Tissue paper sensors show promise
Engineers have turned tissue paper - similar to toilet tissue - into a new kind of wearable sensor that can detect a pulse, a blink of an eye and other human movement. The sensor is light, flexible and inexpensive, with potential applications in health care, entertainment and robotics.
Robotic network to explore Antarctic ice shelves
One of the biggest unknowns for the future of Earth's climate is Antarctica, where the West Antarctic Ice Sheet holds so much ice that if it collapsed could bring several feet of rising seas. A new partnership will use a robotic network to observe the conditions beneath a floating Antarctic ice shelf.
Eliminating Batteries in Desalination Plants, Cellphones and IOT
IDTechEx Chairman, Dr Peter Harrop, explores the importance of eliminating batteries, with other energy harvesting techniques being increasingly more viable.
3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics
Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you're running low on soap — and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more.
Low power electronics and electrics without batteries
The new IDTechEx Research report, Battery Elimination in Electronics and Electrical Engineering 2018-2028 notes that billions of wireless electronic and electrical products consuming microwatts to milliwatts or more operate without batteries or even capacitors to store energy.
How to store information in your clothes invisibly without electronics
A new type of smart fabric could pave the way for jackets that store invisible passcodes and open the door to your apartment or office.
New quantum dot solar cell world record
Researchers established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent.
Flexible skin can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks
Engineers have developed a flexible sensor "skin" that can be stretched over any part of a robot's body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration that are critical to successfully grasping and manipulating objects.
A flexible new platform for high-performance electronics
A team of engineers has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world -and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that's easily scalable to the commercial level.
Robots learn contextual commands
Despite what you might see in movies, today's robots are still very limited in what they can do. They can be great for many repetitive tasks, but their inability to understand the nuances of human language makes them mostly useless for more complicated requests.
Fast, cheap method to make supercapacitor electrodes for electric cars
Supercapacitors are an aptly named type of device that can store and deliver energy faster than conventional batteries. They are in high demand for applications including electric cars, wireless telecommunications and high-powered lasers.
First battery-free cell phone makes calls by harvesting ambient power
Researchers have invented a cell phone that requires no batteries — a major leap forward in moving beyond chargers, cords and dying phones. Instead, the phone harvests the few microwatts of power it requires from either ambient radio signals or light.
AerNos have developed the first commercially available gas sensor based on functionalised carbon nanotubes. David Pugh met with CEO Sundp Doshi in California to find out more.