Film can grab your sweat to power your watch

A new film can not only evaporate sweat but also use that moisture to power wearable electronic devices such as watches, fitness trackers, and more.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Jan. 14, 2021 ~5 min

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Inspired by kombucha tea, engineers create “living materials”

A symbiotic culture of specialized yeast and bacteria can generate tough materials able to perform a variety of functions.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 11, 2021 ~5 min

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Device gauges hand gestures from arm signals

A new device that can recognize hand gestures based on electrical signals in the forearm could one day control prosthetics.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~7 min

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SMART researchers engineer a plant-based sensor to monitor arsenic levels in soil

Nanoscale devices integrated into the leaves of living plants can detect the toxic heavy metal in real time.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Dec. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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‘Smellicopter’ uses a live moth antenna to hunt for scents

A new tiny drone called Smellicopter uses a live moth antenna to navigate toward smells. It can also avoid obstcles in the air.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Dec. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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Your robot vacuum could spy on you

Dust and dirt aren't the only things your robot vacuum can pick up. New research shows how hackers could use them to listen to private conversations, too.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Dec. 7, 2020 ~6 min

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How sensors monitor and measure our bodies and the world around us

Sensors are everywhere, from your phone to your medicine cabinet. Here's how they turn events in the physical world into words and numbers.

Nicole McFarlane, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Tennessee • conversation
Dec. 7, 2020 ~4 min

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Study examines role of mobile health technology in monitoring Covid-19 patients

Lincoln Laboratory researchers join international task force to evaluate wearable and emerging technology.

Kylie Foy | MIT Lincoln Laboratory • mit
Dec. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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