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The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. federal agency established by Congress in the NSF Act of 1950 "to promote progress of science," and "advance national health, prosperity, and welfare," and "to secure the national defense." NSF provides financial support for fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. The majority of the funds are provided to support basic research performed in U.S. academic institutions.
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2020
16 Nov 2020

Stretchable Sensor Gives Robots and VR a Human Touch

Researchers have created a fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable "skin" that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and strain. This sensor could give soft robotic systems - and anyone using augmented reality technology - the ability to feel the same rich, tactile sensations that mammals depend on to navigate the natural world.
12 Nov 2020

In-Shoe Sensors and Mobile Robots Help Seniors Stay Active

Researchers are leveraging some of the newest mechanical and robotic technologies to help some of our oldest populations stay healthy, active, and independent.
2 Nov 2020

Autonomous Multi-Drone Aerial Surveys of Antarctic Penguin Colonies

Aerial surveys of penguin colonies have been conducted before, usually with helicopters or a single drone. The helicopter method produces great image quality but is expensive, fuel-inefficient and risks disturbing the birds. The single drone survey is time-consuming and - because the drones must be launched from a safe distance, about five kilometers from the colony - difficult to navigate.
29 Oct 2020

Wearable Sensor to Help ALS Patients Communicate

People with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis suffer from a gradual decline in their ability to control their muscles. As a result, they often lose the ability to speak, making it difficult to communicate with others.
28 Oct 2020

Xidas Introduces 'The Battery That Never Dies'

Xidas IoT becomes the first to create a cost-effective solution for the IoT market's major issue: battery life. The increasing benefit of wireless sensors in the industrial and automation world is being restricted by the pain of replacing their batteries.
20 Oct 2020

Treeswift's Autonomous Robots Take Flight to Save Forests

Forests cover 30% of the Earth's landmass, but that number is on the decline. Despite forests' crucial role in conserving wildlife and processing carbon dioxide, many are threatened by deforestation and wildfires. Complicating these threats is the lack of quantitative information that foresters and environmental researchers need for making important decisions to preserve forests.
15 Oct 2020

Dimensional Energy

Dimensional Energy is a green technology company developing a catalytic process for creating aviation fuel from carbon dioxide and sunlight. In October 2020, IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr Michael Dent spoke with Jason Salfi, co-founder and CEO of Dimensional Energy about the company and its technologies.
15 Oct 2020

Xidas's New 'VP3' Power Pod Tackles Sustainability and Landfill Issues

Xidas IoT is launching a new breed of self-charging batteries to minimize the battery-landfill dilemma by increasing the lifetime of the battery and reducing the times of replacement.
28 Sep 2020

Robots to Help Children Touch the Outside World

A team of researchers is working to improve telepresence robots and the algorithms that drive them to help children with disabilities stay connected to their classmates, teachers and communities.
4 Sep 2020

Lux Semiconductors

Lux Semiconductors are an early stage company that have developed a patent pending system-on-foil platform that enables flexible silicon ICs to be directly produced on flexible substrates.
1 Sep 2020

Valgotech LLC

We interviewed President Dr David Olawale August 2020. His areas of expertise include multifunctional composites, sensor systems, product development and technology commercialization.
27 Aug 2020

Molecular Glasses

Molecular Glasses, Inc. has developed an innovative entirely new class of organic non-crystallizable OLED host materials based on isomeric mixtures, OLEDIQ™. These materials are suitable for both vacuum deposition and solution processing (printing). With single molecule hosts the emitter materials aggregate because of their low solid-state solubility. The multi-component Molecular Glasses hosts reduce emitter aggregation and OLED devices with these materials have improved efficiency and lifetime. Polymer OLED materials are soluble but are difficult to purify and are less efficient than single molecules.
21 Aug 2020

Optics and Displays in AR, VR, and MR 2020-2030: Technologies, Players and Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Charlotte Coles and Dr Xiaoxi He
15 Jul 2020

3D Printed Latex Rubber Breakthrough

Researchers have discovered a novel process to 3D print latex rubber, unlocking the ability to print a variety of elastic materials with complex geometric shapes.
10 Jul 2020

Sensors 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Luyun Jiang, Dr Richard Collins and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
7 Jul 2020

Researchers Print, Tune Graphene Sensors to Monitor Food Freshness

Researchers dipped their new, printed sensors into tuna broth and watched the readings. It turned out the sensors - printed with high-resolution aerosol jet printers on a flexible polymer film and tuned to test for histamine, an allergen and indicator of spoiled fish and meat - can detect histamine down to 3.41 parts per million.
2 Jul 2020

Flexible, Printed and Thin Film Batteries 2020-2030: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
22 Jun 2020

Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot

For the next several months, visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden will be able to observe the testing of a new high-tech tool in the battle to save some of the world's most endangered species. SlothBot, a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot that can linger in the trees to monitor animals, plants, and the environment below, will be tested near the Garden's popular Canopy Walk.
15 Jun 2020

Research on Stretchable 'Papertronics'

In the last decade, paper-based electronics — also known as "papertronics" — have evolved into an eco-friendly alternative because of physical and chemical characteristics such as their light weight, biocompatibility, biodegradability, low-cost manufacturing and foldability.
4 Jun 2020

Genetic Technologies in Agriculture 2020-2030: Forecasts, Markets, Technologies

IDTechEx Report: Dr Michael Dent