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FIND MATCHING TECHNOLOGIES IN DAYS How to scout innovative solutions without wasting resources
What are you scouting for?
Min. 2 words.
Define the purpose you are interested to solve. Leave blank if not applicable.
Select or type only technologies you are interested in. Leave blank for all.

Write a description of the solution you are looking for.
This will determine the rating of the provided results.
More details you give, more the results will be aligned with your needs.
Min. 10 words

How to use it


Technology scouting activities consume an incredible amount of time. Researches say on average 70%-90% of the time is spent in looking for innovative solutions.


INPUT FIELDS
To better fill the input field, write first a one line meaningful sentence containing the different elements in the following order: 

TECHNOLOGY, KEYWORD, PURPOSE
And then, split it inside the proper field. Like the example below:
Meaningful sentence:

  • A blockchain food tracking system tracing the origin of contamination
  • An Industrial temporary fire alarm for oil and gas facilities
  • MULTIPLE TECHNOLOGIES:
    • 3D touch smartphone vibration component to provide haptic feedback to the user
    • haptic smartphone vibration component to provide haptic feedback to the user
    • haptic touch smartphone vibration component to provide haptic feedback to the user

  

TECHNOLOGY KEYWORD PURPOSE
blockchain food tracking tracing the origin of contamination
industrial temporary fire alarm oil and gas facilities
3D touch smartphone vibration component provide haptic feedback to the user
haptic smartphone vibration component provide haptic feedback to the user
haptic touch smartphone vibration component provide haptic feedback to the user

Remove general words, articles, prepositions, not really needed for the search. In particular in the KEYWORD field, where many general words will be added during the search (like “system”, “technology”, “solution”,...).

The system will perform thousands of searches based on the above elements, performing thousands of permutations of the original inputs. Try to keep it short directly to the point. Do not write too long sentences or descriptions, otherwise, it will be not possible to collect enough results to evaluate.

  • KEYWORD: Your search will be based on this word or sentence. Use it like in general search engines (Google or Bing). Do not add unnecessary general words, articles, or prepositions. Be specific as possible with your target search. If you are too wide, it will be hard to retrieve meaningful results to elaborate (for example, just FOOD or FOOD SOLUTIONS will collect tons of results not related to each other). But do not be so specific to “suggest” a specific solution in your search, otherwise, you will obtain an assessment search instead of a landscape search.

  • PURPOSE: The purpose is not mandatory, but it will help to collect more meaningful results. It acts in two specific ways:
    • Allow to perform thousands of more searches focused not only on the keyword but also on the purpose, doubling the chance to find proper solutions for your search;
    • Boost the final rating, bringing on the top the solutions that better satisfy the goal of your search. Be careful on this, because what you write here will change the final rate, so be sure to choose the right need.
      The rating system analyzes the meaning of the text, so be sure the purpose is written properly and does not contain only a list of words.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Use this field as a filter, which will cut all the results not containing your edit. Use mainly single words without articles or prepositions. Be extremely careful with grammar, because an error will result in the removal of possible pertinence records. Remember that it will consider singular/plural, but not possible variation or synonyms of the text like for example Artificial Intelligence, AI, A.I., Artificial-Intelligence. Be sure to include all the relevant permutations. If you have some doubt, avoid using it.
    • OR: The basic behavior of this filter is like an OR statement. So each word you are using is considered independent from the others and the filter will keep each result containing at least one of the listed technologies;
    • AND: If your results must contain ALL the listed technologies, you can use the AND feature. In this way, all the results will contain ALL the listed technologies.

  • DESCRIPTION: 
    • The RATING of your results is based exclusively on this description, so take time to write it down properly and add any important details;
    • You have to describe by sentences your desired solutions. The algorithm recognizes sentence meaning, write full sentences instead of single words, but if you need, you can add them at the end if directly connected with your search;
    • If you want to add single words, be sure the text of your sentence will be at least 3 times longer than your single words list;
    • You can include specific parameters the solution should have (for example Long-lasting batteries for drones able to guarantee 12 hours of continuous energy);
    • Avoid using specific names of brands or components if they are not part of your requirements (for example an alternative solution to AWS Cloud server);
    • Do not add a list of general words connected to what you are looking for because it will influence the final rate;
    • If you already have a link to a similar solution you are interested in, you can use the RATING TEST TOOL or the DESCRIPTION TOOL to optimize this field before the search.


