Best Technical Development Within Energy Harvesting: Drayson Technologies for its application: “Freevolt: Wireless Charging Technology For The Internet of Things.” Drayson Technologies tackled the multifaceted beast of developing a consumer electronics product with a slick form factor and functionalities that address issues of global importance such as increased environmental awareness, while incorporating advanced energy harvesting technologies, bringing to fruition the advent of the IoT by taking advantage of abundant ambient energy sources and - almost ubiquitous by now - distributed processing power.
Best Technical Development within Energy Storage: 24M, for the 24M Semisolid Lithium-Ion Battery, a technology that has the potential to cut costs on existing technologies by 50%. This would be transformative if accomplished as it would immediately accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles, renewables, etc.
Best IoT Technology Development: Movidius for its Myriad 2 MA2450 Vision Processor for IoT. As IoT devices from drones to security cameras to VR headsets require sophisticated machine-vision algorithms sitting near the sensors, there is a huge need for performance efficiency. Performing under 1.2W of power means Myriad 2 can be deployed into tiny IoT devices such as smart cameras, drones and wearables, opening further opportunities for IoT applications and benefits for consumers.
Best New Material or Component Development Award: BrightVolt for safest, thinnest, most flexible, most customized battery for revolutionary wearables. BrightVolt is focusing on the right problems to solve to enable smart textiles.
Best Technical Development Manufacturing Award: Kateeva for YIELDjet FLEX inkjet system for flexible OLED mass production.
Best Technical Development Materials Award: SAFI-tech for supercooled metal inks; transformational no-heating technology that enables flexible-electronics manufacturers to electrically connect components without thermal damage.
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