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2020
16 Jun 2020

Flexible Hybrid Electronics Focused Solicitation Request for Proposals

Since 1993, SEMI-FlexTech has funded over 200 projects in R&D, with a total public/private investment in excess of U.S. $220 million. SEMI-FlexTech solicits proposals from the flexible electronics industry for candidate projects which will receive funding.
3 Apr 2020

Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power

Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves —electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are also produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including our own bodies and the inanimate objects around us.
25 Mar 2020

Deep Learning for Mechanical Property Evaluation

A standard method for testing some of the mechanical properties of materials is to poke them with a sharp point. This "indentation technique" can provide detailed measurements of how the material responds to the point's force, as a function of its penetration depth.
27 Feb 2020

Army Scientists Develop Cutting-Edge, Durable 3D Printing Technology

Army scientists are on the brink of a pioneering additive-manufacturing technology to help soldiers quickly swap out broken plastic components with durable 3D printed replacements, says a top Army researcher.
7 Feb 2020

SEMI-FlexTech Launches Six New Projects

SEMI-FlexTech announced the launch of six projects to accelerate sensor and sensor system innovations for new applications in industries including healthcare, automotive, industrial and defense.
22 Jan 2020

Finalists Announced for 2019 R&D 100 Awards

Finalists for the venerable R&D 100 Awards have been announced by R&D World magazine and its new parent company, WTWH Media, LLC.
2019
12 Dec 2019

Material for Safer Football Helmets May Reduce Head Injuries

Scientists have developed elastic microlattice pads that can withstand both single hits and a series of impacts better than existing state-of-the-art foams used in football helmets. Their research suggests that the material may pave the way for helmets that better protect football players and other athletes from brain injuries caused by repeated head hits.
11 Oct 2019

Army researchers test human-like robots

Army researchers tested ground robots performing military-style exercises, much like Soldier counterparts, at a robotics testing site in Pennsylvania recently as part of a 10-year research project designed to push the research boundaries in robotics and autonomy.
24 Sep 2019

Shape-shifting robots built from 'smarticles'

Building conventional robots typically requires carefully combining components like motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs and wheels. Now, researchers have taken a new approach, building a robot entirely from smaller robots known as "smarticles" to unlock the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique.
13 Sep 2019

Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2020-2030

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
26 Aug 2019

Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

A research team has discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail—bits of lithium metal deposits break off from the surface of the anode during discharging and are trapped as "dead" or inactive lithium that the battery can no longer access.
23 Aug 2019

Haptics 2020-2030: Technologies, Markets and Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
16 Jul 2019

US Army wants world's largest, fastest metal powder 3D printer

This printer will revolutionize key supply chains associated with long-range munitions, next-generation combat vehicles, helicopters, and air and missile defense capabilities.
29 May 2019

Army project develops agile scouting robots

Researchers have developed an agile robot that may be able to aid in scouting and search-and-rescue operations.
17 May 2019

Army discovery opens path to safer batteries

Soldiers carrying 15-25 pounds of batteries could carry batteries a fraction of the weight but with the same energy and improved safety, a new study shows.
14 Feb 2019

Converting Wi-Fi signals to electricity with new 2-D materials

Imagine a world where smartphones, laptops, wearables, and other electronics are powered without batteries. Researchers from MIT and elsewhere have taken a step in that direction, with the first fully flexible device that can convert energy from Wi-Fi signals into electricity that could power electronics.
2018
29 Oct 2018

Small flying robots haul heavy loads

A closed door is just one of many obstacles that poses no barrier to a new type of flying, micro, tugging robot called a FlyCroTug. Outfitted with advanced gripping technologies and the ability to move and pull on objects around it, two FlyCroTugs can jointly lasso the door handle and heave the door open.
26 Oct 2018

World's first 3D volumetric circuit

Research on the 3D/volumetric circuit technology was borne out of the notion that a three-dimensional circuit offers more freedom to make circuits smaller, lighter and more efficient. 3D printing allows them to be manufactured into arbitrary form factors that can be integrated into any object or surface.
16 Oct 2018

Solid-State and Polymer Batteries 2019-2029: Technology, Patents, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He and Dr Bryony Core
5 Sep 2018

If military robot falls, it can get itself up

Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have developed software to ensure that if a robot falls, it can get itself back up, meaning future military robots will be less reliant on their Soldier handlers.