26 Jul 2022
Drop by Drop: MXene in Complex 3D Device Architectures
Despite being only a few atoms thick, MXene packs a powerful punch. This class of single layer, two-dimensional nanomaterials exhibits desirable properties like excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, heat resistance and high specific surface area. These characteristics promise to revolutionize high-performance electronic devices and energy storage systems.
30 Jun 2022
Smart Implants to Monitor Healing
Spinal fusion—fusing two vertebrae together—can treat a wide variety of spinal disorders. Often, surgeons will use a cage to provide support where the disk once was between the vertebrae. But what if those cages could support the spine's healing in more ways than one?
14 Mar 2022
Using 3D Printed Tissues to Explore Causes of Neural Diseases
By using the most innovative 3D printing technologies to precisely control the architecture of these systems, an attempt can be made to reproduce the structural complexity of the cerebral cortex. The objective is to integrate the neural circuits with their intricate support system. This is a crucial aspect of the study, as it would allow to collect important biological data in a longer timeframe compared to the models available today.
7 Mar 2022
Robot "Bugs" That Can Go Just About Anywhere
These ancient creatures can squeeze through the tiniest cracks, fit snugly into tight spaces and survive in harsh environments: There aren't many spaces that are off-limits to an insect. That's why researchers have created tiny bug-inspired robots that can carry out tasks in hard-to-reach spaces and inhospitable environments.
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3 Mar 2022
Gefertec is a German manufacturer of wire-based directed energy deposition (DED) printers. IDTechEx spoke with CEO Tobias Krümberg.
10 Feb 2022
Adaptable Smart Window Coating Could Cool or Heat a Home, Save Energy
The thermal energy from the sun's infrared rays is absorbed by the glass and re-emitted as heat - either used to warm the room using transparent electrical heaters in the glass substrate or reflected away to cool the room.
10 Jan 2022
Windows That Outsmart the Elements
New research takes energy efficient windows a step further by proposing a new "smart window" design that would harvest the sun's energy in the winter to warm the house and reflect it in the summer to keep it cool.
13 Dec 2021
Novel Brain Stimulation Approach Treats Severe Depression
Patients are awake during surgery as electrical leads are implanted in their brain. This procedure uses a first-of-its-kind approach that incorporates intracranial electroencephalography (EEG) recordings and stimulation to personalize the understanding of network behavior in the brain during a depressive state and its response to the DBS device.
8 Jun 2021
Flexible, High-Performance Transparent Electrodes
The future of electronic displays will be thin, flexible and durable. One barrier to this, however, is that one of the most widely used transparent conductors for electronic displays—indium tin oxide —doesn't perform as well on larger areas and can crack and break down with wear.
24 May 2021
Adding a Sense of Touch Improves Control of a Robotic Arm
Most nondisabled people take their ability to perform simple daily tasks for granted. When they reach for a warm mug of coffee, for instance, they can feel its weight and temperature and adjust their grip accordingly so that no liquid is spilled. People with full sensory and motor control of their arms and hands can know that they've made contact with an object the instant they touch or grasp it, allowing them to start moving or lifting it with confidence.
16 Apr 2021
Finally, 3D-printed Graphene Aerogels for Water Treatment
Graphene excels at removing contaminants from water, but it's not yet a commercially viable use of the wonder material. That could be changing.
13 Jan 2021
Vagus Nerve Stimulation Helps Language Learning in Adults
A recent study showed language learning advantages with transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation included up to a 30% increase in accuracy and recall for some subjects.
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25 Sep 2020
Optomec Customer Carnegie Mellon Develops 10-Second COVID Test
Researchers have developed a low-cost sensor that can identify COVID-19 antibodies in approximately 10 seconds. The novel sensor is based on a special structure of tiny gold electrodes that are 3D printed using the Optomec Aerosol Jet process.
12 Aug 2020
Non-Invasive Nerve Stimulation Boosts Learning of Foreign Language
New research by neuroscientists revealed that a simple, earbud-like device that imperceptibly stimulates a key nerve leading to the brain could significantly improve the wearer's ability to learn the sounds of a new language. This device may have wide-ranging applications for boosting other kinds of learning as well.
19 Mar 2020
Smart Wound Healing Patch: DARPA Awards $22 Million Grant
Neuroengineers and bioengineers are part of a national team that's developing "smart" technology that combines artificial intelligence, bioelectronics and regenerative medicine to regrow muscle tissue for wounded soldiers.
29 Jan 2020
IDTechEx met with Apollo Neuroscience at their booth at CES 2020's Eureka Park. They have developed a wrist-worn product which gives vibrational patterns to promote various moods.
28 Nov 2019
Scratching the Surface of Perovskites
Versatile compounds called perovskites are valued for their application in next generation solar energy technologies. Despite their efficiency and relative cheapness, perovskite devices have yet to be perfected; they often contain atomic-level structural defects.