Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the engineering industry. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked startups developing shock resistance solutions.
Global Startup Heat Map: 5 Top Shock Resistance Solutions
The 5 engineering startups you will explore below are chosen based on our data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. This analysis is based on the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering over 1.3 million startups & scaleups globally.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights the 5 startups & scaleups our Innovation Researchers curated for this report. Moreover, you get insights into regions that observe a high startup activity and the global geographic distribution of the 177 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Acromove – Data Server
Companies keep their data secure in offshore data servers, eliminating the need to maintain the hardware themselves. On the other hand, portable data servers provide large scale storage on the go. Regardless of the location, however, data servers need to be secured against physical events to protect the data. That is why startups are working on shock-resistant material to secure data servers from physical damage.
Acromove is a US-based manufacturer of mobile servers and ultra-portable redundant array of independent disks (RAID) storage systems. The startup uses a patent-pending, four-level, shock-dampening design to insulate, making its devices shock-resistant during transport and handling. The systems feature AcroWheels, a set of external, extra-fitted soft-wheels equipped with shock absorbers. Further, a shock-absorbing foam between the aluminum chassis and internal components also increases shock resistance.
Sensinite – Wearable Detector
Wearables, particularly those designed for use in harsh conditions, are prone to wear and tear. This poses a threat to the life of the sensing elements in the wearable. To address this, startups are working on shock-resistant casings for wearable detectors. In addition to impact, these are often resistant to electrical and thermal shock as well.
Finnish startup Sensinite provides next-generation sensing solutions. In addition to being shock resistant, the startup’s wearable detector is waterproof, washable, and withstands dirt as well as chemicals. The startup’s solutions find various applications; for example, the detector modules detect and measure gamma radiations with very high sensitivity. The startup also manufactures a single cell unit for custom applications and a civil defense radiation detector, both of which are shock resistant too.
Platio – Walkable Solar Panel
While solar panels provide renewable energy, they are not easy to install in a lot of urban spaces. Walkable solar panels allow city planners to install panels in pavements and other navigable places. These panels are waterproof and shockproof, as well as non-slippery. Moreover, they allow increased utilization of solar energy by expanding the scope of where panels can be used.
Platio is a Hungarian startup that offers an outdoor energy-producing paving system. The startup designs walkable solar panels on a base of recycled plastic paving slabs. The durable design of Platio’s solar panels features resistance to shock, load, scratches, and weather. The panels operate on safe low voltage while providing a high level of anti-skidding.
RHEON Labs – Active Polymer
Materials startups develop a range of shock-resistant or shock-absorbing materials for applications in automotive and manufacturing, among other industries. These include plastics such as polycarbonate and polyphenylsulfone (PPSU), as well as bio-based materials. Advancing these materials helps to improve them. For example, active polymers change shape without breaking upon impact and, therefore, are able to withstand large impacts.
British startup RHEON Labs creates active polymers with energy control. The startup’s technology uses an active polymer that changes its behavior in response to movement. This allows the material to control any kind of energy, ranging from small vibrations to life-threatening single impacts. This proprietary process combines highly strain-rate sensitive polymers into functional structures.
Feltwood – Protective Packaging
The transport of fragile goods requires protective packaging solutions. These solutions utilize materials that protect the product from impact during storage and shipping. Startups are working on a range of protective packaging materials that suit the needs of different types of cargo. The use of biodegradable packaging materials, for example, is also emerging as an environmentally friendly option.
Feltwood is a Spanish startup that develops eco-friendly industrial material from agricultural vegetable waste. The lightweight and moldable materials are highly resistant to shock and compression, making it an attractive option for protective packaging for goods such as appliances or glass bottles. The material’s shock resistance is comparable to expanded or extruded polystyrene. Moreover, Feltwood’s material is moldable and machinable, as well as biodegradable and compostable.