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2019
11 Oct

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

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.
26 Aug

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.
16 Jul

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

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

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

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

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

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.
5 Sep

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.
29 Aug

Multifunctional Composites 2019-2029: Technology, Players, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
27 Aug

Water bottles and other recycled 3D printing materials

Soldiers on the battlefield or at remote bases often have to wait weeks for vital replacement parts. Now scientists report they have found a way to fabricate many of these parts within hours under combat conditions using water bottles, cardboard and other recyclable materials.
15 Aug

Introducing the latest in textiles: Soft hardware

The latest development in textiles and fibers is a kind of soft hardware that you can wear: cloth that has electronic devices built right into it.
21 Jun

Additive Manufacturing and Lightweight Materials for Aerospace and Defense 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins and Dr Bryony Core
27 Apr

A higher-energy, safer and longer-lasting zinc battery

A team of researchers has created a water-based zinc battery that is simultaneously powerful, rechargeable, and intrinsically safe.
23 Apr

Invertebrates inspire first fully 3-D printed active materials

To overcome the material rigidity and actuation limitations in current robotic systems, a joint U.S. Army Research Laboratory and University of Minnesota research project sought inspiration from invertebrates.
21 Mar

Scientists mimic neural tissue

Researchers have discovered a process for engineering next-generation soft materials with embedded chemical networks that mimic the behavior of neural tissue. The breakthrough material may lead to autonomous soft robotics, dual sensors and actuators for soft exoskeletons, or artificial skins.
27 Feb

Non-Toxic Materials for Electronics/ Electrics: Large Emerging Markets 2018-2028

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Lorenzo Grande
8 Feb

New algorithms to train robots

Researchers have developed new techniques for robots or computer programs to learn how to perform tasks by interacting with a human instructor.
2017
21 Dec

Army partners with Marine Corps on 3-D printed drones

Army researchers are working with the Marines to develop 3-D printed drones as materials science, aviation technology and software development merge to deliver new capabilities.