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New generation of electronics to be ‘flexible like skin’

The future direction of electronic devices is centered on flexibility. This is a key design requirement for wearables as well as for portable devices. To achieve this flexibility needs to extend to every aspect of the device.

Gold processing bacteria help to recycle electronics

Adelaide - There are species of bacteria that efficient at processing of gold ore. Applications include recycling electronics as well as use in exploration for new deposits. A new study demonstrates the advantages.

Freezing lithium batteries makes them safer

Researchers have used a process called ice-templating to control the electrolyte structure in lithium batteries. The process is non-flammable, non-toxic and flexible, and leads to longer battery life.

Are liquid metals the future of electronics?

Melbourne - Advancements in electronics can be made through flexible and dynamically reconfigurable soft circuit systems. This involves taking electronics beyond the confines of solid state circuits, according to Australian researchers.

Breakthrough in smart-printed electronics

Dublin - Progress has been made with printed electronic circuits and these pave the way for further advances with smart devices. The flat printed circuits can be embedded into flat structures, such as plastic and cardboard.

The world may be facing a shortage of 'technology minerals'

Led by the University of Delaware's Saleem Ali, an international team of researchers is warning that greater global political and scientific cooperation will be required to secure resources needed in the future.

You can now run Windows 98 on a homemade smartwatch

An electronics enthusiast has demonstrated a homemade smartwatch that runs Windows 98, an almost two decade-old operating system built for desktop PCs. The functioning touchscreen watch is powered by a Raspberry Pi microcomputer.

Ability to charge electronic devices through Wi-Fi is here

Imagine being in a room and charging your smartphone or other mobile device wireless, simply by connecting to Wi-Fi? This is will soon be possible thanks to Disney Research.

Advancing flexible electronics through accurate measurements

Coventry - By accurately measuring a range of so-called 'wonder materials', British scientists have taken a step-towards the development of a new generation of flexible electronics.

Apple to appeal 'right to repair' bill as you could hurt yourself

Apple is planning to appeal a "right to repair" bill that could force it to provide parts and repair manuals for its devices. The Right to Repair movement is gaining momentum, lobbying companies to let consumers fix their own devices.

Pulsed light technique promises flexible electronics

A new process, using pulsed light, could provide the basis for a new generation of flexible electronic devices. The new technique involves varying the density of the treated conductive material.

Thieves cut hole in roof, go on theft spree at Target

Atlanta - Thieves in Atlanta went on an electronics theft spree after they gained entry into a Target store. They managed to get in by cutting a hole in the roof.

Plastic holes can aid wearable electronic devices

A way to improve the efficiency of wearable devices has been developed. This is based on gold wires being embedded onto flexible, thin plastic film. The wearable devices will be used primarily for health monitoring.

Microscale energy storage devices advance wearables

Advances in wearable technology requires improvements with energy storage. Wearable devices are increasing in sophisticated and application, and power capacity needs to meet the demand.

Robots galore as Asia's biggest tech fair opens near Tokyo

Chiba - A Japanese inventor is hoping a robot that still needs humans will win over Asia's largest tech fair, offering a counterpoint to major technology firms pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence (AI).

Service allows voters to register to vote via text message

The nonprofit group Fight For The Future launched HelloVote on Thursday morning with the goal of boosting voter registration in several key battleground states by allowing voters to register directly via text message or Facebook Messenger.

Vibrator company in hot water over data sharing

A smart vibrator is set to be the subject of a new court case. A woman has brought a law suit against the manufacturer of a sex toy, claiming that the company has stolen personal data without her consent.

Ready for the internally implanted fitness monitor?

How would you feel if a fitness monitor, something like a Fitbit, was surgically implanted in your body to allow for the collation of more accurate health data? This could be a step closer thanks to new monitors.

Micro-sized solar cells for wearable devices

Future electronic devices, including wearable technology, may be set to drop conventional batteries and use solar cells instead. The ability of micro-sized solar cells to harness sufficient energy has been proven in a new study.

Essential Science: Spider silk inspires new electronics

The silk spun by spiders to make a web seems to have little to do with the development of next generation electronics. However, scientists at Rice University have discovered band gaps in spider silk which could have a big impact on electronics.

Essential Science: Fashioning green electrodes thanks to biology

How can biological science help the electronics sector? The answer is bacteria helping to produce a new generation of nanoelectronic materials.

New graphene based material leads to flexible screens

Exeter - A new technique, using the carbon based material graphene, should mean that fold-away electronics are a step closer to being a reality.

New nanomaterial promises flexible electronic devices

A U.S.-South Korean collaboration has led to the creation of a new ultrathin, transparent, conductive film. The film is the basis of new, flexible and wearable electronics.

Essential Science: New flexible electronic material self-heals

One of the limitations with wearable technology is that many of the items are brittle. The material structure has not progressed at the rate of technological innovation. A new self-healing material aims to bridge this gap.

Next generation tech needs a diamond at the heart

Diamonds have many useful properties, aside from being prized jewels. One such application is as semiconductors and, as a new application, they could become the basis of a new generation of electronic devices.

Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year

Apple has announced it recycled over a ton of gold last year, or $40 million worth of the metal. Devices like smartphones contain relatively high amounts of gold as it is very electrically conductive and doesn't corrode easily, ideal for circuits.

Graphene paired with 'white graphene' for new electronics

So-called "white graphene" (hexagonal boron nitride) can be paired with graphene to create ultra-thin electronics in preparation for a new generation of electronic devices.

Carbon nanotube processors could be 1000x faster than silicon

A new method of engineering the processors that power computers could result in chips with 1000 times the performance of today's best offerings, according to a group of researchers.

Keeping electronics chilled with white graphene

New York - An important step in building more advanced electronic systems is keeping circuits and devices cool to avoid over-heating. This has proved complex, although the answer could be boron nitride (so-called "white graphene").

Review: The television keeps getting smarter and prettier

Smart TVs are becoming loaded with new features that further converge computer technology with America's box of wires and flickering lights. Screens get better too making images almost real-life quality.
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