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2020
26 Jun 2020

Ynvisible Expands Its Printed Electrochromics Offering

Ynvisible Interactive Inc has entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement with RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. The license agreement covers RISE's intellectual property rights for printed electrochromic displays and related inks.
13 Apr 2020

Solar Energy Solutions for Facades

Photovoltaic elements are usually found on rooftops - after all, that's where solar irradiation is highest. However, as researchers have discovered, PV elements on facades can be a useful way to supplement the power supply. If appropriately designed, they can be attractively integrated and deliver 50 percent more energy than existing types of wall-mounted PV elements. Even concrete walls are suitable.
17 Feb 2020

Teaching Tomorrow's Automobiles to Hear

Modern cars already feature a range of sophisticated systems such as remote-controlled parking, automatic lane-departure warning and drowsiness recognition. In the future, self-driving cars will also have auditory capabilities. Researchers have now developed a prototype system capable of recognizing external noises such as sirens.
2019
7 Aug 2019

Photovoltaic power from textiles

Imagine a truck tarp that can harvest the energy of sunlight. With the help of new textile-based solar cells semitrailers could soon be producing the electricity needed to power cooling systems or other onboard equipment. In short, textile-based solar cells could soon be adding a whole new dimension to photovoltaics, complementing the use of conventional silicon-based solar cells.
10 Jun 2019

An affordable way to store clean energy

Renewable energy sources can fluctuate in the amount of power they are able to provide - which is why batteries are used to temporarily store the energy. The problem with lithium ion batteries is their short service life, while redox flow batteries have, to date, been cost-prohibitive.
5 Jun 2019

Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow

A new production process with the aim of efficient and environmentally friendly future battery production. Researchers coat the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic solvents
11 Feb 2019

Facial recognition for coins

Countless historical coins that differ from each other only in details are in storage at German state museums. Unlike paintings, these archaeological artifacts may not be labeled, marked or barcoded. Researchers have developed a scanner and analysis software in collaboration which digitally capture the visual features of coins and describe them exactly in a matter of seconds.
4 Feb 2019

Flexible bipolar plates for compact batteries

Whether used for power supply or in electric cars, current battery systems are based on a series of interconnected individual cells, which has certain disadvantages in terms of efficiency and manufacturing. Bipolar battery setups, in contrast, comprise compact stacks of individual cells. A new type of flexible and extremely thin bipolar plate allows batteries to be manufactured cost effectively.
21 Jan 2019

Ynvisible and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft sign electrochromic agreement

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft - Europe's largest institution for applied research - and Ynvisible sign a MoU in the field of electrochromic inks and devices.
2018
21 Nov 2018

Imec and CEA-Leti join forces on AI and quantum computing

Belgian research center imec and the French research institute CEA-Leti announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the foundation of a strategic partnership in the domains of Artificial Intelligence and quantum computing, two key strategic value chains for European industry, to strengthen European strategic and economic sovereignty.
18 Oct 2018

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.
4 Oct 2018

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.
19 Sep 2018

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.
24 Aug 2018

Treating glaucoma effectively

A real innovation in intraocular pressure measurement, this implant provides actionable information to optimize the therapy for patients afflicted with glaucoma.
10 Aug 2018

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.
9 Aug 2018

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.
3 Aug 2018

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.
15 Jun 2018

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.
6 Mar 2018

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.
20 Feb 2018

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.