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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?
30 Jul 2021

SICK's Mini InspectorP611 Packs in Machine Vision Power

SICK has launched an ultra-compact and ultra-powerful all-in-one 2D vision sensor, the InspectorP611, which can be set up rapidly to conduct highly-reliable inline machine vision inspections even in the tightest of machine spaces, or when mounted on robot arms.
29 Jul 2021

Thermoelectrics Enters the Fast Track

Thermoelectric cooling, heating, and harvesting is partly a great success now, partly to be a success later. First to analyze this big picture is the new IDTechEx report, "Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies' Achievements and Strategies Appraised with Roadmap 2022-2042".
28 Jul 2021

OMRON B5L Time-of-Flight Sensor Module for Real-Time 3D Vision in AMR

Innovative technology continues to improve and advance the possibilities for autonomous mobile robots (AMR). To view the environment around them, AMRs often require multiple, high-accuracy sensors that can offer stable and reliable detection along with a long life and high durability in a range of environments.
28 Jul 2021

Air Taxi Winners: Watch Orders Not Investment

Air taxi operators are unfazed by the 200 or so organizations designing vertical take-off electric aircraft. Follow the economics and the orders not the fluid investments from people seeking the next Tesla. Those getting the huge investments often lack significant orders.
27 Jul 2021

Event-Based Vision Approaches Commercialization

The increasing adoption of computational image analysis is creating opportunities for many new types of image sensors. One of the most innovative and commercially promising technologies is event-based vision, which is a bio-inspired method of acquiring visual data that promises multiple advantages.
26 Jul 2021

Algorithm Flies Drones Faster Than Human Racing Pilots

To be useful, drones need to be quick. Because of their limited battery life they must complete whatever task they have - searching for survivors on a disaster site, inspecting a building, delivering cargo - in the shortest possible time.
23 Jul 2021

Neural Model Seeks 'Inappropriateness" in Chatbots

Researchers have introduced the notion of inappropriate text messages and released a neural model capable of detecting them, along with a large collection of such messages for further research. Among the potential applications are preventing corporate chatbots from embarrassing the companies that run them, forum post moderation, and parental control.
22 Jul 2021

Robotic Neck Brace Can Help Analyze Cancer Treatment Impacts

A new robotic neck brace may help doctors analyze the impact of cancer treatments on the neck mobility of patients and guide their recovery.
21 Jul 2021

Liquid Metal Sensors and AI Could Help Prosthetic Hands to Feel

Each fingertip has more than 3,000 touch receptors, which largely respond to pressure. Humans rely heavily on sensation in their fingertips when manipulating an object. The lack of this sensation presents a unique challenge for individuals with upper limb amputations.
20 Jul 2021

Cruise

Cruise (part of General Motors) is one of the leaders in autonomous testing.
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20 Jul 2021

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on 3D Printing Composites

Thursday 5 August 2021 - In this webinar, IDTechEx will give a detailed overview of the market including: Technical benchmarking studies; Market outlook; Key news, partnerships, and developments; Applications and case studies; and Challenges & industry pain points.
20 Jul 2021

Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies Appraised, Market, Roadmap 2022-2042

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr James Edmondson
19 Jul 2021

Swarm of Autonomous Tiny Drones Can Localize Gas Leaks

When there is a gas leak in a large building or at an industrial site, human firefighters currently need to go in with gas sensing instruments. Finding the gas leak may take considerable time, while they are risking their lives. Researchers have now developed the first swarm of tiny - and hence very safe - drones that can autonomously detect and localize gas sources in cluttered indoor environments.
19 Jul 2021

3D Printed Soft Robotic Hand Can Play Nintendo

This research demonstrates a promising innovation in the field of soft robotics, which centers on creating new types of flexible, inflatable robots that are powered using water or air rather than electricity. The inherent safety and adaptability of soft robots has sparked interest in their use for applications like prosthetics and biomedical devices. Unfortunately, controlling the fluids that make these soft robots bend and move has been especially difficult - until now.
16 Jul 2021

Hyundai Motor to Pilot Autonomous Demand-Responsive 'RoboShuttle'

Hyundai Motor Company will begin a test operation of its RoboShuttle in August. The demand-responsive, high-occupancy vehicle service, powered by autonomous driving and Artificial Intelligence technology, will operate along a 6.1-km route in Sejong Smart City, South Korea.
15 Jul 2021

Printing Stretchable, Bendable Circuits on Artificial Skin

Researchers have spent nearly two decades trying to develop skin-like integrated circuits that can be stretched, folded, bent and twisted - working all the while - and then snap back without fail, every time. Such circuits presage a day of wearable and implantable products, but one hurdle has always stood in the way.
15 Jul 2021

Backscatter Breakthrough Runs Near-Zero-Power IoT Comms at 5G Speeds

The promise of 5G Internet of Thingsnetworks requires more scalable and robust communication systems — ones that deliver drastically higher data rates and lower power consumption per device.
14 Jul 2021

OMRON Touchless Sensors for Innovative Solutions

As a leading innovator in the realm of sensors and sensing products, Omron continues to develop solutions to best suit the growing needs of a touchless society. With Smart Home and Building, Internet of Things (IoT), and Healthcare in mind, Omron introduces the B5L Time of Flight Sensor and new versions of theB5W Light Convergent Sensor to meet the high demand.
13 Jul 2021

Introduction to Industry 4.0

IDTechEx defines Industry 4.0 as digitization of the manufacturing sector, with embedded sensors in virtually all product components and manufacturing equipment, ubiquitous cyber-physical systems, and analysis of all relevant data. The value creation potential of manufacturers and suppliers implementing industry 4.0 in their operations is at USD 3.7 trillion in 2025 according to the World Economic Forum. This article describes Industry 4.0 as a journey industrial companies are taking towards a complete value chain transformation. It covers the design principles, key enabling technologies, framework and a roadmap for successful transition. It also provides case studies from first movers who are reaping the benefits by automating high impact processes.
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