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Graphene: Market update and future prospects by IDTechEx

I have just recently returned from the Graphene 2017 conference in Barcelona where I gave an invited talk. There is tremendous scientific progress, both on CVD and platelet type graphene, and across many graphene applications. Interestingly, the participants however repeatedly suggested that the industry has now passed the peak of hype and is well into the disillusionment period.

At IDTechEx, we have been closely following the graphene industry over the past five years. We regularly interview suppliers and users, organize the leading events on the topics, and speak at many conferences around the world.

The results of our continuous research is this report Graphene, 2D Materials and Carbon Nanotubes: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2017-2027 which provides you with the most comprehensive analysis of graphene technologies, applications, players whilst offering ten-year segmented market forecasts in USD and tpa.

As observed in our report, we see these developments as a natural part of the market growth for a new material, which is inevitably a slow and patient process. Here I will bring you up-to-date with our latest market analysis.

Material diversity: characteristic of carbon additive business

The market now accepts the diversity of graphene types and that not all graphenes are equal. This was evident from the outset but the hype and buzz prevented many from recognising this trend.

This diversity is depicted in a double-logarithmic chart below which plots the nominal morphology of graphenes offered on the market on the basis of lateral size and thickness. Clearly, these materials, all sold as graphene, occupy a large area.

This is however no surprise. In fact, it is a characteristic of the carbon additive business. It is observed even in the mature carbon black industry where numerous carbon black types exist, each commanding a different prices and catering to a different market need.

An implication of this diversity is that no ‘winning’ graphene material will emerge. The market will test all manners of graphenes, and the winning material will be application specific.

This demonstrates the futility of competing on the basis of quality levels at the powder level, and the necessity of proving performance and value add at, at least, the intermediary level. The industry recognizes this too, and is moving en mass downstream.

Caption: (left) price of graphene nanoplatelets quoted by different suppliers around the world, showing a large disparity. (right): nominal morphology of graphene nanoplatelets offered by different companies. Source: IDTechEx

Prices range to narrow

Price is a critical parameter. This is because graphene remains largely a substitute material. This is despite years of searching by graphene suppliers now, and years of searching by the CNT community before it.

The substitution go-to-market strategy imposes its own set of market dynamics. One critical intrinsic characteristic is the strong downward pressure on price established by the incumbents’ reference price and performance. Graphene will not fully free itself of such downward forces even when it identifies a more-for-more application.

The graphene prices have been coming down substantially. This is evident in the pricing trend of multiple companies. Yet, the market sees a large price disparity for graphene platelets. This is shown in the left-hand-side chart above depicting that graphene nanoplatelet prices vary by orders of magnitude.

This price range will inevitably narrow as the industry transitions from sales into the R&D community into real commercial sales. It will, however, not completely disappear because graphene will remain a speciality material and because differences in graphene types will sustain differences in prices.

From pilot to volume production

The graphene industry has increased the global production capacity. This is because the industry now witnesses a strong application pipeline which sees a wave of emerging applications at the later commercial prototyping or early commercial sales levels.

It is also a natural part of the maturation process of the industry. In the early days when most companies only had piloting capability, they could only engage in projects that demonstrated performance.

This was evident in their marketing campaigns which regularly presented graphene as a fantastic material for numerous applications, and in their customer list which consisted of hundreds of researchers, in companies or academia.

The industry had to scale up in order to be able to participate in serious qualification process, particularly because most its target markets are high volume in nature.

The hype also led to over-investment in some cases. This, together with governmental budget commitments, helped reduce the cost of finance, further helping fuel the capacity expansion globally.

Caption: (left) production capacity by player. For more details including specific company names please refer to Graphene, 2D Materials and Carbon Nanotubes: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2017-2027. Source: IDTechEx Research (right): rGO suppliers byb three different suppliers. Source: Presentation by Infineon at the IDTechEx Show!

The utilisation rate is still however low, preventing suppliers from reducing cost of production. This has forced some to sell under the cost of production in order to develop business and cash flow.

The industry has however generally compromised QA processes in its rush to get the production capacity up and their materials out there. End users often complain that no two producers can supply the same material, and even the same supplier suffers from large batch-to-batch variation.

This is symptomatic of many early stage new material commercialization. In time it will be ironed out. In fact, already, some see an opportunity to differentiate on the basis of quality, particularly those with backgrounds as speciality material suppliers.

For more information about this industry refer to Graphene, 2D Materials and Carbon Nanotubes: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2017-2027. At IDTechEx, we can truly say that we have been a part of the industry since its inception. We have interviewed and visited the key players, organised the leading business-focused events around the world, and advised many investors and end-users. We can therefore offer unrivalled insight and intelligence into the graphene market.

