Ionic Materials (IM) is a US-based start-up developing a solid polymer electrolyte for Li-ion batteries. Founded in 2011 by Mike Zimmerman, serial entrepreneur and professor at Tufts University, in 2018 the company raised $65M in a Series C funding round that included Hyundai, Renault-Nissan, A123 Systems, Total, and Hitachi Chemical, among other investors.
Smart bandages monitor and tailor treatment for chronic wounds
A team of engineers has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. While the lab-tested bandages remain to be assessed in a clinical context, the research is aimed at transforming bandaging from a traditionally passive treatment into a more active paradigm to address a persistent and difficult medical challenge.
Teaching robots to sort out their issues
Robots can help do a lot of things - assemble cars, search for explosives, cook a meal or aid in surgery. But one thing they can't do is tell you how they're doing - yet.
Tooth-mounted wearable can track what you eat
Miniaturized sensors developed mounted directly on a tooth and communicating wirelessly with a mobile device, can transmit information on glucose, salt and alcohol intake.
Multi-material printed systems poised to shape consumer products
Product developers can print integrated electronics onto plastic, ceramic and metallic structures at extremely fine resolutions.
Teaching robots manners
Advances in artificial intelligence are making virtual and robotic assistants increasingly capable in performing complex tasks. For these "smart" machines to be considered safe and trustworthy collaborators with human partners, however, robots must be able to quickly assess a given situation and apply human social norms.
Wearable watches to monitor blood pressure
What if there were a wearable fitness device that could monitor your blood pressure continuously, 24 hours a day?
Stretchy optical fibers for implanting in the body
Researchers have developed a biocompatible and highly stretchable optical fiber made from hydrogel — an elastic, rubbery material composed mostly of water. The fiber, which is as bendable as a rope of licorice, may one day be implanted in the body to deliver therapeutic pulses of light or light up at the first sign of disease.
Smart sensors can be sutured into tissue
For the first time, researchers have integrated nano-scale sensors, electronics and microfluidics into threads - ranging from simple cotton to sophisticated synthetics - that can be sutured through multiple layers of tissue to gather diagnostic data wirelessly in real time.
Regenerative suspension comes center stage
The IDTechEx conference Electric Vehicles Everything is Changing finished in Berlin last week and it is analysed in this series of exclusive articles.
The graphene industry finds new market opportunities in California
The 5th IDTechEx conference and tradeshow on graphene and 2D materials- Graphene and 2D Materials LIVE! - has become the annual meeting place for the global graphene industry in California.
3D printing industry will reach over $14B by 2025
The latest forecasts by IDTechEx, including ten key markets, show the 3D Printing Industry will reach over $14B by 2025.
Biocompatible electronics vanish when no longer needed
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Tufts University are the first to demonstrate "transient electronics" - which are electronics that gradually disappear on a specified schedule, whether it be a few days or six months.
Many ways to harvest energy from shock absorbers
In the new age of the electric vehicle, almost everything has to be rethought.
E coli sensors using silk
Researchers at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, have made electronic biosensors that identify bacteria in poultry plants.