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7 Apr 2020

The Smallest Microelectronic Robot

The microelectronic robot is 0.8 mm long, 0.8 mm wide and 0.14 mm tall. To compare: a one cent piece has a diameter of around 16mm. The micro-robot is extremely flexible, motile and equipped with various functionalities.
6 Apr 2020

Robotic Turtles for Fish Farms

Robotic turtles used for surveillance could help prevent escapes from salmon farms. The "turtle robots" are paving the way for a technology that improves monitoring inside sea cages.
3 Apr 2020

ColRobot, the Collaborative Industrial Robot

For 3 years, ColRobot worked on the development of collaborative robotics to help overcome some of the biggest common challenges in the automotive and aerospace industries, such as large backlogs of orders and the need for flexibility to meet market demands. The crown jewel of their innovative technology was a robotic mobile manipulator which acts as a 'third hand' for production line workers.
2 Apr 2020

Tunisia Uses Unmanned Robots to Enforce Lockdown

Tunisian authorities have increased their coronavirus security measures by deploying robots in the streets to enforce the country's lockdown orders.
1 Apr 2020

How Robots Can Help Combat COVID-19: Science Robotics Editorial

Can robots be effective tools in combating the COVID-19 pandemic? A group of leaders in the field of robotics say yes, and outline a number of examples.
1 Apr 2020

Hearables 2020-2030: Technology, Players and Forecasts

Market forecasts taken from IDTechEx report "Hearables 2020-2030: Technology, Players and Forecasts"
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31 Mar 2020

Geely Goes Full Contactless with New Car Keys Delivered by Drone

Geely Auto has launched its own proprietary online sales system for ordering online that included the modification of vehicle specifications, online financing and insurance as well as giving the option of establishing a home delivery in a contactless solution.
30 Mar 2020

Ankle Exoskeleton Aids Running

Researchers find that a motorized device that attaches around the ankle and foot can drastically reduce the energy cost of running.
30 Mar 2020

Mobile Robots: Coronavirus Pushes Logistic Automation up the Agenda

Recent developments bring into focus the motivation, and at times the imperative, to increase automation in the logistics and delivery chain. IDTechEx have been examining the technological and commercial trends in this field for several years.
30 Mar 2020

Dissecting the Robotic Surgery Market

In its recently published report "Innovations in Robotic Surgery 2020-2030", IDTechEx forecasts that the robotic surgery market will reach over $12 billion by 2030. The report breaks down the market landscape and emerging technologies in the field of robotic surgery.
30 Mar 2020

Terahertz Technology comes Centre Stage

One of the last frontiers. Little used because the devices are not good enough. It lies between the much used microwave and infrared frequencies. Terahertz electromagnetic radiation has come centre stage recently with major breakthroughs claimed for THz emitters, trillionth-of-a-second switches, modulators and the sensors and there are conferences on the subject in several countries.
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27 Mar 2020

UPS Flight Forward and Wingcopter to Develop Versatile New Drone Fleet

UPS Flight Forward will collaborate with German drone-maker Wingcopter to develop the next generation of package delivery drones for a variety of use cases in the United States and internationally.
26 Mar 2020

Hearables 2020-2030: Technology, Players and Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
25 Mar 2020

Robotics in Maintenance and Repair

Inspecting fuel and ballast tanks. Sand-blasting old paint coatings and applying new ones. Removing corrosion on ships, submarines, aircraft and other vehicles. These are some of the unpleasant jobs in naval shipyards and maintenance facilities that could be made safer by pairing human workers with robots.
24 Mar 2020

Device Brings Silicon Computing Power to Brain Research, Prosthetics

Researchers have developed a new device for connecting the brain directly to silicon-based technologies. While brain-machine interface devices already exist - and are used for prosthetics, disease treatment and brain research - this latest device can record more data while being less intrusive than existing options.
24 Mar 2020

Digital Health & Artificial Intelligence 2020: Trends, Opportunities, and Outlook

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao, James Hayward, Dr Luyun Jiang and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
23 Mar 2020

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) - Hype or Hope?

In the past decade, mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) has attracted significant attention as it holds the potential to disrupt the business model of the traditional automotive industry and the way people travel.
23 Mar 2020

Mining Goes Electric

Electrics and robotics squares the circle of seeking a wider variety of depleting materials in nastier, more remote places from the seafloor to four kilometres underground, up remote mountains and later outer space. Zero-emission microgrids on-site, sensors everywhere and new information and communications technology lubricate the process.
23 Mar 2020

Fish Scales Could Make Wearable Electronics More Sustainable

Flexible temporary electronic displays may one day make it possible to sport a glowing tattoo or check a reading, like that of a stopwatch, directly on the skin. In its current form, however, this technology generally depends on plastic. New research describes a way to make these displays, which would likely be discarded after a single use, more environmentally friendly using a plentiful and biodegradable resource: fish scales.
23 Mar 2020

Digital Farming: Why its Time for Agriculture to Embrace IoT

In the modern age, new technology such as digital farming promises even further advancements in agriculture methods, but what exactly will the future of farming look like?