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Optical Metamaterials Enable Flat Lenses

Optical Metamaterials Enable Flat Lenses

This premium article will introduce metamaterials and look into optical metamaterials in flat lenses. It will delve into the drivers and challenges, applications, examples from key market players, and more.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 31, 2022
Making Clothing into Computers, Without Electricity

Making Clothing into Computers, Without Electricity

For all the talk about embedding computers in clothing, here's an interesting option. Make the clothing the computer, and do it without electricity. Mechanical engineers are trying the concept on for size with a set of textile-based pneumatic computers capable of digital logic, onboard memory and user interaction.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 30, 2022
Print, Recycle, Repeat: a Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Print, Recycle, Repeat: a Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Some experts predict that our e-waste problem will only get worse over time, because most electronics on the market today are designed for portability, not recyclability. Tablets and readers, for example, are assembled by gluing circuits, chips, and hard drives to thin layers of plastic, which must be melted to extract precious metals like copper and gold. Burning plastic releases toxic gases into the atmosphere, and electronics wasting away in landfill often contain harmful materials like mercury, lead, and beryllium.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 30, 2022
Handy Extra Limb Powered by Compressed Air

Handy Extra Limb Powered by Compressed Air

Mechanical engineers have built a handy extra limb able to grasp objects and go, powered only by compressed air. It's one of several ideas they've implemented with a textile-based energy harvesting system.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Strain Sensors in ​Wearable Electronics

Strain Sensors in ​Wearable Electronics

This premium article will look into the use of strain sensors in wearable electronics, exploring various applications, resistive strain sensors, examples from key market players, and more.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 24, 2022
A Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic "Skin"

A Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic "Skin"

Wearable sensors are ubiquitous thanks to wireless technology that enables a person's glucose concentrations, blood pressure, heart rate, and activity levels to be transmitted seamlessly from sensor to smartphone for further analysis. Most wireless sensors today communicate via embedded Bluetooth chips that are themselves powered by small batteries. But these conventional chips and power sources will likely be too bulky for next-generation sensors, which are taking on smaller, thinner, more flexible forms.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 23, 2022
New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

Flexible electronics have enabled the design of sensors, actuators, microfluidics and electronics on flexible, conformal and/or stretchable sublayers for wearable, implantable or ingestible applications. However, these devices have very different mechanical and biological properties when compared to human tissue and thus cannot be integrated with the human body.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 22, 2022
Ultra-Thin Device Generates Electricity from Air Moisture

Ultra-Thin Device Generates Electricity from Air Moisture

Imagine being able to generate electricity by harnessing moisture in the air around you with just everyday items like sea salt and a piece of fabric, or even powering everyday electronics with a non-toxic battery that is as thin as paper. A team of researchers has developed a new moisture-driven electricity generation device made of a thin layer of fabric - about 0.3 millimetres in thickness - sea salt, carbon ink, and a special water-absorbing gel.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 19, 2022
New Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat

New Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat

If you have ever had your blood drawn, whether to check your cholesterol, kidney function, hormone levels, blood sugar, or as part of a general checkup, you might have wondered why there is not an easier, less painful way. Now there might be. A team of researchers has unveiled a new wearable sensor that can detect in human sweat even minute levels of many common nutrients and biological compounds that can serve as indicators of human health.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Force/Pressure Sensors inWearable Electronics

Force/Pressure Sensors in Wearable Electronics

This premium article looks into force and pressure sensors in wearable electronics, including printed pressure sensor applications, the wearable force sensor landscape, a SWOT analysis of flexible pressure sensors for wearable applications, and more.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

This premium article will look into the manufacturing and materials involved in electronic skin patches, including an overview of skin patch construction, opportunities for roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing, case studies of contract manufacturers producing electronic skin patches, and more.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 17, 2022
Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Researchers have discovered that they can control the stickiness of adhesive bandages using ultrasound waves and bubbles. This breakthrough could lead to new advances in medical adhesives, especially in cases where adhesives are difficult to apply such as on wet skin.
External Company Press Release
Turn It Up: The Power of Music - Amazing Technology

Turn It Up: The Power of Music - Amazing Technology

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is opening a world-first immersive exhibition exploring the science of music's mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 12, 2022
Human-Machine Interfaces Work Underwater, Generate Their Own Power

Human-Machine Interfaces Work Underwater, Generate Their Own Power

Wearable human-machine interface devices can be used to control machines, computers, music players, and other systems. A challenge for conventional human-machine interfaces is the presence of sweat on human skin. Scientists now describe their development of a type of human-machine interface that is stretchable, inexpensive, and waterproof. The device is based on a soft magnetoelastic sensor array that converts mechanical pressure from the press of a finger into an electrical signal.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 11, 2022
High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

