No one has a franchise on innovation. Crain’s Most Innovative Companies list includes venture-backed startups and century-old stalwarts, those that are privately held and publicly traded. The list, now in its eighth year, uses patent output as a window into what Chicago companies are good at: wireless electronics, artificial intelligence, medical devices and manufacturing equipment with cutting-edge technology. The ranking, done with intellectual property adviser Ocean Tomo, reveals the diversity of our economy, from software and pharmaceuticals to retail and factories. And it provides insight into the nature of innovation itself. Some inventors are looking to breathe new life into old businesses, others are creating new ones from scratch. Read on for a close-up look at where they found inspiration for their latest inventions and how they’re trying to pick up the pace of innovation.7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app
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What it does: Wireless charging systems | Founded: 2009 | Patents in 2018: 7
To most of us, patents are a black-and-white matter. At NuCurrent, they’re blue and white.
79彩票注册网址The walls of the small technology company’s West Loop offices are covered with images from its patent applications: blue for patents that have been granted and white for those that are pending. There is a lot more blue on the walls these days, since NuCurrent was singled out in 2015 for having the most patents per capita among Chicago-area companies. Now it tops Crain’s Most Innovative Companies list for highest overall quality of patents issued.
79彩票注册网址The company, which has about 30 employees, was awarded seven U.S. patents last year. Altogether, it has won 34. NuCurrent’s first product was an antenna that allowed a device to receive power from a nearby source, charging it wirelessly and doing it faster and more efficiently than other technologies. Patents issued last year involve using a single antenna to do multiple functions, such as power and communication between components inside a device, which saves both space and power.
Its latest innovations involve charging devices over longer distances, through metal and charging multiple products. NuCurrent also is using near-field wireless communication protocol, the kind used for mobile-phone payments at checkout, to move power and data.7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app