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The Week That Was: Consumer Tech (20/12/18)

21st December 2018

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2019 will be the year of domestic robots

According to the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), there will be 31 million robots helping households across the world by 2019, but what role will they play in our homes? The IFR has predicted that the ‘home help’ robotics area is set to ‘explode’ next year with more people buying service robots to help them with particular chores. Although not quite what ‘Back to the Future’ predicted, we’re excited to see more Brits embrace the Smart Home!

Uber jumps on the electric bike trend

Uber is said to be exploring plans to launch it electric bicycle arm, Jump, in the UK following its trials in the US and Germany – with reports that the arm may also extend to electric scooters (that are currently illegal on UK roads). Although Santander bikes have seen some successful levels of adoption across London, we do wonder how successful these modernised schemes will be…

UK tech start-ups at Christmas number 1

Despite a difficult year with the uncertainty of Brexit, British tech firms brought in more funding from venture capital forms than any other country in Europe in 2018. Startups in the UK attracted £6.3bn in venture backing this year, according to new figures released today by Tech Nation and Dealroom. A great feat for the UK and evidence that our tech sector is ‘Brexit-proof’!

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