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31 Aug

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot

A team of researchers with expertise in 3D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first chemically powered, autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot.
5 Aug

Wearable Technology for Animals 2017-2027: Technologies, Markets, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Mr Raghu Das and Dr Nadia Tsao
20 Jul

A battery inspired by vitamins

Researchers have identified a whole new class of high-performing organic molecules, inspired by vitamin B2, that can safely store electricity from intermittent energy sources.
20 Jul

Smart sensors can be sutured into tissue

For the first time, researchers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads - ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics - that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time.
8 Jul

Soft Robotics Inc

We recently caught up with the CEO of Carl Vause, a Boston-based start-up commercialising a novel robotic gripper that is based on the principles of soft robotics.
6 Jul

Tough new hydrogel hybrid doesn't dry out

Engineers have found a way to prevent hydrogels from dehydrating, with a technique that could lead to longer-lasting contact lenses, stretchy microfluidic devices, flexible bioelectronics, and even artificial skin.
14 Jun

Scientists design energy-carrying 'Topological Plexcitons'

Scientists have engineered "topological plexcitons," energy-carrying particles that could help make possible the design of new kinds of solar cells and miniaturized optical circuitry.
10 Jun

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it'll just be a matter of looking for sunny skies.
7 Jun

A thinner, flatter lens for wearables

Researchers have demonstrated the first flat — or planar — lens that works highly efficiently within the visible spectrum of light, covering the whole range of colors from red to blue.
25 May

Using static electricity, RoboBees can land and stick to surfaces

Roboticists demonstrate that their flying microrobots, nicknamed the RoboBees, can now perch during flight to save energy - like bats, birds or butterflies.
20 May

Printing metal in midair

The increasing demand for flexible, wearable electronics, sensors, antennas, and biomedical devices has led a research team to innovate an eye-popping way of printing complex metallic architectures as though seemingly suspended in midair.
18 May

Wearable exosuits for patients with limited mobility

The soft exosuit — which is a soft wearable robot that is the first of its kind — was developed through extensive prototyping that included the involvement of roboticists, mechanical and biomechanical engineers, apparel designers, and software engineers.
16 May

A better hologram for fraud protection and wearable optics

Researchers have programmed polarization into compact holograms, this has significant potential for wearable optics applications.
12 May

New material temporarily tightens skin

Scientists have developed a new material that can temporarily protect and tighten skin, and smooth wrinkles. With further development, it could also be used to deliver drugs to help treat skin conditions such as eczema and other types of dermatitis.
25 Apr

For stronger, lighter, cheaper materials, scroll up

Water filters of the future may be made from billions of tiny, graphene-based nanoscrolls. Each scroll, made by rolling up a single, atom-thick layer of graphene, could be tailored to trap specific molecules and pollutants in its tightly wound folds.
11 Apr

3-D printed robots made of both solids and liquids

Researchers present the first-ever technique for 3-D printing robots that involves printing solid and liquid materials at the same time. The new method allows the team to automatically 3-D print dynamic robots in a single step, with no assembly required, using a commercially-available 3-D printer.
1 Apr

3D material with controllable shape and size

Imagine a house that could fit in a backpack or a wall that could become a window with the flick of a switch.
30 Mar

Tunable windows for privacy, camouflage

Researchers have developed a technique that can quickly change the opacity of a window, turning it cloudy, clear or somewhere in between with the flick of a switch.
18 Feb

Physicists control electrons at femtosecond timescales

When you shine a light on a conducting surface like silicon or graphene, that light jump-starts certain electrons into high-energy states and kicks off a cascade of interactions that happens faster than the blink of an eye.
8 Feb

3D printing a brain to understand its folds

Now, by 3D-printing a fake gel brain and watching it grow scientists have discovered how the human brain develops its folds.