Tag Archives: Wearables

Omate TrueSmart Smartwatch Packs Functionality

Perhaps not quite as elegant as the Sony, and it may be trying to do too many things, but the Omate smartwatch looks pretty powerful and slick, nonetheless. Far more robust than the Pebble, its Android OS and Arm architecture position it as a promising player in the (getting very) crowded market.

Energy Efficiency Goes Hand in Wrist with Wearables


E-Textiles News

Wearables #1: Wearable textile battery can be recharged by sunlight

Energy Storage seems to be the point of intersection of the future.

From Nanowerk:

Going hand in hand with the development of wearable electronic textiles, researchers are also pushing the development of wearable and flexible energy storage to power those e-textiles. […] Going one step further, a research team in Korea has now developed wearable textile batteries that can be integrated with flexible solar cells and thus be recharged by solar energy. eporting their work in the October 28, 2013 online edition of Nano Letters (“Wearable Textile Battery Rechargeable by Solar Energy”), the team demonstrates a fully functional wearable textile battery by finding unconventional materials for all of the key battery components and integrating them systemically: Nickel-coated polyester yarn as a current collector for efficient stress release, polyurethane binder for strong adhesion of active materials, and polyurethane separator with superior mechanical, electrochemical, and thermal properties.

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Wearables #2: study looks at the acceptance of wearables

From EurekAlert:

As scientists develop the next wave of smartwatches and other wearable computing, they might want to continue focusing their attention on the arms and the wrists. According to a recent Georgia Tech study, portable electronic devices placed on the collar, torso, waist or pants may cause awkwardness, embarrassment or strange looks.

In a paper titled “Don’t Mind Me Touching My Wrist,” Georgia Tech researchers reported the results of a case study of interaction with on-body technology in public. Specifically, they surveyed people in both the United States and South Korea to gain cultural insights into perceptions of the use of e-textiles, or electronic devices, stitched into everyday clothing. […] In general, the study found that in both countries, the wrist and the forearm were the most preferred locations for e-textiles, as well as the most normal placement when watching someone use the devices.

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A Brief History of Wearable Tech

Digital Innovation agency Beyond Curious has created a fantastic snapshot of Wearable Technology from the 1975 Calculator Watch all the way to today’s Samsung Galaxy Gear.

Click on the post for a larger view see it on the Beyond Curious blog.


Cut It Yourself Sensors


UIST 2013 – A Cuttable Multi-touch Sensor


We propose cutting as a novel paradigm for ad-hoc customization of printed electronic components. As a first instantiation, we contribute a printed capacitive multi-touch sensor, which can be cut by the end-user to modify its size and shape. This very direct manipulation allows the end-user to easily make real-world objects and surfaces touch-interactive, to augment physical prototypes and to enhance paper craft. We contribute a set of technical principles for the design of printable circuitry that makes the sensor more robust against cuts, damages and removed areas. This includes novel physical topologies and printed forward error correction. A technical evaluation compares different topologies and shows that the sensor remains functional when cut to a different shape.

Simon Olberding, Nan-Wei Gong, John Tiab, Joseph A. Paradiso, Jürgen Steimle. A Cuttable Multi-touch Sensor. Proceedings of UIST’13.

Any surface can be transformed with a new sensor film into a touch screen. The film can be cut with scissors without losing its function.

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Another Wearable Snore?


FitBit knock-off adds sleep monitoring to mix

The wearables race among the FitBitish crowd just widened with new entrant Withings (Is that With-Things? Or Wi-things? Why-things?). This time with sleep monitoring thrown in, and a…

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Monitor your heart rate by wearing a t-shirt. Wearable technology comes to textiles.

From Diginfo:

NTT has developed wearable textile electrodes which can be worn on the inside of a shirt, and can continuously monitor the electrical activity of the heart over an extended period of time.

The wearable electrodes are fabricated from a conductive fiber, consisting of a silk or a synthetic fibre core coated with a conductive polymer called PEDOT-PSS.

This conductive polymer has excellent biocompatibility, and can deliver ECG measurements with a stability equivalent to that of conventional medical electrodes, without the need for attaching the electrodes to the skin with an electrolyte paste or gel.

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