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Jul 20, 2021

Engineers develop practical way to make artificial skin

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, cyborgs, wearables

Chemical engineer Zhenan Bao and her team of researchers at Stanford have spent nearly two decades trying to develop skin-like integrated circuits that can be stretched, folded, bent and twisted — working all the while — and then snap back without fail, every time. Such circuits presage a day of wearable and implantable products, but one hurdle has always stood in the way.

Namely, “How does one produce a completely new technology in quantities great enough to make commercialization possible?” Bao said. Bao and team think they have a solution. In a new study, the group describes how they have printed stretchable-yet-durable integrated circuits on rubbery, skin-like materials, using the same equipment designed to make solid silicon chips — an accomplishment that could ease the transition to commercialization by switching foundries that today make rigid circuits to producing stretchable ones.


Stanford researchers show how to print dense transistor arrays on skin-like materials to create stretchable circuits that flex with the body to perform applications yet to be imagined.

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Jul 14, 2021

New wearable device uses human sweat to power electronics

Posted by in categories: energy, space, wearables

Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a new wearable device that turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. The device is a thin, flexible strip worn on a fingertip and generates small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it.

More interestingly, this sweat-powered device is capable of generating power even when the wearer is asleep or sitting still. This could open up some very interesting possibilities in the wearable space, as the researchers have now figured out how to harness the energy that can be extracted from human sweat even when a person is not moving.

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Jul 13, 2021

Calling All Couch Potatoes: This Finger Wrap Can Let You Power Electronics While You Sleep

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

A new wearable device turns the touch of a finger into a source of power for small electronics and sensors. Engineers at the University of California San Diego developed a thin, flexible strip that can be worn on a fingertip and generate small amounts of electricity when a person’s finger sweats or presses on it.

What’s special about this sweat-fueled device is that it generates power even while the wearer is asleep or sitting still. This is potentially a big deal for the field of wearables because researchers have now figured out how to harness the energy that can be extracted from human sweat even when a person is not moving.

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Jul 2, 2021

Skin in the game: Transformative approach uses the human body to recharge smartwatches

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

As smart watches are increasingly able to monitor the vital signs of health, including what’s going on when we sleep, a problem has emerged: Those wearable, wireless devices are often disconnected from our body overnight, being charged at the bedside.

“Quality of sleep and its patterns contain a lot of important information about patients’ health conditions,” says Sunghoon Ivan Lee, assistant professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Information and Computer Sciences and director of the Advanced Human Health Analytics Laboratory.

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Jun 23, 2021

Google deepens its healthcare presence: A timeline of the last year

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

Google has invested heavily in healthcare. I think in the end, they will be the ultimate profile provider for users. Just connect your electronic health record with your personal profile combined with Fitbit wearable technologies.


Google has made moves to expand its presence in the healthcare sector during the last 12 months, including multiple partnerships with health systems, several new product launches and efforts to facilitate the country’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Below is a timeline of Google’s key healthcare moves reported by Becker’s Hospital Review since June 2020.

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Jun 10, 2021

Future washable smart clothes powered by Wi-Fi

Posted by in categories: internet, wearables

Researchers at Purdue University, Indiana, have developed a method to transform ordinary clothes into battery-free wearables that are waterproof and resistant to laundry. These smart fabrics can be powered wirelessly through a flexible, silk-based coil sewn on the textile.

May 30, 2021

New tool activates deep brain neurons

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, genetics, health, neuroscience, wearables

Using a mouse model, Chen and the team delivered a viral construct containing TRPV1 ion channels to genetically-selected neurons. Then, they delivered small burst of heat via low-intensity focused ultrasound to the select neurons in the brain via a wearable device. The heat, only a few degrees warmer than body temperature, activated the TRPV1 ion channel, which acted as a switch to turn the neurons on or off.


Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy have had some treatment success with deep brain stimulation, but those require surgical device implantation. A multidisciplinary team at Washington University in St. Louis has developed a new brain stimulation technique using focused ultrasound that is able to turn specific types of neurons in the brain on and off and precisely control motor activity without surgical device implantation.

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May 21, 2021

Facebook Finally Explains Its Mysterious Wrist Wearable

Posted by in categories: computing, wearables

The company wants to develop new human-computer interactions. Will we be able to trust it with a new form of personal data?

May 20, 2021

Aubrey de Grey: Breakthroughs in Longevity & The Anti-Aging Revolution

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, wearables

Famed longevity pioneer Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, joins Geoffrey Woo, Founder and Chairman of Health Via Modern Nutrition Inc., for an enlightening conversation about advances in longevity, the investments and technologies that extend life, and the challenges and opportunities of a world in which people live longer. He walks us through his damage repair therapies with a focus on rejuvenation, prevention, and wearable technologies. Filmed on May 17, 2021. To continue the discussion with fellow Real Vision members on this interview, click here to visit the Exchange: https://rvtv.io/2T7nqZL

Key Learnings: Longevity escape velocity, which is a term de Grey coined, is the idea in which life expectancy is extended longer than the time that is passing, and he estimates a 50% chance that aging could be brought under medical control in as little as 15 years’ time. To learn more about SENS’ research and advancements, please visit their site here: https://www.sens.org/.

May 12, 2021

CES 2021: Quantum Operation shows a prototype of a Wearable with Noninvasive glucose monitoring feature

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, quantum physics, wearables

CES 2021 is blowing up with a lot of announcements despite being a virtual event. Among the lot, a Japanese Startup now says that its wearable can help you monitor Blood Glucose without piercing your skin.

Quantum Operation Inc., has showcased a prototype of a Wearable that typically is like a Smartwatch. It says that the wearable can measure and monitor the Glucose levels in Blood precisely in addition to heart rate and ECG. Apparently, this is possible due to the presence of a Spectrometer inside.

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