26 Apr 2022
Newlight Technologies is a US-based company that manufactures bioplastics from carbon dioxide, air, and methane using a microbial biocatalyst.
25 Apr 2022
Tanvas — Haptics to Simulate Surface Texture
Tanvas, headquartered in Chicago, is currently focused on implementing haptic feedback on touchscreens. Unlike vibration, we have seen much on smartphones; Tanvas uses electrostatics to control friction, simulate the surface texture, and create virtual touch.
3 Mar 2022
Azul3D is an American start-up developing High Area Rapid Printing, a high-throughput resin printing technology. IDTechEx spoke with CTO James Hedrick, CEO Cody Peterson, and CRO Tuan Tranpham.
1 Mar 2022
Raymor Industries is a small but longstanding company that specialises in the plasma torch process for the production of various nanomaterials. IDTechEx caught up with Dr Norma Mendoza and Jefford Humes.
17 Jan 2022
Fitbit for the Face Turns Any Mask Into Smart Monitoring Device
Engineers have developed a new smart sensor platform for face masks that they are calling a "Fitbit for the face." Dubbed "FaceBit," the lightweight, quarter-sized sensor uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask.
28 Oct 2021
What Is Required for a True Digital Transformation in Materials R&D?
Digital transformation is the buzzword in every sector; materials science and chemistry R&D is behind the curve but certainly no exception. The prospects are, of course, very attractive, but the reality far, far harder. This article looks at the status of this transformation, the enabling solutions, and those unresolved pain points.
5 Aug 2021
Ecofriendly Solution to Converting Waste Heat into Energy
A team of scientists has demonstrated a high-performing thermoelectric material in a practical form that can be used in device development. The material — purified tin selenide in polycrystalline form — outperforms the single-crystal form in converting heat to electricity, making it the most efficient thermoelectric system on record.
5 Aug 2021
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.
3 Aug 2021
Tiny Wireless Device Illuminates Neuron Activity in the Brain
Everything that happens in the brain is a result of neurons sending and receiving signals in complex networks that are not completely understood by scientists. These networks are what allow us to pick up a cup of coffee, laugh at a joke or stand up from a chair. When some neurons do not send and receive and signals properly, it can lead to problems such as epilepsy, depression, addiction and chronic pain.
30 Jul 2021
Metallic Glass Gears Up for 'Cobots,' Coatings, and More
Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals.
Where are the robot assistants we were promised?
14 Jul 2021
Battery-less Solutions Flood In
A host of batteryless solutions have recently been announced. The rapid increase in adoption of batteryless solutions is tracked in the IDTechEx report, "Battery Elimination in Electronics: Market Impact IoT, 6G, Healthcare, Wearables 2021-2041".
1 Jul 2021
First-Ever Transient Pacemaker Dissolves in the Body
Researchers have developed the first-ever transient pacemaker — a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that disappears after it's no longer needed.
18 May 2021
Stoicheia has developed a process to accelerate materials discovery by rapidly generating unprecedentedly large high-quality nano-materials datasets to train proprietary AI algorithms. IDTechEx spoke with Prof. Chad Mirkin (Founder), Dr Andrey Ivankin (Founder & CTO), and Andrew Mirkin (Director of Business Development).
10 May 2021
AI Recovers Energy, Nutrients, Freshwater from Municipal Wastewater
Combining artificial intelligence and machine learning for online learning of system dynamics, mathematical modeling for optimizing energy and nutrient recovery, and life-cycle analysis and modeling with respect to both the science and economics to guide system design. It will also involve development of novel materials for efficient solar steam generation and wireless sensors for real-time water quality monitoring.
30 Apr 2021
NanoAL develops and commercializes high performance aluminum alloys. In 2020, the company launched Addalloy® 5T, an aluminum powder product for additive manufacturing. IDTechEx spoke with Matthew Simmers (Product Market Director) about this and their market outlook.
3 Mar 2021
Event Summary: innoLAE 2021 (Innovations in Large-Area Electronics)
On 24-25th of February 2021 IDTechEx attended the Innovations in Large Area Electronics (InnoLAE) conference. Conference attendees were a mix of primarily early-stage companies and academics. This premium article divides a selection of the most interesting and/or commercially relevant talks into 4 sections
25 Feb 2021
3D Printed Novel Biomaterial Mimics Properties of Living Tissues
Imagine if surgeons could transplant healthy neurons into patients living with neurodegenerative diseases or brain and spinal cord injuries. And imagine if they could "grow" these neurons in the laboratory from a patient's own cells using a synthetic, highly bioactive material that is suitable for 3D printing.
24 Feb 2021
The Future of Electronics is Stretchy
Stretchable electronic circuits are critical for soft robotics, wearable technologies, and biomedical applications. The current ways of making them, though, have limited their potential.
18 Feb 2021
New Lead-Based Anode for Next-Gen Lithium-Ion Batteries
Scientists report a new electrode design for the lithium-ion battery using the low-cost materials lead as well as carbon.
2 Feb 2021
3D Printing Resins in Dental Devices Toxic to Reproductive Health?
Two commercially available 3D-printable resins, which are marketed as being biocompatible for use in dental applications, readily leach compounds into their surroundings. These compounds can induce severe toxicity in the oocyte, the immature precursor of the egg which can eventually be fertilized, reports a new study in mouse oocytes.