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2019
16 Sep

Optical lace gives robots heightened sensory ability

A new stretchable optical lace could give soft robots an even softer touch. The synthetic material creates a linked sensory network similar to a biological nervous system, which would enable robots to sense how they interact with their environment and adjust their actions accordingly.
30 Aug

Using artificial intelligence to track birds' dark-of-night migrations

On many evenings during spring and fall migration, tens of millions of birds take flight at sunset and pass over our heads, unseen in the night sky. Though these flights have been recorded for decades by the National Weather Services' network of constantly scanning weather radars, until recently these data have been mostly out of reach for bird researchers.
19 Aug

New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance

Supercapacitors, electrical devices that store and release energy, need a layer of electrolyte — an electrically conductive material that can be solid, liquid, or somewhere in between. Now, researchers have developed a novel class of liquids that may open up new possibilities for improving the efficiency and stability of such devices while reducing their flammability.
24 Jun

Robot circulatory system powers possibilities

Untethered robots suffer from a stamina problem. A possible solution: a circulating liquid - "robot blood" - to store energy and power its applications for sophisticated, long-duration tasks.
24 May

Engineered bacteria could be missing link in energy storage

One of the big issues with sustainable energy systems is how to store electricity that's generated from wind, solar and waves. At present, no existing technology provides large-scale storage and energy retrieval for sustainable energy at a low financial and environmental cost.
21 May

E-Textiles 2019-2029: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
2 May

Artificial metabolism could open a new frontier in robotics

As a genetic material, DNA is responsible for all known life. But DNA is also a polymer. Tapping into the unique nature of the molecule, engineers have created simple machines constructed of biomaterials with properties of living things.
2 May

Graphene, 2D Materials and Carbon Nanotubes: Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
15 Apr

AI approach optimizes embryo selection for IVF

A new artificial intelligence approach can identify with a great degree of accuracy whether a 5-day-old, in vitro fertilized human embryo has a high potential to progress to a successful pregnancy. The technique, which analyzes time-lapse images of the early-stage embryos, could improve the success rate of in vitro fertilization and minimize the risk of multiple pregnancies.
11 Apr

Cost-Effective Handling And Transportation Of Graphene Oxides: Folding And Redispersion Of Graphene Oxide Materials

Cornell University, United States
25 Mar

"Particle robot" works as a cluster of simple units

Taking a cue from biological cells, researchers have developed computationally simple robots that connect in large groups to move around, transport objects, and complete other tasks.
20 Mar

Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries

People don't ask too much from batteries: Deliver energy when it's needed and for as long as it is wanted, recharge quickly and don't burst into flames.
14 Mar

New cell-sized micro robots might make incredible journeys

Researchers have harnessed the latest nanofabrication techniques to create bug-shaped robots that are wirelessly powered, able to walk, able to survive harsh environments and tiny enough to be injected through an ordinary hypodermic needle.
20 Feb

To conserve energy, AI clears up cloudy forecasts

A new approach predicts the accuracy of the weather forecast using a machine learning model trained with years' worth of data on forecasts and actual weather conditions. Combined with a mathematical model that considers building characteristics including the size and shape of rooms, the construction materials, the location of sensors and the position of windows.
15 Feb

3D Printed Electronics and Circuit Prototyping 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Jon Harrop
2018
17 Dec

3D imaging technique unlocks properties of perovskite crystals

A team of materials scientists have, for the first time, visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system decoded to date.
6 Dec

Aquatic animals that jump out of water inspire leaping robots

Ever watch aquatic animals jump out of the water and wonder how they manage to do it in such a streamlined and graceful way? A group of researchers who specialize in water entry and exit in nature had the same question and are exploring the specific physical conditions required for animals to successfully leap out of water.
15 Nov

Tailoring The Folding And Stacking Of Graphene Oxide Via Scalable Processes For Energy Storage And Coating Applications

Cornell University, United States
15 Nov

Two-step training helps robots interpret human language

To robots, humans' instructions are incredibly complex. Even a relatively simple command like "Go to the house, passing the tree on your right," may require hundreds of attempts to learn. And if the command changes to "Go to the house, passing the tree on your left," the robots needs to re-learn the task from scratch.
7 Nov

Shape shifting modular robot

A robot can assemble a car door or pack a box much faster and more efficiently than any human, but such single-purpose machines struggle when asked to perform in challenging environments that contain elements such as stairs or tunnels.