6 Jan 2021
Innovative Battery Chemistry Revolutionises Zinc-Air Battery
High-performance, eco-friendly, safe and at the same time cost-effective: the zinc-air battery is an attractive energy storage technology of the future. Until now, the conventional zinc-air battery has struggled with a high chemical instability, parasitic reactions which rooted in the usage of alkaline electrolytes lead to electrochemical irreversibility.
28 Dec 2020
Army Strengthens Future Tech with Muscle Bound Robots
Robotic systems packed with muscle tissue can produce never-seen-before agility and versatility, Army researchers said.
1 Dec 2020
Will Starlink succeed? (Part 4)
In the last article we have discussed latency. In addition to that, spectrum/orbit resources and potential for military applications are also important considerations.
19 Nov 2020
3D Electronics Market Is Forecast to Reach Around $3bn by 2030
The 3D electronics market is diversifying and is forecast to reach around $3bn by 2030. Find out more in the IDTechEx report, "3D Electronics 2020-2030: Technologies, Forecasts, Players".
15 Oct 2020
Augmented Reality for Animals - the Next Step for AR Headsets
The newest toy for dogs is a high-tech augmented reality headset.
9 Oct 2020
Augmented Reality Dog Goggles Could Help Protect Soldiers
Military working dogs often scout areas for explosive devices and hazardous materials and assist in rescue operations, but giving dogs the necessary commands to perform these missions can put soldiers in harm's way. Augmented reality may change that.
14 Sep 2020
3D Printed Electronics for Agile, On-demand Manufacturing
3D printed electronics, here explored in detail, is an emerging technology that enables a new manufacturing paradigm.
7 Sep 2020
Laser Jolts Microscopic Electronic Robots into Motion
In 1959, former Cornell physicist Richard Feynman delivered his famous lecture "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," in which he described the opportunity for shrinking technology, from machines to computer chips, to incredibly small sizes. Well, the bottom just got more crowded
4 Sep 2020
Army Robo Teammate can Detect, Share 3D Changes in Real Time
Something is different, and you can't quite put your finger on it. But your robot can. Even small changes in your surroundings could indicate danger. Imagine a robot could detect those changes, and a warning could immediately alert you through a display in your eyeglasses. That is what U.S. Army scientists are developing with sensors, robots, real-time change detection and augmented reality wearables.
3 Sep 2020
Versatile New Material Family Could Build Realistic Prosthetics
Nature's blueprint for the human limb is a carefully layered structure with stiff bone wrapped in layers of different soft tissue, like muscle and skin, all perfectly bound together. Achieving this kind of sophistication using synthetic materials to build biologically inspired robotic parts or multicomponent, complex machines has been an engineering challenge.
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.
19 Aug 2020
3D Electronics: An Alternative to PCBs?
Mention an electronic circuit and you are likely to picture a printed circuit board (PCB): a rigid rectangle in a characteristic green color with copper lines and a bewildering array of components soldered onto it. But does adding electronic functionality means using a PCB and thus requires shoehorning a rigid rectangle into the product?
3 Aug 2020
Soft Robot Actuators Heal Themselves
Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machines' moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. Now a team of researchers has a biosynthetic polymer, patterned after squid ring teeth, that is self-healing and biodegradable, creating a material not only good for actuators, but also for hazmat suits and other applications where tiny holes could cause a danger.
22 Jul 2020
Hybrid Electric Drive Integrated onto a Combat Vehicle
BAE Systems has been awarded a $32 million prototype agreement by the US Army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office to integrate a Hybrid Electric Drive system onto a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.