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VCs Invest $5.8 Billion in Bio-based Chemicals, as Focus Shifts to Disruptive Synthetic Biology

This year, synthetic biology startups have raised 53% of all VC funding in bio-based materials and chemicals, as venture firms flock to technology platforms such as DNA synthesis-as-a-service.

Uber Self-Driving Pilot Highlights Threats to Big Automakers’ Brands

As consumers order a “self-driving Uber” rather than a “self-driving Ford,” automakers risk the same calamity that hit Nokia’s mobile phone business.

Blockchain Brings Efficiencies to the Energy Industry

The technology that powered the cryptocurrency bitcoin is expanding outside finance, with applications in the power sector, supply chain, and agriculture.

Recycling, not Reuse, Is the Better Choice for Batteries from Retired Electric Vehicles

Reusing batteries from plug-in vehicles for home energy storage is an appealing idea, but the economics don’t make sense.

Oil and Gas Industry Turning Towards 3D Printing to Cut Costs and Raise Efficiencies

In an era of low oil prices, 3D printing offers gains in a wide range of use cases, as leaders like Halliburton, Schlumberger, and Shell begin to use the technology.

Material Innovation is Bringing Longer-Lasting Solar Panels

The biggest growth opportunities in solar often lie in emerging markets located in harsh climates, so technologies to make modules more durable are growing in demand.

A Trump Presidency Could Mean 3.4 Billion Tons More U.S. Carbon Emissions than a Clinton One

The U.S. energy landscape is poised for a transformation under either president, but Trump’s policies would leave emissions 16% higher after two terms than Clinton’s.

Demand for Alternative Proteins Set to Double by 2024

Technology and formulation are key to success as developers race to meet demand required to feed a booming population.

Big Data Poised to Lower Health Care Costs

Data-driven advances like artificial intelligence and personalized therapy can bring about cost cuts that reforms like Obamacare have failed to deliver, while improving quality.

Sensors Patents Show Lowest Barrier to Entry in Consumer Electronics and Health

$4.3 billion in investment has driven nearly 30,000 patents, most crowded in automotive and building & industrial sensors.

Predictive Analytics and “Nudge” Technologies Transform Customer Interaction

With a potential market of up to $10 billion, these technologies have applications ranging from personal assistants and fraud prevention to manufacturing and health care.

U.S., Switzerland, U.K., China Are Top Hotspots for Wearable Electronics Innovation

The U.S. retains its top status but a number of countries are emerging as new hubs with specializations in such areas as smartwatches, smart fabrics, and sports.

Lux Vendor Matrix Reveals Mature IoT Platforms, but Hype and Confusion Threaten Shakeout

While some Internet of Things startups offer solid platform products, a number of weaker players face imminent elimination after years of generous funding and acquisitions worth over $2 billion in 2016.

New Bio-based Materials and Chemicals Offer Performance Advantages Over Petro-Based

While bio-based solutions earned past skepticism, the next generation can offer high value in specialty chemicals, biopolymers and advanced materials.

Why Oculus Rift and Samsung VR’s Days on Top in Virtual Reality Are Numbered

Newer and smaller developers such as Sulon Q and Star VR are poised to overshadow these virtual reality pioneers in ease of use and display quality.

Carbon Nanotubes to Grow to $560 Million Market in 2025 but Graphene Lags

Nanotubes are being adopted in new form factors and multiwalled nanotubes increasingly replace carbon black, but slower adoption in energy storage hits graphene.

Active Food Packaging Helps Meet Clean Label Challenges

Demand for more natural food products has created opportunities for new packaging solutions as producers move away from chemical preservatives.

Retail Takes Lead in Advanced Indoor Sensing as IoT Grows

Healthcare and hotels are the most promising future applications for sensing technologies that bring smartphone-like benefits to buildings.

IoT Solutions for Cold Supply Chains Offer Strongest ROI for High-value Goods

Enterprises moving expensive products such as vaccines or commodities with high loss rates can save by investing in next-generation Internet of Things (IoT) sensor platforms.

