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Black Phosphorus Ink Compatible with Inkjet Printers Developed

November 20, 2017

While it often seems that the focus on printing technology today is on the three-dimensional kind, researchers hoping to further printed electronics applications are looking for new two-dimensional materials with unique properties. Newer materials, researchers believe, could greatly advance the printing of optoelectronics and photonics using ordinary inkjet printing process.

Rethink Adds KPI Collection, Extra Cameras to Sawyer

November 20, 2017

As collaborative robots, or co-bots, become more advanced, so do their communications. Indeed, Rethink Robotics recently annoucned it has upgraded Sawyer so that the collaborative robot can now communicate its production key performance indicators (KPIs) and other metrics.

Tesla Debuts Electric ‘Beast’ Semi Truck

November 16, 2017

At a grand public event before throngs of cheering enthusiasts, Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk last night unveiled a sleek new electric semi-truck with a 500-mile range.

The new over-the-road electric truck is said to combine powerful acceleration, driving simplicity, low drag coefficient, low operating costs, and the ability to prevent jack-knifing, along with the 500-mile range.

“Because the vast majority of routes are under 250 miles, it means you can go to your destination and back without recharging,” Musk told the raucous crowd at Tesla’s design studio in Hawthorne, CA.

FDA Approves World's First Pill with an Embedded Sensor

November 16, 2017

You can prescribe a patient medication, but you can't make them take it. Patient compliance has always been an issue in healthcare and one that digital health technologies such as wearables have tried to address.

Three IoT Predictions for 2018: Fog Computing, Security, and Smarter Decisions

November 15, 2017

As companies shift to digital systems on the factory floor the first step is often preventive maintenance. In previous years, highly experienced factory hands would go around and listen to the motors and drives. They could hear the health of the machines. They could smell it. Those folks are retiring, and they’re being replaced with sensors and alarms tied into IoT systems.