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2018
27 Dec

Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots

Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes - without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. To achieve this, researchers introduced the biological principles of self-organisation to swarm robotics.
5 Dec

Radioactive-busting robotic suit

If wearable technologies are the future, a radioactive-busting robotic suit could represent yet one more dramatic step into the beyond.
20 Nov

Robotics Flagship aims to develop sustainable robots and AI

The Robotics Flagship aims to develop robots and artificial intelligence that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable: this is the project proposal submitted to the European Commission, that by 2020 will have chosen the flagships that will receive one billion euros over ten years to guarantee Europe a leading position in science and technology.
29 Aug

Multifunctional Composites 2019-2029: Technology, Players, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
28 Jun

Supercapacitor Materials and Technology Roadmap 2019-2039

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
21 Jun

Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defense 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins and Dr Bryony Core
29 Mar

Haptics 2018-2028: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
7 Mar

Alternative to traditional batteries moves a step closer

Lithium-ion batteries could be under threat after the development of polymer materials that could challenge the dominance of these traditional batteries.
24 Jan

Metasonics

Metasonics have developed several technologies using ultrasound that could be relevant to the consumer market.
2017
20 Nov

Grant to establish robotics centre for tackling nuclear waste

It will go towards the creation of the National Centre for Nuclear Robotics which is a multi-university project that has received funding and contributions totalling £40m to bring together a diverse consortium of experts in robotics, AI, sensors and radiation resilient embedded systems to address nuclear waste problems.
15 Sep

RFID Sensors 2018-2028: Forecasts, Players, Opportunities

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He and Raghu Das
18 Aug

A new method of 3D printing living tissues

Scientists have developed a new method to 3D-print laboratory-grown cells to form living structures. The approach could revolutionise regenerative medicine, enabling the production of complex tissues and cartilage that would potentially support, repair or augment diseased and damaged areas of the body.
7 Jul

Composites 2017-2027: Innovations, Opportunities, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
25 Apr

North Thin Ply Technology

North Thin Ply Technology (NTPT) is a company formed in 2008 that specialize in the thin ply prepregs for composite products. IDTechEx analyst Richard Collins interviewed Joe Summers (Sales and Marketing director).
16 Mar

Wearable robotic tools for surgery

A collaborative team of researchers is to develop a wearable robotic system for minimally invasive surgery that will offer surgeons natural and dexterous movement as well as the ability to 'sense', 'see', control and safely navigate through the surgical environment.
9 Feb

Pioneering chip extends sensors' battery life

A low-cost chip that enables batteries in sensors to last longer, in some cases by over ten times, has been developed by engineers.
19 Jan

Artificial fingertip that feels

Pushing the boundaries of soft robotics, the open-source tactile fingertip, known as TacTip, is a 3D-printed tactile sensor that has been developed by the Tactile Robotics Team from Bristol Robotics Laboratory.
11 Jan

Electrifying news . . . nano-modified aerospace composites

New technology that could enhance both the electrical and thermal conductivity of conventional composite materials has been developed.
2016
28 Dec

UK car preparing for solar challenge

Solar Team Great Britain, which is developing a solar race car and aims to be the first British team to win the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, has completed a data-collection mission to generate real-world-conditions information on the 3,022km race route from Darwin, Australia to Adelaide.
8 Dec

Diamond-age of power generation as nuclear batteries developed

New technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current.
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