Remote Controlled Haptic Vest for Dogs

Dogs can be trained to respond to haptic vibration commands while wearing a modified canine vest developed by an interdisciplinary research team at BGU. The paper, “Vibrotactile Vest for Remote Human-Dog Communication,” will be presented at the World Haptics Conference on July 12 in Tokyo, Japan. Haptics technology simulates the senses of touch and motion, which is Read more about Remote Controlled Haptic Vest for Dogs[…]

Record-breaking, high-efficiency single crystals bring perovskite solar cells closer to market

A synthetic approach developed by KAUST researchers generates homogeneous and defect-free crystals that could fast-track the commercialization of perovskite solar cells. “Perovskite solar cells are the fastest developing type of photovoltaic technology, with power-conversion efficiencies rising from 3.8 percent in 2009 to 24.2 percent in 2019 for single-junction devices,” says Osman Bakr, who led the Read more about Record-breaking, high-efficiency single crystals bring perovskite solar cells closer to market[…]

Measure, analyze, optimize – digitization offers numerous new starting points for even better quality control in photovoltaics

The Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP presents innovative contributions to quality control in the solar industry at the Intersolar trade fair from 15.-17. May 2019 in Munich. Visitors will be able to experience a mobile test device for PID susceptibility of solar modules, get to know new approaches for reliable design of lightweight modules Read more about Measure, analyze, optimize – digitization offers numerous new starting points for even better quality control in photovoltaics[…]

Anti-fingerprint surfaces with nanocoating

Not only are greasy fingerprints on shiny stainless steel surfaces unattractive, they also attack the surface in question. A new nanocoating being developed by Fraunhofer researchers will in the future prevent the annoying smudges that result from fingers touching stainless steel surfaces. The key to their approach: special nanoparticles added to the coating. The shiny Read more about Anti-fingerprint surfaces with nanocoating[…]

A quick assessment of the solar energy potential for large urban areas

TU Delft researchers have developed a new approach for calculating fast and accurate the solar energy potential of surfaces in the urban environment. The new approach can significantly help architects and urban planners to incorporate photovoltaic (solar power) technology in their designs. The findings were presented on Monday 4 February in Nature Energy. Buildings, trees Read more about A quick assessment of the solar energy potential for large urban areas[…]

New record for flexible thin-film solar cells

Never before has such an efficient flexible CIGS solar cell been built. Empa researchers achieve an efficiency of 20.8% for the first time – breaking their own record. Flexible solar cell with unprecedented efficiency: The Empa Laboratory for Thin Films and Photovoltaics, headed by Ayodhya N. Tiwari, has broken its own record. The researchers improved Read more about New record for flexible thin-film solar cells[…]

Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have developed a new production process with the aim of efficient and environmentally friendly future battery production. They coat the electrodes of the energy storage cells with a dry film instead of liquid chemicals. This simplified process saves energy and eliminates toxic Read more about Economical energy storage for the electric car of tomorrow[…]

A new nanomaterial increase extra efficiency of solar cells

A new nanomaterial made from phosphorus, known as phosphorene, is shaping up as a key ingredient for more sustainable and efficient next-generation perovskite solar cells (PSCs). PSCs which are one of the fastest developing new solar technologies and can achieve efficiencies comparable to more commonly used commercially available silicon solar cells. For the first time, Read more about A new nanomaterial increase extra efficiency of solar cells[…]

Record efficiency for a gas engine

At the end of May, the final meeting of the “Horizon 2020” project “GasOn” with the EU Commission took place in Brussels. The aim of this EU project was the further development of gas engines for cars and vans. Around 20 partners participated, including ETH Zurich and Empa as well as four European automobile manufacturers Read more about Record efficiency for a gas engine[…]

Drone swarm capable synchronize and reconfigure its flightpath

Specialists from the Academic Laboratory of Industrial Robotics of Tomsk Polytechnic University are developing a multi-agent robotic system for flying a swarm of intelligent drones. Now they are tasked to ‘teach’ a swarm of 10 drones to fly without crashing into each other, avoid stationary or mobile obstacles and safely land on the point specified Read more about Drone swarm capable synchronize and reconfigure its flightpath[…]

HAPTIC technology has been called the Holy Grail of robotics

After much anticipation, ANA HOLDINGS INC., HaptX, SynTouch, Shadow Robot Company are set to unveil the next generation of robotics technology at the upcoming Amazon Re:Mars Expo. Incorporating the latest advances from across the field of robotic and united by the ingenuity of ANA, the teleoperation and the telepresence system will feature the first robotic Read more about HAPTIC technology has been called the Holy Grail of robotics[…]

Advanced haptic solutions with the world’s highest performance actuators

TDK Corporation (TSE:6762) announces that its subsidiary TDK Electronics has signed a cooperation agreement with Boréas Technologies Inc., developer of ultra-low-power haptic technologies, in order to accelerate the adoption of piezo haptic solutions in a broad range of applications. Under the agreement, the partners will jointly design and market advanced touch response solutions using TDK’s Read more about Advanced haptic solutions with the world’s highest performance actuators[…]