News (wearables)

 
NIST research has found that the flexible plastic membrane on which wearables would be built might work better if the membrane had microscopic holes in it (photo: NIST)

In science, sometimes the best discoveries come when you’re exploring something else entirely. That’s the case with recent findings from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where a research team has come up with a way to build safe, nontoxic gold wires onto flexible, thin plastic film. Their demonstration potentially clears the path for a host of wearable electronic devices that monitor our health. 

 
Thanks to a new package, Osram Opto Semiconductors reduces the length of its large-area photodiodes by about 20% (photo: Osram)

The new IR Topled D5140 from German-based Osram Opto Semiconductors is reported to require considerably less pc board space than before. It enables more compact sensors to be produced for monitoring fitness levels, for example in fitness armbands. The spectral sensitivity of the D5140 has been optimised for visible light and allows precise heart rate measurements using red or green light. The component is also ideal as an ambient light sensor.

 
Lumo Run is a portable running coach (photo: lumobodytech.com)

Flex, a leading sketch-to-scale solutions provider based in Singapore, has teamed up with MAS Holdings, a technology apparel design-to-delivery solutions provider from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to develop revolutionary new wearable technologies that accelerate and integrate the Intelligence of Things into clothing and enable more natural, intuitive interactions between people and technology.

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