News (wearables)

 
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.

 
A CoinPower cell in use in cable-free telephone earbuds (photo: VARTA)

From pace counters in shoes and fitness trackers with vital data measurement to cable-free earbuds while being on the phone, devices are only as good as their energy supply, which has to be reliable and long-lasting. Coin cells from VARTA Microbattery GmbH (Ellwangen, Germany) are frequently used in these wearables: the CoinPower cells.

 
ColorLoop – transparent, bendable OLED light (photo: EMDE)

Participants of the “OE-A Competition 2019” show the many possibilities of organic and printed electronics with creative new ideas, prototypes, and fresh designs. The competition taking place for the ninth year in a row is organised by OE-A for its members from all sectors of organic and printed electronics. Numerous international companies, research institutes and universities participate in this annual competition to present their products, prototypes and concepts. Prizes will be awarded for the best submission in each of the four categories – “Products & New Prototypes”, “Freestyle Demonstrator” and “Publicly Funded Project Demonstrator” – at LOPEC 2019 in Munich, Germany.

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