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A Year of Digital Health

The experts at Boston Consulting Group and BCG X, its tech-building and design division, anticipate this will be a year of significant technological advancements in health, particularly in at-home care, women’s health and mental wellbeing.

Tools like wearable and at-home devices, virtual hospital wards and remote diagnostics are poised to revolutionize how physicians engage with patients, while companies driven by data will take the lead in women’s health, offering comprehensive care pathways.

The recognition of the significance of mental health is prompting the emergence of more specialized solutions, utilizing digital tools to address these concerns. GenAI is expected to play an expanding role in various areas, including drug development, consumer billing and cost improvement.

All Hail the Honda O

Honda has unveiled its new global electric vehicle (EV) series, the Honda 0 Series, featuring two concept models, Saloon and Space-Hub. The global debut took place in Las Vegas at the Consumer Technology Association’s trade event, CES 2024, with plans to launch the series in 2026.

The Saloon, a flagship model, sits on a dedicated EV platform emphasizing a low and wide exterior, sustainable materials and innovative interior features, including a human–machine interface. The Space-Hub, developed to enhance daily lives, offers a spacious cabin and versatile seating arrangements as part of its aim to become a ‘hub’ for people and connections.

Honda also revealed a new H mark logo for the next-gen EVs, symbolizing the company’s commitment to transformative advancements.

“We will create a completely new value from zero based on thin, light and wise as the foundation for our new Honda 0 EV series to further advance the joy and freedom of mobility to the next level,” Toshihiro Mibe, Global CEO of Honda, commented at the unveiling. The series aims to redefine the EV experience, with a North American market launch first and subsequent introductions in Japan, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South America.

McKinsey’s must-read books on innovation (and the CEOs who recommended them):

1. The Age of AI: And Our Human Future by Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher

(Ginni Rometty, former Chair and CEO, IBM, and Joydeep Sengupta, Senior Partner, McKinsey)

2. The Coming Wave: Technology, Power and the 21st Century’s Greatest Dilemma by Mustafa Suleyman

(Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock)

3. How the World Really Works: A Scientist’s Guide to Our Past, Present and Future by Vaclav Smil

(Piyush Gupta, CEO, DBS Bank)

4. Human Work in the Age of Smart Machines by Jamie Merisotis

(Alisa Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, Pluralytics)

5. Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination by Mark Bergen

(Steve Grove, CEO and Publisher, Star Tribune Media Company)

6. Power and Progress: Our Thousand-Year Struggle over Technology and Prosperity by Daron Acemoglu and Simon Johnson

(Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation)

7. Working with AI: Real Stories of Human-Machine Collaboration by Thomas H Davenport and Steven M Miller

(Stephan Scholl, CEO, Alight)

See Through

LG Electronics has unveiled its groundbreaking LG SIGNATURE OLED T, the world’s first wireless transparent organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV. Another innovation unveiled at CES 2024, this technological marvel features a 77-inch transparent 4K OLED screen and LG’s wireless video and audio transmission technology to revolutionize the viewing experience.

The transparent display seamlessly blends with the environment, liberating users from a dominant black screen and offering new possibilities in room placement. The modular design allows various installation methods and dual viewing experiences including transparent and opaque modes.

The TV’s innovative features, including the always-on display and T-bar, serve to provide artistic and informative content. Awarded five CES 2024 Innovation Awards, LG’s transparent OLED represents a leap forward in screen experiences and picture quality.

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