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  • Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles

    All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high altitudes. But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously at low altitude among tall buildings or in the dense, unstructured city streets with cars, cyclists or pedestrians suddenly crossing their way? Until now, commercial drones are not able to quickly react to such unforeseen events. […]

  • Inverse-design approach leads to metadevices

    Imagine wafer-thin eyeglasses or a smartphone camera so small it is invisible to the naked eye. […]

  • 3-D printing improves cell adhesion and strength of PDMS polymer

    Combining two different polymer forms can switch manufacturing of silicone parts from molding, casting and spin coating of simple forms to 3-D printing of complex geometries with better mechanical characteristics and better biological adhesion, according to a team of Penn State researchers. […]

  • Startup aims to make vision care more accessible in developing world

    Vision impairment is a major global issue. More than 2 billion people worldwide don't have access to corrective lenses. […]

  • Computational method improves the resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors 1,000-fold

    For the past 10 years, the Camera Culture group at MIT's Media Lab has been developing innovative imaging systems—from a camera that can see around corners to one that can read text in closed books—by using "time of flight," an approach that gauges distance by measuring the time it takes light projected into a scene to bounce back to a sensor. […]

  • Humans can feel molecular differences between nearly identical surfaces

    How sensitive is the human sense of touch? Sensitive enough to feel the difference between surfaces that differ by just a single layer of molecules, a team of researchers at the University of California San Diego has shown. […]

  • Volumetric 3-D printing builds on need for speed

    While additive manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3-D printing, is enabling engineers and scientists to build parts in configurations and designs never before possible, the impact of the technology has been limited by layer-based printing methods, which can take up to hours or days to build three-dimensional parts, depending on their complexity. […]

  • Researchers 3-D print lifelike artificial organ models

    A team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has 3D printed lifelike artificial organ models that mimic the exact anatomical structure, mechanical properties, and look and feel of real organs. These patient-specific organ models, which include integrated soft sensors, can be used for practice surgeries to improve surgical outcomes in thousands of patients worldwide. […]

  • In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

    Imagine a bottle of laundry detergent that can sense when you're running low on soap—and automatically connect to the internet to place an order for more. […]

  • NEST360's low-cost jaundice detector passes first test in Africa

    The first clinical study of a low-cost, hand-held jaundice detector invented by Rice University students couldn't have come at a better time for NEST360°, an international team of scientists, doctors and global health experts preparing for a Dec. 11 competition for $100 million from the MacArthur Foundation. The money would allow the team to carry out its visionary plan to halve the number of newborn deaths in African hospitals within 10 years. […]

  • 3-D-printed minifactories: Researchers print 'living materials' with bacteria-loaded inks

    There will soon be nothing that cannot be produced with 3D printing. However, the materials used for this process are still "dead matter" such as plastics or metals. […]

  • Wearable computing ring allows users to write words and numbers with thumb

    With the whirl of a thumb, Georgia Tech researchers have created technology that allows people to trace letters and numbers on their fingers and see the figures appear on a nearby computer screen. The system is triggered by a thumb ring outfitted with a gyroscope and tiny microphone. As wearers strum their thumb across the fingers, the hardware detects the movement. […]

  • Flexible impedance sensor can fit inside urinary catheters; monitor and treat biofilm

    A long-term, interdisciplinary research collaboration at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering has made significant progress in detecting and treating bacterial biofilms by developing new chemical compounds, materials, and microsystems that can fight these sources of post-operative infections. […]

  • New 3-D printer is ten times faster than commercial counterparts

    MIT engineers have developed a new desktop 3-D printer that performs up to 10 times faster than existing commercial counterparts. Whereas the most common printers may fabricate a few Lego-sized bricks in one hour, the new design can print similarly sized objects in just a few minutes. […]

