Disrupted Materials Science – electronic ink for 3D printing
Ability for 3D printers to be able to print electronics increases credibility even further iDisrupted Commentary The ability of 3D printers to be able to move […]
Disrupted Materials Science – Graphene to be used for 3D printing
The new wonder material – Graphene – can now be used for 3D printers. Is this truly the end of mass manufacturing? Graphene is extraordinary […]
New materials for 3d and 4d printing bring disruption to the construction business
Self printed, self healing houses now possible
Disrupted DIY – self assembly materials herald a new dawn in personalised product
Shape memory materials will form the basis for dynamic products that change shape according to use iDisrupted Commentary We’ve previously covered and discussed 3D printing […]
5 Advances In Quantum Computing
While fully fledged quantum computers are yet to exist, quantum developers and researchers are edging towards realising this ambitious – but achievable – goal. Interest and investment is fuelling the charge, with a projected global market of over $10bn by…
The Sustainability Revolution Hits Retail
There can be no ignoring the fact that consumers are more willing to support brands that care about societal and environmental good. The difficulty lies in being genuine – and not just fronting another greenwashing campaign. Technology is…
10 Companies Championing CleanTech
In light of worrying statistics about how far humans have damaged the environment, the CleanTech revolution could not have come at a more critical time. Luckily, there are a number of established companies and startups that are working to find clean solutions for businesses and consumers. But who are they, and…
Are We Ready For The Nanotechnology Revolution?
In the 1950s, physicist Richard Feynman suggested that more could be learnt about materials by reducing them to their smallest possible form. This idea laid the foundations for nanotechnology – the study of matter at an atomic or molecular level. Almost 70 years down the line, however, and the field is still…
What Will Nanobots Mean For Industry?
With many nanobots still in the research and development stages, it’s difficult to predict how disruptive they will be. This is especially challenging given that the field concerns machines so tiny they are almost impossible to comprehend. Even so, academic institutions are already carrying out…
Has Graphene Grown Up?
Graphene is the strongest and lightest material ever discovered, but it wasn’t until 2004 that two professors at the University of Manchester were able to isolate it from graphite for the first time. Enthusiasts have been discussing its potential ever since. Graphene could disrupt…
5 Major Developments In Industrial Robotics
Industrial robots are more accessible and affordable than ever before. . .
Industrial robots are robots that carry out assembly applications. Traditional industrial robots have been readily applied in manufacturing and electronics, but kitted out with sensors and Artificial Intelligence, their influence is set to grow. Last year, Loup Ventures predicted that the industrial robotics market would reach $33.8bn by 2025, almost tripling in size since 2016. You don’t have to rely on researchers to understand that installing industrial robots makes a lot of sense from a business perspective. However, the robots that are building machinery, packing deliveries and flipping burgers today are very different from their predecessors. What major changes have happened in the market, and how will they affect future adoption?
Businesses Must Implement Sustainable Plastic Strategies
We can run cars without using fossil fuels and power entire homes with solar energy, but we’ve yet to master recycling plastic. This is a serious global issue, highlighted by China’s recent ban on almost all types of plastic imports. As the world’s biggest processor of recyclable materials, China’s decision could…
Who Will Achieve Quantum Computing Supremacy?
Quantum supremacy is a grand term for the tiny incremental increases that are needed to demonstrate quantum capabilities beyond conventional computers. Google’s current system supports nine qubits – a long way off from the omnipotent machines first discussed in the 1980s. However, the company has been very open about its ambitions to create the most capable quantum system to date…
Is 3D Printing a Threat to Your Business?
A recent report suggests 3D printing will wipe out 22% of global trade For the most part, 3D printing has been touted as a positive […]
The Tiny Transformer Robot Inspired by Origami
Inspired by origami & a sign of the future. . .
As amazing as they are, the robots of today are built with specific purposes in mind. Even despite the development of soft robots, most are unwieldy and inflexible due to their design. “It’s not very efficient to have a different [robot] for each task,” says Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL). Alongside Shuhei Miyashita, director of the Microrobotics Group at the University of York, Rus devised a project to create shapeshifting bots.
In a paper published last month, Rus, Miyashita and their team revealed
Soft Robots Disrupting Robotics
New Technologies Offering Commercial Possibilities The robots that we’re familiar with are unapologetically mechanic, made from conductive, hard material. This is largely due to the […]
At A Glance – Circular Economy
What goes around must come around Traditionally, we live in a linear economy. Products are made, used, and then discarded, only for the process to […]