DIY ultrasound for the future
Engineers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new ultrasound transducer, or probe, that could dramatically lower the cost of ultrasound scanners to as little as $100. Their patent-pending innovation—no bigger than a Band-Aid—is portable, wearable and can be powered by a smartphone.
Not too wet, not too dry: plasma-treated fuel cell gets it just right
Fuel cells hold promise as a clean, renewable source of energy. But keeping them dry has long been a challenge, as they produce water during the process of converting hydrogen and oxygen into electricity.
Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy when overcast
Researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light.
New method to create self-tinting windows
Researchers have developed a simple, cost-effective technique for making smart windows that could lead the way for wide-scale adoption of this energy-saving technology.
3D printed tissues could advance cancer research
Researchers hope to make advances in tissue replacement and cancer research through a new technology that can produce living, 3D printed bio-tissues.
IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2017 Award Winners
At the 14th IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA conference and exhibition held in Santa Clara on November 15-16, four organizations were honored for their great achievements in developing and commercializing printed electronics technologies.
Better, cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs
Investigating gelatin-based hydrogel for regenerative medicine.
IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Aspect Biosystems' Tamer Mohamed and Thomas Lum on 16 June, 2017. Aspect Biosystems is a Canadian 3D bioprinting company developing a proprietary lab-on-a-printer technology.
Flexible sensor holds potential for foldable touch screens
Picture a tablet that you can fold into the size of a phone and put away in your pocket, or an artificial skin that can sense your body's movements and vital signs. A new, inexpensive sensor could help make advanced devices like these a reality.
Safer 3D printed medical products
A chemical compound developed by researchers makes it possible to create biological tissue with a light projector you can buy at Walmart.
Clearinks Displays is a reflective display technology supplier. It was re-founded in 2012 to commercialize its version of electrophoretic display technology. Its key claimed selling points over standard electroscopic technology are its video (60s per second) and full colour capabilities. The company has raised $10m to commercialize this technology and is therefore running a lean and capital-light operation.
First superconducting graphene created
Physicists have been able to create the first ever superconducting graphene sample by coating it with lithium atoms.
Atomic scale 3D printing
Researcher aims to launch a new paradigm of 3D printing at the atomic scale at the University of British Columbia
Tiny wires could provide a big energy boost
Researchers have found a promising new approach to delivering the short but intense bursts of power needed by such small devices.
Desktop recycler that turns pop bottles into 3D printer plastic
Engineering physics students have developed a desktop plastic recycler and extruder that turns plastic waste into the material needed for 3D printing.
A more efficient bio-battery
Scientists are working across disciplines to develop a new generation of solar cells. Their inspiration? Mother nature.