News (wearables)

 
Display technology from Plastic Logic (photo: Plastic Logic)

E Ink Holdings (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a leading innovator of electronic ink technology, announced a strategic investment in Plastic Logic HK, the newly formed fabless designer and manufacturer of flexible, glass-free electrophoretic displays (EPDs), focused on organic TFT (OTFT) technology that is suitable for developing flexible EPD devices in wearable applications.

 
Stretchable FPC (photo: OKI)

Oki Electric Cable Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), an OKI Group company specialising in electric cables, announced the launch of its stretchable flexible printed circuits, "Stretchable FPC." The product is part of the new Oki Electric Cable product line-up introduced in June 2019.

 
The monitoring of fetal health could become more comfortable and accurate thanks to Bloomlife’s technology (photo: imec)

Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovaton hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and its spin-off Bloomlife have unveiled a prototype of the world’s first wearable 5-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) chip to continuously and accurately monitor fetal heart rate and mobility, two important indicators of a baby’s wellbeing. With the development of this chip, a major hurdle has been taken in the creation of a wearable ECG system that can accurately measure the fetal ECG as early as week 20 in a woman’s pregnancy.

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