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Hirosei Kuruma

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February 20, 2019

Mechanical lidars and MEMS solid-state lidars

The company was founded by CEO Chunxin Qiu in Shenzhen, China. The company raised a $45 million funding round in October 2018 from companies including Cainiao (Alibaba's logistics arm), SAIC, and BAIC; its total funding amount and current funding stage are unknown. The company develops mechanical ... read more.
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Kiwi technologies
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Hirosei Kuruma

Agro Innovation More...

February 20, 2019

Developer of large-scale agrichemical-spraying drones

Kiwi develops a large quadcopter that targets precision agriculture spraying applications The drone's gross takeoff weight is 1,300 lbs, including 500 lbs of payload; the projected operational spraying rate is 80 acres/hour The spraying mechanism for the drone is currently under development with the... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 20, 2019

Connected car development software and analytics

CEO Mark Haidar and chairman Scott Harper founded Vinli in 2014; the company raised $13.5 million in a 2019 Series B led by E.ON and Hersh Family Investments, for a total of $20 million in funding to date; other investors include Samsung NEXT and Continental. The company offers an enterprise-focused... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

February 19, 2019

In a previous insight, we analyzed why China is better positioned than most other countries in establishing itself as the world leader in AI and why clients should pay serious attention to this. In this insight, we take a deeper dive into the role that the Chinese government's policies and ... read more.

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Jerrold Wang

Digital Transformation More...

February 19, 2019

Cloud platform based on blockchain technology and IoT data for optimization of vaccines and food supply chain

The company was started by Sid Chakravarthy (CEO) and Ravi Kumar (COO) in 2016; the two co-founders have backgrounds in software engineering and product management, respectively. Since its founding, the company has raised an undisclosed amount of investment funding from the UNICEF Innovation Fund. ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali and Cole McCollum

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 19, 2019

In-cabin automotive monitoring system

Develops a system for in-cabin automotive monitoring that relies on 2D image sensors, deep learning, and a custom AI ASIC Claims to be differentiated by having the largest in-cabin data set and through its ASIC, which consumes less power than alternatives Primarily targets high-end automotive OEMs, ... read more.
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Miraj Mainali

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 19, 2019

Visual analytics for telematics

Develops video telematics software called RideView that monitors human driving behavior using any road-facing camera Provides differentiation in its hardware-agnostic platform, which supports an inexpensive off-the-shelf Wi-Fi camera that can be installed by drivers and that auto-calibrates Sells ... read more.
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Gestoos
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

February 19, 2019

Artificial intelligence platform for detecting human behavior with anonymized data

Develops a software for computer vision-based gesture recognition and activity monitoring; the software can be implemented on most embedded platforms through an SDK and is sensor-agnostic The algorithm uses semisupervised learning to recognize new gestures and optimize for specific users; it derives... read more.
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 19, 2019

Last week we participated at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing Conference in Anaheim, CA, U.S. The conference brought over 19,000 professionals and over 1,900 exhibitors from innovators and stakeholders across the value chain. Key themes included 3D printing, smart manufacturing, robotics, and ... read more.

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Wematter
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 19, 2019

Selective laser sintering 3D printer with leasing and service model

The company was started by Henrik Lundgren and Robert Kniola in 2014 in Sweden. To date, the company has raised approximately SEK 59 million ($6.3 million), including a 40 million SEK ($4.2 million) round closed in January 2019. Among its investors, we emphasize LMK Ventures, Syntrans, and Almi ... read more.
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Innovating innovation using digital technologies

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

While data collection and analysis offers the ability to transform all parts of the value chain in manufacturing, applying this to innovate new products represents a unique opportunity. It is not capex-intensive, not that disruptive to ongoing operations, and can significantly decrease time and cost involved in product development in the manufacturing sector. This report will identify how clients in the manufacturing sector can enhance their innovation efforts through the use of advanced data analytics and other digital technologies. We will also explore how digitalization of innovation will impact the underlying core innovation processes itself.

The decommissioning dilemma: the £39 billion market opportunity in the North Sea

Coverage Areas: Exploration and Production More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

With close to 2,500 wells scheduled to be plugged and abandoned in the North Sea by 2025, decommissioning offshore oil rigs will become increasingly important in the coming years. This report aims to evaluate innovation opportunities as the industry looks for ways to minimize costs and environmental impacts.

Digital Twins

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will provide a brief overview of digital twins, including what they are, key use cases, example developers, and recommendations for clients interested in implementing digital twins in their processes.

Corporate Tech Innovation is a Solved Problem: What You Need to Know to Be a Leader

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will discuss the most important corporate innovation tools, highlighting some neglected tools, and the keys to successful implementation.

The Market Size for Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The growth of connected smart home appliances have expanded from lighting controls to thermostats, door locks, and even coffee makers. With the large influx of new products, how is the smart home market segmented, and where do opportunities lie?

Ubiquitous Sensing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

As commoditized sensors become cheaper and offer improved performance they can now be more readily incorporated into new applications and devices that were previously not feasible. These always-on sensors in consumer and industrial environments will allow for continuous monitoring, all while being transparent and not interfering with individuals daily activities.

Harnessing the potential of digital technologies for the food industry

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Digital technologies are creating a major impact on every industry. In this report, we will assess the potential of emerging digital technologies for various applications within the food value chain. It will also highlight opportunities for the industry players to harness the digital toolbox and discuss key winning aspects of successful use cases in the food industry.

Regional BBMC Trends

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

This report will explore bio-based materials and chemicals (BBMC) trends globally and analyze how regulations are impacting technology development and adoption.

Finding the Next Disruptive Materials Innovations

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Advances in basic science are always occurring, and new breakthroughs could be around the corner. This report seeks to identify stage zero materials technologies that could be highly impactful and build a timeline for their possible development.

Top Materials Developments in 2018 and What to Look for in 2019

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

To guide clients for the year ahead, in this annual Lux report we review key tech activity from 2018 and identify key tech trends for 2019. We do this by combining analyst input with data from the Lux Intelligence Engine. Themes include a focus on using new digital technologies to enhance customer experience, the difficulty of turning materials inventions into products, and transforming consumer needs (including the desire for sustainability).