18 Aug 2023
Rhaeos Inc is developing a skin-patch for non-invasive fluid sensing, offering hydrocephalus patients an alternative to shunts. Tess Skyrme, Technology Analyst at IDTechEx, met with its CTO Dr Webb at Sensors Converge 2023.
6 Feb 2023
Epicore Biosystems exhibited at CES 2023 alongside their latest partner 3M. IDTechEx analyst Dr Skyrme interviewed VP of Commercial Development Brett Booth at their booth. The company was founded in 2017, spun out of the bioelectronic laboratory at Northwestern University.
30 Sep 2022
Epicore produces skin patches for sweat sensing.
5 Jul 2022
Dissolving Implantable Device Relieves Pain Without Drugs
A team of researchers has developed a small, soft, flexible implant that relieves pain on demand and without the use of drugs. The first-of-its-kind device could provide a much-needed alternative to opioids and other highly addictive medications.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.