WHAT NOT TO DO


  • Do not repeat the same words in all the fields. Except for DESCRIPTION that you can write anything related to your need and repeat words as needed. KEYWORD, PURPOSE, and TECHNOLOGY work better if they have different words. If you repeat for example “blockchain” in all the fields, the search will be less effective.

  • Avoid using brand names or words too specific or similar solutions you know, but are not interested in. Except for the ASSESSMENT SEARCH, if you use specific names in your search, those will affect the final results, bringing related results to the top.

  • Do not use too general words and many prepositions in KEYWORD, PURPOSE, and TECHNOLOGY. Abuse of general terms will provide general results.

  • In KEYWORD, PURPOSE, and TECHNOLOGY, Avoid the use of the following words is not strictly necessary:
    • Patent
    • Technology
    • Solution
    • Company
    • Startup
    • Product
    • Innovation
    • Market
    • News
    • Forecast
    • Report
    • Scientific Article
    • Scientific Paper
    • Novel Solution
    • Research Paper
    • Market Analyses
    • Market Forecast

  • Avoid using just keywords in the DESCRIPTION field. Write meaningful sentences and do not be too concise. Three to five sentences works fine. Less will result in too general results. More helps in narrow searches, when you are interested in specific solutions.

  • In KEYWORD, PURPOSE, and TECHNOLOGY avoid using long sentences. These fields are used as in a generic search engine, too long sentences will provide fewer quality results.


SEARCHES TYPE


VERTICAL LANDSCAPE

As “Vertical Landscape” we intend a search dedicated to finding a SPECIFIC type of technology for a specific use, like a narrow search. You already have some relevant information about the type of solution you are looking for.

  • KEYWORD:
    • Description: Use the name of the identified technology. Be specific on that.
    • Example: Solid-state battery

      • PURPOSE:
        • Description: describe the use you want to make of it
        • Example: power electric vehicles

      • TECHNOLOGY:
        • Description: If you are interested in a specific version of the technology, or a specific characteristic, you can insert it here. Use it only for perfect match characteristics, not ranges (like 12-15 hours lasting).
        • Example: lithium orthosilicate

      • DESCRIPTION:
        • Description: Describe properly the solution you are interested in, including specific details about the characteristics you are more interested in. More details you provide here, more accurate will be the final rating. You can also use ranges if needed.
        • Example: A solid-state battery is a battery technology that uses solid electrodes and a solid electrolyte, and can be used to power an Electric vehicle (EV). The battery has to be able to guarantee 12 hours of continuous energy

      • RATING
        • Description: The final rating is determined using your description and your purpose. The more the content is close to your description, the higher will be the final rating of it, determining the pertinence of the result with your need.

HORIZONTAL LANDSCAPE

As “Horizontal Landscape” we intend a search dedicated to finding GENERIC types of technologies for a specific use, like a wide search. You know what you want to solve, but have no relevant information about the type of solution to looking for.

    • KEYWORD:
      • Description: Describe what the solution has to do
      • Example: Food tracking

    • PURPOSE:
      • Description: describe the reason you are looking for it
      • Example: Tracing the origin of contamination

    • TECHNOLOGY:
      • Description: If you are interested in a specific version of the technology, or a specific characteristic, you can insert it here. Use it only for perfect match characteristics, not ranges (like 12-15 hours lasting).
      • Example: Blockchain

    • DESCRIPTION:
      • Description: Describe properly the solution you are interested in, including specific details about the characteristics you are more interested in. More details you provide here, more accurate will be the final rating. You can also use ranges if needed.
      • Example: Food supply methods to trace and link a specific grower, a specific farm, and a specific distributor.

