Otobrite
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Hirosei Kuruma

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 23, 2019

Developer of camera modules and software algorithms for ADAS features

Develops camera modules, ECUs, and sensor fusion software for ADAS features on partially autonomous vehicles Differentiates in its camera modules' resilience to environmental wear and tear Offers a spectrum of ADAS features that range in autonomy from moving object detection to automated parking ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 23, 2019

Autonomous vehicle development software

Develops software for the production and development of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and other safety-critical robotics applications; the product is a fork of an open-source robotics SDK called ROS (Robot Operating System) 2 Claims differentiation in its implementation as a safety-certified enterprise ... read more.
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Hirosei Kuruma

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

January 23, 2019

Vision inspection modules for automotive manufacturing

The company is based in China and has R&D, testing, and demonstration centers in Hangzhou and Tianjin. While its funding details are unknown, the company does have an impressive list of clients in the automotive, aerospace, railway, and ship manufacturing industries. The company develops vision ... read more.
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Hashplay
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

January 22, 2019

Uses AI to generate AR/VR-compatible digital twins

Uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate visualizations of business processes and operations and present them in the form of digital twin models that can be accessed on a traditional web dashboard or via AR/VR devices Currently uses only video data from cameras; plans to become sensor-agnostic ... read more.
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Shriram Ramanathan

Digital Transformation More...

January 22, 2019

Provides AI platform to simplify chip design process; designs AI-based chips for gaming, IoT, and wearable applications

Raised $2.5 million in seed funding and seeks to raise $15 million in Series A to ramp up production, marketing, and sales Develops low-power processors called RAPs for real-time inferencing based on agent-based architecture; novel design allows for building and traversing graph architectures on the... read more.
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Data gumbo
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Shriram Ramanathan

Digital Transformation More...

January 22, 2019

Provides blockchain-as-a-service for oil and gas industry

The company was started by CEO Andrew Bruce; senior management team also includes CTO Ove Sandve, Chief Product Officer William Fox, CFO Gerald Smith, Chief Corporate Development Officer Lisa Smith, and Business Development Director Maxine Aitkenhead; collectively, the team has extensive experience ... read more.
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Pathai
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Miraj Mainali

Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness More...

January 22, 2019

AI-powered pathology laboratory

The company was founded by Andrew Beck and Aditya Khosla in 2016; the founders have good technical expertise but no entrepreneurship experience; currently it has more than 50 employees. So far, the company has raised about $15.2 million via a venture round in 2016 followed by a Series A in 2017; ... read more.
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Jitx
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Miraj Mainali

Digital Transformation More...

January 22, 2019

AI-enabled circuit board designing

The company was started by Austin Buchan, Duncan Haldane, Jonathan Bachrach, and Patrick Li; the founders have good technical experience but limited entrepreneurship experience; the company has raised a total of $120,000 in seed funding from Y Combinator in August 2018. The company makes custom ... read more.
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Holly Havel

Exploration and Production More...

January 22, 2019

High-speed tubular cutting tool for P&A applications

Developing a high-speed tubular cutting tool designed to replace conventional power tong equipment used to unthread tubulars for plug and abandonment applications during decommissioning Core technology comprises proven shear ram BOP technology with hydraulic actuators that incorporates novel ... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

January 22, 2019

Metal 3D printing hardware and software with open application programming interface and parameter flexibility

Offers three direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) 3D printer models with an open materials and software platform Printer capabilities can include chamber preheating to 1,200 °C, a pyrometer, a high-speed camera, and atmosphere control One of the main differentiators is the focus on process monitoring... read more.
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Monitoring and Control for Water Quality

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: January 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.

Building a Circular Economy

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

The Circular Economy - converting waste such as spent biomass, foodwaste, and plastic waste into products with value - has seen significant innovation interest in recent times. However, the path towards circularity requires connecting multiple technologies including waste collection/sorting, and the conversion technologies themselves. This report aims to highlight and evaluate these enabling technologies, while also highlighting gaps in creating a circular economy.

Carbon Nanomaterials Update

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: January 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.

Food, health, and wellness in retrospect: The top news, tech, and questions you asked in 2018

Coverage Areas: Consumer Choices in Food, Health, and Wellness

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Over 2018, we saw major changes across the food and health value chain, from the introduction of new crops developed with gene editing to progress on growing meat without needing animals. It was an eventful year, which can make it difficult to keep perspective on the major changes, and avoid getting caught up in day-to-day happenings. This report offers a retrospective view of 2018 - the news we covered and what it means for your business, the top developers our analysts feel are worth engaging with, and the major questions that you and your competitors asked our analyst team. It also helps frame the themes we anticipate covering in 2019 and beyond

Energy's Top News, Technology Developers, and Questions You Asked About in 2018

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: January 2019

Highlights of the top news, technology developers, and questions that you and your peers asked Lux Research about in 2018. While not designed as a ranking list, this report instead serves as a summary of the developments in 2018 and how Lux Research's Energy Team views them as key steps in the evolution of the energy system in 2019 and beyond.

The Cost-Effective Distributed Grid: Energy Trading Within Microgrids

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

While the energy transition promises a decentralized electrical grid composed of a network of actors with distributed energy resources, microgrids are not cost-effective for many electricity customers around the world. However, recent years have seen a rise of energy trading software platforms, which promise to provide better compensation for distributed generation and energy assets. We examine the combination of energy trading and microgrid technology to determine if we have finally crossed that critical financial turning point - whether it is more cost-effective to source electricity from distributed resources than from the electrical grid.

Roadmap: Next Generation PV

Coverage Areas: Next Generation Power More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Silicon remains the dominant material in the PV market, with innovations coming mostly from the larger players. In order to keep ahead of the competition, companies are continually improving on silicon PV architectures. This report is an update on the advanced silicon PV report of 2015, noting new trends in research and manufacturing in silicon PV, and highlighting the economics and scenarios of deployment of each type.

Artificial Intelligence: Challenges and Emerging Solutions

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 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.

Identification of a pathway towards differentiation and success with biofertilizers

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: February 2019

Biofertilizers remain poorly defined, with products like organic material, biostimulants, and compost often incorrectly included in the technology landscape. Unfortunately, this improper labeling serves only to further mystify the space along with potential opportunities. In this report Lux explicitly defines biofertilizers, identifies differentiation among developers and their products, and provides a pathway towards success in this rapidly developing space.

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.