19 Oct 2021
New Fibres Make Breath-Regulating Garments
"Robotic" textiles could help performers and athletes train their breathing, and potentially help patients recovering from postsurgery breathing changes.
18 Oct 2021
Accelerating the Discovery of New Materials for 3D printing
A new machine-learning system costs less, generates less waste, and can be more innovative than manual discovery methods.
8 Oct 2021
A Robot That Finds Lost Items
A busy commuter is ready to walk out the door, only to realize they've misplaced their keys and must search through piles of stuff to find them. Rapidly sifting through clutter, they wish they could figure out which pile was hiding the keys. Researchers have created a robotic system that can do just that.
8 Oct 2021
First Pilot Production Line for Solvent-in-Salt Electrolyte Production
SES Holdings Pte Ltd has established the world's first pilot production line capable of scaling up high-concentration, solvent-in-salt electrolyte production.
5 Oct 2021
New Smart City Materials and Formats
Cities seek more independence and security with water, food, and 100% electrification.
5 Oct 2021
New Sensor Uses Photonics to Spot Killer Fruit & Veg
A recent study shows pesticides in fruit and vegetables kill 11,000 people every year and unintentionally poison 385 million worldwide. Monitoring these foods for microscopic chemicals and harmful bacteria can take days of sending small batches off to laboratories for testing and analysis. But now, a new detector is being developed to spot minute traces of these poisonous elements with photonics to give a result in minutes.
20 Sep 2021
3D Printed Objects That Sense How a User is Interacting With Them
Researchers have developed a new method to 3D print mechanisms that detect how force is being applied to an object. The structures are made from a single piece of material, so they can be rapidly prototyped. A designer could use this method to 3D print "interactive input devices," like a joystick, switch, or handheld controller, in one go.
17 Sep 2021
OPT Industries has proprietary approach for the roll-to-roll 3D printing of mechanical metamaterials. IDTechEx spoke with their CEO Dr Jifei Ou.
17 Sep 2021
New Programmable Gene Editing Proteins Found Outside of CRISPR System
Within the last decade, scientists have adapted CRISPR systems from microbes into gene editing technology, a precise and programmable system for modifying DNA. Now, scientists have discovered a new class of programmable DNA modifying systems called OMEGAs (Obligate Mobile Element Guided Activity), which may naturally be involved in shuffling small bits of DNA throughout bacterial genomes.
15 Sep 2021
Researchers Design Sensors to Rapidly Detect Plant Hormones
SMART nanosensors are safer and less tedious than existing techniques for testing plants' response to compounds such as herbicides.
6 Sep 2021
SES, formerly known as SolidEnergy Systems, used to pursue solid-state Li-Metal technology. SolidEnergy was a spin out from MIT founded in 2012 by Dr. Qichao Hu. It was incubated at A123 in its early years. In 2015, Dr Hu realized that all solid-state batteries look good on paper but have fundamental difficulties in real cell production. Then in 2018, the company changed its name to SES after restructuring, addressing its focus on hybrid approach with high-concentration solvent-in-salt liquid electrolyte, solid-state protection coating for Li-Metal anode and AI software to monitor the battery health. The hybrid approach also has a more practical mass manufacturing capability.
30 Aug 2021
Will it be Safe for Humans to Fly to Mars?
Sending human travelers to Mars would require scientists and engineers to overcome a range of technological and safety obstacles. One of them is the grave risk posed by particle radiation from the sun, distant stars and galaxies.
23 Aug 2021
Formerly known as SolidEnergy Systems, SES are developing hybrid Li-metal cells using a stable liquid electrolytes.
20 Aug 2021
Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real Time Tactile Control
Prosthetic enables a wide range of daily activities, such as zipping a suitcase, shaking hands, and petting a cat.
18 Aug 2021
New Technology Solution for Breastfeeding Mothers
Nextiles' patent-protected manufacturing process blends traditional sewing techniques with printed circuit boards to embed flexible sensors directly into fabrics for the new mom uniform - a breastfeeding-friendly bra.
13 Aug 2021
Low Cost Device For Consumers to Home Test Themselves for SARS-CoV-2
With the Delta variant wreaking havoc on unvaccinated populations and COVID-19 cases spiking around the world, the pandemic is far from over. Despite the impressively fast development of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests over the last year and a half, the vast majority of patient samples must still be sent to a lab for processing, which slows down the pace of COVID-19 case tracking. If a sample is to be tested for a specific variant of the virus, it must be genetically sequenced, which takes even more time and resources.
11 Aug 2021
This Touchy-Feely Glove Senses and Maps Tactile Stimuli
Researchers have designed a new touch-sensing glove that can "feel" pressure and other tactile stimuli. The inside of the glove is threaded with a system of sensors that detects, measures, and maps small changes in pressure across the glove. The individual sensors are highly attuned and can pick up very weak vibrations across the skin, such as from a person's pulse.
2 Aug 2021
Xinterra is a materials informatics start-up from Singapore. IDTechEx spoke with Patrick Teyssonneyre (CEO).
26 Jul 2021
Nextiles Launches Software Development Kit
Nextiles announced a newly designed software development kit that will enable any existing application to access Nextiles' software platform and leverage its novel human movement analytics to build custom algorithms and partner-specific metrics.
9 Jul 2021
Sweat-Proof 'Smart Skin' Takes Reliable Vitals, Even During Workouts
A sweat-proof "electronic skin" — a conformable, sensor-embedded sticky patch that monitors a person's health without malfunctioning or peeling away, even when a wearer is perspiring.