2018 saw a significant step for aerogels in consumer electronics
2018 saw a significant step for aerogels in consumer electronics - but what is an aerogel? The Dell XPS 13 launched at CES 2018 and included the use of a material called silica aerogel for improved thermal performance. Aerogels are often dubbed "space-age technology" with most internet searches directing the reader towards use cases in the NASA stardust probe and Mars Rover, but the history, material diversity, and commercial status are very different.
Electric Vehicle Futures at the IDTechEx Show! Silicon Valley
Many new electric vehicles were on display at the IDTechEx Show! on November 14-15 in Santa Clara, but that was the tip of the iceberg. The event had a hidden message; the future enabling technologies for electric vehicles (EVs) from buses to cars to mining vehicles.
Walmart and Ford test grocery delivery with self driving cars
Walmart is partnering with Ford to explore delivery with autonomous vehicle technology.
Tritium announces Gilbarco Veeder-Root makes minority investment
Tritium Pty Ltd, the Australian DC electric vehicle charging infrastructure solutions specialists, has announced that Gilbarco Veeder-Root, a Fortive Corporation business, has taken a minority investment in the company.
Graphene for vehicle parts
Graphene is a material used in coating, cell phones and even some sporting goods - and soon, will be used under the hood in Ford vehicles, a first in automotive. Ford, along with Eagle Industries and XG Sciences, has found a way to use a very small amount of graphene while achieving major property improvements - more lightweight, better heat conductivity and noise reduction.
VDL provides contract manufacturing - from cars and electric buses to manufacturing machines for flexible electronics. This profile focuses on their work with flexible/printed electronics.
Nuance Communications is a multinational computer software technology company providing speech and imaging applications and solutions. The most important speech technology of Nuance is speech recognition (SR). Besides, the company is specialised in speech synthesis, voice recognition, etc. In the global speech market, more than 80% of speech recognition systems used to be based on Nuance SR engine.
The graphene community gathers in California
The graphene community will gather in California on November 14 & 15 to attend the largest business-focused conference and exhibition on Graphene and 2D Materials which takes place in Santa Clara.
Ford rolls out exoskeleton wearable to reduce worker fatigue
Repetitive motions can lead to fatigue and injury for workers, but now Ford is rolling out a new wearable technology globally called EksoVest that helps reduce injury risk in some plant workers after a successful trial in two US plants.
Tritium presents its new High Power Charging solution
Tritium will showcase its unique HPC system, a scalable, flexible system for commercial operators, capable of charging an electric vehicle up to 475kW.
Fiber lasers: unique tools for automotive & aerospace manufacturing
Automotive and aerospace manufacturers are increasingly turning to fiber lasers to resolve their manufacturing challenges.
Ford creates autonomous vehicle subdivision
Ford Motor Company has created Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, a new organization charged with accelerating its AV business to capitalize on market opportunities.
Tritium signs deal with IONITY for 100 high-power charging sites
IONITY has chosen Tritium as its technology partner for the construction of 100 high-power charging sites across Germany, France, UK, Norway and Sweden. The dedicated electric vehicle charging stations will have an average of up to six user units, each capable of delivering 350 kW of power for fast charging of modern EVs.
Company Description Vartega is a recycler of high-value composite material. COO Alice Havill spoke with IDTechEx technology analyst Dr Richard Collins.
Supercapacitor Materials Improvement: Gateway to Multi $ Billion Busin
Supercapacitor materials are rapidly improving by new routes. The active materials are the dominant part of cost and the cause of limitations such as flammability, toxicity, cost, energy density and self- discharge. Currently the active electrodes almost always consist of bulk "hierarchical" carbon with a range of pore sizes, often made the old way from botanical materials.
In-mold electronics become commercial once again
Conductive inks are a wonderfully adaptive technology. This characteristic has enabled them to stay relevant and to rejuvenate themselves over the past several decades. This is because as old markets have struggled or declined the technology has managed to find and/or create new uses. Several years ago, a new frontier called in-mold electronics (or IME) started to emerge. This frontier, as reported in the IDTechEx Research report Conductive Ink Markets 2018-2028: Forecasts, Technologies, Players, is once again becoming commercial.
Robots grow mini-organs from human stem cells
An automated system that uses robots has been designed to rapidly produce human mini-organs derived from stem cells.