The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by the increasing adoption of smart home devices and remote control entertainment systems, and growing importance of technologies such as infrared transmitters and receivers, encoding and decoding protocols, and user-friendly interfaces. The compact size, low cost, and simplicity of implementation make infrared remote control a widely used and accessible technology for device control and automation in both residential and commercial settings. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Technology Innovation: Infrared-remote control. Buy the report here.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
300+ innovations will shape the technology industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the technology industry using innovation intensity models built on over 2.5 million patents, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, microphone beamforming, live betting games, and quantum dots are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Circuit design testing, communication, smart contracts, and surround sound systems are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are vehicle platooning and PCI power management, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the technology industry
Infrared-remote control is a key innovation area in technology
Infrared remote control is a wireless control mechanism that utilises infrared radiation to remotely operate devices. By emitting coded pulses of infrared light, it establishes communication with the target device. This method allows users to conveniently control various electronic devices from a distance.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 50+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of infrared-remote control.
Key players in infrared-remote control – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to infrared-remote control
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
East West Manufacturing is a leading patent filer in the infrared-remote control space. One of the company’s patents describes two remote control applications. The first application is used on a smart device to transmit commands for controlling a controllable appliance when a user interacts with the device's interface. The second application is used on a bridge device to transmit commands to the controllable appliance based on the commands received from the smart device. The commands are transmitted using different protocols: the smart device uses a first transmission protocol, while the bridge device uses a protocol compatible with the controllable appliance.
Other prominent patent filers in the space include Samsung Group and SonyGroup.
By geographic reach, Savant Systems leads the pack, followed by View and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In terms of application diversity, Shenzhen Galaxywind Network Systems holds the top position, followed by MARPOSS and Beijing Electronics.
Infrared remote control provides convenient and efficient control over a wide range of electronic devices. With the use of infrared radiation, users can operate devices such as televisions, air conditioners, DVD players, and audio systems from a comfortable distance. Infrared remote control eliminates the need for direct physical contact with the device, offering convenience, ease of use, and flexibility in device operation. It enhances user experience by providing a simple and intuitive interface for controlling multiple functions and settings.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Technology.