Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards
Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
AI Learns to Design
Big design problems require creative and exploratory decision making, a skill in which humans excel. When engineers use artificial intelligence, they have traditionally applied it to a problem within a defined set of rules rather than having it generally follow human strategies to create something new.
Comprehensive Classroom Sensing System
A new system offers a comprehensive real-time sensing system that is inexpensive and scalable to create a continuous feedback loop for the instructor.
Intelligent, shape-morphing, self-healing material
A step closer to integrated artificial muscle and nervous tissue, researchers develop an intelligent, shape-morphing, and self-healing material for soft robotics and wearable electronics.
Army researchers test human-like robots
Army researchers tested ground robots performing military-style exercises, much like Soldier counterparts, at a robotics testing site in Pennsylvania recently as part of a 10-year research project designed to push the research boundaries in robotics and autonomy.
Fastree3D are developing lidar modules and a lidar hardware development kit.
Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions
The CRISPR genome-editing system is best-known for its potential to correct disease-causing mutations and add new genes into living cells. Now, researchers have deployed CRISPR for a completely different purpose: creating novel materials, such as gels, that can change their properties when they encounter specific DNA sequences.
3D printing nanoparticle neural probes
This new technology will dramatically increase accessibility to brain tissue, as well as the number of electrodes that can fit in a small area and will give researchers the ability to prototype new electrode configurations at the click of a button, on-demand, within a few hours.
Organ-on-chip technology to advance drug development
Researchers have developed an organ-on-an-electronic-chip platform, which uses bioelectrical sensors to measure the electrophysiology of the heart cells in three dimensions. These 3D, self-rolling biosensor arrays coil up over heart cell spheroid tissues to form an "organ-on-e-chip," thus enabling the researchers to study how cells communicate with each other in multicellular systems such as the heart.
AI beats professionals in six-player poker
An artificial intelligence program developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Facebook AI has defeated leading professionals in six-player No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker, the world's most popular form of poker.
Wearable electronics that are comfortable, elastic, fully untethered
ElectroDermis is a fabrication system that simplifies the creation of wearable electronics that are comfortable, elastic, and fully untethered. Electronics that can be temporarily attached to the body (like bandages or party masks), but functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Robot arm tastes with engineered bacteria
A robotic gripping arm that uses engineered bacteria to "taste" for a specific chemical has been developed by engineers. The gripper is a proof-of-concept for biologically-based soft robotics.
World's largest renewable energy storage project announced
The Advanced Clean Energy Storage project in central Utah is world's largest project of its kind, the ACES initiative will develop 1,000 megawatts of 100 percent clean energy storage.
Soft, flexible materials with enhanced properties
A team of polymer chemists and engineers have developed a new methodology that can be used to create a class of stretchable polymer composites with enhanced electrical and thermal properties.
Wearable system to sense, stimulate brain at unprecedented resolution
A noninvasive neural interface that can be used as a wearable device. This neural interface will be capable of both recording and stimulating the brain's dynamic activity with high temporal and spatial resolution.
Soft, actuated objects using commercial knitting machines
Researchers have used computationally controlled knitting machines to create plush toys and other knitted objects that are actuated by tendons. It's an approach they say might someday be used to cost-effectively make soft robots and wearable technologies.
Finding keyholes in metals 3D printing
New research has identified how and when tiny gas pockets form, as well as a methodology to predict their formation - a pivotal discovery that could dramatically improve the 3D printing process.
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.
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.