Benjamin Torda

Exploration and Production More...

November 19, 2019

Plasma thermionic energy converter targeting remote power generation and waste heat recovery

Develops a thermionic energy converter utilizing a cesium plasma to produce DC current from heat Initial device offerings have power outputs of 50 W, 120 W, and 500 W and utilize natural gas and other fuels to produce heat up to 1,900 °C; Atlas is developing a larger device on the hundreds of watts ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

Digital agriculture platform focusing on Russian region

Develops a farm management platform that links growers, produce distributors, and input suppliers through digital platforms In 2019, Intterra released the first version of its platform (SkyScout Advisor), which targets agriculture advisers and currently covers 25 million acres throughout Russia ... read more.
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Tiffany Hua

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 19, 2019

Develops liquid crystal-based films with dynamic light control

Gauzy is a materials science and nanotechnology company founded by Eyal Peso and Adrian Lofer in 2009; the company is based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The company is a developer of light control glass, including liquid crystal films and suspended particle device (SPD) emulsions and films; its liquid ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 19, 2019

Uber ATG has had a rough PR week. Recently, an independent software reviewer found that ATG is using trade secrets taken from Waymo. In response, Uber has claimed that it "will likely" need to either license the technology or build the necessary software from scratch. Both options could incur huge ... read more.

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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

November 18, 2019

In-line somatic cell and fat content sensor for milk

System uses small-angle light scattering to detect various attributes of liquids in line and in real time Sensor is application-agnostic; the initial algorithm was developed to measure somatic cell count, progestogens, and milk fat in cow's milk Anticipates commercial launch on large North American ... read more.
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Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 18, 2019

Paper-based bottle developer; joint venture formed by BillerudKorsnäs and Alpla

The company was founded by Alpla and BillerudKorsnäs in 2019 to commercialize a paper-based bottle initially developed by ecoXpac. The core technology for the venture is from ecoXpac's work; BillerudKornäs is the feedstock provider; Alpla will provide expertise for manufacturing bottles on a ... read more.
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Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

November 18, 2019

Performance electric vehicles and battery solutions

Oxra Energies was founded in 2015 by Prajwal Sabnis, who earned a Ph.D. in material mechanics, and Ranjita Ravi, who has experience in sales and marketing; the company partners with Innovate India and Airbus BizLab. The company makes swappable, modular battery packs; it will be releasing its first ... read more.
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Charles Willard

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

Recycled plastic has the potential to displace over 100 million tons of traditional plastic by 2030 due to new legislation and downstream demand. Where will this recycled plastic come from? Investment into advanced recycling technologies - namely depolymerization, pyrolysis, and solvent-based ... read more.

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Kristin Marshall

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 15, 2019

PHA from carbon-based feedstocks like agricultural and industrial waste

On October 29, 2019 Bio-on announced that its CEO Marco Astorri had resigned after allegations of fraud had been brought upon the company by Quintessential Capital Management a few months prior; the company has since suspended payments to its employees. Marco Astorri and Guido Cicognani co-founded ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Consumer IoT More...

November 15, 2019

Developer of AI-empowered devices for human-machine interaction

Rokid was started in 2014 to develop products for human-machine interaction based on AI and augmented reality technologies; the founding team has background in both AI R&D and corporate financial governance; since its founding, Rokid has raised nearly $160 million in investment funding; key ... read more.
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How Digitally-Driven R&D Consortia Will Impact the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

New digitally driven tools – including advanced modeling and simulation, high-throughput screening, and materials informatics – are increasingly mature in the chemicals and materials space. While these tools are powerful and complementary, the data0centric nature makes them more valuable when companies form collaborations within or across the value chain. In addition, structural issues like long regulatory timelines still slow the process of bringing new products to market. This report looks to the pharmaceutical industry to understand how the chemicals and materials industry can form consortia to both better utilize these tools and overcome these structural challenges, and gives an outlook on the future of chemicals and materials R&D.

Demystifying holography, light fields and other 3D depth reach technologies for immersive experiences.

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

As AR technologies continue to see adoption, limitations of use cases become apparent as well. Light aberrations, lack of depth perception, and vergence-accommodation stress are inherently present in current AR headsets based on various waveguides. The next generation of immersive technologies will be built on holographic image constructions and can be personalized either via worn headsets or through 3D displays that don’t require a headset and enable accessibility for multiple viewers at once. This report will detail how holography delivers natural depth perception, what’s required in terms of hardware and software development, and what applications and market opportunities are ahead for unobstructed immersive experiences.

Smart home in China

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: November 2019

The smart home segment in China is at the tipping point, driven by residents' unmet needs for convenience and security, the adoption of new home projects as a property differentiator, and the participation of AI developers who see smart home as a major user interface. This report will analyze the dynamic value chain of China smart home, compare key innovators and cutting-edge innovations, and identify market trends and opportunities for Lux clients realize business success in the growing segment.

Automating the Last Mile

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The rise of e-commerce platforms and subsequent demise of several well-known retails stores including Sears is itself a testament to the disruptive power of technology. As more packages are shipped around the world than ever before, many are asking how to move packages cheaper and quicker. The “last mile” – the last part of the delivery process to a final destination – is the biggest opportunity for innovation as it is the most challenging and expensive part of delivery, often through complex environments and comprising as much as 50% of total shipping costs. This report will analyze the landscape of last-mile technologies – ranging from drones to mobile robots and more – to identify which ones are worth the investment and which are doomed to fail.

Net Zero Energy Buildings and their impact on the grid

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Net zero energy buildings (NZEBs) are designed to generate as much energy as they consume and be as energy-efficient as possible. The increased availability of a variety of distributed energy resources in commercial and residential buildings is supporting the growth in deployments of NZEBs. This report looks to quantify the market for NZEBs, analyze the impact that these buildings have on the power grid, and provide a forecast of the future of energy in the built environment.

Southeast Asia's Energy Startup Ecosystem

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Under a drastically different economic and technology backdrop, Southeast Asia's energy startup ecosystem has spawned with accessibility, affordability, and reliability as the top priorities in energy. This report will take a look at the region's energy startup ecosystem and identify the key players leading the cause and the unique sets of challenges they face. As the future global center of energy demand, it remains critical to understand the region to find key opportunities to enter the market with a higher success rate.

Analyzing Technical Barriers to Realizing the Hyperloop

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

Hyperloop was first proposed as an alternative to high-speed rail or airplanes for long-distance travel in 2013. Since then, SpaceX's open call for designs has attracted dozens of startups and university groups. As the next Hyperloop Design competition approaches this summer, this report will detail the feasibility of various Hyperloop designs and identify key technical limitations.

Innovation Clusters

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

An innovation cluster is a grouping of independent organizations that operates in a specific sector and is designed to stimulate innovative activity. This report will present Lux's methodology for evaluating clusters and identify regional trends in cluster activities. It will conclude with Lux's guidelines on how clients can choose the right innovation cluster partner for their business needs.

Innovating for a Rapidly Aging Planet: Lessons From Japan

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

The world’s population is aging at an alarming pace. Virtually every country in the world is experiencing growth in the number and proportion of older persons in its population. But in no other country is this scenario more evident than in Japan. Almost 1 in 3 people in Japan today are aged 65 or older, the highest proportion of any country in the world today. What is happening in Japan today will inevitably occur in many other nations in time. This report will examine Japan as a case study to examine what an aging society looks like and what opportunities and challenges it brings. The findings from this report will enable clients to plan ahead to address an increasingly aging market in many developed and developing economies, especially for elderly care and aging-in-place solutions.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.