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Hirosei Kuruma

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October 31, 2018

While consumer smartwatches were first introduced as a technology push, the market has now embraced the smartwatch as a valuable product, and we are seeing the emergence of application-specific smartwatches. Looking to the future, smartwatches will play a key role in expanding the digital ecosystem ... read more.

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Hirosei Kuruma

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October 31, 2018

Lidar 3D point cloud contextualization software for autonomous vehicles

Develops a contextualization software for autonomous vehicles that annotates 3D point cloud data produced by lidar sensors Labels objects into four main categories: vehicle, human, ground, and others Supports Velodyne HDL-64E and Velodyne PUCK (VLP-16) lidar products Offers single licenses with no ... read more.
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Lewie Roberts

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October 31, 2018

Vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication chipsets

Offers V2X protocol chipsets for enabling advanced driver assist system (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles; the chipsets enable dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) and cellular-V2X (C-V2X) communications between vehicles and infrastructure Claims differentiation in its dual-channel design (not ... read more.
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Nardev Ramanathan

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October 31, 2018

Lux Research was recently in attendance at Vitafoods Asia Conference 2018, which took place in conjunction with Vitafoods Asia Exhibition 2018, the largest nutraceutical trade show in Asia. Leading academic researchers and industry experts in the nutraceutical field attended the conference. This ... read more.

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Tugce Uslu

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October 30, 2018

Artificial intelligence and robotics technologies for 3D printing

The company was founded by two architectural designers, Daghan Cam and Michail Desyllas, in 2015. The company is a developer of robotic arm-based 3D printers and associated software to provide large-scale autonomous manufacturing; its system consists of AiSync (cloud-based software), AiMaker (... read more.
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Tugce Uslu

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October 30, 2018

Lux attended the Additive Manufacturing Symposium organized by KIVI Engineering Society. The event took place at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), with speakers from TU/e, TU Delft, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), and Additive Industries. This insight ... read more.

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Xiao Zhong and Tugce Uslu

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October 30, 2018

Digital design, simulation, and 3D printing of custom cars

Founded in 2017, Hackrod aims to develop new ways of designing, engineering, and manufacturing custom cars using generative design, virtual reality (VR), simulation, and 3D printing Partners with Siemens for its generative design, simulation, and 3D printing software control capabilities Developed a... read more.
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Runeel Daliah

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October 30, 2018

Electrochemical catalysts for CO₂ reduction to carbon monoxide

Electrochemical catalysts for the reduction of CO2 to carbon monoxide and formic acid Claims electrochemical catalysts have current densities of 100 mA/cm2 and above; system has a current efficiency of 90% and a single-pass CO2 conversion rate of 60% for carbon monoxide production Currently at ... read more.
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Apeel
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Harini Venkataraman

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October 30, 2018

Protective coatings made of natural plant extracts for post-harvest applications

Develops edible coatings containing a mixture of monoacylglycerides derived from agriculture byproducts that serve as a protective barrier for fresh produce For the production process, the company uses multiple steps, including esterification, liquid-liquid separation, and flash distillation Mainly ... read more.
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Harini Venkataraman

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October 30, 2018

Edible coatings play an important role in extending the shelf life of fresh produce by decreasing the respiration rate and protecting the organoleptic properties like aroma, texture, and color. In this respect, functional properties like permeation, absorption, and diffusion are among the most ... read more.

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Quantum Sensors

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

Quantum sensors offer improvements in sensitivity and precision compared to their classical sensing counterparts. In this report, we will discuss the current capabilities and development opportunities in materials and designs.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

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.

The 2019 Lux Competitive Benchmark for Large Chemical and Material Companies: Assessing Corporate Innovation Effort and Business Performance

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This reports updates Lux’s popular Lux Competitive Benchmark (LCB) report on large chemical and material companies first published last year. Although centuries old and largely mature technically and organizationally, the chemical industry still requires innovation to drive growth in a tough globally competitive market. To assess who is positioned to succeed, we analyze 40 top chemical and material firms using the LCB (which scores companies based on Innovation Effort and Business Execution) and other analysis tools. We examine the relationships between Innovation Effort and Business Execution, open and internal innovation, and tech research type across the whole industry and for specific industry segments.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation #1yearlater

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation

Planned Publication Date: June 2019

This report will analyze the Ellen McArthur Foundation. Specifically, it will focus on the first 11 to 12 companies that joined and their sustainability strategies (what are they, how likely is it that they're met).

Synbio Partnership Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: July 2019

This report will map the synthetic biology partnership landscape to identify where current opportunities exist for partnering.

New business models emerge in the agrichemical industry

Coverage Areas: Agro Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

Digital transformation is occurring across commercial industries and a similar transformation is emerging in the agrichemical sector. Currently 90% of growers receive inputs directly from agrichemical manufacturer/distributors that apply traditional business to business (B2B) models, but digital transformation provides the opportunity to relieve pain points from the B2B model; for example, enabling product performance comparisons, decreasing transaction speed, and enabling data driven product selection and recommendation. We will walk through the current market trends and landscape of this digital transformation, discuss emerging E-commerce business models, and provide insight regarding the digital future of the agrichemical industry.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

China's Public, Private, People Approach to Innovation

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: Q3 2019

In recent years China is continuously challenging the West for the top spot on the global innovation leader board. With a face-paced innovation process that is counter intuitive to the traditional stage-gate approach developed and deployed in the West, China is quickly transforming itself into a global innovation leader - shedding its dated copycat stereotype and quickly transforming into the copied. At the root of this success is the fast changing socio-economic trends coupled with access to cutting edge technologies. In a unique public-private-people partnership, the government, private sector, and the masses together are enabling the country in bringing new innovations into the market at lighting speed.