About IDTechEx

IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research and Events services, helping you profit from emerging technologies. We provide independent research, business intelligence and advice to companies across the value chain based on research activities and methodologies which provide data sought by business leaders, strategists and technology scouts to aid their critical business decisions. To discuss your needs please contact us at or see

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BankMobile Launches BankMobile Bold: The Next Generation of it’s Digital Banking Platform

Largest Mobile-First Bank in the Country Announces the Next Generation of its Digital Banking Platform

NEW YORK, April 27, 2017 – BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, and America’s fastest growing mobile-first bank, today announced the release of its new BankMobile BOLD platform. The proprietary technology was developed and built by BankMobile Labs, the internal technology and innovation team at BankMobile.

We are thrilled to announce that we have evolved our app and the next generation of BankMobile is here!” stated Luvleen Sidhu, President, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at BankMobile. “This latest upgrade will transform the concept of banking from something consumers feel like they have to do, to something they love doing, so that they can truly create their best financial life!” added Sidhu.

The new BankMobile BOLD app, including the iOS app, Android app, and web banking portal for desktop users, has a completely revamped user experience and contemporary design that will appeal to its customer base. It still has many of the most useful and beloved features of BankMobile’s first generation app, but the functionality will be enhanced. In addition, new features and functionality will be included to make a customer’s financial life easier.

We are very proud of our team’s new apps and the roadmap of upgrades we have planned over the next few years for our customers,” stated Dan Armstrong, Chief Digital Officer at BankMobile. “All the work we’ve put into launching this platform for our customers has really paid off.  What we’ve built is much more than a bunch of new features: it’s a next-generation platform for all forms of branchless banking that delivers a fresh and innovative customer experience, but also protects our customers with built-in cloud scalability and end-to-end security in a way that has not been done before.”

BankMobile BOLD will include:

  •      Quick Account Opening: New customers can open a BankMobile BOLD account in a matter of minutes by simply entering their information and answering some security questions. BankMobile BOLD can be accessed via mobile app, available for download in the App Store and Google Play, and web banking portal for desktop users.
  •      Move Money—Transfer, Pay, and Manage Payees Easily: One smart display helps customers pay a friend, a bill, or transfer money between BankMobile and external accounts. The display even lets customers add a new payee right as they are setting up a payment for added convenience.
  •      Big Picture: Big Picture is a new way to visualize all of a customer’s interactions with BankMobile. It’s easy to see when they set up bills, make payments, update their profile, or even talk to one of BankMobile’s team members.
  •      Active Register: A next-level account log, the searchable Active Register puts account details at customers’ fingertips. They can view account info and payments in an interactive graph, see details about their transactions and have the ability to add notes on the web.
  •      Mobile Check Deposit: Customers can effortlessly deposit money via check into their account anytime, from virtually anywhere, using their mobile device’s camera. They take a picture of the front and back of their check, enter the amount, and they’re done.
  •      BOLD VIP: Customers simply deposit $500 in recurring income to their BankMobile BOLD Totally Free Checking account each statement month to become a BankMobile VIP. They then have access to every ATM for free nationwide and free one-on-one sessions with a BankMobile financial coach.
  •      BOLD Totally Free Checking Account: No minimum balance requirement, no direct deposit requirements, no monthly fees, no per check charges, no overdraft fees, no transfer fees, no late payment fees—no fees of any kind. Customers also have access to 55,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide.
  •      BOLD High Yield Savings Account: Currently at a 0.75% annual percentage yield (APY) – a higher interest rate than the top four banks’ non-promotional savings rates (the top four banks in the country by deposits are: Wells Fargo, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Citibank as of today). No fees, no minimum balance requirement, and fee-free overdraft protection when customers connect their BOLD Totally Free Checking Account to their BOLD High Yield Savings Account.
  •      BOLD Personal Line of Credit: Apply for free, no annual fees and no late payment fees (although we strongly encourage customers to make payments on time to avoid damaging their credit). It can be used as protection against bounced checks or debit card denial, and even as a credit builder. Subject to credit approval.

