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23 Sep 2021

EV Power Electronics: Driving Semiconductor Demand in a Chip Shortage

Semiconductors are the lifeblood of the modern age. From your watch to a washing machine, everything these days seems to be 'smart', 'connected' and therefore enabled by semiconductors. Unsurprisingly then, a massive shortage of chips present 'across all categories', according to some industry executives, is having a profound impact.
20 Sep 2021

3D Printed Objects That Sense How a User is Interacting With Them

Researchers have developed a new method to 3D print mechanisms that detect how force is being applied to an object. The structures are made from a single piece of material, so they can be rapidly prototyped. A designer could use this method to 3D print "interactive input devices," like a joystick, switch, or handheld controller, in one go.
16 Aug 2021

AliveCor

At Cardio Wearables 2021, Dr David E. Albert, MD, Founder and Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of AliveCor presented on the adoption of wearables and other digital tools in cardiology. This short profile reviews the major themes of his presentation and the latest progress from the company.
5 Aug 2021

Distal Reality

IDTechEx interviewed Mark Salada, Founder and CTO of Distal Reality. They are developing and launching a new haptics app as part of longer term ambitions in developing a variety of new haptics interfaces.
22 Jul 2021

Award for Europe's Largest "Fruitvoltaic" System

The project in Babberich has a capacity of 2.67 MWp and is spread over 3.3 hectares of a raspberry farm. Due to the special construction of the semi-transparent photovoltaic roof, there is no need for plastic arches to protect against extreme weather events. The solution provides a stable climate for growing fruits and generates green energy at the same time.
2 Jul 2021

Skin in The Game: Human Body to Recharge Smartwatches

As smart watches are increasingly able to monitor the vital signs of health, including what's going on when we sleep, a problem has emerged: those wearable, wireless devices are often disconnected from our body overnight, being charged at the bedside.
22 Jun 2021

Mini-LED to Micro-LED Displays: The Industry Game-Changer is Coming

2020 and 2021 are the years for the Mini-LED displays to boost. Backlit Mini-LEDs' taking off has also paved the way for Micro-LED displays, a potential display industry game-changer.
31 May 2021

Autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is 2-3 Years Away, For Real

"Autonomous cars will be here in 2 years" has been a standard sentence from the industry for the past 5 years or so. Now there is good reason to expect autonomous ride-hailing services to hit our roads within 3 years. So, what has happened in the last year in the world of autonomy to give this confidence boost?
10 May 2021

Opsys technologies

Opsys technologies are a LiDAR start-up with unique VCSEL production technologies.
5 May 2021

New Robot Technology for Apple Growers

New autonomous robotic technology has the potential to become the 'apple of my eye' for Australia's food industry as it deals with labour shortages and an increased demand for fresh produce.
4 May 2021

Boréas Technologies

IDTechEx interviewed Simon Chaput and Stuart Nixdorff of Boréas Technologies at the time of their launch of a new reference design for haptics in wearables. This profile describes that launch and other company updates.
24 Apr 2021

Micro-LED Displays for 2021 Onwards

From mobile phones, TVs, to cars and public screens, displays have become an important component in our daily life to convey information. There is an emerging display type— Micro-LED display, which has the potential to become the next-generation mainstream.
19 Apr 2021

Immersion Corporation

IDTechEx spoke to John Griffin and Linda Quach, VP Products & Marketing and Director of Marketing respectively at Immersion. They presented their updated corporate deck and we had a wider discussion about the state of the haptics industry and the evolving position of Immersion within it.
19 Apr 2021

Wearable Sensors That Detect Gas Leaks

Gas accidents such as toxic gas leakage in factories, carbon monoxide leakage of boilers, or toxic gas suffocation during manhole cleaning continue to claim lives and cause injuries. Developing a sensor that can quickly detect toxic gases or biochemicals is still an important issue in public health, environmental monitoring, and military sectors.
12 Apr 2021

Big Gains for Low-loss Materials in the 5G Market

The emphasis on low-loss materials in 5G has already started to take effect.
9 Apr 2021

First Human Use of High Bandwidth Wireless Brain Computer Interface

Brain-computer interfaces are an emerging assistive technology, enabling people with paralysis to type on computer screens or manipulate robotic prostheses just by thinking about moving their own bodies. For years, investigational BCIs used in clinical trials have required cables to connect the sensing array in the brain to computers that decode the signals and use them to drive external devices.
1 Apr 2021

Apple's New Energy Storage Project, Renewable Energy Solutions

Apple today announced over 110 of its manufacturing partners around the world are moving to 100 percent renewable energy for their Apple production, with nearly 8 gigawatts of planned clean energy set to come online. Once completed, these commitments will avoid over 15 million metric tons of CO2e annually — the equivalent of taking more than 3.4 million cars off the road each year.
30 Mar 2021

Reversing the Move to Cities

While technologies are emerging for cities to be independent in food, water and energy, safe and pleasant, progress is mostly poor and global warming threatens migrants overwhelming cities. By all means, let us see the smart city advances take place that are in the IDTechEx report, "Smart Cities Market 2021-2041: Energy, Food, Water, Materials, Transportation Forecasts", but it would be prudent to try to reverse the move to cities that the UN and others see resulting in 70-80% of us in them by 2050.
16 Mar 2021

Worktop Integrated with Wireless Charging Technology

Wharf Worktops has mastered a pioneering technique to seamlessly integrate wireless charging technology beneath the surface of its worktops.
1 Feb 2021

Hyundai & Apple: Who Wins, Who Loses

In recent weeks, the 'Apple Car' has flared up in our newsfeeds once again, this time with reports of a potential partnership with Hyundai. Assuming these reports are true, is it a good idea? What does it mean for automakers?
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