The Lux Research Blog

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 22, 2020

Every Friday we round-up news commentaries from our experts and highlight the week's biggest headlines. Get the #LuxTake on the top innovation news from this past week, including what's overhyped, and what emerging technologies your organization should keep an eye on.

AI's Role in fighting COVID-19: Sifting through the hype

In this blog, our analyst, Cole McCollum, examines various AI use cases that promise to help with the health concerns surrounding COVID-19 and analyze their technical feasibility using Lux's AI Framework.

Lux’s New Homepage is a Personalized Experience, Tailoring Innovation Opportunities for You

To help clients connect with the most relevant pieces for their interests and goals, we have introduced a new, personalized homepage for the Lux Member Site. Our software looks at the companies, technologies, and searches a user follows, as well as their reading history to pinpoint the most relevant research content. Check out this blog to learn more.

6 Ways to Supercharge the Circular Economy with Digital Technologies

Consumers, investors, and employees alike are now driving companies to become serious about environmental and social impact. There are completely new opportunities for circularity that can emerge by adopting digital tools. In this blog, our Director, Research, Shriram Ramanathan discusses how emerging digital technologies can enable the circular economy in six different ways.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 15, 2020

Every Friday we round-up news commentaries from our experts and highlight the week's biggest headlines. Get the #LuxTake on the top emerging technology and innovation news from this past week, including Cruise's workforce cuts, data privacy as it relates to COVID-19 and the future of coal.

Why Hydrogen and Why Now?

Moving toward a decarbonized energy trade will be transformative. In this blog, Lux Analyst, Tim Grejtak, dives into the role hydrogen is playing in the energy transition.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 8, 2020

Each Friday we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of tech and strategy as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic.

Event Recap: Insights from MOVE Asia's Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Seminar Series

Check out our coverage of the first series of MOVE's virtual seminars. This virtual series addressed the role of automakers in the future of mobility, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and autonomous and electric vehicles in Asia. 

The Startups Likely To Be Up For Funding Amid COVID-19

Corporate innovation leaders should look at this situation as a historic opportunity to fund potentially transformative technologies, on relatively favorable terms, by stepping in where VCs fear to tread. 

How can floating wind costs go down? Evaluating technology challenges and prospects

Interest in floating wind has sparked during the last couple of years, and the technology is expanding from original markets in Europe to other geographies. In this post, we dive into the costs, technology, challenges, and prospects, associated with floating wind.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up May 1, 2020

Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and industry news, including our researchers' coverage of innovation as it relates to the coronavirus pandemic. This week's major headlines include disruptions in the meat industry, Lincoln and Ford's electrification plans, and technology innovations related to COVID-19.

Autonomous vehicle deployments could accelerate following the COVID-19 outbreak

Few industries have been immune to the impacts of the economic downturn and drastic decrease in mobility demand COVID-19 has brought on, and companies developing autonomous vehicles are not among them.

 

Adapt or Get Left Behind: COVID-19’s Disruption of Consumer Goods

In this blog, our Director, Research, Sara Olson, Ph.D, dives into the changes in consumption, pivoting business models, and value chain concerns arising from COVID-19's impacts on consumer packaged goods as well as how your company can build resilience in this uncertain time.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 24, 2020

Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, including our researchers' coverage of tech and strategy as they relate to the coronavirus pandemic. This week's major headlines include negative oil prices, shared mobility in the age of COVID-19, and major partnerships across all industries.

The Hidden Power Of Know-How

Our Vice President of Consulting, Kevin Pang Ph.D. explains the hidden power of know-how and how unlocking its potential can help your organization innovate. This potential lies in the taken for granted and otherwise hidden strengths that are used day in and day out in the operations of your business.

The State of Delivery Innovation Among COVID-19

With populations increasingly practicing social distancing, consumers continue to demand expedient delivery of goods to their residence. This is putting a significant strain on companies working within last-mile delivery.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 17, 2020

The latest expert insights on this week's major technology headlines. Check out what our experts have to say about this week's biggest partnerships, bankruptcies, and COVID-19 response strategies.

Battling COVID-19 With Transformational Tech: Singapore Case Study

The adoption and deployment of transformational technology can help mitigate and contain the damage inflicted by COVID-19. Many lessons can be drawn from Singapore's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leveraging Emerging Technologies to Battle Counterfeiting in the Era of COVID-19

Counterfeiters have taken advantage of the sharp demand for face masks and have infiltrated markets with counterfeit products. Governments and manufacturers need to look to promising anti-counterfeiting measures that are emerging in the tech space.

