Archive for the ‘wearables’ category

Feb 22, 2024

Report claims Apple’s smart ring is arriving ‘imminently’

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, wearables

The rumor mill has fired up again, with a new supply chain report claiming that the “Apple Ring” will arrive sooner, rather than later.

Samsung’s tease of the Galaxy Ring during its Unpacked event in January will help expand the smart ring market considerably. However, a report claims Apple isn’t too far away from introducing its own.

According to an industry insider speaking to ETNews on Tuesday, Apple is getting very close to launching the rumored wearable. After filing many patent applications, and spurned on by Samsung, it could soon be Apple’s turn.

Feb 21, 2024

New study finds ‘Sweet spot’ for Length of Yarn-shaped Supercapacitors

Posted by in categories: chemistry, energy, engineering, wearables

As interest in wearable technology has surged, research into creating energy-storage devices that can be woven into textiles has also increased. Researchers at North Carolina State University have now identified a “sweet spot” at which the length of a threadlike energy storage technology called a “yarn-shaped supercapacitor” (YSC) yields the highest and most efficient flow of energy per unit length.

“When it comes to the length of the YSC, it’s a tradeoff between power and energy,” said Wei Gao, corresponding author of a paper on the work and an associate professor of textile engineering, chemistry and science at NC State.

“It’s not only about how much energy you can store, but also the internal resistance we care about.”

Feb 21, 2024

From Sci-Fi to Reality: Scientists Develop Unbreakable, Bendable Optical Sensor

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, robotics/AI, wearables

Researchers at Osaka University have developed a groundbreaking flexible optical sensor that works even when crumpled. Using carbon nanotube photodetectors and wireless Bluetooth technology, this sensor enables non-invasive analysis and holds promise for advancements in imaging, wearable technology, and soft robotics. Credit:

Researchers at Osaka University have created a soft, pliable, and wireless optical sensor using carbon nanotubes and organic transistors on an ultra-thin polymer film. This innovation is poised to open new possibilities in imaging technologies and non-destructive analysis techniques.

Recent years have brought remarkable progress in imaging technology, ranging from high-speed optical sensors capable of capturing more than two million frames per second to compact, lensless cameras that can capture images with just a single pixel.

Feb 17, 2024

AI-powered neurotech developer Elemind emerges from stealth with backing from Bezos, Gates

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, information science, robotics/AI, wearables

It’s electric! A startup emerged from stealth this week with grand plans to pioneer a new form of neurotech dubbed “electric medicine.”

Elemind’s approach centers on artificial intelligence-powered algorithms that are trained to continuously analyze neurological activity collected by a noninvasive wearable device, then to deliver through the wearable bursts of neurostimulation that are uniquely tailored to those real-time brain wave readings.

Feb 8, 2024

‘Electric Medicine:’ AI Startup Reads Brainwaves To Fix Sleep, Pain

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, wearables

Massachusetts startup Elemind has raised $12 million to read brainwaves and treat people for sleep disorders, long-term pain, tremors, and to speed up learning rates. Clinical trials show the company’s wearable device can accelerate sleep up to 70% faster, reduce tremors in patients with physiological shaking up to 50%, and boost learning rates.

“We use a wearable neurotech device to read the brain in real time and intercept it in real time with something called neurostimulation,” Elemind co-founder and CEO Meredith Perry told me on a recent TechFirst podcast. “That’s using sound or light or vibration or electricity to stimulate the brain. And when we do that, we can actually guide the brain precisely, and that leads to a behavior change. So like a drug, but much smarter and without the side effects.”

Feb 3, 2024

Researchers unveil wearable patch for enhanced robotic exoskeleton control

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, robotics/AI, wearables

SNAP’s 144 gold-coated silicon microneedles, each shorter than a hundredth of an inch, can bypass pain receptors and ensure comfort during prolonged wear.

Engineers from Korea and the United States have developed a wearable patch, which is slated to have the potential to further technologies related to human-machine interaction and healthcare.

Like a Band-Aid, the stretchable microneedle adhesive patch (SNAP) sticks to your skin and detects signals from muscles. In tests, people used it to control robotic exoskeletons better. These machines copy and improve the strength of human muscles and bones.

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Jan 28, 2024

Scientists Develop Artificial Muscle Device That Produces Force 34 Times Its Weight

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI, wearables

Soft robots, medical devices, and wearable devices are now common in our daily routines. Researchers at KAIST have created a fluid switch that employs ionic polymer artificial muscles. This switch functions with ultra-low power while generating a force 34 times its own weight. Fluid switches are designed to direct the flow of fluid, guiding it in specific directions to initiate different movements.

KAIST (President Kwang-Hyung Lee) announced on the 4th of January that a research team under Professor IlKwon Oh from the Department of Mechanical Engineering has developed a soft fluidic switch that operates at ultra-low voltage and can be used in narrow spaces.

Jan 25, 2024

Italian team’s iCub3 avatar tech set to enhance human-robot connection

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, wearables

Advanced proposition

The iCub3 robot avatar system has been designed to facilitate the embodiment of humanoid robots by human operators, encompassing aspects such as locomotion, manipulation, voice, and facial expressions with comprehensive sensory feedback, including visual, auditory, haptic, weight, and touch modalities.

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Jan 23, 2024

Scientists advance affordable, sustainable solution for flat-panel displays and wearable tech

Posted by in categories: computing, sustainability, wearables

A research team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has developed “supramolecular ink,” a new technology for use in OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays or other electronic devices. Made of inexpensive, Earth-abundant elements instead of costly scarce metals, supramolecular ink could enable more affordable and environmentally sustainable flat-panel screens and electronic devices.

“By replacing precious metals with Earth-abundant materials, our ink technology could be a game changer for the OLED industry,” said principal investigator Peidong Yang, a faculty senior scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley.

“What’s even more exciting is that the technology could also extend its reach to organic printable films for the fabrication of wearable devices as well as luminescent art and sculpture,” he added.

Jan 22, 2024

Liquid RAM Flexes for Wearables, Robots, Implants

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, wearables

A non-volatile version could be on its way, too.

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