Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Introduction: As we have recently been summarizing key trends in materials informatics through client inquires and independent research, we have found an imbalance in the interest and progress in polymer informatics (PI). That is, there is a great amount of commercial interest in PI, but progress in... read more.

Analyst Insight

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Developer of nanoscale luminescent materials and display IC for color-balanced and healthier displays

The company was founded by David Wyatt, a former Intel and Nvidia engineer with expertise in display technologies. The company makes nanoscaled photoluminescent materials different from quantum dots that serve as color converters; the company also develops display driver boards to facilitate the ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Xiao Zhong

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 12, 2019

Materials design and small-molecule drug discovery using deep learning

Founded in 2017 to commercialize the AI method developed at Dr. Gareth Conduit's (co-founder and CTO) group at the University of Cambridge for materials and small-molecule drug discovery The major differentiator is the data imputation algorithm that can replace missing data by extrapolation; can ... read more.
Company Profile

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Cell phone signal boosters, antennas, and accessories for home and commercial use for 3G, 4G, and 5G networks

The company was started by Hongtao Zhan, CEO, an engineer with multiple patents for apparatus and methods for radio frequency signal boosters. The company develops cellular signal boosters that rebroadcast signals within a structure; they acquire the strongest cellular signal in an area using ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Nardev Ramanathan

Consumer IoT More...

November 12, 2019

Point-of-care diagnostics (POCDs) have been essential tools in the rapid detection of biomarkers and analytes, which facilitates better disease diagnosis, monitoring, and management. However, with some exceptions like the pregnancy test kit and glucose test strips, first-generation POCDs have ... read more.

State of the Market Report

Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

November 12, 2019

Develops image processing software solutions for improvements in manufacturing and assembly of electronic products

Instrumental was started by Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, CEO,  and Samuel Weiss, CTO, who identified that the assembly process was not closely monitored, causing a gap in quality control practices during their engineering terms at Apple The company develops software based on image recognition to draw ... read more.
Company Profile

Lisheng Gao

Digital Transformation More...

November 11, 2019

Weather forecasting software

Gene Pache founded TempoQuest in 2014; to date, the company has raised $3.5 million through VC investments. The company makes weather forecasting software (AceCAST) to offer faster, more precise, and more affordable local weather forecasting services; instead of a central processing unit (CPU), the ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Lewie Roberts

Digital Transformation

November 11, 2019

Quantum computing software

Provides software for quantum computing; the company has two main offerings: consulting services for major corporations looking to understand the impact of quantum on their business (including custom projects) and quantum computing SaaS Claims differentiation in the quantum computing expertise of ... read more.
Company Profile

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 11, 2019

Robotics technologies that use force limitation, environmental perception sensors, intuitive interfaces, and flexible programming to enable integrated workspaces between humans and robots. Collaborative robotics create an integrated workspace where humans and robots can work side by side, as they ... read more.

Technology

Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

November 11, 2019

Digital platform with sensors and satellite imagery for asset and farm management

The company was founded as a spinoff from CleverMaps, a spatial data analytics platform. CleverFarm has not raised any funding to date, but it is unclear whether venture capital is a significant part of the company's growth strategy. The company is a developer of the CleverFarm app for the ... read more.
Company Snapshot

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.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.

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.