Technologies and Applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

Redox flow battery (Image: ETH Zurich).

Redox flow: New battery provides power and cooling

Tightly packed electronic components generate a lot of heat. Tiny redox flow batteries will beneath supplying energy also dissipating the heat… more

Smart pills (Image: BodyCap).

Smart pills monitor your vitals

New electronic pills look like and are ingested just like drug capsules. Once swallowed, however, they allow for continuous core… more

Textile sensor (Image: EMPA)

Textile sensor measures heart rate

There is growing interest in smart textiles for medical applications. Extreme flexible fiber optics woven into fabric now let clothing… more

Solid-state batteries from Bosch. (Image: Bosch)

Solid-state batteries: In search of the “super battery”

A maximum amount of energy in a minimum amount of space: Lithium-ion batteries have met that standard for a long… more

LTE-V2X (Image: Deutsche Telekom)

LTE-V2X: Tested on the German autobahn

Mobile telephones and traffic—until now, often a fatal combination. But if drivers are no longer part of the equation, those… more

Self-charging displays (Image: Illinois Edu).

Two-way LEDs for self-charging displays

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have now replaced other technologies in most lighting applications. And the organic variety (OLED) is increasingly replacing… more

MEMS loudspeaker (Image: Usound).

The smallest MEMS loudspeaker in the world

It’s the smallest loudspeaker in the world, but they say it makes some big noise. MEMS makes it possible. These… more