Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

October 3, 2019

IoT middleware platform for device integration

Develops a middleware platform that integrates data across IIoT platforms and enterprise systems for data processing, application development, and automation; offers DIY rule-based engines that customers can use to rapidly build applications Claims differentiation in accelerated application ... read more.
Company Profile

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

October 3, 2019

The promise and reality of 5G In the world of 5G data transmission, two benefits are often touted: high speed and high bandwidth over any distance. However, in reality, the benefits of speed and bandwidth are lost as distance increases. This is due to the coverage limits of mmWave transmissions, ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

October 3, 2019

Wearable gloves with scanners for hands-free barcode scanning

Offers a glove with embedded motion tracking, vibration, and optical sensors and a BLE radio module; the product provides handheld scanning and feedback for workers in the assembly or fulfillment process Differentiated by its ability to reduce scanning time by 50% and reduce errors by 33% compared ... read more.
Company Profile

Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

October 2, 2019

Ping An Insurance is the largest insurer not just in China, but also the world, managing assets worth almost $1 trillion. Through its subsidiary Ping An Good Doctor, Ping An has been very active in leveraging its digital capabilities to transform the healthcare ecosystem in China, taking advantage ... read more.

Case Study

Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

October 2, 2019

Digital health platform and telehealth provider

The company was founded by siblings Bryan and Natalie Koh in 2018. The company develops an on-demand digital platform that offers telehealth services and delivery of medication. Some of the company's key claims include cutting down consultation (including payment) from the one to two hours typical ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

October 2, 2019

Whereas the potential of perovskite-silicon tandems has been widely highlighted across our coverage, the past six months have represented a new step forward for the technology, which is now on the cusp of commercialization with the efforts of Oxford Photovoltaics and Meyer Burger. This partnership ... read more.

Case Study

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

October 2, 2019

Designs optical films for light management

Started working on light extraction materials for solar cell application and later pivoted toward lighting and display light extraction applications Developed a light-shaping technology based on proprietary patterned multilayered polymer materials with cascading refractive indices, which act as ... read more.
Company Profile

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

October 2, 2019

Developer of autonomous legged robots for industrial applications

The company was founded by Executive Chairman Hanspeter Fässler, Chief Business Development Officer Péter Fankhauser, CTO Christian Gehring, and COO Andreas Lauber, all of whom are graduates of ETH Zurich, which the company spun out of in 2016. The company is a developer of quadrupedal robots, ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Danielle Bradnan

Consumer IoT More...

October 2, 2019

While mHealth apps like period trackers are fairly low-risk and low-investment ways to engage in women's reproductive health, most of the solutions are deeply problematic in that they are leveraging outdated health information (that a woman's cycle is a hard and fast 28 days) to create what is ... read more.

Case Study

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

October 2, 2019

Develops tomographic mammography hardware and software

The company was founded by Neb Duric and Peter Littrup in 2010 has raised approximately $66.7 million in funding to date. The company is a developer of hardware and and software for 3D mammograms (tomosynthetic mammograms) that use a circular array of transducers to measure ultrasonic metrics of ... read more.
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Quantum computing for chemicals and materials

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Many of the earliest practical applications of quantum computing are related to the technology's potential to simulate systems (of limited size) at a quantum level. While this opens up exciting applications, that excitement must be tempered with the limitations of an extremely early-stage technology. In this report, we examine how quantum computing will play a role in chemicals and materials industries over the coming years.

Where and how to find the Green in Green technology

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Lux covers the potential for sustainability and green technologies to become an alternate source of revenue as concerns regarding environmental impact and risk continue to grow.

How 3D Printing Software Will Accelerate the Development of 3D Printing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

In the last few years, synergies between the design software space and 3D printing have become increasingly apparent. For example, generative design software takes advantage of 3D printing’s ability to expand manufacturability and vastly enlarges the explorable design candidate space. 3D printing simulation software models the stress profile of a part, and therefore predicts part failure before physically printing it. Within the 3D printing community, we are seeing a trend of 3D printing companies developing and strengthening their software components. Several major examples include Desktop Metal’s software for generative design, Markforged’s cloud-based software for part print optimization, and Arevo’s computer-aided design (CAD) and FEA-based software for 3D printing design and simulation. In this report, we review the most relevant 3D printing software technologies and argue that the formation of a 3D printing software thread (design, simulation, manufacturing, as well as workflow management and data security) with data control through the whole process will be crucial for 3D printing at industrial scale. We expect to see more 3D printing companies either develop their own software strategies or to partner with large software companies in the near future.

Scouting Innovations for Corrosion's Tough Problems

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Corrosion remains perhaps the most persistent challenge we face in the materials industry. New sustainability regulations are making this even more challenging, by pushing out chrome 6 and limiting the use of solvents. This report will scout early stage technologies, start-ups, and identify corporate approaches to tackling the corrosion challenge.

Innovating the Lithium Industry

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

With many automakers heavily invested in battery electric vehicle (BEV) development and more than 1 million vehicles in annual sales, the electric mobility revolution is well underway. Yet even as more and more automakers announce aggressive electrification strategies, challenges facing the lithium industry could have significant impacts on the future battery and BEV markets. This report considers the gap between lithium supply and demand forecasts, the innovative companies looking to address the challenges in producing battery-ready lithium chemicals, and the established incumbents best positioned to take advantage of this critical market opportunity.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Several metrics indicate that, over the past couple of years, there has been a steady rise in interest as well as innovation in the area of edge computing. In a previous report, we had discussed the key drivers, taxonomy of different types of edge computing technologies, and some key players in this space. However, there is little clarity on where and what type of edge computing should be used in different applications. In this report, we will dive into the nuances of different applications and use cases where edge computing will play an important role.

Innovation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

While metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) remain a highly academic subject, understanding of their capabilities has grown in the past several years, and synthetic methods and MOF design tools continue to improve. MOFs can be widely applicable to potential use cases in gas and liquid separations, gas storage, catalysis, battery anodes, and even food storage. This report surveys the market opportunities for MOFs and explores key players that both OEMs and chemical and materials companies need to be aware of to act on these opportunities.

Biopolymer Vision 2020

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Bio-based polymers have garnered significant interest for replacing petroleum-based incumbents, but commercial success stories have been few and far between. Has the recent rise of interest in sustainability and worries about plastic waste changed the game for biopolymers? Or are the same economic challenges going to keep biopolymers consigned to a niche unless or until oil prices skyrocket? In this report, we update partnerships and production capacity to provide a new vision of the commercial future of bio-based polymers.

Water Scarcity: the Next Big Threat to Materials Manufacturing

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q1 2020

Concerns surrounding water scarcity are on the rise, with more regions facing extreme drought conditions than ever before. As such, industries that are historically water intensive will face mounting pressure from consumers and government agencies to curb consumption. To get ahead of such threats, companies should be adopting methods of synthesizing products that do not involve water as heavily. This report aims to identify where innovation in materials manufacturing can have the greatest impact in reducing water consumption and strategies materials companies should take in implementing such technologies.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Many companies are trying to embark on their digital transformation. However, success rates are not that high; estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. While there are many determining factors for success, one of them is the structure of the organization and the culture within an organization. Interestingly, with the arrival of digital, companies also need to re-imagine their traditional structures. How can companies organize themselves to ensure success in their digital transformation efforts? What type of a culture should they build? With the arrival of digital, what should the org structure look like to ensure success in the future?