China Switching to Thorium

Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs), which were developed and tested in the 1960’s and 70’s at Oak Ridge National Laboratories but then moth-balled, are back. China is set to turn on their 2MW experimental Thorium MSR at Wuwei, on the edge of the…

Wildfires Making Microgrids Popular

As wildfires become increasingly common in California, microgrids are gaining support because they replace power during grid outages and public safety power shutoffs. The fact that they generally use renewable energy makes them even more…

Lancium’s Niche Patents Create Client

The Demand Response sector may appear to be dominated by several big players - Causam, ENEL, and Johnson Controls - but there are niches available for the smaller players. Lancium, whose software lets data centers ramp their power…

Nike Swimming Against the Tide with Smart Traffic Sneakers

Nike started a concerted effort in 2018 to patent smart traffic sneakers, sneakers that alert vehicles to the wearer’s presence.  With 10 applications, Nike is almost alone in the field. Nike followed in Nokia and Continental’s footsteps,…

ENEL Group Expecting Bad Weather

ENEL, the multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas, is betting on the role of weather forecasts in the Demand Response market.  With 19 patent assets in the weather forecast subcategory, it is way ahead of the next…

Velodyne & NVIDIA Partner in Austin, Better Watch Out for Intel

Velodyne is bringing its Intelligent Infrastructure Solution to Austin, where NVIDIA is launching the Metropolis program, a Smart City partnership. Velodyne’s LiDAR and AI software will be running on the edge on NVIDIA’s Jetson AGX Xavier…

NoTraffic Raises $17.5m With One Patent. Is There an Alternative Investment?

NoTraffic, an AI-based traffic management platform, has just raised $17.5 million in a Series A that it will use to support its rapid deployments into dozens of U.S. cities during the second half of this year and, hopefully, into European…

UK Unicorn Bringing Space-based Quantum Key Distribution Soon

UK startup Arqit plans to start distributing quantum encryption keys across the globe using satellites by 2023. Satellite delivery of quantum encryption keys overcomes the problem of terrestrial fiber optic transmission. Fiber optic…

Looking For A Growing Market? Look No Further Than Your City’s Trash Can

The European smart waste sensor market is expected to grow 29.8% annually through 2025. For the rest of the world it’s 36.5%. Smart waste sensors are sufficiently evolved to allow cities to affordably install them and provide better,…

Who’s Investing In Digital Twinning? Pretty Much Everybody And Their NPE

Digital twinning, a real-time simulation that relies on IoT for data, is maturing as the next mega-industry.  Digital twinning is another child of “Big Data” because it is enabled by the massive amounts of realtime data that IoT can…

HERE Global and Bentley Systems Partner to Digitally Twin your Smart City

HERE Technologies, which has been investing heavily in smart city data collection, needed a way to display all that data to DOT personnel so they can better plan and use their infrastructure. Bentley Systems has been developing graphical…

Pentagon says UAP videos are real – here’s how to spot more of them

The DoD has confirmed that videos and still images of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) released in April 2020 are real. The videos can be found here:  https://www.navair.navy.mil/foia/documents (FLIR.mp4, GOFAST.wmv, GIMBAL.wmv). Can…

Why did Giant Airbus Partner with Tiny Luminar? (Hint…patents)

Luminar is branching upwards, partnering with Airbus to bring LiDaR to autonomous aircraft.  Airbus also has been developing LiDaR, as shown by its 12 issued patents.  So, why does it need Luminar?…

Pipistrel And Its 1 Patent Forced To Partner With Honeywell (Which Has Hundreds)

Honeywell is providing its next-generation Attitude Heading Reference System and Air Data Module to Pipistrel, the cargo UAV manufacturer. Pipistrel will add this critical navigation and motion-sensing data to its Nuuva V300 cargo UAV,…

Velodyne and Ansys Collaborate to Solve A/V Edge Cases

If you’re following Autonomous Driving, you probably already know that Velodyne and Ansys are collaborating to integrate vehicle LiDaR into a driving simulator. This will allow engineers to rapidly model the numerous edge cases that are…

Robotic Trucks Using Peripheral Vision. See For Yourself

Kodiak Robotics Inc is adding Hesai Technology Co’s LIDAR to its autonomous trucks for peripheral vision. The trucks will keep their one forward-facing Luminar LIDAR and add Hesai LIDAR on each side of the truck. Although a Silicon Valley…

Apple Is Late To The Brain:Computer Interface Party – Stay Tuned

Brain:Computer Interfaces (BCIs) have tremendous potential. Like all technologies, a consumer product will really rocket its development. That’s where Samsung, Sony, Panasonic and the other major consumer electronics companies are. But…

Mobileye, Transdev and Lohr Group to Shuttle

Mobileye is integrating its self-driving system into Lohr’s i-Cristal electric shuttle, to be guided around cities using Transdev’s Autonomous Transport System (ATS). Patent Forecast data shows how Mobileye is concentrating its investments…

Nex Team App Adds New Features. What’s its Goal?

Nex Team, an industry leader in the world of app-based basketball skills development, has been in a rapid growth stage for some time now, landing partnerships with basketball teams and leagues all over the United States.  Nex Team has…

Unicorn Uplight Emerges. Will It Disrupt Electric Power Management?

Uplight Inc.'s value rose to $1.5 Billion in a deal adding new investors Schneider Electric and a Huck Capital-Led Investment Group, while The AES Corporation extended its investment.  Steve McBee, CEO, Huck Capital said: "Uplight…

IBM Looking to Not Only Enter But Shake Up the Sports Analytics Tech Space

If you’re a fan of Star Wars, then IBM’s most recently granted patent in the Sports Analytics sector is surely one that will excite you. The international tech conglomerate is about to take the time-honored tradition of watching your…

NASCAR Extends Deal with WSC Sports. Should They Do More Shopping?

NASCAR has recently extended its deal with WSC Sports to generate more automated highlights for the racing powerhouse’s social media accounts. WSC Sports specializes in using AI to generate highlight clips from video broadcasts and then…

Alice Sends Intellectual Ventures Electric Vehicle Energy Financial Settlement Portfolio to Circular File 13

Elwha, a holding company that Intellectual Ventures (IV) uses to help maintain its patent portfolio, has been abandoning pending electric vehicle energy financial settlement patent (EV-EFS) applications (8) and letting issued patents (10)…

Why Patent Data Reveals a Company’s Hand

It is difficult to see where one patent application fits in a sector and it is even more difficult to visualize where multiple patent applications fit in a sector. The Patent Forecast® eases this burden by providing a unique visualization…

Electric Vehicle Charging Settled with Causam Energy

You might know Causam Energy as the leader in energy financial settlement technology but power grid tech is not where it stops. Continuing its pursuit of empowering individuals on the grid, Causam Energy’s latest issued patent is for…

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