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Wearable IT devices

Dyeing process gives textiles electronic properties

16-Oct-2020

Whether in fitness, medicine or in the entertainment industry, IT devices worn on the body, such as smart watches, are becoming increasingly popular. Such wearables benefit from the input device fitting as naturally as possible to the body – for example as electro-sensitive fabrics, so-called ...

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Electric pulses precisely shape 3D-printed metal parts

Metal 3D printing with electrochemical machining combined

02-Jun-2020

Professor Dirk Bähre and his research team at Saarland University have developed a non-contact method of transforming metal parts fabricated by a 3D printer into high-precision technical components for specialist applications. The novel method enables them to process parts made from strong, ...

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Smart machine maintenance

Avoid unpleasant surprises: New AI system also detects unknown faults

27-May-2020

A new maintenance system is helping to make sensors smart. A research team led by Professor Andreas Schütze of Saarland University is combining artificial intelligence with sensors that gather status data on industrial machinery. The system is able to detect damage, wear and error states, and, ...

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Smart glove for Industry 4.0

Connecting the physical hand to the virtual world

21-Mar-2019

Researchers at Saarland University have created an ultrathin flexible film that can act as a sensor for innovative technologies. Integrated within a glove, the new sensory film can communicate the current position of the wearer’s hand and fingers. By establishing a direct connection between the ...

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Lightweight metal foams become bone hard and explosion proof after being nanocoated

18-Mar-2019

Strong enough not only for use in impact protection systems in cars, but able to absorb the shock waves produced by a detonation. Those are just some of the properties shown by the metallic foams developed by materials scientists Stefan Diebels and Anne Jung at Saarland University. Their super ...

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Research team uses artificial muscles to develop an air conditioner for the future

14-Mar-2019

It can be used to cool or heat the air in a room or to cool or heat liquids. And it looks like something that Q – the tech specialist and gadgeteer in the James Bond films – might have come up with. The prototype device, which has been developed by a research team led by Professors Stefan ...

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Fuel cell vehicles: New sensor system safeguards fuel quality at hydrogen filling stations

14-Mar-2019

Fuel cell vehicles need hydrogen to operate, but that hydrogen has to be free of any contaminants that could damage the fuel cell. Professor Andreas Schütze and his research team at Saarland University are collaborating with research partners to develop a sensor system that can provide continuous ...

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Sensor stickers transform the human body into a multi-touch surface

08-May-2018

They are similar to ultra-thin patches, their shape can be freely chosen, and they work anywhere on the body. With such sensors on the skin, mobile devices like smartphones and smartwatches can be operated more intuitively and discreetly than ever before. Computer scientists at Saarland ...

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Turning polymer films into self-sensing high-tech actuators

28-Mar-2018

They might only be made from thin silicon film, but they can squeeze down hard, deliver a powerful thrust, vibrate or hold any required position. And because they can act as sensors, they are becoming important tools in technical applications. Stefan Seelecke and his team at Saarland University ...

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Only an atom thick

Measuring mechanical properties of 2D monolayer materials

19-Jan-2018

The thinnest materials that can be produced today have the thickness of a single atom. These materials – known as two-dimensional materials – exhibit properties that are very different compared with their bulk three-dimensional counterparts. Until recently, 2D materials were produced and ...

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