies and experiments aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, whose…
  8. After working in the United States for more than a decade, Zheng Yefeng felt he had hit a glass ceiling. He also saw that the gap in artificial intelligence between China and the US was narrowing. Last year Zheng, who worked as a researcher at Siemens Healthcare in New Jersey, made a decision that addressed both problems. He accepted an offer to head up the medical research and development team at Tencent’s YouTu artificial intelligence lab in Shenzhen, known as China's Silicon Valley. “There…
  9. Singapore’s newest billionaire is a former government employee who rode mobile sensation Free Fire into the ranks of the ultra-wealthy this week.The battle royale or fight-to-the-death title distributed by Sea ranked among the five most downloaded games on the Apple and Google app stores for three straight quarters this year and has amassed US$1 billion in adjusted revenue since launching in 2017. That propelled a tripling in Sea’s market value and the fortune of co-founder Gang Ye, a Carnegie…
  10. Stories of children left inside vehicles can be the stuff of nightmares.In June, a 4½-year-old kindergarten pupil in the southern Chinese island of Hainan died of heatstroke after he was left trapped inside a school bus. That followed another tragedy in April, when a four-year-old girl in the central Chinese province of Hunan died after being left alone by her forgetful father in a locked car for nine hours on a hot day.It is a worldwide problem that George Shaker, an engineering professor from…