Silver Nanowires

January 19, 2016
The Transparent Conductor of Choice You may not be familiar with silver nanowires but they are fast becoming essential in a wide array of consumer electronics (CE) products. They are being used in touchscreens, flexible displays, solar cells, OLED lighting, automotive and medical applications. A Brief Primer   You can’t see them. You can’t feel them. A silver nanowire is just a few nanometers in diameter and a few micrometers in length. These high (1,000:1) aspect ratio silver nanowires, when coated in a plastic substrate (typically PET), overlap to create a highly conductive...

The Fourth Dimension

January 14, 2016
A Futuristic Look at the Next Generation of PrintingA chair that builds itself. A toy that reacts to temperature. A shoe that forms to the foot. Welcome to the new world of 4D printing. The newest technology offers many of the same constructs as 3D, but with a fresh combination of smart materials and conduits that will change how we think about additive manufacturing. Today, the term 4D printing may solicit more questions than exclamations, but it essentially refers to 3D-printed objects that have an added dimension—time. These 3D items can actually transform and change shape based upon exposure to certain stimuli, like temperature or water. And while the additive manufacturing...

Talking About the Future

January 13, 2016
Market and technology shifts aren’t the only concerns automakers have when developing new vehicles. They also care about geopolitics, environmental issues and social interactions. And because of long product development cycles, what may happen in seven years is perhaps more important than what’s happening now. So, three global automakers in particular—Ford, Daimler and Volvo—have “futurists” on staff, helping to keep their entire organizations focused on the long view. Recently, i3 gathered Sheryl Connelly, global consumer trends and futuring manager, Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI; Aric Dromi, futurologist, Volvo Cars, Gothenburg, Sweden; and Alexander...

Smart Cities on the Rise

January 12, 2016
Many of our metropolitan areas today are in urgent need of an infrastructure upgrade. Current transportation, energy, water and waste systems were not designed for a rapidly rising population and the consequences are dire. Even though cities represent today’s economic growth engine, they also account for most harmful gas emissions and sewage overlows. For example, measurements of air pollution in London’s main shopping area known as Oxford Street revealed that it only took less than five days for the British capital to exceed the legal limit for the whole of 2015...

How Virtual Reality Will Change the World

January 08, 2016
Google Chief Game Designer Noah Falstein has been making games long enough to have lived through every iteration of the promise of virtual reality (VR). But with Sony, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Nvidia, HTC, Samsung, Intel and other big companies investing billions of dollars in VR, that promise is finally being realized. “With Samsung Gear VR and the upcoming Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony’s PlayStation VR, we have VR displays, input, and motion sensing hardware that’s high enough quality to really jumpstart the medium,” Falstein says. “That’s a big change from a couple of years ago when this was all getting started. The combination of super low...

Robots All Around

January 07, 2016
First: what is a robot?Is it a toy or entertainment device that you control via apps from your smartphone? Is it a special purpose device to clean a grill, vacuum a floor and serve as an assistive device? Is it a social robot that provides companionship and interacts with people, possible in a humanoid form that "gwalks" and "talks" as it befriends you? Is it a specialized device, such as a smart glove that can handle things that you can't touch? Is it a drone or smart car that is programmed to move people and products? Is it an industrial device that assembles products, conducts medical procedures...

CES Unveiled Las Vegas

January 04, 2016
CES 2016 has arrived! CES Unveiled Las Vegas, the official media event of CES, welcomes more than 1,200 press and industry analysts who come to catch a glimpse at the latest products and technologies that will be making headlines two days before CES. More than 100 tech companies showcase the latest innovations ranging from smart home, robotics, automotive, 3D printing and more. Not on the invite list? It Is Innovation (i3) provides you a sneak peek of the exhibitors showcased at CES Unveiled Las Vegas. Check out the guide below to learn about the “must-see” products to add to your CES list this January. 3DRudder ...

CES 2016 Innovation Awards

January 04, 2016
The CES 2016 Innovation Awards is the ultimate recognition for the design and engineering of consumer technology products. Since 1976, this prestigious program has celebrated and recognized the ground-breaking technologies of tomorrow. The awards span 27 product categories and encompass the most influential and inventive fields in the industry, from virtual reality to smart home. Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetics, design qualities, functionality and level of innovation. The expert panel of judges consists of an independent designer, independent engineer and a member of the trade press.  Products...

Automotive Intelligence

November 19, 2015
Fatalities from motor vehicle traffic accidents have fallen dramatically since 2005 thanks partly to advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like adaptive cruise control or collision-avoidance auto-braking. These high-tech overseers have helped people to become better drivers. Yet with technological advances already in development, the best driver may turn out to be the vehicle itself—and some experts say fully autonomous or self-driving cars could be in dealer showrooms in just a few years. Even so, there is still work to accomplish both technologically and societally before full autonomy can be realized, experts add. Progress in Fits and Starts “This is a technology...
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