Research Bits: April 13

Washable battery Researchers from the University of British Columbia developed a washable, flexible, and stretchable battery. “Wearable electronics are a big market and stretchable batteries are essential to their development,” said Dr. Ngoc Tan Nguyen, a postdoctoral fellow at UBC’s faculty of applied science. “However, up until now, stretchable batteries have not been washable. Th... » read more

Research Bits: March 15

Interferometer on chip Researchers at the University of Rochester developed an optical interferometer on a 2mm by 2mm integrated photonic chip that is capable of amplifying interferometric signals without a corresponding increase in extraneous noise. Interferometers merge two or more sources of light to create interference patterns that provide information able what they illuminate. “If y... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Aug. 17

Digital fiber Researchers at MIT, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and Rhode Island School of Design developed a digital fiber that can sense, store, analyze, and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. "This work presents the first realization of a fabric with the ability to store and process data digitally, adding a new information content dimension to textiles and a... » read more