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2019
21 May

E-Textiles 2019-2029: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
8 May

Inflatable robots destined for space

Equipped with funding and support from NASA, mechanical engineers have built an inflatable robot made with fabric.
3 May

Disney solar facility capable of powering two theme parks

This facility is expected to generate enough renewable clean energy to operate two of Disney's four theme parks in Central Florida annually, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tons per year.
2018
12 Nov

Real-world ready robot bridges the gap between man and machine

Combining innovative hardware with a new class of conversational AI software and state of the art tools, the company has also developed a powerful and sophisticated platform specifically for multisensory and immersive language interactions, enabling developers working in any industry sector and from any country to build highly advanced applications for social robots.
3 May

Paint Job Transforms Walls Into Sensors, Interactive Surfaces

Walls are what they are — big, dull dividers. With a few applications of conductive paint and some electronics, however, walls can become smart infrastructure that sense human touch, and detect things like gestures and when appliances are used.
26 Jan

PlayDxtr

PlayDxtr is based off of an object-oriented task that originally was intended for the diagnosis and assessment of Parkinson's Disease patients.
26 Jan

Akili Labs

Matt Omernick, the Chief Creative Office of Akili Labs, detailed their process as they aim to produce the first prescription video game on the market indicated for patients with ADHD at CES 2018.
2017
24 Nov

Using natural motion of 2D materials as source of clean energy

Graphene is a seemingly impossible material. For years, scientists had theorized that lifting a single layer of carbon atoms from a chunk of graphite could produce the first two-dimensional material, which they called graphene.
26 Sep

New way to predict movie-goers' facial expressions

Researchers have been working with Disney Research to develop a new way to assess and predict the facial expressions of movie goers.
29 Aug

A good read: AI evaluates quality of short stories

The idea that artificial intelligence will someday be able to understand and even generate narratives has inspired and motivated researchers for years. A question inextricably bound to both lines of research remains unresolved, however: Can AI recognize a good story if it sees one?
24 Aug

Designing custom robots in a matter of minutes

Even as robots become increasingly common across different parts of our world, they remain incredibly difficult to make.
14 Aug

Revolutionising animated characters' speech

Animating the speech of characters such as Elsa and Mowgli has been both time-consuming and costly. But now computer programmers have identified a way of creating natural-looking animated speech that can be generated in real-time as voice actors deliver their lines.
7 Jul

Accelerating rendering with AI

Researchers have developed a new technology based on artificial intelligence and deep learning that eliminates this noise and thereby enables production-quality rendering at much faster speeds.
28 Jun

When kids talk to robots: Enhancing engagement and learning

Conversational robots and virtual characters can enhance learning and expand entertainment options for children, a trio of studies shows, though exactly how these autonomous agents interact with children sometimes depends on a child's age.
12 May

Internet of things sensors could connect via ambient radio waves

Internet of things systems usually link networks of sensors via radio, but radios demand battery power thus limiting usability.
7 Feb

Online supermarket pick and pack robots

Ocado, the world's largest online-only supermarket, has been evaluating the feasibility of robotic picking and packing of shopping orders in its highly-automated warehouses through the SoMa project, a Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation funded by the European Union.
2016
23 Dec

Sensors for Robotics: Technologies, Markets and Forecasts 2017-2027

IDTechEx Report: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh and Dr Jon Harrop
29 Nov

Making energy harvesting computers reliable

A revolutionary and emerging class of energy-harvesting computer systems require neither a battery nor a power outlet to operate, instead operating by harvesting energy from their environment.
16 Nov

Crowd workers help robot keep conversation fresh

People can find a hundred ways to say the same thing, which poses a challenge to robots that are expected to keep up their end of conversations. A research team's solution is to devise an automated method of crowdsourcing multiple lines of dialogue.
1 Nov

Internet of Things (IoT) 2017-2027

IDTechEx Report: Dr Jon Harrop and Dr Peter Harrop