16 Jun 2020
Smart Textiles Powered by Soft Transmission Lines
Researchers have developed electronic fibers that, when embedded in textiles, can collect a wealth of information about our bodies by measuring subtle and complex fabrics deformations. Their technology relies on transmission line theory and offers a host of applications, such as in health care and robotics.
4 May 2020
Researchers Put Proximity Tracing App to the Test
Over the past two weeks, EPFL computer scientists have been testing and refining the smartphone-based system developed by the international Decentralized Privacy-Preserving Proximity Tracing project (DP3T), with the help of the Swiss Army. Their goal: to optimize the app's ability to alert users after they've been in contact with someone contagious with COVID-19, while building trust around the open system.
27 Mar 2020
A Nanoscale Device That Can See Through Walls
Researchers have developed a nanodevice that operates more than 10 times faster than today's fastest transistors, and about 100 times faster than the transistors you have on your computers. This new device enables the generation of high-power terahertz waves. These waves, which are notoriously difficult to produce, are useful in a rich variety of applications ranging from imaging and sensing to high-speed wireless communications.
2 Mar 2020
More Efficient, Longer-Lasting Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Researchers have developed a novel way to increase fuel-cell efficiency and lifespan, using a recirculation fan driven by a steam turbine that runs on steam-lubricated bearings.
24 Feb 2020
Printing Tiny, High-Precision Objects in a Matter of Seconds
Researchers have developed a new, high-precision method for 3D-printing small, soft objects. The process, which takes less than 30 seconds from start to finish, has potential applications in a wide range of fields, including 3D bioprinting.
23 Jan 2020
Distalmotion aims to fast track the adoption of robotic surgery in minimally invasive surgical care. The company has developed Dexter, a two-arm robotic surgery system that amplifies the surgeon's movements.
22 Jan 2020
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.
3 Jan 2020
Robot Shuttles: Major New Form of Transportation
IDTechEx has issued the first in-depth report on this called, "Robot Shuttles and Autonomous Buses 2020-2040". Robot shuttles are an important new, reconfigurable form of transportation for goods and people that may even function as mobile offices, workshops, restaurants and more.
19 Dec 2019
A Soft Robotic Insect That Survives Being Flattened by a Fly Swatter
Researchers have developed an ultra-light robotic insect that uses its soft artificial muscles to move at 3 cm per second across different types of terrain. It can be folded or crushed and yet continue to move.
14 Oct 2019
Deep3DFly: the deep-learning way to design fly-like robots
Flies aren't exactly endearing to humans. We rightly associate them with less-than-appetizing experiences in our daily lives. But there is an unexpected path to redemption: Robots. It turns out that flies have some features and abilities that can inform a new design for robotic systems.
1 Oct 2019
Artificial skin can help rehabilitation and enhance virtual reality
Just like our senses of hearing and vision, our sense of touch plays an important role in how we perceive and interact with the world around us. And technology capable of replicating our sense of touch - also known as haptic feedback - can greatly enhance human-computer and human-robot interfaces for applications such as medical rehabilitation and virtual reality.
23 Sep 2019
A smart artificial hand for amputees merges user and robotic control
Scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands - in particular for amputees - that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation.
13 Sep 2019
Fastree3D are developing lidar modules and a lidar hardware development kit.
13 Sep 2019
Feeling legs again improves amputees' health
Two volunteers are the first above-knee amputees in the world to feel their prosthetic foot and knee in real time. Their bionic prosthesis, which was developed by an international team of researchers, features sensors that connect to residual nerves in the thigh. The resulting neurofeedback greatly reduces physical and mental strain for users of the prosthesis.
5 Sep 2019
IDTechEx interviewed Esmeralda Megally, CEO and Co-Founder of Xsensio. They are a Swiss company, founded in 2014, developing a platform that they call "Lab-on-Skin (TM)". This is based on technology originally developed at EPFL, including the use of 3D extended metal gate ion sensitive field effect transitiors (3D EMG ISFETs) to detect ion concentration in sweat.
28 Aug 2019
Optic nerve stimulation to aid the blind
Scientists are developing technology for the blind that bypasses the eyeball entirely and sends messages to the brain. They do this by stimulating the optic nerve with a new type of intraneural electrode called OpticSELINE.
20 Aug 2019
Tiny biodegradable circuits for releasing painkillers inside the body
Researchers have developed biodegradable microresonators that can be heated locally with a wireless system. Doctors could soon be using them in implants to control the release of painkillers within tissue.
13 Aug 2019
New perovskite material shows promise alternative silicon
Silicon dominates solar energy products -- it is stable, cheap, and efficient at turning sunlight into electricity. Any new material taking on silicon must compete, and win, on those grounds. As a result of an international research collaboration have found a stable material that efficiently creates electricity - which could challenge silicon hegemony.
12 Jul 2019
Robot-ants that can jump, communicate and work together
A team of researchers has developed tiny 10-gram robots that are inspired by ants: they can communicate with each other, assign roles among themselves and complete complex tasks together. These reconfigurable robots are simple in structure, yet they can jump and crawl to explore uneven surfaces.
8 Jul 2019
Neurotechnology holds promise for chronic stroke patients
Personalized neurotechnology-aided rehabilitation of the arm could improve recovery in severe chronic stroke patients.