Throughout our work week, in the course of our research for clients across many industries and fields, we come across emerging technologies, new materials, new chemistries, growing markets, changing regulatory landscapes, innovative business models, and much more. Every other Friday, we deliver five interesting things we came across during the preceding weeks. And no filler.


Chinese Police Add Facial-Recognition Glasses to Surveillance Arsenal

China is already the global leader in deploying cutting-edge surveillance technologies based on artificial intelligence. Now, mobile facial-recognition units mounted on eyeglasses are expanding the reach of that surveillance, allowing authorities to peer into places that fixed cameras aren’t scanning, and to respond more quickly. Unlike many fixed-camera facial-recognition systems that remotely connect cameras to vast facial databases stored in the cloud, the police glasses are wired directly to a hand-held device that contains an offline database—allowing them to work more quickly. [WALL STREET JOURNAL]


How GE Got Disrupted

GE’s problems are no secret, but their source is interesting: they spent the last few decades cutting costs, streamlining operations and increasing efficiency, yet it’s hard to think of any major invention that’s come out of the company since the CT scanner back in the 1970s. Six Sigma will only take you so far if you stop exploring: until GE can learn to make new discoveries that lead to new markets, its future will be in question. [DIGITAL TONTO]


Researchers Discover a Way to Control OLED Color

OLEDs are used in high-contrast smartphone and television displays, and conjugated polymers are often employed as organic semiconductors in such diodes. Researchers at the University of Bayreuth have discovered that bent polymers emit green or blue light, while elongated polymers radiate yellow or red light. The implication: “Spatial structures can be utilized to precisely control the color of the light emitted from the OLEDs,” explained physicist Dominic Raithel, lead author of the article that has now been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. [PHYS.ORG]


Evolving Sensor Technology for Autonomous Vehicles

In three-and-a-half minutes, this short video does a good job summarizing the challenges faced by autonomous vehicles and the various sensor technologies that are helping overcome them. [MHI]


Your Body’s Mysterious Internal Communications System

For some time, scientists have suspected that the body’s internal organs are as gossipy and socially entangled as any 8th-grade classroom. Turns out, they were right: when we exercise, far-flung parts of our bodies communicate with one another, thanks to tiny, particle-filled balloons that move purposefully through the bloodstream from one cell to another, carrying pressing biochemical messages. [NEW YORK TIMES]