COVID-19: Sensors for Medical Ventilators

Companies should expect demand for the sensors outlined in this blog to remain high for the rest of the year. With the increasing cases in India, South America, and Africa, in the coming months, the high demand may shift from Europe and America to these regions.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 10, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines and trend. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight and how they relate to COVID-19.

Driving Down Emissions At Greentown Labs' Transportation Pitch Day

 As slow-moving automotive giants grapple with embracing fundamental changes in their products – in terms of both what provides power to the vehicle and what controls the vehicle  – pitch days like those hosted by Lux Partner Greentown Labs can serve as valuable events to access the development of new technologies.

Strategies for success in single-cell protein production

In response to depleting fish stocks and increasing global aquaculture production, research and development around single-cell proteins (SCPs) is making headway as an alternative ingredient to replace fish meal in aqua and other livestock feeds.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up April 3, 2020

Each Friday we will highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the top emerging technology and innovation news, for the first week of April in this post.

How Ingredient Informatics Are Revolutionizing The Way We Develop Foods

As ingredient informatics is presenting itself as a way to rapidly develop novel food and beverage products, we'll make the same recommendation we did concerning materials informatics back in 2017: Invest now.

Driving factors of the next generation of automated inspection systems

In this blog, our research associate, Miraj Mainali, discusses different types of automated inspection systems (AIS) and identifies the key technological and market factors driving adoption.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 27, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines, and of course COVID-19. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight for the final week of March.

Natural Language Processing: AI's Untapped Innovation Tool

Topic modeling and NLP have the potential to accelerate the front end of innovation across many industries, but remain underutilized. NLP can improve processes including technology landscaping, competitive analysis, and weak signal detection.

What Are Digital Biomarkers?

Digital biomarkers, like any other data set or combination of data sets, have the potential to allow companies to personalize products to their clientele, streamline operations, and develop alternative revenue streams.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 20, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight this week.

Flexible Manufacturing Systems Combined with Industry 4.0 Can Further Progress Toward Mass Customization

Mass customization is the holy grail of modern manufacturing, as it requires companies to apply a higher level of automation and machine intelligence, also increasing costs and often slowing the production process.

How to Prepare Innovation Teams for a Coronavirus-Driven Downturn

The COVID-19 pandemic has already disrupted patterns of life and work across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. While measures to ensure the safety of staff are still the immediate worry for executives, they will quickly need to turn to thinking about how the business should respond.

What to expect from AI in 2020

The AI market continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace. In 2019, more than $36 billion was invested into AI startups, and hundreds of AI companies were acquired. In this blog, we highlight six key trends in the AI landscape and propose what they mean for 2020.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 13, 2020

This week's expert insights on major technology news headlines. Get the #LuxTake on what disruptive technologies are in the spotlight this week.

The Next Chapter: Four Storylines Driving the Energy Transition

This year, Lux Research introduces four new storylines driving the energy transition – Evolution of Energy Networks, Decarbonization of Industry, Optimal Use of Resources, and Future Energy for Mobility.

The Future of Seafood

Innovation is creating opportunities across the seafood supply chain. From the production of insect protein and SCP for feed to developments in cellular agriculture and GE fish, industry players must reassess conventional processes and products to cater to evolving industry and consumer demands.

Breaking the Barrier: 2035 Global Renewables Penetration

As the world’s energy production continues to trend toward decentralization, decarbonization, and digitization, it is no longer a question of if global renewables penetration will exceed 40% within the next 15 years but how fast and where these high penetrations will occur.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up March 6, 2020

Check out our weekly round-up of expert commentaries for the first week of March in this blog. This week's major headlines include news about the coronavirus, materials informatics, and ride-hailing.

The Business Case for Sustainability in the Chemical Industry in 2020 & Beyond

What factors will really force change in the chemicals industry, and what does that change look like? In this blog, we examine three possible drivers of change – carbon taxes, investor pressure, and supply chain pressure – and discuss their possible implications.

