Lux 299 Top InnovationsBETA

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

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METHODOLOGY:

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.
+81% 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.
+27% 5
3 Lpwan
+32% 3
4 Blockchain
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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.
+182% 2
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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
6 Autonomous vehicles
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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.
+26% 3
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Cryptocurrencies Report available
Decentralized and encrypted digital currencies, based on distributed ledger technology (typically blockchain), including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.
+52% 2
8 Lidar
30
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.
+14% 3
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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.
+13% 2
10 Connected cars
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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
11 Edge computing bw
6
Edge Computing Tech Page available
Software and hardware technologies that allow for performing computations at the location where data is generated.
+73% 1
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Electrocatalysts Report available
Materials that modify and increase the rate of electrochemical reasons, typically working near electrode surfaces; examples include platinum electrocatalysts and nanoparticle electrocatalysts.
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.
+9% 3
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Heads-up displays (HUDs) Report available
A transparent or semi-transparent display that overlays information, allowing users to keep engaged with another task, like driving or flying. These HUDs are a type of augmented reality.
+7% 3
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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.
+54% 1
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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
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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.
+27% 2
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50+
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V)
Communication between vehicles, through the wireless exchange of vehicle information like the speed and position of surrounding vehicles.
+11% 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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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.
+20% 2
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Serverless computing
An event-based cloud computing approach that is increasing in prevalence, especially in the IoT space, thanks to its ability to deconstruct applications into a suite of small, modular services that each perform their own unique function.
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.
+34% 1
21 Microled
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MicroLED Tech Page available
Micro-sized LEDs used as emitters in displays and as backlighting for LCD panel displays.
+15% 1
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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.
+58% 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.
+38% 1
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50+
Fleet management
Software to help manage different types of mobility solutions, like ride-sharing, car-sharing, and autonomous vehicle management, with features like geographic redistribution of fleets in response to market demands, fleet cleaning and maintenance, and emergency condition response.
+8% 2
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+17% 2
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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.
+41% 1
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Farm management
Software to improve the productivity and profitability of farming operations, including sensor integration, yield prediction, weather monitoring, and more.
+23% 1
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+11% 2
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+18% 1

Introduction: Our interactive radar visualization allows you to plot on the figure below any of the Lux 299 technologies you choose to. To add a technology, click into the list below and start typing your search term; you will see options start to appear. Select the ones you want to plot on the radar. If you want to remove something from the radar, you can click the "X" next to its name in the list below. Please note that you are also able to drag and move the labels to improve legibility.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LUX TECH RADAR:

Q: What do the five rings and their values mean?
A: Our radar visualization shows five different rings, labeled from 1 to 5. The outermost ring corresponds to the lowest level of innovation activity, getting a score of 1. The innermost ring gets a score of 5, which corresponds to the highest level of innovation activity. We calculate this innovation activity based on the total number of patents plus papers written about the technology during the past two decades. One important nuance: If a technology has a lower score – say, it is in the outermost part of the radar – that could be because it is a newer technology, or because it is a niche technology.

Q: What do the circle sizes mean?
A: All circles are the same size, and do not have any additional meaning.

Q: How are these technologies chosen?
A: By default, this radar shows 20 technologies – the top 20 from our Lux 299 list (or, specifically, the top 5 in each of our digital, materials, energy, and health programs). More generally, the Lux 299 plus other technologies we track beyond these 299 are based on the Lux taxonomy. In addition to the official Lux taxonomy, we also algorithmically track other technologies and topics of peripheral or emerging interest to us that may not officially be part of our coverage yet.

Q: What if I cannot find the technology I am looking for in this list?
A: If you cannot find the technology you are looking to add to the radar using the type-ahead, please contact us, and we can add your technology to the list.