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Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Electric textile lights a lamp when stretched

Mar 26, 2018 Sweden
Researchers have developed a fabric that converts kinetic energy into electric power. The greater the load applied to the textile and the wetter it becomes the more electricity it generates.
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Bringing military medical devices into the 21st century

Bringing military medical devices into the 21st century

Mar 22, 2018 United Kingdom
In the 15th century, soldiers injured in battle were left on the battlefield for two to three days until their condition either stabilised or they died. Since the efforts of surgeon Ambroise Paré in the same century, one of the forerunners in improving medical treatment for injured soldiers, the care that soldiers receive today is much safer, quicker and well organised. Here, Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager of professional battery…
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Five Hot Trends with Printed and Flexible Electronics

Five Hot Trends with Printed and Flexible Electronics

Mar 21, 2018 Worldwide, Europe
Europe's leading event on printed and flexible electronics, Printed Electronics Europe 2018, opens its doors in less than three weeks to over 2,500 global visitors.
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Wearable heart rate monitor could signal low blood sugar

Wearable heart rate monitor could signal low blood sugar

Mar 21, 2018 United States
A wearable medical patch measuring the beat-to-beat variation in heart rate is a promising device for the early detection of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, in type 1 diabetes.
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Invisible, stretchable circuits

Invisible, stretchable circuits

Mar 19, 2018 United States
Electrically conductive films that are optically transparent have a central role in a wide range of electronics applications, from touch screens and video displays to photovoltaics. These conductors function as invisible electrodes for circuit wiring, touch sensing, or electrical charge collection and are typically composed of transparent conductive oxides. But, they have a weakness. Most transparent conductors are mechanically stiff.…
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IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad

IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad

Mar 16, 2018 Worldwide, Europe
IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 21 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Berlin, Germany on 11-12 April 2018. All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
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Personalised robotic exosuits

Personalised robotic exosuits

Mar 16, 2018 United States
When it comes to soft assistive devices — like the wearable exosuit being created by the Harvard Biodesign Lab — the wearer and the robot need to be in sync. But every human moves a bit differently, and tailoring the robot's parameters to an individual user is a time-consuming and inefficient process.
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Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

Mar 14, 2018 United States
Solar cells have great potential as a source of clean electrical energy, but so far they have not been cheap, light, and flexible enough for widespread use. Now a team of researchers has found an innovative and promising way to improve solar cells and make their use in many applications more likely.
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New conductive coating may unlock biometric and wearable technology

New conductive coating may unlock biometric and wearable technology

Mar 13, 2018 United States
A team of researchers have developed a mechanically robust conductive coating that can maintain performance under heavy stretching and bending.
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Poisons Return in Electronics and Electrics: Escape Routes

Poisons Return in Electronics and Electrics: Escape Routes

Mar 8, 2018
There is a flood of new electronic and electrical devices reintroducing poisons very similar to those in tobacco smoke, diesel fumes, asbestos and other killers. There has been no tracking of what is arriving, assessing toxicity and likely prevalence. Uniquely, the new IDTechEx report, "Toxigen Materials and Alternatives in Electronics/ Electrics 2018-2028" now does just that.
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Squid skin could be the solution to new materials

Squid skin could be the solution to new materials

Mar 8, 2018 United States
Cephalopods—which include octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish—are masters of disguise. They can camouflage to precisely match their surroundings in a matter of seconds, and no scientist has quite been able to replicate the spectacle. But new research brings us a step closer.
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New wearable may hold benefits for people with Parkinson's

New wearable may hold benefits for people with Parkinson's

Mar 6, 2018 Canada
A new prototype for wearable tremor suppression gloves has a team of researchers believing real change is on the way for the more than 6 million people in the world afflicted by Parkinson's disease.
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Breakthroughs seen in artificial eye and muscle technology

Breakthroughs seen in artificial eye and muscle technology

Mar 2, 2018 United States
Inspired by the human eye, researchers have developed an adaptive metalens that is essentially a flat, electronically controlled artificial eye. The adaptive metalens simultaneously controls for three of the major contributors to blurry images: focus, astigmatism, and image shift.
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Wearable technology: Growth opportunities after the hype

Wearable technology: Growth opportunities after the hype

Mar 1, 2018
The IDTechEx Wearable Europe conference and exhibition, to be held on 11-12 April in Berlin Germany, brings together the ecosystem global brands with leading edge technology developers, focussing on the commercial growth opportunities for wearable technology.
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Wearable sensor for chronic conditions

Wearable sensor for chronic conditions

Feb 26, 2018 United Kingdom
A new type of flexible, wearable sensor could help people with chronic conditions like diabetes avoid the discomfort of regular pin-prick blood tests by monitoring the chemical composition of their sweat instead.
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Ultrathin, highly elastic skin display

Ultrathin, highly elastic skin display

Feb 21, 2018 Japan
A new ultrathin, elastic display that fits snugly on the skin can show the moving waveform of an electrocardiogram recorded by a breathable, on-skin electrode sensor. Combined with a wireless communication module, this integrated biomedical sensor system - called "skin electronics" - can transmit biometric data to the cloud.
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Government of Canada's new innovation program

Government of Canada's new innovation program

Feb 21, 2018 Canada
$950-million investment positions Canada for an innovation boom in high-growth sectors
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IDTechEx TVStretchable electronics for stroke recovery

Stretchable electronics for stroke recovery

Feb 19, 2018 United States
Printed Electronics World reports on a groundbreaking new wearable designed to be worn on the throat could be a game changer in the field of stroke rehabilitation.
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Chinese police use facial recognition glasses

Chinese police use facial recognition glasses

Feb 16, 2018 China
Chinese police are using facial recognition software combined with advanced optics and networking to recognise suspects even in crowded subways and shopping malls.
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Biosensors will be inexpensive, do more, go everywhere

Biosensors will be inexpensive, do more, go everywhere

Feb 15, 2018 United States
When it comes to biometric sensors, human skin isn't an ally. It's an obstacle. Researchers are developing cutting-edge methods to overcome this barrier without compromising the skin and its ability to prevent infection and dehydration. By making better noninvasive tests, researchers can open up enormous opportunities in medicine and the fitness industry.