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Do you fear for your safety when testing lithium batteries? Discover the solutions applied by Ineltec in the world of lithium batteries. 

From the Technology University of Sydney (UTS), Australia, a team of researchers led by Guoxiu Wang have designed a chemical substance to boost the performance of lithium-air batteries in order to give electric vehicles have the same range as petrol – powered vehicles. 

With the intention of reducing CO2 emissions the LIGHTCAR research project was born. AIMPLAS has developed new sustainable materials and processes to reduce vehicle emissions by reducing weight. 

Emission-free steel for the automotive industry

Thursday, 23 September 2021 08:48

The global steel industry produces 7% of the world's direct carbon emissions caused by using a manufacturing technology based on iron-ore. This technology uses high furnaces that emit coke carbon. But every time we see closer the possibility to make the transition and reduce the global carbon footprint in the steel industry.

The concept of flying cars reminds us of a science fiction movie. However, on June 28, the AirCar completed the first trip between cities.

England researchers from different universities developed a new holographic technology that allows seeing through the transport, people or other habitual objects of the street or road.

The research Project of DAFIA, coordinated by the technological Plastic Institute (Aimplas) comes to an end. They have worked during four years to search added value on urban solid waste (domestic trash) and waste of the fish industry.

 

Thanks to the research, they have extracted and formulated fire-retardant additives through the fisher industry waste, that can be used in the automotive sector to provide of fire resistance to the polyamides. From this waste, they got alternative materials to EVOH (petrochemical origin) with oxygen barrier properties. This formulation, of gelatin base, it can be added to the packaging of food or be used to cover directly the product in edible way.

 

In the case of urban solid waste (domestic trash), thanks to their innovative fermentation procedures, it has been possible to extract its sugars (carbon source) building blocks from which biopolymers such as bio polyamides can be synthesized.  Materials from renewable sources that have also application in the automotive sector.

 

Source: Aimplas (19-02-2021). “Subproductos del sector pesquero y residuos sólidos urbanos se transforman en bioplásticos para automoción, aditivos ignifugantes y envases barrera” [Blog]. Recuperado de: https://www.aimplas.es/blog/valorizacion-residuos-solidos-urbanos/?utm_content=154831150&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&hss_channel=lcp-1205151

 


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3D printed glove, lined with stretchable fiber optic sensors that use light to detect a series of deformations in real time. (Photo: Cornell U.)

 

It's no exaggeration to say that stretchable sensors could change the way squishy robots will function and feel. In fact, they will be able to feel quite a bit.

 

Researchers at Cornell University have created a fiber optic sensor that combines inexpensive LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable "skin" that detects deformations such as pressure, bending and tension. This sensor could give soft robotic systems - and anyone using augmented reality technology - the ability to feel the same rich tactile sensations that mammals rely on to navigate the natural world.

 

The researchers, led by Rob Shepherd, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, are working to commercialize the technology for physical therapy and sports medicine.

 

Their work was published in the journal Science. The co-authors of the article were PhD students Hedan Bai and Shuo Li.

 

Bai was inspired by silica-based distributed fiber optic sensors and developed an Extendable Light Guide for Multimodal Sensing (SLIMS). This long tube contains a pair of elastomeric polyurethane cores. One of the nuclei is transparent; the other is filled with absorbent dyes in multiple places and connects to an LED. Each core is coupled to a red, green, and blue sensor chip to record geometric changes in the optical path of light.

 

The researchers designed a 3D-printed glove with a SLIMS sensor on each finger. The glove is powered by a lithium battery and equipped with Bluetooth so that it can transmit data to the basic software, which Bai designed, which reconstructs the movements and deformations of the glove in real time.

 

"Right now, detection is mostly done through vision," Shepherd said. "We hardly measure touch in real life. This skin is a way of allowing ourselves and machines to measure touch interactions in the way that we now use our phone cameras. It's using vision to measure touch. This is the most convenient and practical way to do it in a scalable way."

 

Bai and Shepherd are working with the Cornell Technology Licensing Center to patent the technology, with an eye toward applications in physical therapy and sports medicine. Both fields have taken advantage of motion-tracking technology, but have so far lacked the ability to capture force interactions.

 

Researchers are also investigating the ways that SLIMS sensors can power augmented and virtual reality experiences.

