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27 May 2020

Self-Healing Devices Gain or Regain Function After Being Cut

A "smart" polymer cast that automatically seals itself around a broken arm, a membrane that can sense where it has been cut, and pneumatic actuators that can be cut and reconfigured into different shapes are some possible applications for a new self-healing material.
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.
27 May 2020

Material Informatics 2020-2030

IDTechEx Report: Dr Richard Collins
26 May 2020

Agricultural Robots, Drones, and AI: 2020-2040: Technologies, Markets, and Players

IDTechEx Report: Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh
25 May 2020

Tiny Drug Delivery Robots Travel Through the Blood Stream

Scientists took a leukocyte as the blueprint and developed a microrobot that has the size, shape and moving capabilities of a white blood cell. They covered the ball-shaped microroller with a magnetic nanofilm on one side and with anti-cancer drugs on the other. Simulating a blood vessel in a laboratory setting, they succeeded in magnetically navigating the microroller through this dynamic and dense environment.
22 May 2020

Webinar - Autonomous Driving: Peak Car to Arrive as Early as 2031?

In this webinar, Dr Na Jiao provides an overview of the autonomous car and robotaxi market. Dr Jiao is a technology analyst at IDTechEx focusing on autonomous mobility, electric vehicles and energy storage related areas.
22 May 2020

Electrics and Electronics Becomes User-Dedicated Smart Material

An important new trend is buying electrics and electronics you customise to function not just shape. See the new IDTechEx report, "Complete Electronics as Smart Material, User-Customized 2020-2040". Builders, textile manufacturers, those doing home improvement and others are starting to buy electrically-smart materials direct from materials companies, bypassing the electronics industry.
21 May 2020

Precision Makers

A Dutch company that is doing its trials in Australia using off the shelf tractor, a Fendt 936 and even a John Deere 8R, equipped with an autonomic system from PROBOTIQ (a subsidiary of Precision Makers).
21 May 2020

Advanced Farm Robotics

Advanced Farm Robotics is based in Davis California. It was founded in 2017 and has raised $9.2M including from Yamaha Motors, Kubota in Sept 2019.
21 May 2020


FENDT has launched small mobile robots for swarm farming. The so—called MARS (mobile Agricultural Robot Swarms) system uses small robots operating in swarms and a cloud-based solution to plan, monitor and accurately document precise planting of corn.
21 May 2020


Traptic was established in 2016 and has raised some $3.4M according to Crunchbase. They are based on San Francisco.
21 May 2020


Change in AI approach: the company previously had utilized hand crafted algorithm with no self learning. It has now changed approach. This is because AI is easier, more flexible, and can cover more situations.
21 May 2020


Dogtooth: robotic arm on an autonomous platform to pick fresh, grade and pack fresh berries
21 May 2020


Carre: autonomous mechanical in-row weeding
21 May 2020


Adigio: autonomous weeding machine with precision sprayer and DNN-based weed detection
21 May 2020


Octinion is a Belgium based R&D firm helping design automated agricultural machinery. They have been accumulating experience since at least 2015.
21 May 2020

Augen Robotics

Augen Robotics has raised $1.8million in funding thus far (July 2019). The company's founder previously worked on automation at CNH. At the time, he concluded that autonomy would come from start-ups, and not big companies.
21 May 2020


IdaBot is developed at the Idaho-based Northwest Nazarene University. The goal of its first prototype is to autonomously navigate a vineyard using passive radio frequency tag (RFID) markers and demonstrate precision application of chemicals to grapes.
21 May 2020

Flexible and Stretchable Single Crystal Electronic Systems

Researchers have discovered that certain crystals are more flexible and stretchable compared to current materials used for electronic applications. These new materials could therefore be used for making sensors and in robotics.
19 May 2020

Fresh Fruit Robotics

Product design: it is not autonomous. One supervisor drives the machine. The machine is designed to have 12 picking arms, 6 on each side. The picking arm can penetrate one meter into the tree and if the trees are 100 or 600mm inside and are visible the robot can pick them up.