27 Jan 2022
New Efficiency Record for Solar Cells
Researchers have set a new record in the power conversion efficiency of solar cells made using perovskite and organic materials. This technological breakthrough paves the way for flexible, light-weight, low cost and ultra-thin photovoltaic cells which are ideal for powering vehicles, boats, blinds and other applications.
30 Dec 2021
Engineers Bring a Soft Touch to Commercial Robotics
Inspired by the natural dexterity of the human hand, a team of engineers has created a reconfigurable hybrid robotics system that is able to grip a variety of objects: from the small, soft and delicate to the large, heavy and bulky. This technology is expected to impact a range of industries, involving food assembly, vertical farming and fast-moving consumer goods packaging, which will progressively automate more of their operations in the coming years.
24 Dec 2021
World's Longest Flexible Fibre Battery
Researchers have developed a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in the form of an ultra-long fiber that could be woven into fabrics. The battery could enable a wide variety of wearable electronic devices, and might even be used to make 3D-printed batteries in virtually any shape.
2 Dec 2021
Smart Bandage Detects Multiple Biomarkers for Onsite Wound Monitoring
Wearable sensor can detect multiple chronic wound biomarkers to facilitate timely and personalised wound management.
15 Sep 2021
Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones
SMART nanosensors are safer and less tedious than existing techniques for testing plants' response to compounds such as herbicides.
15 Jun 2021
A Single Device can Wirelessly Power Multiple Wearables
A major pain point facing the use of wearables is the issue of keeping these devices properly and conveniently powered. As the number of wearables one uses increases, the need to charge multiple batteries rises in tandem, consuming huge amounts of electricity. Many users find it cumbersome to charge numerous devices every day, and inconvenient service disruptions occur when batteries run out.
21 May 2021
Wireless and Battery Free Spintronic Energy Harvester
Researchers have demonstrated that an array of electrically connected spintronic devices can harvest a 2.4 GHz wireless signal, which can be used to power and charge small electronic devices and sensors.
17 May 2021
New Creation Could Give Robots Human-Like Sense of Touch
Robots and machines are getting smarter with the advancement of artificial intelligence, but they still lack the ability to touch and feel their subtle and complex surroundings like human beings. Now, researchers have invented a smart foam that can give machines more than a human touch.
29 Mar 2021
Scientists Create Model of an Early Human Embryo from Skin Cells
In a discovery that will revolutionize research into the causes of early miscarriage, infertility and the study of early human development - an international team of scientists has generated a model of a human embryo from skin cells.
7 Jan 2021
Novel Film Keeps us Dry and Cool
A team of researchers from has created a novel film that is very effective in evaporating sweat from our skin to keep us cool and comfortable when we exercise, and the moisture harvested from human sweat can be used to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more.
25 Dec 2020
Reliable Anti-Counterfeit Checks Under Extreme Conditions
Researchers have invented a new method of anti-counterfeiting called DeepKey. Developed in just eight months, this security innovation uses two dimensional material tags and artificial intelligence enabled authentication software.
5 Nov 2020
Automated Blood Oxygen Monitoring System to Boost COVID-19 Fight
NUS researchers have developed an automated system that collates and displays users' blood oxygen data on an easy-to-read dashboard. It is suitable for places such as dormitories and community care facilities to provide frontline staff with regular updates on the health status of residents under their care.
4 Nov 2020
Flexible and Highly Reliable Sensor
Real-time health monitoring and sensing abilities of robots require soft electronics, but a challenge of using such materials lie in their reliability. Unlike rigid devices, being elastic and pliable makes their performance less repeatable. The variation in reliability is known as hysteresis.
28 Oct 2020
Novel Sensor System for on the go Gait Analysis
Gait analysis is an important clinical measurement used for medical diagnosis of sports injuries, neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease and Cerebral Palsy, and for assessing frailty and fall risk of the elderly.