8 Apr 2022
3D Printed Fingertip Feels Like Human Skin
Machines can beat the world's best chess player, but they cannot handle a chess piece as well as an infant. This lack of robot dexterity is partly because artificial grippers lack the fine tactile sense of the human fingertip, which is used to guide our hands as we pick up and handle objects.
20 Jan 2022
Carbometrics is a UK-based startup looking to develop biomimetic glucose-binding molecules (GBM) for glucose sensing applications. IDTechEx analysts Brendan Beh and Dr Nadia Tsao spoke with Carbometrics CEO, Dr Andy Chapman, on the 19th of November 2021.
21 Oct 2021
Who Is Winning at 6G?
Several billion dollars have been put on the table for 6G Communication so far. The IDTechEx report "6G Communications Market, Devices, Materials 2021-2041" reveals how Europe, North America, and East Asia are all strongly committed to this dream. So who is ahead in the race to mass deployment maybe in 2030?
12 Mar 2021
Using Sound to Shape the Future of Printing
Researchers in the UK have developed a way to coax microscopic particles and droplets into precise patterns by harnessing the power of sound in air. The implications for printing, especially in the fields of medicine and electronics, are far-reaching.
22 Feb 2021
Credit Card Sized Soft Pumps Power Wearable Artificial Muscles
Robotic clothing that is entirely soft and could help people to move more easily is a step closer to reality thanks to the development of a new flexible and lightweight power system for soft robotics.
2 Jul 2020
Innovation Challenges Regular Touchscreens With New Spray-on Technique
Researchers have challenged the idea that touchscreens are limited to 2D and rectangular shapes by developing an interactive display that can be sprayed in any shape.
14 Apr 2020
Sprayable User Interfaces
For decades researchers have envisioned a world where digital user interfaces are seamlessly integrated with the physical environment, until the two are virtually indistinguishable from one another.
28 Jan 2020
How Drones Could Help Save our Most Endangered Species
A joint team flew to Cameroon in December to trial the use of drones, sensor technologies and deployment techniques to monitor populations of the Critically Endangered Kordofan giraffe at Bénoué National Park.
13 Dec 2019
World First as Artificial Neurons Developed to Cure Chronic Diseases
Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists - a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer's, and other diseases of neuronal degeneration.
25 Nov 2019
Soft Skin-Like Robots You Can Put in Your Pocket
Stretchable skin-like robots that can be rolled up and put in your pocket have been developed using a new way of embedding artificial muscles and electrical adhesion into soft materials.
29 Oct 2019
New haptic arm places robotics within easy reach
Imagine being able to build and use a robotic device without the need for expensive, specialist kit or skills. That is the vision that researchers have turned into reality, creating a lightweight, affordable and simple solution for everyday users.
24 Oct 2019
Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices
A new interface developed by researchers in Bristol and Paris takes touch technology to the next level by providing an artificial skin-like membrane for augmenting interactive devices such as phones, wearables or computers.
13 Sep 2019
QLM Technology offer quantum sensors for remote sensing and are developing a lidar module. IDTechEx interviewed Dr Xiao Ai in May 2019. Ai is the Co-Founder and CTO of QLM, and he is based in UK.
19 Aug 2019
New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance
Supercapacitors, electrical devices that store and release energy, need a layer of electrolyte — an electrically conductive material that can be solid, liquid, or somewhere in between. Now, researchers have developed a novel class of liquids that may open up new possibilities for improving the efficiency and stability of such devices while reducing their flammability.
5 Jul 2019
People with mobility issues set to benefit from wearable devices
The lives of thousands of people with mobility issues could be transformed thanks to ground-breaking research by scientists. The FREEHAB project will develop soft, wearable rehabilitative devices with a view to helping elderly and disabled people walk and move from sitting to a standing position in comfort and safety.
3 May 2019
New material to revolutionise electronics, fast-charging battery tech
Tiny, individual, flexible ribbons of crystalline phosphorus have been made in a world first, and they could revolutionise electronics and fast-charging battery technology.
27 Dec 2018
Growing bio-inspired shapes with hundreds of tiny robots
Hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes - without an underlying master plan, purely based on local communication and movement. To achieve this, researchers introduced the biological principles of self-organisation to swarm robotics.