Smart clothing monitors the wearer’s heart

Conductive nanotube thread woven into fabric turns regular apparel into "smart clothing" that monitors your heart.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Aug. 30, 2021 ~7 min

Smartwatch lights could turn on insulin genes to control diabetes

Researchers have created a "gene switch" that the green light from regular smartwatches could flip to help control diabetes.

Peter Rüegg-ETH Zurich • futurity
June 7, 2021 ~5 min

Hiking gear fabric could keep wearable devices cool

A type of fabric typically used for hiking gear could potentially lead to wearable electronics that successfully cool both the device and the wearer's skin.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 25, 2021 ~6 min

Radio wave energy powers wearable devices

Researchers have figured out how to harvest energy from radio waves to power wearable devices. "We are trying to provide additional, consistent energy."

Megan Lakatos-Penn State • futurity
April 1, 2021 ~5 min

Chip turns ‘dumb’ headphones into smart sensors

A cheap and easy method can turn your run-of-the mill headphones into a sensor that plugs into a smartphone to monitor heart rate and do other stuff, too.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
March 12, 2021 ~4 min

Team finds best spot for armband that tracks heart’s signals

Researchers have discovered the ideal placement and pressure for an armband that could one day track heart rate without bulky wiring or sticky gel.

Laura Oleniacz-UNC • futurity
March 3, 2021 ~5 min

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

4D printing makes wrinkly, stretchy energy devices

A new method for creating stretchy supercapacitors could pave the way for more flexible and dynamic wearable devices, researchers report.

Michigan State • futurity
Dec. 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tech prints sensors right onto human skin

A new method can print wearable sensors directly onto skin without heat. The sensors could help monitor stats like temperature, heart performance, and more.

Megan Lakatos-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~6 min

Smart wearable could better measure blood loss

A wearable device could one day help EMTs, medics, and ER doctors assess blood loss to better treat victims of accidents, gunshots, and battle injuries.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min