 

"The immersion in VR and AR is all about motion capture. The touch is hardly there," Shepherd said. "Suppose you want to have an augmented reality simulation that teaches you how to fix your car or change a tire. If you had a glove or something that could measure pressure, as well as movement, that augmented reality display might say, 'Turn and Then stop, so you don't over-tighten the nuts. 'There's nothing out there that does that right now, but this is one way to do it." (Source: NCYT Amazings)

 

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2020. Un Sensor Cutáneo Estirable Proporciona A Los Robots Esta Sensación Humana. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/40183/un-sensor-cutaneo-estirable-proporciona-a-los-robots-esta-sensacion-humana> [Accessed 17 November 2020].


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Lighter cars thanks to scrap material

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 15:24

An example of a fine network of carbon fibers manufactured under the optimized conditions allowed by the research proven process. (Photo: Kanazawa University)

 

Faced with the threat posed by global warming, many groups of scientists are working hard to minimize the amount of fuel we use in our daily lives. Reducing the weight of vehicles will in turn decrease the amount of fuel required for their operation, and will help mitigate global warming as well as save the user money.

 

In a recent study, the team made up of, among others, László Szabó and Kenji Takahashi, both from the University of Kanazawa in Japan, has chemically modified a waste material from the paper industry, and processed it into a possible lightweight material and strong, ideal for achieving that reduction in weight in cars without compromising its robustness. This technological advance can improve fuel economy in private and public transportation.

 

The researchers started with kraft lignin, a by-product of a common process performed on wood pulp. Paper mills often burn kraft lignin for power, because it is difficult to use for other applications except a few very specialized ones. Chemical transformation of kraft lignin into a more useful material would improve the environmental sustainability of paper production. 

 

Szabó and his colleagues have carried out a chemical modification of kraft lignin, optimizing the ability of this material to be compatible with another polymer called polyacrylonitrile, and thus prepare quality carbon fibers with which to manufacture a composite, resistant and lightweight material.

 

The process they have used generates only a fairly benign by-product, acetone.

 

When Szabó and his colleagues reduce the cost of preparing their new carbon fibers sufficiently, the door will be opened to the future manufacture of lighter, more robust and more fuel efficient vehicles. Since all industries use transportation, all of them will save money in this chapter, and all businesses will be more environmentally sustainable. 

 

 

Source: Redacción, N., 2020. Automóviles Más Ligeros Gracias A Un Material De Desecho. [online] Noticias de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Amazings® / NCYT®). Available at: <https://noticiasdelaciencia.com/art/40148/automoviles-mas-ligeros-gracias-a-un-material-de-desecho> [Accessed 11 November 2020].


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The industry seeks new niches of interest with the home as a central consumer hub


 

At the CES, the custom of using celebrities as a claim to launch products or promote the benefits of the sector is still alive. Shaquille O’Neal was one of the featured speakers and they are seen further times when women were used as a claim in different positions. The inclusion of women profiles and minority is one of the major challenges facing creators of software, hardware and online services.

After a week of competition to capture the attention of visitors, these are the lines of the product that during 2017 will try to get the portfolio and consumer attention. As always, prices and specific release dates were scarce. A lot of show but few reliable data.

 

Transport

 

Ford was a pioneer in attending the CES. Marcos Campos, its CEO, was advised by Bill Gates more than 10 years ago. Since then, they have not failed; they have made the rest of Detroit manufacturers go their way. The company that invented the assembly line predicts that the car of the future will not be owned, but will be by subscription. In 2021 the autonomous model also, without driver, will be a reality. BMW, for the first time, allowed seeing one of its sedans that will work thanks to artificial intelligence instead of having a human driver.

 

The tendency to leave the gasoline goes until competitions  

 

Tuesday night, Faraday Future, presented in the 2016 edition and with Chinese capital, shoed its first intelligent and fully electric model. The FF91 can save $5.0000 but it is unknown the delivery date or final price. It is known that is faster than any sport car, of gasoline, or the current Tesla vehicles. Mercedes thinks of a hybrid transport system which combines her vans with Matternet drones, one startup born at Singularity University, co-founded by the Latin Paola Santana. Honda has joined the wave with what they called a NeuV (New urban vehicle) a futuristic two-seater that remembers to the model without steering wheel or pedals of Google, Asian touch with the integration of cities around the world. The guideline is to offer small and agile vehicles in city and to leave the once of bigger size for logistics companies or adventure trips.

