Pinsized sensor brings chemical identification to your smartphone

Pinsized sensor brings chemical identification to your smartphone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of situations when you want to know what something’s made from, such as food or goods, and soon that power will be in your smartphone.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Connect, download a free E-Book, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Imagine pointing your smartphone...

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IBM unveil their artificial tongue to improve food safety

IBM unveil their artificial tongue to improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are plenty of situations where we want to test things, such as food and water, to see if they’re safe without actually tasting them ourselves, and now you can.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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World’s first batteryless bluetooth sensor harvests energy from the air

World’s first batteryless bluetooth sensor harvests energy from the air

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF IOT devices will be crippled if they all need batteries to run, but by harvesting energy from the air we can place sensors anywhere and everywhere.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Semiconductor firm Wiliot has demonstrated the first ever...

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World’s first autonomous robot completes its journey inside the human body

World’s first autonomous robot completes its journey inside the human body

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As healthcare and robotics merge, from Robo-Surgeons to Nanobots, we need to find new ways to help them navigate to where they’re needed.   Interested in the future and want to experience even more?! eXplore More. Surgeons have used robots operated by joysticks for more than...

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Future musicians could be trained by AI

Future musicians could be trained by AI

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Advances in AI technology mean we have a variety of new ways to educate and train children, all of which could help them learn more, faster.   There’s a lot of technology emerging in the education sector that’s designed to help us learn faster and...

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Colour night vision breakthrough turns the darkest midnight into day

Colour night vision breakthrough turns the darkest midnight into day

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to see in colour, even during the darkest nights, is a game changer that will have ramifications for multiple industries.   When we think of night vision our minds automatically turn to grainy black and green images. But today things have begun to...

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First of a kind material lets solar panels generate electricity from snow

First of a kind material lets solar panels generate electricity from snow

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As our knowledge of materials and how they behave improves we can generate electricity from almost anything.   Scientists have announced that they’ve developed a first of its kind material that generates electricity from nothing other than, wait for it… snow. Based upon the principles...

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Paper based bio-battery uses bacteria to power the internet of things

Paper based bio-battery uses bacteria to power the internet of things

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Internet of Things relies of billions of sensors to work, but only a handful of these sensors can be powered with traditional batteries, so new alternatives are needed.   In remote parts of the world, access to batteries for diagnostic devices, medical equipment and...

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Simple paper blood test diagnoses disease faster and cheaper

Simple paper blood test diagnoses disease faster and cheaper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Not everyone has access to a lab that can process blood tests, so this breakthrough will help people in developing nations diagnose disease faster.   Dutch and Japanese scientists have developed an inexpensive new paper-based blood test kit that quickly determines if patients have infectious...

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Researchers have created a digital nose that can sniff out disease

Researchers have created a digital nose that can sniff out disease

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are many ways to detect disease, and one of the most effective ways is using smell, so scientists have developed a digital nose.   An electronic nose typically identifies odours by detecting the “fingerprint” of a chemical compound across an array of sensors that are...

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Russian researchers used a common inkjet printer to print advanced Nano-Sensors

Russian researchers used a common inkjet printer to print advanced Nano-Sensors

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we develop more nanoscale things we need to be able to keep track of them and monitor them and now we have an inexpensive way to achieve that.   Researchers from ITMO University in Russia have created a new type of optical Nano-Sensor that...

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US military genetics program to turn marine life into giant living sensor networks

US military genetics program to turn marine life into giant living sensor networks

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we learn more about the genetic code and how to modify it organisations around the world are starting to look into new ways of turning nature to their advantage.   A few months ago I wrote about how DARPA, the bleeding edge research arm...

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Scientists have created an ultrasound patch to monitor your vital health

Scientists have created an ultrasound patch to monitor your vital health

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Having access to ultrasound is like having a window into your body, and now it’s on a patch.   Earlier this year we heard how scientists from the University of California San Diego in the US had developed a flexible ultrasound patch that allows users to see...

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Mine hunting bees tracked with Lidar help farmers boost crop yields

Mine hunting bees tracked with Lidar help farmers boost crop yields

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bees help pollinate nearly 75 percent of our crops, this new system can track their progress and predict deadly colony collapses before they happen.   You might expect to hear an angry buzzing when honeybees have been disturbed. But some apiarists reckon they can also...

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MIT created a nanobot spray that gives dumb objects superpowers

MIT created a nanobot spray that gives dumb objects superpowers

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to spray nanobots onto surfaces and objects is a fast way to turn them from dumb objects into smart ones that have new sensing capabilities.   You may have sworn off aerosol sprays back in the 1990’s when everyone was talking about the hole...

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Scientists have 3D printed the world’s first physical neural network

Scientists have 3D printed the world’s first physical neural network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to print advanced and complex AI’s mean we can produce them cheaply and position them at the edge of networks where computer power might be limited.   Recently a team of researchers in the US revolutionised artificial intelligence when they made the world’s first...

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Revolutionary Nano-antenna is hundreds times smaller than today’s state of the art

Revolutionary Nano-antenna is hundreds times smaller than today’s state of the art

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It’s not just our devices that are getting smaller and more powerful, the components that make our devices are also going through their own revolutions.   Recently I discussed how a new Metalense breakthrough from Harvard University will help us realise atomic sized camera lenses,...

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Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

Scientists create edible electronics using Graphene to improve food safety

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to quickly and easily tag foods and other products with sensors and other electronics that can be safely eaten could improve food safety and security.   James Tour believes anything can be turned into the wonder material, Graphene, a material so versatile it...

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The robots of the future might not have a brain

The robots of the future might not have a brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The classical view of an intelligent robot is one whose intelligence comes from a centralised location, such as a brain, or in their case, a centralised computing platform, but there’s no reason why this has to be the case.   The classical view of a...

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Semi-synthetic cells could revolutionise everything from sensors to healthcare

Semi-synthetic cells could revolutionise everything from sensors to healthcare

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The ability to create semi-synthetic cells that have both organic and inorganic properties opens up a whole world of new use cases that span everything from biotech to new forms of manufacturing.   The more we study natural biological cells, the more we learn about...

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