Technologies and Applications

Bioresponsive sensors

Bioresponsive tooth-mounted sensors track what you eat

High-tech wearables are nearly everywhere. Now a new tooth-mounted biosensor take measurements from inside the mouth.

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize

Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize: Algorithms for “securely” preventing errors

This year the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize goes to Prof. Antonia Wachter-Zeh. Her algorithms prevent and correct errors that may arise… more

Ultralow-power communications

Future sensors with cat-like “hearing”

Atomically thin “drumheads” are able to receive and transmit signals across a radio frequency range far greater than what we… more

Polymer films

Astonishing self-sensing high-tech actuators

New polymer films are not just actuators, but also have sensory properties. Controlled by algorithms they transform into high-tech components.

Test infrastructure (Image: HSHL / Kerstin Heinemann)

Quick tests for safety-critical chips

In autonomous vehicles, microchips play a key role. To ensure that they do their job without problems, scientists can now… more

Autonomous chips (Image: TUM)

The independent chip

Despite countless transistors, today’s chips are not prepared for all the challenges of digitalization. In the future, they will also… more

Autonomous bikes

Autonomous bikes: Call a Bike

Thousands of hire bikes are increasingly clogging up European cities. In order to put an end to the parking chaos,… more

Smart fashion makes outfits interactive.

Smart Fashion: Pretty electronic

Smartphones, smart homes, and smart watches are already almost old-fashioned. Smart fashion is the new trend. In two weeks’ time… more

Thermoelectric effect. (Image: Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin).

Thermoelectric effect: Ancient effect with large and small impacts

All over the world heat fizzles out unused. But that needn’t be the case. Thermoelectric “energy harvesting” could generate any… more

Autonomous robots

Autonomous robots on skis

There’s no getting away from the Olympics. Even robots are contributing to the spectacle in South Korea. And in a… more

SmartSleep with white noise (Image: Philips)

White noise for deep sleep

A new headband technology lets you feel rested and refreshed. It boosts slow wave brain activity to enhance the time… more

Vanadium dioxide (Image: EPFL)

Vanadium dioxide: “Godly” material for undemanding electronics

In the future, low-power electronics could benefit from the amazing properties of a well-known material. An EU project involving leading… more

reinforcement learning

Reinforcement Learning: Virtuell worm trained to balance a pole

Machine Learning or a living being? The neural system of a nematode was translated into computer code – and then… more

Cognitive Sensors (Image: pixabay/Geralt Altmann)

Cognitive sensors in production processes

Cognitive systems are the nerve cells of the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). They must be able to identify and… more

Parking assistant

Parking Assistant : When slippers park

To sell high tech to men or women, you have to somehow bring its qualities to life. Japanese companies have… more

Thermometer against cyberattacks

Thermometer against cyberattacks

It is not just games and summers of the century that make processors break out in a sweat. Hacker attacks… more

Rechargeable hand warmer

Multifunctional hand warmer: Xmas for Techies

Cold hands and empty smartphones – that sounds like winter. For both problems there are a whole range of chic… more

AMA Sensor technology

The future of sensor technology

The impact of sensors on the industry and our society is steadily growing. And completely new applications keep getting brought… more

Battery management (Image: Fraunhofer ISC).

Battery management: innovative “tank display” for batteries

Empty batteries are easy to recognize However, it is much more complicated to know the charge status between full and… more

Dr. Takashi Mimura (Image: Kyoto Prize).

Japanese “Nobel Prize” for High-Speed Transistors

The semi-conductor engineer Dr. Takashi Mimura has been honored for his life’s work in the old Japanese imperial city with… more

Hetero-integration (Image: Fraunhofer IAF).

Hetero-integration: Cherry-picking for better chips

The combination of different semiconductor technologies on one chip promises greater performance and functionality in high-frequency and power electronics, for… more

microchip for tracking smart pills and biosensors (Image: Caltech)

Unique microchip tracks smart pills and biosensors

New technology gives tracking capabilities to medical devices inside the body. That is critical for the function of biosensors and… more

Aibo

Aibo – the legend makes a comeback

Fans of robodog Aibo have had to wait 10 years for its return. But now the wait is over, and… more

Neuromorphic chip Loihi

Neuromorphic chip mimics human brain

Lots of companies have created hardware for AI chores. By simulating human brain now neuromorphic chips can speed up machine… more

Biodegradable electronics

Biodegradable electronics for active implants

Electronics should function reliably for as long as possible. However, implants that dissolve in the body after they have done… more