BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the highlights of China's key technology news from the past week:
ROBOT FOR REHAB SERVICE
The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou has employed a talking robot to aid the rehabilitation of substance users through human-machine counseling.
The "Tianche No. E," which looks like a cubical Baymax, started its tenure at a community rehab center in Nansha District.
Aided by artificial intelligence algorithms and big data, the machine offers individual counseling, psychological evaluation and a reminder of urine tests.
China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 2:09 a.m. on June 25. It is the 46th satellite of the BDS satellite family and the 21st satellite of the BDS-3 system.
The design of the BDS constellation is unique, including medium Earth orbit, geostationary Earth orbit and inclined geosynchronous Earth orbit satellites.
Huawei had a total of 87,805 patents worldwide, including 11,152 ones granted by the U.S. authorities, by the end of 2018 after spending 10-15 percent of its revenue on research and development (R&D) annually, the tech giant said on June 27.
The company said in the development of the 5G network alone, it had invested over 2 billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2018, "more than the total 5G investment from all major equipment vendors in the United States and Europe."
5G COMMERCIAL SERVICE
Chinese telecom giant China Mobile plans to offer 5G commercial services in over 50 cities this year.
Over 50,000 5G base stations will be built across the country this year.
The company aims to expand the 5G commercial services to all Chinese cities above the prefecture level by 2020.
SPACE CLOUD-TECH PLATFORM
The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has unveiled a cloud technology-based data platform tailored to the commercial space industry.
The Space Cloud Cubic platform is expected to lower the threshold into the commercial space industry, bring the high-end aerospace technologies and innovations into life.