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Wireless charging of moving electric vehicles

A device that can wirelessly charge a moving object at close range has been developed by Stanford University scientists. The technology could be used to charge electric cars on the motorway, or medical implants and cell phones as you walk nearby.

Solid state battery targets IIoT applications

Battery pioneer Ilika Technologies has launched what it says is the first solid state device designed for use in hostile environments. The P180, the second member of the Stereax family, is suitable for applications which operate in temperatures ranging from -40 to 150°C.

Making batteries from waste glass bottles

Nanosilicon anodes for high performance lithium-ion batteries have been created by researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering, using waste glass bottles and a low cost chemical process.

Arduino-based liquid level sensing hardware

SST Sensing has partnered with Sparkfun to develop a simple to implement solution for single point liquid detection using infrared technology. The solution comprises an Optomax Digital liquid level switch which is connected to an Arduino board via the TTL output and powered by a 5V source.

Metallic hydrogen for room temperature semiconductors

Nearly a century after it was theorised, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating atomic metallic hydrogen. In addition to helping scientists answer fundamental questions about the nature of matter, the material could have a range of applications, including as a room temperature superconductor.

Electronic properties found in boron chains

A Rice University team that simulated one-dimensional forms of boron is said to have found they possess unique properties. If the metallic ribbons of boron are stretched, they morph into antiferromagnetic semiconducting chains, and when released they fold back into ribbons.

Dark lattice modes used to create laser light

A plasmonic nanolaser that operates at visible light frequencies and uses dark lattice modes has been made by researchers at Aalto University, Finland. The results are said to open new prospects for on chip coherent light sources.

Scientists create self-healing material

A transparent, self-healing, stretchable, conductive material has been developed by scientists at the University of California, Riverside and the University of Colorado, Boulder. The material can be activated electrically to power artificial muscles and could be used to improve batteries, electronic devices and robots.

‘Safe & Sound’ wearables design challenge

Sponsored by Texas Instruments (TI), element14 invites electronic engineers, designers and makers to participate in the ‘Safe & Sound’ design challenge. To win the challenge, makers need to design a safety-oriented wearable device or solution that protects a person from personal and environmental risks, monitors personal health or protects personal property from theft.

Optical fibre sensor enables real time detection

Optical fibre sensing shows promise for monitoring the condition of structures. By embedding long optical fibres into a structure, strain and temperature distributions along the fibres can be detected. Until now, however, time of distributed measurement took from several tens of seconds to several minutes.

Fluorescent dye could fuel liquid-based batteries

Scientists at the University at Buffalo have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as a suitable material for stocking energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power small and large scale devices, including cars and homes.

A smartwatch prototype uses wrist as a joystick

A Dartmouth-led team has developed WristWhirl – a smartwatch prototype that uses the wrist wearing the watch as a joystick to perform common touch screen gestures with one-handed continuous input – useful when the other hand is encumbered.

Visible light communication now possible in the dark

A Dartmouth project called ‘DarkLight’ is said to have demonstrated for the first time how visible light can be used to transmit data even when the light appears dark or off. DarkLight is claimed to provide a new communication primitive similar to infrared communication but it exploits the LED lights already installed rather than needing additional infrared emitters.

Liquid metals for elastic electronics

Self-propelling liquid metals, developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, are said to be a critical step towards flexible and reconfigurable soft circuit systems, such as 3D electronic displays and components. Potential applications range from smart engineering to biomedicine.

Semiconductor database made available online

What is said to the largest and most comprehensive online semiconductor database has been unveiled by Chipworks. Called Inside Technology, the database gives access to Chipworks’ analysis of thousands of devices and technologies. The web portal is said to streamline the user’s ability to find competitive differentiators, as well as to match patents to products.

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