Compound could transform energy storage for large grids
In order to power entire communities with clean energy, such as solar and wind power, a reliable backup storage system is needed to provide energy when the sun isn't shining and the wind doesn't blow.
Getting to the heart of carbon nanotube clusters
Integrating nanoscale fibers such as carbon nanotubes into commercial applications, from coatings for aircraft wings to heat sinks for mobile computing, requires them to be produced in large scale and at low cost.
New fuel cell has exceptional power density and stability
A team of researchers has created a new fuel cell offering both exceptional power densities and long-term stability at optimal temperatures, a discovery that heightens the viability of incorporating fuel cells into a sustainable energy future.
New malleable electronic skin: self-healable, recyclable
Researchers have developed a new type of malleable, self-healing and fully recyclable "electronic skin" that has applications ranging from robotics and prosthetic development to better biomedical devices.
New thin transparent and lightweight touchscreen pressure sensor array
Researchers have demonstrated a new technology for 'force sensing' that can be added to any type of display, including flexible devices, and potential other uses go far beyond touch screen displays on mobile devices.
Robotic network to explore Antarctic ice shelves
One of the biggest unknowns for the future of Earth's climate is Antarctica, where the West Antarctic Ice Sheet holds so much ice that if it collapsed could bring several feet of rising seas. A new partnership will use a robotic network to observe the conditions beneath a floating Antarctic ice shelf.
Flexible, water-repellent graphene circuits for washable electronics
New graphene printing technology can produce electronic circuits that are low-cost, flexible, highly conductive and water repellent.
VLNComm, located in Charlottesville, Virginia, was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from the University of Virginia.
Next big breakthrough in robotics
While drones and driverless cars dominate the headlines, another breakthrough—robot dexterity—is likely to have an even greater impact in both business and everyday life.
Tactical Haptics exhibited as part of the NSF pavilion in Eureka Park at CES 2018. They were demonstrating their latest configurable gaming controller containing frictional haptics. IDTechEx visited their booth.
Light-splitting greenhouse film
Engineers have received a $2.45 million grant to develop a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.
Removable implant may control type 1 diabetes
For the more than 1 million Americans who live with type 1 diabetes, daily insulin injections are literally a matter of life and death. And while there is no cure, a research team has developed a device that could revolutionize management of the disease.
Physicists take first step toward cell-sized robots
An electricity-conducting, environment-sensing, shape-changing machine the size of a human cell? Is that even possible?
Chemists synthesize narrow ribbons of graphene using light and heat
Silicon — the shiny, brittle metal commonly used to make semiconductors — is an essential ingredient of modern-day electronics. But as electronic devices have become smaller and smaller, creating tiny silicon components that fit inside them has become more challenging and more expensive.
Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric
A research team has developed an entirely textile-based, bacteria-powered bio-battery that could one day be integrated into wearable electronics.
3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics
Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you're running low on soap — and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more.
Engineers 3-D print a "living tattoo"
New technique 3-D prints programmed cells into living devices for first time.
IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Lena Biosciences President & CEO Dr Jelena Vukasinovic on August 16, 2017. Lena Biosciences manufactures 3D tissue culturing scaffolds and organ-on-a-chip devices.
Helping hands guide robots as they learn
Like toddlers, robots can use a little help as they learn to function in the physical world. That's the purpose of a Rice University program that gently guides robots toward the most helpful, human-like ways to collaborate on tasks.
Engineers use deep learning to reconstruct holograms
A form of machine learning called deep learning is one of the key technologies behind recent advances in applications like real-time speech recognition and automated image and video labeling.