IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed AxoSim Technologies CEO Dr Lowry Curley and Director of Business & Partnership Development Ben Cappiello. AxoSim provides a nerve-on-a-chip platform for drug development.
Foldable drone flies through narrow holes
A research team have developed a new drone that can retract its propeller arms in flight and make itself small to fit through narrow gaps and holes. This is particularly useful when searching for victims of natural disasters.
Manganese may finally solve hydrogen fuel cells' catalyst problem
Manganese is known for making stainless steel and aluminum soda cans. Now, researchers say the metal could advance one of the most promising sources of renewable energy: hydrogen fuel cells.
Fuel cell runs on methane at practical temperatures
Fuel cells have not been particularly known for their practicality and affordability, but that may have just changed. There's a new cell that runs on cheap fuel at temperatures comparable to automobile engines and which slashes materials costs.
Small flying robots haul heavy loads
A closed door is just one of many obstacles that poses no barrier to a new type of flying, micro, tugging robot called a FlyCroTug. Outfitted with advanced gripping technologies and the ability to move and pull on objects around it, two FlyCroTugs can jointly lasso the door handle and heave the door open.
Using machine learning and optimization to improve refugee integration
Each year, tens of thousands of refugees--many fleeing war, violence, and persecution--are resettled in dozens of host countries around the world. While there is growing evidence that the initial placement of refugee families profoundly affects their lifetime outcomes, there have been few attempts to use technology to optimize resettlement destinations.
Speech recognition system helps preserve Seneca language
A new research project will help ensure the endangered language of the Seneca Indian Nation will be preserved. Using deep learning, a form of artificial intelligence, researchers are building an automatic speech recognition application to document and transcribe the traditional language of the Seneca people.
Robotic skins turn everyday objects into robots
When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New "Robotic Skins" technology flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots.
Color-changing sensor detects signs of eye damage in tears
A new point-of-care rapid-sensing device can detect a key marker of eye injury in minutes - a time frame crucial to treating eye trauma.
Guinness World Record for smallest medical robot
It can't be seen with a human eye. But, nevertheless, it is a robot (all 120nm of it) and its creators are now world record holders in the Guinness World Records for creating the Smallest Medical Robot.
Printing with sound
Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing method that uses sound waves to generate droplets from liquids with an unprecedented range of composition and viscosity. This technique could finally enable the manufacturing of many new biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and expand the possibilities of optical and conductive materials.
Seeking a new element in artificial intelligence: trust
For decades, the cybersecurity community has devised protections to fend off malicious software attacks and identify and fix flaws that can disrupt the computing programs that are central to all aspects of life. Now, a team of researchers has received a grant to develop some of the first tools to bring those same protections to artificial intelligence systems.
Beer waste transformed into energy-efficient window covering
Can a new type of transparent gel, made from readily-available beer waste, help engineers build greenhouses on Mars? Physicists have developed an insulating gel that they say could coat the windows of habitats in space, allowing the settlers inside to trap and store energy from the sun—much like a greenhouse stays warm during the winter. And unlike similar products on the market, the material is mostly see-through.
Kids connect with robot reading partners
Kids learn better with a friend. They're more enthusiastic and understand more if they dig into a subject with a companion. But what if that companion is artificial?