Solar powered super capacitors for flexible wearables
A breakthrough in energy storage technology could bring a new generation of flexible electronic devices to life, including solar-powered prosthetics for amputees.
Improvement in liquid batteries, electric car refuelling in minutes
One of the biggest drawbacks of electric vehicles - that they require hours and hours to charge - could be obliterated by a new type of liquid battery that is roughly ten times more energy-dense than existing models.
Printed electronics breakthrough
A new form of electronics manufacturing which embeds silicon nanowires into flexible surfaces could lead to radical new forms of bendable electronics, scientists say.
Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage
A new type of energy storage system could revolutionise energy storage and drop the charging time of electric cars from hours to seconds.
Solar supercapacitor for wearables
A new form of solar-powered supercapacitor could help make future wearable technologies lighter and more energy-efficient, scientists say.
Synthetic 'brainy skin' with sense of touch gets £1.5m funding
A robotic hand covered in 'brainy skin' that mimics the human sense of touch is being developed by scientists.
University of Glasgow's Professor Ravinder Dahiya has plans to develop ultra-flexible, synthetic Brainy Skin that 'thinks for itself'. The super-flexible, hypersensitive skin may one day be used to make more responsive prosthetics for amputees, or to build robots with a sense of touch.
Tracking cancer-cell development with "drinkable" electronic sensors
Thanks to an unorthodox approach being proposed by researchers, patients may soon be able to track their illness simply by drinking a solution containing millions of tiny electronic sensors disguised as bacteria.
Robots in rural settings
In a new human-robot interaction study, a team took a water hauling robot to a village in Rural India. Water transport is a real problem in India, as over half of the population doesn't have tap water at home.
Silicon breakthrough for high-performance bendable electronics
A new method of creating bendable silicon chips could help pave the way for a new generation of high-performance flexible electronic devices.
Wearable sensor for chronic conditions
A new type of flexible, wearable sensor could help people with chronic conditions like diabetes avoid the discomfort of regular pin-prick blood tests by monitoring the chemical composition of their sweat instead.
Worlds largest national drone delivery network saves lives
Tanzania announced that it is launching the world's largest drone delivery service to provide emergency on-demand access to critical and life-saving medicines.
Solar-powered skin opens new possibilities for prosthetics
A new way of harnessing the sun's rays to power 'synthetic skin' could help to create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees.
3D-printed synthetic bone to be developed for landmine blast survivors
Synthetically grown 'off the shelf' bone should soon be a reality for landmine blast survivors thanks to a new £2.8 million regenerative medicine project.
Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE 2017)
A key event for the large-area electronics community, bringing industry and academia together and providing valuable opportunities to share the latest research results and discuss new projects and collaborations.
Research offers quantum leap for long-distance secure communications
A new telecommunications technique which harnesses quantum technology could lead to a much more secure form of worldwide internet communications, scientists have reported.
Graphene production breakthrough
Widespread industrial adoption of graphene has so far been limited by the expense of producing it. Affordable graphene production could lead to a wide range of new technologies reaching the market, including synthetic skin capable of providing sensory feedback to people with limb prostheses.
Thermoelectric generators: Vehicles, Wireless Sensors, Industrial Apps
The worldwide interest in waste heat recovery continues to grow, with a wide range of applications ranging from small harvesters integrated into wireless sensor networks all the way to larger harvesters such as the ones that can potentially be integrated into cars.
The rise of thermoelectrics
There has been varying levels of interest in different types of energy harvesters over the past few years. For powering small or mobile devices, photovoltaics dominate - they are widely produced, robust and relatively low cost.