Robot eye with an all-round field of view
Where am I? Like humans, robots also need to answer that question, while they tirelessly glue, weld or apply seals to workpieces. After all, the production of precision products depends on robot control systems knowing the location of the adhesive bonding head or welding head to the nearest millimeter at all times.
Pliable micro-batteries for wearables
Wearables are portable systems that contain sensors to collect measurement data from our bodies. Powering these sensors without wires calls for pliable batteries that can adapt to the specific material and deliver the power the system requires.
Machine learning algorithm automatically sorts zebrafish eggs
Zebrafish possess almost all of the same genes we humans do - and that makes their eggs the perfect model organisms for use in genetic and drug research. Previously, samples have had to be prepared manually, which is a very time-consuming task. Now, however, a clever machine learning algorithm will be able to separate and sort the fish eggs automatically.
Treating glaucoma effectively
A real innovation in intraocular pressure measurement, this implant provides actionable information to optimize the therapy for patients afflicted with glaucoma.
Electron Beam Patterning for high-resolution full-color OLED displays
OLED microdisplays are increasingly establishing themselves in consumer-ready wearables and data glasses. In order to meet the requirements for higher efficiency, higher contrast, and higher resolutions in these applications, scientists have developed a new micropatterning approach for OLEDs on silicon substrates.
Robotic lawnmowers and child safety
Robotic lawn mowers are great for cutting the grass, but they do pose a risk of injury to children playing nearby. Highly advanced sensors developed by researchers ensure that the lawn mower shuts down when children are in close proximity.
Controlling drones via voice channels
The future is airborne. Drones may soon become the key to relieving the burden of traffic on our streets, optimizing deliveries, and improving the safety and efficiency of firefighting. But there are still a few hurdles to cross before the technology reaches the maturity required for large-scale commercial roll-out.
Wristband for personalized dementia therapy
The system uses inconspicuous sensors to automatically measure dementia patients' health and care data and suggests personalized treatment options based on their current condition.
Easy printing of biosensors made of graphene
Cell-based biosensors can simulate the effect of various substances, such as drugs, on the human body in the laboratory. Depending on the measuring principle, though, producing them can be expensive. As a result, they are often not used.
Autonomous 3D scanner supports individual manufacturing processes
Tthe first ever 3D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time reported in 3D Printing Progress.
Lightweight, compact VR glasses made with large-area microdisplays
VR glasses are increasingly popular, but they have usually been heavy and oversized - until now. Large-area microdisplays are expected to change that, because they make it possible to produce ergonomic and lightweight VR glasses. The new OLED displays now reach very high frame rates and achieve extremely high resolutions with "extended full HD".
Under the direction of the Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, an in-house Fraunhofer project for development of biodegradable electronics was begun last year.
Smarter robot vacuum cleaners
Can you really use Outlook to make sure your office floor gets vacuumed? Absolutely!
1000 km range thanks to a new battery concept
You cannot get far today with electric cars. One reason is that the batteries require a lot of space. Scientists are stacking large cells on top of one another. This provides vehicles with more power. Initial tests in the laboratory have been positive. In the medium term, the project partners are striving to achieve a range of 1000 kilometers for electric vehicles.
New safety technology enables teamwork
Until now, heavy-duty robots have always been housed in separate work areas to safeguard factory employee safety. Researchers want to change that with an ingenious security concept and intelligent robot control. This technology will enable people and robots to collaborate as a team.
Automatically darkening windows in a wide range of colors
Electrochromic glass darkens automatically when the sun shines and keeps the heat out. Previously it was available only in blue, and switching times were also long. Now, a new process makes it possible to manufacture other glass colors for the first time.
Milestone in graphene production
For the first time, it has been possible to produce functional OLED electrodes from graphene.
Compound eyes for industry and smartphone
Researchers have developed a process enabling the production of a two millimeter flat camera.
Electric cars: batteries with brains
Researchers have developed an energy storage device which is significantly more cost-effective over the entire life cycle in comparison with previous models.