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2021
5 Aug 2021

Ecofriendly Solution to Converting Waste Heat into Energy

A team of scientists has demonstrated a high-performing thermoelectric material in a practical form that can be used in device development. The material — purified tin selenide in polycrystalline form — outperforms the single-crystal form in converting heat to electricity, making it the most efficient thermoelectric system on record.
5 Aug 2021

Distal Reality

IDTechEx interviewed Mark Salada, Founder and CTO of Distal Reality. They are developing and launching a new haptics app as part of longer term ambitions in developing a variety of new haptics interfaces.
3 Aug 2021

Tiny Wireless Device Illuminates Neuron Activity in the Brain

Everything that happens in the brain is a result of neurons sending and receiving signals in complex networks that are not completely understood by scientists. These networks are what allow us to pick up a cup of coffee, laugh at a joke or stand up from a chair. When some neurons do not send and receive and signals properly, it can lead to problems such as epilepsy, depression, addiction and chronic pain.
30 Jul 2021

Metallic Glass Gears Up for 'Cobots,' Coatings, and More

Bulk metallic glass could slash prices of collaborative robots and lead to advanced 3D printed metals. Where are the robot assistants we were promised?
14 Jul 2021

Battery-less Solutions Flood In

A host of batteryless solutions have recently been announced. The rapid increase in adoption of batteryless solutions is tracked in the IDTechEx report, "Battery Elimination in Electronics: Market Impact IoT, 6G, Healthcare, Wearables 2021-2041".
1 Jul 2021

First-Ever Transient Pacemaker Dissolves in the Body

Researchers have developed the first-ever transient pacemaker — a wireless, battery-free, fully implantable pacing device that disappears after it's no longer needed.
18 May 2021

Stoicheia

Stoicheia has developed a process to accelerate materials discovery by rapidly generating unprecedentedly large high-quality nano-materials datasets to train proprietary AI algorithms. IDTechEx spoke with Prof. Chad Mirkin (Founder), Dr Andrey Ivankin (Founder & CTO), and Andrew Mirkin (Director of Business Development).
10 May 2021

AI Recovers Energy, Nutrients, Freshwater from Municipal Wastewater

Combining artificial intelligence and machine learning for online learning of system dynamics, mathematical modeling for optimizing energy and nutrient recovery, and life-cycle analysis and modeling with respect to both the science and economics to guide system design. It will also involve development of novel materials for efficient solar steam generation and wireless sensors for real-time water quality monitoring.
30 Apr 2021

NanoAL

NanoAL develops and commercializes high performance aluminum alloys. In 2020, the company launched Addalloy® 5T, an aluminum powder product for additive manufacturing. IDTechEx spoke with Matthew Simmers (Product Market Director) about this and their market outlook.
3 Mar 2021

Event Summary: innoLAE 2021 (Innovations in Large-Area Electronics)

On 24-25th of February 2021 IDTechEx attended the Innovations in Large Area Electronics (InnoLAE) conference. Conference attendees were a mix of primarily early-stage companies and academics. This premium article divides a selection of the most interesting and/or commercially relevant talks into 4 sections
25 Feb 2021

3D Printed Novel Biomaterial Mimics Properties of Living Tissues

Imagine if surgeons could transplant healthy neurons into patients living with neurodegenerative diseases or brain and spinal cord injuries. And imagine if they could "grow" these neurons in the laboratory from a patient's own cells using a synthetic, highly bioactive material that is suitable for 3D printing.
24 Feb 2021

The Future of Electronics is Stretchy

Stretchable electronic circuits are critical for soft robotics, wearable technologies, and biomedical applications. The current ways of making them, though, have limited their potential.
18 Feb 2021

New Lead-Based Anode for Next-Gen Lithium-Ion Batteries

Scientists report a new electrode design for the lithium-ion battery using the low-cost materials lead as well as carbon.
2 Feb 2021

3D Printing Resins in Dental Devices Toxic to Reproductive Health?

Two commercially available 3D-printable resins, which are marketed as being biocompatible for use in dental applications, readily leach compounds into their surroundings. These compounds can induce severe toxicity in the oocyte, the immature precursor of the egg which can eventually be fertilized, reports a new study in mouse oocytes.
2020
16 Dec 2020

Aquatic Robot Powered by Light and Magnets

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind life-like material that acts as a soft robot. It can walk at human speed, pick up and transport cargo to a new location, climb up hills and even break-dance to release a particle.
10 Dec 2020

Haptics 2021-2031: Technologies, Market & Players

IDTechEx Report: James Hayward
8 Dec 2020

Smart Cities Emerging Materials Markets 2021-2041

IDTechEx Report: Dr Peter Harrop, Dr Alex Holland, Dr Michael Dent, Dr Richard Collins and Dr Jonathan Harrop
30 Nov 2020

AI Detects COVID-19 on Chest X-Rays with Accuracy and Speed

Northwestern University researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence platform that detects COVID-19 by analyzing X-ray images of the lungs. Called DeepCOVID-XR, the machine-learning algorithm outperformed a team of specialized thoracic radiologists — spotting COVID-19 in X-rays about 10 times faster and 1-6% more accurately.
22 Oct 2020

ChemCubed

Chem Cubed offer particle-free conductive inks for thin-film printed electronics, along with inkjet printers for prototyping/small volume production that are optimized to work with their inks. Relative to other conductive inks ChemCubed's particle-free inks have very low time/temperature sintering requirements, just 30 s at 100 C.
12 Oct 2020

Flexible Electronics Make Their Way into the Operating Room

A research team has developed a new surgical tool containing advanced flexible electronics that could improve diagnosis and treatment of cardiac diseases.