Material Recycling Dominates $668 million Funding for “Circular Economy” Technologies

Next-generation recycling is on the march as waste collection and sorting get a digital push from innovations in software, data analytics, and robotics.

Lux Research Names Mike Coyne as New CEO

Former Quantia and Verisk Health CEO brings broad experience in technology-enabled information services.

Total’s Billion-Dollar Battery Acquisition Will Allow It to Compete with Tesla-SolarCity

French oil company, with energy storage firm Saft and SunPower in its portfolio, is the first oil “supermajor” entering new areas of business including solar plus storage and distributed generation.

The Internet of Things is Coming to Agriculture, Bringing a Mixed Bag of Outcomes

IoT in agriculture promises increased yields, reduced costs, and other efficiencies, but three case studies reveal mixed results from start-ups and larger developers.

‘Smart’ Pills, Patches Can Save $290 Billion in U.S. Health Care Costs

The new drug-delivery technologies topped a ranking of medication adherence monitoring solutions, but patients favored ‘smart’ packaging and pharma prefers physiological monitoring.

Distributed Generation Shifts Power from Utilities to Renewables, Industrials, and IT

As renewables and distributed generation disrupt the power grid, utilities’ business model is under threat, and technologies like Internet of Things and big data are key to the future.

Sensor Modules Win $4.3 Billion in Funding over Past Decade as IoT Heats Up

Developers of innovative sensors cornered nearly 80% of the investment due to demand from the Internet of Things.

Biojet Fuels Will Account for 56% of Emission Cuts if Aviation Industry is to Hit Targets

Honeywell UOP and Boeing play leading global roles as industry seeks to cut emissions to 0.2 billion tons, halving the 2005 figure.

Big Oil’s Transportation Fuel Business is at Risk from Biofuels and Electric Cars

Diversification into other areas of production including high-value chemicals, and cost-cutting are key to fighting off the growing challenge.

Smart Appliances Still Priced Too High for Convenience They Deliver

Developers are working to bring down cost, but should also focus on environmental control devices and on retrofitting of existing products.

Robots Are Coming to Agriculture

Robotics can be competitive with human labor in some cases already, and falling costs over the next decade will open up more applications.

GE’s Predix is Heavy on Marketing, but Light on Capabilities

Predix marketing is ahead of its technical development, forcing GE to lean on PTC ThingWorx technology to deliver to customers.

Battery Market for Plug-in Vehicles to Rise to $10 Billion in 2020

Six large carmakers led by Tesla will account for 90% of the demand, while Panasonic will remain the world’s biggest battery maker.

Toyota, Daimler-Benz, Honda Are Leading Auto OEMs for Self-Driving Cars

Few automakers offer significant technical differentiation, so innovative business models are key to success.

Industrial Internet of Things Bringing “Equipment as a Service” Model to Industry

Predictive maintenance technologies are driving new business models that promise to eliminate capex, improve uptime, and cut costs.

Mobile Payments Need Biometrics to Improve User Experience and Adoption

After failing to live up to hype in 2015, mobile payments should embrace innovations like multi-modal biometrics to provide ease of use and  security consumers seek.

Voice Control, Gesture Control, and See-through Displays Are Top Electronic User Interface Innovations

Electronic user interfaces are key to success of personal electronics, and leaders like Apple, Google, and Microsoft, as well as Amazon and a host of start-ups, are bringing in new innovations.

Desalination Capacity Rises to 140 million m3/Day in 2020 as Green Energy Expands Viability

The Middle East, Caribbean, and Oceania account for 283 billion m3 of freshwater demand, and solar- and wave-powered desalination can be the low-cost solution.

Venture Funding of Cybersecurity to Rise to $400 Million as Threats from IoT Grow

With rapid adoption of Internet of Things in products ranging from connected cars to industrial workplaces, the need to secure cyberphysical assets is growing.

Hypermodal Systems to Bring Internet Speeds to Transportation and Logistics

The convergence of intermodal and intelligent technologies is set to revolutionize the slow-moving industry, tackling inefficiencies
worth trillions of dollars.

Low-Carbon Fuels and Vehicle Efficiency Will Cut Road Transport CO2 Emissions 29% in 2030

Biofuels and natural gas vehicles together will account for 45% of potential fossil fuel displacement as nations look for new technologies to cut emissions.

