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Compact, infinitely variable transmission for robotics

SRI International has unveiled its latest take on the continuously variable transmission, the equally mysteriously named ‘Inception Drive’, an infinitely variable transmission (IVT). SRI says the IVT ...


Molecular robot can build other molecules

Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world's first ‘molecular robot’ that can perform basic tasks including building other molecules. The tiny robots, which are a millionth of ...


£30m clean transport lab to be built in Coventry

Coventry University and German engineering service provider FEV have signed a £30 million deal to build a clean transport lab in Coventry to spearhead research into advanced powertrain development ...








Engineering Materials Live opens next week at Duxford

Engineering Materials Live opens its doors to visitors next Thursday (21st September) at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford in Cambridgeshire, and you can still secure your free visitor badge online to ...


Rolls-Royce reveals autonomous naval vessel design

Rolls-Royce has revealed plans for a 60m long, 700 tonne autonomous naval vessel with a range of 3500 nautical miles. The vessel concept is said to be capable of operating at sea for over 100 days, ...



Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear

Cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms have halved since 2015 at the last auction for clean energy projects, meaning energy from offshore wind in the UK will be cheaper than electricity from ...







Continental’s cockpit vision

To address the need for better in-car display of both road information and entertainment in future autonomous and connected vehicles, Continental has showcased its vision of the cockpit of the future ...


Meet Sayer, the steering wheel of the future

Jaguar Land Rover will reveal its intelligent and connected steering wheel of the future, Sayer, during the inaugural Tech Fest at Central St Martins art, design and technology college in London, ...



Hyperloop sets a new speed record

The latest test runs at the Hyperloop test track in Nevada have seen its own speed record beaten twice. A team of students from the Technical University of Munich managed to get their pod to reach ...


Soft robot climbs walls using vacuum

Scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have created the first functional robot powered entirely by vacuum. Made up of soft building blocks, it moves by having ...


Royal Navy unveils radical future submarine concepts

The Royal Navy has unveiled a series of futuristic submarine concepts that mimic real marine lifeforms. The concepts aim to inspire the future of underwater combat technology. The concepts feature a ...

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Inception Drive

SRI International has unveiled its latest take on the continuously variable ...


Search and rescue drone

Industrial design company, Smallfry has designed what It calls a ‘game changer’ for ...