    • RATING
      • Description: The final rating is determined using your description and your purpose. The more the content is close to your description, the higher will be the final rating of it, determining the pertinence of the result with your need.

TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT

(The TSE is not yet optimized for this, but could be used to collect most of the needed information).
As “Technology Assessment” we intend a search dedicated to finding all the relevant information about a specific technology you are interested in.

    • KEYWORD:
      • Description: Insert the name of the technology you are interested in
      • Example: Quantum computer

    • PURPOSE:
      • Description: If the solution can be used for several purposes and you are interested in all of it, leave it blank. If you want to explore it for a specific use, fill it.

    • TECHNOLOGY:
      • Description: Use this field to enlarge the search. Use the OR operator so for each word you add, additional searches will be performed. So you can add specific information you already know about the technology you are assessing. Avoid common words like “technology”, “patent”, “solutions” that are already integrated into the TSE.
      • Example: qubit OR quantum bit OR quantum computing OR entanglement OR superposition

    • DESCRIPTION:
      • Description: Provide a general description of the technology and be focused on the type of information you are more interested in, to retrieve similar results first
      • Example: A quantum computer is any device for computation that makes direct use of distinctively quantum mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. In a quantum computer, the basic unit of memory is a quantum bit or qubit.

    • RATING:
      • Description: the final rating is not too relevant for the assessment search. It is more related to the target technology. But if in the DESCRIPTION you have inserted specific characteristics, those results will appear on the top.

STARTUP ASSESSMENT

(The TSE is not yet optimized for this, but could be used to collect most of the needed information).
As “Startup Assessment” we intend a search dedicated to finding all the relevant information about a specific startup you are interested in.

    • KEYWORD:
      • Description: Only the startup name, inside quotation marks, and with a plus + in front of it
      • Example: +”startup name”

    • PURPOSE:
      • Description: Three words tagline that normally is used by the startup
      • Example: accelerate medical research

    • TECHNOLOGY:
      • Description: Use the startup_name, so it will be used as a filter to discard all the results not associated with the startup and you can also include the startup_technology to activate more searches and find more results
      • Example: stratup_name OR startup_technology

    • DESCRIPTION:
      • Description: provide a short description of the startup. Do not provide too many details, but only the information that normally could be reported in all the type of publications a startup may have (website, news, patent, scientific papers)
      • Example: Aviation and aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft

    • RATING:
      • Description: the final rating is not too relevant for the assessment search. It is only used to filter information related to the target startup



SEARCH EXAMPLES


TYPE KEYWORD TECHNOLOGY PURPOSE DESCRIPTION
VERTICAL LANDSCAPE Solid-state battery power electric vehicles lithium orthosilicate A solid-state battery is a battery technology that uses solid electrodes and a solid electrolyte and can be used to power an Electric vehicle (EV).
HORIZONTAL LANDSCAPE Food tracking Tracing the origin of contamination Blockchain Food supply methods to trace and link a specific grower, a specific farm, and a specific distributor.
TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT Quantum computer / qubit OR quantum bit OR quantum computing OR entanglement OR superposition A quantum computer is any device for computation that makes direct use of distinctively quantum mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data. In a quantum computer, the basic unit of memory is a quantum bit or qubit.
STARTUP ASSESSMENT +"spacex" advanced rockets spacex, rocket, spacecraft Aviation and aerospace company that designs, manufactures, and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft.
HORIZONTAL LANDSCAPE Skin Protection Enhance Immunity / Technologies that protect, enhance, and measure the immunity of people. Improve the body’s barriers to prevent infection. Monitor infection and immune status. Products to support a healthy immune system. The products could be spray, lotions, or Personal protective equipment (PPE) and could be based on natural/plant extracts, traditional medicines, or pre & probiotics. It could use new delivery routes like buccal, nasal, transdermal, and also new formats like beverages, foods, snacks, sprays.
HORIZONTAL ASSESSMENT
Blockchain for commercial and industrial use automate process / industrial and commercial applications of blockchain and smart contracts to automate processes and increase transparency and traceability