The transport chapter is completed with bicycles, from the ludic and sporting ones, increasingly lighter, to the urban assisted by electric motor and more security. India and China are the most common origins of almost all models.

 

Televisions

 

As expected, televisions have become one of the great protagonists of the CES. This event in Las Vegas uses every year to mark the trend: here, it was started talking about 4K and OLED screens. On this occasion, the Edition has been marked by a design aspect: the thickness. The battle began with the South Korean companies LG and Samsung the first day and the Chinese Xiaomi joint the following day. In this competition, LG became winner with a TV thinner than a credit card, of 2,57millimeters, the OLED W TV. In price issues, Xiaomi has been unmarked so it has announced a 55-inch Device for less than $1.500. All of them share common traits: they have the brains of television in an external bar and they have a clear commitment with the sound (Dolby Atmos in the case of LG and Xiaomi). 

 

 

Physical and virtual robots

 

This CES edition has had a female protagonist who was not even present: Alexa. The virtual assistant of Amazon has become one of the most named in this fair of Las Vegas. From Huawei to LG, big companies are betting to incorporate this artificial intelligence into their products. They have chosen his voice and his learning ability to improve the consumer experience. The same purpose has the robots of the South Korean company: Robot Airport Guide and Hub Robot, two devices (also with this female voice) of assistance that try to make life easier, although LG has not established when they will become available. The first, almost human size is designed to occupy large public spaces, especially airports. There it will be carry out welcome and management schedule tasks, gates and distances. In Hub’s case, this little robot is more similar to a cyber-pet. Its place is home, especially a connected home. It is designed to be able to handle the vacuum cleaner, over or air conditioner. In addition to other simple assistance tasks such as projecting videos, make calls or point reminders.

 

Cell pones

 

Apple maintains its policy of not attending any fair except the events organized by them. The Asian pavilion kept its usual horn of plenty of cases, batteries and accessories for iPhone and iPad, but without the creativity and impact of other years. Android reigns most frequently with more slack. Huawei, with Mate 9 as the most powerful CES mobile, Honor with 6X, ZTE with the new Blazey Asus that debuts Qualcomm processor, have been the prelude to the Mobile World Congress in late February in Barcelona. Both Samsung and LG took the opportunity to renew the mod-range. In the absence of major launches, the mobiles are confirmed as the central nucleus of home control. It will serve as a television schedule, shopping center for the fridge, a control for thermostats, lights and any kind of automation at home.

 

Virtual reality, augmented and merged

 

The virtual reality is consolidated and transformed into CES 2017. Throughout 2016, it has been settled the most demanded options of Samsung with Gear and Facebook with Oculus and it has been appeared other news as Day Dream of Google. Further to, the augmented reality has taken a leap with games (simple, but successful) like Pokémon Go, which shows the essence of this technology: to incorporate virtual elements in our reality. But this 2017 bets go further. We will not only to introduce ourselves to a virtual world, not to add new elements to ours, but to make a mixture. It is known as merged reality and promises to create a much more immersive feeling. Intel has presented its Alloy project as a model and reference for this technology. It is still being incorporated enhancements (to release the second version over 2017), the company’s CEO, Brian Krzanich has presented this technology as an open platform in which other creators of virtual and augmented reality content can be incorporated, such as Samsung, Amazon, Facebook and Google.

 

Beauty

 

With its own area in CES, beauty technology seeks to emerge in an environment still very controlled by health appliances. In addition, the typical wearables of activity, sleep, calories or heart rate control (which are still the most demanded), CES have shown other devices that also seek to make a dent. From the “magic” mirror that analyzes the face (the conditions of the skin, spots, wrinkles, pores…) to a smart comb which studies the composition of hair and what type of treatments should be used to improve it.

  


Possible laboratory tests (Source: Ineltec)

 

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Source

Rosa Jiménez Cano, B. (2017). Coches autónomos, televisores planos y robots, los triunfadores de CES 2017. [online] EL PAÍS. Available at: http://tecnologia.elpais.com/tecnologia/2017/01/07/actualidad/1483758488_053010.html [Accessed 9 Jan. 2017].

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Rosa Jiménez Cano, B. (2017). Coches autónomos, televisores planos y robots, los triunfadores de CES 2017. [online] EL PAÍS. Available at: http://tecnologia.elpais.com/tecnologia/2017/01/07/actualidad/1483758488_053010.html [Accessed 9 Jan. 2017].

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