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New Printable Ink Electrifies Wearable Technology

New Printable Ink Electrifies Wearable Technology

Wearable Technology Insights
Jul 11, 2022
Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users are Moving

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users are Moving

Researchers develop a comfortable, form-fitting fabric that recognizes its wearer's activities, like walking, running, and jumping.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jul 7, 2022
Bioinspired Skin-like Membrane for Flexible Electronics

Bioinspired Skin-like Membrane for Flexible Electronics

Researchers have proposed a facile approach to develop elastic and conductive Janus membranes with excellent adhesion for advanced flexible multifunctional electronics.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jun 21, 2022
Smart Jumpsuit Tracks Infants' Motor Development

Smart Jumpsuit Tracks Infants' Motor Development

A Finnish research group has developed a novel wearable for infants for the reliable assessment of motor abilities during early development. The smart jumpsuit is a wearable medical device equipped with multiple movement sensors, which assist in assessing and predicting children's neurological development.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jun 15, 2022
Rubber Camouflage Skin Exhibits Smart and Stretchy Behaviours

Rubber Camouflage Skin Exhibits Smart and Stretchy Behaviours

The skin of cephalopods, such as octopuses, squids and cuttlefish, is stretchy and smart, contributing to these creatures' ability to sense and respond to their surroundings. A Penn State-led collaboration has harnessed these properties to create an artificial skin that mimics both the elasticity and the neurologic functions of cephalopod skin, with potential applications for neurorobotics, skin prosthetics, artificial organs and more.  
Wearable Technology Insights
Jun 3, 2022
Stretchable, Waterproof Fabric Turns Body Movements into Electricity

Stretchable, Waterproof Fabric Turns Body Movements into Electricity

Scientists have developed a stretchable and waterproof 'fabric' that turns energy generated from body movements into electrical energy.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 25, 2022
Smart Films Facilitate Human-Machine Interaction

Smart Films Facilitate Human-Machine Interaction

Imagine this: A smooth touchscreen display placed on top of a thin silicone polymer film suddenly generates the feeling of a tiny raised button under the user's finger. Or how about the idea of wearing that same polymer film like a second skin? If used to line an industrial glove, the film can provide valuable feedback by gesture recognition and by sending tactile signals, such as pulses or vibrations, to the wearer.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 24, 2022
Soft Printing Technique Opens the Way for Pixelated Elastics

Soft Printing Technique Opens the Way for Pixelated Elastics

Borrowing a technique from inkjet printers, researchers have rolled out a pixel-by-pixel method to program and manufacture soft structures for use in robotics, biomedical devices or architectural features.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 4, 2022
Engineers Get Under the Skin of Ionic Skin

Engineers Get Under the Skin of Ionic Skin

In the quest to build smart skin that mimics the sensing capabilities of natural skin, ionic skins have shown significant advantages. They're made of flexible, biocompatible hydrogels that use ions to carry an electrical charge. In contrast to smart skins made of plastics and metals, the hydrogels have the softness of natural skin. This offers a more natural feel to the prosthetic arm or robot hand they are mounted on, and makes them comfortable to wear.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 2, 2022
Electronic Skin Anticipates and Perceives Touch

Electronic Skin Anticipates and Perceives Touch

Researchers have taken a major step forward in the development of sensitive electronic skin with integrated artificial hairs. E-skins are flexible electronic systems that try to mimic the sensitivity of their natural human skin counterparts. Applications range from skin replacement and medical sensors on the body to artificial skin for humanoid robots and androids.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jul 11, 2022
Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users are Moving

Smart Textiles Sense How Their Users are Moving

Researchers develop a comfortable, form-fitting fabric that recognizes its wearer's activities, like walking, running, and jumping.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jun 21, 2022
Smart Jumpsuit Tracks Infants' Motor Development

Smart Jumpsuit Tracks Infants' Motor Development

A Finnish research group has developed a novel wearable for infants for the reliable assessment of motor abilities during early development. The smart jumpsuit is a wearable medical device equipped with multiple movement sensors, which assist in assessing and predicting children's neurological development.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jun 3, 2022
Stretchable, Waterproof Fabric Turns Body Movements into Electricity

Stretchable, Waterproof Fabric Turns Body Movements into Electricity

Scientists have developed a stretchable and waterproof 'fabric' that turns energy generated from body movements into electrical energy.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 24, 2022
Soft Printing Technique Opens the Way for Pixelated Elastics

Soft Printing Technique Opens the Way for Pixelated Elastics

Borrowing a technique from inkjet printers, researchers have rolled out a pixel-by-pixel method to program and manufacture soft structures for use in robotics, biomedical devices or architectural features.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 2, 2022
Electronic Skin Anticipates and Perceives Touch

Electronic Skin Anticipates and Perceives Touch

Researchers have taken a major step forward in the development of sensitive electronic skin with integrated artificial hairs. E-skins are flexible electronic systems that try to mimic the sensitivity of their natural human skin counterparts. Applications range from skin replacement and medical sensors on the body to artificial skin for humanoid robots and androids.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jul 7, 2022
Bioinspired Skin-like Membrane for Flexible Electronics

Bioinspired Skin-like Membrane for Flexible Electronics

Researchers have proposed a facile approach to develop elastic and conductive Janus membranes with excellent adhesion for advanced flexible multifunctional electronics.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jun 15, 2022
Rubber Camouflage Skin Exhibits Smart and Stretchy Behaviours

Rubber Camouflage Skin Exhibits Smart and Stretchy Behaviours

The skin of cephalopods, such as octopuses, squids and cuttlefish, is stretchy and smart, contributing to these creatures' ability to sense and respond to their surroundings. A Penn State-led collaboration has harnessed these properties to create an artificial skin that mimics both the elasticity and the neurologic functions of cephalopod skin, with potential applications for neurorobotics, skin prosthetics, artificial organs and more.  
Wearable Technology Insights
May 25, 2022
Smart Films Facilitate Human-Machine Interaction

Smart Films Facilitate Human-Machine Interaction

Imagine this: A smooth touchscreen display placed on top of a thin silicone polymer film suddenly generates the feeling of a tiny raised button under the user's finger. Or how about the idea of wearing that same polymer film like a second skin? If used to line an industrial glove, the film can provide valuable feedback by gesture recognition and by sending tactile signals, such as pulses or vibrations, to the wearer.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 4, 2022
Engineers Get Under the Skin of Ionic Skin

Engineers Get Under the Skin of Ionic Skin

In the quest to build smart skin that mimics the sensing capabilities of natural skin, ionic skins have shown significant advantages. They're made of flexible, biocompatible hydrogels that use ions to carry an electrical charge. In contrast to smart skins made of plastics and metals, the hydrogels have the softness of natural skin. This offers a more natural feel to the prosthetic arm or robot hand they are mounted on, and makes them comfortable to wear.
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