Patients with severe respiratory or lung diseases require intensive treatment and their lung function needs to be monitored on a continuous basis. Researchers have developed a technology whereby noises in the lungs are recorded using a textile vest with integrated acoustic sensors. The signals are then converted and displayed visually using software. In this way, patients outside of intensive care units can still be monitored continuously. The technology increases the options for diagnosis and improves the patient's quality of life.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 9, 2022
Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

A researcher is creating a portable, wearable device for rapid gas analysis that could detect illness immediately. Advancements in micro-gas chromatography in the past 20 years have demonstrated great potential for the development of powerful portable gas analysis devices. But it remains a challenge to achieve efficient separation and rapid detection for effective gas analysis in a highly integrated and cost-effective platform, as well as in a mobile device.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Emerging Applications for Wearable Motion Sensors

Emerging Applications for Wearable Motion Sensors

This premium article explores emerging applications for wearable motion sensors, particularly focusing on telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, digital physical therapy, wearables in clinical trials, and more.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Event Summary: FLEX 2022 Printed/Flexible Electronics Conference

Event Summary: FLEX 2022 Printed/Flexible Electronics Conference

IDTechEx attended the FLEX 2022 conference in San Francisco, USA. This premium article summarizes the main themes, along with the most interesting and/or commercially relevant presentations. Topics covered include emerging applications, materials, manufacturing methods, and wearable technology.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 5, 2022
The Bacteria Powering a Truly Green Revolution in Personal Electronics

The Bacteria Powering a Truly Green Revolution in Personal Electronics

Researchers have figured out how to engineer a biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation and converts it to electricity. This biofilm has the potential to revolutionize the world of wearable electronics, powering everything from personal medical sensors to personal electronics.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 4, 2022
VegSense Makes Sense for Forest Studies

VegSense Makes Sense for Forest Studies

Ecologists won't always need expensive and bulky equipment to measure vegetation in the wild. Scientists have discovered a modern heads-up display works pretty well. Researchers set up a Microsoft HoloLens as a mixed-reality sensor to feed VegSense, their application to measure understory vegetation, plant life that grows between the forest canopy and floor.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Optical Metamaterials Enable Flat Lenses

Optical Metamaterials Enable Flat Lenses

This premium article will introduce metamaterials and look into optical metamaterials in flat lenses. It will delve into the drivers and challenges, applications, examples from key market players, and more.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 30, 2022
Print, Recycle, Repeat: a Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Print, Recycle, Repeat: a Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Some experts predict that our e-waste problem will only get worse over time, because most electronics on the market today are designed for portability, not recyclability. Tablets and readers, for example, are assembled by gluing circuits, chips, and hard drives to thin layers of plastic, which must be melted to extract precious metals like copper and gold. Burning plastic releases toxic gases into the atmosphere, and electronics wasting away in landfill often contain harmful materials like mercury, lead, and beryllium.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Strain Sensors in ​Wearable Electronics

Strain Sensors in ​Wearable Electronics

This premium article will look into the use of strain sensors in wearable electronics, exploring various applications, resistive strain sensors, examples from key market players, and more.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 23, 2022
New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

New Inks for 3D Printable Wearable Bioelectronics

Flexible electronics have enabled the design of sensors, actuators, microfluidics and electronics on flexible, conformal and/or stretchable sublayers for wearable, implantable or ingestible applications. However, these devices have very different mechanical and biological properties when compared to human tissue and thus cannot be integrated with the human body.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 19, 2022
New Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat

New Wearable Sensor Detects Even More Compounds in Human Sweat

If you have ever had your blood drawn, whether to check your cholesterol, kidney function, hormone levels, blood sugar, or as part of a general checkup, you might have wondered why there is not an easier, less painful way. Now there might be. A team of researchers has unveiled a new wearable sensor that can detect in human sweat even minute levels of many common nutrients and biological compounds that can serve as indicators of human health.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

Manufacturing Electronic Skin Patches

This premium article will look into the manufacturing and materials involved in electronic skin patches, including an overview of skin patch construction, opportunities for roll-to-roll (R2R) manufacturing, case studies of contract manufacturers producing electronic skin patches, and more.
External Company Press Release
Turn It Up: The Power of Music - Amazing Technology

Turn It Up: The Power of Music - Amazing Technology

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester is opening a world-first immersive exhibition exploring the science of music's mysterious hold over us and how it drives us to create, perform, feel and share.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 11, 2022
High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

High-Tech Vest Monitors Lung Function

Patients with severe respiratory or lung diseases require intensive treatment and their lung function needs to be monitored on a continuous basis. Researchers have developed a technology whereby noises in the lungs are recorded using a textile vest with integrated acoustic sensors. The signals are then converted and displayed visually using software. In this way, patients outside of intensive care units can still be monitored continuously. The technology increases the options for diagnosis and improves the patient's quality of life.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Emerging Applications for Wearable Motion Sensors

