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20 Jan 2022

Event Summary: VR/AR/MR at CES 2022

CES 2022 was held from the 5th to 8th of January 2022 in hybrid form. IDTechEx attended remotely.
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20 Jan 2022

Tiny Electric Generators Could Accelerate Wound Healing

Researchers are working to overcome challenges in order to bring wearable, electric, wound-healing devices to clinical practice.
19 Jan 2022

Smart Devices Require Smarts

Medicine has relied on mechanical devices to help treat patients for decades. These devices have ranged in complexity from stents and shunts to dialysis machines and ventilators. As we settle into this age of data, the pressure to connect, control, instrument and analyze the operation of such devices and their impact on health has grown exponentially. After all, at a time when my watch can share heart rate and oxygen saturation, surely any physician-prescribed monitoring device should be able to provide relevant medical insight too?
17 Jan 2022

Fitbit for the Face Turns Any Mask Into Smart Monitoring Device

Engineers have developed a new smart sensor platform for face masks that they are calling a "Fitbit for the face." Dubbed "FaceBit," the lightweight, quarter-sized sensor uses a tiny magnet to attach to any N95, cloth or surgical face mask.
17 Jan 2022

Robotic Assistive Device Helps Infants with Movement Difficulties

Researchers have received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a robotic assistive device to help infants with movement difficulties. The soft wearable device will fit over little arms to support them or offer an extra boost in their movements.
13 Jan 2022

Wearable Air Sampler Assesses Personal Exposure to SARS-CoV-2

Masks, social distancing, proper hygiene and ventilation can help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in public places, but even with these measures, scientists have detected airborne SARS-CoV-2 in indoor settings. Now, researchers have developed a passive air sampler clip that can help assess personal exposure to SARS-CoV-2, which could be especially helpful for workers in high-risk settings, such as restaurants or health care facilities.
12 Jan 2022

First Fully 3D Printed, Flexible OLED Display

In a groundbreaking new study, researchers used a customized printer to fully 3D print a flexible organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. The discovery could result in low-cost OLED displays in the future that could be widely produced using 3D printers by anyone at home, instead of by technicians in expensive microfabrication facilities.
10 Jan 2022

Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk makes an important biomaterial, because it does not generate an immune response in humans and promotes the growth of cells. It has been used in drug delivery, and because the material is flexible and has favorable technological properties, it is ideal for wearable and implantable health monitoring sensors.
7 Jan 2022

Esper Bionics

At CES 2022, IDTechEx had a relatively brief conversation with Dima Gazda, CEO at Esper Bionics. Esper Bionics is a pioneer engineering company focused on prostheses, mechatronics, AI, and IoT technologies for Human Augmentation. On the way to implanted electronics, they connect robotic prostheses under their platform to enhance the control and usability.
7 Jan 2022

AI Powered Wearable for the Blind

biped is the world's first AI copilot for blind and visually impaired people, bringing autonomous driving features to humans. It predicts your surroundings a few seconds ahead and generates intuitive feedback through spatial sounds.
6 Jan 2022

Join the Upcoming IDTechEx Webinar on New Self-healing Materials

Thursday 13 January 2022 - New Self-healing Materials Save Lives, Money, and the Planet. The webinar explains how this is a world of many materials including a lot of silicon polymers such as geopolymers and silicones. It involves many ionomers, hydrogels, polyurethanes, ionomers, epoxies and Diels-Alder polymers but much more besides.
6 Jan 2022

TruLife Optics

TruLife Optics is a company that focusses on optical image combiners using holographic technology, for augmented reality (AR) and defense applications. For AR, its capability range encompasses waveguides as well as freespace holographic element combiners. It is positioned as a solutions company, preferring to work directly with clients on product development and manufacturing rather than offering a defined product range.
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6 Jan 2022

Trial of Exoskeleton Technology for Children with Cerebral Palsy

A major, five-year clinical trial to test a treatment strategy for children with cerebral palsy using patented and patent-pending inventions comprising a lightweight, wearable robotic device that provides neuromuscular training while making walking easier.
6 Jan 2022

Lumus

Lumus is an Israeli company which designs optical engines for AR/MR and head mounted display (HMD) devices. These optical engines are composed of a display and reflective (geometric) waveguide - Lumus' key expertise are in the design of these waveguides, which can expand the exit pupil in two dimensions. These waveguides, originally invented by Lumus, are mass-produced via license by original design manufacturers (ODM) partner firms, although Lumus has its own smaller production line for military products and R&D work.
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4 Jan 2022

Fitness Sensor Warns When You're at Your Limits

Ultrathin nanomaterials, known as MXenes, are poised to make it easier to monitor a person's well-being by analyzing their perspiration. While they share a similar two-dimensional nature to graphene, MXenes are composed of nontoxic metals, such as titanium, in combination with carbon or nitrogen atoms. With naturally high conductivity and strong surface charges, MXenes are attractive candidates for biosensors that can detect small changes to chemical concentrations.
2021
29 Dec 2021

Fabrication of Flexible Electronics Improved

Researchers have developed a technique to improve the flexibility of ultra-thin electronics, such as those used in bendable devices or clothing. Published in Science Advances, the study details the use of water vapor plasma to directly bond gold electrodes fixed onto separate ultra-thin polymer films, without needing adhesives or high temperatures.
29 Dec 2021

More Intelligent Intracochlear Implants

The cochlear implant is the most successful neural prosthesis worldwide. Thanks to direct stimulation of the auditory nerve, it enables more than half a million people worldwide to hear, even though those affected were born deaf or deafened. Researchers have developed a method to convert the stimulation electrodes of common cochlear implants into electrochemical sensors.
24 Dec 2021

World's Longest Flexible Fibre Battery

Researchers have developed a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in the form of an ultra-long fiber that could be woven into fabrics. The battery could enable a wide variety of wearable electronic devices, and might even be used to make 3D-printed batteries in virtually any shape.
23 Dec 2021

Improved Methods Facilitate Monitoring of Body Movement and Health

From wide-ranging body movements as minute as a pulse to the various movements of joints, muscles and limbs, wearable pressure sensors placed directly on the skin may be used in myriad ways to monitor health. Other types of skin sensors can monitor health indicators through measurement of sweat and temperature on the skin's surface.
22 Dec 2021

Platform for Controlled Design of Printed Electronics with 2D Material

Scientists have shown how electricity is transported in printed 2D materials, paving the way for design of flexible devices for healthcare and beyond.