Electronic Device R&D News

University embeds RFID chips in yarn

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University have come up with a way of embedding RFID chips in yarns which can then be woven or knitted to make fabrics for clothing. Professor Tilak Dias of the Advanced Textiles Research Group of the School of Art & Design, claims that the embedded chips…

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Wearable tech will revolutionise healthcare, says Imperial

Scientists from The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London, are presenting their latest research in wearable tech at the Royal Society’s annual Summer Science Exhibition, which officially opens to the public today. The theme for the Hamlyn Centre’s exhibit is “smart sensing”, technologies for wearables devices. It will include…

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D-Wave puts 1,000 qubits on a chip

D-Wave Systems has put 1,000 qubits, comprising 128,000 Josephson Junctions, on a chip using a six-metal layer planar process with 0.25μm features, the company reports. D-Wave’s quantum computer runs a quantum annealing algorithm to find the lowest points, corresponding to optimal or…

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Major robot research network launched in UK

Robotics research in the UK has been given a major boost with the launch of an EPSRC-funded UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems Network (UK-RAS Network). The aim of the network is to bring together robotics R&D activities in UK universities and to set up industry collaborations…

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ITF2015: Imec's super-smart T-shirt

Today, at the Imec Technology Forum, Imec and Holst Centre are demonstrating what they describe as the most advanced smart garment to date. The smart T-shirt measures a highly accurate electrocardiogram (ECG), recognises activity and calculates energy expenditure in an unobtrusive way, according to Imec. “Smart garments have the…

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Powi-Fi enables IoT

Energy scavenging has found a new source of of power – ambient Wi-Fi signals. A PhD student at Washington University in Seattle, Vamsi Talla, scavenged energy from Wi-Fi signals and used it to power a temperature sensor. When stored in a capacitor the power was sufficient to allow a…

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Nanotech researchers come to Birmingham event

Nanotech researchers from around the world will gather at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus next month for a two-day conference. Called “Advances in nanotechnology 2015″, the conference and workshops will discuss the manipulation of matter on an atomic, molecular, and supramolecular scale in medicine and healthcare, nanomechanics…

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Plastic electronics firm partners with Merck on bendable display

FlexEnable has partnered with organic electronic materials supplier Merck to bring plastic LCDs to market. The firms have developed a plastic LCD which is free of glass and uses organic transistors on a plastic sheet. FlexEnable claims this is the first plastic LCD with active-matrix in-plane switching (IPS…

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