Development and deployment of AI-based sensors has been rising steadily over the last several years as advancements in machine learning and computer vision allow early adopters to gather and analyze more data from AI sensors added to existing hardware.

A market forecast released this week by Lux Research also lists natural language processing as a key automation technology to watch in the coming year. Those and other forecasts add to the growing industry consensus that AI-driven technologies will help automate manufacturing tasks while edge deployments will be augmented by a new wave of AI sensor technologies.