15 Jul 2021
Printing Stretchable, Bendable Circuits on Artificial Skin
Researchers have spent nearly two decades trying to develop skin-like integrated circuits that can be stretched, folded, bent and twisted - working all the while - and then snap back without fail, every time. Such circuits presage a day of wearable and implantable products, but one hurdle has always stood in the way.
29 Jun 2021
New Manufacturing Technique for Flexible Electronics
Ultrathin, flexible computer circuits have been an engineering goal for years, but technical hurdles have prevented the degree of miniaturization necessary to achieve high performance. Now, researchers have invented a manufacturing technique that yields flexible, atomically thin transistors less than 100 nanometers in length - several times smaller than previously possible.
22 Jun 2021
Meta Materials Inc. (META®) is an early-stage company that has developed multiple technologies for designing and manufacturing metamaterials. These are finely patterned structures in either 2D or 3D that enable the manipulation of light and energy to achieve properties not seen in nature. Metamaterials have multiple potential applications, including eyewear, communications, and transparent conductors. IDTechEx caught up with Rob Stone, Vice President of Corporate Development and Communications, to learn more about the company and especially its rolling mask lithography (RML) technology.
19 May 2021
AI and Brain Computer Interface Allows Paralyzed Users to Text
The combination of mental effort and state-of-the-art technology have allowed a man with immobilized limbs to communicate by text at speeds rivaling those achieved by his able-bodied peers texting on a smartphone.
6 May 2021
Robust Artificial Tissue Mimics Lobster Underbelly's Stretch
Researchers have fabricated a hydrogel-based material that mimics the structure of the lobster's underbelly. The researchers ran the material through a battery of stretch and impact tests, and showed that, similar to the lobster underbelly, the synthetic material is remarkably "fatigue-resistant," able to withstand repeated stretches and strains without tearing.
30 Apr 2021
Non-toxic, Flexible Energy Converters Could Power Wearables
A wide variety of portable and wearable electronics have become a large part of our daily lives, so a group of researchers wondered if these could be powered by harvesting electricity from the waste heat that exists all around us.
28 Apr 2021
Ankle Exoskeletons can Greatly Increase Walking Speed
Being unable to walk quickly can be frustrating and problematic, but it is a common issue, especially as people age. Noting the pervasiveness of slower-than-desired walking, engineers have tested how well a prototype exoskeleton system they have developed - which attaches around the shin and into a running shoe - increased the self-selected walking speed of people in an experimental setting.
9 Apr 2021
First Human Use of High Bandwidth Wireless Brain Computer Interface
Brain-computer interfaces are an emerging assistive technology, enabling people with paralysis to type on computer screens or manipulate robotic prostheses just by thinking about moving their own bodies. For years, investigational BCIs used in clinical trials have required cables to connect the sensing array in the brain to computers that decode the signals and use them to drive external devices.
5 Apr 2021
Natron Energy are a US-based start-up developing a high-rate, long cycle life sodium-ion battery chemistry.
3 Mar 2021
Event Summary: innoLAE 2021 (Innovations in Large-Area Electronics)
On 24-25th of February 2021 IDTechEx attended the Innovations in Large Area Electronics (InnoLAE) conference. Conference attendees were a mix of primarily early-stage companies and academics. This premium article divides a selection of the most interesting and/or commercially relevant talks into 4 sections
26 Feb 2021
Brain Organoids Grown In Lab Mature Much Like Infant Brains
A new study finds that three-dimensional human stem cell-derived brain organoids can mature in a manner that is strikingly similar to human brain development.
3 Feb 2021
Peer-Reviewed Validation of Wireless Earbud for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Nēsos announced the publication of data from a pilot clinical study demonstrating the power of its e-mmunotherapy platform in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. The data, published in The Lancet Rheumatology, focuses on a clinical study evaluating the Nēsos developed e-mmunotherapy treatment in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis patients.
28 Jan 2021
Opus 12 have developed an electrolysis cell to reduce carbon dioxide and produce useful fuels and chemicals.
26 Jan 2021
Aeterlink was founded in August 2020, and describe an ambitious vision of long range wireless charging. They are a Japanese company, but their CEO and principal technical staff are based at Stanford University in the US. This update was compiled based on materials they presented at CES 2021's virtual event.
13 Jan 2021
Hybrid Chips can run AI on Battery Powered Devices
Smartwatches and other battery-powered electronics would be even smarter if they could run AI algorithms. But efforts to build AI-capable chips for mobile devices have so far hit a wall - the so-called "memory wall" that separates data processing and memory chips that must work together to meet the massive and continually growing computational demands imposed by AI.
8 Jan 2021
Neural Network Connects Text and Images
Although deep learning has revolutionized computer vision, current approaches have several major problems: typical vision datasets are labor intensive and costly to create while teaching only a narrow set of visual concepts; standard vision models are good at one task and one task only, and require significant effort to adapt to a new task; and models that perform well on benchmarks have disappointingly poor performance on stress tests, casting doubt on the entire deep learning approach to computer vision.
4 Jan 2021
General Purpose Robotics Company Closes over 100m USD Funding
General-purpose robotics company Flexiv Ltd. has closed an over 100m USD Series B round, marking the largest single-round fundraising ever in the field of general-purpose robotics.
22 Dec 2020
CRISPR Uncovers how Corals Adjust to Warming Oceans
The CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system can help scientists understand, and possibly improve, how corals respond to the environmental stresses of climate change. Work details how the revolutionary, Nobel Prize-winning technology can be deployed to guide conservation efforts for fragile reef ecosystems.