Cargo-Laden Drone Flight Completes Trip to Mainland UK
A drone flight has successfully carried cargo to and from the Scilly Isles from mainland England. The achievement may have laid the groundwork for future commercial services involving the unmanned aerial vehicle-based distribution of vital medical supplies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Ultra Fast Electrode’ Promises Huge Increase in EV Battery Performance
Researchers from the South Korean Pohang University of Science and Technology have recently announced their development of a faster charging and longer-lasting lithium-ion battery material that can charge an EV (electric vehicle) up to 90% in just six minutes.
Renewables Could Cover One-Third of Europe’s Energy Demand by 2030
The International Renewable Energy Agency’s November 2020 report, which explores Central and South-Eastern Europe’s growth of renewables, says that such European economies could cover one-third of rising energy demands within ten years.
New Electric Vehicle Market Report Suggests 19% Drop in Sales for 2020
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, recent forecasts from market researcher IDTechEx say that the total sales for 2020 in the electric vehicles (EVs) market across all segments—land, sea, and air—will come to a total of 24 million. This reflects a 19% decline in year-on-year EV sales, owing to the higher sales seen in pre-pandemic 2019.