world leader in speech and vision technology for consumer pr...
Updated: Dec. 17, 2015
Sensory is a world leader in speech and vision technology for consumer products. Major clients and partners include: Nok Nok Labs, CEVA, Philips, AT&T, Hasbro, JVC, Kenwood, LG, Mattel, Motorola, Plantronics, Samsung, Sony, SEGA, Uniden, and V-Tech. Key markets served by Sensory include: wearables, mobile, tablet, PC, consumer and home electronics, industrial, medical and healthcare, automotive, and entertainment (toys). Products and services offered by Sensory include: TrulyHandsfree, TrulySecure, TrulyNatural, software & SDKs, chips & IC toolkits (e.g. NLP-5x Natural Language Processor, RSC-4x Series), BlueGenie, AppLock, and VoiceDial. Founded in 1994, Sensory is a world leader in speech and vision technology for consumer products. Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, the company has additional offices in Portland, OR, Boulder, CO, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong. Since its inception, Sensory “has put speech recognition into nearly a billion products…from hundreds of leading consumer electronics manufacturers including ATT, Hasbro, JVC, Kenwood, LG, Mattel, Motorola, Plantronics, Samsung, Sony, SEGA, Uniden, and V-Tech.” The company has additionally “sold more dedicated speech recognition IC’s than all its competitors combined, and is also the market leader in small footprint voice recognition and speaker verification software.”
Sensory is a world leader for embedded speech and vision technologies for mobile devices and other consumer electronic products. The company’s solutions can be implemented across a range of DSPs and operating systems. Key features of the company’s technologies include: phrase spotting, speaker verification, speaker identification, natural language interface, large vocabulary continuous speech recognition, speaker independence, speaker dependence, continuous digits, text-to-speech synthesis (TTS) with voice morphing, stereo MP3 decoder, mono or stereo music, speech synthesis, automated recording and playback, face detection and authentication, LCD control, motor control, silent SonicNet, real time lip sync, beat prediction, peak detection, pitch detection, sing back, sound sourcing, natural time set, and sensor interfacing.
Key markets served by Sensory include: wearables, mobile, tablet, PC, consumer and home electronics, industrial, medical and healthcare, automotive, and entertainment (toys).
Sensory differentiates itself from competitors within the voice and vision technology space by focusing on consumer electronics applications and partnerships. In addition, through its long history of innovation and quality regarding voice and vision technology, the company is trusted by major consumer electronics vendors.
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World leading information technology provider.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2015
Samsung Electronics is one of the largest information technology companies in the world in terms of revenue. A sample of the company’s largest clients includes: Apple, Royal Dutch Shell, United Arab Emirates government, Sony, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, AT&T, and Ontario government. The company has been the largest manufacturer of LCD technology since 2002, and the world’s largest television manufacturer since 2006. Despite semiconductor and memory manufacturing remaining integral to the company’s business strategy, the majority of profits are derived from the sale of consumer electronics and smartphones, which currently account for approximately 75% of the company’s operating profit Founded in 1938 and based in South Korea, Samsung Electronics is a subsidiary of Samsung Group, the leading chaebol (family owned business conglomerate) in South Korea. Samsung Group founded Samsung Electronics in 1969 with Sanyo, then a leading Japanese electronics manufacturer, which has since been acquired by Panasonic. Samsung has become one of the largest information technology companies worldwide.
Samsung has a long history of innovation in semiconductor and consumer electronics. Although the company originally was considered a “budget” brand producer, it changed its strategy in 1995 to focus on new and emerging technology, while continuing to grow its semiconductor and memory businesses. The company has been the largest manufacturer of LCD technology since 2002, and the world’s largest television manufacturer since 2006. Despite semiconductor and memory manufacturing remaining integral to the company’s business strategy, the majority of profits are derived from the sale of consumer electronics and smartphones, which currently account for approximately 75% of the company’s operating profit.
Samsung Electronics primarily serves the consumer electronics, semiconductor, digital media, and telecommunications industries. As of 4Q 2015, the company controlled 97% of the market for active-matrix OLEDs with the closest competitor, LG Display, capturing approximately 1-3%. Likewise, Samsung controlled over 40% of the market for both NAND flash and DRAM technology with its closest competitors, Toshiba and SK Hynix, capturing 33.1% and 19.8%, respectively.
Samsung differentiates itself from competitors in a variety of ways, notably including a high degree of vertical integration. For example, Samsung is the largest memory manufacturer in the world, the largest LCD screen manufacturer in the world, and makes bundled components for one of its largest competitors (Apple). In addition, the company provides high quality smartphones, and it offers a diverse and extensive pricing strategy (e.g. phones offered at different price points) that enables it to attract a larger market share than would otherwise be the case.
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World leading provider of test and measurement equipment.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2015
Based in Austin Texas, National Instruments is a leading provider of test and measurement equipment. Primary markets served by the company are automotive, aerospace and defense, electronics, energy, green engineering, oil & gas, semiconductor, and structural testing. Top competitors include: Agilent Technologies, Tektronix, Teradyne, Advantest, MathWorks, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Wolfram Alpha. In addition to more than 200 automation and robotics partners worldwide, National Instruments’ major customers include SpaceX, Max Planck Institute, and Ford Motor Company. Founded in 1976 and based in Austin, Texas, National Instruments is a leading provider of test and measurement equipment for the automotive, aerospace and defense, electronics, energy, green engineering, oil & gas, semiconductor, and structural testing markets. The company has offices in nearly 50 countries and serves more than 35,000 customers annually. Customers outside of North America and South America account for approximately 60% of the company’s revenue. Additionally, the company is focused heavily on diversifying business processes with no industry constituting more than 15% of revenue.
National Instruments is most widely known for its test and measurement equipment and technology, which has been used to assist clients like SpaceX, Max Planck Institute, and Ford Motor Company with industrial automation and robotics. The company recently began to gain traction in the telecommunications industry for its 5G wireless research and technology. After reevaluating the 5G technology value chain, the company is now positioned to disrupt companies like Agilent Technologies.
The primary industries served by National Instruments include: automotive, aerospace and defense, electronics, energy, green engineering, oil & gas, semiconductor, and structural testing. Within these areas, the company has a variety of application domains, such as condition monitoring, data logging, embedded control systems, hardware-in-the-loop testing, medical, physics, RF and communications test, automation, and robotics.
National Instruments differentiates itself from competitors by focusing heavily on business diversification. As present the company has offices in nearly 50 countries worldwide and no industry constitutes more than 15% of revenue, enabling it to adapt quickly to disruptive geopolitical events and changing technology landscapes.
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World's premier digital industrial company.
Updated: Dec. 17, 2015
In addition to serving a variety of industry verticals, General Electric (GE) is a world leader in digital industrial solutions, specifically including automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence. GE serves a diverse and growing body of markets, including: commercial finance, aviation, real estate, energy, consumer electronics, healthcare, oil & gas, and transportation. In addition to providing automation and robotics solutions, GE also has business units focused in these areas, specifically including its Intelligent Platforms division, which provides industrial automation and advanced data management and analytics solutions. Founded in 1892 by a joint venture between Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan, General Electric (GE) is a multinational corporation that serves a diverse collection of markets worldwide through its primarily subsidiaries, which include: GE Aviation, GE Capital, GE Global Research, GE Healthcare, GE Home & Business, GE Oil & Gas, GE Power & Water, and GE Transportation. In 2011, GE was ranked by Fortune as the 6th largest company in the United States, and the 14th most profitable. At present, GE is a world leader in digital industrial solutions and technology, and the company is heavily invested in open research initiatives and venture funding for automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence solutions.
GE is committed to advancements in automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence solutions across a variety of industries. In addition to its private research initiatives, GE finances emerging technology startups through its GE Ventures unit, focusing primarily on the corporate, software, analytics, healthcare, energy, and advanced manufacturing markets.
Working with a diverse network of emerging technology stakeholders, GE also supports open source and open innovation initiatives to “provide ideas, proposals and technologies that can help us build a better tomorrow.” The company’s current initiatives include: GE Lighting EMEA – Concepts for the Future of Office Lighting Challenge, GE’s Industrial Remix Challenge, GE ecomagination & GE Water – Solving Scarcity through Water Reuse: Data Science Innovation Challenge, GE + Statoil Powering Collaboration – Innovative Sand & Water Technologies in Onshore Operations Challenge, and GE Healthcare + Ochnser Health Systems with Idea Village – Wear Your Health Innovation Challenge.
GE serves a diverse and growing body of markets, including: commercial finance, aviation, real estate, energy, consumer electronics, healthcare, oil & gas, and transportation, among others.
GE differentiates itself from competitors in the robotics and automation space by leveraging its long history of technology and intellectual property development. In addition, GE’s large and diverse product and services offering provides it with technology, scaling, and automation synergies across a variety of markets.
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Multinational semiconductor and telecommunications provider
Updated: Sep. 4, 2015
Qualcomm is a multinational semiconductor company focused on the design and production of telecommunications products and services. The company’s next-generation Snapdragon processors (Snapdragon 820) are equipped with software, called Zeroth, based on deep learning technology. It is designed to enable smartphones to recognize speech, extract patterns from onboard sensors, and identify objects from images. Qualcomm is developing a line of neuromorphic chips, processors that mimic the neural structures and processing methods of the brain for gains in efficiency and parallelization. As of 3Q 2015, Qualcomm had a market capitalization of $87.77 billion. Founded in 1985 by a group of academics from MIT, Cornell, and USC, Qualcomm is a multinational semiconductor company focused on the design and production of telecommunications products and services. In addition to its headquarters in San Diego, California, the company has more than 150 locations worldwide.
Although sales were below estimates for 2014 and up to 3Q 2015, Qualcomm has remained an innovation leader in the wireless industry. Over time the company has made dozens of acquisitions, notably including SnapTrack, Flarion, Firethorn Holdings, Atheros, Pixtronix Inc., and CSR plc.
In addition to more traditional research projects involving semiconductor technology, Qualcomm is working a number of next-generation artificial intelligence and machine learning projects. For example, Zeroth is based on deep learning, a technology that mimics aspects of the human brain to extract features from complex data. By bundling the Zeroth software with the Snapdragon processor, Qualcomm increases the efficiency and speed over current-generation technology, which typically requires a server request to be made in order to process the data. The company is planning to install the processors and Zeroth software on smartphones, tablets, drones, and robots.
Qualcomm is also developing a line of neuromorphic chips, processors that mimic the neural structures and processing methods of the brain. Neuromorphic chips are a radical departure from preexisting processor technology based on the Von Neumann architecture, but offer many advantages such as efficiency and parallelization.
Qualcomm primarily serves the semiconductor, telecommunications, enterprise software, and wireless markets.
As a global semiconductor leader, Qualcomm differentiates itself from competitors through innovation breakthroughs such as its Snapdragon SOC architecture with deep learning capabilities. In addition, the company also generates a substantial portion of its revenue through licensing agreements (e.g. royalties on smartphone sales).
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Global semiconductor design and manufacturing leader
Updated: Sep. 4, 2015
Founded by Gordon Moore and co-inventor of the integrated circuit, Robert Noyce, Intel is a global leader in semiconductor design and manufacturing. Within the artificial intelligence space, Intel is heavily invested in both software and hardware developments, including the design of new chip architectures based on biological intelligence (i.e. neuromorphic chips). Key competitors of the company include: AMD, Samsung Electronics, Texas Instruments, Apple, ARM, Broadcom, IBM, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Oracle, Sony, STMicroelectronics, Symantec, and Toshiba. Since its inception in 1968, Intel has become a global semiconductor leader. The company was founded by Gordon E. Moore (of “Moore’s Law”) and Robert Noyce (co-inventor of the integrated circuit). In addition to semiconductor chips, the company also produces a variety of other electronics products, including Bluetooth technology, flash memory, motherboard chipsets, microprocessors, network interface cards, and mobile phones, among others. The company has made a number of expansions and acquisitions since its founding, including McAfee, Infineon, and Altera.
Within the artificial intelligence space, Intel is actively developing its capabilities and products. The company has made a number of acquisitions such as Indisys, which will enable Intel to expand its intelligent computer technology offerings like image recognition and natural language processing.
Intel is also developing a line of neuromorphic chips – hardware processing components based on the architecture of the brain – that are more efficient and distributed than current-generation processor designs. For example, Intel claims that “spin-based neuromorphic designs can achieve 15X-300X lower computation energy.”
Intel focuses primarily on the consumer electronics and enterprise information technology markets, specializing in processors, boards, chipsets, sold-state drives, server products, networking and communications, and wireless technology, among others.
Intel differentiates itself in the semiconductor and information technology markets through its industry leading manufacturing capabilities. Intel’s production process heavily emphasizes automation and robotics, enabling it to bring products to market faster than the majority of its competitors.
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Global information technology and cloud services provider
Updated: Sep. 4, 2015
IBM is a global information technology and consulting corporation known for its cloud computing platforms and artificial intelligence systems. Since its inception, IBM has made more than 115 acquisitions, and as of 3Q 2015 the company’s stock (NYSE:IBM) had a market capitalization of $140.11 billion. IBM is heavily invested in artificial intelligence and machine learning initiatives, actively researching and developing next-generation analytics platforms such as Watson, which became internationally known after beating two of the world’s best Jeopardy players. Founded in 1911, International Business Machines (IBM) is a global technology and consulting corporation headquartered in Armonk, New York. The company offers a wide variety of products and services to small and mid-sized companies, as well as enterprise organizations; including storage devices, networking equipment, software, personal computers, printing products, internet threat mitigation, predictive analytics, and semiconductors, among others.
IBM is one of the largest consulting and technology companies worldwide, employing more than 400,000 people in over 100 countries. Since its inception, IBM has made more than 115 acquisitions, and as of 3Q 2015 the company’s stock (NYSE:IBM) had a market capitalization of $140.11 billion.
IBM is heavily invested in artificial intelligence, actively researching and developing next-generation analytics platforms such as Watson, which became internationally known after beating two of the world’s best Jeopardy players. The Watson platform is currently being deployed and tested in a variety of settings such as healthcare diagnostics and population-level sentiment analysis.
The company is also widely known for its basic research and product advancement of cloud computing platforms, offering clients access to scalable, secure, and fast access to computational capabilities never before possible.
Key markets served by IBM include: aerospace & defense, automotive, banking, cities management, chemicals & petroleum, communications, consumer products, education, electronics, energy & utilities, financial, government, healthcare, insurance, life sciences, media & entertainment, metals & mining, retail, travel and transportation.
IBM differentiates itself by offering unparalleled cloud computing platforms for enterprise clients. Cloud computing’s role in modern information technology infrastructures is becoming increasingly important. Paired with state-of-the-art machine learning and artificial intelligence technology, IBM is well positioned to remain a key IT and analytics provider.
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Global information technology and telecommunications provide...
Updated: Sep. 4, 2015
NEC is a globally recognized information technology and telecommunications provider based in Japan. The company is active in artificial intelligence research and development. It has a growing list of scientific publications and patents related to AI on topics such as natural language processing, cancer diagnostics, relationship extraction, topic extraction, deep learning, and topological data analysis, among others. As of 3Q 2015, NEC had a market capitalization of $8.23 billion. Founded in 1899 as primarily a producer and seller of telephones and switches, NEC has since grown to one of the world’s largest telecommunications and consumer electronics companies. Among some of the company’s product and service offerings are: mobile phones, supercomputers, defense products, servers, domestic appliances, and lighting equipment.
NEC’s research lab has departments dedicated to areas including: autonomic management, data management, energy management, integrated systems, machine learning, media analytics, mobile communications, and optical networking. In addition, key research and development domains are: knowledge discovery, cloud systems, information and media processing, and smart energy.
The company is active in artificial intelligence research and development. It has a growing list of scientific publications and patents related to AI on topics such as natural language processing, cancer diagnostics, relationship extraction, topic extraction, deep learning, and topological data analysis, among others.
Major markets served by NEC include: government & public sector, telecommunications, manufacturing, logistics, retail, hospitality, automotive, healthcare, education, broadcasting, space systems, airports, and air traffic control systems.
NEC differentiates itself in the information technology space by focusing on continuous innovation, spending over $1 billion per year on research and development projects. A sample of the company’s top R&D projects include: face recognition technology featuring one of the best accuracies in the world, heterogeneous mixture learning for finding meaning in large volumes of information, building a new-generation network SDN, and lithium ion battery technology development.
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Multinational information technology provider
Updated: Sep. 4, 2015
Microsoft is a multinational information technology company founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. Since its founding, Microsoft has made over 150 acquisitions such as Forethought (which became PowerPoint), Hotmail, Visio Corporation, Navision, aQuantive, Skype, and the mobile hardware division of Nokia. Key competitors of the company include: Yzenith Corporation, PostPath, Goober Networks, Electronic Arts, Rocket Fuel, Placebase, Thinkfree, Zenbe, Salesforce, Baidu, Powerset, Hurdan, Logitech, Adobe Systems, Apple, IGA Worldwide, and Google. Microsoft is integrating a number of artificial intelligence technologies into its products and platforms. For example, Cortana, is a virtual digital assistant built into select Microsoft smartphones that can understand natural language and make appropriate responses. Microsoft has been an innovator in user interface technologies, both in its computing platforms and in gaming with its Xbox console and related peripherals such as Xbox Kinect. The company is also investing in emerging user interface technologies such as augmented reality platforms (e.g. Microsoft HoloLens) and wearable devices (e.g. Microsoft Band). Founded in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Microsoft is the world’s largest seller of software in terms of revenue. The company focuses on the consumer electronics, computer software, and computer hardware markets and related areas. Since its founding, Microsoft has made more than 150 acquisitions such as Forethought (which became PowerPoint), Hotmail, Visio Corporation, Navision, aQuantive, Skype, and the mobile hardware division of Nokia.
Within the artificial intelligence space, Microsoft is actively researching and deploying products. For example, Cortana, is a virtual digital assistant built into select Microsoft smartphones that can understand natural language and make appropriate responses (e.g. setting an appointment, finding Chinese food, responding to a text, answering questions, etc.).
The company also has a number of research and product projects focused on emerging user interface technologies. Microsoft HoloLens, for example, is a foray into the augmented and virtual reality market with the goal of redefining interaction with personal and mobile computers.
Microsoft is primarily focused on the consumer electronics, enterprise cloud services, desktop and mobile software, personal computers, and entertainment markets, but the company’s products span a much larger range of markets such as artificial intelligence and emerging user interface platforms like augmented reality.
Microsoft has a history of successfully adapting its business processes to emerging technologies. Currently, the company is leveraging its market share in business productivity applications to become a dominant player in the cloud computing market. The company is also heavily invested in artificial intelligence and machine learning product integration (e.g. Cortana).
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Globally recognized consumer drone provider
Updated: Sep. 3, 2015
Founded in 1994, Parrot is a globally recognized consumer and prosumer drone designer and manufacturer based in Paris, France. The company offers a variety of drones and minidrones for consumer and prosumer applications. Major product lines include: Bebop Drone, A.R. Drone, Rolling Spider, and Jumping Sumo. As of 3Q 2015, the company had a market capitalization of $470.74 million. Founded in 1994, Parrot is a French-based company focused on consumer drone technology, voice recognition, signal processing, and embedded products. In recent years, the company has increased its focus on drone technology, releasing the A.R. Drone in 2010 and acquiring 57% of Swiss drone company SenseFLY in 2012. The company introduced two minidrone lines in 2014, the Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo at CES Las Vegas. As of 3Q 2015, Parrot is one of the few consumer drone companies with a globally recognized brand.
With the exception of its minidrone lines, the Rolling Spider and Jumping Sumo, Parrot’s drones are predominantly quadcopter airframes with wireless flight controllers based on Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and GPS technology. In addition, the drones come equipped with varied sensor packages, ranging from 720p video at 30 frames per second to a 14mp fisheye camera. Parrot’s drones offer state-of-the-art flight stability, while providing users an intuitive interface for navigation and tracking.
Parrot primarily focuses on the consumer and prosumer drone markets, offering price points at or below key competitors such as DJI and 3D Robotics. In addition, the company focuses on younger audiences and novice drone operators.
Parrot differentiates itself within the drone market by specializing on lightweight, multi-feature drones for the consumer and prosumer markets. In addition, the company offers models suitable for younger or novice audiences, such as the Bebop model, a quadcopter with pads covering the rotors for protection.
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Google subsidiary focused on artificial intelligence researc...
Updated: Sep. 3, 2015
DeepMind is a subsidiary of Google focused on artificial intelligence technology inspired by biological intelligence. The company specializes in deep reinforcement learning, a technology that combines deep learning, convolutional neural networks, and reinforcement learning for the purpose of general artificial intelligence applications. Major competitors include Facebook, IBM, MetaMind, Sentient Technologies, The Grid, Enlitic, X.ai, Scaled Inference, and Expect Labs. The company was acquired by Google in 1Q 2014. As of 3Q 2015, Google’s stocks (NASDAQ: GOOG, GOOGL) had a combined market capitalization of $824.17 billion. Although acquired by Google in 2014, DeepMind was founded by Demis Hassabis, Shane Legg, and Mustafa Suleyman in 2010. The company was founded with the goal to “solve intelligence,” which it is attempting by using an inherently interdisciplinary approach incorporating artificial intelligence, machine learning, and theoretical neuroscience. Prior to its acquisition by Google, DeepMind also secured investments from major venture capital firms (e.g. Founders Fund) and entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk and Jaan Tallinn. The company became widely known in the artificial intelligence space after it built an AI system capable of learning a wide range of classic Atari games using only visual input (i.e. raw pixels from the game) and score as a feedback on improvement.
DeepMind is a leader in artificial intelligence research and development. The company specializes in deep reinforcement learning, a technology that combines deep learning, convolutional neural networks, and reinforcement learning for the purpose of general artificial intelligence applications. Although hurdles exist to achieving the goal of general artificial intelligence, the company has made many advancements. For example, the DeepMind system become well known for being able to master a broad range of classic Atari games from the 1970’s and 1980’s, most notably including Breakout. More advanced games, such as those based on 3D graphics and more complex game designs, have posed problems for the current DeepMind system. Current advancements to overcome these issues include adding the human brain equivalent of working-memory and short-term memory to enable the system to “remember” actions that can maximize its expected score.
The company in primarily focused on research and development of its core AI technology, but since its mission is to develop general purpose learning systems, there are a wide variety of potential applications and use cases. For example, most notable the company’s platform was able to learn and master a number of Atari games without the need for human input on how to play the games.
In contrast to leading artificial intelligence competitors like IBM’s Watson, DeepMind differentiates by specializing in deep reinforcement learning, a technology that combines deep learning on a convolutional neural network with reinforcement learning.
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Multinational information technology and web services provid...
Updated: Sep. 3, 2015
Founded in 1998, Google is a multinational information technology company founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. In August 2015, the company announced plans for a reorganization in which Google would become a subsidiary of a new parent company Alphabet Inc. With over 1 million miles logged by its fleet of autonomous vehicles, Google’s self-driving vehicles are now being test driven in multiple US states and are averaging about 10,000 autonomous miles per week. From 2013-2014 the company bought at least eight robotics and AI companies, including Schaft Inc., Industrial Perception, Inc., Redwood Robotics, Meka Robotics, Holomini, Bot & Dolly, Boston Dynamics, and DeepMind Technologies. Android Wear, a version of Google’s Android operating system for wearables and smartwatches, had between one and five million application installations as of 2Q 2015. Founded in 1998 by Stanford PhD students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google is a multinational information technology company based in Mountain View, California. The company’s stated mission is “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” In August 2015, Google announced plans to reorganize into a holding company called Alphabet Inc. Since its inception, the company has made almost 200 acquisitions, notably including YouTube, DeepMind, Android, Motorola Mobility, Waze, Boston Dynamics, and Nest Labs Inc. The company has also moved into the internet service space with the creation of Google Fiber, a service that provides internet access speeds of 1000 Mbps, two orders of magnitude faster than average broadband speeds in the United States.
The majority of Google’s products and services are supported by a state-of-the-art information technology infrastructure that is robust to failures and cyber-attacks, in addition to being scalable and able to accommodate rapid increases in user traffic. In addition to its hardware and data infrastructure, Google is heavily invested in artificial intelligence, both in terms of software/algorithmic development and hardware development (e.g. drone technology, robotics, self-driving cars). For example, from 2013-2014 the company bought at least eight robotics/AI companies, including Schaft Inc., Industrial Perception, Inc., Redwood Robotics, Meka Robotics, Holomini, Bot & Dolly, Boston Dynamics, and DeepMind Technologies.
Google has experienced tremendous growth since its inception as a search and advertising company, and has such expanded in a variety of markets and web services, including video, blogging, mobile, start pages, social networking, photo sharing, office suites, artificial intelligence, APIs, enterprise, autonomous vehicles, and commercial drones, among others.
Google’s competitive advantages in the information technology and web services markets include a large market share of global search traffic, a scalable and robust state-of-the-art technology infrastructure, and a growing catalogue of innovative services, many of which are free to end-users.
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Privately held information technology and financial data ser...
Updated: Sep. 3, 2015
Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held information technology and data services company most notable for its financial coverage and offering. Bloomberg primarily focuses on the financial services, information technology, and media markets. The company’s principal revenue generator is Bloomberg L.P., which includes Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Television, WBBR (radio station), websites, newsletters, and several magazines. Top competitors of the company include: Dow Jones, Interactive Data, Thompson Reuters, Forbes, News Corp, TheStreet, and Wall Street Journal. Within the artificial intelligence and data science space, the company is currently working on several research and development projects, including: Structured Event Representation From Unstructured News, Sentiment Analysis of Financial News and Social Media, Market Impact Analysis of Financial News, Topic Clustering and Novelty Detection, and Discovery. Founded in 1981 by Michael Bloomberg and associates, Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held information technology and data services company with global operations. Although the company has an extensive product and service offering – covering radio, television, magazines, and newsletters – it is most widely known for its financial services portfolio, which includes trading platforms, data services, and financial news. Since its inception, the company has made a number of acquisitions, including WNEW, BusinessWeek, Eagle Eye Publishing, New Energy Finance, Bureau of National Affairs, and PolarLake.
