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2022
31 May 2022

Smart, Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensors

Last summer, Northwestern University researchers introduced the first-ever transient pacemaker — a fully implantable, wireless device that harmlessly dissolves in the body after it's no longer needed. Now, they unveil a new, smart version that is integrated into a coordinated network of soft, flexible, wireless, wearable sensors and control units placed around the upper body.
30 May 2022

Tiny Robotic Crab is Smallest-Ever Remote-Controlled Walking Robot

Engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot — and it comes in the form of a tiny crab. Just a half-millimeter wide, the tiny crabs can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and even jump. The researchers also developed millimeter-sized robots resembling inchworms, crickets and beetles. Although the research is exploratory at this point, the researchers believe their technology might bring the field closer to realizing micro-sized robots that can perform practical tasks inside tightly confined spaces.
26 Apr 2022

Newlight Technologies

Newlight Technologies is a US-based company that manufactures bioplastics from carbon dioxide, air, and methane using a microbial biocatalyst.
25 Apr 2022

Tanvas — Haptics to Simulate Surface Texture

Tanvas, headquartered in Chicago, is currently focused on implementing haptic feedback on touchscreens. Unlike vibration, we have seen much on smartphones; Tanvas uses electrostatics to control friction, simulate the surface texture, and create virtual touch.
3 Mar 2022

Azul3D

Azul3D is an American start-up developing High Area Rapid Printing, a high-throughput resin printing technology. IDTechEx spoke with CTO James Hedrick, CEO Cody Peterson, and CRO Tuan Tranpham.
1 Mar 2022

Raymor Industries

Raymor Industries is a small but longstanding company that specialises in the plasma torch process for the production of various nanomaterials. IDTechEx caught up with Dr Norma Mendoza and Jefford Humes.
17 Jan 2022

Fitbit for the Face Turns Any Mask Into Smart Monitoring Device

Engineers have developed a new smart sensor platform for face masks that they are calling a "Fitbit for the face." Dubbed "FaceBit," the lightweight, quarter-sized sensor uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask.
2021
13 Dec 2021

Advanced Li-ion and Beyond Lithium Batteries 2022-2032: Technologies, Players, Trends, Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Alex Holland and Dr Xiaoxi He
28 Oct 2021

What Is Required for a True Digital Transformation in Materials R&D?

Digital transformation is the buzzword in every sector; materials science and chemistry R&D is behind the curve but certainly no exception. The prospects are, of course, very attractive, but the reality far, far harder. This article looks at the status of this transformation, the enabling solutions, and those unresolved pain points.
16 Sep 2021

Materials Informatics 2022-2032

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
9 Sep 2021

Printed and Flexible Sensors 2022-2032: Technologies, Players, Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Matthew Dyson
9 Sep 2021

Wearable Technology Forecasts 2021-2031

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5 Aug 2021

Ecofriendly Solution to Converting Waste Heat into Energy

A team of scientists has demonstrated a high-performing thermoelectric material in a practical form that can be used in device development. The material — purified tin selenide in polycrystalline form — outperforms the single-crystal form in converting heat to electricity, making it the most efficient thermoelectric system on record.
5 Aug 2021

Distal Reality

IDTechEx interviewed Mark Salada, Founder and CTO of Distal Reality. They are developing and launching a new haptics app as part of longer term ambitions in developing a variety of new haptics interfaces.
3 Aug 2021

Tiny Wireless Device Illuminates Neuron Activity in the Brain

Everything that happens in the brain is a result of neurons sending and receiving signals in complex networks that are not completely understood by scientists. These networks are what allow us to pick up a cup of coffee, laugh at a joke or stand up from a chair. When some neurons do not send and receive and signals properly, it can lead to problems such as epilepsy, depression, addiction and chronic pain.
30 Jul 2021

Metallic Glass Gears Up for 'Cobots,' Coatings, and More

Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals. Where are the robot assistants we were promised?
14 Jul 2021

Battery-less Solutions Flood In

A host of batteryless solutions have recently been announced. The rapid increase in adoption of batteryless solutions is tracked in the IDTechEx report, "Battery Elimination in Electronics: Market Impact IoT, 6G, Healthcare, Wearables 2021-2041".
1 Jul 2021

First-Ever Transient Pacemaker Dissolves in the Body

Researchers have developed the first-ever transient pacemaker — a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that disappears after it's no longer needed.
25 Jun 2021

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

IDTechEx Report:
15 Jun 2021

Electronic Skin Patches 2021-2031

IDTechEx Report: