5 Jul 2021
Insect-Sized Robots for Search and Rescue
Many insects and spiders get their uncanny ability to scurry up walls and walk upside down on ceilings with the help of specialized sticky footpads that allow them to adhere to surfaces in places where no human would dare to go. Engineers have used the principle behind some of these footpads, called electrostatic adhesion, to create an insect-scale robot that can swerve and pivot with the agility of a cheetah, giving it the ability to traverse complex terrain and quickly avoid unexpected obstacles.
4 Jun 2021
CRISPR-Based Coronavirus Rapid Test
While the coronavirus pandemic has proven once more that the tiniest germ can upset global civilization, a team has responded by illustrating that ancient strategies used by bacteria to battle viruses can be repurposed into transformative technologies.
16 Apr 2021
Tiny Wireless Implant Detects Oxygen Deep Within the Body
Engineers have created a tiny wireless implant that can provide real-time measurements of tissue oxygen levels deep underneath the skin. The device, which is smaller than the average ladybug and powered by ultrasound waves, could help doctors monitor the health of transplanted organs or tissue and provide an early warning of potential transplant failure.
23 Dec 2020
New Device Detects Which Hand Gestures You Want to Make
Imagine typing on a computer without a keyboard, playing a video game without a controller or driving a car without a wheel. That's one of the goals of a new device developed by engineers, that can recognize hand gestures based on electrical signals detected in the forearm. The system, which couples wearable biosensors with artificial intelligence, could one day be used to control prosthetics or to interact with almost any type of electronic device.
18 Dec 2020
IDTechEx caught up with Francois Jeanneau, CEO of Novasentis. They are ramping up to another product launch following acquisition from Kemet in 2019.
9 Dec 2020
CRISPR-Based COVID-19 Test Uses Smartphones Cameras to Spot Virus RNA
Identifying and isolating individuals who may be contagious with the coronavirus is key to limiting the spread of the disease. But even months into the pandemic, many patients are still waiting days to receive COVID-19 test results.
2 Dec 2020
Spotlight Therapeutics $30M Funding for Non-viral CRISPR Gene Editing
Spotlight Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing non-viral gene editing therapeutics for direct in vivo editing of target genes, closed its Series A financing bringing the total raised to $30 million.
25 Nov 2020
Real Graphene manufacture fast-charging graphene-enabled batteries. IDTechEx spoke with Sam Gong (Founder Real Graphene USA).
11 Nov 2020
New Age Meats
New Age Meats is a Californian start-up developing methods for creating meat using cultured animal cells and plant proteins. At the Cultured Meat Symposium 2020, New Age Meats CEO Bryan Spears discussed his company and the future of meat.
8 Nov 2020
Orbillion Bio is a Californian start-up developing techniques for creating cultured meat, meatlike products produced in the lab from cultured animal cells. The company is aiming to develop a large range of animal cell lines to reflect the diversity found in the traditional meat industry.
22 Oct 2020
Opus 12 is a green technology start-up company developing methods for catalytically converting carbon dioxide into chemicals and fuels, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprints of the world's heaviest emitters while creating a new revenue stream from what is discarded today as a waste product. In October 2020, IDTechEx Senior Technology Analyst Dr Michael Dent spoke with Etosha Cave, COO and co-founder of Opus 12.
9 Oct 2020
2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for CRISPR Development
University of California, Berkeley, biochemist Jennifer Doudna has won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, sharing it with colleague Emmanuelle Charpentier for the co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing breakthrough that has revolutionized biomedicine.
8 Sep 2020
Industrial Hydrogen Fuel Cell System
Siemens Energy, lead contractor for the construction of National Grid's Viking Link interconnector project in Lincolnshire, has installed a zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell to provide off grid power to the project's construction site for the first time.
27 Aug 2020
InkSpace imaging have applied screen printing of silver nano-particle conductive inks to make lightweight, flexible, low-cost surface coils for MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. They are especially focused on developing smaller coils for pediatric patients.