The Third Revolution: The Rise of Living Devices

New Research Report is Now Available!                            The Third Revolution:  The Rise of Living Devices Description: The report explores wearable computing technologies and the marketplace opportunities 5-7 years ahead with special emphasis on the the following seven key categories of technologies: – The Internet of Things (IoT) – Cloud technology – Mobile internet – Advanced materials – Energy storage – Robotics – Big data Report highlights: – Insights to the horizon of emerging technologies and innovations – Insights into synergistic technologies that will influence wearable computing tech –…

Neuroscience and Art: The Brain Symphony

The intersection of neuroscience and art disciplines is a wondrous area for discovery. It is here where insights can lead to better understandings that not only help inform medical treatments, but even inspire engineers to design new devices for diagnostic and treatment purposes. A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Houston illuminated and drove home some of these benefits of cross-disciplinary research.  In the study, a team headed by Jose “Pepe” Luis Contreras Vidal (funded by the National Science Foundation) collected brain activity data from volunteers as they viewed an art exhibit. Contreras and his team collected neural activity data from 400…

Idlephobia and the Innovator

Andrew Smart says in his insightful book, The Art and Science of Doing Nothing: “Interestingly, your brain has an autopilot. When you enter a resting state, relinquishing “manual control” over your life, your brain’s autopilot engages. The autopilot knows where you really want to go, and what you really want to do. But the only way to find out what your autopilot knows is to stop flying the plane, and let your autopilot guide you…The trick is to avoid “mode confusion” by taking it easy, putting away our schedule, and not getting things done.” In today’s frenetic marketplace, innovators engaged with…

Tech Salon: Go Big or Go Home

San Francisco, CA. August 13, 2014_E-Cubed Ventures in partnership with Sparkpr held its second Tech Salon evening panel discussion on the topic of “Can Wearables Move Beyond the Digital ‘Selfie” to Actual Results, and the Ecosystems to Match?”. Sparkpr hosted the event at its office and packed its large conference room with a great panel and an equally engaged audience of entrepreneurs, press and industry types. Christina Farr, Reuters reporter  moderated the panel comprised of: Malay Gandhi, chief strategy officer, Rock Health; Patrick Chung, general partner, NEA; Jordan Schlain, founder, Health Loop; and Jesse Paquette, cofounder and CSO, Tagb.io. The discussion was lively as panelists provided bold perspectives…

The Clumsy Science of Predicting Technology Trends

What’s next? That fundamental question has occupied man’s curiosity for centuries, spanning weather, sports, business, war and more. In our current hyper-manic technology revolution, the question has become an evermore daily obsession for scientists, engineers, technologists, business executives, marketers, politicians, educators and the lay public. But why with all of the great technology at our fingertips, we continue to flounder and suck at predicting the future of technology and emerging markets? To find some ripe examples of the worst technology predictions, you don’t have to look very far. Scientific American cited 10 of them a couple of years ago in…

Tech Salon: Digital Healthcare Outlook, Opportunities and Challenges

  San Francisco, CA. March 26, 2014_E-Cubed Ventures in partnership with Sparkpr held its first quarterly Tech Salon evening panel discussion on opportunities, challenges and innovation in the emerging world of digital health. Sparkpr hosted the event at its office and packed its large conference room with a great panel and an equally engaged audience of entrepreneurs, press and industry types. Wade Roush, San Francisco bureau chief for Xconomy moderated the panel comprised of: Malay Gandhi, chief strategy officer, Rock Health; Patrick Chung, general partner, NEA; Jordan Schlain, founder, Health Loop; Justin Butler, business development lead, Misfit Wearables; Hamish Patel,…

3D Printing Faces Growth Pains While Igniting Inventors Imaginations

The promise of 3D printers fundamentally unlocking the path of design conceptualization has captured the imagination of  inventors, entrepreneurs, big business and investors. To bring an idea in the form of digital bits from a computer screen to one that is auto-sculpted into a physical reality is simply transformative. With these tools in the hands of a whole new generation of designers many observers believe there will be a birth of a new class of “manufacturers,” ranging from medical devices to plastic vases, high heels and even handguns. Its all accomplished with 3D printers that like spraying ink across a…

Self Healing Batteries, Ultra Solar Cells and the Booming Digital Health Landscape

Identifying, aligning and helping bridge promising innovations to bring them to market is challenging. That’s because there are a slew of market and technology inputs involved, anyone of which can just as easily foster or derail the arrival of a promising new commercial innovation. Studying the landscape and watching for emerging patterns is fundamental as technologies take shape. At E-Cubed Ventures, we keep abreast of the subtle and not so subtle technology and market shifts, analyzing the landscape to understand and make sense of it for both start ups and established corporations. Here are a few recent developments we’re tracking,…

Bacteria Could Light the Future for Clean Energy

One billion years ago, lifeforms on Earth were dominated by microscopic creatures such as bacteria, viruses and archaea. And today, a single gram of common topsoil hosts nearly 50 million bacterial organisms. A fact that underscores a vast, untapped resource, which has enticed scientists to explore how these creatures can be harnessed for energy and other purposes. Ever since Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, “the father of microbiology,” pioneered the study of bacteria with his invention of the first single lens microscope in 1676, scientists have been probing these miniature wonders for hundreds of years. But it has only been recently that…

3D Innovation Paves Big Opportunities

Over the past two years, 3D systems, a provider of 3D content to print products has been making acquisitions that characterize the growing expectations and opportunities around an emerging market. The South Carolina based public company has acquired 10 private companies in the relatively short time span. Some of its other 3D competitors, Organovo and Stratsys have been comparatively less active. However, given the dynamic forces of the market and what many speculate as a promising trajectory, this may be a trait that will soon change given broader trends around the technology. In the first quarter of 2013, the numbers…