Diesel Genset Sales will Collapse
Tightening emissions regulations make diesel cars more expensive to make, so it is only a few years before pure electric cars will be cheaper to make. This was predicted ten years ago by IDTechEx to be around 2022 for small cars and that date is now confirmed by several car manufacturers.
MIT engineers build smart power outlet
An MIT team has developed a solution that they are calling a "smart power outlet," in the form of a device that can analyze electrical current usage from a single or multiple outlets, and can distinguish between benign arcs — harmless electrical spikes such as those caused by common household appliances — and dangerous arcs, such as sparking that results from faulty wiring and could lead to a fire. The device can also be trained to identify what might be plugged into a particular outlet, such as a fan versus a desktop computer.
Artificial intelligence senses people through walls
X-ray vision has long seemed like a far-fetched sci-fi fantasy, but over the last decade a team of researchers has continually gotten us closer to seeing through walls.
Teaching chores to an artificial agent
For many people, household chores are a dreaded, inescapable part of life that we often put off or do with little care. But what if a robot assistant could help lighten the load?
King Jim and E Ink Unveil the Pomera DM30 Digital Typewriter
E Ink Holdings announced that its patented ePaper display technology has been used in the development of the Pomera DM30, a portable digital typewriter produced by King Jim.
Robotic rehab device
Scientist examines the use of non-invasive technology to increase the restoration of arm/hands and leg/ankle movement after neurological injury such as stroke. Along with collaborators he developed interactive robotic assist devices, which move the paralyzed limb when the patient cannot, and knows not to assist when the patient can power the movement.
Making driverless cars change lanes more like human drivers do
In the field of self-driving cars, algorithms for controlling lane changes are an important topic of study. But most existing lane-change algorithms have one of two drawbacks: Either they rely on detailed statistical models of the driving environment, which are difficult to assemble and too complex to analyze on the fly; or they're so simple that they can lead to impractically conservative decisions, such as never changing lanes at all.
Ingestible bacteria on a chip could help diagnose disease
Researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems. This "bacteria-on-a-chip" approach combines sensors made from living cells with ultra-low-power electronics that convert the bacterial response into a wireless signal that can be read by a smartphone.
The first printed inflatable material
The BMW Design Department in collaboration with MIT's Self-Assembly Laboratory have successfully developed printed inflatable material technologies that self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another.
Ubiquitous Energy Inc
Ubiquitous Energy, spun out of MIT, has an established prototyping and pilot production facility for transparent PV devices in Silicon Valley. To date, it has raised roughly $25 million in private and venture funding, and formed partnerships with two of the largest global glass manufacturers.
Sharing the workplace with robots?
A research team is helping robot developers design machines less likely to injure the humans they work with. How? With their novel 'safety map'.
Self-driving cars for country roads
Uber's recent self-driving car fatality underscores the fact that the technology is still not ready for widespread adoption. One reason is that there aren't many places where self-driving cars can actually drive.
Guiding marine robots to optimal sampling sites
Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles — marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide through the ocean without any real-time input from human operators. Critical questions that AUVs can help to answer are where, when, and what to sample for the most informative data, and how to optimally reach sampling locations.
High yield syngas production from solar carbon dioxide recycling?
There is currently much debate about how to use photovoltaic solar power which is increasingly the lowest cost zero emission renewable source of electricity. It is particularly an issue when wasted due to the electricity not being needed at that time of day, batteries being an expensive, toxic, short lived, dangerous and unreliable option much of the time.
Personalized bio-inks boost healing potential of printable body tissue
Researchers have incorporated platelet-rich plasma into a bio-ink: a 3-D-printed mixture of cells and gel that could eventually become the stuff of skin grafts and regenerative tissue implants.
Saudi Arabia - progress in going entirely solar
As predicted in the IDTechEx report,"Off Grid Desalination: Zero Emission", Saudi Arabia is making steady progress in going entirely solar, zero emission with its desalination program, the largest in the world.
A robot autonomously assembles an IKEA chair
Scientists have developed a robot that can autonomously assemble an IKEA chair without interruption.
UbiQD operates in the quantum dot world - an industry which is growing rapidly because of displays. The company provides quantum dots and solar concentrators for transparent PV and agricultural applications. It was founded in 2014, and today holds a portfolio of 15 patents, 5 of which have been granted, as well as holding exclusive licenses from MIT and University of Washington.
Machine-learning system processes sounds like humans do
Using a machine-learning system known as a deep neural network, researchers have created the first model that can replicate human performance on auditory tasks such as identifying a musical genre.