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European researchers have developed an immersive virtual reality (VR) platform to assist in the physical and cognitive rehabilitation of stroke survivors and people with impaired mobility. The innovative system, which is undergoing clinical trials and could soon be commercialised, offers distinct advantages compared to conventional rehabilitation techniques.
Published: 10 November 2016
An EU-funded project has developed a dynamic self-printing advertising solution, harnessing many of the advantages of both paper-based billboards and electronic displays at a fraction of the environmental cost - energy consumption is around 50 times lower than that of LED billboards!
Published: 8 November 2016
Solar cells as thin and flexible as a piece of paper can generate clean energy wherever it is needed, but manufacturing these revolutionary devices using thin-film printing processes is tricky. A novel quality control solution being developed by a European consortium is improving production efficiency and performance while reducing waste.
Published: 28 October 2016
EU-funded project XERIC plans to develop a climate-control system for electric vehicles that can cut energy use by half. Reducing energy use would extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid cars, making the industry more competitive.
Published: 26 October 2016
The identification of perennial grasses that make strong candidates for biofuel production and new drying techniques are among the results of the OPTIMA project - along with a call for support for farmers that will enable them to turn their marginal land into valuable biomass.
Published: 25 October 2016
An unsuccessful joint replacement will cause pain, immobility and a progressively unstable hip or knee - for example - that needs repeat surgery. The EU-funded project BIOSTEM has developed a coating for artificial joints to improve the chances of stability and avoid these symptoms that threaten patient quality of life.
Published: 24 October 2016
The EU-funded MaRINET project has given researchers and developers free access to wave, tidal and offshore-wind energy test infrastructures and has harmonised test practices. This should speed up the commercialisation of marine energy devices.
Published: 20 October 2016
An EU-funded project aims to boost the competitiveness of Europe's travel industry by developing a cutting-edge cloud services platform capable of pulling together data from millions of service providers. The platform would allow travellers to access more diverse and flexible travel services faster and more securely than is currently possible - simplifying journey planning.
Published: 17 October 2016
Plastics are still made from petrochemicals that take their toll on the environment. But this could be about to change. Thanks to the EU-funded BioConSepT project, it is now feasible to make plastics from renewable resources such as wood and straw. Industry could soon be making plastic bags and bottles using chemicals derived from agricultural waste.
Published: 10 October 2016
We could be doing so much more with our windows. Why not use them to collect solar energy? EU-funded researchers are developing an innovative solution to do just that. Their concept is based on thin layers of running water in the glazing, which is also designed to help maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and block out excess sunlight.
Published: 30 September 2016