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15 Nov 2021

A Flexible New System for Creating Soft Robotics

Researchers have invented bubble casting, a new way to make soft robots using "fancy balloons" that change shape in predictable ways when inflated with air.
2 Jul 2021

'Soft' Graphene-Containing Electrodes That Adapt to Living Tissue

Researchers have collaborated on a pioneering project in bioengineering, producing metal-free, hydrogel electrodes that flex to fit the complex shapes inside the human body.
15 Jun 2021

The Biodegradable Battery

The number of data-transmitting microdevices, for instance in packaging and transport logistics, will increase sharply in the coming years. All these devices need energy, but the amount of batteries would have a major impact on the environment. Researchers have developed a biodegradable mini-capacitor that can solve the problem. It consists of carbon, cellulose, glycerin and table salt. And it works reliably.
4 Jun 2021

Bird-Like Robots Could Assist in Medical Emergencies, Hunt Down Drones

A bird flaps its wings, glides using air currents and then smoothly descends to perch on a pole. But this is not just any bird, it's a robot bird. And robots like these could in the next decade be used to respond to emergencies or to hunt down drones posing a threat to safety or security.
24 Mar 2021

Invisible "Keyhole" Made of Printed, Transparent Electronics

What initially looks like a simple transparent film conceals a whole new level of security. Invisible buttons are printed with conductive ink on the transparent carrier material, the position of which is known only to insiders. Such circuits can be connected to a door lock as an access code, for instance. If the buttons on the polymer film are pressed in the correct order, the door opens.
10 Mar 2021

Retinal Implants can Give Artificial Vision to the Blind

Being able to make blind people see again sounds like the stuff of miracles or even science fiction. And it has always been one of the biggest challenges for scientists.
19 Feb 2021

3D Printing Perovskites on Graphene Makes Next-Gen X-Ray Detectors

Scientists have developed a novel method for producing highly efficient X-ray detectors by using 3D aerosol jet-printing. The X-ray detectors can be easily integrated into standard microelectronics to considerably improve the performance of medical imaging devices.
12 Feb 2021

Signs of Burnout can be Detected in Sweat

We've all felt stressed at some point, whether in our personal or professional lives or in response to exceptional circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic. But until now there has been no way to quantify stress levels in an objective manner.
4 Jan 2021

Immersive Virtual Reality Boosts Spinal Cord Stimulation for Pain

For patients receiving spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain, integration with an immersive virtual reality system - allowing patients to see as well as feel the effects of electrical stimulation on a virtual image of their own body - can enhance the pain-relieving effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation.
2020
24 Dec 2020

Making Industrial Robots Smarter and More Versatile

Researchers have developed AI-based software that makes industrial robots easier to program and more capable of adapting. The software is designed in a modular format so that operators can build a customized application based on their needs.
16 Dec 2020

Transparent Electronics Materials, Markets 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Xiaoxi He, Dr Richard Collins, Dr Matthew Dyson, Raghu Das and Luke Gear
1 Dec 2020

Breakthrough Anti-Viral Textile Wins Swiss Technology Award

HeiQ Viroblock has won the Swiss Technology Award 2020 for its breakthrough antiviral textile technology HeiQ Viroblock. Developed in record time and launched after the Swiss authorities announced the lockdown in March 2020, HeiQ Viroblock has had a major impact on the global textile industry and is being unprecedently adopted by mills around the world.
13 Nov 2020

Materials for Printed/Flexible Electronics 2021-2031: Technologies, Applications, Market Forecasts

IDTechEx Report: Dr Matthew Dyson, Raghu Das and Dr Richard Collins
6 Nov 2020

Deep Learning Algorithms Helping to Clear Space Junk from our Skies

How do you measure the pose - that is the 3D rotation and 3D translation - of a piece of space junk so that a grasping satellite can capture it in real time in order to successfully remove it from Earth's orbit?
30 Sep 2020

Wearable Sensors 2021-2031

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
10 Sep 2020

TwingTec

Twingtec was founded in 2013 as a spin-off from leading research and academic institutions in Switzerland. The company is based in Switzerland and at the time of writing has 9 employees. IDTechEx talked to CEO Dr. Rolf Luchsinger.
21 Aug 2020

Optics and Displays in AR, VR, and MR 2020-2030: Technologies, Players and Markets

IDTechEx Report: Dr Xiaoxi He
24 Jul 2020

VCSEL and SPAD solid-state lidars: how far can they go?

The 3D lidar story is becoming ever more interesting. The focus at first was on autonomous driving, but, given the timelines and the potential of the technology, it is now migrating into consumer, ADAS, security, autonomous robots, and beyond.
6 Jul 2020

SOLIDpower

SOLIDpower is one of the main company producing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).
22 Jun 2020

Materials Opportunities in Emerging Photovoltaics 2020-2040

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop and Dr Xiaoxi He