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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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.


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.