Bloomberg employs a diverse collection of hardware and software technologies to support its core business processes. Since the company specializes in data and information services, it provides scalable, real-time solutions for clients worldwide. In addition to mass media applications for a variety of markets, the company is perhaps most widely known for financial data and information services.
Within the artificial intelligence and machine learning space, Bloomberg has a long history of research and development projects and embedding such technologies in its projects. Current R&D initiatives of the company include: Structured Event Representation From Unstructured News, Sentiment Analysis of Financial News and Social Media, Market Impact Analysis of Financial News, Topic Clustering and Novelty Detection, and Discovery.
Bloomberg primarily focuses on the financial services, information technology, and media markets. The company’s principal revenue generator is Bloomberg L.P., which includes Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Television, WBBR (radio station), websites, newsletters, and several magazines.
Bloomberg differentiates itself in the information technology and data services markets by being a leader in analytic research, all-in-one computerized terminals, and multiplatform media delivery. In addition to being one of the best Fortune 100 companies to work for and a top 50 green company, Bloomberg’s software is globally known.
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Leading consumer and prosumer drone provider
Updated: Sep. 3, 2015
DJI is a leading drone designer and manufacturer that specializes in the consumer and prosumer markets. The company mainly provides all-in-one drone systems, rather than modular designs where cameras, sensors, and other drone components can be replaced or upgraded. In addition to business partnerships with Accel, Shapeways, Deadmau5, and Sequoia Capital, DJI has a strong and growing network of suppliers around the world. As of 3Q 2015, DJI had received two rounds of funding, including a Series A round of $30 million from Sequoia Capital and a Series B round of $75 million from Accel Partners. Dajiang Innovation Company (DJI) is a hardware and software technology provider specializing in all-in-one drone systems for the consumer and prosumer markets. Founded in 2006 in Shenzhen, China by Frank Wang, DJI currently provides drones to 70% of the consumer market by some estimates, and has been at the forefront of news stories and public concern regarding drone use by civilians. For example, the company’s drones have been used to deliver drugs and weapons to prisoners, land radioactive waste on the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s office, and one even crash landed on the lawn of the White House. The company is on pace to reach $1 billion in sales in 2015, up from $500 million in 2014.
DJI offers a variety of drone platforms and accessories for a diverse range of applications. Differing from major competitors, DJI specializes in all-in-one drone solutions where the key components of the drone are integrated and sold as one unit, rather than providing a modular airframe with the ability to upgrade components like gimbals and cameras. The company’s most popular product line, the Phantom series (currently in version 3), comes equipped with 4K video, 12MP image, semi-autonomous flight technology, and a maximum range of 2,000 meters.
Although DJI is primarily focused on the consumer and prosumer drone markets, the company’s products have been used for a wide variety of commercial applications, as well, including 3D mapping, farming, search and rescue, aerial photography and video, and surveying, among others.
Unlike 3D Robotics and others who manufacture modular drone systems with upgradeable components, DJI differentiates itself in the consumer and prosumer drone markets by focusing on all-on-one solutions that integrate the gimbal, camera, and drone into a ready-to-fly package at a comparable price to major competitors. In addition, DJI’s innovative capabilities for remaining a leading drone provider include rapid prototyping, agile manufacturing, and horizontal marketing.
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Wearables and smart glasses provider focused on fitness solu...
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
Founded in 2008, Recon Instruments was one of the first providers of head-up display (HUD) technology to the consumer market. In 2Q 2015, Intel acquired Recon Instruments for an undisclosed amount to expand its offering in the wearables and digital health markets. The company currently has three product lines available, including the Recon Snow2, Recon Jet, and the Recon Engage. During 2014, Recon Instruments raised a Series A round of funding totaling $7 million from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital. Prior to that, the company raised a $10 million Series A round in 2012 from Vanedge Capital and the Kopin Corporation Founded in 2008, Recon Instruments was one of the first companies to provide head-up display (HUD) technology to the consumer market. The company provides three primary product lines focusing on the fitness and sports industries. Since its inception, Recon Instruments has secured three rounds of investment, including a Series A round from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital in 2014 totaling $7 million and a $10 million Series A round from Vanedge Capital and the Kopin Corporation in 2012.
Recon Instruments exclusively offers head-up display (HUD) products, typically including HD displays, dual-core microprocessors, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, rechargeable lithium ion battery technology, onboard sensors (e.g. accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer), DDR RAM, and GPS, among others.
Recon Instruments’ primary markets include consumer electronics, fitness, and health.
As one of the first companies to provide HUD products to the consumer market, Recon Instruments differentiates itself by specializing on the sports and health industries, offering products that provide real-time access to performance-related information in a contextually relevant environment.
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Healthcare technology provider focused on mobile solutions
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
Founded in 2008, Airstrip is a healthcare technology company focused on mobile healthcare solutions that connect healthcare providers and clients. A sample of the company’s key clients include Capella Healthcare, Centra Health, Children’s of Alabama, Dignity Health, HCA, The MetroHealth System, Tenet Healthcare, Vassar Brothers Medical Center. As of 2Q 2015, AirStrip has secured over $60 million in funding from several firms, including: Wellcome Trust, Sequoia Capital, Gary and Mary West Health Investment Fund, and Qualcomm. Founded in 2008 and based in San Antonio, Texas, Airstrip is a healthcare technology company focused on offering mobile-based healthcare solutions that bridge the gap between healthcare providers and clients. By providing clinicians and other healthcare professionals with up-to-date information and analytics regarding patient status, Airstrip is ushering in a new era of healthcare technology while remaining competitively priced and scalable compared to competitors.
Airstrip specializes in mobile-based healthcare solutions that work across platforms, enable care collaboration between various stakeholders, and compel customer innovation. The company’s platform is data-driven and vendor-agnostic, connecting healthcare providers with timely and relevant information on patient outcomes and responses.
As an innovator in healthcare and medical technology, Airstrip exclusively focuses on the healthcare market and derivatives, including health systems, providers, executives, and information technology.
Airstrip differentiates itself within the healthcare technology space by providing mobile-based solutions, enabling mobile interoperability, unleashing care collaboration, and catalyzing customer innovation.
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Drone service provider focused on the public safety and indu...
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
Founded in 2008, Aircover Integrated Solutions is an aerial video and surveillance company that utilizes a varied collection of semi-autonomous drones to address client needs. The company operates three drone models across application domains: the QR425 quadrotor, QRT425 quadrotor, and ORT825 octorotor. Key competitors of Aircover Integrated Solutions include: Advanced Unmanned, Skyris Imaging, DraganFly, PropellerHeads, Aerial Affair, FlyBoys, Surdex Corporation, AeroVironment. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in California, Aircover Integrated Solutions is an aerial video and surveillance company that employs a diverse collection of semi-autonomous drones to address client-specific needs and custom projects. In addition, the company also provides a variety of consulting on drones for public safety, crisis reposnse, and national security, among others. The company primarily operates in the industrial, public safety, and international markets. Although privately funded, the Aircover Integrated Solutions does work with private investors and venture capital firms to fund growth initiatives.
In addition to accessories and custom specialized hardware, Aircover Integrated Solutions employs three models of VTOL drones. The company’s flagship model, the QR425, is a fully autonomous quadrotor drone with a variety of precision sensors, VTOL capabilities, FAA airworthiness certification process, and 256 AES encryption. The QRT425 is an updated version of the QR425 with additional capabilities. The company’s ORT825 is an octorotor model offering extended flight time and heavier load capacity over the quadrotor models.
Primary markets served by Aircover Integrated Solutions include public safety, industrial, agriculture, oil & gas, and public agency.
Being one of the first to address the need for fully autonomous, lightweight “first responder” systems, Aircover Integrated Solutions differentiates itself by offering complete solutions to various public safety, and industrial.
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Global consumer electronics and digital distribution leader
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
The Apple Watch was released in 2Q 2015, and has been instrumental in bringing smart watches to a mass audience. Apple’s virtual digital assistant, Siri, has continued to be upgraded with natural language processing and response capabilities in addition to being incorporated into more Apple products. As of 3Q 2015, Siri is integrated with the Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch. As of 3Q 2015, Apple had a market capitalization of $598.79 billion. Key partnerships include AT&T, Verizon, Foxconn, TPK Holdings, Quanta Computer, Intel, Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Catcher Technology, and Wintek. Founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, Apple is a global consumer electronics and digital distribution leader. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, the company has retail and corporate office locations worldwide. After initial success with the Macintosh, Apple experienced a dramatic decline in the early-to-mid 1990s. The company returned to profitability after the return of Steve Jobs in 1997. Apple resurged as a consumer electronics leader with the release of the iPod and later the iPhone. 2011 marked the start of another period of uncertainty with the passing of Steve Jobs. At present, Apple has continued to be a leader in the consumer electronics market and a strong innovator, releasing the sixth generation of its popular iPhone in 2014 and a new wearables device, the Apple Watch, in 2015.
Key software technologies underpinning the Apple technology ecosystem include WatchOS 2, iOS9, OS X El Capitan, Xcode7, Swift 2, and CloudKit, among others. Broadly, Apple’s technology infrastructure and application development systems prioritize security, networking, management, and application distribution. In addition, software features focused on by the company include app extensions, seamless integration with Handoff, location services, iBeacon, Touch ID, AirPlay, and camera capabilities. Moreover, the company has software development programs focusing on enterprise application development and custom B2B applications for business.
Apple primarily focuses on the consumer electronics, digital distribution, computer hardware, and computer software markets. The company has been a longtime leader in bringing innovative user interface technologies to the mass market.
Apple differentiates itself from competitors by fostering a comprehensive and synchronized, albeit closed, ecosystem for its products and technology. The company focuses heavily on design and user experience, integrating innovative technologies into attractive and easy-to-use devices and software applications. In addition, Apple has strong brand recognition and a loyal client base, making it difficult for competitors to gain market share.
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Immersive augmented reality provider
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
Blippar is an information technology company focused on providing immersive augmented reality experiences and visual search to end-users. The company has secured over $45 million from private investors, and as of 2015, has expanded sales to India and Asia. Major customers and partnerships include: Coca Cola, Disney, L’Oreal, Nestle, PepsiCo, Nike, Sony, Warner Brothers, Jaguar, IBM, Kraft, P&G, Unilever, and Condé Nast, among others. Founded in 2011 by Ambarish Mitra, Omar Tayeb, and Jessica Butcher, Blippar is an information technology company focused on providing immersive augmented reality experiences and visual search for mobile devices. As of early 2015, the company had secured over $45 million in private funding and expanded sales to India and Asia. The company’s platform enables businesses and organizations to create interactive advertising campaigns and digital outreach efforts.
Blippar’s technology is based on computer vision, geolocation, and augmented reality. The company’s platform can recognize 2D, 3D, and moving objects, providing end-users with information about the objects in real time through web-based search capabilities.
Blippar has customers worldwide, recently expanding into India and Asia. Primary markets include retail, entertainment, television & film, gaming, music, sport, travel, fashion, food & drink, technology, and automotive.
Blippar differentiates itself by focusing on the integration of physical location, augmented reality, and search technology. The company’s augmented reality platform turns the immediate environment into a web-based search space.
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Augmented reality provider focused on industrial markets
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
Augmensys is an information technology company providing data management and augmented reality solutions to industrial markets. The company has a robust and growing network of partner companies, enabling expansion into other markets and geographic regions. Augmensys’ platform expands the user domain of existing data (e.g. technicians, operators), and enables potentially everyone in a company to make use of data and provide insights. Founded in 2011, Augmensys is a German information technology company focused on providing data management and augmented reality solutions. Although a young company, Augmensys has a robust and growing network of partners and cooperators, such as Hawk Energy, PWT Wasser, UBIK Solutions, and Voith IT Solutions. Although the company does not have substantive competition, as of 2014 it did not own patents related to its product offering, making it potentially vulnerable to innovations from related companies and emerging competitors.
Using mobile tablets, smartphones, and – in the near future – head-mounted displays, Augmensys’ platform is an industry data management and augmented reality solution. The UBIK-based system uses geolocation and contextual awareness to provide users with relevant, concise data and information. The system encompasses web-based applications and physical infrastructure (e.g. servers).
Primary markets served by the company are oil & gas, chemicals, energy, pharmaceuticals, utilities, metals & mining, logistic & transportation, food & beverage, and manufacturing. Typical use cases for Augmensys’ platform include: inspection, data acquisition, shutdown management, commissioning, shop floor support, preventative maintenance, and mobile data hubs, among others. The company’s primary geographic markets are Austria, Germany, Brazil, and the Nordic countries.
Augmensys differentiates itself by focusing on industrial applications for augmented reality systems. The company’s platform opens a new range of users for existing data, democratizing data processes.
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Global leader in semiconductor and communications technology
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Broadcom Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global leader in semiconductor solutions for communications. The company is heavily invested in Internet of Things enabling technologies, with a broad portfolio of embedded software and system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions. Broadcom has more than 20,000 U.S. and foreign patents and applications. Founded in 1991, Broadcom Corporation is a Fortune 500 company ranking in the Gartner Top 10 Semiconductor Company list. With an annual research and development investment of $2.4 billion, the company also places number two for R&D intensity by Fortune. Broadcom offers a number of products and services, including integrated circuits, gigabit Ethernet, wireless networks, mobile communication, network switches, server farms, processors, Bluetooth technology, and VoIP, among others. The company has acquired a number of businesses since 2007, including: LVL7 Systems, Octalica, Inc., Global Locate, Inc., Sunext Design, Inc., AMD DTV Business, Dune Networks, Teknovus, Inc., Innovision Research & Technology PLC, Percello Ltd., Beceem Communications, Inc., Gigle Networks, Inc., Provigent Ltd., Netlogic Microsystems, Inc., BroadLight, Inc., and Renesas Electronics LTE Assets.
Primarily focusing on computer and telecommunications networking technology, Broadcom Corporation is a fabless semiconductor company with an extensive intellectual property portfolio, holding more than 20,000 U.S. and foreign patents.
Broadcom’s primary market is the global communications industry, focusing on home solutions, mobile environments, and network infrastructure.
The company differentiates itself by maintaining a strong intellectual property portfolio, which serves as the foundation of its product and service offering, including licensing and royalty agreements with its partnership network.
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Healthcare technology provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Cerner is a healthcare technology provider focused on extended care, hospitals & health systems, medical devices, member engagement, physician practice, pharmacies, research, population health management, and workplace health. The company is a member of the Commonwell Health Alliance—a consortium dedicated to progressing interoperability within the healthcare technology space—along with Allscripts, CVS Caremark, Greenway Health, McKesson, MEDITECH, and Sunquest, among many others. Cerner is widely known as an EMR company, but has invested heavily in population health management solutions in the last few years. Founded in 1979, Cerner is healthcare technology provider dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and enhancing communities. The company has almost 16,000 employees in 23 offices worldwide. The company is most notable for its EMR solutions, but in recent years it has invested heavily in population health management technology.
Cerner’s technology integrates clinical, financial, and administrative applications into comprehensive information management solutions for institutional clients. Digital health records, patient history, and medication management are a few of the application areas for Cerner’s solutions.
Cerner focuses on extended care, hospitals & health systems, medical devices, member engagement, physician practice, pharmacies, research, population health management, and workplace health.
Cerner differentiates itself by providing comprehensive healthcare technology solutions for institutional clients, supporting clinical, financial, and operational needs.
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Augmented reality and computer vision company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Catchoom is an augmented reality and computer vision company created by previous Telefonica researchers working on computer vision. The company’s platform enables clients to create custom augmented reality content using drag & drop experiences, cloud-based image recognition, digital content management, and a mobile software development kit. Since its inception in 2011, Catchoom has secured over $1.5 million in private funding, allowing the company to expand its employee base and product offering. Founded in 2011 by previous Telefonica employees working on computer vision technology, Catchoom is a growing information technology company focused on providing solutions at the intersection of computer vision, mobile platforms, and augmented reality. Since its inception, the company has grown to 14 employees and has secured over $1.5 million in funding from private investors. Catchoom has two main product lines, an enterprise computer vision solution and CraftAR, a product that combines machine vision and augmented reality.
Catchoom’s technology integrates machine vision, mobile platforms, and augmented reality. The company’s machine vision technology expands application domains of augmented reality applications, providing tablet, smartphone, and wearable technology users with immersive and interactive experiences.
Primary markets for Catchoom range from enterprise technology businesses seeking to incorporate machine vision technology into existing solutions to retail and entertainment companies.
Catchoom differentiates itself by being one of the few companies to integrate computer vision technology with augmented reality applications, expanding the application domain of existing AR technologies.
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Industry association focused on progressing robotics and unm...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
With more than 7,000 members from 60 countries, The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world’s largest nonprofit organization focused on progressing robotics and unmanned systems. Key members of AUVSI include: AeroVironment, Amazon, The Boeing Company, Google, Intel, iRobot Corporation, Lockhead Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Raytheon Company, and UPS. Membership fees range from $25 to $115 for individuals, and include a variety of benefits, such as event discounts, networking opportunities, and industry-specific data and information, among others. Since its founding in 1972, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International has become the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing robotics and unmanned systems technology and policy. As of 2Q 2015, the organization had over 7,000 members from 60 countries representing more than 2,000 organizations. The overall strategic goals of AUVSI are: inclusive community, global focus, education & outreach, knowledge source, advocacy & influence, and member services.
As a nonprofit organization, AUVSI’s focus is on providing memberships to a variety of UAV-specific stakeholders. Additionally, the organization is focused on education, advocacy, and leadership, as well as regulatory policy advancement.
AUVSI is dedicated to progressing robotics and unmanned systems by focusing primarily on education, advocacy, and leadership.
As the world’s largest organization devoted to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International differentiates itself by offering data and information to members, as well as equipment discounts, subscriptions, and networking opportunities, among others.
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Leading semiconductor intellectual property provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
ARM is a leading developer of semiconductor intellectual property (IP). The company licenses its technology to a network of partners, including many leading semiconductor companies. ARM typically produces 2-3 new processor designs each year. In the last decade, the company has also developed other technologies suitable for licensing and royalties, including physical IP components and graphics processors. Founded in 1990, ARM started its licensing business with the development of its first processor. ARM is an international semiconductor and software design business based in Cambridge, England. In addition to selling software development tools, the bulk of the company’s revenue is driven by processor design and development. It is especially strong in the market for mobile phone and wearable computing processors.
ARM’s technology and business model is based on providing semiconductor companies with intellectual property licenses. Rather than each company spending millions per year in research & development, ARM provides its portfolio to numerous companies, reducing the overall costs of development across the industry.
The company primarily targets semiconductor companies with licensing and royalty agreements.
ARM differentiates itself by focusing almost exclusively on intellectual property pertaining to semiconductor and graphics processor units. By focusing on intellectual property development and working with a variety of partners, the company maintains competitiveness in the semiconductor market.
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Cross-device virtual reality provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
AltSpaceVR is a software technology provider specializing in cross-device virtual reality applications for a number of verticals. Key competitors include: High Fidelity, Aesthetic Interactive, EON Reality, Janus VR, Microsoft, Oculus VR, and Sony. As of 3Q 2015, the company had raised over $15 million in funding, notably including a seed round of $5.2 million and a Series A round of $10.3 million. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in California, AltSpaceVR is a software technology provider specializing in cross-device virtual reality applications for a number of markets. Since its inception, the company has grown to more than 20 employees and has client-partners in over 50 countries worldwide testing its platform. To date, the company has raised over $15 million in funding from a variety of large investors, such as Comcast Ventures, Lux Capital, and Google Ventures.
The company’s platform supports Windows, Mac, Oculus DK2, Leap Motion, and Microsoft Kinect. In addition, it allows users to choose a device – whether it be a head-mounted display, desktop, or 3D television – and input device, while also providing hand and body tracking for more immersive experiences. Although not currently available, AltSpaceVR is also developing a software development kit for custom-built projects on its platform.
AltSpaceVR is primarily focused on social applications for virtual reality, such as watching the Super Bowl or having a movie marathon virtually with a group of friends. In addition to this focus, the company also develops VR apps designed for gaming, education, and entertainment.
AltSpaceVR differentiates itself by specializing of software-based virtual reality applications. In addition, the company’s platform can be used across a number of display and input devices. Unlike most competitors, AltSpaceVR supports hand and body tracking for more immersive experiences.
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Drone-based aerial imaging service provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2012, Advanced Unmanned is an aerial imaging company that utilizes drone technology and a variety of sensor packages to serve clients across the United States and in select international markets. The company’s primarily markets and application domains include: agriculture, humanitarian, news & media, oil & gas, civil government, insurance, mining, maritime, forestry, natural resources, real estate & construction, and telecommunications & utilities. Key competitors are Agribotix, Skyris Imaging, DraganFly, PropellerHeads, Aerial Affair, FlyBoys, Surdex Corporation. Founded in 2012 by David Record, an engineering and aviation veteran with over a decade of experience, Advanced Unmanned is an aerial imaging company that utilizes drone technology and a variety of sensor packages to serve clients across the United States and in select international markets. The company provides services including aerial photography, surveillance, reconnaissance, and data analysis.
Advanced Unmanned utilizes fixed-wing drones and a variety of sensor packages to survey and collect data on large areas of land. A sample of the sensors and software technology available includes: EO camera, radar, lidar, 3D modeling, terrain models, and GIS analysis.
Primary markets served by Advanced Unmanned include: agriculture, humanitarian relief, news & media, oil & gas, civil government, insurance, mining, maritime, forestry, natural resources, real estate & construction, and telecommunications & utilities.
Advanced Unmanned differentiates itself by providing responsive, cost effective, high-resolution imagery to clients in the United States and select international markets.
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Advanced audio and intelligent voice leader
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Developer of the world’s most intelligent voice processor, Audience is a leader in advanced audio technologies and multisensory processing, providing clients with natural user experiences for consumer devices. The company has offices in the U.S., China, Korea, Taiwan, and India. As of 2Q 2015, Audience had shipped over 500 million voice processors. Founded in 2000 to address the growing mobile device market, Audience is a leader in advanced audio technologies and multisensory processing for consumer markets. Developer of the world’s most intelligent voice processor, Audience has grown substantially since its inception with offices in the U.S., China, Korea, Taiwan, and India. As of 2015, the company had shipped over 500 million voice processors worldwide.
Audience’s solutions are comprised of Advanced Voice, context awareness technology, Always-on VoiceQ, Always-on MotionQ, ASR Assist, and a variety of software tools. The company’s context awareness technology has three focus areas: mobile activity analytics, pedestrian navigation, and internet of things. Additionally, Audience relies on biomimetic design principles, mimicking the energy efficiency and robustness of human biological systems, enabling them to provide natural user experiences across a number of platforms.
Audience primarily focuses on the consumer electronics and mobile markets. The company’s technology can be found on a variety of devices, from smartphones and tablets to wearables.
Audience differentiates itself by focusing on natural user experiences using advanced voice and multisensory processing solutions for consumer devices. The company’s voice technologies, grounded in modern auditory neuroscience, “improve the mobile voice experience, as well as enhance speech-based services and audio quality for multimedia.”
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Scalable machine learning for analytics stakeholders
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Scalable machine learning for data scientists and business analysts. High performance parallel processing with intuitive user interface. Support across multiple programming environments, including R, Python, Scala, Java, and a REST API. Founded in 2012, H2O was formed to address the growing need of large-scale, parallel processing and analytics for companies, data scientists, and application developers. As of 2015, the company unveiled a new artificial intelligence developer program for use by engineers to make their applications smarter; offering support via events, networking opportunities, and a website that includes technical specifications, product highlights, and developer kits.
0xdata (H2O) provides large-scale parallel processing for data scientists, businesses, and application developers. The company automates the analytics pipeline by providing access to machine learning algorithms such as deep learning and boosting and bagging ensembles.
The company’s primary markets include data-intensive businesses (e.g. e-commerce, marketing, and advertising agencies), application developers, and data scientists working in research or business settings.
The company differentiates itself from most competitors by offering an integrated web environment and code transparency. Allowing application developers to focus on front-end development, rather than algorithm development, enables them to rapidly and scalably prototype complex web applications. The H2O system is also designed to accommodate a range of skill specializations, from data scientists to front-end engineers.
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Augmented reality software company specializing in location-...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Wikitude is an augmented reality software company that differs from competitors by offering a location-based augmented reality platform, as well as user-generated content. The company has won numerous awards for its technology, including “Best Augmented Reality Browser” from 2009-2012 and the “Android Developer Challenge Top-50 Award.” Top clients of Wikitude include Vuzix, Epson, Google, Optinvent, Adobe, Red Bull, Porsche Design, Samsung, Sony, BlackBerry Qualcomm, LG Electronics, and Huawei, among others. Wikitude is an augmented reality technology leader focused on location-based, user-generated augmented reality experiences. Founded in 2009, the company has won numerous awards, including “Best Augmented Reality Browser” from 2009-2012 and the “Android Developer Challenge Top-50 Award.” Wikitude’s main product – its software development kit – is available on a free trial basis. For the SDK PRO+ version, the company charges $2170 per year, and for its PRO+ Unlimited version it charges $4917 per year.
Wikitude’s technology differs from competitors in two significant ways: it relies on location-based information for augmented reality applications, and it uses user-generated content to develop its augmented reality offering. Like competitors, Wikitude’s platform is based on its software development kit for building custom augmented reality experiences. It also utilizes a cloud-based image recognition platform for integration into augmented reality applications.
Wikitude’s primary markets include consumer electronics, entertainment, food & beverage, automotive, telecommunications, and fashion.
Wikitude differentiates itself from other companies in the augmented reality software space by focusing on location-based augmented reality and user-generated content.
