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A fully automated net positive submarine fleet, powered entirely on hydrogen, could help cleanse the oceans of toxic pollution. Developed by London-based startup Oceanways, the submarine was named among the...

5 Ws: Electronics & Computers
Wireless sensors inspired by Dandelions could be used to monitor climate change.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A newly designed wearable magnetic metamaterial could help make MRI scans crisper, faster, and cheaper.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Learn the Who, What, Where, Why, and When for an ocean battery that holds onto excess energy from offshore wind farms.
5 Ws: Imaging
Imagine a tablet or Kindle that can display braille on command for the visually impaired.
5 Ws: RF & Microwave Electronics
About the size of a grain of sand, the flying microchip (or microflier) does not have a motor or engine.
5 Ws: Energy
Fibers sewn into fabrics can turn heat from the Sun into energy that could power textile electronics.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
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The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 is still a major threat to public health. Wearing a facemask is a step in protecting against infection; the new facemask also diagnoses the wearer with...

5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The durable soft electronics could be used in wearable electronics and soft robotics and could someday be part of a stretchable smartphone.
5 Ws: Materials
A specially designed hydrogel works against all types of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant ones.
5 Ws: Materials
A new enzyme-activated compostable material could diminish microplastics pollution.
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The invention could help solve the problem of providing clean water off the grid or where low-cost, non-powered water purification is needed.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A research team programmed two robots — a humanoid figure and a robotic arm — to measure human physiological signals.
5 Ws: Imaging
A medical patch can be folded around minimally invasive surgical tools and delivered through airways, intestines, and other narrow spaces.
5 Ws: Test & Measurement
With a smartphone camera, a new diagnostic test provides a positive or negative COVID-19 result in 15 to 30 minutes.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
The battery can be used in flexible, stretchable electronics for wearables as well as soft robotics.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The smartwatch app identifies sounds that a user is interested in and sends a friendly buzz and information about the sound.
5 Ws: Test & Measurement
A low-cost sensor enables at-home diagnosis of a COVID infection.
5 Ws: Energy
Users can take paper sheets from a notebook and turn them into a music player interface or make food packaging interactive.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Would you take a walk in biodegradable flip-flops?
5 Ws: Wearables
People who use sign language could communicate directly with non-signers, without needing someone else to translate for them.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
MIT researchers are developing a shoe coating that provides a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces.
5 Ws: Manufacturing & Prototyping
In the operating room, you can produce bioresorbable metal implants, such as screws for bone fractures.
5 Ws: Photonics/Optics
Bacterial pathogens can live on surfaces for days. What if frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, could instantly kill them off?
5 Ws: Wearables
A smart jumpsuit accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
The handheld 3D skin printer can deposit sheets of skin to cover large burn wounds
5 Ws: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Learn about the Pedestrian Audio Wearable System (PAWS), a low-cost, headset-based, wearable platform.
5 Ws: Materials
With the new microlattice pads, players will have greater protection from both single hits and a series of impacts.

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