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Sharp Laboratories of Europe (SLE) was founded in 1990 to develop new ideas and technology for Sharp products and to support Sharp business in Europe. SLE is a UK private limited company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation. Research and development areas range from IT through optical devices to display electronics, optics, PV, health and energy storage. SLE has an excellent record of technology transfer starting with 5 million unit sales of a neural network microwave oven in 1994, invented in Oxford University, developed at SLE and manufactured at Sharp's factory in Wrexham. SLE was instrumental in the development of Sharp's red and blue laser diodes for CD and DVD players, demonstrating the world's first laser diode by MBE in 2004. In 2009 a new energy and environment group was established in SLE, the energy team develops and demonstrates novel energy storage devices and energy management tools for a low carbon, high energy efficiency, European consumer market. Climate change remains a challenge for mankind and the future energy strategy is being debated. We are developing advanced solar solutions that will offer consumers combined heat and power. We also have activities to develop new technology to deliver fresh business models in the energy arena and in collaboration with partners are developing future energy technologies for storage and services. In particular SLE has been investigating next generation batteries for stationary energy storage, and is looking at different business models and cases for residential energy storage systems.
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2021
15 Jul 2021

Micro-LED Displays From 2021 Onward

From mobile phones, TVs, to cars and public screens, displays have become an important component in daily life to convey information. The importance of displays becomes more significant during COVID-19, as the demand to have a display for remote communication is higher. There is an emerging display type— Micro-LED display, which has the potential to become the next-generation mainstream, with its ability to be fabricated from tiny to huge sizes. The challenges and opportunities are discussed in the IDTechEx report "Micro-LED Displays 2021-2031: Technology, Commercialization, Opportunity, Market and Players".
22 Jun 2021

AI Could Alert Firefighters of Imminent Danger

Firefighting is a race against time. Exactly how much time? For firefighters, that part is often unclear. Building fires can turn from bad to deadly in an instant, and the warning signs are frequently difficult to discern amid the mayhem of an inferno.
21 Jun 2021

Teijin

Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the fields of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness.
14 Jun 2021

Studying Wombat Burrows with Remote Controlled WomBot

Wombats reside and sleep in burrows and occupy a different burrow every four to ten days. Parasitic mites that cause sarcoptic mange, a serious disease affecting wombats, are thought to be transmitted when wombats occupy each other's burrows but it has not been clear whether conditions within burrows promote this transmission.
1 May 2021

Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Discerning buried items in granular material like sand is a taller order. To do that, a robot would need fingers that were slender enough to penetrate the sand, mobile enough to wriggle free when sand grains jam, and sensitive enough to feel the detailed shape of the buried object.
30 Apr 2021

NTherma

NTherma produce high aspect ratio multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene (nanoplatelets and nanoribbons). IDTechEx spoke with Dr Cattien Nguyen (President and CEO) and Thuy Ngo (VP Business Development)
24 Apr 2021

Micro-LED Displays for 2021 Onwards

From mobile phones, TVs, to cars and public screens, displays have become an important component in our daily life to convey information. There is an emerging display type— Micro-LED display, which has the potential to become the next-generation mainstream.
8 Apr 2021

Amazon's Robot Arms Break Ground in Safety, Technology

Inside an Amazon facility, employees and robot work together to ready products for customers. On one side of the building, yellow tote bins bearing partially completed orders, ride down a conveyor. At the end of the conveyor, a robot arm called a palletizer/depalletizer stacks them on a pallet as if playing a three-dimensional game of Tetris.
30 Mar 2021

Non-Invasive Glucose Sensing Technologies

In this premium article, IDTechEx examines various approaches that have been made in developing non-invasive glucose sensors for diabetes management.
24 Mar 2021

Second Generation Robot Shuttles

The IDTechEx report, "Robot Shuttles and Autonomous Buses 2020-2040," predicted second-generation robot shuttles, and here they come - vectored traction and steering, smart windows, robotic fast charging, and solar bodywork, so 10-40% less charging is needed.
3 Mar 2021

Soft and Comfortable E-Textiles

Advances in wearable devices have enabled e-textiles, which fuse lightweight and comfortable textiles with smart electronics, and are garnering attention as the next-generation wearable technology. In particular, fiber electronic devices endowed with electrical properties, while retaining the specific characteristics of textiles, are key elements in manufacturing e-textiles.
2 Mar 2021

Weakness is Strength for this Low-Temperature Battery

Nanoengineers have discovered new fundamental insights for developing lithium metal batteries that perform well at ultra-low temperatures; mainly, that the weaker the electrolyte holds on to lithium ions, the better. By using such a weakly binding electrolyte, the researchers developed a lithium metal battery that can be repeatedly recharged at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius—a first in the field.
18 Feb 2021

First Electric, Foiling Boat Aces Safety and Noise Test

Candela Seven is the world's first electric hydrofoil boat to enter the market, and as such, had to pass a set of trials to meet the Swiss safety, noise, and emission standards.
9 Feb 2021

Solar Vehicles 2021-2041 2nd Edition

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Matthew Dyson
28 Jan 2021

New Graphene Nanochannel Water Filters

Researchers have shown that tiny channels between graphene sheets can be aligned in a way that makes them ideal for water filtration.
2020
17 Dec 2020

The Aquaculture Industry's New Maintenance Robot

This ROV can fully operate on its own, and follow along with fish's behaviour and health with its Argus eyes - all while keeping a safe distance. It even inspects the technical standard of the enclosure while it's at it
16 Dec 2020

Transparent Electronics Materials, Markets 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Xiaoxi He, Dr Richard Collins, Dr Matthew Dyson, Raghu Das and Luke Gear
10 Dec 2020

Breakthrough Optical Sensor Mimics Human Eye, a Key Step to Better AI

Previous attempts to build a human-eye type of device, called a retinomorphic sensor, have relied on software or complex hardware, but the new sensor's operation is part of its fundamental design, using ultrathin layers of perovskite semiconductors - widely studied in recent years for their solar energy potential - that change from strong electrical insulators to strong conductors when placed in light.
9 Dec 2020

Smooth and Sharp (S&S) Corporation

Smooth & Sharp (S&S) Corporation was founded in 1995, providing smart cards (typically contactless versions) and RFID products.
8 Dec 2020

Smart Cities Emerging Materials Markets 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Alex Holland, Dr Michael Dent, Dr Richard Collins and Dr Jonathan Harrop