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 its major options for renewable energy generation and discuss the country’s growing interests in sustainable solutions. This is particularly in view of the country’s reduced emissions, owing much to its COVID-19 lockdowns.
3D Photodetectors Inspired by Spider Webs
Spider webs have inspired a recent innovation from Purdue University, particularly in the field of photodetectors. This is as the formations that are weaved by spiders are not just complex and fascinating—they’re capable of forming very strong nets with high mechanical resistance.
In Case You Missed It: Embedded World to Go Virtual Again in 2021
Embedded World, the industry’s major embedded systems trade fair, has cancelled its physical presence for 2021 in favour of moving to a digital-only format, following the continued uncertainty that has arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regenerative Braking: an Increasingly-Promising Technology for EVs and More
Regenerative braking systems are able to charge automobiles through the energy developed by their friction, thus promising a future of safer, longer, and greener commuting—particularly for EVs, or electric vehicles. We look at the technology behind this promising solution to vehicle battery charging on the go.
Recycling Electronic Waste: Could Magnetic Density Separation be the Answer?
Magnetic density separation (MDS) offers many opportunities in recycling and is already used in some recycling plants for mixed plastic waste streams. Now, researchers are focusing MDS on electronic waste management, meaning it could one day be industrialised into a sustainable, mass-recycling solution for electronics.