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21 Jun 2022

Smart Jumpsuit Tracks Infants' Motor Development

A Finnish research group has developed a novel wearable for infants for the reliable assessment of motor abilities during early development. The smart jumpsuit is a wearable medical device equipped with multiple movement sensors, which assist in assessing and predicting children's neurological development.
15 Nov 2021


Canatu is a Finnish carbon nanomaterial developer, delivering engineered solutions based on carbon nanotubes and its proprietary carbon nanobud (carbon nanotube and fullerene hybrid) material. The company's focus is in the automotive and semiconductor industries. It is able to manufacture freestanding carbon nanotube films at thicknesses in the tens on nanometres.
8 Mar 2021

Beauty is in the Brain: AI Generates Personally Attractive Images

Researchers have succeeded in making an AI understand our subjective notions of what makes faces attractive. The device demonstrated this knowledge by its ability to create new portraits on its own that were tailored to be found personally attractive to individuals. The results can be utilised, for example, in modelling preferences and decision-making as well as potentially identifying unconscious attitudes.
18 Feb 2021

Aerogels 2021-2031: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
26 Feb 2020

Smart Jumpsuit Provides Information on Infants' Development

A new innovation makes it possible, for the first time, to quantitatively assess children's spontaneous movement in the natural environment.
11 Dec 2019

AI Based Algorithm for Intensive Care of Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is a significant global cause of mortality and morbidity with an increasing incidence, especially in low-and-middle income countries. The most severe TBIs are treated in intensive care units, but in spite of the proper and high-quality care, about one in three patients dies.
23 Aug 2019

Tiny GPS backpacks uncover the secret life of desert bats

Wildlife tracking has revolutionized the study of animal movement and their behavior. Yet, tracking small, flying animals such as desert bats remained challenging.
14 Feb 2019

Transparent Conductive Films and Materials 2019-2029: Forecasts, Technologies, Players

IDTechEx Report: Raghu Das
2 Oct 2018

Stretchable and Conformal Electronics 2019-2029

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
8 May 2018

Re­search­ers teach ro­bots to touch

Data collected on human touch can be utilised in robotics. Thus far, grasping and touching has posed a challenge for the development of robots to be used, for example, in logistics and healthcare.
19 Mar 2018

AI to investigate illegal wildlife trade on social media

Illegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity conservation and is currently expanding to social media. This is a worrisome trend, given the ease of access and popularity of social media. Efficient monitoring of illegal wildlife trade on social media is therefore crucial for conserving biodiversity.
21 Apr 2017

3D printing for more efficienct research

With the help of some designing, a few grams of plastic filament and a 3D printer, researchers made a unique device for studying chemical reactions, and improved their experimental processes.
2 Feb 2016

Energy-saving minicomputers for the Internet of Things

Transistors that are capable of switching information with a single electron use far less power than field effect transistors that are commonly used in computers.
18 Jun 2014


Founded in 2004, Canatu is a spin-off from the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University). The synthesis process was developed by University of Helsinki, but the IP went entirely to the spin-off. Canatu won the silver award at SID 2014 in San Diego. It is claimed that its touch layers have near zero reflectance, reducing power consumption therefore extending battery lifetime by as much as 20%, while also improving contrast by 40%. Canatu has recently also focused on bringing touch sensitivity to 3D-shaped surfaces.
11 Jun 2014

New graphene-type material created

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have created a new material, related to graphene, which has the potential to improve transistors used in electronic devices.
25 Sep 2013

Shattering records: thinnest glass in Guinness book

At just a molecule thick, it's a new record: The world's thinnest sheet of glass, a serendipitous discovery is recorded for posterity in the Guinness Book of World Records.
8 Nov 2010

Paper Electronics

The largest event in the world on the subject Printed Electronics USA 2010 ( will once again have a growing minority of presentations on paper electronics.
23 Mar 2009

Copper particles electrify paper

The Polymer Chemistry Research Group at the University of Helsinki, Finland, has succeeded in producing nano-sized metallic copper particles that when reduced to nano-scale, the properties of the material undergo substantial changes.
24 Jul 2008

Inorganic FETs on paper

In Portugal, a new field effect transistor with paper interstrate layer has now been developed.
30 Aug 2007

Finland Prints Organic Electronics on Paper

In Åbo Akademi University in Finland there is a program on Organic Electronics run by Professor Ronald Österbacka in the Applied Physics department. Electronics on paper, board, plastic and fiber based materials is in their sights.