Miraj Mainali

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

February 18, 2020

Omnistereo solid-state camera hardware and software platform for autonomous robots

The company was founded by Rajat Aggarwal (CEO), Rohan Bhatial (COO), and Anoop Namboodiri (CSO); founders have expertise in computer vision, virtual reality (VR), robotics, circuit design, and software engineering from academia and from companies including Siemens; DreamVu raised an undisclosed ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chad Goldberg

The Future of Mobility

February 18, 2020

Recent investments, valuations, and product deployments related to shared micromobility have grown rapidly, thanks in part to the promise these devices show to decarbonize mobility, reduce congestion, and reshape transport in urban settings. However, the rapid rise in the popularity of these ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Christopher Robinson

Energy Storage More...

February 18, 2020

Tesla's Model S is arguably the most impactful battery electric vehicle (BEV) ever made, demonstrating that electrification can be a mainstream technology and compete with similarly priced internal combustion vehicles. Porsche's recently released Taycan was in many ways a response to that success, ... read more.

Case Study

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Additive manufacturing process using a combination of 2D (electrophotographic) imaging and a 3D printing technique called the Selective Toner Electrophotographic Process

Evolve Additive Solutions is a spinoff of Stratasys based on a research project led by Steve Chillscyzn since 2009; Evolve operates independently of Stratasys as of April 3, 2018; it has raised $19 million to date and is currently looking to raise another $40 million The company develops an additive... read more.
Company Profile

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Origin has developed a digital light processing (DLP)-based 3D printing technology, called programmable photopolymerization (P3), with an open materials platform with validated cost and performance improvements for a number of cases. One of the cases includes 3D printing of 100 camera mounts that ... read more.

Case Study

Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Concrete reinforcement solutions made of mineral fiber composite

The company was started by Per Cato Standal in 2009; it has offices in Ireland and Norway. Among its investors, we highlight Infinity Wealth Ventures, which is a basalt bar manufacturer in Norway. The company develops reinforcement solutions for concrete, made from mineral fiber (basalt or alkaline ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

February 18, 2020

Production of cellular and acellular agricultural products from cell cultures; cellular products include clean meat, and acellular products include fermentation-derived proteins and food ingredients. The cellular agriculture landscape is set to grow further in the coming years. However, cost-... read more.

Technology

Chloe Herrera

Energy Storage More...

February 18, 2020

Li-ion batteries for electric mobility

The company was founded by Huang Xuejie in 2003 in Suzhou, China, based on research from the Chinese Academy of Sciences led by Liquan Chen. The company makes prismatic Li-ion batteries for mobility applications; its uses both NMC and LMO/LFP cathodes, graphite and silicon/graphene anodes, and an ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Harini Venkataraman

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

February 18, 2020

Digital grocery recommendation platform

The company was founded by Spencer Price (CEO), Gabriel Nipote (COO), and Henry Michaelson (CTO); Spencer and Gabriel have a background in economics and business, and Henry has a background in computer science. So far, the company has raised about $2 million, including $1.4 million from a seed round... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lisheng Gao

Digital Health and Wellness More...

February 17, 2020

Gas sensors using a redox reaction mechanism to identify and quantify gaseous chemicals

The company was founded by Pierre-Alexandre Gross and Ehsan Sadeghipour in 2018 as a spinoff from Standford University; the company relies on research funds at the current stage. The company offers small-form-factor electrochemical gas sensors using proton (hydrogen ion, H+) conductive Nafion ... read more.
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EV Inflection Tracker: 2020 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Electric vehicles are no longer a niche segment of the automotive industry, approaching 2 million in annual sales. Automakers are now committing billions toward securing raw materials and battery supplies, designing platforms, and building manufacturing capacity for electrified vehicles. However, as governments around the world roll back subsidies while tightening environmental regulations and forcing automakers to sell electric vehicles, automakers face the challenge of making electric vehicles profitably at a large scale. This report analyzes a decade of electric vehicle data to determine how electric vehicles compete with performance from internal combustion engines on metrics like range, price, charging speed, and others.

The future of big data and edge computing

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 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.

Strategies for doing more with less

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Food, feed, and overall agriculture production struggles with low margins (e.g. high input costs and low product values), high resource use (e.g. land, water, labor, inputs), and today more than ever, the added pressure to reduce environmental impacts. These challenges amount to a tremendous ask of growers: “Do more with less.” But even more importantly input and protection players face an even more difficult ask: “Grow your business on declining sales.” This report connects the need to “do more with less” to the technology and business model innovations that allow you to avoid the characteristic race to the bottom associated with volume businesses, while gaining advantage in a rapidly changing industry.

Beyond Made in China 2025: China's Move Up the Global Innovation Value Chain

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Made in China 2025 is the most important government policy set to transform China into a global innovation leader in the next five years. With roadmaps for developing domestic capabilities in electricity, agriculture, advanced materials, new energy vehicles, robotics, information technology, aerospace, rail, marine engineering, and medicine, the country is currently transforming itself in order to move up the global value chain across ten major industry sectors. But what about beyond 2025? Several technologies possess potential to transform the world beyond the five year time frame. In this report, we analyze hundreds of technologies generated by the Lux Intelligence Engine data platform to identify the key technologies and players driving China's move up the global innovation value chain and determine how domestic players fare against their global peers.

Building Robotics Solutions: From Platforms to Custom Jobs

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: April 2020

Robotics have automated simple industrial processes for decades, but recent advancements in machine vision, grippers, mobile robots, and collaborative robots have made all kinds of complex processes eligible for automation using robotics. This report will look at what kinds of processes are automatable across manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, and other environments by looking at a series of case studies. We'll also look at what resources are needed to build these solutions, including off-the-shelf platforms and custom solutions.

The Next Generation of Satellite Imaging

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

With the emergence of smallsats and significant improvements in computer vision, satellite imaging has begun to serve powerful use cases that hint at its enormous future potential. In this report, we’ll discuss the factors that have led to the advances in satellite imaging we’re seeing today, the many use cases where the technology has found success, and what new capabilities and use cases to expect in the future.

The food company of 2050

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Being a successful food company in 2020 requires focus on things like sugar reduction and alternative proteins, but what about remaining a successful food company and growing through 2050? The majority of growth in the food and beverage industries in recent years has gone to companies outside the top 20 players, with smaller and more agile brands capitalizing on the demand for personalized products. This report will uncover the themes and technologies that will be most important to successful food companies in 2050.

Micromobility: Fad or the Future of Urban Transit?

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

The last few years have seen an explosion in both funding for and expansion of micromobility startups, which have resulted in thousands of dockless bikes and scooters deployed in cities around the world. Although promising an affordable low-carbon transit which can address the last-mile transit problem, in practice there are a number of challenges including enforcing parking and riding restrictions and ensuring rider safety. However the biggest threat to micromobilty is the lack of profitability. This report will analyze the economics of micromobility, identifying payback periods and return on investments for bikes, scooters, and other modes of micromobility.

The Business of Personalized Nutrition

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

This report will examine personalized nutrition business model considerations and strategies.

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?