To learn more about the new BankMobile BOLD platform, please visit:

About BankMobile

Established in 2015, BankMobile, a division of Customers Bank, is America’s largest mobile-first bank, offering fee-free checking and savings accounts. It provides target customers – millennials, the underbanked and middle-income households with a digital, effortless, and financially empowering experience. BankMobile offers checking, savings, lines of credit, joint accounts and access to over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide (BankMobile VIP customers have free access to every ATM in the country, which is more than 400,000 ATMs), a guaranteed higher savings rate than the top four banks in the nation, a personal banker for all customers, and a free financial advisor for VIP customers. BankMobile is operating as the digital banking division of Customers Bank, which is a Federal Reserve regulated and FDIC-insured commercial bank. For more information, please visit

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Magic Theatre Announces its 2017-2018 Season


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (March 31, 2017) – ­ Magic Theatre (Artistic Director, Loretta Greco; Managing Director, Jaimie Mayer) announced its 2017-2018 season today, which includes the World Premiere of Barbara Hammond’s THE EVA TRILOGY; the World Premiere of John Kolvenbach’s REEL TO REEL; the World Premiere of Jessica Hagedorn’s THE GANGSTER OF LOVE; and a fourth production to be announced at a later date. The season will also include the annual Martha Heasley Cox Virgin Play Festival (showcasing exciting new work from bold emerging playwrights), and marks the fifty-first year of operations and the tenth year under the leadership of Artistic Director Loretta Greco.
The playwrights of our coming season are united in their unmistakable voices and unforgettable theatrical styles,” says Artistic Director, Loretta Greco. “Each is wrestling with the power of time; the way our humanity endures and transforms through a passage of generations. How do we respect the past and yet still transcend it? Is there a way to have a measurable impact on an evolving world? What can we do in the here and now to connect with others? Magic will continue to be a place where we can sit together and struggle with the big questions, and I look forward to welcoming
Magic Theatre’s 2017-2018 season features:
World Premiere
By Barbara Hammond
Directed by Loretta Greco
Fall 2016
Barbara Hammond’s THE EVA TRILOGY is a lyrical Irish epic spanning thirty years over the course of three plays: EDEN, ENTER THE ROAR, and NO COAST ROAD. In Hammond’s trilogy, an Irish expat named Eva returns home from her rebellious life in Paris and makes an irreparable choice when her ailing mother’s fate is placed in her hands. Her decision becomes legendary within her community and proceeds to haunt her through the rest of her life. Each play in the trilogy champions its own theatrical landscape, reflecting the tremendous range of Hammond’s writing and the evolving state of her subject. Magic will be the first theatre to take on all three parts in a single production. Julia McNeal (FRED’S DINER, A LIE OF THE MIND) will star as Eva.
World Premiere
Written and Directed by John Kolvenbach
Winter 2017
John Kolvenbach (SISTER PLAY, MRS. WHITNEY, GOLDFISH) returns to Magic to direct the World Premiere of his own REEL TO REEL. Fascinated by the relationship between sound and memory, Kolvenbach has written the story of a fifty-five-year marriage as told through the mundane sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments, and household noises. What emerges is a collage of love, aging, and death captured on audio tape. Will Marchetti (of Magic’s original FOOL FOR LOVE) will lead the cast.
To Be Announced!
Spring 2017
World Premiere
By Jessica Hagedorn
Directed by Loretta Greco
Summer 2017
The season ends in Spring with the world premiere of THE GANGSTER OF LOVE from Jessica Hagedorn, who presents the theatrical adaptation of her own story of immigration from Manila, based on her book of the same name. Raquel “Rocky” Rivera and her eccentric family settle in the Haight during the 1970s, opening for us a window to a dynamic period of conflict, social change, and artistic flourishing in San Francisco. The lauded city of poets, rebels, and thriving musicians will be reclaimed at Magic through the eyes of Hagedorn’s immigrant artists. Featuring live music, poetry reading, and the music video as key narrative forms, this is a story 20 years in the making. THE GANGSTER OF LOVE is a Magic Gerbode commissioned new play.
Complete casting and creative teams for each production will be announced at later dates.
In December 2017, Magic Theatre will once again feature the Martha Heasley Cox Virgin Play Festival, Magic’s annual insiders’ look at plays in the making. The 2017 Virgin Play Series will showcase the next generation of bold theatrical voices, working alongside Magic’s family of visionary mid-career writers. All three World Premieres of this season were gestated within the Virgin Play Festival in 2016, and Magic’s consistent pipeline from workshop to production will once again be shared in 2017
Since its inception in 1967, Magic Theatre has fostered courageous playwrights and produced explosive, entertaining, and ideologically robust plays. Magic believes that if we demonstrate faith in a writer’s vision by providing a safe, rigorous, and innovative artistic home, where a full body of work can be imagined, developed, and produced, then writers, in turn, will thrive.  Seventeen of the last nineteen world premiere plays developed and produced at Magic have enjoyed extended life in cities such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, London, Manila, and Seoul.
With its intimate thrust stage, Magic is the perfect venue for audiences to experience new work up close. That intimacy extends beyond the mainstage through a number of special events: Community Nights that offer affordable access for the next generation of theatre audiences, Friday night actor Talkbacks, New Work Salons with playwrights and directors, and the Martha Heasley Cox Virgin Play Festival. Magic patrons enjoy unparalleled access to new plays, playwrights, and the process of taking theatre from the page to the stage.
Magic is also proud to be a community partner. Through its “Sheparding America” celebration of Sam Shepard’s legacy in the Bay Area, its Laney College Initiative and Magic: Oakland Annex, the Magic Apprenticeship Program, and active collaborations with A.C.T., Campo Santo, Word for Word, Intersection for the Arts, and The Commonwealth Club, Magic is a local industry leader.

