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New Soft Actuator Creates Robots that 'Breathe'

Publish Date: September 7, 2017
Someday robots could be using the air we breathe for power. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), have developed a soft pneumatic actuator that is vacuum-powered. EPFL researchers say the new actuator is modular and versatile enough that it can be configured to allow robots to perform a wide range of tasks.

Toyota, Hyundai Edging Toward Battery Electrics?

Publish Date: September 6, 2017
The auto industry’s mass migration to battery-electric vehicles may now be influencing two companies that initially cast their lots with fuel cells. Hyundai Motor Co. recently announced it will launch a battery-electric vehicle with a 300-mile range after 2021, along with an all-electric compact SUV with a 234-mile range in the first half of 2018. Meanwhile, Toyota Motor Corp. is reported to be working on a solid state battery technology that could put the automaker back on the road to a battery-electric car in the future.

Making Old Plant Equipment Newly Efficient

Publish Date: September 6, 2017
Can you make an old plant run with improved energy efficiencies? Tweaking the machines with a dab of digital overlay may bring aging equipment up to 21st century energy efficiency standards.

Deadline Extended for ESC Boston 2018 Call for Speakers

Publish Date: September 5, 2017
Were you planning to submit a proposal for Embedded Systems Conference Boston 2018, but missed the deadline? No worries – the Call for Speakers has been extended to Friday, Sept. 15! So no matter your expertise -- embedded hardware, embedded software, connected devices, or advanced technologies – you still have the chance to speak at the industry’s most comprehensive technical conference for embedded systems professionals.

The Road to a Trillion IoT Devices

Publish Date: September 5, 2017
Imagine one trillion connected devices. That’s a thousand billion. The prediction that we’ll see a trillion IoT devices in the next 20 years came from Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank (which in 2016 acquired ARM) at last year’s ARM TechCon conference.

Ceramic Foam Ink Allows for 3D Printing of Continuously Variable Properties

Publish Date: September 5, 2017
When it comes to design, there is likely no better teacher than nature. While humans have produced an impressive number of gadgets, devices, and systems, most of them are far less efficient and require far more in the way of inputs than nature’s designs do. Even the simplest organisms have the ability to grow and to do so, they must rely on readily available nutrients in their environment. This often boils down to one ingredient, from which a dazzling array of properties can be produced, often by making changes to structure at a very small scale.

Materials Handling System for Additive Manufacturing Using Metal Powders Introduced

Publish Date: September 4, 2017
Metal deposition technology is at the core of metal additive manufacturing (AM), and the materials are generally deposited in powder form. The powder is deposited layer by layer, melted and bound together by the heat from a laser. Because the metal additive manufacturing industry is still in its infancy, few companies are handling high volumes of powdered metal yet. But as production rates and applications increase, so, too, will safety concerns for materials handling.

Ex-Sun Microsystems Tech Guru Backs Startup to Solve Next-Gen Battery Needs

Publish Date: September 4, 2017
A notable ex-Silicon Valley tech guru is backing the design of new battery technology that is aimed at solving the problem of next-generation energy storage once and for all. Ionic Materials, based in Woburn, Mass., is an emerging start boasting a solid polymer electrolyte material that founders claim is the key to developing a “truly soli- state battery” that could replace lithium-ion batteries, according to the company’s website.

Neurotechnology Builds Prototype 3D Printer Based on Ultrasonic Particle Manipulation

Publish Date: September 1, 2017
As additive manufacturing (AM) becomes more widespread, new technologies are allowing for the use of AM to create a wider variety of parts and devices. For applications that require non-contact manufacturing, ultrasonic particle manipulation is presenting some new opportunities. Ultrasonic particle manipulation isn’t new, but in AM, it’s becoming a way to harness acoustic radiation forces to trap and move particles or small devices during the printing process.

Battery Uses Indoor Light to Rapidly Charge Devices, EVs

Publish Date: September 1, 2017
Researchers have developed a new energy-dense battery that can be recharged using any type light, providing a portable way to charge devices and even vehicles.