July 31 – 5 Key Stories From The Digital World

By July 30, 2019 Insight

1. A Blueprint For Pragmatic Digital Transformation: The Home Depot Story

  • Even retailers and brands that have embraced the urgency to transform often struggle to prioritize investments and create the right culture
  • The Home Depot laid the groundwork with collaborative tools such as GitHub, Jira, and Slack and flexible back-end technology and tapped partners
  • Leadership recognized the importance of an omnichannel strategy, which radiated throughout the organization

2. Building the infrastructure for the future of mobility

  • Automation, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility are upon us, but the road and rail infrastructure requirements to facilitate these technologies are often not considered when rebuilding individual projects
  • Those who start now will move to a new, modern mobility system with a better user experience faster, and at a lower cost, than those who wait
  • As conditions and the speed of technological development change over time, operators should build regular updates to the road map into their workflow to ensure they maintain their trajectory toward the target scenario

3.  Ford acquires Quantum Signal to bolster autonomous car effort

  • will make use of Saline, Michigan-based Quantum’s “extensive experience” in real-time simulation to build out its transportation-as-a-service (TaaS) platform
  • Quantum’s wide-ranging software development and hardware prototyping portfolio — as well as its work in sensing and perception — will broadly support Ford’s ongoing effort to develop self-driving vehicles
  • As recently as April, Ford said it planned to deploy upwards of 100 autonomous cars by the end of 2019

4. Facebook is exploring brain control for AR wearables

  • Accessibility could certainly continue to be an important use case for the technology, though Facebook appears to have its sights set on broader applications with the creation of AR wearables that eliminate the need for voice or typed commands
  • build a non-invasive wearable device that lets people type just by imagining what they want to say…progress shows real potential in how future inputs and interactions with AR glasses could one day look
  • Among the strategies the company is exploring is the use of a pulse oximeter, monitoring neurons’ consumption of oxygen to detect brain activity

5. Sony has sold 100 million PS4s

  • While sales of the PS4 might be slowing down, it’s still the fastest home game consoles to reach 100 million unit sales
  • Sony also revealed that digital download share has passed the 50 percent mark, meaning more people are now purchasing digital games than physical disc copies
  • It’s still not clear how many Xbox One consoles have been sold in this current generation, as Microsoft stopped reporting figures years ago…estimate somewhere between 30 million and 60 million, showing that Microsoft has its work cut out to compete with Sony next year