Subscription Information:

Subscriptions for the 2017-2018 Season are now available for purchase. Subscribing is the best (and most cost-effective) way to ensure your spot on the front lines of exciting new theatre. Subscriptions also come with a number of perks: free ticket exchange up until 24 hours before the performance, guaranteed best seating, exclusive pre-show dramaturgy – all in addition to receiving a 35% discount when compared to purchasing single tickets. Current subscribers can renew by mail, phone, or in person at the theatre and will receive priority access to their current seat locations. New subscribers can purchase subscriptions and will receive the best available seats within the requested sections.
Subscriptions are available for purchase online at; by calling Magic Theatre at (415) 441-8822; or visiting Magic Theatre’s Box Office, Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during non-performance dates. On performance dates, the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday one hour prior to the show. Magic Theatre is located in the Marina District of San Francisco, at the historic Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture (Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd., Building D, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94123). For more information, visit or call the box office at (415) 441-8822.
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Blood, sweat and tears: New ways to monitor glucose levels in diabetes – a $12billion market IDTechEx

People with diabetes have traditionally self-monitored their glucose levels using disposable biosensors and invasive sampling techniques. While this industry has been one of the success stories of the printed electronics industry, worth around $6 billion today, profitability is falling as government reimbursement models are changing and strain is put on both consumers and manufacturers. However new methods of glucose monitoring are emerging. These technologies are analysed comprehensively in the brand-new report from IDTechEx Research, Technologies for Diabetes Management 2017-2027: Forecasts, Players, Opportunities.

Glucose is present in many biological fluids at varying levels and a wide range of players are investigating ways to utilise these fluids for long term glucose monitoring. The most successful of these ventures have been in measuring glucose in interstitial fluid, where continuous glucose monitors are receiving regulatory approval and adoption by people with diabetes across Europe and North America.

Continuous glucose monitors consist of a wearable sensor and a receiver (which in many cases can be a smartphone). The sensor consists of a microneedle which sits just under the skin and records glucose levels at regular intervals and transmits these to the reader via Bluetooth or NFC technology. Sensors last an average of 6 days, and currently require regular calibration with blood based biosensors.

Companies are investigating the potential for glucose testing in sweat, tears and saliva with varying levels of success and these projects are also analysed in the new IDTechEx report.

Such long-term monitoring solutions will enable the creation of an artificial pancreas- a device that can monitor glucose levels and administer controlled doses of insulin accordingly- leading to fully automated diabetes control. The first such device received regulatory approval in late 2016 and is expected for release later this year.

Both insulin pens and pumps are using new sensor and communication technologies to enable new features, with several start-ups, backed by major pharmaceutical companies, developing new platforms to monitor insulin dosing and other vital information. Several forecasts in the report detail future growth markets for individual sensor components within a system as well as the market for the devices themselves.

Market value of glucose monitoring – for full forecasts please purchase the report

Source: IDTechEx Research report Technologies for Diabetes Management 2017-2027: Forecasts, Players, Opportunities.

The report examines diabetes technologies across 7 key areas:

Sensors for glucose monitoring – The established blood glucose market manufactures over 20 billion test strips annually, however, as is discussed here, several factors are restraining the profitability of the industry and driving technological changes.

Beyond blood glucose measurements – Glucose exists in biological fluids other than blood, continuous glucose monitors and wearable devices are gaining traction and seeing large uptake by consumers.

Sensors for Ketone monitoring – When blood glucose levels are too high, acidic ketone bodies, the by-product of improper metabolism build up in the blood stream, leading to potentially life threatening complications. The range of available biosensors to measure and quantify ketone levels are reviewed.

Smart insulin pens – Start-ups backed by large pharmaceutical companies are adding sensors and connectivity to insulin pens to unlock a range of analytical tools. Several leading start-ups and companies are profiled and their products discussed.