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Global medical diagnostic equipment manufacturing leader
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Welch Allyn is a global leader in medical diagnostic equipment manufacturing and has operations in 26 countries with more than 2,500 employees. The company’s product offerings mainly fall within several categories, including: physical assessment, vital signs monitoring, diagnostic cardiopulmonary, software, and thermometry. Top EMR partners include: ALERT Life Science Computing, Inc., MediaMed Technologies, GE Healthcare, Meditab Software, Inc., Origin Healthcare Solutions, Cerner, Partner Healthcare, Inc., and U.S. HealthRecord, among others. Founded in 1915, Welch Allyn is a longtime innovator and provider of healthcare solutions. The company is a global leader in medical diagnostic equipment manufacturing and has operations in 26 countries with more than 2,500 employees. The majority of Welch Allyn clients are from physician’s practices, community clinics, nursing facilities, and emergency departments. The company’s product offerings mainly fall within several categories, including: physical assessment, vital signs monitoring, diagnostic cardiopulmonary, software, and thermometry.
Welch Allyn’s healthcare technology spans both hardware and software solutions. The company produces several patient monitoring solutions, including vital signs, continuous monitoring systems, central stations & software, and the Connex clinical surveillance systems.
Welch Allyn’s products and services are designed exclusively for the healthcare technology market, specifically focusing on physical assessment, vital signs monitoring, diagnostic cardiopulmonary, software, and thermometry.
With a diverse product and servicing offering, Welch Allyn differentiates by providing solutions to specific needs within the healthcare technology market, such as physical assessment, vital signs monitoring, diagnostic cardiopulmonary, software, and thermometry.
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UAV insurance provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Unmanned Risk Management is a UAV insurance provider headquartered in Colorado. Top markets served by the company include: law enforcement, emergency response, fire & rescue, traffic patrol & accident assistance, homeland security, corrections facility security, agriculture & conservation, construction, facilities protection, maritime & shipping, inspection, railroad & highway maintenance, archaeology & geology exploration, recreation, imagery & videography, news & media, and real estate. Top clients of Unmanned Risk Management include: Google, DroneDeploy, Matternet, and 3D Robotics. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Colorado, Unmanned Risk Management is a UAV insurance provider offering comprehensive coverage for a variety of platforms and application domains, such as on-site testing, precision agriculture, and non-owned UAVs. Led by Terry Miller, the company serves companies ranging in size from single recreational drone pilots to international technology companies like Google and 3D Robotics.
Unmanned Risk Management provides insurance for a variety of drone technologies and applications, including multiple airframe types (e.g. fixed wing and multirotor), diverse geographic coverage, and a variety of markets, ranging from agriculture and inspection services to recreation and aerial videography.
Primary markets served by Unmanned Risk Management include: law enforcement, emergency response, fire & rescue, traffic patrol & accident assistance, homeland security, corrections facility security, agriculture & conservation, construction, facilities protection, maritime & shipping, inspection, railroad & highway maintenance, archaeology & geology exploration, recreation, imagery & videography, news & media, and real estate.
Unmanned Risk Management differentiates itself within the drone market by delivering insurance contracts at significantly lower rates than competitors. Additionally, the company provides insurance plans for specific client needs, such as agriculture-focused plans.
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German based drone OEM and training provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Service-Drone is a German-based drone OEM, with rental and training services available. Primary markets served by Service-Drone include: surveying, film & TV, thermography, logistics & transport, surveillance, photography, agriculture, technical maintenance, and sport. Since its founding, the company has developed a robust and growing network of dozens of partners around the world. Founded by longtime unmanned aerial systems enthusiasts Oliver Knittel and Volker Rosenblatt, Service-Drone is a drone OEM focusing on the aerial imaging market. The company currently provides custom-built drone systems and accessories (e.g. sensor packages), as well as training and drone rental services. Aided by a network of partners, the company has a growing international client base, with the majority of sales coming from Europe and the U.S.
Manufactured in Germany, Service-Drone’s G4 multirotor line has an extensive range of applications and can be customized with a variety of sensor packages. Specific technological specifications include: 32-bit dual-processor, autolanding capabilities, autopilot, auto flight height limits, GPS flight assistance, ability to hold position, autopilot for return flights, intuitive user design, and ready out of the box (i.e. minimal build time).
Primary markets served by Service-Drone include: surveying, film & TV, thermography, logistics & transport, surveillance, photography, agriculture, technical maintenance, and sport.
Service-Drone differentiates itself within the drone and UAV market by providing airframes and complete multirotor systems specifically designed for aerial imagery applications.
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Augmented reality technology company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Optinvent produces the Ora-1 smart glasses for augmented reality applications The company raised $104,656 via a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign with 224 backers. The Ora device has a select number of Android applications that work natively on the device. Headquartered in France, Optinvent is led by a management team that has 20 years of experience in the field of consumer electronics and display optics (e.g. digital eyewear, AR Glasses, wearable displays, see-through head-mounted displays). The company has a portfolio of patented technologies and has successfully raised initial funding through a Kickstarter campaign, resulting in $104,656 from 224 backers.
The Optinvent Ora-1 smart glasses feature a 24 degree field of view (84” at 5m), almost double the 14 degree field of view of Google Glass. Additionally, the Ora-1 has 4 hours of battery life with continuous use and is connected to smartphones and compatible devices via Bluetooth 4 technology. The product has a front-facing 5 megapixel camera with 1080p recording, and it is supported by a dual core 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex microprocessor. The Ora-1 runs on the Android platform and has 1GB DDR memory plus 4GB of flash memory.
Optinvent is primarily focused on the consumer electronics market, but the company is actively working to expand into other industries such as health and sports by extending its application offerings.
The company differentiates itself from competitors like Google Glass by offering a lower price point and increasing the field of the view comparatively, allowing for a more encompassing experience.
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Provider of smart clothing and biometrics for health and fit...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2011, OmSignal is a leading provider of smart clothing and biometrics for the health and fitness industries. The company has had two major rounds of investment, including a $10 million Series A round. OmSignal has partnered with Ralph Lauren to offer a line of smart clothing products. Founded in 2011, OmSignal is a Canadian smart clothing and biometrics company focused on the health and fitness industries. The company makes a line of smart clothing shirts for continuous tracking of biometric data, such as heart rate and breathing. Ralph Lauren partnered with the company to produce a smart clothing version of its Polo t-shirt named the Polo Tech shirt.
OmSignal smart clothing products work by transmitting biometric data to a smartphone. In order to work properly, the smart clothing must be paired with the OmSignal Little Black Box. Either the Little Black Box or OM smart clothing will not work individually. The smart clothing collects data on heart rate and breathing. Other features include: water resistance, one day of constant use, continuous data collection, and Bluetooth connectivity.
OmSignal is primarily focused on the health and fitness wearables markets.
The company differentiates itself in the health wearables space by offering a variety of smart clothing apparel that wirelessly transmits biometric data to a smartphone via the “Little Black Box” device (an OmSignal product).
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Augmented reality provider specializing in content developme...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Mollejuo is a software company that specializes in content development and geolocation integration for augmented reality applications. The company’s flagship product, Terra Icons, has coverage in more than 60 cities and has four main features: landmark identification, carpool supported services, biking supported services, and subway/metro supported services. Mollejuo’s revenue is primarily generated through advertising on its Terra Icons application, but the company also does consulting and technology implementation for clients. Founded in 2012, Mollejuo is a software company specializing in content development and geolocation integration for mobile augmented reality applications. Although the company’s main focus is its Terra Icons application, it also provides consulting and technology implementation for clients. Additionally, the company works with businesses to advertise on its platform across more than 60 cities.
Mollejuo mainly develops content for its AR applications. The company’s main product, the Terra Icons application, was developed using Wikitude as the AR engine. Based on geolocation, the app has coverage in more than 60 cities and has four main functions: landmark identification, carpool supported services, biking supported services, and subway/metro supported services.
The company’s application is available in 70 cities worldwide, and with advertising as its main source of revenue, Mollejuo works with a diverse collection of local businesses within these cities.
Mollejuo differentiates itself within the AR space by focusing on content development for augmented geolocation. Competition in the geolocation content development market is light because it is a difficult undertaking.
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Nanotechnology company focused on consumer electronics and t...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Cantu is a nanotechnology company based in Finland focused on the consumer electronics market, primarily touch interfaces. The company has three main product offerings based on its Carbon NanoBud technology, including CNB High-Contrast Film, CNB Flex Film, and CNB In-Mold Film. As of 2Q 2015, Canatu had secured over $18 million in funding, including a Series A round of approximately $5 million from Tekes, Inventure Oy, and Infosto, and a Series B round of $12 million from Troika Dialog, Tekes, Inveture Oy, and Infosto. Canatu demonstrated the first manufacturing scale Direct-on-Substrate carbon nanomaterial deposition on PET. Founded in 2004 as a spinoff from the Helsinki University of Technology by four leading scientists – Esko Kauppinen, David Brown, Albert Nasibulin, and Hua Jiang – Canatu is a leader in touch interface technologies based on nanotechnology. The company’s first commercial activities began in 2008, following the development of its workforce and the securement of private funding. Canatu demonstrated the first manufacturing scale Direct-on-Substrate carbon nanomaterial deposition on PET. As of 2014, Canatu’s CNB Film based 13.3” tablet design passed Windows 8 compatibility tests, and the company released CNB based film for flat, flexible and 3D formed touch sensors.
The company’s technology includes NanoBud solutions, Direct Dry Printing, and intellectual property & patents. Canatu’s flagship technology, the Carbon NanoBud, is a hybridization of carbon nanotubes and fullerenes that has many applications (e.g. flexible touch screens). Additionally, the technology enables the development of a variety of new nano-based components. The company’s Direct Dry Printing (DDP) technology allows “direct synthesis and patterned deposition of NanoBud films on any substrate material even at room temperature.”
Canatu primarily serves the consumer electronics market, specifically focused on mobile phones & tablets, wearable devices, digital cameras & personal navigation devices, e-readers, industrial & healthcare devices, automobiles, and home appliances.
Canatu differentiates itself by providing zero reflectance and flexible transparent conductive films and touch sensors using carbon nanobud films, enabling highly flexible touchscreens and other devices.
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Augmented reality technology provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Aurasma, a part of HP’s Autonomy division, is an information technology provider focusing on augmented reality applications for mobile devices. The platform enables companies and organizations to develop their own AR solutions. Aurasma has won numerous awards for its technology, including an award for mobile excellence and best delivery platform for mobile. The company has been granted 12+ patents for its technology, such as the ability to trigger augmented reality experiences with geolocation. Acquired in 2011 by HP, Aurasma is an information technology solution focused on providing augmented reality applications for mobile devices. As part of HP’s Autonomy division, Aurasma was created after smartphone processing power reached the ability to utilize image recognition technology, enabling mobile augmented reality to be used by the public. Aurasma primarily develops applications for consumer industries such as gaming and retail. As of 1Q 2015, the platform had surpassed 100,000 customers in more than 100 countries, up from 20,000 customers in the middle of 2013.
Utilizing its software development kit, the Aurasma platform allows companies and organizations to develop their own augmented reality applications and content. The platform’s technology utilizes image recognition, geolocation, and mobile computing as a foundation for augmented reality applications. With more than 12 patents, Aurasma is actively researching and developing next-generation mobile augmented reality solutions for consumer markets, such as gaming and retail.
Primary markets for Aurasma include gaming and retail.
The Aurasma platform differentiates itself by enabling companies and organizations to create their own content, rather than directly creating content. Additionally, a growing patent portfolio keeps the platform relevant in an increasingly competitive augmented reality market.
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Wearable fitness technology and smart clothing provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2010, Sensoria develops wearable fitness technology and smart clothing for tracking performance and activity. The company has several product lines, including smart socks, sports bra & heart rate monitor, and a fitness t-shirt & heart rate monitor. Sensoria has raised three rounds of funding, including two angel rounds and a Series A round of $5 million from Reply SpA. Founded in 2010, Sensoria offers several products within the smart clothing industry, such as the Sensoria smart socks, Sensoria Fitness Sports Bra & Heart Rate Monitor, and the Sensoria Fitness T-Shirt & Heart Rate Monitor. As of 2015, the company has secured three rounds of investment, including two angel rounds and a Series A round of $5 million from Reply SpA.
Sensoria’s smart socks technology centers on an adjustable anklet that connects the socks to the Sensoria mobile app via Bluetooth. The anklet battery supports continuous use over a 6 hour period. It also contains a 3-axis accelerometer, tracking movement speed and distance. The Sensoria sports bra and fitness t-shirt utilize the Sensoria Heart Rate Monitor for biometric performance tracking.
The company’s primary markets include consumer electronics, fitness, and health.
In addition to its fitness t-shirt and sports bra smart clothing products, Sensoria differentiates itself by being one of the few companies to offer smart socks for tracking movement speed and distance.
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Global enterprise software solutions leader
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
SAP is a global leader in enterprise software solutions, such as enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management. About half of the company’s revenue is generated from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, but its largest market is the United States accounting for 27% of revenue in 2013. Since its founding, SAP has secured over 50 acquisitions, including Concur Technologies (2014), Hybris (2014), SeeWhy (2014), KMS Software (2013), KXEN (2013), and Outlook Software (2007). Founded in 1972 by five IBM engineers, SAP SE is a global enterprise software provider based in Germany. Since its inception, the company has made more than 50 acquisitions, including Concur Technologies (2014), Hybris (2014), SeeWhy (2014), KMS Software (2013), KXEN (2013), and Outlook Software (2007), among many others. As of 2015, SAP had a market capitalization of close to $100 billion with facilities in more than 130 countries. Although the United States is SAP’s largest market (28% of revenue), the EMEA region accounted for 47% of revenue in 2013.
SAP primarily offers enterprise software solutions, such as enterprise resource planning. In recent years, the company has focused on shifting its products to cloud platforms, simplifying and streamlining its technology for end users and clients. As of 2014, the company released applications for the Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses focused on field technicians and warehouse workers.
Key sectors of focus for SAP include Aerospace and Defense, Automotive, Banking, Chemicals, Consumer Products, Security, Engineering, Healthcare, High Tech, Higher Education & Research, Insurance, Media, Mining, Oil & Gas, Public Sector, Retail, Sports & Entertainment, Telecommunications, Travel & Transport, Utilities, and Wholesale Distribution.
SAP differentiates itself by offering software solutions across a diversity of markets. Additionally, the company is active in securing acquisitions, reducing competition and increasing its intellectual property portfolio. In recent years, SAP has shifted its focus to cloud-based solutions, simplifying and streamlining its product offering.
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Information security provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
RSA entered the biometrics market via its 2013 acquisition of PassBan, a company providing voice and facial recognition technology for use by consumers on their smartphones. The company has since discontinued the consumer-facing service, adapting the technology to become part of their Adaptive Identity and Authentication Management offering. RSA is a member of the FIDO Alliance, a consortium of technology companies aiming to standardize biometric technologies. Founded in 1982, RSA Security is a network security company notable for its RSA public key cryptography algorithm that is widely used for secure data transmission. The company – which was acquired by EMC Corporation in 2006 for $2.1 billion – has recently ventured into biometrics market with the acquisition of PassBan in 2013. Passban provides voice and facial recognition technology for use by consumers on their smartphones. RSA has since discontinued the consumer-facing service, adapting the technology to become part of its Adaptive Identity and Authentication Management offering.
Within the biometrics space, RSA Security’s technology primarily focuses on voice and facial recognition. The company plans to integrate biometrics into its Adaptive Identity and Authentication Management offering. The company is involved in a number of research and development projects as well, involving EKG, behavioral, signature, and gesture recognition biometrics.
RSA Security technology is widely used across a number of industries, including financial services, government, and telecommunications.
RSA Security differentiates itself by offering biometric solutions as a part of holistic security systems rather than as isolated products.
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Customized security and consulting provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Dell SecureWorks is primarily a security service provider, offering customized security systems and consulting services. The company has thousands of clients in a number of industries, ranging from mid-sized businesses to Fortune 100 companies. SecureWorks was acquired by Dell Corporation in 2011. Founded in 1998 by Michael Pearson and Joan Wilbanks, Dell SecureWorks – originally SecureWorks before being acquired by Dell in 2011 – is a Unites States-based security services company. The company provides a number of information technology services, including firewall management, web application firewalls, log monitoring, threat intelligence, email security, web security, and consulting, among others. Dell SecureWorks is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and has thousands of clients globally, including several Fortune 100 companies.
Dell SecureWorks provides a range of information security services that can be used to craft a custom solution for each client’s security management needs.
Dell SecureWorks provides services to thousands of clients in a range of industries, including Fortune 100 companies. The company’s primary market is mid-sized to large companies.
Dell SecureWorks differentiates itself by providing complete network security solutions and consulting. Additionally, the company’s extensive service offering allows clients to custom build relevant solutions, reducing costs and increasing adaptability.
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Leading provider of semiconductor and telecommunications tec...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Qualcomm is primarily a semiconductor and telecommunications company, but has entered the wearables space with the introduction of the Toq smartwatch. The company also provides integral component technology to other wearable manufacturers and designers such as the Timex Ironman ONE GPS+ smartwatch. With 187 offices worldwide, Qualcomm offers products and services in the mobile, automotive, education, healthcare, and networking industries. The company has had a variety of acquisitions since its founding, including 2,400 HP patents, Atheros, GestureTek, WiPower, and Wilocity, among others. Founded in 1985 by a group of seven industry veterans, Qualcomm has grown to be an international semiconductor and telecommunications leader with 187 office locations worldwide. The company has made over 40 acquisitions since its inception, including 2,400 HP patents, Atheros, GestureTek, WiPower, Wilocity, AMD’s handset division, and Orb Networks, among others. Qualcomm has also entered the wearables space by providing OEMs and designers with its Snapdragon microprocessor; the company has also developed the Toq smartwatch.
Qualcomm mainly focuses on semiconductor and wireless telecommunications technology. The company’s Snapdragon microprocessor is found in a number of wearable devices such as the Timex Ironman ONE GPS+ smartwatch, Samsung Gear S, ASUS Zenwatch, and the LG G Watch R, among others. Qualcomm also manufactures the Toq smartwatch for the Android platform, featuring an LCD display, Wi-Fi, and touchscreen capability.
Qualcomm primarily focuses on the semiconductor, telecommunications, mobile, automotive, education, healthcare, and networking industries.
With roughly two-thirds of its revenue coming from its semiconductor business, Qualcomm differentiates itself by providing integrated solutions to a range of industries. For example, the company’s microprocessors are found in a variety of smartphones and wearable devices (e.g. smart watches).
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Drone-based precision agriculture service provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Agribotix is a precision agriculture and data analysis company that utilizes drone technology for real-time analysis and surveying of farmland. The company provides a number of offerings, including data services, turnkey solutions, Bring Your Own Drone program, aerial surveying, and a web application for project management and access, as well as three drone models for specific client needs. Top competitors of Agribotix are the HoneyComb Corporation, SenseFly, PrecisionHawk, Delair-Tech, Aerial Technology International, Farm Intelligence2, AgEagle Founded in 2013, Agribotix is a precision agriculture and data analysis company that utilizes drone technology for real-time analysis and surveying of farmland. Companies rely on Agribotix to provide actionable intelligence to improve yield production. In addition to its core business practices, Agribotix also provides support for nonprofit organizations and university UAV research.
Agribotix is primarily a data analytics company that utilizes drones for precision agriculture and aerial surveying. Although the company has allows clients to bring their own drones, Agribotix’s standard drone offering includes the Hornet fixed-wing drone and the Enduro Quad multi-rotor drone. The fixed-wing model provides increased flight time for larger areas, whereas the Enduro Quad can be used to hover over a precise area for an extended time.
The company’s drones can also be equipped with a custom sensor package, including a GoPro camera, NIR, and thermal imaging.
Agribotix specializes primarily in the precision agriculture, predictive analytics, and aerial surveying markets; but, the company also operates in the energy, oil, and film industries.
Although drones are an integral part of Agribotix’s business model, the company differentiates itself through its data analytics and services technology. The company has a Bring Your Own Drone (BYOD) service that allows businesses to use Agribotix’s data analysis platform on their own drone systems.
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Leading semiconductor and electronics company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Texas Instruments is a semiconductor and electronics company based in Dallas, Texas. In addition to semiconductors, top markets served by the company are automotive, communications, enterprise, industrial and personal electronics. Texas Instruments has won several awards over time, including the Manufacturer of the Year for Global Supply Chain Excellence in 2007, as well as making the list of most ethical companies during six consecutive years (2007-2012). Founded in 1930 as Geophysical Service Incorporated, Texas Instruments (TI) did not take on its current name until 1951 after a reorganization. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, TI is a leading electronics company primarily known for its semiconductor technology and consumer electronics. The company has made several acquisitions since its inception with the most recent being National Semiconductor in 2011 for $6.5 billion. Other notable acquisitions include Telogy Networks in 1999 for $457 million and Burr-Brown Corporation in 2000 for $7.6 billion. With an estimated 50 billion devices being connected to the internet by 2020, Texas Instruments is also making substantial investments in IoT technology and solutions, as well as advanced driver assistance systems and healthcare technology.
Texas Instruments has a broad and diverse technology offering, including semiconductors, artificial intelligence, and consumer electronics, as well as a variety of application-specific technologies like automated driver systems, healthcare solutions, and IoT offerings. For example, within the IoT space, TI is focused on wearables, building & home automation, and smart cities solutions.
The company’s health technology division serves both the clinical and home health equipment markets. TI equipment being used by consumer medical devices, such as blood pressure monitors and glucose monitors, as well as wearable fitness devices such as heart rate monitors and fitness trackers.
Texas Instruments is an electronics company that specializes in semiconductors. Top markets served include: automotive, communications, enterprise, industrial and personal electronics.
In addition to semiconductors and consumer electronics, Texas Instruments differentiates itself from other electronics companies by diversifying it product offering across several industries, as well as investing in emerging technologies like IoT, healthcare technology, and automated driver solutions.
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Augmented reality leader and maker of Meta Smart Glasses
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Meta is a leader in augmented reality technology known mostly for its Meta Smart Glasses and software development kit. In addition to a successful Kickstarter campaign, the company has also raised over $23 million from private investors. As of 1Q 2015, the company’s products were available only through preorder or the Pioneer program, which enables technology teams to use its products for development and R&D purposes. Led by Founder and CEO Meron Gribetz, Meta was formed in 2012 and has become a leader in the augmented reality space, offering two models of smart glasses and a software development kit for AR application development. In addition to a successful Kickstarter campaign where it raised $194,000, the company has since secured over $23 million from private investors.
The Meta Smart Glasses offer 3D viewing and a see-through display. Also, the glasses have a 960×540 pixel HD viewing area, and an aspect ratio of 16:9. The glasses come equipped with a depth camera and color camera, both operating at 30 frames per second. And, the head tracking technology of the glasses comes with 360 degree tracking, a 9-axis inertial measurement unit, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass. In addition to the glasses, the Meta 1 Developer Kit comes with an SDK to facilitate application development on the glasses.
Although still in the development and preorder phase, the flexibility of Meta’s products and SDK make it applicable to a number of sectors, including industrial, education & training, entertainment & gaming, healthcare, product visualization, and interior design, among others.
Meta differentiates itself in the augmented reality market by offering both smart glasses and an SDK for development. Starting with its successful Kickstarter campaign, the company is also well funded and has a lot of press coverage.
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Communications and consumer electronics company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Plantronics technology is used by 100% of Fortune 100 companies. The company designs and manufactures lightweight communication headsets, telephone headsets systems, and wearable technology. Plantronics is developing a smart glasses competitor called Wearable Concept 2 (WC2), a head-mounted augmented reality platform with sensors for tracking head position. Founded in 1961, Plantronics is a publicly traded communications electronics company with an extensive product offering, ranging from Bluetooth headsets to enterprise software for call centers and healthcare institutions. The company has a long and successful history; Neil Armstrong used a Plantronics headset during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The company has expanded its product and technology offering through a series of acquisitions, including Clarity, Altec Lansing, and Volume Logic.
Plantronics technology centers on telecommunications, including Bluetooth and wireless headsets, mobile communications, unified communications, and enterprise software, among others.
Plantronics focuses on unified communications, contact centers, small & medium-sized businesses, healthcare, aviation, and enterprise.
Plantronics differentiates itself by offering unified communication platforms and the technology underpinning the solutions. The company also has an active research & development lab focused on next-generation wearable technology.
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Gesture-based interface and motion tracking technology provi...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Leap Motion is a hardware and software technology company that specializes in gesture-based interface and motion tracking solutions. The company focuses on the consumer electronics, automotive, education, healthcare, VR/AR, industrial, and retail markets. As of 3Q 2015, the company had secured $44.1 million in three funding rounds. Founded in 2010, Leap Motion is motion-sensing technology company focused on gesture-based interface technologies and solutions. The company was founded by David Holz and his childhood friend Michael Buckwald (current CEO). The technology behind the company originated while co-founder David Holz was pursuing a Ph.D. in mathematics. The company launched its first product in 2012 to mixed reviews, but is currently developing its next-generation solutions. As AR/VR technology matures, Leap Motion’s solutions will be more appropriate as input devices, with the standard keyboard and mouse being replaced with gesture and voice recognition.
The Leap Motion controller is a small USB peripheral device measuring just 3 inches long. Lightweight, the device relies on three infrared LEDs and two monochromatic infrared cameras to observe an approximately hemispherical area up to approximately 1 meter. The LEDs generate IR light, which is recorded by the IR cameras at roughly 300 frames per second. The Leap Motion software then analyzes the generated data based on proprietary algorithms.
The company’s technology can be potentially employed across a wide range of sectors and application areas. At present, Leap Motion focuses on the consumer electronics, automotive, education, healthcare, VR/AR, industrial, and retail markets.
Leap Motion differentiates itself from competitors by focusing on innovative gesture-based user interface technologies that can be used with emerging computing platforms like virtual and augmented reality systems for more immersive experiences.
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Voice biometrics provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Agnitio is software technology company focused on voice biometrics solutions, such as APIs and SDKs, for the commercial and government markets. Products for the commercial market include: KIVOX 360, KIVOX Passive Detection, and KIVOX Mobile. Products designed for government are BATVOX, BS3, ASIS, and SIFT. Significant partnerships include Unisys, Net1, Saic, Thales, Verint, VasTech, Dictao, and Pindrop Security. Agnitio is a founding member of the FIDO Alliance. Founded in 2004 by current CEO Emilio Martinez and four partners, Agnitio is a technology company that specializes in voice biometrics software solutions, such as APIs and SDKs, for the commercial and government markets. Some of the company’s major clients are the U.S. Department of Defense, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Santander, BBVA, Verint, and BNP Paribas. As of 2Q 2015, Agnitio had secured over $7 million in funding, including a Series B round of $6.9 million from 123Venture, Elaia Partners, Nauta Capital, and Neotec Capital Riesgo.
