Vladimir Roznyatovskiy

Digital Transformation More...

March 25, 2020

Technologies capable of capturing 3D information are advantageous for volumetric and immersive AR/VR applications. They enable 1) scanning real-world objects to create digital 3D models for the purpose of projecting those elsewhere and 2) measuring surrounding geometry for better localization and ... read more.

Case Study

Gihan Hewage and Michael Holman

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 25, 2020

Sustainability is one of the topics clients ask us about the most, but also one of the most contentious.  The word is on everyone’s lips, but when it comes out, it still can provoke an eye roll or a skeptically arched eyebrow. There seems to be a general consensus about its importance, but it can ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 25, 2020

Wheeled robots that can navigate to destinations and avoid obstacles using onboard sensors. AMRs have quickly grown into the go-to solution for automated material handling across multiple industries – chiefly finding success in supply chains where the rise in e-commerce has led to the need for ... read more.

Technology

Jonathan Melnick

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 25, 2020

Large-area sensing surfaces

Develops large-area capacitive sensors up to 10 ft × 10 ft with a printed multilayer construction using carbon black and graphite inks; offers a solution that includes connectors and firmware, can detect objects up to 1 m away, and costs up to $10/ft2 Working with 10 current customers on product ... read more.
Company Profile

Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

March 25, 2020

Primary zinc-air batteries with replaceable zinc anodes for stationary, IoT, and robotics applications

The company was started by Rolf Papsdorf, an engineer from South Africa, in 2017. The company makes primary zinc-air batteries with a replaceable zinc anode for remote power applications. Key differentiating claims of the company include disruptive low cost – $68/kWh to $90/kWh – but it is crucial ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

March 25, 2020

Direct lithium extraction from an oil field brine in Arkansas, U.S.

Standard Lithium is developing a direct lithium extraction (DLE) process on an oil field brine from the Smackover Formation in Arkansas, U.S. Core to Standard Lithium's business plan is its relationship with Lanxess, which allows the company access to its "tail brine" or waste brine but also ... read more.
Company Profile

Thomas Hayes

Agro Innovation More...

March 25, 2020

Characterization of microbes on or within an environment of interest (e.g, the human gut or soil) that can be used to develop novel or customized ingredients, therapeutics, agrochemicals, and more. This innovation area has the potential to unlock a new layer of personalization across food, personal ... read more.

Technology

Thomas Hayes

Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health More...

March 24, 2020

Ingredients and food and beverage products based on plant protein sources. The plant protein space is reaching new heights in commercial activity and will continue to be a key near-term opportunity for industry players. Companies, particularly ingredient providers and CPGs, should collaborate (e.g... read more.

Technology

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

March 24, 2020

Predictive analytics for patient outcomes in healthcare facilities

The company was started by Shantanu Nigu in 2011. So far, the company has raised about $8.9 million from private equity rounds. The company develops patient monitoring software that assesses risk for illness in healthcare settings like hospitals, nursing homes, and inpatient facilities. Compared to ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Josh Kern

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

March 24, 2020

Brain Corporation develops an autonomy stack for self-driving robots. The company does not build its own robots but licenses its BrainOS software to OEMs of manually driven vehicles looking to incorporate autonomous capabilities. BrainOS covers low-level firmware and middleware like hardware ... read more.

Case Study

Framing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Current Status, Opportunities, and Challenges

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

Planned Publication Date: May 2020

Food, water, and energy are critical resources, and share intimate connections. This connection forms a nexus, with actions in one sector influencing the others. Historically, policy and strategy makers have often considered these systems independently, disregarding their inter-dependency. Growing concerns on the affordability and accessibility of resources, driven by climate change and population growth, are making it increasingly important to understand the impacts and influences each of these sectors has on its counterparts in the nexus. This report will discuss the current state of the water-energy-food nexus, looking into its benefits for corporations, and barriers to successfully navigating; it will highlight successful strategies by companies using the nexus for more efficient and sustainable resource management.

The Next Generation of Satellite Imaging

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 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.

Benchmarking the Digital Transformation of Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2020

Innovation management is a mature field with a fairly complete and proven toolkit, built over decades. However, as processes like open innovation and corporate venturing have added more ideas to the funnel, innovation leaders are now under significant pressure to make the innovation process faster, more efficient, and more nimble. One promising solution that some firms are exploring is using digital tools and data science to speed up the process. To benchmark the current use of emerging data science and AI tools in corporate tech innovation, Lux has conducted a survey of innovation leaders focused on the use of specific advanced digital and AI-based tools in corporate innovation. This report capture current benchmarks and best practices to help the innovation community understand the impact of these tools and make better use of them in the future.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: May 2020

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 food company of 2050

Coverage Areas: Emerging Ecosystems in Agrifood and Health

Planned Publication Date: June 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?

Coverage Areas: The Future of Mobility

Planned Publication Date: June 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: June 2020

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

Maximizing for renewable generation capacity for energy export

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2020

As the world's energy production continues to trend toward decentralization, decarbonization, and digitization, it is no longer a question of "if" global renewables penetrations will exceed 40% within the next 15 years but "in which regions" will these high penetrations will occur. This report considers the scenario that with high enough renewables penetrations, renewable generation capacity will exceed local needs and certain countries will become energy exporters – using only non-dispatchable, land-based renewables (solar photovoltaics and wind). Understanding countries’ maximum annual power production, regardless of existing land use, is the first step to predicting which countries are likely to be the renewable energy exporters of 2050.

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?

Will 3D Printing Replace Conventional Manufacturing?

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q2 2020

Dental, medical, and aerospace industries are among the first adopters of 3D printing technologies for final part production -- and new applications are emerging in industries like footwear and automotive. This report summarizes the most promising 3D printing applications in these industries and highlights the most suitable materials, 3D printing technologies, and business models for each application. It highlights the impact on the 3D printing market size, discusses the unmet needs of the current systems to serve these emerging markets, and provides an outlook on the future 3D printing for manufacturing.