Archive for the ‘wearables’ category

Mar 10, 2024

Researchers make breakthrough in solar technology with ‘stretchable’ panels that act like rubber — here’s why it’s significant

Posted by in categories: solar power, sustainability, wearables

An innovative, flexible solar cell being developed in South Korea has passed a crucial stress test.

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) are working on a rubber-like sun-catcher made from organic materials. The idea is for these elastic cells to one day help power the wearable technology that is becoming more prevalent in society, per a KAIST research report.

“Through this research, we not only developed the world’s best performing stretchable organic solar cell, but it is also significant that we developed a new polymer that can be applicable as a base material for various electronic devices that needs to be malleable and/or elastic,” study lead Professor Bumjoon Kim said in the summary.

Mar 10, 2024

Wearable Sticker turns Hand Movements into Communication

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, wearables

Imagine wearing a thin flexible sticker that can turn your hand or finger movement into communication without you having to say a word or tap a touch screen. Researchers have developed a new type of wearable sensor that can accomplish this futuristic feat and could open new possibilities for rehabilitation applications and help those with disabilities to communicate more easily.

The new sensor combines a soft and flexible material called polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, with an optical component known as a fiber Bragg grating (FBG). The researchers designed it to be comfortable for long-term wear while also having the ability to detect movements with high accuracy.

A paper describing this technology is published in the journal Biomedical Optics Express.

Feb 29, 2024

Graphene micro supercapacitors enhance flexibility and performance in wearable technology

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, augmented reality, computing, wearables

The proliferation of wearable devices—from smart watches to AR glasses—necessitates ever-smaller on-board energy solutions that can deliver bursts of power while remaining unobtrusive.

Scientists leverage additive-free 3D printing process to construct exceptionally customizable and high-performing graphene-based micro-supercapacitors tailored for on-chip energy storage.

Feb 28, 2024

A wearable sticker turns slight movements into communication

Posted by in categories: electronics, wearables

The soft and flexible wearable sticker sensor can be worn for long hours and even picks slight movements that conventional sensors miss.

Feb 28, 2024

Wearable Digital Health Technology for Epilepsy

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, wearables

Review Article from The New England Journal of Medicine — Wearable Digital Health Technology for Epilepsy.

Feb 28, 2024

MIT’s Wearable Ultrasound Sticker Monitors Health of Deep Internal Organs

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health, wearables

MIT ’s ultrasound sticker enables continuous monitoring of organ stiffness, revolutionizing the early detection of diseases such as liver and kidney failure.

MIT engineers have developed a small ultrasound sticker that can monitor the stiffness of organs deep inside the body. The sticker, about the size of a postage stamp, can be worn on the skin and is designed to pick up on signs of disease, such as liver and kidney failure and the progression of solid tumors.

In an open-access study published recently in Science Advances, the team reports that the sensor can send sound waves through the skin and into the body, where the waves reflect off internal organs and back out to the sticker. The pattern of the reflected waves can be read as a signature of organ rigidity, which the sticker can measure and track.

Feb 27, 2024

Apple hints at AI cameras on Airpods, smart ring, smart glasses

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, wearables

Reports suggest the tech giant is considering plans to power Airpods with AI cameras, smart ring, and smart glasses.

With wearables taking over the consumer electronics market, especially in the last five years, tech giant–Apple is considering plans for wearable devices.

Feb 26, 2024

Researchers hack a 3D printer to speed up fabrication of bioelectronics

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, chemistry, cybercrime/malcode, wearables

The speed of innovation in bioelectronics and critical sensors gets a new boost with the unveiling of a simple, time-saving technique for the fast prototyping of devices.

A research team at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University reported a simple way to fabricate electrochemical transistors using a standard Nanoscribe 3D micro printer. Without cleanroom environments, solvents, or chemicals, the researchers demonstrated that 3D micro printers could be hacked to laser print and micropattern semiconducting, conducting, and insulating polymers.

Anna Herland, professor in Micro-and Nanosystems at KTH, says the printing of these polymers is a key step in prototyping new kinds of electrochemical transistors for medical implants, wearable electronics and biosensors.

Feb 26, 2024

MIT student creates device that is able to search the entire internet using just his mind

Posted by in categories: internet, wearables

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student has created a device that allows humans to communicate with machines using our minds — and it truly is incredible.

Arnav Kapur created a device called AlterEgo, which is a wearable type of headset that allows users to communicate with technology without even speaking a word.

So how does it work?

Feb 26, 2024

Google gives Android the AI treatment at MWC

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, transportation, wearables

Google’s Gemini implementation for AI image generation is facing a lot of criticism. But that isn’t stopping the search and mobile giant from riding the AI wave and rolling it out to more of its services. Today, Google announced a new set of features for phones, cars, and wearables — using Gemini to craft messages, AI-generated captions for images, summarizing texts through AI for Android Auto, along with access to passes on Wear OS.

The new features were unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona — an event where Google, as the company behind Android, has figured strongly for years.

The company said that starting this week, Google Messages will get a feature that lets you access Gemini in the app. The feature is currently in beta and only supports English.

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