Founding member of the FIDO Alliance, Agnitio is a leading provider of software-based voice biometrics solutions, such as APIs and SDKs. Specific technologies include:
KIVOX 360: an authentication server powered by Agnitio Voice ID engines, enabling mobile, web, desktop or IVR voice applications.
KIVOX Passive Detection: Primarily used for call centers, KIVOX Passive Detection uses natural speech for identification and authentication. Biometric Voice Prints (BVPs) are created from previous client calls and stored for later use.
KIVOX Mobile: an SDK which enables secure user verification on the device, rather than relying on cloud-based technology.
BATVOX: Voice biometrics tool for criminal identification. It is used in more than 35 countries for forensic applications.
BS3: (Biometric Speaker Spotting System) is a collection of products used for voice surveillance.
ASIS: (Automatic Speaker Identification System) is “a solution deployed for building centralized BVP databases providing police forces with a new tool for identification of suspects and criminals during investigations.”
SIFT: a self-contained Speaker Identification Flexible Toolkit that can be deployed on a variety of portable computers for voice biometric applications.
Major markets Agnitio specializes in are commercial and government. Government solutions are primarily focused on criminal identification and surveillance, whereas commercial applications are more focused on online authentication & identification, BYOD solutions, embedded technology, contact centers, financial institutions, and proof of life services.
Agnitio differentiates itself by focusing on voice biometrics engines, such as APIs and SDKs for commercial clients and government. As such, partnerships are vital to Agnitio’s business model and strategic positioning.
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Silver nanowire technology leader focused on consumer electr...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Headquartered in California, Cambrios is an industry leader in silver nanowire technology, focused primarily on applications in the consumer electronics market. The company’s solution is 100 times more conductive than indium tin oxide (ITO ), so it uses substantially less material. Top competitors include: Blue Nano Inc., Seashell Technology, ACS Material, Kemix, NanoTechLabs, NanoComposix, Inc., Sisco Research Laboratories. Founded in 2002, Cambrios is an industry leader in silver nanowire technology, providing competitive products and applications for the consumer electronics market. Headquartered in California, the company was founded by Angela Belcher of MIT and Evelyn Hu of the University of California, Santa Barbara. As of 2Q 2015, the company had secured over $60 million in private funding from a variety of investors.
Cambrios’ ClearOhm silver nanowire coating material “creates the industry’s highest optical quality transparent conductive layers using single crystals of silver nanowires.” Key features of the company’s technology include: low resistance in coated films, high transmission rates, low temperature & high throughput processing, and superior flexibility & ductility. The company’s technology is 100 times more conductive than ITO, so it uses a substantially less material. The technology enables many applications, such as solar cells, OLED displays and lighting, and large size touch panels for laptops, tablets, and mobile devices.
Cambrios’ technology is focused primarily on electronics applications, including touch sensors, e-paper, OLED solutions, and organic photovoltaics (OPV) & CIGS solar cell technology.
Cambrios differentiates within the nanowire space by focusing on silver nanowire technology. Additionally, the company has developed a technology, ClearOhm, which provides the industry’s “highest optical quality transparent conductive layers using single crystals of silver nanowires.”
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Augmented reality application developer
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Augmented Pixels is an augmented reality application developer offering a variety of products, ranging from retail solutions to social gaming. The company expects gaming to be the biggest market for augmented reality platforms in the next 3-5 years, with the retail market being the second largest. Augmented Pixels’ products are primarily compatible with the Apple platform,; the company is working on solutions for Android, Oculus VR, and Google Tango. Founded in 2010, Augmented Pixels – originally called AR23D – is an information technology company offering augmented reality applications. The company expects gaming and retail to be the largest markets for augmented reality applications over the next 3-5 years, and as such, it has developed a diverse and growing product line of applications covering these areas. The company has secured over $1.5 million in funding from private investors since its inception, and is expanding its platform coverage to include Oculus VR and Google Tango. The company has strategic and technology partnerships with Qualcomm and Metaio, among others.
Augmented Pixels exclusively develops augmented reality applications for mobile platforms. The company has a growing list of apps, ranging from pragmatic retail apps (e.g. IntuitHouse) to social gaming apps (e.g. WarBot).
Augmented Pixels focuses primarily on consumer markets, such as real estate, retail, cinemas, home appliances, and furniture.
Focusing on solid user experiences, Augmented Pixels differentiates itself by offering a variety of augmented reality products, from practical consumer applications to games.
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Markerless augmented reality solutions provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Cimagine is one of the first companies in the augmented reality space to offer markerless augmented reality solutions. Within the augmented reality market, the company focuses on retail, specifically augmented e-commerce and augmented in-store experiences. Since its inception, Cimagine has secured two rounds of seed funding and a number of patents pertaining to augmented reality (e.g. markerless technology). Founded in 2012, Cimagine is a small augmented reality company that provides software solutions primarily to the retail industry, specifically augmented in-store experiences and augmented e-commerce solutions. The company was chosen by Microsoft as one of the most promising startups in Israel. As of 1Q 2015, Cimagine has secured two seed rounds of funding for an undisclosed amount, and has also been awarded several patents related to markerless augmented reality software.
Cimagine’s solutions are based on augmented reality technology, which allows the display of 3D information onto the physical environment without needing a reference target. The company’s software provides realistic 3D rendering, easy integration into client software systems, and a cloud-based SaaS interface.
Retail is Cimagine’s primary market, with applications developed for e-commerce platforms and in-store experiences.
Within the augmented reality space, Cimagine differentiates itself by focusing on augmented e-commerce and in-store augmented experiences, providing customers with immersive and interactive 3D experiences across a variety of mobile platforms. Additionally, the company’s platform provides a much smoother user experience (e.g. higher resolution, faster refresh rate) than typical competitors in the augmented reality space.
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Augmented reality company focused on consumer and industrial...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
DAQRI is an augmented reality company that provides software and product solutions to consumer and industrial markets. The company’s main offerings are its software development kit for custom augmented reality solutions and its smart helmet for industrial workers. As of 1Q 2015, the company had secured $15 million in funding from a Series A round led by Tarsadia Investments. Founded in 2010, DAQRI is a private technology company offering software and product solutions for the augmented reality market. The company aims to be the “Photoshop of augmented reality.” As of 2015, the bulk of the company’s revenues was generated from its software development kit and smart helmet. DAQRI’s technology has powered more than 1,000 campaigns with companies like Cadillac, Maxim, Sony, Daniel Suarez, GE, and Siemens.
DAQRI offers a software development kit, DAQRI 4D Studio, which enables clients to develop augmented reality solutions across a range of mobile platforms. The SDK helps developers save time by providing templates for gaming, packaging, publications, out of home experiences, toys, and posters, among others.
The company also offers the DAQRI Smart Helmet, a head-mounted display system for industrial workers. The smart helmet provides location and context specific information to users in the field, increasing productivity and situational awareness. The device can be used to facilitate assembly tasks, inspections, quality assurance, and training.
Given that it provides an augmented reality studio for custom projects, DAQRI’s market focus is diverse and broad. However, for the DAQRI Smart Helmet, the company has focused on the industrial sector, providing workers with context-specific information.
DAQRI differentiates itself within the augmented reality market by focusing on software development kits, enabling them to harness the collective creativity and skill set of a growing developer network. Additionally, the company provides a head-mounted display for the industrial sector, which provides workers with context-specific information and data for decision making in the field.
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Nonprofit organization focused on drone education, training,...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
As a nonprofit organization, the Drone Pilots Association is focused on providing members education, training, insurance options, and legal services. The organization was founded by Peter Sacks, publisher of Dronelawjournal.com and attorney specializing in drone policy and regulations. Since its founding, the Drone Pilots Association has grown to more than 2,000 members. The Drone Pilots Association is a nonprofit organization specializing on policy and regulations within the small commercial drone market. The company was founded by attorney Peter Sachs, publisher of the Dronelawjournal.com and TheDroneGuy on Twitter. The organization provides education, training, insurance options, and legal services to members. The Drone Pilots Association has grown to more than 2,000 members from all over the world.
The Drone Pilots Association does not directly offer products. However, the organization is planning to provide training and education related to commercial drone technology, as well as legal services and insurance options.
As a nonprofit organization, the Drone Pilots Association focuses on policy and legal facets of drone technology, helping pilots navigate the complex regulatory environment that has emerged in the last decade.
With its mission of being “a single entity that represents the interests of all small commercial and non-hobbyist drone pilots,” the Drone Pilots Association differentiates itself by focusing on policy and legal aspects of the drone market.
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Global consumer electronics leader
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Epson is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer printers, and it also has products in a variety of consumer electronics categories, including scanners, desktop computers, cash registers, and home theater projectors, among others. Within the wearables market, Epson produces Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses for augmented reality applications. The company has a global reach, selling products in more than 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1942, the Seiko Epson Corporation – commonly known as Epson – is a world leader in computer printer technology. Additionally, the company offers products in a range of consumer electronics categories, including projectors, point of sale devices, electronic components, and factory automation, among others. Within the wearables space, the Epson produces the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses.
Within the wearables space, Epson produces the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses, which feature augmented reality applications, Wi-Fi, Adobe Flash 11 support, “floating” 80-inch perceived screen, interactive track pad for input, removable memory, and immersive 3D, among others.
Epson’s primary focus is consumer electronics and small to medium-sized businesses.
In addition to a history of success in consumer electronics, Epson differentiates itself within the wearables space by offering a lightweight product with dozens of features. Additionally, the long battery life of the Moverio BT-200 Smart Glasses and augmented reality applications make it one of the few products available with such capabilities. Also, the smart glasses do not require a user to have a smartphone for operation, which is unique compared to competitors like Google Glass.
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Drone company focused on precision agriculture and surveying...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2013, Event 38 is a UAV product and service provider focusing on the precision agriculture and surveying markets. Key strategic and business partnerships include: DroneMapper, PhotoScan, EcoDrones, Astrike Technologies, Active Drone System Management, Cegak Teknologi, Cedar Valley Innovation, 3Dronemapping, and Drones Made Easy. Event 38’s top competitors are CyberHawk, Sky Futures, Agribotix, HoneyComb Corporation, SenseFly, PrecisionHawk, Delair-Tech, Aerial Technology International, Farm Intelligence2, Ag Eagle. Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Broadview Heights, Ohio, Event 38 is a UAV product and service provider focusing on the precision agriculture and surveying markets. The company has served clients in more than 80 countries. Roughly half of the company’s revenues are generated from business in the United States, with the other half coming from international clients, in countries such as Uganda, Belize, and Mexico. In addition to a number of services, Event 38 provides two customizable UAV models, a fixed-wing model that features extended flight duration and load capacity and a multirotor model with increased navigational control and VTOL capabilities.
Although Event 38 develops client-specific drone and sensor packages, it offers two UAV models that are customized based on client needs. The E384 is a fixed-wing drone features a cruise speed of 13 m/s, endurance of 100 minutes, range of 44 miles, up to 10 m/s windspeed for autonomous operation, 13,000 feet ceiling, live data telemetry, mapping ability of up to 960 acres per flight, 190cm wingspan, 130cm length, and modular build for easy transport.
The multirotor UAV offered by Event 38, the Aphex, provides more flight flexibility than the fixed-wing model, but has reduced load capacity and flight duration. Other features include autonomous flight, adjustable tilt angle neutral-point, 500 gram payload, and VTOL capabilities.
Event 38 focuses primarily on the precision agriculture and surveying markets, but also provides client-specific services, such as tracking illegal fishing activities for conservation initiatives.
Event 38 differentiates itself by providing complete solutions for drone-based aerial surveying and precision agriculture, offering hardware, software, accessories, and services to meet client needs. The company is also heavily focused on data collection.
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Software company focused on gesture recognition technology
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
EyeSight Technologies is an Israel based software company focused on gesture recognition technology. The company’s major partnerships and clients include: AMD, ARM, NVIDIA, Toshiba, TCL, Hisense, CEVA, Arcelik, Pantech, Oppo, Lenovo, Phillips, Omnivision, and ZTE. Key competitors include: Cognitec, GestureTek, Cognivue, Omek, PointGrab, SoftKinetic, PrimeSense, CrossMatch, Elliptic Labs, GestSure, IrisGuard Technology, Intel, Microchip, Pebbles, Pyreos, Qualcomm, and Thalmic Labs. The company’s top investors are CEVA, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, Intercapital, and MaC GP Ltd. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Israel, Eyesight Technologies is a software-focused gesture recognition and machine vision company that provides low power, intuitive, and easily integrated solutions for a variety of OEMs, software engineers, and application developers. The company’s technology has been chosen by OPPO, Lenovo, Toshiba, Hisense, Phillips, and a variety of other tier 1 companies worldwide.
Eyesight Technologies software works by using the standard camera on a device, as well as stereoscopic sensors and IR. Moreover, the software can be integrated at any level of the device, including: chipset, operating system, camera module, or the application level. The company also provides a camera sensor that is optimized for gesture recognition.
Key features of the company’s gesture recognition software include:
100% software-based gesture recognition and user awareness solutions with no hardware changes required.
Platform combines several algorithmic engines, providing a more robust gesture recognition system.
Easy integration with preexisting hardware systems due to Eyesight’s SDK and gesture composer backed by a dedicated technical support team.
Low power and CPU consumption, which increases battery life and device performance compared to other technologies.
The company’s gesture recognition technology is designed with focus on the end user.
80% of Eyesight’s team is dedicated to R&D, developing robust machine vision engines.
Eyesight Technologies works with device manufacturers, chipset/camera manufacturers, iOS developers, and a number of other gesture recognition stakeholders.
The company works with a number of OEMs and software developers to implement its software-based gesture recognition solution. By optimizing its software for minimal power and CPU consumption, in addition to providing an intuitive and low latency user experience, Eyesight Technologies differentiates itself from most competitors.
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Biometrics provider focused on eye recognition solutions
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Eye recognition software that uses the white of the eye for identification and authentication. Technology uses existing cameras and requires no additional hardware, lowering costs compared to technologies relying on specific sensors. During 2015, two OEMs integrated the technology on their devices, dramatically increasing EyeVerify’s installed base. Original sales channels included security software providers such as Good Technology and AirWatch, but EyeVerify has recently worked with a number of financial institutions. Finance is the biggest vertical for EyeVerify, and the company not address government markets because volumes are low and usually they are interested in expensive custom hardware. Founded in 2012, EyeVerify sells eye recognition software for mobile devices that maps the eye print of the white of the eye. A key objective of the company is to make the product easy to use (e.g., to test-run the application users can download a free app to try it out). They support most mobile device operating systems.
The Eyeprint ID technology transforms a picture of your eye into a key that protects your digital life. The white of the eye contains an enormous amount of information, and unlike iris or retina scans, does not require an infrared camera. Since EyeVerify does not have access to the camera hardware, they do not make any assumptions about the camera. Instead, their software uses the captured image of the eye white and data from the phone itself to calculate a random key based upon the eye. The company supports both PKI and the FIDO Alliance protocols.
Key industries for the EyeVerify technology include: device OEMs, financial services, and healthcare. The company allows customers of OEM devices to log in to applications quickly, make in-application purchases without input, and unlock their devices without the need for PINs or passwords. Financial service providers can accurately identify mobile banking users and securely handle mobile payments. Healthcare providers can securely deliver information to the right patients and care providers.
EyeVerify differentiates itself by offering a software-based biometric solution, which lowers costs and increases the ease of deployment across devices and services compared with competitors’ technology (e.g. embedded sensor-based approaches).
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Global leader in IT technology solutions
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
PalmSecure is Fujitsu’s only biometric product. It is a vein imaging technology. Fujitsu owns patents to the technology, which is a barrier to selling to the U.S. government. The government bidding process requires multiple vendors with the same technology for a bid. Fujitsu is working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to overcome this issue PalmSecure is integrated into devices made by other manufacturers. The one product Fujitsu offers with the PalmSecure technology is a physical access control system. Founded in 1935, Fujitsu is the oldest IT company except for IBM. With products available in more than 100 countries, the company specializes in computer hardware, computer software, IT services, IT consulting, and telecommunications. In the biometrics space, Fujitsu offers PalmSecure, a solution that uses the veins in an individual’s palm for authentication and identification.
PalmSecure is Fujitsu’s only biometric offering, which features industry-leading authentication accuracy with low false acceptance rates. The contactless reader device is easy to use with virtually no physiological restriction for users. At present, PalmSecure works with mobile devices and tablets.
The two largest markets for PalmSecure are financial (which has traditionally been a strong market for Fujitsu) and healthcare. PalmSecure is also used for time and attendance applications in manufacturing and retail.
PalmSecure technology is expected to be more expensive than competitive technologies (e.g. fingerprint scanners). But, the total cost of ownership for PalmSecure is much lower due to simple administration and no failure to enroll scenarios. Fujitsu offers products with PalmSecure integration, but the company also allows OEMs to incorporate the technology into their devices. Also, PalmSecure is not subject to HIPAA requirements, since it does not capture or modify any protected health information (PHI).
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Biometric solution provider and consulting company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Fulcrum started out as a biometrics consultancy but over time has morphed into a biometric solution provider that still offers consultancy services. The company offers a selection of manufactured devices, but much of its business is from customized client projects that includes externally sourced hardware and software. The company has a substantial amount of business in emerging economies, as well as government and NGOs. Founded in 2002 as a biometrics consultancy for companies implementing biometric identification systems, Fulcrum Biometrics was led by the company’s current President and CEO, Ken Nosker. The company’s original goal was helping clients understand the dynamics between biometric technology theory and successful applications and products. Driven primarily by customer demand and a lack of technologically savvy suppliers in the biometrics industry, Fulcrum later expanded to include software and hardware solutions. In 2009, the company began internationally selling products and services.
Fulcrum Biometrics offers a range of services and products, including consultancy, software, and hardware solutions within the biometrics space.
Fulcrum offers a wide range of products and services to a number of key industries including micro finance, e-government, retail, point-of-sale, healthcare, travel, benefits management, and banking.
Fulcrum does not market or prefer a single biometric modality. The choice in each situation depends upon the user’s environment, their goals, and their budget. Thus they have a wide product line. The company’s holistic business approach – offering consultancy and custom-built software and hardware solutions – helps differentiate them from single-solution competitors (such as Fujitsu) and makes them more adaptive to changes in the biometrics sector.
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Biometrics and security provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Good Technology’s platform is used by 50 companies among the Fortune 100. Supports both single and multi-factor authentication for increased security and design flexibility. Good Technology’s approach is primarily to connect biometrics with their existing Trusted Authentication Framework (e.g. integrating EyeVerify’s optical biometric software with the Good Technology security platform). Founded in 1996, Good Technology serves more than 6,000 organizations in 190 countries. The company holds 250 technology patents and is actively innovating in the biometrics sector, focusing on mobile security. Also, Good Technology has many clients in the Fortune 100, including leaders in commercial banking, healthcare, insurance, aerospace, and defense.
Good Technology provides a mobile security platform that can integrate multiple authentication modalities, including passwords, PINs, and biometrics. For example, one of their partners is EyeVerify, which uses the front-facing camera on a mobile phone or tablet to enroll and then authenticate a user based on patterns in the white of the user’s eye. This approach enables them to generate a stable cryptographic key by which to unlock the data that is being protected on the device by Good Technology’s security platform.
The company primarily focuses on the commercial banking, insurance, healthcare, aerospace, and defense industries. Additional important sectors include government and defense.
Good Technology differentiates itself in the biometric space by offering a mobile security system that operates across a variety of mobile platforms and can incorporate multiple authentication modalities.
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Semiconductor research and development company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Imagination Technologies is a semiconductor research and development company headquartered near London, United Kingdom. Key markets and sectors served by Imagination Technologies include: mobile, consumer electronics, IoT, automotive, networking, and wearables. Top competitors of the company include: Creative Technology, Matrox Electronic Systems, NVIDIA, AMD, CEVA, Cirrus Logic, IBM Microelectronics, QSound Labs, Texas Instruments, and VIA Technologies. Founded in 1985 as VideoLogic, Imagination Technologies was originally focused on graphics, sound, and video technologies. The company is now focused on semiconductor R&D, most notable for its PowerVR mobile graphics processors and MIPS embedded microprocessors. The company is comprised of two divisions: Technology and Pure.
The Pure division focuses on consumer products and “acts as a vital pathfinder” for the company’s technology capabilities. Of the company’s nearly 1,600 employees, 80% are qualified design engineers. R&D, support, and sales offices around the world. As of 2Q 2015, Imagination Technologies had a market capitalization of $923.45 million.
Imagination Technologies primarily focuses on semiconductor research and development. The company also provides a number of licensing options for its products. The company is most notable for its MIPS embedded microprocessors and PowerVR mobile graphics processors. The company’s PowerVR line consists of GPUs, video processing units, and camera IPs; whereas, its MIPS line focuses on CPU technology.
Key markets and sectors served by Imagination Technologies include: mobile, consumer electronics, IoT, automotive, networking, and wearables.
Imagination Technologies differentiates in the emerging interface technologies space by providing a full range of licensable multimedia technologies, covering graphics, ray tracing, video, and vision.
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Workforce digital healthcare company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Jiff is a software technology company focused on reinventing workforce healthcare through its HIPAA-compliant platform. Founded in 2011, the company has a robust and growing network of partners, including Healthcare Bluebook, BioIQ, meQuilibrium, NutriSavings, Misfit, Fatsecret, iHealth, and Teladoc . Jiff has raised four rounds of funding, including a Series A round of $7.5 million and a Series B round of $18.3 million. The company’s most recent round was a Series C in 2Q 2015 for $23.3 million. Founded in 2011, Jiff is a digital health and corporate wellness software company focused on reinventing healthcare for employees. The company’s HIPAA-compliant platform enables companies to monitor the activity trends of their employees. Jiff builds mobile and web-based experiences based on gamification, challenges, and social influence to increase adoption and usage rates while providing clients with dashboards for real-time feedback of employee activity levels.
Jiff’s HIPAA-compliant corporate wellness software platform works by incentivizing users through gamification and competition. It also provides clients with a mission control center to monitor, in real time, the health and activity of their workforces.
Jiff’s primary market is corporations and enterprise-size businesses.
Jiff differentiates itself by focusing on growing an ecosystem of partners and by offering a HIPAA-compliant platform for corporate wellness. Additionally, the company’s solution allows clients to identify health pain points (e.g. mental health, inactivity, sleep, etc.) within their organizations. Jiff also enables clients to customize corporate wellness programs.
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Biometric security provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Leidos does a lot of biometric work for U.S. government agencies, including the government employee ID card. The company is involved with both identification and authentication, including some handheld devices (not phones or tablets) that are used in Afghanistan. Biometric solutions are primarily made by other companies and integrated into Leidos products, including face, fingerprint, and iris biometrics. Previously known as Science Applications International Corporation before a split in 2013, Leidos – a Fortune 500 business – was founded in 1969. The company focuses on defense, working closely with the U.S. government, specifically the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. intelligence agencies.
Leidos primarily integrates biometric technology from partner companies into its products, including face, fingerprint, and iris biometrics.
Although the company works with private sector companies, its primary market is the defense and security industries, specifically focused on the U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. intelligence agencies.
Leidos differentiates itself by offering custom biometric solutions, research & development, and consultancy services focusing on the United States government.
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Legal Analytics company focused on artificial intelligence a...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Lex Machina is a legal analytics company that utilizes advances in artificial intelligence to automate insights for clients. Major customers include Yahoo!, Microsoft, NXP, Nike, Ruckus Wireless, IBM, HP, Shire, Apotex, Trimble, SAP, Ebay, Qualcomm, Aruba, Google, GlaxoSmithKline, Sandoz, Motorola Solutions, Impax, and Netapp, among others. The company’s solutions vary in cost, from $1,000 per patent for analysis to $20,000-$50,000 for outside counsel identification. Founded in 2010, Lex Machina is a legal analytics company based in Menlo Park, California. The company utilizes advances in artificial intelligence and data management to provide custom analytics solutions for clients, who include law firms and top technology companies like Yahoo!, Google, and Qualcomm, among others. The company emerged from research at Stanford and is backed by several top venture firms and angel investors, including the co-founder of Yahoo!.
Lex Machina’s system crawls the web every 24 hours to maintain an up-to-date database, collecting data from PACER (i.e. all 94 US District Courts), United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), and the ITC’s EDIS. The data are then processed and prepared using the company’s Lexpressions Engine. Finally, the results of the analysis are delivered to end users.
Lex Machina primarily focuses on the legal and intellectual property markets, serving a broad range of companies from internet technology companies like Yahoo! and Google to semiconductor companies like Qualcomm.
Lex Machina differentiates itself within the artificial intelligence and text analytics space by being one of the first companies to focus on legal and law applications, such as patent analysis, judge behavior and preferences, and case summations, among others.
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Voice and speech analytics provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Malaspina Labs is a software and algorithm company focused on developing real-time solutions that enhance speech comprehension & voice interfaces in noisy environments. The company’s main offering is its VoiceBoost suite of speech enhancement solutions for ultra-low power devices. Key partnerships include: Wolfson Microelectronics, NXP, CoolFluxDSP, Cadence, CEVA, Renesas, Qualcomm, Synopsys, ARM, Texas Instruments, and Target Compiler Technologies. Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, Malaspina Labs is a software-based developer of speech comprehension solutions and voice interface technologies for noisy environments. The company’s technology can detect and filter speech from background noise and competing speech.
Malaspina Labs’ technology centers on its VoiceBoost technology and related products, namely VoiceBoost Real Time Speech Discrimination in Noise, VoiceBoost ASR Assist Audio Preprocessing, and VoiceBoost Voice Activation and Verification.
VoiceBoost Real Time Speech Discrimination in Noise can be used to detect and isolate “speech from complex background noise within audio signals using a patent-pending mathematical model of human speech.” In addition, the solution can be integrated easily into existing audio processing pipelines.
