California Institute of Technology

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The California Institute of Technology (commonly referred to as Caltech) is a private research university located in Pasadena, California, United States. The Institute maintains a strong emphasis on the natural sciences and engineering, and operates and manages NASA's neighboring Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Caltech is a small school, with only about 2100 students (about 900 undergraduates and 1200 graduate students), but it is ranked in the top ten universities worldwide by metrics such as citation index, Nobel Prizes, and general university rankings.
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2021
8 Sep 2021

Perseverance Rover Collects First Mars Rock Sample

NASA's Perseverance rover has completed the collection of the first sample of Martian rock, a core from Jezero Crater slightly thicker than a pencil. Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory received data that confirmed the historic milestone. The core is now enclosed in an airtight titanium sample tube, making it available for retrieval in the future.
16 Aug 2021

Flexible Material That can Stiffen on Demand

Scientists have developed a new type of 'chain mail' fabric that is flexible like cloth but can stiffen on demand.
11 Aug 2021

Blumio

Blumio are a startup developing radar imaging systems for monitoring arterial pressure. IDTechEx interviewed their Co-Founder and CEO Catherine Liao at Cardio Wearables 2021.
11 Aug 2021

$100 Million Gift to Fund Space-based Solar Power Project

Caltech is announcing that Donald Bren, chairman of Irvine Company and a lifetime member of the Caltech Board of Trustees, donated over $100 million to form the Space-based Solar Power Project, which is developing technology capable of generating solar power in space and beaming it back to Earth.
30 Jul 2021

Metallic Glass Gears Up for 'Cobots,' Coatings, and More

Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals. Where are the robot assistants we were promised?
2020
28 Oct 2020

IniVation

iniVation offer event-based vision sensors and the associated software. These sensors enable ultra-low response latency, low data rates, high dynamic range, and low power consumption by having pixels asynchronously report whenever they experience a change in light intensity.
17 Aug 2020

Cypris Materials

Cypris Materials is an early stage company from California. They are commercializing a new method of printing colored inks that relies on co-polymers that self-assemble to create structural color rather than using dyes or pigments.
29 Jul 2020

Enthought

Enthought enable the digital transformation of scientific industries through training and digital tools. IDTechEx spoke with Dr Michael Heiber (Application Engineer).
2 Jul 2020

Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2020-2030: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
24 Jun 2020

Provivi

Provivi is a California-based company that creates novel pest control methods based on insect pheromones. With over $100 million in private funding, Provivi is a fast-emerging player in the growing biopesticides industry.
12 May 2020

Sweat Powered Electronic Skin

The e-skin, made from soft, flexible rubber, can be embedded with sensors that monitor information like heart rate, body temperature, levels of blood sugar and metabolic byproducts that are indicators of health, and even the nerve signals that control our muscles. It does so without the need for a battery, as it runs solely on biofuel cells powered by one of the body's own waste products.
25 Mar 2020

Deep Learning for Mechanical Property Evaluation

A standard method for testing some of the mechanical properties of materials is to poke them with a sharp point. This "indentation technique" can provide detailed measurements of how the material responds to the point's force, as a function of its penetration depth.
5 Mar 2020

Sweat Sensor Detects Stress Levels; May Find Use in Space Exploration

Researchers have produced a wireless sweat sensor that can accurately detect levels of cortisol, a natural compound that is commonly thought of as the body's stress hormone.
5 Mar 2020

Environmental Gas Sensors 2020-2030

IDTechEx Report:
17 Feb 2020

GuRu

IDTechEx spoke to Behrooz Abiri, Co-founder and CTO of GuRu. They have developed a long-range wireless charging platform based on mm-wave RF.
14 Feb 2020

Ultrasound Can Selectively Kill Cancer Cells

A new technique could offer a targeted approach to fighting cancer: low-intensity pulses of ultrasound have been shown to selectively kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed.
10 Feb 2020

Solid-State Automotive Lidar: Commercializing Photonic Beam Steering?

What does it take to commercialize photonic beam steering?
4 Feb 2020

Bionic Jellyfish Swim Faster and More Efficiently

Engineers have developed a tiny prosthetic that enables jellyfish to swim faster and more efficiently than they normally do, without stressing the animals. The researchers behind the project envision a future in which jellyfish equipped with sensors could be directed to explore and record information about the ocean.
14 Jan 2020

Solid-state automotive lidar: commercializing photonic beam steering

What does it take to commercialize photonic beam steering?
13 Jan 2020

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Researchers have demonstrated that machine-learning algorithms can monitor online social media conversations as they evolve, which could one day lead to an effective and automated way to spot online trolling.