Smart Machines: Technologies and Global Markets
The global market for smart machines was valued at $5.3 billion in 2013. This market is expected to increase to over $6.2 billion in 2014 and nearly $15.3 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.7% for the five-year period 2014 to 2019.
- An overview of the global market for smart machines.
- The details which define these machines including the ability to adapt to and learn from changing conditions in real time, the capacity to operate autonomously (without direct human supervision), and having the capability to communicate with other machines.
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2013, estimates for 2014 and 2019, and projections of CAGRs through 2024.
- Potential markets for various types of smart machines such as virtual reality assistants, intelligent agents, expert systems, embedded software, autonomous robots, and purpose-built smart machines.
- Key enabling technologies for the next generation of smart machines, including voice recognition technology, micro- and nanosensors, radio frequency technologies, and neurocomputing.
SCOPE AND FORMAT
This report identifies and quantifies the potential market for various types of smart machines, including:
- Virtual reality assistants (e.g., Siri).
- Intelligent agents (e.g., automated online assistants).
- Expert systems (e.g., medical decision support systems, smart grid).
- Embedded software (machine monitoring and control systems).
- Autonomous robots (including self-driving vehicles).
- Purpose-built smart machines (such as neural computers).
These technologies are generally at an early stage of development, so it will be necessary to consider the market at least as far out as 2024 to obtain meaningful results. A separate section of the report discusses the development and future sales of key enabling technologies for the next generation of smart machines, such as:
- Voice recognition technology.
- Micro- and nanosensors.
- Radio frequency technologies.
The study format includes the following major elements:
- Executive summary.
- Historical milestones.
- Technologies and applications that have the greatest commercial potential through 2024.
- Detailed market estimates and projections for each technology and application during the period 2013 to 2019.
- General assessment of expected market trends in the longer term (2019 to 2024).
- Companies, academic and government laboratories that are developing smart machines.
- Patent analysis.
Andrew McWilliams, the author of this report, is a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm 43rd Parallel, LLC. He is the author of several other BCC Research studies of emerging technologies, including reports AVM067B Metamaterials: Technologies and Global Markets; AVM075C Graphene: Technologies, Applications, and Markets; AVM078A New Electronic Materials and Device Technologies: Global Markets; IAS029C Terahertz Radiation Systems: Technologies and Global Markets; IFT061A Enabling Technologies for High-Performance Computing; NAN031E Nanotechnology: A Realistic Market Assessment; SMC095A Global Markets for Circuit Elements with Memory: Memresistors, Memcapacitors, Meminductors; SMC069C Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLEDs); Technologies and Global Markets; HLC036E Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery: The Global Market; and AVM023D Smart Materials and Their Applications: Technologies and Global Markets.