Piezosensor (Image: EMPA)

Piezosensor: As if by magic

Humans and machines are moving closer together. So it is important for them to “understand” one another. An amazing solution… more

Softwarte Obsolescence

Software obsolescence: the underestimated risk

Nothing is possible without software. And like hardware, software is changing all the time. These changes can soon pose a… more

Simulation models for cars. (Image: TU Vienna).

Car with built-in crystal ball

Our cars constantly make decisions on their own that we cannot control. Networking them with their surroundings combined with appropriate… more

IT job market 2017 (Image: DEKRA)

IT job market 2017: Software overtakes hardware

Software developers are the needle in the current employment haystack. That is according to the latest DEKRA Employment Market Report…. more

VW cars with pWLAN (Image: VW)

pWLAN: VW cars will talk to each other

Connected cars will make traffic safer and more efficient. Therefore, in the future, VW cars will allow drivers to effectively… more

Tactile internet with 5G (Image: pixabay/Gerd Altmann)

TREND Tactile Internet: The magic of real time

5G is more than just a new mobile standard. By enabling haptic communications, it will have a marked impact on… more

Smart Grid (Image: Baden-Württemberg)

TREND Smart Grids: Intelligence boost for energy networks

Intelligent sensor systems or self-learning machines will revolutionize many industries. The energy industry too is increasingly seeing an opportunity to… more

Supercapacitor (Image: pixabay/Bilderjet).

Superstretchable, supercompressible supercapacitor

Flexible, wearable electronics require equally flexible, wearable power sources. A new supercapacitor can be stretched to 1000 percent in length… more

acoustic measurement technology

Acoustic measurement technology: Artificially intelligent ears

In most cases, machine-based automated testing is based on visual or physical criteria. In contrast, a new cognitive system detects… more

Organic transistors (Image: Fraunhofer IPMS)

Organic transistors: The color blue for green electronics

Searching for materials is an “organic” electronics specialist’s favorite thing. And it can lead to some surprising results. After blue… more

Energy Harvester (Image: University of Oulu).

Triple energy harvester

Until now, most energy collectors “tapped” a single source to get small quantities of energy. But not enough for an… more

Packaging technology for power semiconductors (Image: Infineon)

Power semiconductors: European research

One of the most significant European research projects on the topic of energy efficiency was launched three years ago. Now,… more

Collaborative robots (Image: ABB).

STARTUP: AI for collaborative robots

German start-ups that have devoted themselves to artificial intelligence are rare. While there is no lack of knowledge, there does… more

Battery cells from A123 Systems, China (Image: Porsche)

Battery cells “Made in Germany”

Daimler tried it once years ago—building a cell factory in Germany. But it threw in the towel in 2015. Now… more

Sensor Package (Image: Carnegie Mellon University)

Sensors and AI are a dream team

You don’t have to attach sensors to everything. With machine learning, a new suite of only nine different sensors can… more

Magnetic resonance imaging (Image: pixabay).

Deep Learning: Neural telepaths

Observing the brain at work has long been a dream of neuroscientists. A dream that could now come true. New… more

Two-dimensional transistors (Image: AMBER)

First printed two-dimensional transistors

2D transistors make displays so cheap that they would be literally disposable. Then wine labels could show when the contents… more

Power supply for medical implants (Image: KAIST).

TREND Medical Electronics: Self-powered implants

Up until now, annoying cables or batteries have kept medical implants running. In the future however, humans will provide the… more

Tire pressure sensors (Image: Continental)

TREND Embedded: “Intelligent” rubber

Tires are the most important link between a vehicle and the road. In the future they should therefore be able… more

Backscatter (Image: Disney Research)

Sensors hitchhike on ambient radio waves

Sensor transceivers for IoT demand battery power thus limiting usability. In the future they could connect via radio sources from… more

Battery concept EMBATT (Image: EMBATT)

1000 km range with sandwich-like batteries

You cannot get far today with electromobiles, because batteries require a lot of space. With the bipolar approach a lot… more

Single-electron transistors (Image: TU Ilmenau)

Single-electron transistors: Light at the end of the tunnel

Electronics are expected to get—and have to get—increasingly smaller and more efficient. Of course, at some point that is when… more

Magnetic field sensors

Magic magnetic field sensors sound the alarm

In the future, a new sensor cable could be used to protect airports, industrial complexes and people’s yards without a… more

Brain implants (Image: EPFL)

Brain implants can do more than help people stop shaking

Having a chip in your brain still sounds like science fiction. But for many Parkinson patients, now it is more… more

Neural networks (Photo: Thales Group).

“Solid” neural networks

Artificial neural networks based on software function similarly to the real ones in our brains. But they need immense amounts… more