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2019
14 Feb

Converting Wi-Fi signals to electricity with new 2-D materials

Imagine a world where smartphones, laptops, wearables, and other electronics are powered without batteries. Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have taken a step in that direction, with the first fully flexible device that can convert energy from Wi-Fi signals into electricity that could power electronics.
2018
3 Dec

Flexible electronic skin aids human-machine interactions

Human skin contains sensitive nerve cells that detect pressure, temperature and other sensations that allow tactile interactions with the environment. To help robots and prosthetic devices attain these abilities, scientists are trying to develop electronic skins.
30 Nov

Piezoelectric Harvesting and Sensing 2019-2039

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Richard Collins
22 Nov

Accelerating the introduction of robot workers

IAM is responding to the growing need for flexible automation systems in logistics environments. The investment will be used to accelerate robot production and to build a sales, marketing, and delivery organization that works closely with leading distributors to transform the supply chain.
1 Nov

Electronic tattoos for wearable computing

Researchers have developed a simple, efficient method to make robust, highly flexible, tattoo-like circuits for use in wearable computing. The low-cost process adds trace amounts of an electrically-conductive, liquid metal alloy to tattoo paper that adheres to human skin. These ultrathin tattoos can be applied easily with water, the same way one would apply a child's decorative tattoo with a damp sponge.
24 Oct

Partnership delivers autonomous mobile robots to distribution centres

Honeywell is collaborating with Fetch Robotics to provide distribution centers with autonomous mobile robots to help them more effectively fulfill growing volumes of e-commerce orders.
2 Oct

Voice, Speech, Conversation-Based User Interfaces 2019-2029: Technologies, Players, Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
1 Oct

Machine-learning system tackles speech, object recognition at once

MIT computer scientists have developed a system that learns to identify objects within an image, based on a spoken description of the image. Given an image and an audio caption, the model will highlight in real-time the relevant regions of the image being described.
6 Sep

Projects drive biopharmaceutical manufacturing innovation

The National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals is pleased to announce a group of projects, designed to advance biopharmaceutical manufacturing and workforce development in the United States.
29 Aug

More efficient security for cloud-based machine learning

Novel combination of two encryption techniques protects private data, while keeping neural networks running quickly.
2 Aug

Smart City Opportunities: Infrastructure, Systems, Materials 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Luyun Jiang and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
31 Jul

3D printing the next generation of batteries

Additive manufacturing can be used to manufacture porous electrodes for lithium-ion batteries--but because of the nature of the manufacturing process, the design of these 3-D printed electrodes is limited to just a few possible architectures.
19 Jul

Robots to be more reliable teammates for soldiers

Researchers have developed a new technique to quickly teach robots novel traversal behaviors with minimal human oversight. The technique allows mobile robot platforms to navigate autonomously in environments while carrying out actions a human would expect of the robot in a given situation.
2 Jul

3D Bioprinting - An Update from Q2 2018

The past 3 months has been busy for 3D bioprinting companies, with numerous publications emerging from academia and announcements from industry. This article will highlight the advancements made in 3D bioprinting in the last 3 months since the publication of the 2018 update of IDTechEx's market research report on the topic: 3D Bioprinting 2018 - 2028: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts.
21 Jun

Teaching robots to sort out their issues

Robots can help do a lot of things - assemble cars, search for explosives, cook a meal or aid in surgery. But one thing they can't do is tell you how they're doing - yet.
22 May

Self-healing material a breakthrough for bio-inspired robotics

Many natural organisms have the ability to repair themselves. Now, manufactured machines will be able to mimic this property. In findings published this week researchers have created a self-healing material that spontaneously repairs itself under extreme mechanical damage.
3 May

Paint Job Transforms Walls Into Sensors, Interactive Surfaces

Walls are what they are — big, dull dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used.
29 Mar

Haptics 2018-2028: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
22 Mar

Pipe-crawling robot will help decommission DOE nuclear facility

A pair of autonomous robots will soon be driving through miles of pipes at the U.S. Department of Energy's former uranium enrichment plant in Piketon, Ohio, to identify uranium deposits on pipe walls.
19 Mar

Invisible, stretchable circuits

Electrically conductive films that are optically transparent have a central role in a wide range of electronics applications, from touch screens and video displays to photovoltaics. These conductors function as invisible electrodes for circuit wiring, touch sensing, or electrical charge collection and are typically composed of transparent conductive oxides. But, they have a weakness. Most transparent conductors are mechanically stiff. Stretching the inelastic material causes it to break apart and lose electrical functionality. This inability to support strain greatly limits the role of these existing materials for emerging applications in wearable computing, soft bioelectronics, and biologically-inspired robotics. The displays and touchscreens used in these next-generation technologies will require transparent conductors that are soft, elastic, and highly stretchable. Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Carmel Majidi and his research team have developed conductive thin-films that have the unique combination of properties needed for these next-generation technologies: high electrical conductivity, visual imperceptibility, low mechanical stiffness, and high elasticity.
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