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Touchscreens go 3D with buttons that pulsate and vibrate under your fingertips

By pulsing or vibrating on demand, smartphone screens can help users navigate through a menu or can guide a user’s finger to virtual on-screen buttons that can be created or removed wherever and whenever needed. Professor Stefan Seelecke and his team at Saarland University have developed a film that gives touchscreens a third dimension. The thin and extremely lightweight silicone film can adopt a variety of positions and shapes and can be made to execute a single pulse, a pushing motion, a sudden jolt or a prolonged vibration at a specific location on the screen. The polymer film also exhibits sensor properties and can therefore provide the device with an added sense organ.


New IIoT Conference at Hannover Messe to Guide Industrial Tech Buyers

The IoT M2M Council (IMC), the largest trade organization dedicated to the Internet of Things, will join forces with Hannover Messe, the world’s largest manufacturing trade show, to produce a conference that will give practical advice on procuring IoT technology solutions. Machine communication has become an integral part of advanced manufacturing, allowing for predictive maintenance in production lines, more efficient supply chains, and many other benefits. Hannover Messe has been a focal point for these cutting-edge technologies, but the IMC’s IIoT Infrastructure Conference will take a new approach, focusing on practical issues of procurement for industrial buyers.

Bipolar battery setups

Whether used for power supply or in electric cars, current battery systems are based on a series of interconnected individual cells, which has certain disadvantages in terms of efficiency and manufacturing. Bipolar battery setups, in contrast, comprise compact stacks of individual cells. A new type of flexible and extremely thin bipolar plate allows batteries to be manufactured cost effectively.

DISCOVER THE 30 FINALISTS SELECTED FOR THE JEC INNOVATION AWARDS 2019

JEC Innovation Awards celebrate the fruitful cooperation between players of the composite community. Over the past 15 years, the JEC Innovation Awards have brought in 1,800 companies worldwide. 177 companies and 433 partners have been rewarded for the excellence of their composite innovations. The JEC Innovation Awards reward composites champions, based on criteria such as partner involvement in the value chain, technicality or commercial applications of innovations.

GenCell G5 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Backup Power Solution Delivers Transformational Patient Care, Cost-Saving and Environmental Benefits to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center

Ensures optimal patient care and reduces risk-to-life

Hydrogen fuel cell reduces dependence on polluting diesel generators and improves environmental impact
Smooth, continuous power flow protects expensive and life-saving medical equipment

Multicolor Holography Technology Could Enable Extremely Compact 3D Displays

Researchers developed a new way to create multicolored computer generated holograms. The experimental images they created matched well with the ones predicted by theory. The waveguide structures created using the new approach could offer easy integration and a form factor small enough for augmented reality and other displays. Credit: Zhiqin Huang, Duke UniversityLens-free holography method could bring color 3D displays to augmented reality glasses and smartphones
Researchers have developed a new approach to multicolor holography that could be used to make 3D color displays for augmented reality glasses, smartphones or heads-up displays without any bulky optical components.

Robots that care: Konica Minolta, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia are going to start on field experimentation in the hospital Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza

Thanks to a collaboration with the scientific research centre IIT - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, in October 2018 Konica Minolta has started a study with robots in the “Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza” hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo, Foggia. Konica Minolta is one of the leading companies to drive forward research activities in robots that offer assistance in the healthcare domain.

Robotic Exoskeletons for Industrial Production: German Bionic Debuts Its Award-Winning Power Suit at RoboDEX 2019 in Tokyo

Europe's leading producer of robotic exoskeletons, German Bionic from Augsburg, will present its multiple award-winning 'Cray X' active power suit for the first time at an Asian industry fair. Exoskeletons or power suits are human-machine systems that combine human intelligence with machine power by supporting or strengthening the wearer's movements, thereby reducing the risk of workplace accidents and load-bearing injuries. The high-tech company from Bavaria is the first European manufacturer to mass-produce the innovative robot worn directly on the body.


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