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2022
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.
18 Jan 2022

Hydrogel Markets in Agriculture, Industry, Energy, Electronics, Electrical, Consumer 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Matthew Dyson and Dr Xiaoxi He
2021
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.
6 Dec 2021

Self-Healing Materials Markets 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins and Dr Xiaoxi He
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.
8 Nov 2021

Smart City Materials, Systems, Markets 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr David Wyatt
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.
25 Jun 2021

Thermoelectric Energy Harvesting and Other Zero-Emission Electricity from Heat 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report:
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.
18 Feb 2021

Aerogels 2021-2031: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
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.
2020
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.
13 Nov 2020

Materials for Printed/Flexible Electronics 2021-2031: Technologies, Applications, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Matthew Dyson, Raghu Das and Dr Richard Collins
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.