The VoiceBoost ASR Assist Audio Preprocessing solution can be used to preprocess “noisy audio signals to create clear, noise-free and accent-free speech output for improved word recognition by both internet-connected and embedded speech recognition systems.”
VoiceBoost Voice Activation provides “keyword spotting with ultra-low power continuous listening capability for supported audio DSPs.” In addition, it also provides two-factor speaker verification using user-defined activation commands.
The company develops software-based speech comprehension and voice interfaces for noisy environments. As such, Malaspina Labs’ technology can be incorporated into mobile devices and desktop systems, as well an assortment of other HCI devices, from cars to vending machines.
Malaspina Labs differentiates itself from competitors by specializing in “real-time software algorithms which enhance speech comprehension & voice interfaces in noisy environments.” Moreover, the company has expertise in experimental and theoretical acoustics research, signal processing, sound localization, pattern matching, and machine learning.
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Branded augmented & virtual reality provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Marxent Labs focuses on providing branded augmented reality applications and integrated AR experiences. Major clients include Lowe’s Home Improvement, Hess, PepsiCo, SanDisk, Speedway, and Azek. Marxent Labs has raised over $2.7 million in five rounds of funding, including a $1 million venture round from Stage 1 Ventures, Beck Besecker, and Detroit Venture Partners. Founded in 2012 by Beck and Barry Besecker, Marxent Labs is a software technology company focused on augmented reality solutions for clients in a variety of sectors. The company’s primary focus is on branded augmented reality applications and integrated augmented reality experiences.
For example, Marxent Labs worked with Lowe’s Home Improvement to develop the Holoroom, a technology to help customers visualize completed home improvement projects by using augmented reality applications and virtualized retail products. The Holoroom essentially lets customers view what a product might look like in their home before they purchase it.
Marxent Labs is a leader in augmented reality applications for virtual 3D products, live events, and advertising. The company provides solutions for visual commerce, augmented reality advertising campaigns, and augmented reality for trade shows, exhibits, and live experiences.
Within the augmented reality sector, Marxent Labs focuses primarily on helping clients with sales and marketing campaigns, visual commerce, and advertising.
Marxent Labs differentiates itself within the augmented reality space by focusing on sales, marketing, retail, live events, and advertising. The company has secured several rounds of funding to spur growth and is actively growing and developing a network of strategic partnerships.
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Smart watch technology company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Formerly associated with the Fossil Group, Meta Watch is an innovator and producer of smart watch technology. The company’s primary product is the Meta M1 smart watch, offered in a variety of colors and wrist strap designs. Announced in January 2015, the Meta M1 will be integrated with Misfit to provide activity and sleep tracking. Founded in 2011 as a spinoff of the Fossil Group, Meta Watch is led by former Fossil VP Bill Geiser. The company designs and produces smart watch technology and devices with its primary product line, the Meta M1, accounting for the majority of sales. Meta Watch announced in January 2015 it would integrate Misfit technology into its Meta M1 product line to provide activity and sleep monitoring.
Meta Watch technology provides a monochromatic display (white text on a black background), providing an average 5-7 day battery life. The smart watch is water resistant up to 3 meters (5 meters for the Strata model) and is connected via Bluetooth 4.0. The smart watches can notify users of incoming calls and display stock prices and other data, among other applications depending on the model.
Meta Watch primarily targets the consumer electronics and fitness markets.
The company differentiates itself by offering a monochromatic display with a 5-7 day battery life. Additionally, Meta Watch remains competitive by providing a variety of designs (Frame, M1, and Strata) with customizable bands to address the desires of a larger group of customers.
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Drone technology company focused on fixed wing designs and a...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2001, RP Flight Systems has worked with clients in over half the states in the U.S. The company operates primarily within the public safety sector, working closely with civilian agencies like law enforcement organizations, fire departments, municipalities, and search & rescue. It also has customers in the industrial security sector. RP Flight Systems focuses on fixed wing drone technology and customizable, mission-specific sensor payloads. Founded in 2001, RP Flight Systems is one of the few drone technology companies focusing on the public safety sector. Unlike competitors in the space that specialize in multirotor, low-weight payload platforms, RP Flight Systems uses fixed wing solutions that provide increased flight times, heavier payloads, and more sensor package options. The company has worked with clients in over half the states in the U.S., and has partnerships with American Reliant Ruggedized Computing Systems and the University of California, San Diego.
The company’s technology is primarily focused on fixed wing drone airframes and customizable sensor packages. For example, the Spectra AP model has a 7” to 10” height, 24” to 80” wingspan, and can carry a payload of up to 4 lbs. The propulsion system is based on an electric, three phase engine powered by lithium polymer batteries (which are lighter than the more energy dense lithium ion batteries). The drone can be hand launched and has a maximum flight speed of 55 mph. The typical payload includes: streaming EO/IR optical and high resolution digital imagery up to 10 megapixels.
RP Flight Systems focuses on the public safety market, providing solutions to a variety of civilian agencies such as law enforcement organizations, fire departments, municipalities, and search & rescue, as well as industrial security.
RP Flight Systems differentiates itself by focusing on fixed wing drones and all-encompassing sensor payloads for public safety agencies like law enforcement organizations and fire departments.
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Security and fraud prevention company focused on biometric s...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Pindrop Security provides a range of fraud detection services for call centers and financial institutions The company’s unique Phoneprinting technology is the first of its kind to analyze and fingerprint individual phone calls, providing the caller’s true location and calling device and matching them to Pindrop’s fraud database. In addition to call centers and financial institutions, Pindrop Security sees the government as a huge market, but has not addressed it yet. Founded in 2011, Pindrop Security is an emerging innovator in anti-fraud detection technology, primarily serving call centers and financial institutions. The company was formed by leaders with strong technical backgrounds; for example, the CEO, Vijay Balasubramaniyan, has a PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology where his PhD thesis focused on telecommunications security. Voted one of the 10 most innovative companies at the 2012 RSA conference, the company’s solutions have at their core the ability to analyze (as of 2015) 147 audio characteristics of a call, including a caller’s voice, background noise, and call location, among others.
Pindrop Security’s platform is an anti-fraud technology based on audio analysis of 147 variables, including a caller’s voice signature, background noise, and call location, among others. Along with a growing database of catalogued spam callers and robo-dialers, the company has an 80 percent success rate of identifying fraudulent calls, many within the first 20 seconds.
Primary markets for Pindrop Security include large financial institutions and call centers. The company is in the process of expanding to other industries, including government and consumer protection.
The company differentiates itself by offering customized, automated solutions for audio-based fraud detection. With a number of patents pending, Pindrop Security is at the forefront of enterprise-level fraud-detection technology.
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Digital advertising company focused on artificial intelligen...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2008, Rocket Fuel is a publicly traded digital advertising company whose products and services rely heavily on artificial intelligence and automation. Rocket Fuel serves a wide variety of industries, including: automotive, B2B, consumer packaged goods, consumer technology, food & beverage, education, entertainment, finance, pharmaceutical & healthcare, politics & advocacy, retail, travel, telecommunications, publishers & networks. As of 2Q 2015, Rocket Fuel had a market capitalization of $369.26 million. Prior to going public in 2013, the company secured over $75 million in funding from private investors. Founded in 2008, Rocket Fuel is a digital advertising company based in Redwood City, California. The company’s solutions rely extensively on artificial intelligence and cover a wide variety of applications like site optimization, dynamic personalized advertisements, and automated security & inventory quality management. Before its IPO in 2013, Rocket Fuel secured over $75 million in private funding and won numerous awards for its technology.
Rocket Fuel’s product and service offering relies heavily on big data and artificial intelligence. The company’s Advertising That Learns platform operates continuously, learning from new data and aiming to “intelligently connect consumers with brands across channels.” The company’s technology is used by more than 500 of the world’s leading brands, and ultimately seeks to provide “the right ads, in the right moments, for the right bids.” Rocket Fuel also ensures brand safety for clients and places great importance on consumer privacy.
Rocket Fuel provides insights about campaign performance, ad size, time and data of events, geographic information, and page context, among many other features.
Rocket Fuel serves a broad and diverse set of markets, including automotive, B2B, consumer packaged goods, consumer technology, food & beverage, education, entertainment, finance, pharmaceutical & healthcare, politics & advocacy, retail, travel, telecommunications, publishers & networks.
As one of the largest companies using artificial intelligence within the digital advertising space, Rocket Fuel differentiates by providing optimization services to clients like direct response, branding, and audience extension across a variety of markets, such as automotive, B2B, healthcare, and consumer tech, among others.
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Smart watch technology company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Omate is a software and hardware design company focused on smart watch products and innovation. The company has five product lines, including the Omate X, Racer, Lutetia, Roma, and TrueSmart. Omate’s TrueSmart product was backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign raising more than $1 million in funds. The company’s smartwatch was the first to be assembled in Africa. Headquartered in China and founded in 2013, Omate is a software and hardware company focused on smart watch devices and related technology. The company offers five main product lines, including the Omate X, Racer, Lutetia, Roma, and TrueSmart. The TrueSmart smart watch was backed by a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $1 million in funding and had more than 4,000 supporters.
Omate offers five distinct models of smart watches, each featuring a different look. Sample technologies include: Bluetooth 4.0, ARM processors, Cortex processors, speaker, microphone, LCD screen, GPS, USB, SD, SIM, sensors, camera, Android and iOS support, among others.
Omate’s primary market is consumer electronics, but the company is also designing watches for the fashion and fitness/health segments as well.
Omate seeks to differentiate itself by focusing on fashion and a strong user experience. Other important factors are battery life and connectivity, both of which are being actively researched by the company.
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Artificial intelligence company focused on customer engageme...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2008, Sailthru is a customer engagement and profiling company based on state-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology and heterogeneous data aggregation. Major clients include: The Economist Group, Business Insider, AOL, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, Sports Illustrated, Vice, New York Post, and Muse, among many others. As of 2Q 2015, Sailthru had secured almost $50 million in funding, including a Series A round of $8 million, a Series B round of $19 million, and a Series C round of $20 million. Founded in 2008, Sailthru is one of the top companies offering a customer engagement and profiling platform based on artificial intelligence. The company’s omnichannel personalization technology integrates data from a variety of sources – including email, social, website, mobile, and offline – into a single platform to manage customer profiles and insights.
Sailthru’s omnichannel personalization technology integrates email, data from social media, websites, mobile, and offline channels into timely and context-specific messages and offers to clients’ customers, increasing revenue, 1:1 experiences, innovation, and engagement.
Sailthru focuses primarily on the commerce, media, and publishing markets. Additionally, the company works with fast-growing startups seeking to establish and implement an omnichannel personalization solution.
Sailthru differentiates itself by focusing on solutions that integrate a variety of channels – like email, websites, mobile, and social – into a single platform, reducing complexity and scaling issues associated with synthesizing heterogeneous, high-volume data.
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Nonprofit drone organization focused on progressing drone po...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
The Small UAV Coalition is an industry organization and lobbying group focused on law and policy changes that improve commercial and recreational small UAV applications. The primary sectors served by the organization are: commercial, consumer, recreational, and philanthropic. The Small UAV Coalition has an extensive and growing network of top-tier technology companies as members, including: Aerialtronics, Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI, Google, GoPro, Parrot, 3D Robotics, and Intel, among many others. Based in Washington, D.C., the Small UAV Coalition is a group dedicated to policy and law changes that improve economic and recreational outcomes for numerous stakeholders in the small UAV market, ranging from DIY enthusiasts and lawyers to technology juggernauts like Google and Amazon. The organizations specialties include aerial imaging, infrastructure inspection, disaster management, delivery systems, humanitarian efforts, agriculture, and recreation.
The Small UAV Coalition specializes in technology and policy issues related to small unmanned aerial vehicles. Specifically, the organization focuses on application areas such as aerial imagery and video, infrastructure inspection, disaster management, delivery, humanitarian pursuits, agriculture, and recreation.
The Small UAV Coalition focuses on law and policy issues related to small unmanned aerial vehicle stakeholders. Specific sectors served by the organizations include commercial, consumer, recreational, and philanthropic.
The Small UAV Coalition distinguishes itself from other industry organizations within the drone market by cultivating partnerships with top technology companies, as well as providing law and policy services for stakeholders in the space. The group focuses purely on the small commercial UAV market and does not focus on drones for military applications, unlike other organizations.
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Software technology company focused on law enforcement solut...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
StreetCred Software makes and sells software for use by law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to locate fugitives – that is, persons with outstanding warrants for arrest. The company aggregates information from the court and the LEA, and from a wide range of other law enforcement and open sources. That information is processed to display a score which indicates the likelihood that officers will locate a fugitive at the address in StreetCred’s system, and, when they do, if the fugitive will be able to pay the fines and fees associated with the warrant. The biggest problem with using biometrics in law enforcement work is that they almost always require cooperation of the person whose identity is being taken. However, those persons are quite often not cooperative at all. The one use case where cooperation is guaranteed is the iris scan required before someone can be released from jail. In those cases, the person is more than willing to be scanned because they want out. Founded in 2012 by two police officers, StreetCred Software provides a patent-pending analytics platform to law enforcement agencies. The co-founders bring substantial industry experience to the company; one is a technology industry senior who became an officer after a career in intelligence and security. The other is a veteran fugitive hunter and investigator. After an initial investment by a small group of angel investors, StreetCred Software obtained a Series A funding round with 2M Companies, Inc. in January 2014.
StreetCred Software has a patent-pending data analytics platform designed for use by law enforcement agencies. The system aggregates data from a number of sources to predict how likely a criminal is to be found at a specific location, and how likely the criminal is able to pay fees associated with his/her arrest.
The company’s primary market is law enforcement and government agencies.
The company differentiates itself by offering a holistic, predictive analytics platform that saves law enforcement agencies time and costs by consolidating and automating criminal intelligence.
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Wearable and digital health provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Jawbone is a consumer electronics company focused on wearables and digital health. The company has raised several rounds of funding since its inception in 1999, totaling nearly $200 million. Jawbone offers several products within the wearables space, including fitness trackers, speakers, and headsets. Founded in 1999, Jawbone is a private consumer electronics company focused on wearables, digital health, and corporate wellness. The company has raised nearly $200 million in private funding since its inception and has a robust and growing network of partners. Jawbone offers a variety of wearable products, including fitness trackers, speakers, and headsets. The company has recently started making acquisitions, such as Playground.fm, BodyMedia, and Massive Health.
Although Jawbone produces speakers and headsets, the company’s primary products are fitness trackers. Additionally, Jawbone offers corporate wellness solutions and mobile applications for their devices.
Jawbone focuses primarily on the consumer market, but also has corporate wellness initiatives.
Jawbone differentiates itself by providing a strong product offering and cultivating a robust network of partnerships and funders.
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Speech recognition and biometrics company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
As of 2014, Nuance has been actively researching and developing products in the biometrics space for 12 years. Nuance does not sell biometric products to end customers. Their markets are mainly voice biometrics for customer service and device manufacturers for direct integration into their devices (e.g. smartphones, TVs, automobiles). In the biometrics market, Nuance sells no hardware, focusing instead on licensing its software, which is based on voice biometrics. Founded in 1992, Nuance offers products and services for optical character recognition, speech synthesis, and speech recognition. Additionally, the company operates as a consultancy and government contractor. In 2005, Nuance merged with ScanSoft, a company focusing on software development, especially in the PDF market. Nuance currently has a partnership with Apple and the Siri project. The company’s technology is used by close to two-thirds of Fortune 100 companies. Other notable mergers include: Mobile Voice Control Inc (2006), Tegic Communications Inc (2007), eScription Inc (2008), SNAPin Software (2008), SVOX (2011), Vlingo (2011), Ditech Networks (2012), and Varolii (2013).
Nuance focuses on voice biometric technology, typically deploying its software on client servers and information technology systems. Current products focus on embedded speech recognition, automated telephone directory services, medical transcription software, and optical character recognition software.
Primary markets include: financial services, telecommunications, government, healthcare, utilities, travel & transportation, and retail.
The company differentiates itself by offering software and system solutions to businesses, allowing companies to automate much of the interaction with customers, saving time and costs. Additionally, Nuance has a software solution (FraudMiner) that can monitor fraud by scanning audio recordings to call centers and identifying likely fraudulent callers.
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Software company focused on connected embedded systems
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
QNX Software Systems Limited is a provider of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. The company’s key strategic partners include: Apple, Nuance, Pandora, Altera, Freescale, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm, Alliance, Texas Instruments, and Xilinx, among others. In 2010, QNX was acquired by BlackBerry. Founded in 1980 and acquired by BlackBerry in 2010, QNX Software Systems Limited is a provider of operating systems, middleware, development tools, and professional services for connected embedded systems. Customers include Audi, Siemens, General Electric, Cisco, and Lockheed Martin, and target markets include automotive, medical, industrial, networking and telecom, and security and defense. QNX believes that developing with a broad medical ecosystem is critical to success, and has partnerships with companies in the silicon, multimedia, graphical technologies, database technologies, and connectivity solutions space.
QNX’s technology is primarily focused on embedded software systems and solutions for a variety of application domains, such as healthcare and automotive. The company also produces middleware, development tools, real-time operating systems, and software-related services.
Primary markets served by QNX include automotive, industrial, medical, networking & telecommunication, security, and defense.
QNX differentiates itself within the health technology space by focusing on embedded system solutions, software, and operating systems.
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Wearable camera and self defense provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Taser International, Inc. is a leading distributor of electroshock guns and wearable cameras, focusing primarily on the consumer and law enforcement agencies. Founded originally as Air Taser, Inc., the company changed its name to Taser International, Inc. in 1998 to emphasize its international focus and expansion. Taser is actively developing a wearable camera platform, Evidence.com, for law enforcement and government agencies to manage digital evidence. Founded in 1993 as Air Taser, Inc., Taser International, Inc. is a worldwide provider of electroshock guns primarily for the consumer and law enforcement industries. Although most of the company’s revenues are generated in the United States, it changed its name in 1998 to emphasize its international focus and expansion.
With the release of the AXON Flex, Taser International, Inc. has entered the wearable camera market. The product has seen positive adoption with reports that the technology has increased the accountability of law enforcement agencies and provided a new stream of evidence for securing liabilities. The company also released a web-based evidence management platform, Evidence.com, for use with its wearable camera product line.
Taser International, Inc. is a provider of electroshock guns and wearable cameras. The company’s cameras are field-tested for reliability and longevity. Although primarily used by law enforcement agencies in the United States, the company’s product line is marketed to consumers and international clients as well.
By pushing a button located on the device, the AXON Flex cameras begin capturing video from a first-person perspective. In addition to the live video capture, the camera also retrieves video from 30 seconds prior to activation, allowing stakeholders to view the cause of the cameras activation.
Primary markets for Taser International Inc. include consumer, law enforcement, military, and international.
Taser International, Inc. differentiates itself by offering non-lethal weapons primarily for the consumer and law enforcement sectors. The company’s line of wearable cameras, AXON, is being tested and deployed by law enforcement agencies across the United States, enabling video evidence to be collected at the time of investigation.
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Augmented reality company focused on retail and product manu...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
VIvidWorks is a software company focused on providing augmented reality experiences for the retail and product manufacturing industries. The company has raised over $1.7 million in seed funding since its inception in 2006. As of 1Q 2015, VividWorks software was being used by more than 100,000 people worldwide. Founded in 2006, VIvidWorks is a software company focused on providing user-friendly, interactive augmented reality experiences for the retail and product manufacturing industries, especially the furniture market. The company’s business model is based on the SaaS model with monthly fees. As of 1Q 2015, VividWorks software was being used by more than 100,000 people worldwide.
VividWorks provides a customizable, user-friendly, web-based augmented reality and sales management platform for retailers and product manufacturers. The technology enables consumers to test what furniture would look like in a physical space, like at home or an office, before purchasing. The company’s technology is built on iOS with Android plans currently in beta testing. Although VividWorks is investigating wearable platforms, its product offerings are exclusively available on mobile platforms at present.
Within the augmented reality market, VividWorks focuses on the retail and product manufacturer industries, specifically the furniture market.
VividWorks differentiates itself by focusing on product manufacturers, furniture, and user experience within the augmented reality space. The company provides unique visualization and interactivity tools that enable users to sample what products like furniture might look like in their home.
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Mobile application developer specializing in artificial inte...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
SwiftKey is a mobile application developer that uses artificial intelligence technology to predict an individual’s next word choice. The company’s products are available on both Android and iOS platforms and support more than 60 languages, ranging from Afrikaans and Arabic to Urdu and Vietnamese. SwiftKey has secured over $20 million in funding, including a Series A round of $2.4 million and a Series B round of $17.5 million. SwiftKey is a mobile application software company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 2008 by Jon Reynolds (CEO) and Ben Medlock (CTO), SwiftKey uses artificial intelligence algorithms to predict future word choices of individuals based on previously entered text. The system gets more accurate and precise over time by learning from previous SMS messages. As of 1Q 2015, the company had secured over $21 million in funding from a variety of investors, such as Index Ventures, Octopus Investments, Jon Craton, Nick Hynes, and Richard Brennan, among others.
In 2010, SwiftKey released a beta version of its product, which supported seven languages and offered a number of features. Approximately one year later, in July 2011, the company’s first non-beta product, SwiftKey X, was released on the Android platform. Since then, SwiftKey’s application has gone through a number of iterations. In its current version, SwiftKey supports more than 60 languages and 800 emoji (with prediction), incorporates a collection of artificial intelligence and learning algorithms, and is available on Android and iOS platforms as a free to download application.
In addition to its core product offering, SwiftKey has also developed a software development kit to expand the software’s application domain by enabling developers to create applications on multiple platforms and in multiple programming languages. In 2012, the company also released a version specific to the healthcare industry, SwiftKey Healthcare, which provides next-word predictions for clinical data. The healthcare application is available on the Android, iOS, Blackberry, and Windows platforms.
SwiftKey’s Keyboard applications and cloud-based solutions rely on artificial intelligence technology to learn and adapt to individual users overtime. Additionally, the company’s solutions are available on both Android and iOS platforms. As of Q2 2015, SwiftKey’s applications supported over 60 languages, ranging from Afrikaans and Arabic to Urdu and Vietnamese.
As an application developer focused on making it “easy for everyone to create and communicate on mobile,” SwiftKey primarily serves the consumer electronics and mobile application industries. The company’s app is Google Play’s most popular keyboard app, and on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, SwiftKey’s app was downloaded more than 1 million times the first day it was available.
SwiftKey differentiates itself by focusing on continuous development of its product, rapidly integrating and testing new artificial intelligence solutions and emerging software technology. In addition, unlike many competitors, the company offers its application in a variety of languages, including more than 11 Indian languages, including Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, and Nepali, among others.
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Video eyewear and smart glasses provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
The company is a leading supplier of video eyewear and smart glasses products in the consumer, entertainment, and commercial industries. Vuzix pioneered the first video eyewear for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to support stereoscopic 3D. The company produces a variety of products, including: IWear 720, smart glasses, video eyewear, augmented reality systems, and virtual reality systems, among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a leader in video eyewear and smart glasses. The company has changed its name twice since being formed. Originally called Interactive Imaging Systems, the company rebranded to Icuiti in 2005 and then to Vuzix in 2007. Vuzix’s products are primarily used for viewing video and digital information from mobile devices. Despite being active in the consumer electronics and entertainment markets, half of the company’s revenue is generated from the industrial and military industries (e.g. head-mounted displays for night vision applications).
The company produces augmented and virtual reality systems, including smart glasses and video eyewear technology. Vuzix’s products simulate viewing a large screen by covering a user’s field of view. The company also produces software applications for its products, extending functionality and capabilities.
Primary markets served by Vuzix include consumer electronics, entertainment, commercial, and military.
The company remains competitive by actively generating patents related to its product and technology offering. Also, Vuzix differentiates itself from other augmented reality and smart glasses companies by developing products for the industrial and military industries.
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Augmented reality company specializing in object-recognition...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Zappar is an augmented reality company whose technology is based on object recognition and Zapcodes, custom barcodes that trigger interactive augmented reality experiences. Zappar has won several awards for its technology and worked with a growing number of large companies like Sony and Coca-Cola. The company’s primary markets include consumer electronics, entertainment, food & beverage, automotive, and telecommunications. Founded in 2011, Zappar is an augmented reality software company that provides a freely downloadable application that enables customers to scan objects and have interactive augmented reality experiences. At the core of the company’s software is an object recognition technology that can identify real-world objects and Zapcodes, custom barcodes developed by Zappar for use with its augmented reality application. Zappar works with a number of large companies such as Sony and Coca-Cola, and has won several awards for its technology.
The foundation of Zappar’s offerings is the Zappar application, which relies on object recognition technology and Zapcodes (i.e. custom bar codes) to trigger augmented reality experiences. The company’s application is free to download for consumers. Companies can license the application starting for less than $50 per month to develop custom augmented reality experiences for customers.
Primary markets for Zappar include consumer electronics, entertainment, food & beverage, automotive, and telecommunications.
Zappar differentiates itself by providing a freely downloadable augmented reality application for use by consumers, which businesses can use to integrate products for customizable augmented reality content. With plans starting below $50 per month, companies can create unique, immersive advertising and entertainment solutions for customers.
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Software development company focused on virtual reality appl...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Aesthetic Interactive is a software development company focused on custom virtual reality applications and consultations across a variety of verticals. Aesthetic Interactive primarily offers contracting and consulting services for client-specific VR software projects. Services offered by the company include: development, creative and design, project management, and communication (e.g. project documentation). A sample of the company’s competitors include EON Reality, Facebook/Oculus VR, Sony, HTC, and Microsoft. Founded in 2007 and based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Aesthetic Interactive is a software development company focused on custom virtual reality applications and consultations across a variety of verticals. Since its inception the company has developed an extensive portfolio of projects, ranging from gaming and entertainment apps to apps focused on education and training. The company’s core competencies include software development, design, project management, and consulting.
Aesthetic Interactive provides software development contracting and consulting services, as well as in-house games, apps, and other projects. Although the company serves a variety of clients from unique verticals, specific markets targeted include gaming, entertainment, education, and training.
