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June 26, 2017 | Mic

The world needs this smart laser that kills every mosquito in sight

In the future, any mosquito that dares to get within a 328-foot range of you could be automatically destroyed in midair, thanks to a high-tech "Photonic Fence" developed by Seattle-based Intellectual Ventures Laboratory.

June 26, 2017 | PC Magazine

Forget Pesticides, Farmers Can Shoot Bad Bugs With Lasers

Intellectual Ventures' Photonic Fence intelligently targets and kills flying pests at a rate of 20 per second, leaving other friendly insects alone.

June 26, 2017 | Engadget

Bug-zapping laser will only kill bad insects

Intellectual Ventures' Photonic Fence will help farmers target specific pests, if a Department of Agriculture trial goes well.

June 23, 2017 | WIRED UK

This bug-zapper has laser-guided precision

Intellectual Ventures' fly swatter is able to discriminate between nice and nasty bugs.

June 16, 2017 | The Seattle Times

Intellectual Ventures spinoff Pivotal raises $17M from Bill Gates, others

Intellectual Ventures spinout Pivotal Commware announces a $17 million funding round Friday, led by The Thermo Companies and DIG Investment, with participation from Microsoft co-founder Gates, Lux Capital and real estate investor Barry Sternlicht.

June 16, 2017 | Puget Sound Business Journal

Intellectual Ventures spinout raises $17 million from Bill Gates, others

Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures spinout Pivotal Commware raised $17 million from investors including Bill Gates, satellite company Globalstar's majority owner and the family office of real estate mogul Barry Sternlicht.

June 16, 2017 | GeekWire

Holographic beam-forming antenna startup Pivotal Commware raises $17M from Bill Gates and others

Pivotal is one of four metamaterials-based ventures that have been spun out from Intellectual Ventures, a technology incubator that's also based in Bellevue. The others are Kymeta, which focuses on flat-panel satellite antennas; Echodyne, which builds radar systems suited for drones and connected cars; and Evolv, which is working on security scanning applications.

June 13, 2017 | GeekWire

Kymeta names e3 Systems as exclusive distributor of satellite antennas for yachts

Intellectual Ventures spinout Kymeta says a Spanish company known as e3 Systems will be its exclusive global distribution partner for flat-panel satellite antennas designed for the yacht market.

June 07, 2017 | GeekWire

Washington governor signs executive order to support autonomous vehicle development

Washington State's Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order that encourages pilot tests of autonomous vehicles on Washington roads and establishes a working group to help ensure AV developers are supported by the state. The order was signed at Bellevue-based startup Echodyne, which is developing advanced radar systems that could be used in AVs and drones.

June 04, 2017 | Inventors Digest

Intellectual Ventures, Cross-country Stunners

At this year's Intellectual Ventures technology expo on Capitol Hill, visitors can see a scale model of a traveling wave nuclear reactor; a photonic fence (a virtual fence that detects and destroys insects with a laser by zapping them as they cross its plane), and a vaccine storage system that allows remote clinics to store life-saving vaccines for up to a month without electricity.


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