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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2020
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).
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.
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.
6 Jan 2020

Fluidigm Corporation

The key technology for Fluidigm are proprietary CyTOF® and microfluidics technologies for mass cytometry and microfluidic systems (such as PCR or library prepare system for NGS, and Integrated Fluidic Circuits).
2019
28 Nov 2019

Wearable Sweat Sensor Detects Gout-Causing Compounds

In a new paper researchers describe a mass-producible wearable sensor that can monitor levels of metabolites and nutrients in a person's blood by analyzing their sweat. Previously developed sweat sensors mostly target compounds that appear in high concentrations, such as electrolytes, glucose, and lactate. Gao's sweat sensor is more sensitive than current devices and can detect sweat compounds of much lower concentrations, in addition to being easier to manufacture, the researchers say.
26 Nov 2019

Concentrated Solar Energy to Exceed 1000 Degrees Celsius

Heliogen has concentrated solar energy to exceed temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees Celsius. At that temperature, Heliogen can replace the use of fossil fuels in critical industrial processes, including the production of cement, steel, and petrochemicals, dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions from these activities.
15 Nov 2019

Strobe

Strobe are developing lidar modules. The company were acquired by Cruise Automation (USA) in 2017.
11 Sep 2019

The Swiss Army Knife of gene editing gets new control

When researchers want to edit, activate, or silence a gene in any living organism, from bacteria to humans, they often turn to CRISPR/Cas9, a complex of RNA and protein that can act like a genetic Swiss Army Knife.
26 Aug 2019

Self-folding "Rollbot" paves the way for fully untethered soft robots

The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. Now, researchers have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape in response to external stimuli, paving the way for fully untethered soft robots.
6 Aug 2019

Ultra-thin layers of rust generate electricity from flowing water

Rust is a common problem on infrastructure, but new research shows that when it's combined with salt water, it can also be a source of electricity.
30 May 2019

Using AI to land drones smoothly

New system employs a deep neural network to overcome the challenge of ground-effect turbulenc.