Insulin pumps: towards an artificial pancreas –  Compared to insulin pens, insulin pumps offer a more controlled rate of hormone delivery. Discussed is the progress whereby combining pump technologies with continuous glucose monitoring platforms is leading to the development of an artificial pancreas device, offering real-time sensor automated insulin delivery in response to changing glucose levels.

Sensors for side effects – Covering the diverse utilisation of innovative sensor technologies across novel aspects diabetes care, including; sensors in wearable devices, the ability to monitor other end points such as diabetic neuropathy as well as assessing ulcer development in diabetic patients.

Sensors for early diagnosis – Discussing the use of emerging technologies to aid the early detection of diabetes, thereby preventing long hospital stays and other complications.

The report has been created through primary research based on interviews with key player in the diabetes industry as well as physicians and people with diabetes to understand the emerging trends in diabetes technology and deliver market forecasts across several different technologies. This brand new report from IDTechEx Research is of key importance to innovators in medical device technology as well as players in the printed electronics, sensor, and wearable industries. The report highlights the significant factors that have been essential for the development of successful devices for diabetes management as well as analysing devices that have been unsuccessful in the commercial field.

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Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador Christie Brinkley Gives 300 Cleft Children New Smiles Through Sales of Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Ageless Beauty Set

Brinkley Presents Check, on Behalf of Skincare Line, to Smile Train CEO for Nearly $75,000 to Support Cleft Surgery for Children Around the World

Please Help the Children with Cleft Palate Disease by Donating to Smile Train.


NEW YORK – As part of her ongoing commitment to help children with clefts, Supermodel, Actress, and Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador, Christie Brinkley, held a special event at Smile Train’s global headquarters where she presented a check for close to $75,000 to Smile Train’s CEO, Susannah Schaefer. The funds raised will help give 300 new smiles to children with clefts around the world. Alongside her skincare line, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare, the support comes from her commitment to donate 20 percent of the purchase price of each Ageless Beauty Set sold from May 2016 to December 2016 to Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity.

Please Help the Children with Cleft Palate Disease by Donating to Smile Train.

Through ” Christie Brinkley ®Authentic Skincare  “, I was able to use our Ageless Beauty Kit to benefit Smile Train. It’s important to me to present this check today, knowing that 300 cleft children will receive the surgery they need and have the opportunity for new lives. I’m excited to continue to help give children new smiles with Smile Train, an organization close to my heart, and see the difference we can make together,” said Brinkley.

Brinkley has been a Smile Train Goodwill Ambassador for nearly 10 years and has helped raise much needed awareness of the issues faced by children living with untreated clefts around the world. This marks the second Smile Train initiative from Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare since December 2015. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation and, more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing, and speaking. Smile Train’s sustainable model provides training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in the developing world to provide 100 percent-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Since its founding in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries.

“Smile Train is extremely grateful for the continued generosity and support from Christie and Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare,” said Schaefer. “I’m grateful to be here today accepting this check on behalf of the 300 children who will receive their new smiles.”

“The Ageless Beauty set was a special edition to the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Collection as it supported a cause that Christie, and we as a company, support and are passionate about,” said Atlantic Coast Brands and Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Co-founders Andrew J. Surwilo and Thomas Shipley. “To be able to give back and actually see that it is making a difference is very special to us and to Christie. We are thrilled that we were able to make such an impact with this donation,” said Surwilo and Shipley.

To learn more about Smile Train’s global efforts please visit and to make a donation to Christie’s fundraising page please visit

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About Smile Train

Smile Train is an international children’s charity with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem: cleft lip and palate. Millions of children in developing countries with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. Cleft repair surgery is simple, and the transformation is immediate. Our sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ developing countries to provide 100%-free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.To learn more about how Smile Train’s sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit

About Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley is one of the world’s most iconic and successful models, appearing on more than 500 magazine covers during her illustrious 40 year career. Currently, Christie is a New York Times bestselling author of “Timeless Beauty”. Christie was the first model to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue for three consecutive years, and was the face of CoverGirl for more than 25 years. She also represents the best-selling body fitness equipment, Total Gym. Christie her name stamped on a skincare line called Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare, and a hair extension line labeled Hair2Wear.  Now, she can add winemaker to that list.  Italian term for “highly beautiful,” the Bellissima line of sparkling wines speaks to the idea of celebrating life’s beautiful moments. Designed by Brinkley, each bottle enjoys an image of Venus, the goddess of beauty. The three varieties are organic, vegan-friendly, and include a sugar-free option. As an actress, she starred on Broadway and London’s West End productions of “Chicago” and had a recurring role on NBC’s Parks and Recreation.

