14 Sep 2020
3D Printed Electronics for Agile, On-demand Manufacturing
3D printed electronics, here explored in detail, is an emerging technology that enables a new manufacturing paradigm.
7 Sep 2020
Laser Jolts Microscopic Electronic Robots into Motion
In 1959, former Cornell physicist Richard Feynman delivered his famous lecture "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom," in which he described the opportunity for shrinking technology, from machines to computer chips, to incredibly small sizes. Well, the bottom just got more crowded
4 Sep 2020
Army Robo Teammate can Detect, Share 3D Changes in Real Time
Something is different, and you can't quite put your finger on it. But your robot can. Even small changes in your surroundings could indicate danger. Imagine a robot could detect those changes, and a warning could immediately alert you through a display in your eyeglasses. That is what U.S. Army scientists are developing with sensors, robots, real-time change detection and augmented reality wearables.
3 Sep 2020
Versatile New Material Family Could Build Realistic Prosthetics
Nature's blueprint for the human limb is a carefully layered structure with stiff bone wrapped in layers of different soft tissue, like muscle and skin, all perfectly bound together. Achieving this kind of sophistication using synthetic materials to build biologically inspired robotic parts or multicomponent, complex machines has been an engineering challenge.
24 Aug 2020
Flame-Retardant, Insect Repelling Fabric for Soldiers
Using methods to measure heat release capacity and total heat release, as well as a vertical flame test, they found that the modified material performed at least 20% better than the untreated material. They also used a standard insect repellency test with live mosquitoes and found that the efficacy was greater than 98%. Finally, the fabric remained "breathable" after treatment as determined by air permeability studies.
19 Aug 2020
3D Electronics: An Alternative to PCBs?
Mention an electronic circuit and you are likely to picture a printed circuit board (PCB): a rigid rectangle in a characteristic green color with copper lines and a bewildering array of components soldered onto it. But does adding electronic functionality means using a PCB and thus requires shoehorning a rigid rectangle into the product?
3 Aug 2020
Soft Robot Actuators Heal Themselves
Repeated activity wears on soft robotic actuators, but these machines' moving parts need to be reliable and easily fixed. Now a team of researchers has a biosynthetic polymer, patterned after squid ring teeth, that is self-healing and biodegradable, creating a material not only good for actuators, but also for hazmat suits and other applications where tiny holes could cause a danger.
22 Jul 2020
Hybrid Electric Drive Integrated onto a Combat Vehicle
BAE Systems has been awarded a $32 million prototype agreement by the US Army's Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office to integrate a Hybrid Electric Drive system onto a Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
16 Jun 2020
Transparent Graphene Electrodes for New Generation of Solar Cells
A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of light-emitting devices and other thin-film electronics.
16 Jun 2020
Flexible Hybrid Electronics Focused Solicitation Request for Proposals
Since 1993, SEMI-FlexTech has funded over 200 projects in R&D, with a total public/private investment in excess of U.S. $220 million. SEMI-FlexTech solicits proposals from the flexible electronics industry for candidate projects which will receive funding.
10 Jun 2020
nScyrpt manufacturers 3D printing equipment, with a single machine capable of micro-dispensing many materials, extruding polymers, pick-and-place of electrical components, and even mechanical milling. This profile focuses on their application in 3D electronics, although nScrypt also target other applications including printing biological materials.
14 May 2020
Training in the Age of Social Distancing. AR/VR/MR the Answer?
In the age of social distancing, training and maintenance of many complicated tasks and services has come to a standstill. However, there are technological solutions to this problem.
7 May 2020
IDTechEx interviewed Steve Milner, Senior Vice President of Sales EMEA at Noble Biomaterials. We discussed their product portfolio, technology and their role in the electronic textiles and wearable technology markets.
3 Apr 2020
Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Useable Power
Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves —electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are also produced by almost anything that registers a temperature, including our own bodies and the inanimate objects around us.
1 Apr 2020
What immersive experiences can benefit from VR?
Flight simulation is one industry which can benefit from the introduction of VR for training. This premium article discusses the various ways VR can be used for training simulations.
30 Mar 2020
New Sensor Could Help Prevent Food Waste
As flowers bloom and fruits ripen, they emit a colorless, sweet-smelling gas called ethylene. Chemists have now created a tiny sensor that can detect this gas in concentrations as low as 15 parts per billion, which they believe could be useful in preventing food spoilage.