5 Jan 2022
Revitalizing Batteries by Bringing 'Dead' Lithium Back to Life
Researchers may have found a way to revitalize rechargeable lithium batteries, potentially boosting the range of electric vehicles and battery life in next-gen electronic devices.
17 Dec 2021
Robotic Hand with a Gecko Inspired Grip
Across a vast array of robotic hands and clamps, there is a common foe: the heirloom tomato. You may have seen a robotic gripper deftly pluck an egg or smoothly palm a basketball - but, unlike human hands, one gripper is unlikely to be able to do both and a key challenge remains hidden in the middle ground.
28 Sep 2021
3D Printed Vaccine Patch Offers Vaccination Without a Shot
Scientists have created a 3D-printed vaccine patch that provides greater protection than a typical vaccine shot. The trick is applying the vaccine patch directly to the skin, which is full of immune cells that vaccines target. The resulting immune response from the vaccine patch was 10 times greater than vaccine delivered into an arm muscle with a needle jab, according to a study conducted in animals.
20 Sep 2021
AI System Identifies Buildings Damaged by Wildfire
People around the globe have suffered the nerve-wracking anxiety of waiting weeks or months to find out if their homes have been damaged by wildfires that scorch with increased intensity. Now, once the smoke has cleared for aerial photography, researchers have found a way to identify building damage within minutes.
9 Sep 2021
Cepton Technologies, Inc
Cepton Technologies, Inc. (Cepton) was founded in 2016 by Dr. Jun Pei (CEO) and Dr. Mark McCord (CTO) of Stanford University. The company is headquartered in San Jose, California, USA. It also has presence in Canada, Germany, Japan, India and China to support its global customer base.
31 Aug 2021
Rechargeable Batteries That Store Six Times More Charge
An international team of researchers has developed rechargeable batteries that can store up to six times more charge than ones that are currently commercially available.
27 Aug 2021
Pollen Developed Into 3D Printing Ink for Biomedical Applications
Scientists have found a way to use sunflower pollen to develop a 3D printing ink material that could be used to fabricate parts useful for tissue engineering, toxicity testing and drug delivery.
15 Jul 2021
Printing Stretchable, Bendable Circuits on Artificial Skin
Researchers have spent nearly two decades trying to develop skin-like integrated circuits that can be stretched, folded, bent and twisted - working all the while - and then snap back without fail, every time. Such circuits presage a day of wearable and implantable products, but one hurdle has always stood in the way.
29 Jun 2021
New Manufacturing Technique for Flexible Electronics
Ultrathin, flexible computer circuits have been an engineering goal for years, but technical hurdles have prevented the degree of miniaturization necessary to achieve high performance. Now, researchers have invented a manufacturing technique that yields flexible, atomically thin transistors less than 100 nanometers in length - several times smaller than previously possible.
22 Jun 2021
Meta Materials Inc. (META®) is an early-stage company that has developed multiple technologies for designing and manufacturing metamaterials. These are finely patterned structures in either 2D or 3D that enable the manipulation of light and energy to achieve properties not seen in nature. Metamaterials have multiple potential applications, including eyewear, communications, and transparent conductors. IDTechEx caught up with Rob Stone, Vice President of Corporate Development and Communications, to learn more about the company and especially its rolling mask lithography (RML) technology.
19 May 2021
AI and Brain Computer Interface Allows Paralyzed Users to Text
The combination of mental effort and state-of-the-art technology have allowed a man with immobilized limbs to communicate by text at speeds rivaling those achieved by his able-bodied peers texting on a smartphone.
6 May 2021
Robust Artificial Tissue Mimics Lobster Underbelly's Stretch
Researchers have fabricated a hydrogel-based material that mimics the structure of the lobster's underbelly. The researchers ran the material through a battery of stretch and impact tests, and showed that, similar to the lobster underbelly, the synthetic material is remarkably "fatigue-resistant," able to withstand repeated stretches and strains without tearing.
30 Apr 2021
Non-toxic, Flexible Energy Converters Could Power Wearables
A wide variety of portable and wearable electronics have become a large part of our daily lives, so a group of researchers wondered if these could be powered by harvesting electricity from the waste heat that exists all around us.
28 Apr 2021
Ankle Exoskeletons can Greatly Increase Walking Speed
Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers have tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system they have developed - which attaches around the shin and into a running shoe - increased the self-selected walking speed of people in an experimental setting.
9 Apr 2021
First Human Use of High Bandwidth Wireless Brain Computer Interface
Brain-computer interfaces are an emerging assistive technology, enabling people with paralysis to type on computer screens or manipulate robotic prostheses just by thinking about moving their own bodies. For years, investigational BCIs used in clinical trials have required cables to connect the sensing array in the brain to computers that decode the signals and use them to drive external devices.
5 Apr 2021
Natron Energy are a US-based start-up developing a high-rate, long cycle life sodium-ion battery chemistry.
3 Mar 2021
Event Summary: innoLAE 2021 (Innovations in Large-Area Electronics)
On 24-25th of February 2021 IDTechEx attended the Innovations in Large Area Electronics (InnoLAE) conference. Conference attendees were a mix of primarily early-stage companies and academics. This premium article divides a selection of the most interesting and/or commercially relevant talks into 4 sections
26 Feb 2021
Brain Organoids Grown In Lab Mature Much Like Infant Brains
A new study finds that three-dimensional human stem cell-derived brain organoids can mature in a manner that is strikingly similar to human brain development.