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Guardian XO: A powered exoskeleton that makes you 20 times stronger

December 18th, 2019 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

Imagine lifting 100 pounds as though it were only five. That’s the promise of the Guardian XO, a wearable robot that helps you lift heavy objects without straining or injuring your body. Bonus? It looks like a super cool powered exoskeleton from science fiction. Designed for military applications and industries like construction that require a […]



New virtual reality interface enables “touch” across long distances

December 2nd, 2019 at 1:05 pm » Comments Off

Lightweight, flexible patch conveys a tactile sensation directly to the skin Adding a sense of touch can make virtual reality experiences feel more real. A woman sits at a computer, video chatting with her young son while she gently pats an interface on a separate screen. In response, a wireless patch on the child’s back […]



Smart contacts: The future of the wearable you won’t even see

November 28th, 2019 at 1:18 pm » Comments Off

One day, contact lenses could do much more than just correct our vision The notion of wearing lenses over our eyes to correct our vision dates back hundreds of years, with some even crediting Leonardo da Vinci as one of the first proponents of the idea (though that remains somewhat controversial). Material science and our […]



Smart glasses, smart designer babies and the future of work

November 24th, 2019 at 12:23 pm » Comments Off

John B. Goodenough, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry last month, struggled to learn to read. “Back then,” he says, “You were just a backwards student.” His experience is still all too common, yet he and many like him demonstrate clearly that dyslexia is not a definitive barrier to career achievement. We must […]



HUD swim goggles put performance data in your face

August 24th, 2019 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Form Swim Goggles sell for US$199 Competitive swimmers certainly like to track their performance, often using devices such as swim watches – the problem is, the athletes have to stop to look at those things. A Vancouver-based startup is out to address that problem, with its head-up display (HUD) Form Swim Goggles. Looking for the […]



Sony is crowdfunding a wearable ‘air conditioner’

August 12th, 2019 at 12:26 pm » Comments Off

    The Reon Pocket helps you stealthily cope with heatwaves and cold winters. Are you struggling to cope with the heat outdoors? Sony might have a solution, if not as soon as you might like. The company’s First Flight program is crowdfunding a wearable ‘air conditioner,’ the Reon Pocket, that slips into a pouch […]



Self-Powered wearable tech

May 17th, 2019 at 11:09 am » Comments Off

  For emerging wearable tech to advance, it needs improved power sources. Now researchers from Michigan State University have provided a potential solution via crumpled carbon nanotube forests, or CNT forests. Changyong Cao, director of MSU’s Soft Machines and Electronics Laboratory, led a team of scientists in creating highly stretchable supercapacitors for powering wearable electronics. […]



‘Smart’ pajamas could monitor and help improve sleep

April 20th, 2019 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Ordinary-looking pajamas are transformed into “smart” ones with five strategically placed sensors that measure heartbeat, respiration and posture. If you’ve ever dreamed about getting a good night’s sleep, your answer may someday lie in data generated by your sleepwear. Researchers have developed pajamas embedded with self-powered sensors that provide unobtrusive and continuous monitoring of heartbeat, […]



RP Technologies help Cross Sword to launch luxury men’s high heel shoes

March 18th, 2019 at 10:14 am » Comments Off

Cross Sword contacted RP Technologies after being recommended to use their prototype tooling & plastic injection moulding services. After initially contacting 2 different companies, both of which created more problems than solutions, Daniel Bush, founder of Cross Sword was relieved that RP listened to his needs and developed a solution to help launch his latest […]



A new shirt can help deaf people feel music

February 15th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

Tech-infused fashion isn’t just about looking good—it can have some groundbreaking uses too, as a company called CuteCircuit is proving. The London-based tech-fashion firm, which has recently provided Katy Perry with (literally) flashy outfits, has just successfully tested a shirt that can help deaf people feel the music they cannot hear. The Sound Shirt is […]



Amazon built an electronic vest to improve worker/robot interactions

February 3rd, 2019 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Over the course of the last year, Amazon began rolling out a new worker safety wearable to 25+ sites. From the looks of it, the Robotic Tech Vest is really more like a pair of suspenders attached to an electronic utility belt. The Amazon Robotics-designed product was created to keep workers safe when they need […]



Will there be self-lacing shoes in your future?

January 23rd, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

Hands-on with Nike’s self-lacing, app-controlled sneaker of the future. Say hello to Adapt BB. I flew across the country to Portland to experience the Adapt BB, Nike’s new self-lacing, Bluetooth-enabled sneakers, but the guy showing me around campus is wearing a pair of Zoom Flys that refuse to stay tied. Within 10 minutes of tying […]



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