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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.
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.
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.
27 Jul 2020

AI in Medical Diagnostics 2020-2030: Image Recognition, Players, Clinical Applications, Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao
3 Apr 2020

Flexible Electronics in Healthcare 2020-2030

IDTechEx Report: Dr Nadia Tsao and Raghu Das
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.
19 Mar 2020

Innovations in Robotic Surgery 2020-2030: Technologies, Players & Markets

IDTechEx Report:
29 Jan 2020

Apollo Neuroscience

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.