About Christie Brinkley ®  Authentic Skincare

Inspired by the vision of legendary supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley, Christie Brinkley® Authentic Skincare is a revolutionary anti-aging skincare line that recognizes that the most visible signs of aging come from the sun. Featuring a proprietary anti-aging Bio-Copper Complex, the line defends against the broad spectrum of radiation from the sun that causes photo-aging and damages skin. Powered by cutting edge technology and award-winning ingredients, products in the line range from cleansers and exfoliators to skin-brightening serums and night treatments that help women have healthy, radiant, younger-looking skin.

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Robotics Sensing: Why now?

Innovation in robotics is moving ahead at a fast pace, spearing ahead the expected proliferation of robots in new and existing applications. Deploying sensors in robotics allows for the creation of robots that can “see” and “feel”, in a biomimetic way, like humans do. These sensor enabled, advanced robots are now able to undertake more complicated tasks and are being deployed into industrial, commercial, domestic, logistic and other sectors where robot penetration was previously limited. The market for robotic vision and force sensing alone is expected to reach over $16.1 billion by 2027, as described in the newly launched IDTechEx report Sensors for Robotics: Technologies, Markets and Forecasts 2017-2027. The graph below is a plot of the forecasted short term growth of the value of vision systems deployed in industrial and collaborative robots, which represent only a segment of robotic systems impacted by the development of sensing platforms with extensive capabilities.

But why are we experiencing such fast adoption at this point in time?

Revenues of vision systems in industrial and collaborative robots

Source: IDTechEx Report “Sensors for Robotics: Technologies, Markets and Forecasts 2017-2027: Machine vision, force sensing and sensor fusion: Enabling technologies for collaborative robots, advanced mobile robotics and autonomous driving” (

Software advances hand in hand with hardware innovation

Early robots were limited in performing tasks under highly organized conditions, with increased safety measures, due to their limited perception of any changes in their operational environments. Applying Artificial Intelligence (AI) concepts in robotics, allows for reducing these limitations. Performance optimization through robotic sensing is allowing for decision making capabilities of new generations of robots based on processing of sensor data (such as visual, tactile etc.) gathered from their operational environment. Data-driven task performance is allowing for higher precision even under conditions of increased randomness. In essence, robots with increased awareness are becoming better at performing the actions they are tasked with and capable of performing additional actions, previously thought of as too complex for robotic systems. These improvements are enabling robot deployment in more demanding application spaces, a key explanation for the expected accelerated proliferation of sensor driven robotic systems.

Key enablers of this robotic revolution can be found in both software and hardware development efforts that have allowed for the creation of advanced sensor platforms and processing algorithms, along with intuitive, user friendly interfaces.

Henrik Christensen, the Executive Director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, sees tremendous potential for robots coupled with such capabilities, especially as prices are coming down. He said back in 2015: “We’re getting much cheaper sensors than we had before. It’s coming out of cheap cameras for cell phones, where today you can buy a camera for a cell phone for $8 to $10. And we have enough computer power in our cell phones to be able to process it. The same thing is happening with laser ranging sensors. Ten years ago, a modest quality laser range sensor would be $10,000 or more. Now they’re $2,000.”

All in all, machine vision and force sensing enable the design of more versatile, safer robots for a wider range of applications. Of course, different sensing systems fit different application spaces, hence, the variety of robots under development each have specific requirements and sensor platforms with the right type of features.
End effector force sensing revenues in industrial and collaborative robots.

Source: IDTechEx Report “Sensors for Robotics: Technologies, Markets and Forecasts 2017-2027” (

All this and much more is discussed in more detail in the newly launched IDTechEx report Sensors for Robotics: Technologies, Markets and Forecasts 2017-2027. Some information will also be shared in the IDTechEx webinar on the topic due to be broadcast live on the 7th of February 2017. For more information please contact the report’s author Dr Harry Zervos, principal analyst with IDTechEx Inc. at or Alison Lewis at

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IDTechEx guides your strategic business decisions through its Research and Events services, helping you profit from emerging technologies. We provide independent research, business intelligence and advice to companies across the value chain based on research activities and methodologies which provide data sought by business leaders, strategists and technology scouts to aid their critical business decisions. To discuss your needs please contact us at or see

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iConsumer Turns Its E-commerce Customers into Stockholders

consumer electronicsiConsumer Gets a Jumpstart Under The JOBS Act

(CHICAGO) iConsumer is the first company of its kind: a coupon and cash back website/app that also rewards customer loyalty by giaway ownership. iConsumer turns their customers into stockholder every time they shop for deals and coupons, earn cash and refer friends to shop.

iConsumer offers access to savings on more than 45,000 brands and cash back from 1600+ stores such as Target, and Expedia in addition to giving away stock in iConsumer.

