Every week our researchers go through the top tech innovation headlines and provide their analysis on important updates, trends, and developments across all industries. Our analysts evaluate news based on potential importance ranking the developments from Truly Disruptive to Ignore.
On Fridays we highlight our Lux Take on the news for the week. Check out our thoughts on the latest emerging technology and innovation news for this past week below.
Amazon makes the first round of investments from its $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund
Drishti Masand, Research Associate | @DrishtiMasand
Lux Take: Very Important
"All five companies have decarbonizing technologies that will help Amazon reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040; the technologies focus on low-carbon concrete, recycled battery materials, electric vehicles, and digital tools to measure carbon impact and material tracing. Each company received different undisclosed amounts, and the fund is still open for more companies and technologies. Billion-dollar technology companies are as yet an untapped source of funding for sustainability initiatives, and startups would be wise to take advantage of the opportunity and see how their products can integrate into these companies' operations."
New report details Uber's immense technical failures in its autonomous vehicle division
Wireless energy harvesting sweat sensors are one step closer to reality
"A research group from Caltech and Peking University developed triboelectric energy harvesting sweat sensors for biomarker analysis, including amino acids and hormones. The energy harvesters generate a maximum power output of 0.04 mW cm2, meaning the generated power is high enough to serve as an energy source for low-power sweat sensors. Despite attractive parameters, it appears that the stand-alone energy harvesters and sweat sensors need to be integrated into apparel, which may raise durability concerns for wearable applications. Self-powered biosensors have been a hot topic and attracted much attention. Those with interest in developing or adopting self-powered biosensors should pay attention to the progress of the research."
Siemens and Sintavia team up, building an ecosystem for manufacturing using metal 3D printing
Michael Holman, Ph.D., VP, Research | @MichaelHolmanLR
Lux Take: Average Importance
"Metal 3D printing service provider Sintavia has forged a deal with Siemens Digital Industries Software, through the Siemens Xcelerator program, to create software for an "end to end" metal additive manufacturing system, ranging from part design to manufacturing automation. In the three-year deal, Sintavia will assist with development and in exchange gain early access to Siemens' software while serving as a "preferred partner" for Siemens, including joint sales and marketing. Complete ecosystems in polymer 3D printing have become necessary to translate the technology from prototyping into production; the same will be true in metal 3D printing, and this tie-up is a strong early step in that direction."
U.S. Department of Homeland Security awards synthetic data startup $1 million to improve airport security
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