Aesthetic Interactive differentiates itself from competitors in the VR/AR space by focusing on software development rather than hardware/devices. More specifically, the company develops client-specific products, specializing in development, design, and project management.
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Web services and artificial intelligence company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2000 by Robin Li, Baidu is a global web services technology leader based in Beijing, China. In March of 2015, Baidu ranked fourth overall in the Alexa Internet rankings and captured over 50% of the internet search traffic in China. Top competitors of the company include Google, Global Sources, Sohu.com, Sina, Alibaba, Microsoft, Yahoo!, TradeKey, and TOM Online. As of 3Q 2015, Baidu had a market capitalization of $52.69 billion. In addition, since its inception Baidu has secured a number of funding rounds totaling over $150 million, including a Series A round of $1.2 million, a Series B round of $10 million, and a Series C round of $100 million. Baidu was launched in Beijing, China, in 2000 by Robin Li, and its first office was located in a hotel room near Peking University from where Li graduated. The company gets its name from the last line of Xin Qiji’s classical poem, “Green Jade Table in The Lantern Festival,” a poem written more than 800 years ago during the Song Dynasty. Since its inception, the company continues to grow and innovate, and at present holds over 50% of the internet search market share in China. In addition to its web services, the company is currently heavily investing in research and development initiatives focused on autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence technology based on deep learning.
Baidu is a global information technology and web services leader employing a diverse ecosystem of software and hardware technology to develop applications appealing to a mass audience. The company is the number one search engine in China, holding over 50% of the market as of 3Q 2014. In March of 2015, Baidu ranked fourth overall in the Alexa Internet rankings, and as of June 2015, the company had over 1 billion visits per month. In addition to web services, the company is also heavily invested in research and development initiatives involving autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence systems based on deep learning technology.
Baidu is primarily focused on the information technology market, specifically web and smartphone services. The company is also heavily invested in research and development initiatives and intellectual property acquisition, particularly involving autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence.
Baidu is uniquely positioned as a leading cross-platform information gateway with world-class technology, especially as the internet disrupts more traditional industries and mobile’s importance continues to grow. In addition, e-commerce in China is poised for substantial growth and Baidu is heavily invested in capitalizing on growth opportunities.
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Smart drones, advanced aerial cinema, and UAV technology pro...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2009, 3D Robotics (3DR) is a hardware and software technology company focused on semi-autonomous drone systems for the consumer and enterprise markets. The company was founded by long-time Wired magazine editor-in-chief Chris Anderson and Jordi Munoz after originally planning to supply drone technology to the global hobbyist community. Key relationships for the company include DIYDrones.com, ETH Zurich, Intel, Linux, and Qualcomm. The company’s most recent product release, Solo, provides with semi-autonomous flight, professional-grade aerial images and video, and an intuitive user interface for less than $1,000. Founded in 2009 by Chris Anderson (previously editor-in-chief of Wired magazine) and Jordi Munoz, 3D Robotics is a technology company focused on the design and development of advanced consumer and prosumer drone systems. Originally, the company planned to supply drone technology to the global hobbyist community, but by 2012 3DR’s business had grown beyond the DIY community, allowing Anderson to quit his job at Wired to join 3DR as its full-time CEO. In addition to facilitating the development of the most advanced open autopilot system for drones, 3DR is now a global leader in consumer drone technology.
In addition to developing advanced semi-autonomous drone systems for consumer and enterprise markets, 3DR also developed a world-class universal flight code, called APM. “In collaboration with the renowned Swiss research institute ETH Zurich, 3DR used this code to develop the Pixhawk, to this day the world’s leading open autopilot platform.” Pixhawk powers all 3DR drones, and has been used by some of the most successful UAV companies and research institutes worldwide (e.g. NASA).
Having its origins in the DIY community, 3DR is primarily focused on the consumer and prosumer electronics markets. However, 3DR has recently begun to develop commercial-grade drone systems as well.
3DR differentiates itself from competitors by designing and developing low-cost consumer drone systems that offer features typically found on higher-end drones. For example, the company recently released a new model, called Solo, that is capable of high-definition video streaming to smartphones and tablets, while also providing autopilot capabilities for less than $1,000.
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E-commerce and cloud computing provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, Amazon has become a global leader in the e-commerce and cloud computing markets. Top competitors of the company include Alibaba Group, Apple Inc., Walmart, Target, eBay, and Barnes & Noble. As of 3Q 2015, Amazon had a market capitalization of $229.13 billion. In addition to e-commerce and cloud computing, key services and products of the company include Amazon Prime, Amazon Games, Amazon Art, Amazon Instant Video, Amazon Web Services, book content services, Amazon Local, AmazonWireless, AmazonFresh and Amazon Prime Pantry, Amazon Dash, Amazon Prime Air, Prime Now, and Amazon Supply. Founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, Amazon has since become a global e-commerce and cloud computing technology company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The company was originally named Cadabra, but was later changed due to its name sounding too similar to “cadaver.” Amazon.com went live in 1995. The company is now one of the largest by market capitalization in the world and is a leading player in the online retail market. In addition to its core business, the company is also heavily invested in research and development initiatives and other business growth projects. For instance, as of 2013 the company announced plans to develop a drone-based delivery service for low-weight, close-range deliveries.
As an e-commerce and cloud computing provider, Amazon’s underlying technologies and software applications are diverse but primarily built around customer relationship management and information management. The core technology that serves as the technological foundation of the company is based on Linux. To protect sensitive customer data, such as credit card information, the company utilizes Netscape Secure Commerce Server. In addition to its technical infrastructure for core business processes, Amazon is also developing a variety of ancillary technologies to facilitate its core business. For example, as of 2013 the company released plans to develop a drone-delivery service for light-weight, short-range deliveries.
Amazon is primarily focused on the e-commerce, retail, cloud computing, and related markets.
With a robust delivery network and the ability to offer lower prices than most of its competitors, Amazon differentiates itself in the e-commerce and retail markets by continuously advancing its technological capabilities and the user-experience across all of its platforms. In addition to being dominant in the e-commerce and cloud computing markets, the company is also heavily invested in research and development for its underlying business processes. For example, in 2013 the company announced plans to develop a drone-based delivery service to facilitate the speedy delivery of light-weight packages.
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Drone delivery service provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Amazon Prime Air, a subsidiary of Amazon, is a technology provider specializing in lightweight, quick drone-based delivery services for Amazon clients. Despite regulatory setbacks and public concern, the company has been granted FAA permission to test in the United States, and has also been testing at an assortment of international sites since 2013. The company has joined NASA, Google, and other drone technology stakeholders to manage drone traffic and progress regulations for drone delivery services. Amazon is a global e-commerce and cloud computing technology company founded in 1994 by current CEO Jeff Bezos. As of 2015, it was the largest internet-based retailer in the United States. Amazon formally introduced its intentions to deliver lightweight packages via semi-autonomous drones in 2013 when Jeff Bezos revealed Amazon Prime Air on 60 Minutes. Despite regulatory impediments and public concern, the company continues to advance its drone delivery technology, and as of 3Q 2015, had test sites operating in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Israel, among other test locations internationally.
Amazon Prime Air is primarily designing and manufacturing small, semi-autonomous quadcopters for short-flights (less than 30 minutes) for delivery applications. The drones will be equipped with detect and avoid technology, GPS, and other sensor equipment. In addition, the drones will be able to carry packages that weigh 5 pounds or less, which represent 86% of Amazon’s deliveries.
The company is targeting a diverse collection of markets with its drone delivery service. Only products that weigh more than 5 pounds will be excluded from the Amazon Prime Air’s delivery service, representing only 14% of the company’s packages.
Leveraging its global commerce business, Amazon differentiates itself in the drone delivery space by focusing on short-flight, lightweight deliveries to areas within a 10 mile radius of a storage location. With 86% of its deliveries weighing less than 5 pounds (weight limit for drone delivery), Amazon is well positioned to take advantage of progressive drone regulations and emerging technology for delivery applications.
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Consumer electronics and connected devices company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Withings is a consumer electronics and connected devices company based in France that specializes in health products and solutions. The company has won numerous awards for its technology, including CES Best of Show and the Design Award from Futur en Seine, among many others. As of 2Q 2015, Withings had secured over $33 million in venture capital funding, including a $3.34 million round from Ventech and a $30 million round from Bpifrance Large Venture, 360 Capital Partners, Idinvest Partners, and Ventech. Founded in 2008, Withings is a consumer electronics and connected devices company based in France. The company’s first product, the Wi-Fi Body Scale, debuted in 2009 and brought the company significant media and consumer attention. The product was able to measure both weight and body mass, as well as connect to the internet and various health 2.0 services like Google Health and Microsoft HealthVault. Withings now has a more extensive product offering, covering activity trackers, smart watches, sleep products, baby products, and variety of partner-created mobile applications. Despite the company’s product line diversification, it still focuses on health solutions.
Withings specializes in internet-enabled devices and applications for the health sector. Although the company primarily develops consumer electronics products, it is also heavily involved with application development through its robust and growing network of partners. As of 2Q 2015, more than 100 applications were available on its platform.
Withings is focused on internet-enabled devices with a concentration on health and wellness. Its first product was a Wi-Fi weighing scale launched in 2009, and since then the company has introduced a number of connected products including a blood pressure monitor, home security camera, baby monitor, baby scale, sleep solutions, activity tracker, and smart watch.
Given its focus on activity trackers and watches, Withings has a large stake in the growing wearables market. However, unlike most other wearable vendors, Withings is positioning itself as a maker of connected things that are health-focused, rather than fitness-focused. This approach allows Withings to offer a wide range of devices to its customers, and to build integrated experiences around improving one’s health. Such a strategy also allows Withings to focus on a larger group of consumers rather than a niche fitness and sports market.
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Game development platform leader
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Unity Technologies is a game development platform leader focusing on the gaming, simulation, gambling, architecture, engineering, and construction industries. The company has secured over $17.5 million from three rounds of funding, including a $5.5 million Series A round led by Sequoia Capital and a $12 million Series B round from Sequoia Capital, iGlobe Partners, and WestSummit Capital. The top competitors to Unity are Epic Games and Crytek. Founded in 2009, Unity Technology is a game development platform leader focusing on the gaming, simulation, gambling, architecture, engineering, and construction industries. In addition to its game development platform, the company also has services dedicated to user retention, social sharing, analytics, and as services. Unity’s latest platform, Unity 5, is the default software development kit for the Wii U system. The company is uniquely positioned to take advantage of emerging augmented reality technologies, as its system is compatible with over 21 platforms, including iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Wii U, Oculus Rift, Linux, Apple, and Windows, among others.
Unity Technologies platform Unity5 is a leader in next-generation game development. The development environment is based on a 64-bit editor, offering a dramatic increase in speed over previous versions. Additionally, Unity5 has built-in Web GL support for plugin-free web-based game development. The platform also has cloud-based team development support, and one project can be used on over 21 platforms, including iOS, Android, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Wii U, Oculus Rift, Linux, Apple, and Windows, among others.
Unity Technologies focuses primarily on the gaming, gambling, simulation, architecture, engineering, and construction markets.
Unity differentiates itself within the augmented reality space by focusing on game development and 3D visualization technology. The company’s development environment is platform agnostic, allowing to be used as the foundation of augmented reality applications across a range of devices.
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Augmented reality leader with more than 12 years of experien...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Metaio is an augmented reality leader with more than 12 years of experience, a growing network of 140,000 developers, and more than 50,000 published AR applications. The company has won more than 10 awards since its founding, including the Auggies Award for “Best Campaign” and the Auggies Award for “Best AR Demo.” In addition to several AR software development platforms, Metaio also provides an image recognition and management platform and a cloud-based AR application management system. In May 2015, the company had been acquired by Apple for undisclosed reasons. Founded in 2003, Metaio is a German software company focused on augmented reality. In of May 2015, Metaio was acquired by Apple for undisclosed reasons. Shortly after the Apple acquisition, Metaio’s social media pages and website were taken offline and sales of products were suspended. Apple, as with most of its acquisitions, has been silent about its future intentions with Metaio. The company’s main products are software development kits, image recognition software, and a cloud-based application management platform. With over 12 years of experience in the AR space, Metaio has a growing network of over 140,000 developers and 50,000 published augmented reality applications. The company claims to have a global reach of 250 million consumers. Since its inception, Metaio has won more than 10 awards for its AR technology.
Metaio produces a variety of augmented reality software solutions, ranging from content creation kits for nonprogrammers to fully customizable, cloud-based AR solutions. In addition to its collections of software development kits, Metaio also provides an image recognition software for use with AR applications.
Metaio provides AR solutions to a variety of markets, primarily including automotive, food & beverage, consumer electronics, research & education, entertainment, gaming and telecommunications.
Metaio differentiates itself by providing complete augmented reality software solutions for a range of skill levels, from nonprogrammers to technical software engineers. The company also offers a cloud-based hosting package and an image recognition and storage product for use with AR applications.
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Virtual reality technology company specializing in education...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Agora VR is a software technology company that specializes in educational virtual reality applications. The company’s primary product offering is Siminar, a virtual reality based presentation software that enables virtual meetings, presentations, and lectures in a virtual environment. Key competitors include Altspace, Jaunt, Converge, JanusVR, Aesthetic Interactive. Based in Washington, D.C., Agora VR is a software technology company that specializes in educational virtual reality applications. The company’s product can be used on a growing number of head-mounted displays like the Oculus Rift. Most notably, the company’s platform enables virtual presentations, lectures, and meetings.
The company focuses on educational application development for a collection of VR devices (e.g. Oculus Rift). Across platforms, users can create siminars – which are a cross between seminars and webinars – by simply choosing a presentation topic and developing content. Next, users connect with geographically disparate user groups using head-mounted displays and present their ideas in a virtual environment.
Agora VR exclusively targets the education market, focusing on hosting presentations, meetings, and lectures in a virtual reality environment.
Agora VR differentiates itself in the virtual reality space by focusing exclusively on educational solutions, offering a “one of a kind application for hosting presentation, lectures, and meetings in virtual reality.”
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Custom drone solution provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Founded in 2014, Autonomous Avionics is a provider of custom drone solutions, specializing in aerial imagery and sensor packages. Top competitors include: Advanced Unmanned, Skyris Imaging, Dragan Fly, Propeller Heads, Aerial Affair, Fly Boys, Surdex Corporation, Aircover Integrated Solutions, Aerovironment. Although the company provides client-specific solutions, it primarily focuses on the consumer electronics industry. Founded in 2014, Autonomous Avionics is a small Denver-based UAV provider specializing in custom solutions. The company modifies existing UAV platforms, such as drone models from DJI and 3D Robotics, to fulfill client needs. Although the company’s founder is an IT industry veteran with experience in technology consulting and web application development, the impetus for creating Autonomous Avionics came from decades of interest in radio controlled airplanes.
Autonomous Avionics specializes in taking existing UAV platforms – such as multirotor drones from DJI and 3D Robotics – and modifying them based on client needs. The company is a provider of the DJI Inspire 1, S900, Tarot, and Phantom 2, as well as the 3D Robotics Iris+. Specialized aerial photography solutions offered by Autonomous Avionics include: a variety of camera packages (e.g. GoPro, RED Epic), brushless gimbals, vibration dampeners, image stabilization, and video transmitters. The company also offers a variety of sensor solutions, such as atmospheric sensors, data collection, aerial mapping, and near IR cameras, among others.
By offering drone packages from DJI and 3D Robotics, Autonomous Avionics primarily serves the consumer electronics industry, specializing in custom solutions for aerial imagingand sensor packages.
Autonomous Avionics differentiates itself by focusing on custom UAV solutions for aerial imagingand sensor packages. The company specializes in modifying existing drone platforms to provide unique solutions to clients.
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Drone-based aerial inspection company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Advanced Aerial Inspection Resources is a drone-based aerial inspection company focusing on the utilities, wind energy, oil & gas, civil infrastructure, and real estate surveying industries. Backed by state of the art encryption technology, the company’s platforms incorporate high-resolution imagery systems, thermal sensors, and LIDAR to meet client expectations. Key competitors include CyberHawk, Sky Futures, AeroVironment, Surdex Corporation, Aerial Affair, DraganFly, Skyris Imaging, Advanced Unmanned. Headquartered in Magnolia, Texas, Advanced Aerial Inspection Resources (AAIR) in a drone-based aerial inspection company focusing on the utilities, wind energy, oil & gas, civil infrastructure, and real estate surveying industries. Like similar companies, AAIR is navigating the uncertainties of drone policy development and FAA regulations, but strong growth prospects are enabling the company to acquire new clients and advance its core service offerings.
The company relies on a diverse mix of technologies to serve clients. The drones used by Advanced Aerial Inspection Resources (AAIR) are supplied by a German drone manufacturing company, Ascending Technologies. In addition to the drone frames and core components, AAIR technology incorporates high-resolution imagery systems, thermal sensors, and LIDAR to meet client expectations. The company’s platforms are secured by state of the art encryption technology.
The primary markets served by Advanced Aerial Inspection Resources include search & rescue, safety, utilities, civil infrastructure, wind energy, real estate surveying, and oil & gas.
As one of the few drone solution companies to focus solely on inspection services, Advanced Aerial Inspection Resources differentiates itself by targeting clients who have critical asset management and maintenance needs.
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Wearable and smart clothing provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Clothing+ develops and manufactures wearable sensor solutions for the sports and medical industries. The company created the world’s first heart rate sensing shirt in 1998, and started mass-producing the world’s first textile heart rate sensor strap in 2002. Key clients include: Suunto, Adidas, Garmin, Under Armour, Philips, and Timex. Founded in 2001, Clothing+ created the world’s first heart rate sensing shirt (1998) and heart rate sensor strap (2002). The company works mainly in the sports and medical industries, with clients such as Adidas, Times, and Under Armour, and Garmin, as well as serving hospitals, hospital equipment providers, rehabilitation centers, and long-term body monitoring service providers.
Clothing+ centers on wearable sensor technology in the medical and sports industries. Within the sports industry, the company focuses on developing heart rate sensors, such as chest straps, arm bands, and sports underwear. Recently, partner companies of Clothing+ have used its technology to produce sports bras as well. In the medical industry, the company works with partners to produce textile-integrated sensors that are deployed in a variety of healthcare settings, such as hospitals and rehabilitation centers.
The primary markets for Clothing+ are medical and sports.
Being the first company to develop and mass produce heart rate sensing wearable technology, Clothing+ differentiates itself by working directly with partners to develop custom-built solutions, specializing in the medical and sports industries.
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Face recognition and biometrics company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Cognitec is a face recognition and biometrics company based in Germany, with offices in the U.S. and Australia. Major partnerships include: Accenture, Adobe, Argus Global, Australian Government, Daon, Face First, Human Recognition Systems, IdentyTech Solutions, Lockheed Martin, and Unisys, among others. Noteworthy competitors include: FaceFirst, Ayonix Inc., Animetrics, Inc., Technest Inc., NextGenID, Inc., Aware, IDtech360, Sensory, Smartmatic, NEC, Crossmatch Technologies, ZKTeco, Anviz Global Inc., MorphoTrak Cognitec’s main product and service offering includes: FaceVACS-VideoScan, FaceVACS-DBScan, FaceVACS-Entry, FV-PortraitAcquisition, FaceVACS Technology, and product life cycle support. Founded in 2002 by a team of biometrics experts, Cognitec is a face recognition and biometrics company based in Germany. Although the technology used by the company was originally developed at Siemens, Cognitec has since become one of the top five facial recognition software and hardware companies. The company primarily serves enterprise and government clients, offering facial image database search, video screening and analytics, biometric photo capturing, and border patrol & security, as well as a software offering that can be used to create custom applications.
Cognitec’s platform provides face localization and tracking on video streams and images, a fast and scalable matching algorithms for enrollment, verification, and identification; feature extraction such as gender, age, pose deviation, exposure, glasses, eyes closed, uniform lighting detection, unnatural color, image and face geometry; ISO 19794-5 full frontal image type checks and formatting as required by ePassports; and support for heterogeneous data.
Cognitec’s technology supports portable face recognition applications on the Android and iOS platforms. For instance, law enforcement agents can use handheld devices to identify suspected criminals by capturing images in real time and wirelessly syncing to a remote database for comparison.
Cognitec’s software offers support for a number of programming languages through its APIs’ interfaces, including C++, Java, Microsoft .NET, BioAPI 2.0 Verification Engine (C-API). Additionally, documentation is provided for main use cases and custom projects.
Cognitec’s technology has a variety of applications, including ID issuance, law enforcement, physical security, border control, and commercial, among others.
Cognitec differentiates itself by specializing on facial biometrics and recognition for enterprise and government-level clients. Additionally, the company’s flagship product, FaceVACS software, has a proven record of premier performance on a variety of independent tests.
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Mobile biometrics provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Grabba specializes in products that extend the capabilities of smartphones and tablets such as fingerprint scanner add-on devices. Images from Grabba’s fingerprint readers are certified by the FBI for use as evidence, something competitive readers are not authorized to do (e.g. iPhone fingerprint reader). Although pricing depends substantially upon the number of devices that a customer wishes to purchase, Grabba usually provides professional services at no charge to help its clients get their systems up and running. Since its inception in 2003, Grabba has focused on leveraging the potential of handheld computers and smart phones for use in a wide array of enterprise activities. The company offers a range of add-on devices such as barcode scanners, card readers, RFID read and write, signature capture, and passport reading. Specific to the biometrics space, Grabba provides fingerprint readers. The company operates in a number of markets including retail, law enforcement, border protection, security, and warehousing/logistics.
Grabba produces a variety of add-on devices for handheld computers, smartphones, and tablets. Products include: barcode scanners, card & passport readers, RFID read & write, and signature capture. Specific to the biometrics space, Grabba produces fingerprint readers with WSQ compression. The fingerprint readers are offered as add-ons and are compatible with a number of devices such as BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 and Z10, Apple iPhone 4/4s/5/5s, and the Samsung GALAXY SIII/S5. In 2008, Grabba acquired Fusion Sport Pty Ltd and transitioned from being a small-scale company to a mid-sized business.
Grabba’s key markets include: retail, law enforcement, border protection, security, warehousing, and logistics.
Grabba differentiates itself by offering an add-on biometric device, allowing biometric data to be collected and verified across multiple smart phones, tablets, and other handheld computers, rather than being confined to a single device.
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Digital health startup focused on fall prevention in elderly...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Based in Dublin, Ireland, Kinesis Health Technologies is a health technology startup focusing on preventing falls in elderly populations. The company produces QTUG, a mobility and falls risk assessment technology. Kinesis Health Technologies actively contributed to peer reviewed research on sensor and automation technology as it relates to falls in elderly populations. Founded in 2013, Kinesis Health Technologies focuses on preventing falls in elderly populations. The company actively contributes peer reviewed research on sensor and automation technology within the health informatics field. In the wearables space, Kinesis produces QTUG, a mobility and falls risk assessment technology.
Kinesis Health Technologies produces a wealth of peer reviewed research on automatic detection of falls in susceptible populations using wearable sensor technology and smartphones (or tablets). The company’s main product offering, QTUG (Quantitative Timed Up and Go), provides automated detection and susceptibility of falls. The technology is currently on version 1.3 as of March 2015, which resolved a number of several issues, including improved error handling and minor bug fixes.
Kinesis Health Technologies’ primary market is health, focusing on individuals who are susceptible to falls (e.g. elderly).
The company differentiates itself by providing a platform that both notifies helpful parties if an individual falls and provides an indication of the likelihood of a fall, enabling preventative measures to be taken rather than relying solely on reactionary steps.
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Biometrics identity management provider
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
M2SYS focuses on providing identity management solutions that increase security and convenience. The company has millions of end users in more than 100 countries. Intrinsic Human Recognition is the core of the company’s new identity management platform, uTrinsic, which can be used to identify individuals across any medium for any business process or personal interaction. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 2001, M2SYS focuses on providing identification management solutions worldwide. The company works with government agencies on projects involving voter registration, border patrol, and national identification cards. M2SYS also operates in the healthcare and financial industries. The company has received numerous awards since its inception, including the 2007 Biometrics Technology Innovation of the Year Award form Frost & Sullivan, the 2011 North American New Product Innovation Award in the biometrics industry, and the 2014 Global Impact Award for international business leadership by the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce.
M2SYS primarily focuses on fingerprint software and hardware solutions in the biometrics space, focusing on business and security applications.
Primary markets include: government, public safety, workforce management, healthcare, automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS), and banking.
M2SYS differentiates itself by actively participating in biometric research and development, as well as by providing both hardware and software solutions for potential clients. Additionally, key partnerships help the company remain competitive in the biometrics market.
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Biometric software provider
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Neurotechnology is a supplier of biometric software to OEMs and systems integrators. The company’s software supports fingerprint, facial recognition, voice recognition, and palm print reading, but Neurotechnology does not currently manufacture hardware. The company is not currently involved with vascular imaging because of the hardware requirement and the competitive patent environment with Fujitsu and Hitachi controlling much of the intellectual property and product development. Founded in 1990, Neurotechnology — previously known as Neurotechnologija — is a provider of algorithms and software products for biometric fingerprint, face, iris, voice and palm print recognition. The company additionally offers computer-based vision and object recognition to security agencies, system integrators, and hardware manufacturers. Neurotechnology has millions of customer installations in more than 100 countries. The company’s products are used for border security, criminal investigations, voter registration systems, verification and duplication checking, passport issuance, and other national-scale projects.
The company focuses on algorithmic and software solutions in the biometric and automation markets, covering face, iris, and voice and palm print recognition, as well as computer-based vision and object recognition systems.
Key markets include government, financial services, healthcare, voter registration & authentication, and emerging economies, especially in Africa and Asia.
Neurotechnology views its competitive advantages as high speed, low price, unlimited technical support, and openness, having posted a trial version for free download and its pricing is publicly available.
