Innovation

Keep track of the latest China technological innovations. 
  1. Apple is designing and producing face shields to protect health care workers in the United States throughout the coronavirus pandemic, CEO Tim Cook said in a video posted on Twitter on Sunday.The tech giant is also increasing the number of face masks it's donating to 20 million, double the amount it had previously committed to providing.The first of Apple's newly developed face shields were delivered to Kaiser Permanente hospital facilities located in California's Santa Clara Valley this past…
  2. In Beijing’s Jiugongshan Public Cemetery, staff silently perform rites for 25-year-old Liu He’s grandparents, cleaning their tombstones, placing flowers and fruits, and taking bows on behalf of Liu’s family a day ahead of Ching Ming Festival, or China’s “tomb-sweeping day”.At the family's home, Liu’s mother also bows three times in the direction of an iPhone surrounded by fruits and incense, which is streaming the proceedings live.“Mom and dad, sorry we can’t come to visit you this year due to…
  3. The judicial system in China is set for a hi-tech shake-up, as artificial intelligence (AI) will soon automate the traditional job performed by clerks in courtrooms across the country.That initiative started on Wednesday under a pilot programme in Shanghai, where 10 courts replaced clerks with AI assistants to transcribe case notes, pull out files and present digitised evidence, according to a report by Legal Daily.“Replacing manual records with recordings and automated transcribing, using…
  4. The military of Spain, one of the countries most badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak globally, is deploying agricultural drones, including a model by China’s biggest drone maker DJI, in its fight against Covid-19.DJI’s local agent in Spain, Stock RC, is assisting the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) in the latter’s community disinfection operations, DJI wrote in a post on its official WeChat account on Tuesday.“Spain has become the first European country to use agricultural drones for…
  5. A group of Chinese and US researchers have jointly developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) tool to predict which newly infected coronavirus patients would have a higher risk for severe complications from Covid-19.Researchers at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, along with their counterparts at the Wenzhou Central Hospital and Cangnan People’s Hospital, worked on a study that designed computer models, which made…
  6. Chinese state-owned carmaker Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC) and ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing have teamed up with other industry players on a platform that will offer BAIC’s cars for lease, amid a slump in new car sales during the coronavirus pandemic.Under the alliance, which also includes electric vehicle battery maker CATL, State Grid, Postal Savings Bank of China and online second car trading platform Uxin, the companies plan to jointly promote a fleet of 100,000 cars for lease on a …
  7. On a rainy morning in January, Zhou Jinying got up early and planned to prepare a feast to celebrate the Lunar New Year with family in her hometown in Jiangxi Province. But her plan fell through when she heard the news that Wuhan, a city more than 160 miles away, had gone into lockdown.“We were all shocked when the lockdown news was announced. [At that point] we realised that the outbreak of the virus was very serious,” said Zhou.As head of the brand department at GMK Holdings, a vast chicken…
  8. China’s economy declined sharply in the first two months of the year under the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, with industrial production, retail sales and asset investment all declining far more than analysts expected.In this bleak economic landscape, President Xi Jinping has put 5G networks and data centres at the top of the country’s plans to spend on “new infrastructure”, hoping to cushion the impact of the outbreak.The next-generation networks and big data centres are considered…
  9. Two of China's biggest tech giants are working together on one of the hottest emerging areas in mobile entertainment – cloud gaming.Under the collaboration announced at the live-streamed Huawei Developer Conference 2020 on Friday, Huawei Technologies and Tencent Holdings will jointly set up a game development lab exploring the use of cutting-edge technologies such as cloud gaming, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in the game industry.One of the key…
  10. Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-up Megvii Technology announced on Wednesday that it would make its deep learning framework open-source, as China steps up the development of home-grown AI and makes the technologies more accessible.Initially developed in 2014, MegEngine is part of Megvii’s proprietary AI platform, Brain++, which can train computer vision at large scale and enable developers across the world to build AI solutions for industrial and commercial use, according to the…