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Be your own battery

Be your own battery

Jul 28, 2017 United States
Researchers are developing a revolutionary technology that will allow people to act as their own "power source" by wearing clothing such as "smart" shirts and shoes that harvest and store electricity.
Colour-shifting electronic skin

Colour-shifting electronic skin

Jul 27, 2017 China
Researchers have developed a new type of user-interactive electronic skin, with a colour change perceptible to the human eye, and achieved with a much-reduced level of strain. Their results could have applications in robotics, prosthetics and wearable technology.
Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul 27, 2017 United States
Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down.
Toppan Forms develops ITO replacement using silver salt ink

Toppan Forms develops ITO replacement using silver salt ink

Jul 25, 2017 Hong Kong
Toppan Forms Co Ltd has developed a technology for forming printed micro wires, which enables a wire width of 4 micrometers that is almost invisible to the naked eye.
Camera improves robot vision and virtual reality

Camera improves robot vision and virtual reality

Jul 24, 2017 United States
A new camera that builds on technology first described by researchers more than 20 years ago could generate the kind of information-rich images that robots need to navigate the world. This camera, which generates a four dimensional image, can also capture nearly 140 degrees of information.
Breathable, wearable electronics on skin

Breathable, wearable electronics on skin

Jul 19, 2017 8 Japan
A hypoallergenic electronic sensor can be worn on the skin continuously for a week without discomfort, and is so light and thin that users forget they even have it on, says a Japanese group of scientists.
Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots

Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots

Jul 18, 2017
A team of researchers has created a highly sensitive soft capacitive sensor made of silicone and fabric that moves and flexes with the human body to unobtrusively and accurately detect movement.
Webinar Thursday 3 August - Opportunities for LPWAN Technologies

Webinar Thursday 3 August - Opportunities for LPWAN Technologies

Jul 17, 2017
IDTechEx is hosting a free webinar on opportunities for LPWAN technologies on Thursday 3 August.
Low-cost smart glove translates American Sign Language into text

Low-cost smart glove translates American Sign Language into text

Jul 17, 2017 12 United States
Engineers have developed a smart glove that wirelessly translates the American Sign Language alphabet into text and controls a virtual hand to mimic sign language gestures.
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Immersion vs. Fitbit: Everything you need to know in 7 charts

Immersion vs. Fitbit: Everything you need to know in 7 charts

Jul 13, 2017
Earlier this week, Immersion Corporation filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Fitbit. This is in addition to an existing lawsuit they have against Apple, also relating to the infringement of their patents in haptics, user interfaces and human-machine interfaces. In this article, James Hayward describes the background to these lawsuits within the broader context of the haptics industry.
Wearable to see the inner workings of the body

Wearable to see the inner workings of the body

Jul 13, 2017 United States
This technology enables continuous scanning of the body and brain in the form of a true wearable the size of a ski-hat or bandage.
Biofeedback technology helping improve balance in Parkinson's patients

Biofeedback technology helping improve balance in Parkinson's patients

Jul 11, 2017 11 United States
A research team is developing a system that guides patients through a series of balance exercises using wearable technology.
The flexible future of electronics

The flexible future of electronics

Jul 7, 2017 United States
Flexible hybrid electronics can be bent or stretched. Picture pulling a wand from your pocket, unfurling a scroll, and watching a movie on a desktop-size screen.
Stretchable electronic materials for formable, non-flat circuits

Stretchable electronic materials for formable, non-flat circuits

Jul 5, 2017
Henkel AG & Company, KGaA, is a German chemical and consumer goods company headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany.