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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Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

February 19, 2019

Closed-loop, chemistry-agnostic Li-ion battery recycling

Develops a closed-loop battery recycling process that manufactures battery-grade cathode material and other byproducts from mixed Li-ion battery cathode streams Commercializing a Li-ion battery chemistry-agnostic process that crushes, leaches, and precipitates battery-grade cathode material; company... read more.
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Aionics
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Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 19, 2019

Battery development using materials informatics

Started by Austin Sendek in 2017, commercializing machine learning-enabled battery research he conducted at Stanford University since 2013 Has developed a machine learning platform to improve battery performance and cost; leverages existing battery research literature as well as customer-supplied ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

February 19, 2019

Quantum photonic processors for quantum computing

CEO Christian Weedbrook founded Xanadu in 2016; the company has raised $9 million in funding through its 2018 seed round with lead investor OMERS Ventures. The company makes quantum photonic processors for quantum computing, which manipulate how light shifts at the quantum level; the resulting ... read more.
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Novolyze
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Harini Venkataraman

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

February 19, 2019

Substitutes for pathogenic microorganisms for food safety validation

Develops surrogate microorganisms that mimic the behavior of foodborne pathogens for industrial food safety validation; initially focusing on developing substitutes for Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, and Cronobacter Claims differentiation in its ability to manufacture surrogate bacteria on an ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

February 18, 2019

Data-agnostic digital farming platform for crop disease management, phenomics, and crop quality estimates

Imago AI was founded by Shweta Gupta and Abhishek Goyal in 2017 The company currently develops two services, a digital farming service for disease monitoring and yield prediction and a crop phenotyping and breeding insight platform The services rely on data from images captured by any device (e.g., ... read more.
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Runeel Daliah

Owning the Energy Transition

February 18, 2019

CO₂ capture and metal-free catalytic reduction of CO₂ to methanol

The company was founded by Swandhin Mandal to commercialize a combined CO₂ capture and reduction process developed at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata (IISER-K) in India for the production of methanol. Envigilon's technology captures CO₂ from air and directly reduces it... read more.
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Laura Krishfield

Agro Innovation More...

February 18, 2019

Microbial biofertilizer soil amendment and bio-based crop management

Develops microbe-based soil amendment products and biopesticides to increase crop yields Locus Agricultural Solutions (Locus AG) aims to take a localized approach, producing its microbes in modular, proprietary fermentation systems to provide more active cultures The company's first product, ... read more.
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Digital Sales Platforms

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will use the digital business model framework to understand the impact of digital tools and technologies on the sales process in the materials and chemicals space. It will cover a landscape of current activities, parse the benefits of digital transformation in chemical sales, and highlight future directions for development and integration.

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

This report will update our Carbon Nanomaterial coverage. To complement last year's production-focused report, this report will focus more on applications. It will feature a detailed study of use cases and applications, case studies of industry players, a data driven analysis of applications, and updated Lux Innovation Grids.

Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Biofuels Outlook

Coverage Areas: Alternative Fuels More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Today’s biofuel industry is a long way from its rapid ascension of the early and mid-2000s. Growth in capacity for first-generation (1G) biofuels has stalled, but advanced biofuels are gaining ground. To characterize this new era of the global biofuels industry, we built a comprehensive database of nearly 2,000 facilities which we use to forecast the growth of the industry and examine trends in new nameplate capacity, location, fuel, feedstock, and conversion technologies.

Innovations in Wave and Tidal Energy

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Tidal and wave energy can deliver dispatchable power to the grid that is still renewable. As such, they may replace gas peakers and other backup facilities in the future. However, this technology is hard to deploy, mostly because of harsh mechanical conditions. This report lists the innovations in the space in order to assess its true potential.

Electric, Autonomous, and Shared: Business Models Defining the Future of Mobility

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

Electrification and automation continue to shape the future of the automotive industry, capturing not only headlines but significant investments toward their development from vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers. At the same time, new business models focused on shared and connected forms of mobility are emerging to capitalize on these new technologies, threatening to shift a consumer's perception of a product to a service. This report envisions a transportation system defined by the intersection of electrification, autonomy, and shared mobility to identify pain points and opportunities in the future of mobility.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: March 2019

The rise of AI has left a wake of misinformation, confusion, and overpromises. This report,a follow-on to the first report we published two years back, will look to sort through the hype, establish clear definitions for terms such as AI, categorize different available techniques, and highlight emerging technologies along with the challenges of implementing AI solutions.