29 Jul 2020
Bringing Graphene and New Materials to Market
Remember the computer triode? Unless you're an early-tech enthusiast, it's unlikely. Used as switches in the first electronic computers, these vacuum tubes consumed a great deal of power. They were unreliable and upon the invention of silicon chips, were quickly replaced. A new material has the potential to shift entire industries. Here, Kari Hjelt, Head of Innovation of the Graphene Flagship explains how graphene is set to do the same.
22 Jul 2020
Photo-Rechargable Zinc-Ion Devices Merge Solar Cell and Battery Tech
Scientists have made a battery that can be directly charged in sunlight without needing an external solar panel. Clever design of the battery electrodes facilitates photo-rechargeable zinc-ion batteries that could find applications as cheap devices for off-grid solar farms.
10 Jun 2020
Robot Chef Trained to Make Omelettes
A team of engineers have trained a robot to prepare an omelette, all the way from cracking the eggs to plating the finished dish, and refined the 'chef's' culinary skills to produce a reliable dish that actually tastes good.
18 May 2020
AI to Detect Tell-Tale Coronavirus Sounds in our Speech
A recording of a cough, the noise of a person's breathing or even the sound of their voice could be used to help diagnose patients with Covid-19 in the future.
14 Apr 2020
3D Printed Corals Could Improve Bioenergy and Help Coral Reefs
Researchers have 3D printed coral-inspired structures that are capable of growing dense populations of microscopic algae. Their results open the door to new bio-inspired materials and their applications for coral conservation.
9 Apr 2020
AI Techniques Used to Improve Battery Health and Safety
Researchers have designed a machine learning method that can predict battery health with 10x higher accuracy than current industry standard, which could aid in the development of safer and more reliable batteries for electric vehicles and consumer electronics.
23 Mar 2020
World's First Artificial Pancreas app Licensed for Type 1 Diabetes
The world's first licensed, downloadable artificial pancreas app for people with type 1 diabetes has launched, based on over a decade of research by Professor Roman Hovorka at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The CamAPS FX app works with an insulin pump and a glucose monitor to automatically deliver insulin to people living with the condition via a complex algorithm..
5 Mar 2020
A Way Forward for Large Scale Storage of Renewable Energy
A technique based on the principles of MRI and NMR has allowed researchers to observe not only how next-generation batteries for large-scale energy storage work, but also how they fail, which will assist in the development of strategies to extend battery lifetimes in support of the transition to a zero-carbon future.
14 Jan 2020
Designer Integrates 3D Printing and Future Fabrics for Bespoke Fashion
Kitty Yeung is a physicist, artist, maker, fashion designer and musician based in Silicon Valley, California. She currently manages the Bay Area Microsoft Garage, a program that drives a culture of innovation at Microsoft.
2 Dec 2019
innoLAE 2020: Breakthrough Technologies and New Applications
The 6th Innovations in Large-Area Electronics Conference (innoLAE) returns to the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge, UK on 21-22 January 2020, to deliver a programme highlighting the most innovative and exciting aspects of large-area electronics (LAE) - a new way of making electronics which includes printable, flexible, plastic, organic and bio- electronics.
13 Nov 2019
'Messy' Production of Perovskite Material Increases Solar Efficiency
Discovery means simpler and cheaper manufacturing methods are actually beneficial for the material's use in next-generation solar cells or LED lighting.
25 Oct 2019
Artificial Leaf Successfully Produces Clean Gas
A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to petrol.
7 Oct 2019
IDTechEx spoke to Dr Nigel Whittle, Head of Healthcare & Medical at Plextek. This company is ISO13485-certified, was founded in 1988 and employs circa 70 technologists. It develops electronic devices revolving around sensing, data collection & communications. It often works with clients to aid in the development of their product.
7 Oct 2019
Healthcare Sensor Innovations Cambridge 2019
IDTechEx's Healthcare Sensor Innovations was held in the University of Cambridge's Clare College on September 25th and 26th, 2019. This was the first edition of the annual Healthcare Sensor Innovations event.
30 Sep 2019
Alibaba unveils its own AI chip
Alibaba Group plans to launch its first self-developed AI inference chip, which has potential for use in autonomous driving, smart cities and smart logistics. In addition to this, the Academy will boost its R&D in AI chips for training on the cloud and for IOT applications.
24 Sep 2019
Healthcare Meets Electronics: Event Assesses the Opportunities
Registrations for the inaugural Healthcare Sensors Innovation event in Cambridge on 25-26 September is exceeding all expectations and nears venue capacity. The event is successfully bringing together the linchpins of the healthcare industry with the electronics industry to explore the opportunity in two specific areas: point of care diagnostics and continuous monitoring.
21 Aug 2019
Breakthrough in glass-free OLCD technology enables bezel-less displays
FlexEnable, the leader in the development and industrialisation of flexible organic electronics, has revealed an ultra-narrow border organic LCD (OLCD).
19 Aug 2019
Machine learning to help develop self-healing robots that 'feel pain'
Researchers will use self-healing materials and machine learning to develop soft robotics as part of a new collaborative project.
16 Aug 2019
Machine learning tool improves tracking of tiny moving particles
Scientists have developed an automated tool for mapping the movement of particles inside cells that may accelerate research in many fields.
11 Jul 2019
Robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce
A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop has been developed by engineers.