31 May 2021
Autonomous Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) is 2-3 Years Away, For Real
"Autonomous cars will be here in 2 years" has been a standard sentence from the industry for the past 5 years or so. Now there is good reason to expect autonomous ride-hailing services to hit our roads within 3 years. So, what has happened in the last year in the world of autonomy to give this confidence boost?
5 May 2021
New Robot Technology for Apple Growers
New autonomous robotic technology has the potential to become the 'apple of my eye' for Australia's food industry as it deals with labour shortages and an increased demand for fresh produce.
4 May 2021
IDTechEx interviewed Simon Chaput and Stuart Nixdorff of Boréas Technologies at the time of their launch of a new reference design for haptics in wearables. This profile describes that launch and other company updates.
24 Apr 2021
Micro-LED Displays for 2021 Onwards
From mobile phones, TVs, to cars and public screens, displays have become an important component in our daily life to convey information. There is an emerging display type— Micro-LED display, which has the potential to become the next-generation mainstream.
19 Apr 2021
Wearable Sensors That Detect Gas Leaks
Gas accidents such as toxic gas leakage in factories, carbon monoxide leakage of boilers, or toxic gas suffocation during manhole cleaning continue to claim lives and cause injuries. Developing a sensor that can quickly detect toxic gases or biochemicals is still an important issue in public health, environmental monitoring, and military sectors.
12 Apr 2021
Big Gains for Low-loss Materials in the 5G Market
The emphasis on low-loss materials in 5G has already started to take effect.
9 Apr 2021
First Human Use of High Bandwidth Wireless Brain Computer Interface
Brain-computer interfaces are an emerging assistive technology, enabling people with paralysis to type on computer screens or manipulate robotic prostheses just by thinking about moving their own bodies. For years, investigational BCIs used in clinical trials have required cables to connect the sensing array in the brain to computers that decode the signals and use them to drive external devices.
1 Apr 2021
Apple's New Energy Storage Project, Renewable Energy Solutions
Apple today announced over 110 of its manufacturing partners around the world are moving to 100 percent renewable energy for their Apple production, with nearly 8 gigawatts of planned clean energy set to come online. Once completed, these commitments will avoid over 15 million metric tons of CO2e annually — the equivalent of taking more than 3.4 million cars off the road each year.
30 Mar 2021
Reversing the Move to Cities
While technologies are emerging for cities to be independent in food, water and energy, safe and pleasant, progress is mostly poor and global warming threatens migrants overwhelming cities. By all means, let us see the smart city advances take place that are in the IDTechEx report, "Smart Cities Market 2021-2041: Energy, Food, Water, Materials, Transportation Forecasts", but it would be prudent to try to reverse the move to cities that the UN and others see resulting in 70-80% of us in them by 2050.
16 Mar 2021
Worktop Integrated with Wireless Charging Technology
Wharf Worktops has mastered a pioneering technique to seamlessly integrate wireless charging technology beneath the surface of its worktops.
1 Feb 2021
Hyundai & Apple: Who Wins, Who Loses
In recent weeks, the 'Apple Car' has flared up in our newsfeeds once again, this time with reports of a potential partnership with Hyundai. Assuming these reports are true, is it a good idea? What does it mean for automakers?
27 Jan 2021
Intelligent Robot Helps to Maintain Orchards
Orchards are among the most species-rich biotopes in Central Europe. But many stands are acutely threatened: Since their management is hardly worthwhile from an economic point of view, the vast majority of orchards are not or only poorly maintained. Researchers are working on the development of an autonomous robot that will largely take over tree pruning independently in the future.
26 Jan 2021
Skin Patches & e-Textiles at CES 2021
This premium article covers the major launches and themes in the niche wearable technology product areas of skin patches and e-textiles. Despite the "consumer" focus of the event, much of the discussion and product launches of note focused around health and wellness applications, including products on both the consumer and medical side of the regulatory barriers. This article reviews some of the prominent announcements and companies present at this year's virtual event.
12 Jan 2021
Join the Upcoming Webinar - The Beginning of a New Era for Haptics
Tuesday 26 January 2021 - Competitive landscape amongst leading actuator manufacturers; comparison of various emerging technology options and their commercial potential; broader themes in haptic feedback and go-to-market approaches and a review from recent industry events (including CES 2021)
23 Dec 2020
New Device Detects Which Hand Gestures You Want to Make
Imagine typing on a computer without a keyboard, playing a video game without a controller or driving a car without a wheel. That's one of the goals of a new device developed by engineers, that can recognize hand gestures based on electrical signals detected in the forearm. The system, which couples wearable biosensors with artificial intelligence, could one day be used to control prosthetics or to interact with almost any type of electronic device.
18 Dec 2020
IDTechEx Report Documents Turning Point in the $3.6bn Haptics Industry
IDTechEx have released their latest report on haptics, projecting that the industry will grow from $3.6bn in 2020 to nearly $5bn per year by 2025.
17 Dec 2020
Remote Patient Monitoring is Improving Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes
The biggest trends in CVD management currently revolve around remote patient monitoring (RPM), which enables the patients' health to be examined from a distance.
14 Dec 2020
Robotics Plus is a New Zealand-based agricultural robotics start-up. The company is currently developing Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) that can replace a tractor vehicle with a human operator. The company's UGV technology is one of the ten finalists selected for Future Farming Magazine's "Best Concept Field Robot 2020", with winner being awarded at FIRA 2020.