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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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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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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.