For Analytical/Test we presented the
Editor’s Choice Award to Thermo Fisher
Scientific’s Thermo Scientific Gemini
analyzer. The technology was chosen as it
is the first handheld analyze that combines
both FTIR and Raman into one instru-
ment that’s smaller and lighter than the
two single-technology instruments. The
instrument is used by military forces and
ers who quick-
ly and safely
need to assess
pact and easy-
needed to operate the instrument, an added bonus.
For more information on the technology visit page 17.
For IT/Electrical we presented the Editor’s Choice Award to IBM’s
TrueNorth. The TrueNorth neurosynaptic chip embodies a new
architecture inspired by the brain and is designed to perform similar
tasks of perception, recognition, association and decision efficient-
ly. Each chip contains
1 million neurons and
256 million synapses
and are designed so they
homogenously scale to
build larger systems, while
consuming only 70 m W
of power. The chip is literally a supercomputer the
size of a postage stamp,
consuming the power of a
hearing aid battery.
For more information
on the technology visit
For Mechanical/Materials we presented the Editor’s Choice Award to
National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Cyanobacterial bioeth-
ylene. Climate change and its consequences are a result of the world’s
dependence on petroleum-based chemicals. The challenge is to
innovate cleaner, greener methods of producing these chemicals. The
Cyanobacterial bioethylene process—which bioengineers cyanobacte-
ria to produce eth-
the abilities of cya-
bacteria that can
use the energy con-
tained in sunlight
to feed themselves
For more informa-
tion on the technol-
ogy visit page 32.
For Process/Prototyping we presented the Editor’s Choice Award
to Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
for their Big
technology is 10
times larger, 20
and 200 times
enables components of arbitrary geometry to be 3-D printed.
For more information on the technology visit page 35.
For Software/Services we presented the Editor’s Choice Award to
Applied Brain Research Inc.’s Nengo 2.0. Nengo 2.0 is software for
the large-scale development and simulation of neural models. Users
are able to implement complex dynamical system in neural networks
by describing the system structure using the user-friendly Nengo API,
which is based in the Python programming language.
For more information on the technology visit page 37.
Each year, the editors of R&D Magazine choose among the R&D 100 Award winners to take home the Editor’s
Choice Award. Typically, we have presented three throughout the years. However, starting with the trend of
new developments related to the R&D 100 Awards, we presented five—one for each of our five main categories.