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The future of wearable technology? You're already wearing it

The future of wearable technology? You're already wearing it

A new technology uses textiles as battery cells, which significantly improves the amount of energy that can be stored, meaning that the new battery could potentially power an object as energy intensive as a laptop or smartphone.The technology enables the use of smaller battery cells, allowing for larger capacities.
Wearable Technology Insights
Nov 15, 2018
IDTechEx TVStretchy solar cells a step closer

Stretchy solar cells a step closer

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for incorporation into applications like clothing that also require them to be flexible.
Wearable Technology Insights
Nov 13, 2018
Fabric alternative to batteries

Fabric alternative to batteries

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for "embroidering a charge-storing pattern onto any garment."
Wearable Technology Insights
Sep 7, 2018
Wearables powered by body movements

Wearables powered by body movements

A wearable energy-harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging, according to a team of researchers. The device, about the size of a wristwatch, produces enough power to run a personal health monitoring system.
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 22, 2018
A paper battery powered by bacteria

A paper battery powered by bacteria

In remote areas of the world or in regions with limited resources, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be unavailable or too expensive. New power sources are needed that are low-cost and portable.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jul 23, 2018
Flexible micro-batteries developed for smart wearable electronics

Flexible micro-batteries developed for smart wearable electronics

Chinese scientists have developed flexible micro-batteries with high energy density and steady performance under extraordinary high-temperature.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 21, 2018
Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

Scientists in Hong Kong and China have combined a semi-transparent arrangement of anodes and cathodes with a transparent electrolyte to make the first ever photoluminescent microbattery that can simultaneously act as a power supply and a full-colour display.
Wearable Technology Insights
Apr 25, 2018
Ductile semiconductor for flexible electronics

Ductile semiconductor for flexible electronics

Chinese scientists have found a kind of inorganic semiconductor, which has good ductility and flexibility at room temperature, which may be used in flexible electronics.
Wearable Technology Insights
Apr 4, 2018
Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Researchers have developed a rechargeable yarn battery that is waterproof and flexible. It also can be cut into pieces and still work.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 14, 2018
Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

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.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 5, 2018
IDTechEx TVFlexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

Flexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

The rapid development of flexible and wearable electronics is giving rise to an exciting range of applications, from smart watches and flexible displays—such as smart phones, tablets, and TV—to smart fabrics, smart glass, transdermal patches, sensors, and more. With this rise, demand has increased for high-performance flexible batteries. Up to now, however, researchers have had difficulty obtaining both good flexibility and high energy density concurrently in lithium-ion batteries.
Wearable Technology Insights
Nov 15, 2018
IDTechEx TVStretchy solar cells a step closer

Stretchy solar cells a step closer

Organic solar cells that can be painted or printed on surfaces are increasingly efficient, and now show promise for incorporation into applications like clothing that also require them to be flexible.
Wearable Technology Insights
Sep 7, 2018
Wearables powered by body movements

Wearables powered by body movements

A wearable energy-harvesting device could generate energy from the swing of an arm while walking or jogging, according to a team of researchers. The device, about the size of a wristwatch, produces enough power to run a personal health monitoring system.
Wearable Technology Insights
Jul 23, 2018
Flexible micro-batteries developed for smart wearable electronics

Flexible micro-batteries developed for smart wearable electronics

Chinese scientists have developed flexible micro-batteries with high energy density and steady performance under extraordinary high-temperature.
Wearable Technology Insights
Apr 25, 2018
Ductile semiconductor for flexible electronics

Ductile semiconductor for flexible electronics

Chinese scientists have found a kind of inorganic semiconductor, which has good ductility and flexibility at room temperature, which may be used in flexible electronics.
Wearable Technology Insights
Mar 14, 2018
Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

Materials sandwich breaks barrier for flexible solar cell efficiency

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.
Wearable Technology Insights
Nov 13, 2018
Fabric alternative to batteries

Fabric alternative to batteries

A major factor holding back development of wearable biosensors for health monitoring is the lack of a lightweight, long-lasting power supply. Now scientists report that they have developed a method for making a charge-storing system that is easily integrated into clothing for "embroidering a charge-storing pattern onto any garment."
Wearable Technology Insights
Aug 22, 2018
A paper battery powered by bacteria

A paper battery powered by bacteria

In remote areas of the world or in regions with limited resources, everyday items like electrical outlets and batteries are luxuries. Health care workers in these areas often lack electricity to power diagnostic devices, and commercial batteries may be unavailable or too expensive. New power sources are needed that are low-cost and portable.
Wearable Technology Insights
May 21, 2018
Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

Battery-in-screen paves way to ultra-thin smartphones

Scientists in Hong Kong and China have combined a semi-transparent arrangement of anodes and cathodes with a transparent electrolyte to make the first ever photoluminescent microbattery that can simultaneously act as a power supply and a full-colour display.
Wearable Technology Insights
Apr 4, 2018
Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Researchers have developed a rechargeable yarn battery that is waterproof and flexible. It also can be cut into pieces and still work.
Wearable Technology Insights
Feb 5, 2018
IDTechEx TVFlexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

Flexible lithium battery for wearable electronics

The rapid development of flexible and wearable electronics is giving rise to an exciting range of applications, from smart watches and flexible displays—such as smart phones, tablets, and TV—to smart fabrics, smart glass, transdermal patches, sensors, and more. With this rise, demand has increased for high-performance flexible batteries. Up to now, however, researchers have had difficulty obtaining both good flexibility and high energy density concurrently in lithium-ion batteries.