Technologies and Applications

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

Chemical sensors (Image: University of California, San Diego)

Chemical sensors: “Smart” ring for protection against external threats

Wearables are now an integral part of the tech world. They not only measure all manner of vital data but… more

paper loudspeakers (Image: TU Chemnitz)

Audiobooks with paper loudspeakers

A photo book incorporating the sound of the sea and birdsong, a novel with spoken dialog – this is all… more

Nobel Prize for Physics

Nobel Prize for Physics: The most sensitive “sensor” in the world

Supermassive black holes with masses millions of times that of the sun emit gravitational waves when they collide that can… more

Passive WiFi (Image: University of Washington)

Passive WiFi: Transmitting data with almost no electricity

Wireless communication with increasingly negligible energy consumption—it sounds almost too good to be true. And yet the idea is as… more

Embedded Software, Dr. Uwe Kracke,

Using embedded software strategically

Embedded software is developing into a strategic tool that companies use to compete. Structures and budgets for hardware and software… more

Single-atom electronics (Image: KIT)

A generation donation for single-atom electronics

Electronic components with the size of an atom are nothing new, but until now they only existed in the laboratory…. more

Hardware Trojan (Image: Fraunhofer FKIE)

The hardware Trojan: The “Greek” virus

Unlike its software counterpart, manipulated hardware enjoys a dangerous existence in the shadows. However, the threat that Trojans present to… more

Over-the-air pdate (Image: Bosch)

Over-the-air update: Securing cars over their lifetime

The cars that most people buy today will forever run the same software. In the future over-the-air updates keep them… more

LCD headlamp (Image: Hella)

LCD headlamp with endless opportunities

The use of LCDs in headlamps is a further step towards digitalizing lighting. It enables complex functions that will also… more