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Katrina Westerhof and Mike Rolfes

Digital Transformation More...

June 14, 2019

Industry 4.0 encompasses the digitization and interlinking of the entire value chain of a physical, product-based industry. Industry 4.0 use cases directly impact the product lifecycle, and are motivated by either top-line revenue growth or bottom-line savings. We develop a taxonomy for Industry 4.0... read more.

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Venkatesh Konanur

Digital Health and Wellness More...

June 14, 2019

Plastic conductive fibers for flexible electronics

Develops and produces conductive plastic fibers for use in smart clothing and flexible electronics Claims that compared to other types of woven conductive fibers, its product can stretch to 50% of its original dimensions and still retain its conductivity; typical resistance for its product is around... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

The Future of Mobility

June 14, 2019

The past century of mobility has mostly been defined by the automobile. Today, however, our relationship with the automobile is changing as new business models aim to replace conventional car ownership with a combination of ride-hailing and vehicle-sharing accessed through mobile apps – a trend we ... read more.

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Alex Herceg

The Future of Mobility

June 14, 2019

Mobility is no longer about the private automobile, and as such racing to acquire the next generation of advanced vehicle technology alone is not enough. Future mobility is using new technologies and business models, with unprecedented momentum in the past three years. This momentum is driven ... read more.

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Patricia Seoane da Silva

Next Generation Power More...

June 14, 2019

Vertical axis wind turbines for off-grid applications and backup power generation

Flower Turbines was started in 2013 by CEO Daniel Farb, who had previously founded Leviathan Energy (Flower Turbine’s parent company) in 2008; to date, the company has raised more than $370,000 through an ongoing crowdfunding campaign. The company develops Wind Tulip, a two-bladed vertical axis wind... read more.
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Abhirabh Basu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

June 13, 2019

Real-time, fully integrated predictive and proactive storm water management control systems

The company was started by Brian Moloney, currently the managing director, while working as a civil engineer in Australia, where he developed a stormwater technology in response to the Queensland flood; StormHarvester developed prototypes with Queens University, finally launching its first product ... read more.
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

June 13, 2019

Continuous solvent extraction process for zero liquid discharge of industrial wastewater

Has moved away from traditional forward osmosis (FO) and introduced a liquid-liquid extraction process called ABX to replace both the evaporator and the crystallizer for zero liquid discharge (ZLD), which it claims can save industrial operators up to 90% of energy and 60% in overall operational ... read more.
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Banyan water
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Mia Lu

Owning the Energy Transition More...

June 13, 2019

Data-driven water conservation for commercial properties

The company was started by seasoned investor Tamin Pechet, who served as its director until 2016; Tamin is also chairman of Imagine H2O, one of the most well-known water innovation accelerators; Gillan Taddune, Banyan's current CEO, joined the company in mid-2013; Gillan is an experienced business ... read more.
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Josh Kern

Consumer IoT More...

June 13, 2019

Motion detection using existing Wi-Fi signals in a home

The company was founded by CEO Tajinder Manku and CTO Oleksiy Kravets in 2014; Oleksiy, along with many other team members, came from a radio chip design team at BlackBerry. Among its investors, we highlight Quantum Valley Investments, launched by two BlackBerry co-founders, as well as the Canadian ... read more.
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Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

The commercial applications of vehicle automation

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Although technologies enabling automated vehicles have evolved considerably over the last few years, we aren't as close to massive deployments as many had initially hoped. In this report, we examine what the applications are for today's existing technologies, and where the next early-stage applications will appear.

5G Impact on Innovation

Coverage Areas: Consumer IoT More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

5G will provide critical opportunities for new value capture driven by new and existing use cases, with a mix of higher transfer rates, lower latency, lower battery consumption, higher signal reliability, and support for more simultaneously connected devices. This report addresses the key question of how these characteristics create opportunities for innovation in use cases across agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, smart cities and transportation sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: June 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.

Organizing for Digital

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

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?

Artificial Intelligence in China

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The rapid growth of AI in China has caught the world’s attention. The country has surpassed the U.S. in every possible measure – government support, R&D activity, VC funding, and market traction. Is China ready to take over the world when it comes to AI? What are the opportunities and threats? In this report, we will dive deep into innovation data to understand the progress of AI in China, highlight its strengths and weaknesses, identify some key players, and lay our recommendations for what clients should do / expect.

Food Value Chain CVC Comparison

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Food companies have become more serious about their commitments to supporting start-up innovation efforts through the formation of numerous corporate VC groups - and their investments have been widely varied in scope. This report will assess the landscape of those funds, demonstrating the winning approaches.

Connected Car: How Connectivity Will Enable Digital Services in The Vehicle

Coverage Areas: Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

The connected car technology space is broad and complex and due to this complexity identifying opportunities can be challenging. This report will look at connectivity and the digital services it enables in the car.

Understanding the Market Opportunity for Metamaterials

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In the past four years, understanding of metamaterials has dramatically improved, and novel manufacturing techniques have become more mature. With the demand from communication and other sectors, metamaterials are on the cusp of commercialization. This report will identify key innovations and obstacles, and begin to quantify the market opportunity around metamaterials.

The Dawn of Digital Product Optimization

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Recent years have witnessed the developments of software technologies across the materials, part, product value chain. Materials informatics for material discovery and development; generative design, virtual reality (VR), and 3D printing simulation for part design and simulation; and predictive maintenance software for life cycle management, just to name a few. While each of these technologies progresses, there is still not a Digital Product Optimization (DPO) framework. Closely tracking these areas, Lux has already seen the possibility of some of these technologies integrating together. In this report, we will analyze the possibility of such a DPO. Specifically, we will talk examine what a DPO looks like and what it means for clients in industries across the manufacturing value chain.