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User experience company focused on haptic feedback and surfa...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Backed by exclusive intellectual property rights for its bending wave technology, Redux Labs is a UK-based startup focused on redefining the user experience through its haptic feedback and surface audio solutions. The company’s key products include algorithms, control modules, chipsets, and transducers. Redux Labs key application areas include: smartphones and tablets, TVs, monitors, white goods switch and user interface control, automotive switch and user interface control, aerospace control interfaces, and home and industrial automation user interfaces. Founded in 2013, Redux Labs is a UK-based startup focused on innovative user interface technologies. The company’s bending wave intellectual property enables it to develop haptic feedback and surface audio systems for smartphones, tablets, PCs, consumer devices, home appliances, automobiles, aerospace technology, and industrial equipment.
The company’s technology is primarily focused on product development and intellectual property related to surface audio and haptic feedback. Moreover, the company’s “Surface Sensation products are based on patented bending wave technology” enabling it to deliver “both surface audio – turning a screen or panel into a high quality stereo or surround sound loudspeaker – and customizable, position specific haptic feedback to point of touch only.”
Redux Labs is focused on redefining the user experience in mobile, consumer, computing, automation and the automotive markets. Key application areas include: smartphones and tablets, TVs, monitors, white goods switch and user interface control, automotive switch and user interface control, aerospace control interfaces, and home and industrial automation user interfaces.
Redux Labs differentiates itself from competitors through exclusive rights to bending wave intellectual property for exploitation in its target market segments. In addition to its intellectual property rights, the company also gains competitive advantage by focusing on haptic feedback and surface audio technology.
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Augmented reality software developer kit
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Qualcomm Vuforia is a software developer kit focused on AR applications for advertising, art, education, enterprise, entertainment, gaming, health, sports, tourism, and toys, among many other application domains. As of 2Q 2015, Qualcomm Vuforia had an estimated 70% share of consumer-facing AR applications and an installed base of approximately 175 million. The Vuforia SDK has a network of around 140,000 developers and a collection of more than 20,000 applications. Founded in 1985, Qualcomm is a leading global semiconductor company based in San Diego, California. Top markets served by the company include: mobile, automotive, education, health care, and networking. Since its inception, Qualcomm has made more than 35 acquisitions, notably including Atheros in 2011 for $3.1 billion and CSR plc. In 2014 for $2.5 billion. Additionally, Qualcomm manufactures a variety of products, such as tracking devices, semiconductors, satellite phones, operating systems, and speech codecs, among many others.
Vuforia is an augmented reality software development kit offered by Qualcomm. Vuforia has application programming interfaces for a variety of programming languages, including C++, Java, Objective-C, and .Net. Also, Vuforia is supported on both the Android platform and iOS. Additionally, there is an extension for use with the Unity game engine.
A key technology enabler for AR is Motion-to-Photon Latency – essentially reducing the delay between motion in the real world and displaying the AR representation in the glasses. This is important for keeping AR images stable relative to real-world objects. Vuforia is making progress in this area utilizing predictive head motion models and other tools.
As of 2Q 2015, Vuforia had an expanding developer community of around 140,000. Geographically, North America accounted for 15%, Europe 25%, Latin America 13%, Japan & Korea 9%, Southeast Asia Pacific 17%, China 8%, and India 7%. In addition. Vuforia apps in development have increased steadily over time: 3,056 (2011), 9,844 (2012), 15,464 (2013), and 20,301 (2014).
Vuforia has applications across a number of domains, most notably including advertising, apparel, architecture, art, automotive, education, electronics, enterprise, entertainment, food & beverage, gaming, health, politics, publishing, retail, sports, tourism, and toys.
Qualcomm Vuforia differentiates itself by offering a software development kit rather than standalone applications. By focusing on cultivating a developer community, the company now has approximately a 70% share of consumer-facing AR applications according to Qualcomm’s estimates. Additionally, to further drive product adoption, Qualcomm Vuforia – similar to Unity – offers a free version of its SDK that includes a watermark.
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Social media and digital marketing company specializing in a...
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Ride Media is a social media & digital marketing company that specializes in aerial videography and photography solutions. Primary markets served by the company include real estate, aerial photography & videography, and social media. Services offered are: content creation, consulting, and social brand management. Ride Media primarily uses DJI multirotor drones for aerial videography and photography applications, modifying the platforms based on the specific needs of clients. Founded in 2012 by Paul Aitken, Ride Media is a social media and digital marketing company specializing in aerial videography and photography using drone technology. The company performs three primary services for clients: content creation, consulting, and social brand management. In addition to the services provided, Ride Media’s core competencies are in drone technology, illustration, movies, photography, print, and web design.
Ride Media relies on an eclectic mix of technology to meet client needs, ranging from web design and illustrations to piloting unmanned aerial systems for videography and photography. Specific to drone technology, the company employs multirotor drones (e.g. DJI) over fixed wing models for VTOL capabilities and increased control for still shots.
Ride Media specializing on advertising and marketing applications of drone technology. Primary markets served include real estate, aerial photography & videography, and social media.
Ride Media differentiates itself by focusing on social media and marketing applications of unmanned aerial photography and videography systems.
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Software technology company focused on augmented reality sol...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Scope AR is a software technology company that focuses on custom-built augmented reality training solutions. The company primarily works with clients in the energy, mining, medical, automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics sectors, as well as government agencies. In 2014, Scope AR worked with more than 15 large international clients, such as Boeing, Qualcomm, and Epson. Founded in 2010, Scope AR is a software company focused on providing custom augmented reality training solutions for government agencies and industrial clients primarily in the energy, mining, medical, automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics sectors. In 2014, Scope AR worked with more than 15 large international clients, such as Boeing, Qualcomm, and Epson.
Scope AR works directly with clients to develop custom augmented reality training solutions. The company’s software is hardware agnostic, capable of working across various AR and VR platforms such as Google Glass, Oculus Rift, and Epson Moverio BT-200 smart glasses.
The company mainly focuses on government organizations and industrial companies within the energy, mining, medical, automotive, aerospace, and consumer electronics sectors.
Scope AR differentiates itself in the augmented reality space by focusing on training solutions. The company has successfully worked with several multinational companies and government organizations. Also, Scope AR’s technology is hardware agnostic, enabling the company’s platform to be used across a diverse collection of devices.
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Augmented reality provider specializing in education and tra...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Seabery Soluciones is a software technology company focused on applying augmented reality solutions to education and training. The company is a member of AWE, Worlddidac, Corporation Technologica de Andalucia, Cesol, IberDidac, and AWS. Seabery Soluciones offers several augmented training platforms, including Teacher Software, e-Learning Platform, AR Simulator, and the Analysis Module. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Spain, Seabery Soluciones is a provider of augmented training solutions primarily for industry and government. The company has won numerous awards for its technology, such as the Silicon Stroll Bootcamp, Worlddidac Award, and the Auggie Awards. Seabery provides customizable training and education applications that employ augmented reality technology to facilitate learning. For example, the company developed a welding training solution that uses a head-mounted display to overlay physical objects with digital information to speed up and increase the efficacy of learning.
Seabery Soluciones provides a software system that utilizes augmented reality and analytics to provide immersive and interactive training applications in a variety of settings (e.g. welder training). The company’s software solutions can be used independently or grouped together depending on the needs of each client.
Although Seabery Soluciones’ primary domains of expertise are training and education, the company’s platform can be used in a variety of settings (e.g. welding training). The company focuses on both government and industry customers.
Seabery Soluciones differentiates itself within the augmented reality sector by focusing on and specializing in education and training markets. For example, the company has won awards for its augmented reality welding training software.
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Artificial intelligence company specializing in unstructured...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Sensai is an artificial intelligence company founded in 2013 that focuses on unstructured data analytics and novel data querying solutions. The company primarily serves the finance & banking, manufacturing, industrial, and enterprise markets, among others. Major clients include a top 200 global manufacturing company and a top 10 investment bank. As of 2Q 2015, Sensai has secured $900,000 in seed funding from Soma Capital, ValueStream Labs, Chris Kelly, Formation 8, and Andreessen Horowitz. Founded in 2013 by current CEO Jonas Lamis, CTO Monica Anderson, and VP of Product Michael Gusek, Sensai is an emerging player in the artificial intelligence space focusing on unstructured data (e.g. text). Having worked with global manufacturing companies and top financial institutions, Sensai has a growing list of top-tier clients and has raised $900,000 in private funding as of 2Q 2015.
Sensai’s platform relies on cutting edge artificial intelligence technology and rapid product development. Additionally, the company provides analysts with a new language for interacting with text data, the Content Discovery Language (CDL). CDL is a linguistic data flow language that integrates “faceted search, regular expressions, and machine learning algorithms all within one query.” Using CDL, companies can select data sources, design forms, describe data, deploy algorithms, compile results and reports, and set up alerts.
Since unstructured data is ubiquitous across industries, Sensai focuses on a variety of markets, including finance & banking, manufacturing, industrial, and enterprise, among others. For example, its platform has been used by global manufacturers and a top 10 investment bank.
Sensai differentiates itself from other analytics companies by focusing on unstructured data like text, which accounts for an estimated 80 percent of available data. Additionally, the company has created a new approach to analyzing unstructured data, making it easier for analysts to extract insights.
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Wearable technology provider
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Founded in 2008, Shimmer is a leader in wireless wearable sensor technology. The company has a range of enterprise partners, including Procter & Gamble, BioSensics, and NCSR, among others. Shimmer offers a variety of sensor products, a sample of which includes: Shimmer3 Development Kit, GSR+ Optical Pulse Development Kit, ECG Development Kit, Shimmer3, Shimmer Dock, Optical Pulse Probe, and the Skin Surface Temperature Probe. Founded in 2008, Shimmer provides advanced development of wearable sensor platforms based on an award-winning, clinical grade sensor technology. The system enables real-time data capture and communication and facilitates comprehensive wireless sensing applications that efficiently address biophysical, kinematic, and environmental-sensing needs. The company has a number of partnerships with enterprise and research institutions, including Procter & Gamble, BioSensics, NCSR, Telefonica, XPrize, iMotions, Sensum, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Qualcomm, among others.
The company sees the wearables market reaching $30 billion (forecasted) by 2018, growing at an annual rate of 40%. Shimmer’s typical customers include research and education companies, clinical application developers, clinical trial operators, and those involved with affective computing. In addition, the company provides consulting, contract, and manufacturing services to commercial companies looking for whole sensing systems.
Shimmer is a provider of wireless and wearable sensor technology. The company offers a variety of standalone wearable sensor products, but also works with enterprise, research, and educational clients to develop whole sensing systems.
Shimmer serves research and educational institutions, clinical application developers, clinical trial operators, and affective computing companies. Additionally, the company also provides consulting, contract, and manufacturing services to commercial companies looking for whole sensing systems.
Shimmer differentiates itself by offering complete wearable sensor solutions to enterprise clients. The company also remains competitive by providing standalone products and software developer kits. In addition, by working with education and research institutions, the company actively participates in wearable sensor research and development.
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Mobile software developer specializing in automated translat...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Translate Abroad is a software company focused on providing mobile applications for automated translation. Currently the company has one product, Waygo, a Chinese translation application that incorporates object and character recognition to translate text from a variety of sources without the need of an internet connection. Several of the company’s top competitors include Google Translate, AT&T Translator, Advanced Language Translation, Apple iTranslate, and Quest Visual. Translate Abroad’s Waygo application is currently only available on Apple’s App Store. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, Travel Abroad is a software company focused on providing mobile applications for automated translation. Currently, the company’s only application, Waygo, is capable of translating Chinese using object and character recognition technology without the need for an internet connection. As of 1Q 2015, the company had five employees and an estimated annual revenue of $330,000. Translate Abroad is currently focused on expanding the languages supported by the application, including several Asian and European languages.
Translate Abroad’s product, Waygo, is a Chinese translation mobile application based on optical character recognition technology. The application translates text from menus, street signs, and a variety of other source in real time without the need of an internet connection. Currently, the product is available on Apple’s App Store.
Translate Abroad is primarily focused on travelers to China who need automated mobile translation service without having to rely on an internet connection.
Translate Abroad differentiates itself by integrating Chinese translation on a mobile device using object and character recognition technology to automate the process. Also, the company’s technology works without an internet connection, which differs from many of its competitors.
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Designer and manufacturer of multi-rotor drone systems
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Turbo Ace has emerged as a world class developer and manufacturer of multi-rotor drone technology and camera stabilization gimbals. The company focuses primarily on the aerial video marketing, cinematography, long range surveillance, inspection, precision agriculture, and military markets. Housed in a 32,000 square foot facility in California, Turbo Ace is backed by extensive onsite development resources, such as 3D printing technology, CNC machining capabilities, and 3D modeling software, enabling rapid innovation. Founded in 2008 and headquartered in a 32,000 square foot warehouse in California, Turbo Ace is a pioneer in multirotor drone and sensor technology. Emerged as a world class drone technology developer, Turbo Ace is continually innovating and expanding to new industries and application markets. In addition to multirotor platforms, the company also provides components like batteries and flight controllers, as well as client-specific sensor packages.
Backed by extensive onsite development resources, such as 3D printing technology, CNC machining capabilities, and 3D modeling software, Turbo Ace’s products are assembled in a 32,000 square foot facility with an ample supply of parts and components. The company focuses on multirotor drone solutions, which sacrifice flight duration and payload weight for increased control and VTOL capabilities. Turbo Ace also provides a variety of payload and sensor packages depending on client and application needs.
Turbo Ace primarily focuses on the aerial video marketing, cinematography, long range surveillance, inspection, precision agriculture, and military markets.
As one of the first companies to pioneer applications in aerial imaging, inspection, and drone-assisted surveillance, Turbo Ace differentiates itself by offering an eclectic mix of multirotor platforms and sensor packages. Additionally, the company is backed by extensive onsite development resources, such as 3D printing technology, CNC machining capabilities, and 3D modeling software, enabling it to rapidly prototype technology ideas and various form factors.
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Long-range drone designer and manufacturer
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
UAV Factory’s Penguin B UAV holds the world record in its class for nonstop flight (54 hours and 27 minutes). The company specializes in composite airframe development and manufacturing for unmanned aerial systems. Top research partnerships include: Air Force Research Laboratory, Kansas State University, Texas A&M University, and Virginia Tech, among many other top-tier academic and research institutions. Founded in 2009. UAV Factory has become a leader in unmanned composite airframe development and manufacturing. The company’s Penguin B UAV currently holds the world record in its class for a nonstop flight of 54 hours and 27 minutes. UAV Factory works with an extensive network of research partners around the world to advance its core technology and the UAV field in general. The company also provides a collection of UAV components, as well as training courses for its platforms.
The company’s technology focuses on research and development for fixed wing drone platforms. The company specializes in long-distance solutions, with its Penguin B UAV holding the world record in its class for nonstop flight (54 hours and 27 minutes). As an example of the company’s technology offering, the Penguin B UAV supports a maximum takeoff weight of 21.5 kg and has an endurance range of 20+ hours at 22 meters per second. Moreover, the platform has environmental protection against rain and snow. Additionally, the size of the UAV is 3.3 meters wide and 2.27 meters in length. UAV Factory also provides a variety of custom-built components like fuel injection engines and onboard generators.
UAV Factory specializes in UAV composite airframe development and manufacturing. Application markets include: research & development, search & rescue, aerial mapping, precision agriculture, and surveillance.
UAV Factory differentiates itself by focusing on subsystems design, platform development, and fixed wing airframe manufacturing. Additionally, the company is driven by quality with its Penguin B UAV holding the world record in its class for nonstop flight (54 hours and 27 minutes).
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Service-focused drone company
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Unmanned Experts is a service-focused UAV company, specializing in consultancy, training courses, and managed services like project management and support staff. The company’s instructors hold a number of qualifications, such as QWI, W, A1/A2 CFI, SEFE, and NATOPS. In addition, support staff range from ex-military drone pilots and engineers to project-specific staff like imagery specialists. Top partnerships include: Charles River Analytics, Close Air Solutions Ltd., Covertex Solutions, Drone Camera Films, Corsair Engineering, Unmanned Systems Institute, Pilotwise International Ltd., Metis Aerospace, Satlink Ltd., Imint, A2RM, and Hawk Aerial. Founded in 2010, Unmanned Experts is a UAV consultancy and training company that provides client-specific managed services. The company is staffed by an assortment of industry-specific experts, including engineers, imagery experts, ex-military drone pilots, project management specialists, and lawyers, among others with backgrounds predominantly in the aerospace, defense, law enforcement, software, and business development sectors. As of 2014, Unmanned Experts had 23 employees and had an estimated $1.4 million in revenue.
Unmanned Experts is staffed by a variety of UAV experts, such as imagery specialists, engineers, and ex-military drone pilots, among others. As such, Unmanned Experts is uniquely positioned to provide support services, training courses, and technical assistance for almost any type of UAV project.
Unmanned experts specializes in UAV consultancy, training & development, and managed services. With a diverse pool of associates, ranging from ex-military drone pilots to engineers, the company can provide custom services and advice for a variety of markets. The company specializes in the aerospace, defense, law enforcement, and software markets.
Unmanned Experts differentiates itself by specializing on drone consultancy advice, training, and managed services. Additionally, the company is staffed by a diverse collection of UAV experts, including previous UAS pilots and operators, ex-military, sensor operators & mission payload operators, mission commanders, imagery analysts, and intelligence specialists.
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Augmented reality provider specializing in custom-built solu...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
ViewAR is an augmented reality software company focused on providing custom-built applications primarily for the architecture & real estate, products & furnishings, and sales support markets. The company worked with Lowe’s to develop the Holoroom, which enabled customers to visualize and virtually arrange appliances and furniture prior to purchasing. Major clients of ViewAR include: Steinway & Sons, Brunner, Lowe’s, Mobel Mahler, Leeb, Kare, Porr, Glatz, Fama, Eurographics, Butlers, and Artelia. ViewAR is an augmented reality software company focused on providing custom-built applications primarily for the architecture & real estate, products & furnishings, and sales support markets. The company was founded in 2010 by Markus Meixner after realizing the potential of augmented reality technology beyond gaming applications. ViewAR has worked with several large companies to develop augmented reality applications. For example, the company worked with Lowe’s to develop the Holoroom, an enclosed space paired with an augmented reality application that enables customers to virtually view and arrange appliances and furniture prior to purchasing.
The company’s software platform combines front-end technology for 3D designs and fast-loading augmented reality experiences with a back-end built on a state-of-the-art database and server infrastructure. Rather than offering a product and application portfolio, ViewAR uses its system to create custom AR applications for clients.
In addition to working with clients to develop custom augmented reality applications, ViewAR focuses on the architecture & real estate, products & furnishings, and sales support markets.
Within the augmented reality market, ViewAR differentiates itself by focusing on the architecture & real estate, products & furnishings, and sales support markets. Also, the company works with clients to provide custom, unique solutions rather than offering a predefined product collection.
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Biometrics company focused on mobile voice recognition and a...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
VoiceVault sells voice recognition authentication systems for smartphones and tablets. The company’s ViGo product features cloud-based voice authentication – the voice is captured locally and authenticated against the voice recording used at enrollment time, which is stored on an Amazon web server. VoiceVault also offers the ability to deploy the same solution in-house rather than in the cloud, or even directly on the remote device itself if only to authenticate a single user. VoiceVault positions its voice authentication as a “frictionless add-on” because it requires no change to existing systems. Founded in 1996, VoiceVault began by serving specific vertical markets: finance and health care. Each had a requirement for multi-factor authentication, to go beyond passwords, even strong ones. The requirement was particularly strong for large financial transactions and handling of protected health information. VoiceVault’s first client was JP Morgan. The company’s voice solution was seen as an alternative to security tokens such as RSA SecurID. VoiceVault positions their voice authentication as a “frictionless add-on” because it requires no change to existing systems.
VoiceVault provides a cloud-based voice authentication software solution, providing biometric security for smartphones and tablets.
The company’s primary markets are healthcare, financial services, and call centers.
Voicevault differentiates itself by providing companies with an automated biometric security solution, substantially reducing costs and time. Additionally, by providing a cloud-based system, VoiceVault can be utilized across multiple device platforms.
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Drone OEM and consultancy focused on fixed-wing and quadcopt...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Volt Aerial Robotics is a drone OEM and consultancy that focuses on fixed wing and quadrotor airframes, as well as customizable payloads based on client-specific needs. Top markets served by Volt Aerial Robotics are: academic, agriculture, environmental, and industrial. The company’s product offering includes two quadrotor systems, the Venture Outrider and the Venture Surveyor, and The Wave fixed wing system. Based in Missouri, Volt Aerial Robotics is a drone OEM and consultancy focusing on fixed wing and quadrotor technology, as well as custom-built payloads. The company’s product offering includes two quadrotor models, The Wave fixed wing system, and an assortment of payload packages that include visual cameras, thermal imaging systems, and near infrared cameras.
The company’s technology focus is in three areas: fixed wing systems, quadrotor systems, and payloads. Volt Aerial Robotics’ fixed wing model, The Wave, incorporates lessons learned from previous models and state-of-the-art solutions, such as wind penetration technology, stability mechanisms, and optimization of payload capacity within the smallest possible airframe. The system is powered by an electric engine and can collect up to 20 megapixel images depending on the sensor package. The company’s quadrotor models are both designed with VTOL capabilities and GPS enabled cameras, among other features typical of quadrotor systems.
Top markets served by Volt Aerial Robotics are: academic, agriculture, environmental, and industrial.
Volt Aerial Robotics differentiates itself by focusing on small drone systems and consulting services. Additionally, unlike many drone providers, the company offers different airframe types, including fixed wing and quadcopter.
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Environmentally friendly commercial drone provider
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
More than most other companies in the commercial drone market, SweepWings RC Corp is focused on environmentally friendly solutions. For example, it is one of the few companies using expanded polypropylene (EPP), which is recyclable and does not contain CFC or other propellants. The company offers five fixed wing drone models, ranging from the 26” Runt to the 81.5” Dreadnought. Founded in 2014, SweepWings is a small company focused on solutions for the consumer electronics, aerial mapping, precision agriculture, and DIY markets. SweepWings is a small drone provider unique among competitors for its focus on environmentally friendly solutions. Despite being staffed solely by the owner, the company offers five fixed wing models with customizable payload options depending on client needs. Its kits are sold by a number of third-party vendors.
The company’s technology is based primarily on fixed wing drone technology. SweepWings offers five models, ranging from the 26” Runt to the 81.5” Dreadnought model. Additionally, the company is one of the few drone providers that strives for environmentally sound solutions. For example, the company uses expanded polypropylene (EPP), which is recyclable and does not contain CFC or other propellants.
Focusing on the consumer electronics, aerial mapping, precision agriculture, and DIY makets, SweepWings specializes in environmentally friendly, fixed wing solutions at competitive prices.
SweepWings differentiates itself within the drone space by offering reasonably priced, environmentally friendly, fixed wing solutions. It is one of the few companies using expanded polypropylene (EPP), which is recyclable and does not contain CFC or other propellants.
Leading international provider of business collaboration and...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Avaya is a leading international provider of business collaboration and communications solutions. The company focuses on unified communications, contact centers, small and medium enterprises, and networking Avaya is researching and developing a number of wearable computing technologies, including call center wearables, smart watches, and software for Google Glass, among others. Founded in 2000 as a spinoff of Lucent Technologies, Avaya provides products and services to an international client base. The company primarily focuses on communication and networking technologies, such as unified communications and contact centers for small to enterprise-level businesses. Since its inception, the company has acquired and sold several businesses, such as RouteScience, NimCat Networks, Traverse Networks, Ubiquity Software Corporation, Sipera, and Konftel, among others.
Avaya’s technology centers on unified communications and collaboration, customer experience management, cloud and networking solutions.
Avaya focuses on small, mid-sized, and enterprise businesses, focusing on the banking, insurance, hotels & lodging, healthcare providers, k-12 education, higher education, government, and call center industries.
The company differentiates itself by offering complete communication systems for businesses of all sizes, including software and hardware components. The company also offers technology consulting and management services.
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Smart fabrics and wearables designer and manufacturer
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
BeBop uses smart fabrics to create sensor solutions for OEMs. The company’s sensors can detect and measure force, location, size, weight, shape, motion, and presence across any size, geometry, or resolution. BeBop evolved from Keith McMillen Instruments, a company developing smart fabrics for musical instruments. Founded in 2014, BeBop Sensors offers smart fabrics to create sensors for OEMs. The company grew out of a closely related business, Keith McMillen Instruments, focused on developing smart fabrics for musical instruments. The company’s product line ranges from basic sensors to complete wireless solutions.
BeBop differs from other wearables that measure physiology (EKG, EMG) by offering smart fabrics and sensors that measure physicality, including pressure, bend, location, rotation, angle, and torsion.
BeBop primarily serves OEMs in the wearable technology market.
BeBop differentiates itself by offering sensors and products that measure physicality—including bend, location, motion, rotation, angle, and torsion—rather than just measuring physiology (e.g. EKG, heartrate). Also, the company’s technology can be integrated into OEM’s products.
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Designer and manufacturer of low power, ultrasonic 3D-sensin...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Based in Berkeley, California, Chirp Microsystems is a designer and manufacturer of low power, ultrasonic 3D-sensing solutions. Markets served by the company include consumer electronics, smart homes, and industrial automation, among others. The company’s technology was originally developed at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center at UC Berkeley and Davis. Chirp Microsystems has been featured in MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, TGD, and EE Times, among others. Founded in 2013, Chirp Microsystems, Inc., “designs, develops, and manufactures a line of extremely low power, ultrasonic 3D-sensing solutions for consumer electronics, smart homes, industrial automation, and much more.” Based in California, the company is part of the UC Berkeley and Davis startup accelerator program, SkyDeck. The founding team included current CEO Michelle Kiang and current CTO David Horsley, as well as Bernhard Boser, Richie Przybyla, Stefon Shelton, and Andre Guedes.
The company’s technology was developed originally at the Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center (BSAC) at UC Berkeley and Davis. The technology utilizes semiconductor processing and is designed for manufacturability, enabling high volume, pervasive computing applications for IoT applications. In essence, the technology is compact, low power, and optimized for mobile solutions. Chirp Microsystems has been featured in MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, TGD, and EE Times, among others.
Although the company serves a variety of industries, Chirp Microsystems focuses primarily on the consumer electronics, smart homes, and industrial automation markets.
