Why We Innovate

DST have always thought deeply about why technology should change. There must be an improvement to people’s lives inherent in the products that we design, rather than a change for technology’s sake.

This comes from asking groups globally about the changes they want, and need, to get market traction and global adoption going forward.

Each of our innovations are borne from the desire to improve the world we inhabit, for everyone.

Why did we invent Pled Lighting for Designers and Architects ?

Lighting accounts for 19% of the world’s electricity consumption

We spend, and waste, a lot of energy on keeping the planet well lit. Significant savings are possible – on average 40% – simply by switching to energy-efficient lighting technologies such as LED. On a global level these savings amount to €128 billion in reduced electricity cost, 670 million tons of CO2, or the equivalent of 642 power plants (in itself representing a €1,300 billion saving in reduced need for power infrastructure – virtually making this an economic necessity in these times of national budget deficits).

  • There are approximately 315 million total streetlights in the world as of October 2016, with the expectation that this number shall grow to roughly 359 million by 2026 as a result of global urbanization.
  • “From 2016 to 2026, global investment in LED street lighting is expected to be $57 billion”. – Report Buyer: Global LED & Smart Street Lighting.
  • Street lights cost the U.S. $6 billion to $8 billion annually for energy and maintenance alone.  This forces city planners to seek new solutions.  Source:  The Climate Group

The above savings are based upon current LED technology – DST’s pLED technology will be longer lasting and more energy efficient, leading to further savings.

Why did we invent a Non Lithium Battery called Batri?

Lithium is unstable, leads to fires with hazardous fumes

By 2022, the U.S. energy storage market is expected to be worth $3.2 billion, a tenfold increase from 2016 and a fivefold increase from 2017. Source: Greentech Media

The Internet of Things market is expected to grow to USD 561.04 Billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 26.9%, owing to the advent of advanced analytics and data processing techniques, which have been useful to derive results from high volumes of data collected from the machine-to-machine communication devices

DST Innovations has developed a revolutionary printed electronics technology that enables the creation of electronic circuity on a range of flexible materials such as plastic, paper, cloth and synthetics. The technique enables electronic circuits to be printed on the substrates which are then overlaid with conductive components. This innovation has enabled DST to create lightweight, low cost and highly efficient recyclable batteries, trademarked “Batri”, for the disposable and rechargeable battery sectors. Batri cells can be used in IoT devices to lead to safer and more sustainable future applications.

Why did we invent a see through Solar Panel?

The global solar energy market will be worth $140bn by 2023

By 2030 two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in cities, the urban population in developing countries will double, and the area covered by cities could triple, according to a U.N. report launched in 2017.

  • The global solar energy market will be worth $140bn by 2023. Source: Go4Market Venture
  • 5 million Commercial Buildings in the US in 2018
  • 89 billion square feet (8.2bn m2) of commercial building glass in the U.S.
  • 500 million square feet of glass windows installed on commercial buildings in the U.S. every year

Renewable energy, like Solar, must become the norm to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Our Solar Panels can be adhered to glass windows and walls on buildings or retrofitted onto existing solar panels. This means they can be placed on existing structures within the world’s cities, ready for usage.

Why did we invent Videobrix screens?

When was the last time you looked at a screen?

Digital Signage is a marketplace forecasted to be worth $73.51 billion by 2025, according to a report by Research and Markets. More importantly for advertisers a recent survey by IADS in the US stated that Digital Signage in Public Venues reached 70% of Americans against 43% with online videos and 41% for Social Media. 47% of people who had seen an advert on a digital signage screen could remember it a month later. Brendon Cooke CEO of Ooh Media confirmed: “Digital signage is the last advertising medium that cannot be switched off, blocked or muted”.

Why does DST love Dieter Rams' ten principles?

Less but better

Good Design is Innovative, makes a product useful, is aesthetic, makes a product understandable, is unobtrusive, is honest, long lasting, is designed down to the last detail, is environmentally friendly. Lastly good design is as little design as possible.

An improvement in technology should not be driven by simply higher numbers – it should instead be driven by the above principles as put forward by Rams or Sir Johnathan Ives of Apple. All of DST’s innovations stem from the need to simplify the way things have always been done, whilst being as sustainable as possible.