Lux 299 Top InnovationsBETA

The technologies that will change the world, according to Lux Research's analysts and data scientists.

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The Lux Tech 299 is our list of the most impactful innovations to track and potentially act upon, ranging from well-known technologies to under-the-radar, up-and-coming opportunities. The methodology behind this list comes from Lux Research's proprietary data science algorithms, which analyze innovation data like patents, academic papers, various funding types, news, and more, to continually monitor and rank the state of innovation. The list and the associated research updates daily.

You can filter the below by the overall ranking, or by other metrics like how mature the technology is or how quick-growing in innovation interest it is. Where available, full Tech Pages on each technology are linked to. If you have questions about the methodology or where other technologies not on the Lux Tech 299 fall, please contact us.

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Rank Topic Change in Innovation Interest Research and patent activity
1 Deep learning
Deep Learning Tech Page available
Advanced machine learning techniques making use of neural networks, for much-improved computer vision, speech recognition, filtering, and more.
+75% 3
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+32% 3
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Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) Report available
Ability of machines to perform complex tasks that have historically required human thinking; includes machine learning (like neural networks and deep learning) and symbolic reasoning (like expert systems). Deep learning is a subset of this broader machine learning and AI topic.
+22% 5
4 5g bw2
5G Networks Tech Page available
Fifth-generation mobile network technology spanning new devices, 5G-enabled business models, as well as operators and companies supporting and developing 5G-related innovations.
+44% 3
5 Blockchain
Blockchain Tech Page available
Distributed database technology that securely maintains a growing ledger of transactions, potentially useful for its inherent security, data integrity, and decentralized nature.
+172% 2
6 Autonomous vehicles
Autonomous Vehicles Tech Page available
Integrated system of environmental perception sensors, edge processing hardware, real-time decision-making software, and connectivity that enables assistive features, partial autonomy, and full autonomy in consumer and commercial vehicles.
+25% 3
7 Connected cars
Connected Cars Tech Page available
Integrated system of vehicles, infrastructure, and cloud platforms that use connectivity to provide entertainment, performance monitoring and management, and safety features and services in consumer and commercial vehicles.
+10% 3
8 Lidar
Lidar Tech Page available
Laser-based 3D sensing technology that enables precise mapping and real-time environmental perception capabilities in applications like autonomous vehicles, future factory, and commercial drones, to name a few.
+13% 3
9 Edge computing bw
Edge Computing Tech Page available
Software and hardware technologies that allow for performing computations at the location where data is generated.
+72% 1
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+6% 3
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Cryptocurrencies (including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin) Report available
Decentralized and encrypted digital currencies, based on distributed ledger technology (typically blockchain).
+41% 2
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Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)
Communication between vehicles, through the wireless exchange of vehicle information like the speed and position of surrounding vehicles.
+10% 3
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2D materials
Single-layer and crystalline materials, including graphene but also related two-dimensional materials like boron nitride and transition metal dichalcogenides.
+37% 2
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Quantum computing Report available
Computers that use quantum bits (qubits), which thanks to superposition and entanglement can lead to much faster processing speeds than classical computers, for applications that range from cybersecurity to finance to machine learning.
+10% 2
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Future Mobility Tech Page available
Innovations in mobility outside of conventional ownership, such as car-sharing, ride-hailing, autonomous taxis, and other mobility-as-a-service advances.
+19% 2
16 Solid state battery
Solid-State Batteries Tech Page available
Next-generation battery chemistry that replaces conventional liquid electrolytes with solid ion-conducting materials like polymers and ceramics, thereby increasing energy, improving safety, and potentially lowering costs.
+25% 2
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Chatbots and virtual assistants Report available
A platform that includes a chatbot with conversational capabilities associated with a hardware device, incorporating natural language processing and having access to the internet to perform tasks.
+44% 1
18 Microbiome 2 sq
Microbiome Tech Page available
Microbes (and their genes) that can be used as ingredients, therapeutics, and health biomarkers across a wide range of industries.
+27% 2
19 Microled
MicroLED Tech Page available
Micro-sized LEDs used as emitters in displays and as backlighting for LCD panel displays.
+14% 1
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Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I)
Set of technologies that aim to link cars and trucks to their physical surroundings like road markings and signs, for safety and efficiency purposes.
+19% 2
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Electrocatalysts Report available
We don't have much content on this technology yet. Interested? Contact your Client Engagement Manager to express your interest in Lux Research covering this technology more.
+5% 3
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Digital twins
Matching a physical object with a digital representation of itself that is kept as detailed and up-to-date as possible, to collect and model precise information regarding the use and performance of complex physical objects.
+52% 1
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Photopolymer resins Report available
Resins that are light-activated to change properties, like hardening via cross-linking, with applications in 3D printing, dentistry, medicine, and more.
+34% 1
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Digital light processing Report available
A 3D printing process for photopolymers, using a conventional light source like an arc lamp, for improved speed, lower running costs, and less waste.
+38% 1
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+7% 2
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Li-Fi Report available
High-speed wireless communication (transfer of data) using light, between physically separate devices.
+36% 1
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+14% 1
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+29% 1
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Haber-Bosch catalysts
Materials to accelerate chemical reactions in the Haber process, which is an artificial nitrogen fixation process widely used to make ammonia fertilizers.
We don't have much content on this technology yet. Interested? Contact your Client Engagement Manager to express your interest in Lux Research covering this technology more.
+25% 1

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