MIT and Skoltech Have Developed A ‘Smart’ Wearable Sensor for Tracking Healing
Having formed a joint U.S.-Russia research team, scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Skoltech have developed a proof-of-concept ‘smart’ wearable sensor that has the potential to enable the real-time, non-invasive monitoring of patients’ wounds.
Britain’s First EV Battery Gigaplant Planned for Northumberland, UK
Lithium-ion battery technology company Britishvolt has recently announced that it has settled on a site for the UK’s first EV (electric vehicle) battery gigaplant. The news follows the manufacturer’s acquisition of its full and exclusive rights to an almost 235-acre site in the UK’s unitary authority: Northumberland.
How the University of Kentucky and Lexmark’s Vertical Recycling Project Shows Promise in E-Waste Management
The global dedication to a circular economy and sustainable electronics has been impaired by geopolitics and the trade wars, driving engineers and manufacturers to find new vertical solutions. Accordingly, the University of Kentucky and Lexmark have been working together to introduce novel e-waste (electronic waste) recycling methods.
Is the UK Rushing the Electric Vehicle Revolution?
In 2020, the UK government announced its plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030—an admirable, but incredibly ambitious, aim. Given the infrastructure and charging network required, the question arises: is the UK’s target viable, or is it rushing the electric vehicle revolution?
Is Vehicle-to-Grid Technology Sustainable?
We reportedly leave our cars parked up to 95% of the time, and on top of this, electrical grids currently have limited storage facilities. Points such as these have inspired a potential solution: vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology. We consider the extent to which this promising power innovation may be sustainable.
Scotland Plans for a ‘World First’ 1.8 MWh Flow Battery Energy Storage System
Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney has announced its plans to produce continuous green hydrogen from tidal power as part of a new flow battery installation. The project will involve vanadium flow batteries to ensure the energy storage system has high efficiency and endurance.
Fingertip Pressure Sensor for Dextrous Machines
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have developed a fingertip pressure sensor that doesn’t affect the touch sensitivity of real skin. They believe that the intricate technology, which was fabricated by electrospinning, may be able to train machines to carry out tasks with more fidelity.
Affordable VR-Controlled ‘Bartender’ Robotic Arm Can Be Operated From Anywhere
UK-based Extend Robotics has announced a successful trial of a VR (virtual reality)-based remote-controlled robot. Living up to its name, R:O:B:—for the ‘robotically-optimised bartender’—has accurately poured pints of beer when being controlled by a remote human operator.
Opteran Awarded £2.1M for its Insect Vision-Inspired Approach to ‘Solve Autonomy’ in Robotics
Opteran, a UK-based natural intelligence company, has raised £2.1 million in seed funding to develop lightweight, ultra-low-power solutions to help machines see, sense, and navigate more efficiently. The technology is inspired by a natural phenomenon known as ‘optic flow’, which is observed in insects’ vision.
Honeywell’s Model H1, a ‘Breakthrough’ in Quantum Computing Hardware
Last year, U.S. company Honeywell announced its plans to release the world’s most powerful quantum computing hardware, the System Model H1, with a ‘quantum volume’ of at least 64 (more than twice the volume offered by IBM Q). We discuss the significance of the H1’s high quantum volume as well as the system’s overall potential.
COVID-19 is Driving Engineers to Further Develop Smart Technologies
As many continue to self isolate to combat COVID-19, we are seeing a continued drive for the need for advanced and remote systems that support our new way of life. Accordingly, engineers have been developing smart technologies to expedite the possibility of an autonomous and contactless world.
What NYU and IBM’s Research May Tell us About Spintronics in Computing
In early 2020, NYU (New York University) and the magnetic memory development team at IBM Research revealed a potential method to improve data storage using the motion of electrons in magnetic materials. In view of the partnership’s breakthroughs, we discuss the clear potential of spintronics in modern computing.
Glasgow Engineers Create Solar-Powered Electronic Skin
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed a new type of solar-powered e-skin that uses light to mimic the human sense of touch. The scientists claim that the ‘skin’ could hold the potential to truly revolutionise the field of affordable prosthetics by using its light-capturing cells to mimic touch.
Will Gallium Nitride Soon Be Charging All Our Devices?
With the average household containing at least five connected electronic devices, there are huge expectations around charging capabilities and performance. While silicon has battled with delivering fast charging through small devices, gallium nitride (GaN) technology is uniquely positioned to provide a solution to the challenge.
Following the UK’s 2030 Petrol Ban Announcement: What Can the Country Do for a Better EV Infrastructure?
The large-scale production of EVs (electric vehicles) is already well underway in the UK and may well revolutionise its automotive industry, particularly after the government’s recent petrol ban announcement. Nevertheless, for the UK to accommodate its number of EVs on the road, further technological and infrastructural considerations are required.
Technical Ceramics and What They Could Mean for the Electronics Industry
Electronic devices we use daily, including smartphones, computers, and portable cameras, owe much of their functionality to the unique properties of semiconductors and ceramic materials. We look at technical ceramics, which are emerging as one of the electronics industry’s materials of choice due to their unique physical properties.
University of Sydney Photonics Researchers Discuss Recent Developments for Future Integrated Hybrid Plasmonic Applications
Photonic integrated circuits are revolutionising the development of nanotechnology, enabling the fabrication of new devices for telecommunications, sensing, and quantum information processing. Ingrid Fadelli interviewed two University of Sydney researchers who have been studying and developing this ground-breaking technology.
Combining 3D Printing, Robotics, and Other Innovation in Smart Building Construction
Additive manufacturing, already an innovative electrical design approach, is now crossing over to the field of construction—making it possible to manufacture 3D-printed buildings. Now, the next step for electrical engineers (EEs) is becoming clear: the development of embedded devices for the robotics-based construction of 3D-printed automated smart homes.
The Progress and Current State of UK Renewable Energy
Following the UK government’s interests in going ‘net zero’ by 2050, we look at some of the major options for renewable energy and discuss the world’s increasing interests in sustainable solutions that have been increasingly apparent during such an eye-opening 2020.