Emerging Applications for Wearable Motion Sensors

This premium article explores emerging applications for wearable motion sensors, particularly focusing on telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, digital physical therapy, wearables in clinical trials, and more.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 5, 2022
The Bacteria Powering a Truly Green Revolution in Personal Electronics

The Bacteria Powering a Truly Green Revolution in Personal Electronics

Researchers have figured out how to engineer a biofilm that harvests the energy in evaporation and converts it to electricity. This biofilm has the potential to revolutionize the world of wearable electronics, powering everything from personal medical sensors to personal electronics.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 31, 2022
Making Clothing into Computers, Without Electricity

Making Clothing into Computers, Without Electricity

For all the talk about embedding computers in clothing, here's an interesting option. Make the clothing the computer, and do it without electricity. Mechanical engineers are trying the concept on for size with a set of textile-based pneumatic computers capable of digital logic, onboard memory and user interaction.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 30, 2022
Handy Extra Limb Powered by Compressed Air

Handy Extra Limb Powered by Compressed Air

Mechanical engineers have built a handy extra limb able to grasp objects and go, powered only by compressed air. It's one of several ideas they've implemented with a textile-based energy harvesting system.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 24, 2022
A Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic "Skin"

A Chip-Free, Wireless Electronic "Skin"

Wearable sensors are ubiquitous thanks to wireless technology that enables a person's glucose concentrations, blood pressure, heart rate, and activity levels to be transmitted seamlessly from sensor to smartphone for further analysis. Most wireless sensors today communicate via embedded Bluetooth chips that are themselves powered by small batteries. But these conventional chips and power sources will likely be too bulky for next-generation sensors, which are taking on smaller, thinner, more flexible forms.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 22, 2022
Ultra-Thin Device Generates Electricity from Air Moisture

Ultra-Thin Device Generates Electricity from Air Moisture

Imagine being able to generate electricity by harnessing moisture in the air around you with just everyday items like sea salt and a piece of fabric, or even powering everyday electronics with a non-toxic battery that is as thin as paper. A team of researchers has developed a new moisture-driven electricity generation device made of a thin layer of fabric - about 0.3 millimetres in thickness - sea salt, carbon ink, and a special water-absorbing gel.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Force/Pressure Sensors inWearable Electronics

Force/Pressure Sensors in Wearable Electronics

This premium article looks into force and pressure sensors in wearable electronics, including printed pressure sensor applications, the wearable force sensor landscape, a SWOT analysis of flexible pressure sensors for wearable applications, and more.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 17, 2022
Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Using Sound and Bubbles to Make Bandages Sticker and Last Longer

Researchers have discovered that they can control the stickiness of adhesive bandages using ultrasound waves and bubbles. This breakthrough could lead to new advances in medical adhesives, especially in cases where adhesives are difficult to apply such as on wet skin.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 12, 2022
Human-Machine Interfaces Work Underwater, Generate Their Own Power

Human-Machine Interfaces Work Underwater, Generate Their Own Power

Wearable human-machine interface devices can be used to control machines, computers, music players, and other systems. A challenge for conventional human-machine interfaces is the presence of sweat on human skin. Scientists now describe their development of a type of human-machine interface that is stretchable, inexpensive, and waterproof. The device is based on a soft magnetoelastic sensor array that converts mechanical pressure from the press of a finger into an electrical signal.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 9, 2022
Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

Wearable to Detect Allergens, Fire Accelerants, Chemical Markers

A researcher is creating a portable, wearable device for rapid gas analysis that could detect illness immediately. Advancements in micro-gas chromatography in the past 20 years have demonstrated great potential for the development of powerful portable gas analysis devices. But it remains a challenge to achieve efficient separation and rapid detection for effective gas analysis in a highly integrated and cost-effective platform, as well as in a mobile device.
IDTechEx Research Subscribers
Event Summary: FLEX 2022 Printed/Flexible Electronics Conference

Event Summary: FLEX 2022 Printed/Flexible Electronics Conference

IDTechEx attended the FLEX 2022 conference in San Francisco, USA. This premium article summarizes the main themes, along with the most interesting and/or commercially relevant presentations. Topics covered include emerging applications, materials, manufacturing methods, and wearable technology.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 4, 2022
VegSense Makes Sense for Forest Studies

VegSense Makes Sense for Forest Studies

Ecologists won't always need expensive and bulky equipment to measure vegetation in the wild. Scientists have discovered a modern heads-up display works pretty well. Researchers set up a Microsoft HoloLens as a mixed-reality sensor to feed VegSense, their application to measure understory vegetation, plant life that grows between the forest canopy and floor.
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