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Spray-on electric rainbows: making safer electrochromic inks

Spray-on electric rainbows: making safer electrochromic inks

Aug 18, 2017 United States
Anyone who has a rear-view mirror that automatically dims blue in reaction to annoying high-beam headlights glaring from behind has seen an electrochromic film in action. Now, chemists have developed a new method to more safely and, by extension, easily produce these shear films, which change their color with the help of a tiny electric current. This could make them available to many industries that have not been able to feasibly use them before.
Sainsbury's introduces ham smart label technology to combat waste

Sainsbury's introduces ham smart label technology to combat waste

Jul 13, 2017 United Kingdom
Sainsbury's is attempting to tackle food waste with the introduction of a 'smart label' for its own-brand ham.
A future without fakes thanks to quantum technology

A future without fakes thanks to quantum technology

Jul 11, 2017 2 United Kingdom
Counterfeit products are a huge problem - from medicines to car parts, fake technology costs lives.
The flexible future of electronics

The flexible future of electronics

Jul 7, 2017 United States
Flexible hybrid electronics can be bent or stretched. Picture pulling a wand from your pocket, unfurling a scroll, and watching a movie on a desktop-size screen.
New screen coating makes reading in sunlight a lot easier

New screen coating makes reading in sunlight a lot easier

Jun 28, 2017 United States
Screens on even the newest phones and tablets can be hard to read outside in bright sunlight. Inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, researchers have developed a new antireflection film that could keep people from having to run to the shade to look at their mobile devices.
Using distinctive body locations to control mobile devices

Using distinctive body locations to control mobile devices

May 26, 2017 Germany
Researchers are placing ultra-thin, electronic tattoos on distinctive body locations. The user can touch, squeeze or pull them, and thereby intuitively control mobile devices such as a music player, or easily make indicators light up.
How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker

How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker

May 23, 2017 United States
A paper-thin, flexible device created not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well.
Plastic Logic flexible displays help create smart bracelet

Plastic Logic flexible displays help create smart bracelet

May 19, 2017 2 United States
Controlled by a smartphone app, the bracelet's flexible E Ink display can be continually re-customised with different digital patterns.
Semiconductors as decal stickers

Semiconductors as decal stickers

May 15, 2017 Germany
Scientists have developed organic semiconductor nanosheets, which can easily be removed from a growth substrate and placed on other substrates.
Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable

Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer and bendable

Apr 27, 2017 United States
A new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones.
Touch-sensitive, elastic fibres

Touch-sensitive, elastic fibres

Apr 12, 2017 United States
Researchershave created elastic, touch-sensitive fibres that can interface with electronic devices.