24 Feb 2020
Highly Sensitive Sensors Enhance Human Touch
People rely on a highly tuned sense of touch to manipulate objects, but injuries to the skin and the simple act of wearing gloves can impair this ability. Surgeons, for example, find that gloves decrease their ability to manipulate soft tissues. Astronauts are also hampered by heavy spacesuits and find it difficult to work with equipment while wearing heavy gloves.
24 Jan 2020
Spider-Man-Style Robotic Graspers Defy Gravity
Specially designed vacuum suction units allow humans to climb walls. Scientists have developed a suction unit that can be used on rough surfaces, no matter how textured, and that has applications in the development of climbing robots and robotic arms with grasping capabilities.
21 Jan 2020
Robotic Gripping Mechanism Mimics How Sea Anemones Catch Prey
Most robotic gripping mechanisms to date have relied on humanlike fingers or appendages, which sometimes struggle to provide the fine touch, flexibility or cost-effectiveness needed in some circumstances to hold onto objects. Recent work looks to provide a path forward for gripping robots from an unlikely source -- the doughnut-shaped sea anemone.
7 Jan 2020
Tests Measure Solar Panel Performance Beyond Established Standards
Photovoltaics used in solar panels are sensitive to environmental factors and often suffer degradation over time. International Electrotechnical Commission standards for accelerated degradation do not include field tests. While some testing facilities have made data available, much of the data needed to make business decisions for PV is not available publicly.
15 Nov 2019
Radars: Key Technology Trends Towards 4D Imaging Radars
These are exciting times for radar technology. Many changes are taking place. In this article, we outline some key trends from the recent IDTechEx report "Radars 2020-2030: Technologies, Future Trends, Forecasts".
15 Nov 2019
Spray Painting Fiber Bandages Onto Wounds
With newly developed technology, medical personnel can manufacture a bandage with drug-delivery capabilities directly onto a wound.
25 Oct 2019
New IDTechEx Research Report: Radars 2020-2030
Radars evolve towards 4D imaging with improved resolution and object detection AIs, surpassing $15Bn as forecast by IDTechEx Research in their latest report on the topic, covering ADAS and autonomous driving, 4D imaging radars, semiconductor technology, low insertion loss materials, advanced packaging, deep learning, object detection/ classification/ tracking.
24 Oct 2019
3D Printing, Bioinks Create Implantable Blood Vessels
A modified triple-coaxial 3D cell printing technique allows fabrication of multilayer blood vessels that have the unique biomolecules needed to transform into functional blood vessels when they are implanted.
16 Sep 2019
Automotive mmwave radars: trends in packaging and board technologies
In this article series we examine trends in mm-wave radar technology mainly in the automotive sector. These articles will provide a comprehensive overview of trends in this technology from high-level market drivers to radar systems to board-design considerations, and to packaging and semiconductor technologies.
13 Sep 2019
Reconfigurable electronics show promise for wearables, implantables
Medical implants of the future may feature reconfigurable electronic platforms that can morph in shape and size dynamically as bodies change or transform to relocate from one area to monitor another within our bodies.
31 Jul 2019
Harvesting energy from the human knee
Imagine powering your devices by walking. With technology recently developed, that possibility might not be far out of reach.
28 Jun 2019
Hybrid device may help doctors treat strokes more quickly
Researchers have developed a device that uses near-infrared light to monitor blood flow. The hybrid instrument, which relies on the combination of two light measurement techniques, could be used to quickly and noninvasively diagnose cerebral ischemia.
8 May 2019
Electricity from the coldness of the universe
The obvious drawback of solar panels is that they require sunlight to generate electricity. Some have observed that for a device on Earth facing space, which has a frigid temperature, the chilling outflow of energy from the device can be harvested using the same kind of optoelectronic physics we have used to harness solar energy.
1 Apr 2019
Autonomous weed control via smart robots
To apply pesticide to weeds, rollers can be mounted onto small robots or tractors.
18 Oct 2018
Developing computers that mimic the human brain
As artificial intelligence has become increasingly sophisticated, it has inspired renewed efforts to develop computers whose physical architecture mimics the human brain. One approach, called reservoir computing, allows hardware devices to achieve the higher-dimension calculations required by emerging artificial intelligence. One new device highlights the potential of extremely small mechanical systems to achieve these calculations.
18 Sep 2018
Laser sintering optimized for printed electronics
Printed electronics use standard printing techniques to manufacture electronic devices on different substrates like glass, plastic films, and paper. Interest in this area is growing because of the potential to create cheaper circuits more efficiently than conventional methods.