Archive for the ‘wearables’ category

Mar 21, 2024

Smart rings’ ultra-precise movement tracking take wearable technology to the next level

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, wearables

There is a lot of hype about smart rings right now—Samsung is due to release a Galaxy ring, and there is unsubstantiated speculation that Apple is considering a ring too. But why would you want a smart ring in the first place?

Mar 21, 2024

Tiny magnetic implants enable wireless health monitoring when paired with wearable device

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

In a study published in the journal Science Advances, researchers from Peking University have unveiled a miniaturized implantable sensor capable of health monitoring without the need of transcutaneous wires, integrated circuit chips, or bulky readout equipment, thereby reducing infection risks, improving biocompatibility, and enhancing portability. The study is titled “Millimeter-scale magnetic implants paired with a fully integrated wearable device for wireless biophysical and biochemical sensing.”

Mar 21, 2024

Liquid metal may point way to wearable ultrasound devices

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, wearables

The best-known byproduct of ultrasound—so named because its frequencies exceed the range of the human ear—is, in fact, not audio but visual: 2D imagery, often of a fetus maturing in the womb. But ultrasound has also found a place in other corners of the medical realm, from assessing blood flow to examining suspicious lumps and diagnosing disease.

Mar 16, 2024

UCLA’s AI wearable empowers speech for vocal cord impairments

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

UCLA bioengineers create thin, flexible neck device translating larynx muscle movements into audible speech.

Mar 14, 2024

Small skin-like wearable tech to track health, diagnose diseases

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

Stanford researchers devised a small, soft skin-like wearable device to monitor health. They are hoping to commercialize their product soon.

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.

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