Founded by Robert Grosshandler, creator of the trailblazing e-philanthropy site iGive, iConsumer is the first company leveraging Title IV, Tier 2 (“Reg. A+”) of the 2012 JOBS Act. Upon iConsumer’s SEC qualification, iConsumer customers will receive freely tradeable stock in this new kind of public company.

“iConsumer is the only company to offer tradeable stock to all of its customers,” says Grosshandler. “We’re building on the premise that ordinary people, the 99%, should have access to the startup economy. Consumers – if they know it or not – help companies grow big, go public and become very valuable; we at iConsumer believe those customers should be rewarded for their contributions.”

Grosshandler adds, “Congress made crowdfunding a startup possible. The SEC’s rules made it practical. We turned it inside out by making every customer a shareholder.”

iConsumer’s innovative features include:

·         Ownership: Sign up as a member on to automatically receive 100 free shares of stock. Referring new users to iConsumer also earns customers 100 more free shares. With every dollar of cash back earned, they also earn a dollar of iConsumer stock.

·         Shopping: With more than 45,000 brands and 1600+ stores offering deals on iConsumer, there is an incredible selection of saving opportunities. Coupons and exclusive sales take place daily on iConsumer with thousands of cash back deals on everything from flowers to hotels. iConsumer also offers in-store coupons and deals for shoppers who prefer to shop in brick-and-mortar stores.

·         Benefits: Being an iConsumer owner is about more than money, it’s about being part of the iConsumer community – learning about startups, learning about investing and helping to build the business. iConsumer is releasing its Shareholder Academy next quarter, where shareholders and visitors can participate in the growth of a startup, learning about the thrills and opportunities a growing business encounters.

iConsumer filed with the SEC in September. Once SEC qualified, iConsumer Corp. will comply with the heightened transparency and accountability the SEC regulations require. This includes audited financial statements, quarterly and annual reports and management discussions about performance. In keeping with its goal of educating its shareholders, iConsumer will host webinars, provide financial dashboards and opportunities for interaction with management (See Shareholder Academy above). In addition to customers earning stock, accredited and unaccredited investors will be able to invest in iConsumer via, an equity crowdfunding portal.

ABOUT ICONSUMER: iConsumer is the first company to make every customer a shareholder with tradeable stock. iConsumer offers great savings with deals and coupons from 45,000+ brands, and enables customers to earn cash back from 1600+ stores such as Target, Overstock and Expedia as well as earn stock in iConsumer with each purchase. Founded by e-philanthropy pioneer Robert Grosshandler, iConsumer is designed to help everyday people participate in building their financial future. For more information, visit

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DXP vs DMP: Why Real-Time Data Exchange is Critical to Customer Understanding

moneyappThe data industry today is filled with consumer data used to target advertising and soon to target much more, but the industry as it stands today is filled with invalid and out of date data. The DXP is designed to ensure data quality, accuracy and timeliness for more efficient results.

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Is there truth behind the statement that we’re all “drowning in data”? Perhaps. However, few marketers or ad agencies would claim they’re drowning in actionable insights. Even fewer would argue that their first and third party data insights have led to an overwhelming excess of banner advertisement conversions, because their insights are so remarkably fresh and accurate.

Gartner reports that sales via a data management platform (DMP) or data exchange (DXP) is the third most-common driver of revenue for marketing organizations. Despite the increasing prevalence of data purchase, Yesmail and Gleanster have found that 80% of consumer-facing companies lack an understanding of their clients beyond “basic demographics and purchase history.” In many cases, linking third and first-party (self-collected) insights within a DMP environment can lead to mixed results. Programmers have long used the term “garbage in, garbage out” (GIGO) to describe the results one can obtain from custom code. This concept holds remarkable truth when it comes to the results obtained from many DMP environments.

While some 36% of brands are using behavioral and attitudinal data, and 41% are using browsing history and online behavioral insights, why is there such a major gap in consumer understanding? The Yesmail report indicates that well over three quarters of marketers believe their ability to effectively segment customers is limited by their data insights. It’s clear that marketers today have data issues that aren’t necessarily related to volume of data available within their data management platforms or the volume available for purchase via traditional vendors. Their issues are likely more related to the quality and comprehensiveness of their data insights.

