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TriLumina, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company and the worlds leading provider of solid-state VCSEL laser array technology, today announced a collaboration with Analog Devices for a new integrated, solid-state illuminator module for automotive FLASH LiDAR systems.

The integration of TriLumina’s innovative Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) array laser emitters with ADI’s patent pending high-speed pulse laser driver enables a best-in-class illuminator achieving high optical power output in a single, small surface mount IC package.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) incorporate a suite of sensors for safety features such as collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, and a multiplicity of autonomous driving functions. Future car safety systems rely on the sensor fusion of cameras, RADAR, and LiDAR. LiDAR is the link between cameras and RADAR as it provides both object recognition and distance measurements. Current automotive LiDAR solutions have significant drawbacks such as bulky mechanical size, poor reliability, and high cost. TriLumina’s collaboration with established automotive supplier ADI, overcomes these current weaknesses to enable mass-market deployment of LiDAR systems.

Additional information can be found in the TriLumina press release.

WiTricity, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company and the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, will begin testing an automotive wireless charging system with General Motors.

Instead of having to hook up their cars to a charging cable that may be dirty, covered with ice, or otherwise unpleasant to handle, drivers will be able to simply park their cars over a charging pad and walk away. The pad can even be buried underneath a layer of asphalt or concrete to protect it from the elements and eliminate the need for an electrical cord to power it.

“The electric vehicle has been recognized as central to the future of mobility, and GM has been a leader, making EVs accessible to the broader market. The convenience of wireless charging will help accelerate adoption even further,” says Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “Our team is proud to work with GM on this project. Wireless charging for EVs, based on industry standards, is inevitable as we move toward a future of self-driving and autonomous vehicles, and this project brings us one step closer to realizing our vision of a world powered wirelessly.”

Additional information can be found in the Boston Business Journal WiTricity article.

Intro-act, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company focused on combining machine learning & workflow optimization software to make access events more efficent and actionable, was featured in a integrity research associates article entitled “New US Corporate Access Platform Relies On Machine Learning”.

According to the article, the key differentiator of Intro-act is the use of machine learning to improve the often haphazard approach to setting up corporate access meetings. Brokers are incented to maximize the number of meetings with their highest-paying commission clients, which does not always result in the best matches for either corporates or investors. Intro-act is positioned as a productivity tool, as a means of standing out from the crowd.

The complete article can be read here.

WiTricity, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company and the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced its Tunable Matching Network (TMN) technology to drive global interoperability and adoption of wireless charging for electric and autonomous vehicles.

TMN technology allows the wireless charging system to automatically optimize energy transfer between the ground and vehicle in a wide range of real world operating conditions including parking misalignment, differing vehicle ground clearance and varying battery voltage conditions. This flexibility enables wirelessly charged vehicles to interoperate more easily with standards-based charging sources made by different automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and infrastructure suppliers.

Additional information can be found in the WinTricity press release.

Marxent, a Stage1Ventures portfolio company, was featured in a Dayton Daily News article entitled “Kettering technology drives furniture giant’s strategy”. Dayton Daily News Author Thomas Gnau writes about Kettering. Ohio based Marxent’s recent Virtual reality marketing efforts with National furniture retailer Ashley Homestore, a top ranked retailer with over 670 locations in 35 countries.

The complete article can be read here.

Mobee, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company, has partnered with ShopAdvisor, a leader in drive-to-store retail proximity marketing analytics and mobile shopping, to deliver the industry’s most granular, real-time product availability information for hyperlocal proximity marketing campaigns.

The partnership marries ShopAdvisor’s deep understanding of shopper activity, location and in-store product availability, with Mobee’s real-time insight into what consumers are seeing on the shelf.

“The partnership between Mobee and ShopAdvisor is a natural fit,” said Hal Charnley, CEO, Mobee. “We are supplying real-time product availability information from the shopper’s perspective, allowing marketers to capitalize on consumer interest and location more often, on a larger scale and with greater success than ever before.”

“ShopAdvisor and Mobee are enabling true, real-time connection of shopper interest and product availability,” said Jeff Papows, CEO, ShopAdvisor. “By offering greater contextual relevance and awareness of product availability to our retail, brand and agency clients, they can deliver superior omni-channel experiences that will engage consumers with the right product, in the right place, at the right time.”

Additional information can be found in the Retail Info System News article.

TriLumina, a Stage1Ventures portfolio company, nnounced that Brian Wong has been named as the company’s new President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors. Mr. Wong is an experienced leader and highly respected in the semiconductor industry with an impressive record of building and growing profitable technology companies.

The complete press release and announcement can be read on the PR Newswire site.

Commerce Signals, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company, has partnered with PlaceIQ, a leader in location intelligence services, to deliver in-store sales data to PlaceIQ customers (agencies and brands).

Dubbed Databridge, the significance of the offering is that the anonymous transactions data can be delivered within 72 hours to enable it to be used as part of campaign optimization. This offers another layer of insights that can help brands and retailers do better media planning and optimization.

Additional information can be found in the MarketingLand article.

Banshee Wines, a Stage1Ventures portfolio company, was featured in a Boston Globe article entitled “The sommelier herself blended the wine”. In this article, Globe Correspondent Ellen Bhang interviews Noell Dorsey, Wine Director at Island Creek Oyster Bar, and describes how she and Baron Ziegler, CEO of Banshee Wines, collaborated in creating the perfect wine blended exclusively for Island Creek.

The entire article can be found on Boston Globe Lifestyle section.

Banshee Wines, a Stage1Ventures portfolio company, was featured in a New York Times article entitled “20 Wines for Under $20: The Fall Edition”. In this article, New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov recommends Banshee’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014 – describing it as a rare example of a moderately priced California chardonnay with an excellent pedigree.

The entire article can be read in the New York Times Food Section .

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