Cereal Sales Continued to Decline from $8.5 Billion Peak in 2011

Innovation is key for food companies as yogurt and a variety of snack bars have steadily eroded the base of traditional breakfast cereals.

Perovskite Solar Cells on the Rise, With Likely Commercialization in 2019

The emerging technology reaches 21% efficiency in the lab, leading to deal-making between companies and academic institutions driving research.

Internet of Things Will Change How Hospitals Are Organized

Rather than current specialties, future healthcare will be organized around digital solutions like monitoring, diagnostics, and predictive analytics, connecting diverse conditions.

Prosthetic and Therapeutic Robotics to Grow into $3.6 Billion Market in 2025

An aging population’s quest for a better quality of life drives the medical robotics market, with China and the U.S. poised to take more than half of the market share.

New Electric Vehicle Report Card Gives Auto Industry Failing Grades in 2016

For now, industry offerings earn three "F" grades and one incomplete across five classes, and the point for 50% plug-in adoption isn't until after 2035.

“Internet of Everyone” Poised to Transform How Companies Relate to Customers

The Internet of Things will expand the quantified self beyond the individual, to homes, cars, and cities, changing the way companies relate to consumers.

Southeast Asia Promising Hub for Emerging Bio-based Chemicals

Emerging bio-based material and chemical technologies now see big potential opportunities in nations like Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia

Internet of Things Comes to the Factory

Industrial users are following consumers in connecting more and more devices to the Internet, but need to identify right use cases to get value.

Raizen Has Lowest Price as Cellulosic Ethanol Hinges on Feedstock Cost

Of the six existing commercial cellulosic ethanol facilities, Raizen’s projected price of $2.17 per gallon is lowest, as innovations help bring next-generation biofuels to market.

Trends Equity and Lux Research Announce AI World Conference and Expo

Event Focuses on “The Business and Technology of Artificial Intelligence."

Big Data and Analytics Can Tame Rising Cost of Chemical R&D

Novel sensors, cheminformatics, and advanced analytics can help bring new products to market faster and cheaper in the chemical industry.

How Do Smart Cities Stay Smart?

“Smart” cities need technologies for environmental and economic growth, but must incorporate open-source principles to thrive and adapt.

Google, Amazon and Other Data Centers Underestimate Coal Usage by 30% or More

While these firms are incredibly sophisticated about data in their core businesses, ironically they use crude and outdated sources to gauge the carbon footprint of their data centers.

IT and Manufacturing Innovation Converge in $35 Billion PLM Market

Project lifecycle management (PLM) software and other IT tools are driving the manufacturing renaissance.

Energy Storage for Solar Systems Will be an $8 Billion Market in 2026

The success of solar-plus-storage defines the growth potential of renewable energy, creating needs for new partnerships and technologies.

Natural Alternative Sweeteners Could Tap up to 25% of Key Markets for Sucrose

Tagatose and others have huge potential as consumption of sugar and sweeteners rises 30% to 292 million metric tons in 2024.

Google Glass No Longer the Leader in Smart Glasses

Google has been overtaken by rivals like Sony and ODG as head-mounted devices find traction in enterprise applications.

Election-year Debate: How to Allocate $55 Billion for Information and Communication Tech

Candidates at federal, state, and local level must address tech policies for cybersecurity and advanced manufacturing.

Power Savings Lead the Four Top Areas for Sensors Innovation

Over 1 trillion sensors could be deployed by 2020, but to get there innovation needs to focus on key unmet needs in power, sensitivity, format, and cost.

Smart Home Tech Has Drawn $550 Million in Funding, but Costs Limit Adoption

The entry of big players such as Google and Samsung with exciting acquisitions has set the stage for a race to create the best value proposition.

Micro-Hybrids, Not Electric Vehicles or Fuel Cells, Will Drive Auto Efficiency in 2025

Carmakers will mainly use micro-hybrid or "start-stop" technology, along with lightweighting, to meet challenging fuel economy targets, adding $1,700 to average vehicle cost.