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2020
3 Mar 2020

Stretchable, Wearable Coils may Make MRI, Medical Tests Easier

Anyone who has had a mammogram or an MRI knows how uncomfortable and awkward the tests can be. Now researchers have taken technology used in the defense and aerospace industries to create a novel way of doing some medical imaging.
18 Feb 2020

Nanowires Made of Tellurium and Nanotubes Hold Promise for Wearables

Wearable tech and electronic cloth may be the way of the future, but to get there the wiring needs to be strong, flexible and efficient.
7 Feb 2020

SEMI-FlexTech Launches Six New Projects

SEMI-FlexTech announced the launch of six projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense.
27 Jan 2020

Body Heat Through Flexible Fabric Powers Iot Devices

Wearable electronics and other Internet of Things devices are rapidly growing in popularity, but their need for consistent power can place a high burden on users. One recently proposed solution is to generate electricity using heat from the human body, animals or other ambient sources, but typical emerging devices need to be up to an inch thick to harvest maximum results.
22 Jan 2020

Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards

Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
2 Jan 2020

Solar Power From 'The Dark Side' Unlocked by a New Formula

Most of today's solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to electricity only from the side facing the sky. If the dark underside of a solar panel could also convert sunlight reflected off the ground, even more electricity might be generated.
2019
26 Dec 2019

This 'Lemon" Could Help Machine Learning Create Better Drugs

One of the challenges in using machine learning for drug development is to create a process for the computer to extract needed information from a pool of data points. Drug scientists must pull biological data and train the software to understand how a typical human body will interact with the combinations that come together to form a medication.
23 Dec 2019

Millions With Swallowing Problems Could be Helped with New Wearable

A wearable monitoring device to make treatments easier and more affordable for the millions of people with swallowing disorders is about to be released into the market.
10 Dec 2019

Human Bone May Hold Key to Stronger 3D Printed Lightweight Structures

What do bones and 3D-printed buildings have in common? They both have columns and beams on the inside that determine how long they last. Now, the discovery of how a "beam" in human bone material handles a lifetime's worth of wear and tear could translate to the development of 3D-printed lightweight materials that last long enough for more practical use in buildings, aircraft and other structures.
9 Oct 2019

New materials to help stop lithium-ion battery fires

From automobiles and planes to laptops and e-bikes, lithium-ion batteries have been blamed for causing fires in high-tech devices. Now scientists have come up with patented techniques that may cut down the risk from these popular batteries, which are found in everyday devices such as phones and tablets.
25 Sep 2019

'Nanochains' could increase battery capacity, cut charging time

How long the battery of your phone or computer lasts depends on how many lithium ions can be stored in the battery's negative electrode material. If the battery runs out of these ions, it can't generate an electrical current to run a device and ultimately fails.
16 Sep 2019

Electronic glove offers 'humanlike' features for prosthetic hand users

An electronic glove, or e-glove can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure, temperature and hydration.
12 Sep 2019

Purdue University welcomes delivery robots

Purdue University's West Lafayette campus is now sharing its sidewalks with a fleet of robots that can deliver meals at the push of a button.
13 Aug 2019

Clothing lets users turn on electronics while turning away bacteria

A new addition to your wardrobe may soon help you turn on the lights and music - while also keeping you fresh, dry, fashionable, clean and safe from the latest virus that's going around.
30 Jul 2019

Wearable automatically delivers drugs to reverse opioid overdose

Opioid users tend to be alone and incapacitated during an overdose. Researchers are developing a device that would automatically detect an overdose and deliver naloxone, a drug known to reverse deadly effects.
4 Jun 2019

Technique unlocks graphene for semiconductors

To truly be useful, graphene would need to carry an electric current that switches on and off, as silicon does in the form of billions of transistors on a computer chip.
4 Jun 2019

Electronic Skin Patches 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward and Dr Nadia Tsao
13 May 2019

Hummingbird robot uses AI to soon go where drones can't

Researchers have engineered flying robots that behave like hummingbirds, trained by machine learning algorithms based on various techniques the bird uses naturally every day.
1 May 2019

Future hypersonics could be artificially intelligent

A test launch for a hypersonic weapon — a long-range missile that flies a mile per second and faster — takes weeks of planning. So, while the U.S. and other states are racing to deploy hypersonic technologies, it remains uncertain how useful the systems will be against urgent, mobile or evolving threats.
15 Apr 2019

Blue light could treat superbug infections

Rather than rolling the dice with a multi-drug combination or wasting precious time trying to determine which medicine to prescribe, doctors could soon use a new method for disarming the superbugs: light therapy.