Data Quality Matters

In a traditional DMP environment, both first and third-party data insights may offer limited value and veracity issues. Just because a consumer was searching for a mortgage six months ago doesn’t mean they’ll convert on targeted banner ads today. If they were well-qualified for traditional home funding sources, they’ve likely received it and closed on a new residence. Additionally, just one piece of behavioral-based data on a customer isn’t enough to develop a robust understanding of customer segments. Traditional DMPs build segments based on a single piece of behavioral data. In a DXP, buyers are able to develop highly-qualified segments by merging data points. You may choose to sort targets based on a combination of qualifications and current activity. Perhaps your target is someone who is searching for a mortgage, but also meets certain income guidelines, drives a luxury vehicle, and lives in a specific region of the country.

Consumer behavior and needs change quickly, and marketers should beware data vendors who aren’t offering comprehensive data insights. Consumers may be lumped into segments based on outdated online behaviors or interests in making purchases that have long been completed.  Without the ability to merge and sort based on both propensity and current activity, you’ll struggle to target the right consumers. BDEX’s data exchange platform is the first to offer truly full-spectrum data exchange. By offering a wealth of seller opportunities, buyers are able to select the right vendor offering insights within the right segments, at a price the seller and buyer determine.

Impartial Data Quality Scoring

While every third-party data vendor will claim their insights represent the best and freshest consumer knowledge available, few offer any genuinely impartial information to back up these claims. There is a necessity for impartial data scoring based on results, not the seller’s claims of recency or efficacy. Without impartial measurement, buyers may find themselves saddled with data sets that are out-of-date, or offer poor fit of consumer behavioral or attitudinal insights within segments. With the help of truly fresh insights, Clorox was recently able to unlock an entirely new series of “micro targets,” or sub-segments within their massive customer base. A recent case study revealed this allowed the brand to realize that their customer perception was decades out of date, which allowed total revision of their online marketing efforts.

The DXP offers a first-of-its-kind algorithm to score data based on buyer’s results. Before you make a data purchase, you’re able to track other buyer’s conversion rates based on the same seller’s offerings. In a world where both consumer behaviors and individual consumer needs can change on a day-to-day basis, being able to obtain unbiased measurement of quality is crucial. Fresh insights can yield improved targeting, conversions, and allow marketers to finally unlock genuine customer understanding.

How Else Does the DXP Differ from the DMP?

Marketing organizations utilizing the DXP can appreciate a number of additional benefits not seen in traditional DMP environments. In addition to the quality measurement and transparency features stored above, BDEX’s DMP offers the benefit of buyer and seller-controlled pricing, instead of pricing controlled entirely by the data broker.

Eight points of comparison between traditional DMP environments and the new DXP are detailed below. Buyer’s can also take advantage of unbiased, built-in tools to determine optimal purchase and selling price points to maximize their existing data resources and marketing budgets.

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Hinted App : The Press Release

Moneyball for Professionals: From Feedback to Job Searching

PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA (August 6, 2015) — Hinted, a talent analytics app will launch on August24, 2015 in the Apple App Store. This new social network mobile application enables small teams or individuals to provide peers with semi-anonymous feedback. The tool is gamified and sessions last under a minute. The app is used for hiring, team composition and learning and development decisions.

Hinted is the first app to use verified, unbiased feedback to inform people decisions withinorganizations. Army Green Beret Veteran and Stanford Business School Alum, Erik Wittreich, sought to change how professionals are recruited after he struggled to find a job in high tech after graduate school. “My military experience didn’t easily translate into the tech world so I wanted to be recruited based off cultural fit. By accurately cataloging our user’s professional attributes, or “soft-skills”, Hinted is able to recommend people decisions for HR and management,” says co-founder Erik Wittreich.

Hinted collects feedback for individuals and teams on leadership, management, communications, andinter-personal skills. We help individuals increase awareness on competencies where they excel as well as where they could make improvement. “Our company is forever linked to unbiased feedback.

We’ve figured out a way to make the exchange of feedback quick, painless, and actionable.” – Randy Sternke, co-founder. Additionally, our data allows management to make team based decisions by diversifying composition based on competency and by correlating our data against existing measuresof success.

Hinted has figured out a clever way to reduce the burden of collecting feedback. In just 3 minutes ofinteracting with the app Hinted is able to build compelling profiles for its users. This is a fairly low-
weight ask when compared to the cumbersome Performance Evaluation tools in use at most companies.

According to Douglas Stone, author of Thanks for the Feedback, 825 million work hours are spenteach year preparing for and engaging in annual reviews.

The Hinted App is available for download on iPhone and iPad for free.

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Hinted Labs was cofounded by three Stanford Business School students in 2014 to solve thedifficulty of making feedback actionable.


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