Engineers create a wireless charger you can easily cut to shape

Phys.org | January 09, 2019

Researchers from the University of Tokyo developed a new system to charge electronic devices such as smartphones and smartwatches wirelessly. The method involves a cuttable, flexible power transfer sheet which charges devices wirelessly and can be molded or even cut with scissors to fit different-shaped surfaces and objects.
"I really wish to live in a wireless world," says Ryo Takahashi of the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. "Imagine homes and offices without tangled cables, and think how useful it could be for emerging fields like robotics."

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The Infographic, Types of Construction Bonds, explains the different types of bonds used in construction projects across the US. In addition to identifying the different types, the infographic explains their purpose and why they are useful in the construction industry.

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The Infographic, Types of Construction Bonds, explains the different types of bonds used in construction projects across the US. In addition to identifying the different types, the infographic explains their purpose and why they are useful in the construction industry.

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Procore | July 16, 2022

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Autodesk Expands Learning Resources to Boost Digital Skills of Construction Teams in the Office, Trailer and Field

Autodesk | July 21, 2022

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