  • Artificial muscles give soft robots superpowers

    Soft robotics has made leaps and bounds over the last decade as researchers around the world have experimented with different materials and designs to allow once rigid, jerky machines to bend and flex in ways that mimic and can interact more naturally with living organisms. However, increased flexibility and dexterity has a trade-off of reduced strength, as softer materials are generally not as strong or resilient as inflexible ones, which limits their use. […]

  • Old, meet new: Drones, high-tech camera revamp archaeology

    Scanning an empty field that once housed a Shaker village in New Hampshire, Jesse Casana had come in search of the foundations of stone buildings, long-forgotten roadways and other remnants of this community dating to the 1790s. […]

  • New method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

    An ear of corn averages about 800 kernels. A traditional field method to estimate the number of kernels on the ear is to manually count the number of rows and multiply by the number of kernels in one length of the ear. With the help of a new imaging machine developed at the University of Illinois breeders can learn the number of kernels per ear, plus a lot more information than can be manually observed. […]

  • Optically tunable microwave antennas for 5G applications

    Multiband tunable antennas are a critical part of many communication and radar systems. New research by engineers at the University of Bristol has shown significant advances in antennas by using optically induced plasmas in silicon to tune both radiation patterns and operation frequency. […]

  • Research could 'untangle' vexing problem in computer-simulation technology

    The computer simulations used to design, optimize, test or control a vast range of objects and products in our daily lives are underpinned by finite element methods. […]

  • Fully integrated circuits printed directly onto fabric

    Researchers have successfully incorporated washable, stretchable and breathable electronic circuits into fabric, opening up new possibilities for smart textiles and wearable electronics. The circuits were made with cheap, safe and environmentally friendly inks, and printed using conventional inkjet printing techniques. […]


  • British billionaire ‘planning automotive revival’ at Holden site

    British industrialist Sanjeev Gupta is eyeing a move to Holden’s former automotive manufacturing site in Adelaide, as part of plans to build electric vehicles in Australia. According to reports, South Australian treasurer Tom Kousantonis said in a letter that Gupta’s company, GFG Alliance, had recently approached the state government with plans to buy some of … Continue reading British billionaire ‘planning automotive revival’ at Holden site → The post British billionaire ‘planning automotive revival’ at Holden site appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Warning for Australian manufacturers amid rising competition

    Australian manufacturers have been urged to find alternative ways of doing business or risk being overrun by competitors with lower costs. That is according to Greg O’Loan, regional vice president for the software solution company Epicor, who predicts that 2018 will be another “year of change”. “As the world has gotten smaller, Australian organisations face increased competition from international … Continue reading Warning for Australian manufacturers amid rising competition → The post Warning for Australian manufacturers amid rising competition appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • How manufacturing can change Australian law

    Unlocking the global supply chain to Australia’s manufacturers is key to industry growth. However, striking the right government policy is essential and requires two-way communications. Steven Impey investigates.  Embracing a greater demand for productivity within a growing industry, law and government policy tend to lead the charge. That said, it doesn’t mean that the industry player … Continue reading How manufacturing can change Australian law → The post How manufacturing can change Australian law appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Australian data company seeking overseas expansion

    Brisbane-based data analytics company intelliHR has commenced trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), following a successful $4.5 million Initial Public Offering (IPO). The company issued 15 million new shares last week at an issue price of $0.30 per share under its oversubscribed IPO. The ASX-listing is expected to help the company expand its innovative people management … Continue reading Australian data company seeking overseas expansion → The post Australian data company seeking overseas expansion appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

  • Opus Medical’s Breathe Well tech to help cancer patients

    The quality of cancer treatment could improve worldwide thanks to technology developed by a Sydney startup company, Opus Medical, with support from the NSW Government-backed Jobs for NSW. Opus Medical has developed its “Breathe Well” technology, which coaches cancer patients to self-regulate their breathing to assist in the accurate targeting of tumours and sparing of … Continue reading Opus Medical’s Breathe Well tech to help cancer patients → The post Opus Medical’s Breathe Well tech to help cancer patients appeared first on Manufacturers' Monthly. […]

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