15 Sep 2020
Wool-Like Material Could be Used in Smart Textiles, Medical Devices
Researchers have developed a biocompatible material that can be 3D-printed into any shape and pre-programmed with reversible shape memory. The material is made using keratin, a fibrous protein found in hair, nails and shells. The researchers extracted the keratin from leftover Agora wool used in textile manufacturing.
31 Aug 2020
Cutting Surgical Robots Down to Size
Recently, surgical robots have started to appear in operating rooms to further assist surgeons by allowing them to manipulate multiple tools at once with greater precision, flexibility, and control than is possible with traditional techniques. However, these robotic systems are extremely large, often taking up an entire room, and their tools can be much larger than the delicate tissues and structures on which they operate.
24 Aug 2020
Goldshield Technologies have developed and commercialized a water-based Si-QAC antimicrobial coating. IDTechEx analyst Nadia Tsao interviewed Goldshield Technologies management team including CEO Tom Higgins on 14 Aug 2020.
10 Aug 2020
Kyulux is a Japanese company that has developed a new light emission technology and associated materials for OLED displays. Called Hyperfluorescence™, their approach promises increased color purity and more efficient emission without the need for iridium containing phosphorescent materials.
6 Aug 2020
New Streamlined Approach for Twisted 2D Materials
How layers of 2D materials are stacked can have a profound effect on the properties. The twist angles can be the only difference between relatively mundane performance and the capacity to behave as a superconductor.
8 Jul 2020
Abbott Diabetes Care
This is a comprehensive review of the business and technology of Abbott Diabetes Care, assembled from company reports and extensive academic literature review, and supported by additional interview comments over several years. It focuses primarily on the technology behind their market leading FreeStyle™ Libre™ CGM device, which generated over $1.8bn in revenue in 2019.
27 May 2020
Soft Robotic Exosuit for Stroke Survivors
To allow stroke patients to recover, many rehabilitation centers have looked to robotic exoskeletons. But although there are now a range of exciting devices that are enabling people to walk again who initially were utterly unable to do so, there remains significant active research trying to understand how to best apply wearable robotics for rehabilitation after stroke.
4 May 2020
Kebotix combines an artificial intelligence core with robotic synthesis and characterization in a self-driving laboratory that aims on the discovery of new chemicals and materials. IDTechEx interviewed their CEO (Dr Jill Becker) and Chief Product Officer (Dr Christoph Kreisbeck).
16 Apr 2020
Unlike most AI radiology companies, Subtle Medical focuses on image acquisition rather than analysis. It is developing software solutions to improve the capture of high-quality medical images. More specifically, it transforms low resolution scans taken rapidly (eg: in 6 minutes) into high resolution scans that normally can only be obtained by running scans for 20+ minutes.
9 Apr 2020
Smart Bandages to Heal Chronic Wounds
Chronic and non-healing wounds—one of the most devastating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of limb amputation—affects millions each year. Due to the complex nature of these wounds, proper clinical treatment has been limited.