Blog : Motion Control
How to Power Robots with Popcorn

Cornell researchers have discovered a novel – and delicious – way to power simple robots: Popcorn.

Blog : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Functional Fabric Brings Semiconductors Directly to the Fiber
Instead of attaching semiconductors to fabric, an MIT team has found a way to add the technology right into the fiber themselves.
Question of the Week : Automotive
Are Robo-Fleets 'Very Economically Viable?'

Robo-taxi fleets are on the way, according to Chris Heiser, co-founder and CEO of Renovo, a California-based manufacturer of automotive operating systems.

Here's what Heiser said in our featured INSIDER story today:

"That is really the power of these fleets — they take a system that...

News : Medical
Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body

MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within the human body. Such devices could be used to deliver drugs, monitor conditions inside the body, or treat disease by stimulating the...

News : Medical
Plug-and-Play Diagnostic Devices

Researchers at MIT's Little Devices Lab have developed a set of modular blocks that can be put together in different ways to produce diagnostic devices. These "plug-and-play" devices, which require little expertise to assemble, can test blood glucose levels in diabetic patients or detect viral infection, among...

News : Medical
Device Attaches to Damaged Heart to Restore Cardiac Function

After a patient has a heart attack, a cascade of events leading to heart failure begins. Damage to the area in the heart where a blood vessel was blocked leads to scar tissue. In response to scarring, the heart will remodel to compensate. This process often ends in ventricular or valve...

News : Medical
Repetition Key to Self-Healing, Flexible Medical Devices

Medical devices powered by synthetic proteins created from repeated sequences of proteins may be possible, according to materials science and biotechnology experts, who looked at material inspired by the proteins in squid ring teeth.

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Tiny Defects in Semiconductors Created ‘Speed Bumps’ or Electrons. UCLA Researchers Cleared the Path

UCLA scientists and engineers have developed a new process for assembling semiconductor devices. The advance could lead to much more...

INSIDER : Semiconductors & ICs
Trapping Light that Doesn't Bounce Off Track for Faster Electronics

Replacing traditional computer chip components with light-based counterparts will eventually make electronic devices faster due to the wide bandwidth of light. Because...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Merging Antenna and Electronics Boosts Energy and Spectrum Efficiency

By integrating the design of antenna and electronics, researchers have boosted the energy and spectrum efficiency for a new class of millimeter wave transmitters, allowing...

INSIDER : Electronics & Computers
Semiconductor Quantum Transistor Opens the Door for Photon-Based Computing

Transistors, the tiny switches that form the bedrock of modern computing—billions of them — route electrical signals around inside the circuitry of our devices....

Blog : Transportation
Autonomous Vehicles are Expensive – Why is Hailing One So Cheap?
A reader asks: “If autonomous vehicles are too expensive for an individual to own, how is the cost per mile so low to hail one?”
Question of the Week : Transportation
Will Cities be Ready for Autonomous Vehicle Fleets?

Autonomous vehicle fleets are on the way, according to Chris Heiser, co-founder and CEO of Renovo, a California-based manufacturer of automotive operating systems.

“It will happen in pockets first,” Heiser said in our INSIDER story today. “There will be leading cities in the U.S....

Blog : Green Design & Manufacturing
A New Way to Replace Plastic Packaging: Crab Shells and Tree Fibers
Georgia Tech researchers have created a sustainable plastic packaging material, using two ingredients you might not expect in a snack machine: crab shells and tree fibers.
Blog : Automotive
How Soon Will Autonomous Vehicle Fleets Take the Streets?
Automated vehicles – fleets of them – may soon change the way we travel through cities. "How soon?" asks a reader.

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