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2021
14 Jul 2021

Battery-less Solutions Flood In

A host of batteryless solutions have recently been announced. The rapid increase in adoption of batteryless solutions is tracked in the IDTechEx report, "Battery Elimination in Electronics: Market Impact IoT, 6G, Healthcare, Wearables 2021-2041".
2 Jul 2021

Skin in The Game: Human Body to Recharge Smartwatches

As smart watches are increasingly able to monitor the vital signs of health, including what's going on when we sleep, a problem has emerged: those wearable, wireless devices are often disconnected from our body overnight, being charged at the bedside.
17 May 2021

First Commercial Scale Offshore Wind Farm in the United States

The US Department of the Interior announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project — the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The 800-megawatt project will contribute to the goal of generating 30 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind by 2030.
27 Jan 2021

Genome Editing to Treat Human Retinal Degeneration

Gene editing therapies, including CRISPR-Cas systems, offer the potential to correct mutations causing inherited retinal degenerations, a leading cause of blindness.
2020
19 Nov 2020

Fluoropolymer Markets in Electrics, Electronics 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr James Edmondson
24 Aug 2020

Flame-Retardant, Insect Repelling Fabric for Soldiers

Using methods to measure heat release capacity and total heat release, as well as a vertical flame test, they found that the modified material performed at least 20% better than the untreated material. They also used a standard insect repellency test with live mosquitoes and found that the efficacy was greater than 98%. Finally, the fabric remained "breathable" after treatment as determined by air permeability studies.
11 Aug 2020

Supercapacitor Markets, Technology Roadmap, Opportunities 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop
4 May 2020

Supercapacitor Materials and Formats 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Richard Collins
20 Feb 2020

Germ-Fighting Fabric for Health Care

Researchers have created germ-killing fabric that could help stop the spread of communicable diseases.
20 Feb 2020

New Green Technology Generates Electricity "Out of Thin Air"

Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter. The Air-gen connects electrodes to the protein nanowires in such a way that electrical current is generated from the water vapor naturally present in the atmosphere.
2019
19 Nov 2019

Wearable Oxygen Sensor for Sick Infants

Researchers are developing a sensor the size of a Band-Aid that will measure a baby's blood oxygen levels, a vital indication of the lungs' effectiveness and whether the baby's tissue is receiving adequate oxygen supply.
9 Oct 2019

Researchers use drones to weigh whales

By measuring the body length, width and height of free-living southern right whales photographed by drones, researchers were able to develop a model that accurately calculated the body volume and mass of the whales.
23 Sep 2019

'Phyjama,' a physiological sensing pyjama

Scientists expect that in the future, electronically active garments containing unobtrusive, portable devices for monitoring heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep, for example, will prove clinically useful in health care. Now researchers have developed physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep garments they have dubbed "phyjamas."
4 Sep 2019

Wireless wearables powered by human skin

This scientist's vision is to invent devices that not only operate without batteries but take the concept of battery-less wearables one step further. In his mind's eye, the next generation of wearables will transfer power between wireless sensors using a far more efficient conductor - human skin.
30 Aug 2019

Anellotech

Anellotech is a biotechnology company developing biobased aromatic chemical intermediates and fuels.
30 Aug 2019

Using artificial intelligence to track birds' dark-of-night migrations

On many evenings during spring and fall migration, tens of millions of birds take flight at sunset and pass over our heads, unseen in the night sky. Though these flights have been recorded for decades by the National Weather Services' network of constantly scanning weather radars, until recently these data have been mostly out of reach for bird researchers.
23 Jul 2019

New laws of attraction: Scientists print magnetic liquid droplets

Scientists have made a new material that is both liquid and magnetic, opening the door to a new area of science in magnetic soft matter. Their findings could lead to a revolutionary class of printable liquid devices for a variety of applications from artificial cells that deliver targeted cancer therapies to flexible liquid robots that can change their shape to adapt to their surroundings.
25 Jun 2019

Smart Façades: Working from the outside in for energy efficiency

In an ongoing effort to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, an interdisciplinary team of scientists and students is working to design and build more-sustainable building façade systems - so-called smart façades.
2 Apr 2019

Researchers create new way to power electric cars

The innovation will enable electric vehicles of all sizes to run longer while maintaining zero emissions. The new technology uses water, carbon dioxide and the metal cobalt to produce hydrogen gas on demand at a relatively low temperature and pressure.
28 Jan 2019

Tapping body heat to power smart garments

Some research has shown that small amounts of power can be harvested from a human body over an eight-hour workday, but the special materials needed at present are either very expensive, toxic or inefficient.