Chirp Microsystems differentiates itself by developing commercial applications of its low power, ultrasonic gesture recognition technology for mobile and wearable platforms. Providing a unique solution to gesture recognition on mobile platforms increases the company’s competitiveness in the mobile user interface space.
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Audio and video analytics company
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Founded in 2014, Clarify is an audio and video analytics company that focuses on low-cost, automated solutions for clients. As of 2Q 2015, Clarify had secured a $1 million seed round of funding from Social Starts, Silverton Partners, and Projector Ventures. The platform cost $3 per hour for classification and analysis tasks and $1 per 5,000 searches of the results. Founded in 2014, Clarify is an audio and video analytics company based in Austin, Texas. At $3 per hour for analysis and $1 per 5,000 searches, Clarify’s platform is low-cost compared to competitors and automates the difficult aspects of the analysis pipeline, such as preprocessing and model training. The results of the analysis are provided to clients with a straightforward search and query interface, and clients are able to automatically generate reports.
Clarify’s audio and video analytics platform works by preprocessing client’s data: checking the format and characteristics of the data (e.g. sampling frequency, bit rate, and file duration). Next, the data is analyzed for speech presence and language detection, among other features. The results of the analysis are used to configure an extraction pipeline to identify words and organize them in useful ways. Machine learning algorithms are used throughout the process and improve over time. Once the data has been extracted and analyzed, the client can query and search the results, as well as generate reports that summarize the analysis outcome.
Key markets focused on by the company include enterprise clients seeking to incorporate low-cost, scalable analytics into preexisting data pipelines.
Unlike competitors within the audio and video analytics space, Clarify differentiates itself by providing clients with search and query capabilities of results, providing a more interactive experience while enabling clients to gain deeper insights into their data.
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Creative design and software development company
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Cubicle Ninjas is a creative design and software development company founded in 2008 by Josh Farkas. Major clients include American Express, Auto Trader, Chase, Citi, Discover, Google, Fox, GE, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Kaplan, Leica, Maxim, Red Bull, Office Max, Staples, and Universal, among dozens of other Fortune 1000 companies. The company serves a wide variety of markets and clients, focusing on unique, client-specific solutions pertaining to application design, branding, event & exhibition, inbound marketing, motion graphics, presentations, print design, virtual reality, web design & development. Founded in 2008 by Josh Farkas, Cubicle Ninjas is a creative design and software technology company that has served more than 500 clients, including dozens of Fortune 1000 companies, and has completed more than 3,000 client-specific projects. In addition to focusing on design, the company has also ventured into virtual reality in recent years, working with clients on virtual tourism applications, sales tools, educational applications, and trade show events.
Cubicle Ninjas uses a variety of software and design tools to create custom solutions for clients, including applications, branding, events, inbound marketing, infographics, motion, presentation designs, and print and web creations.
The company serves a wide variety of markets and clients, focusing on unique, client-specific solutions pertaining to application design, branding, event & exhibition, inbound marketing, motion graphics, presentations, print design, virtual reality, and web design & development.
By focusing on aesthetic and user experience design as well as technical implementation, the company differentiates itself from competitors who specialize in one facet of the overall digital creation process.
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Enterprise and consumer biometrics company
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Descartes Biometrics is a software technology company focused on ear biometrics solutions for enterprise and consumer markets. Top competitors include: NextBiometrics, IriTech, SpeechPro, Diamond Fortress Technologies, Sensory, Inc., SRI International, Daon, Agnitio, Safran, Smart Sensors, FaceFirst, NEC, IrisID, Smartmatic, Crossmatch, Cognitec, Bio-Key International, and Lockheed Martin. Descartes Biometrics’ HELIX Software Developer Kit can be used with webcams, body cameras, security cameras, mobile devices, tablets, wearables, vehicles, and smart rooms, among other platforms. Industries of focus for the company include the enterprise, consumer electronics, banking, transportation, healthcare, and government/military markets. Founded in 2013 and led by CEO Michael Boczek, Descartes Biometrics is software technology company focused on state-of-the-art biometrics solutions. The company is uniquely positioned within the biometrics space by focusing on ear biometrics. Additionally, by focusing on mobile applications and SDKs, Descartes Biometrics gives enterprise clients the tools needed to create custom solutions. For example, the HELIX SDK works with webcams, body cameras, security cameras, mobile devices, tablets, wearables, vehicles, and smart rooms, among other platforms.
Descartes Biometrics’ HELIX Software Developer Kit can be used with webcams, body cameras, security cameras, mobile devices, tablets, wearables, vehicles, and smart rooms, among other platforms. Additionally, the SDK can be used to capture data, detect ears, process locally or in the cloud, and verify. Verification can be used to identify a user (one to many) and authenticate (one to one). Specific integration opportunities are application security, device security, and transaction security.
The company’s ERGO SDK and product offering provides similar functionality and customizability, but it is specific to the Android platform on mobile devices. Descartes Biometrics’ OATH software relies on unique hand touch patterns to authenticate and verify users, rather than ear biometrics.
Descartes Biometrics focuses on the enterprise and consumer markets, providing standalone applications as well as SDKs for advanced, custom built applications. Additional areas of focus are banking, transportation, healthcare, government/military, and time & attendance.
Descartes Biometrics differentiates itself by being one of the few competitive ear biometric companies with a robust product offering. Additionally, by focusing on mobile applications for consumers and SDK solutions for enterprise clients, the company is well positioned to adapt to future technology trends.
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Software development company focused gesture recognition tec...
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
Elliptic Labs is a software development company focused on gesture recognition technology for mobile devices based on ultrasound. Top competitors include: GestureTek, Cognivue, Omek, PointGrab, Leap Motion, SoftKinetic, PrimeSense, CrossMatch, GestSure, IrisGaurd, Intel, Microsoft, Pebbles, Pyreos, Qualcomm, and Thalmic Labs. Elliptic Labs focuses almost exclusively on the consumer electronics market, but the company works closely with device OEMs to refine algorithms and software architecture. Founded in 2006, Elliptic Labs is a privately held company with offices in Palo Alto, California, and Oslo, Norway. The company was launched as a spinoff from a signal processing group at the University of Oslo, growing from an initial research background in echo management systems for multi-antenna mobile communication. At present, Elliptic Labs is focusing on “enabling ultrasonic touchless gesturing for all PCs, tablets and smartphones to be used anywhere-anytime.”
“Elliptic Labs delivers robust, high-resolution touchless gestures near, far, and all around the sides of your screen at 180 degrees.” The company’s software works by listening to and analyzing the ultrasound signals sent through the air from speakers integrated in smart phones and tablets. When these signals bounce off a user’s hand, microphones on the device record the patterns, which are used by the Elliptic software to determine hand gestures. The recognized hand gestures are used to interact with objects on the device’s screen (i.e. gesture control).
Elliptic Labs focuses almost exclusively on the consumer electronics market, but the company works closely with device OEMs to refine algorithms and software architecture. Additionally, gesture recognition has become more feasible in the past several years thanks to computational processing power, sensor complexity, and number of audio devices per device. So, it is not unlikely that new application domains will arise in the near future, such as enterprise, industrial, automotive, and healthcare applications, among others.
Elliptic Labs differentiates itself within the gesture recognition space by focusing on solutions based on ultrasound technology, which is not sensitive to light disturbances like video-based systems. Additionally, the company’s technology focuses on close interactions and does not scale well to greater distances.
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Cross-platform augmented reality development company
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Eon Reality is a software technology company that specializes in cross-platform augmented and virtual reality development tools and applications. Key markets served by Eon Reality include energy, aerospace and defense, industrial, medical, consumer electronics, retail, education, and edutainment. A sample of the key partnerships of the company includes: Adobe, Apple, Canon, Epson, HP, LG, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Panasonic, Sony, and Zeiss. Founded in 1999 and based in California, Eon Reality is a software technology company focused on cross-platform augmented and virtual reality services and solutions. The company is a world leader in AR/VR based knowledge transfer for industry, education, and edutainment. As of 3Q 2015, Eon Reality has 10 locations worldwide and a user base of 36 million across the 30+ AR/VR devices its platform supports.
The company’s technology consists of its development and system management platform, applications, and AR/VR systems. Eon Reality’s platform includes an AR/VR library, developer tools, user generated content creation tools, and tools for multi-user collaboration. Moreover, the company provides a number of public AR/VR applications, an AR/VR application library, and custom application development for client-specific needs. The AR/VR development systems offered by the company include tools for personal systems, group systems, and immersive systems, which depend on the underlying AR/VR hardware device being used, as well as the intended audience of users (e.g. single vs multiple users).
Key markets served by Eon Reality include energy, aerospace and defense, industrial, medical, consumer electronics, retail, education, and edutainment.
Eon Reality differentiates itself from competitors in the AR/VR space by offering solutions and services for more than 30 AR/VR devices. In addition, the company has a library of over 7,000 applications that have been developed and a user base of 36 million.
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SaaS-based healthcare platform provider
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
ExamMed is a relatively young company that provides a SaaS-based healthcare platform that functions like a virtual clinic, combining scheduling, health records, billing, and telehealth into one solution. The company focuses primarily on the fields of primary care, internal care, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics, cardiology, maternal fetal medicine, radiology and psychology. ExamMed’s product offering is subscription-based, with an enterprise option available for institutional clients. Founded in 2013, ExamMed is a telemedicine company that has developed a SaaS-based healthcare technology platform for providers and patients. The company serves healthcare institutions including hospitals, nursing homes, and home health organizations, as well as providers. ExamMed’s product offering is primarily focused on primary care, internal care, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics, cardiology, maternal fetal medicine, radiology, and psychology.
ExamMed provides a virtual clinic that combines billing, health records, scheduling, and telehealth into one platform. The technology is based on a software as a service (SaaS) model, and connects patients and healthcare providers through an interactive web-enabled interface.
ExamMed focuses on the fields of primary care, internal care, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedics, cardiology, maternal fetal medicine, radiology, and psychology. The company sees its solution being used for urgent care, after hours care, follow up visits, mental health visits, well child exams, lactation consultation, hospital transition of care (for example acute care management) and group visits (for example chronic care management for diabetes).
ExamMed differentiates itself within the healthcare technology market by being one of the few companies offering a SaaS-based solution that combines scheduling, billing, health records, and telehealth into one platform.
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Gesture recognition and capacitive touch provider
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Founded in 1983, Fogale Sensation is an emerging player in gesture recognition and capacitive touch technology. The company’s solution extends traditional capacitive touch technology to incorporate 3D sensing and gesture recognition capabilities. Example use cases of the company’s technology include: music control, instant camera shots and video, gaming, navigation, 3D applications, novel user experiences, and drone flight, among many others. Founded in 1983 and headquartered in Switzerland, Fogale Sensation was created by three researchers who wanted to focus their research in capacitive measurement instruments to create innovative and high performance products. The company’s goal after establishing itself as a leader in capacitive touch technology, especially with medical machines, was to create innovative touchscreen solutions for the mobile industry, making interaction more rich and intuitive by incorporating a third dimension for gesture recognition.
Fogale Sensation’s solution builds upon and improves capacitive touch technology by extending 2D interactions to 3D, enabling a range of novel interface interactions such as gesture control. The company’s technology can be used to recognize hands and fingers from up to 5 centimeters away (10 cm for hand gesture).
The company’s technology “leverages two fundamental patented technological breakthroughs: a matrix sensor design, replacing the traditional lines/columns design, solving the ghosting issue. [And,] an absolute capacitance measuring capability, to measure extremely small capacitance values between the electrodes and fingers, increasing hovering performance.”
The company’s technology can be implemented into a wide range of portable devices (tablets and smartphones) and Fogale Sensation is working on technology that can be integrated with any connected surface. Moreover, a number of use cases have been identified that would be benefit myriad industries. Example use cases include: music control, instant camera shots and video, gaming, navigation, 3D applications, novel user experiences, and drone flight, among many others.
Fogale Sensation differentiates itself from other gesture recognition and novel user interface technology companies by providing multi-hovering capabilities (detection of fingers above the screen) and edge interactions capabilities (detection of fingers on the side of devices), without the need for any extra sensor.
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Global semiconductor provider
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
Freescale is a global semiconductor corporation operating in 75 locations in 19 countries. The company’s product portfolio includes ARM-based processors, power architecture processors, 8-bit to 32-bit microcontrollers, crypto coprocessors, analog and power management systems, sensors, and wireless devices, among others. Freescale was founded in 2004 as a spinoff of Motorola Founded in 2004 as a spinoff of Motorola, Freescale is a multinational semiconductor corporation with operations in 19 countries. The company produces a variety of embedded hardware and software solutions for the automotive, consumer, industrial, and enterprise networking industries. The company is a top competitor in the wired and wireless networking markets with more than 300 million communications processors shipped. In March 2015, a merger agreement was reached between Freescale and NXP Semiconductors, with a transaction value of $40 billion.
Freescale’s focus is on embedded hardware and software solutions, emphasizing internet of things (IoT) technology, software-defined networking, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
Freescale’s primary focus and markets include: Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, consumer, industrial, networking, healthcare, and smart energy.
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Smart glasses designer and manufacturer
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
GlassUp is an Italian startup founded in 2012 that produces smart glasses which are similar in design to Google Glass with slight differences (e.g. monochromatic display). The company initially raised $127,700 through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. GlassUp has several versions of its smart glasses available, including regular, basic prescription, camera version, and prescription with camera. Founded in 2012 by Francesco Giartosio, GlassUp produces a line of smart glasses similar in design to Google Glass but with slight variations (e.g. monochromatic display). The company offers four models, including regular ($299), basic prescription ($399), camera version ($399), and a prescription version with camera ($499). The company raised an initial $127,700 through an Indiegogo crowdfunding project.
GlassUp features a monochromatic display, which – compared to competitors like Google Glass and Epson Moverio Smart Glasses – increases battery life and simplifies application display complexity. There are also a range of application types available, including notification, tourism and sightseeing, education & training, interpreting, subtitles, games, sport, travelling, navigation, and technical interventions, among others. Device hardware includes: accelerometer, compass, ambient light sensor, Bluetooth LE, battery (one day of use per charge), and various controls.
GlassUp is primarily focused on the consumer market.
GlassUp differentiates itself by providing several versions of its smart glasses product and by increasing battery life through the use of a monochromatic display.
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Mobile software developer specializing in digital health
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
With over 15 years of experience in healthcare technology, Humetrix is a mobile application company dedicated to reducing patient risks, health services coordination, and cost control. The company has won several awards for its technology, including the Physician’s Practice 10 Best Medical Apps in 2014, 2013 FierceHealth Innovation Award Winner in Healthcare, and best “Overall Consumer App” in 2013. Humetrix’s main product offerings include: iBlueButton, ICEBlueButton, SOSQR, and TENSIO. Founded in 1999, Humetrix is a healthcare software technology company based in California. The company offers several mobile applications aimed at consumers, available for iOS and Android devices. The main use cases for the applications involve emergency situations, monitoring of chronic conditions, health maintenance, and care coordination.
Humetrix’s solutions are web-based mobile health applications that provide patients and providers with access to personal health data. The company’s products are compatible with smartphones and tablets. Additionally, Humetrix’s platforms are security-driven with intuitive and user-friendly interfaces.
Humetrix’s applications cover patients with specific ailments like high blood pressure, as well as general consumers. The company focuses primarily on the mobile health, telemedicine, and healthcare technology markets.
Humetrix differentiates itself from competition in the mobile health space by providing a diverse collection of mobile health products, from segment-specific Tensio – an app for monitoring and controlling high blood pressure – to iBlueButton, an app that can be used by anyone.
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Artificial intelligence and machine learning provider
Updated: Aug. 26, 2015
Kira Systems is a contract analytics company based in Toronto, Canada, that specializes in solutions based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. As of 2Q 2015, the company’s platform had been used for over $70 billion in corporate transactions. Principal offerings of Kira Systems include: contract analysis, Diligence Engine, real estate & property management services. Founded in 2010, Kira Systems is contract and real estate analysis company based in Toronto, Canada. The company’s contract analysis platform uses advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence to provide custom and automated analytics for clients. As of 2Q 2015, the company’s platform had been used for over $70 billion in corporate transactions.
Kira Systems’ platform and product offering incorporate machine learning and artificial intelligence technology to provide automated, custom analytics to clients through an intuitive user interface based on modern web practices. Also, the company’s platform allows teams to work collaboratively across devices, reducing the complexity and time involvement of project management and workload. The company’s core system is comprised of several features, including data upload and import, document conversion, provision identification, and summarization & analysis.
Kira Systems focuses primarily on the contract analysis industry and real estate market.
Kira Systems differentiates itself from competitors in the contract analysis and automation space by focusing on accuracy, flexibility, and responsiveness. In addition, the company is trusted, having been used for over $70 billion in corporate transactions.
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Health technology provider specializing in physiological mon...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Myontec was founded in 2008 as a spinoff of Mega Electronics, a company that specializes in physiological monitoring technology. In 2012, the company was ranked third on The New York Times “32 Innovations That Will Change your Tomorrow.” Myontec was the 2013/2014 winner of “The Wearables Technologies Innovation World Cup” in the sport and fitness category. The company’s product tracks exercise and provides analytics and visualizations for feedback. Myontec was founded in 2008 as a spinoff of Mega Electronics, a company that specializes in physiological monitoring technology for neurology, rehabilitation, occupational health, sports medicine, and physiotherapy. Myontec technology works by tracking exercise activity and providing analytics and visualizations for users’ review. In 2012, the company was ranked third on The New York Times’ “32 Innovations That Will Change your Tomorrow,” and in 2013/2014 Myontec was the winner of “The Wearables Technologies Innovation World Cup” in the sport and fitness category.
Myontec offers wearable fitness trackers that monitor exercise patterns and provide analytics and visualizations of the results for users to view. The technology can track muscle load, heart rate, cadence, speed, distance, and other conventional performance data.
Myontec primarily targets the health and fitness markets.
Myontec differentiates itself by providing specialized health and exercise data to fitness-oriented customers, including muscle load, performance technique, and muscle balance, among others.
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Autonomous systems consultancy, educator, trainer, and polic...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
The Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems focuses on policy, education, and research related to drone technology and regulations. Top services offered by the organization include: public/civil UAS services, airworthiness, personnel certification, operations qualification processes, location assessment, airspace design, safety and risk management, and overall COA/SAC process. Major partnerships include the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Nevada Department of Employment, Training & Rehabilitation, City of Las Vegas, Fly Boulder City, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, University of Nevada, Reno, College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas , U.S. Small Business Administration. Since its founding, the Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems (NIAS) has grown to include dozens of organizations, ranging from research institutions and government agencies to drone manufacturers and vendors. The NIAS brings together stakeholders to foster education, policy, and research development within the drone space. To offset costs associated with operations and research projects, the organization provides a collection of services, including research assistance, policy and regulatory legal aid, education, and training, among others.
Although the organization does not directly provide physical products, it does provide a wealth of educational and policy-related services regarding drone technology, such as personnel certification and safety management. Also, given the organization’s diverse member and stakeholder base, its drone coverage is comprehensive, providing services for a variety of airframe types (e.g. fixed wing and multirotor systems) and sensor technologies.
The Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems focuses on policy, regulations, and education within academic institutions, government agencies, and drone-related businesses.
The Nevada Institute of Autonomous Systems differentiates itself by providing services to a range of stakeholders, including academics, lawyers, drone pilots, government officials, and business owners, among others.
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Drone company focusing on public safety and law enforcement ...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Nmotion UAS is unique among drone technology companies, focusing on public safety applications for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other municipalities. The company’s key markets include: fire suppression, search & rescue, police & SWAT assistance, HAZMAT services, remote sensing, and emergency management. In 2014, as part of an accelerator program, Nmotion UAS was awarded $10,000 from the Kansas Department of Commerce. Founded in 2014 by a group of veterans and first responders, Nmotion UAS was created to aid and increase situational awareness for law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other public safety institutions. The company has won several awards for its unique solutions, including $10,000 in funding from the Kansas Department of Commerce in 2014 as part of a business accelerator program. Nmotion UAS also provides a number of services like certification, training, and maintenance.
Nmotion’s offerings rely predominantly on multirotor drone technology. Light and customizable payloads enable longer flight times with client-specific sensor solutions.
Nmotion primarily focuses on the public safety and first responder sectors, often working directly with law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and other municipalities to reinforce and expand public safety measures.
Within the drone market, Nmotion differentiates itself by focusing on public safety and first responder applications, working directly with fire departments and law enforcement agencies, among other public safety institutions.
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Technology company specializing in EMP-based haptic feedback...
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Novasentis is a technology company focused on EMP-based haptic feedback solutions for wearables and other consumer electronics devices. The company was founded in 2006 by former Apple executive Ralph Russo and EMP technology researcher and inventor Dr. Qiming Zhang. Key application areas for Novasentis include: smart watches, headbands, bracelets, smart clothing, footwear sensors, smart glasses, and jewelry. Founded in 2006 and based on the pioneering work of Qiming Zhang, Novasentis is technology company focused on emerging interface and haptic feedback technologies. At present, the company is focused on the wearables market, “providing ultra thin, light and flexible film based haptic sensors to applications such as smart watches, wrist bands, smart clothing etc.” The company is currently working with global OEMs and ODMs to bring its technology to market in a broad range of devices.
Novasentis’ electro-mechanical polymer (EMP) actuators are created from the research discoveries of the company’s co-founder Qiming Zhang. EMPs are a unique type of electro-active polymer (EAP) that yield piezoelectric effects without the need for high operating voltages. “In an unpowered state, the molecular structure of the EMP film is randomly assigned. When powered, the molecules align in one direction and expand, creating a piezoelectric effect.”
In addition to consumer electronics and industrial sectors, specific applications for Novasentis’ technology include: smart watches, headbands, bracelets, smart clothing, footwear sensors, smart glasses, and jewelry, among others.
Novasentis differentiates itself from competitors within the emerging interface technologies space by focusing on haptic feedback solutions based on electro-mechanical polymer (EMP) actuators. EMPs are a unique type of electro-active polymer (EAP) that provide piezoelectric effects without the need for high operating voltages.
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Technology company specializing in digital imaging products
Updated: Aug. 24, 2015
Omnivision is a technology company based in California that specializes in digital imaging products and technology. Apple’s iPhone4 used the company’s back-illuminated CMOS sensor for its backside camera. Key competitors include: Sharp Corporation, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba Semiconductor & Storage Products, Aptina, Canon, Freescale Semiconductor, NXP Semiconductors, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sony, and Texas Instruments. Major markets and application areas for the company include: automotive imaging, digital still & video cameras, entertainment, medical imaging, mobile phones, notebook & webcams, and security & surveillance. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in California, Omnivision is a hardware technology company focused on design and development of digital imaging products. In addition to its main office in the U.S., the company also has locations in Western Europe and Asia. An example product with the company’s technology is the back-illuminated CMOS sensor in Apple’s iPhone4 backside camera. The company was acquired in May 2015 for nearly $2 billion by a group of Chinese investors, including Hua Capital Management, CITIC Capital Holdings, and GoldStone Investment.
The company’s technology ranges from image sensors and chipsets to ASICs and the Omnivision CameraCubeChip technology. Omnivision’s CMOS image sensors are applied in a wide variety of markets and span sub-VGA to 23-megapixels. The company’s “advanced pixel architectures allow […] customers to choose their desired camera solutions by device size, low-light sensitivity, package type, and even on-chip ISP.”
Moreover, the company’s liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) “chipset solution offers a high-definition (HD), compact form factor, low-power and low-cost microdisplay solution for pico projection systems.” The LCOS chip provides 720p HD video and is supported by advanced image processing and a host of additional features.
Omnivision’s CameraCubeChip uses “chip-scale-package technology to integrate wafer level optics with CMOS image sensors.” The company’s stacking technology “enables the boding of wafer level optics with the silicon wafer in a single step.”
Omnivision’s ASIC offerings include parallel and serial interface solutions, USB, compression engines, and low-power image signal processing, “enabling applications where board space is limited or new applications where off-the-shelf solutions are not yet available.”
Key markets and application areas of the company include: automotive imaging, digital still & video cameras, entertainment, medical imaging, mobile phones, notebook & webcams, and security & surveillance.
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Computer vision and eye tracking technology company
Updated: Aug. 25, 2015
SensoMotoric Instruments (SMI) is a hardware and software technology company focused on computer vision applications with an emphasis on eye tracking technology. Specific markets served by the company include: medical research, diagnostics & surgery, psychology, performance sports, man-machine interaction, market research, consumer electronics, industrial, and gaming & entertainment. A sample of SMI’s top competitors includes: ASL, Grinbath, Tobii, EyeTracking, LC Technologies, Inc., and IMotions. Founded in 1991, SensoMotoric Instruments is a German computer vision technology company focused on eye tracking hardware and software solutions for a variety of applications. SMI was founded as a spinoff from academic and medical research at the Free University of Berlin. The company’s business focus includes eye tracking hardware and software, OEM solutions, and ophthalmic solutions.
At its core, SensoMotoric Instruments’ eye tracking technology relies on dark pupil and corneal reflection tracking. More specifically, the company’s technology can detect faces, eyes, pupils, corneal reflections, calculate eye movements, gaze direction, and points of regard. SMI’s eye tracking hardware is comprised of three product lines: eye tracking glasses, mobile eye tracking systems (RED), and tower-mounted systems.
The company’s software for research (including experimental design and data analysis), Experimental Suite, is offered in different versions depending on the needs of researchers and companies.
The company’s business is focused on eye & gaze tracking systems and applications, OEM solutions, and ophthalmic solutions for a variety of markets and application domains. Specific markets served by the company include: medical research, diagnostics & surgery, psychology, performance sports, man-machine interaction, market research, consumer electronics, industrial, and gaming & entertainment.
SensoMotoric Instruments differentiates itself within the emerging interface technologies and eye tracking spaces by providing technology based on dark pupil and corneal reflection tracking. Unlike a number of competitors, the company’s cameras can detect a variety of features, such as faces, eyes, pupils, corneal reflections, and, they can also calculate eye movements, direction of gaze and points of regard.
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