Developing a new healthcare business: Lessons from Walmart’s Care Accelerator

There is a mounting trend of companies outside of healthcare using digital innovations to develop new businesses in health. It is not an easy market to enter, but getting a piece of the $3.8 trillion U.S. healthcare market can be very lucrative for those who find success.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 28, 2020

Each week our analysts provide expert commentary on major tech industry news. This week's round-up highlights headlines from Tesla, Delta, Johnson & Johnson, Apple, and Best Buy.

Energy's Hottest Topics & Best Tech Start-Ups of 2019

We recently conducted an analysis of the hottest innovation topics and best tech startups across our energy research. In that analysis, we found that two energy-related topics made the top 10 for highest prevalence of positively rated companies – energy storage and upstream energy feedstocks.

Materials Informatics' Hottest Research Areas

Using publicly available data, we applied topic modeling algorithms to analyze what is hot in materials informatics and found that the data-driven, quantified results generated by topic modeling agree well with what our human-led research has indicated.

The Evolution of Connected Cars

As recently as the mid-2000s, the concept of a connected car was limited to maps and music. Now, as we begin a new decade, the market for hardware and software systems inside these connected vehicles is expected to reach $12.7 billion by 2030.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 21, 2020

Our researchers provide expert commentary on major tech industry news headlines & trends involving this week's IPOs, 3D-printing, EV charging, reusable packaging and more.

Alternative Fuels: 2019 Year in Review

In this blog, we take a look back and provide a timeline of the most important developments that occurred in the alternative fuels space last year.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 14, 2020

Our researchers provide expert commentary on major tech industry news headlines & trends involving this week's IPOs, 3D-printing, EV charging, reusable packaging and more.

How Tesla delivered enough Model 3s in Q4 2019

Tesla went through production hell in 2018, thanks to constant delays of the Model 3 shipments. Elon Musk admitted these delays were partly due to the company's overly deployed robotic assembly systems, among many other reasons. 

A Decade in Review: Innovation Lessons from Lux’s Top Emerging Tech Research

In the past 10 years at Lux, we’ve produced more than 800 reports. In this blog, we review what kind of story the topics of these reports tell about shifts in innovation.

Looking back on 10+ years of predictions

Our VP of Digital Products, Kevin See outlines successful Lux predictions from the past decade. From slow EV adoption to the hype surrounding graphene he's covering our insights that have stood the test of time.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up February 7, 2020

Our experts evaluate news and trends based on potential importance every week. They rank developments from Truly Disruptive to Ignore. Every Friday you can check out their thoughts on the week's top emerging technology and innovation headlines across all industries.

3 Ways COVID-19 Will Not Be The Next Great Influenza

As typically happens in the face of a global pandemic, the Wuhan coronavirus is drawing comparisons to the Great Influenza of 1918. However, for the first time in human history, there are digital tools sufficiently advanced enough to support healthcare infrastructure in the face of pandemic disease.

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 31, 2020

Expert insights on major tech industry news and trends involving sustainability, 3D-printing, robotics, the skin microbiome, & energy for mobility. Read our #LuxTake on the News every Friday to stay up to date on the week's headlines.

No Single Technology to Dominate the Future of Plastic Recycling

As the economics of plastic waste recycling are in continuous flux, with political and economic forces impacting the direction of the technologies, no single technology will take a commanding market lead in the long-term future. 

5 Major Digital Health Trends to Impact 2020

Looking back on the digital health and wellness industry in 2019, our experts, Nardev Ramanathan, Ph.D & Danielle Bradnan, saw five major industry trends that will continue to have impact into 2020. 

Lux Take on News: Weekly Round-Up January 24, 2020

Our researchers evaluate news based on potential importance ranking developments from Truly Disruptive to Ignore. Every week you can check out their thoughts on the week's top emerging technology and innovation headlines across all industries.

Can Innovation Stop a Global Pandemic?

There is an unfolding medical drama in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in which a previously unknown coronavirus has infected hundreds of people in the region. This leads us to ask the question: Can innovation stop this global pandemic? Let's look at some of the opportunities for tech to intervene.

Chemicals and Materials in the Spotlight at Davos

Chemical and materials firms have been throwing themselves into efforts to deal with plastic waste and build out recycling capacity, touting efforts to promote diversity, and signing on to statements about business promoting the interests of all stakeholders.

The Future of meat is... protein

Alternative protein investment, innovation momentum, & product sales are on the rise, but it’s still a difficult space for companies to navigate. Those wishing to maneuver in the alternative protein space need a thoughtful approach.