Archive for the ‘wearables’ category: Page 56

Apr 14, 2016

Clothes that Transmit Digital Data Are Coming

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, electronics, health, mobile phones, neuroscience, wearables

Imagine shirts that act as antennas for smartphones or tablets, workout clothes that monitor fitness level or even a flexible fabric cap that senses activity in the brain!

All this will soon be possible as the researchers working on wearable electronics have been able to embroider circuits into fabric with super precision — a key step toward the design of clothes that gather, store or transmit digital information.

“A revolution is happening in the textile industry. We believe that functional textiles are an enabling technology for communications and sensing and one day, even for medical applications like imaging and health monitoring,” said lead researcher John Volakis from Ohio State University.

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Apr 7, 2016

Engineers develop first transistors made entirely of nanocrystal ‘inks’

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, wearables

The transistor is the most fundamental building block of electronics, used to build circuits capable of amplifying electrical signals or switching them between the 0s and 1s at the heart of digital computation. Transistor fabrication is a highly complex process, however, requiring high-temperature, high-vacuum equipment.

Now, University of Pennsylvania engineers have shown a new approach for making these devices: sequentially depositing their components in the form of liquid nanocrystal “inks.”

Their new study, published in Science, opens the door for electrical components to be built into flexible or wearable applications, as the lower-temperature process is compatible with a wide array of materials and can be applied to larger areas.

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Apr 6, 2016

Crumpling approach enhances photodetectors’ light responsivity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, engineering, particle physics, wearables

HUGE deal for wearables and biomed technologies.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have demonstrated a new approach to modifying the light absorption and stretchability of atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) materials by surface topographic engineering using only mechanical strain. The highly flexible system has future potential for wearable technology and integrated biomedical optical sensing technology when combined with flexible light-emitting diodes.

“Increasing graphene’s low light absorption in visible range is an important prerequisite for its broad potential applications in photonics and sensing,” explained SungWoo Nam, an assistant professor of mechanical science and engineering at Illinois. “This is the very first stretchable photodetector based exclusively on graphene with strain-tunable photoresponsivity and wavelength selectivity.”

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Mar 29, 2016

Could nanobots make your electronics last FOREVER?

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

Nanoengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny molecular robots (pictured) that could help to extend the life of delicate circuits and wearable technology.

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Mar 29, 2016

New plasma printing technique can deposit nanomaterials on flexible, 3D substrates

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, nanotechnology, wearables

A new nanomaterial printing method could make it both easier and cheaper to create devices such as wearable chemical and biological sensors, data storage and integrated circuits — even on flexible surfaces such as paper or cloth. The secret? Plamsa.

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Mar 29, 2016

Multiple bends won’t crack this lightweight, paper-like, flexible ceramic

Posted by in categories: electronics, materials, wearables

A flexible, paper-like ceramic material has been created that promises to provide an inexpensive, fireproof, non-conductive base for a whole range of new and innovative electronic devices (Credit: Eurakite). View gallery (4 images)

Materials to make hard-wearing, bendable non-conducting substrates for wearables and other flexible electronics are essential for the next generation of integrated devices. In this vein, researchers at the University of Twente have reformulated ceramic materials so that they have the flexibility of paper and the lightness of a polymer, but still retain exceptional high-temperature resistance. The new material has been dubbed flexiramics.

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Mar 24, 2016

Virtual reality devices are the next generation of computing, IDC says

Posted by in categories: computing, virtual reality, wearables

BOSTON — When evaluating wearables, IT can’t leave out augmented and virtual reality devices, which are poised to have a major effect on the enterprise.

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Mar 19, 2016

A Student Claims to Have Designed Working Artificial Gills

Posted by in categories: innovation, wearables

In time for vacation/ summer holiday season.

A mysterious site showcases a detailed blueprint of a wearable device that lets users breathe underwater like fish.

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Mar 16, 2016

Virtual Reality And Payment Wearables Tee Off At The Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, virtual reality, wearables

MasterCard is bringing the future of commerce to life with virtual and augmented reality commerce experiences and payment enabled wearables at the.
Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard (API) in Orlando, FL. Soon, golf fans may be able to shop for Graeme McDowell’s equipment and G-Mac apparel, while teeing off with him on a virtual fairway. Or, while out on the course, golfers might simply tap their golf glove at the point-of-sale to buy refreshments from the beverage cart—no wallet required.

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Mar 9, 2016

‘Artificial pancreas’ is one of new tech devices aimed at diabetes

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

Wearables and other connected devices have been available to help treat chronic conditions like asthma and heart disease for a while now. But thus far, the nation’s 30 million diabetics haven’t seen much to help them improve their health or reduce the daily grind of finger pricks and needle pokes.

The $2.5 billion connected-care industry may be off to a late start in diabetes, but it’s making up for lost time. A new breed of connected glucometers, insulin pumps and smartphone apps is hitting the market. They promise to make it easier for diabetics to manage the slow-progressing disease and keep them motivated with feedback and support. In as little as two years, the industry plans to take charge of the entire uncomfortable, time-consuming routine of checking and regulating blood-sugar levels with something called an artificial pancreas. Such systems mimic the functions of a healthy pancreas by blending continuous glucose monitoring, remote-controlled insulin pumps and artificial intelligence to maintain healthy blood-sugar levels automatically.

For Jeroen Tas, CEO of Philips’ Connected Care and Health Informatics unit, diabetes management is also personal: his daughter Kim is diabetic.

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