High-tech cooling textile warms when worn inside out
“This is a completely electronic-free design, which means you can iron the smart fabric or put it in the washer and dryer…”
Newfangled fabrics can harvest energy with your every move.
Device could help workers reduce injury
After going dark in 2015, Google Glass is making a triumphant return. For the last two years Glass has been working with a variety of companies to find ways of incorporating the device across a broad spectrum of businesses.
For a wearable electronic sensor to be truly practical it would need to be comfortable when worn for extended periods of time. A team at the University of Tokyo has now developed a breathable nanoscale mesh that can be safely worn for a week without causing any skin irritation.
Wearable technologies—from heart rate monitors to virtual reality headsets—are exploding in popularity in both the consumer and research spaces, but most of the electronic sensors that detect and transmit data from wearables are made of hard, inflexible materials that can restrict both the wearer’s natural movements and the accuracy of the data collected. Now, a team of researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University 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.
Although there are already systems that allow us to control devices via hand gestures, they rely on sensors such as cameras, accelerometers and gyroscopes. A new technology goes about gesture control in a different way – it’s integrated into a watch strap, and it’s been used to control a drone.
Scientists have developed an electronic sensor that is hypoallergenic, breathable and can be worn constantly for a week, enabling continuous, unobtrusive health monitoring. The patch, developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo, is, according to its creators, so thin and light that the majority of users will forget they are even wearing …
Startup’s stress sensor tracks users’ unconscious responses to products and experiences.