23 Mar 2022
Design Tweak Helps Prevent Malfunction in Yarns That Store Energy
Researchers have found a way to prevent electrical malfunctions in yarns designed to store electrical energy. Ultimately, the findings could help advance the development of "smart textiles" that would capture energy from the wearer's movements and power sensors and wearable electronics.
1 Feb 2022
Kirigami Robotic Grippers Are Delicate Enough to Lift Egg Yolks
Engineering researchers have demonstrated a new type of flexible, robotic grippers that are able to lift delicate egg yolks without breaking them, and that are precise enough to lift a human hair. The work has applications for both soft robotics and biomedical technologies.
3 Sep 2021
Using Liquid Metal to Turn Motion into Electricity - Even Underwater
Researchers have created a soft and stretchable device that converts movement into electricity and can work in wet environments.
5 Aug 2021
Technique for Recycling Nanowires in Electronics
Researchers have demonstrated a low-cost technique for retrieving nanowires from electronic devices that have reached the end of their utility and then using those nanowires in new devices. The work is a step toward more sustainable electronics.
13 Jul 2021
Plant Patch Enables Continuous Monitoring for Crop Diseases
Researchers have developed a patch that plants can "wear" to monitor continuously for plant diseases or other stresses, such as crop damage or extreme heat.
24 Jun 2021
Inkjet Printing Shows Promise As New Strategy For Making E-Textiles
In a new study researchers have demonstrated they could print layers of electrically conductive ink on polyester fabric to make an e-textile that could be used in the design of future wearable devices.
19 May 2021
3D-Printed Jelly Developed
3D-printable gels with improved and highly controlled properties can be created by merging micro- and nano-sized networks of the same materials harnessed from seaweed, according to new research. The findings could have applications in biomedical materials - think of biological scaffolds for growing cells - and soft robotics.
29 Mar 2021
Plants Would Grow Well in Solar Cell Greenhouses
A recent study shows that lettuce can be grown in greenhouses that filter out wavelengths of light used to generate solar power, demonstrating the feasibility of using see-through solar panels in greenhouses to generate electricity.
9 Mar 2021
Improved Heat Leakage for Wearables
Researchers report significant enhancements in preventing heat leakage in the flexible body heat harvester they first reported in 2017 and updated in 2020. The harvesters use heat energy from the human body to power wearable technologies - think of smart watches that measure your heart rate, blood oxygen, glucose and other health parameters - that never need to have their batteries recharged.
8 Feb 2021
Textile Sensor Patch Could Detect Pressure Points for Amputees
A soft, flexible sensor system created with electrically conductive yarns could help map problematic pressure points in the socket of an amputee's prosthetic limb, researchers report in a new study.
16 Oct 2020
Self-Driving Laboratories: A Reality Waiting to Happen
Imagine a situation where, given a request, a lab automatically chooses what experiments to do, robotically carries this out, tracks the reaction with integrated sensors, acquires and analyzes the results, and then decides what experiment to do next. This seems like science-fiction, but certain truths may be closer than you think.
6 Jul 2020
Flexible Material Shows Potential for Use in Fabrics to Heat, Cool
A film made of tiny carbon nanotubes may be a key material in developing clothing that can heat or cool the wearer on demand. A new study finds that the CNT film has a combination of thermal, electrical and physical properties that make it an appealing candidate for next-generation smart fabrics.
15 Jun 2020
Artificial Chemist uses AI, Robotics for Autonomous R&D
Researchers have developed a technology called "Artificial Chemist," which incorporates artificial intelligence and an automated system for performing chemical reactions to accelerate R&D and manufacturing of commercially desirable materials.
15 May 2020
CRISPR Plants: New Non-GMO Method to Edit Plants
An NC State researcher has developed a new way to get CRISPR/Cas9 into plant cells without inserting foreign DNA. This allows for precise genetic deletions or replacements, without inserting foreign DNA. Therefore, the end product is not a genetically modified organism, or GMO.
14 May 2020
The Fastest Soft Robots, Inspired by Cheetahs
Inspired by the biomechanics of cheetahs, researchers have developed a new type of soft robot that is capable of moving more quickly on solid surfaces or in the water than previous generations of soft robots. The new soft robotics are also capable of grabbing objects delicately - or with sufficient strength to lift heavy objects.
5 May 2020
Breathable Electronics Pave the Way for More Functional Wearable Tech
Engineering researchers have created ultrathin, stretchable electronic material that is gas permeable, allowing the material to "breathe." The material was designed specifically for use in biomedical or wearable technologies, since the gas permeability allows sweat and volatile organic compounds to evaporate away from the skin, making it more comfortable for users - especially for long-term wear.