Nardev Ramanathan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

November 21, 2019

In the wake of the recent fiasco surrounding Google and Ascencion's health data partnership, conflicting views have emerged. Some quarters claim that everything is done by the books, and this is just hyped by the media. On the other hand, politicians and federal agencies have raised concerns and ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Anthony Vicari

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 21, 2019

Materials design using AI and quantum computing simulations

The company was founded by Fazal Mahmood, Gurjot Dhaliwal, and Abu Anand in September 2019 based on research from the University of Toronto. Some of the company's major claims are that its methods using artificial intelligence and quantum computing for materials design are faster and more efficient ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Michael Sullivan

Digital Transformation More...

November 21, 2019

Cognitive analytics platform for supply chain and large enterprises

Cloud-based cognitive analytics platform that incorporates machine learning and natural language processing; provides value by recommending and automating certain decisions in supply chain management Differentiated through its patented capability of crawling data from multiple ERP/CRM tools, such as... read more.
Company Profile

Danielle Bradnan

Consumer IoT More...

November 21, 2019

Introduction A successful pain management strategy requires a multimodal approach, addressing the physical causes of pain as well as the mental and social elements of pain. In a previous insight, we described the different digital technologies available to treat pain. There are a few approaches to ... read more.

Analyst Insight

Venkatesh Konanur

Autonomous Systems 2.0 More...

November 21, 2019

Vertical cavity laser-based flash lidar

Offers a solid-state flash lidar system with object tracking software for autonomous vehicles in both automotive and nonautomotive applications  Claims that compared to other flash lidar systems, it has developed a proprietary vertical cavity laser system that is a 100× smaller that a traditional ... read more.
Company Profile

Drishti Masand

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

November 20, 2019

Develops water-based barrier coatings for fiber cups and packaging to replace plastic linings

The company was founded by Paperex Colombier, a converter and trader of paper and board products, in 1995; it is now part of the broader Colombier Group. The company makes a water-based coating dispersion technology for fiber cups and packaging to replace plastic linings; the composition of the ... read more.
Company Snapshot

Chloe Holzinger

Energy Storage More...

November 20, 2019

Organosilicon compounds for Li-ion battery electrolytes

Silatronix develops organosilicon compounds for use as an electrolyte co-solvent in Li-ion batteries Although the company only recommends using low concentrations of its compound in electrolyte solutions (1% to 5%), it is not an electrolyte additive: Unlike a typical additive, it does not degrade or... read more.
Company Profile

Tim Grejtak

Energy Storage More...

November 20, 2019

Mechanical and hydrometallurgical recovery of Li-ion battery materials

Develops two processes: a pre-processing step that shreds battery modules to recover metal current collectors, liquid electrolyte, and electrode "black mass," and a hydrometallurgical recycling process that recovers lithium, cobalt, nickel, and other metals from upstream "black mass" Commercializing... read more.
Company Profile

Danielle Bradnan

Digital Health and Wellness More...

November 20, 2019

Symptom assessment tool to support patients seeking doctors

The company was started by Andrew Gardner in 2016. The company makes an app that allows for the scheduling of appointments with physicians and triage of patients through chatbots and questionnaires. Looking at applications and markets, the company is targeting NHS healthcare providers with high-... 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.

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.

The Digital Transformation of Supply Chain Management

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: December 2019

From forecasting to procurement through transportation and customer service, digital technologies are reshaping traditional supply chain management operations. In this report, we will survey the ways digital tools are being developed for and deployed in supply chain management to understand the evolving key uses cases and technologies.