Sunglasses tint on demand
Sunglasses with electrochromic lenses that allow users to manually switch between clear and tinted modes have been introduced by Skugga Eyewear. The user can manually adjust the Skugga sunglasses with the companion app, which allows them to monitor the level of their UV exposure. Users can also switch between auto and two user-defined tint presets by flipping the right arm of the glasses.
Rethink reality with HTC's VR vision
We have all seen virtual reality in films and wanted it, it is the ultimate gaming experience. HTC have jumped on the bandwagon and partnered with Valve, the creators of Portal, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and the Steam platform, to create the Vive headset. The headset pulls virtual words off your computer screen and right in to your eyes, offering users lifelike experiences and transporting them right into the game.
Smart bra combats emotional eating
A smart bra designed to stop women emotionally eating has been developed by Microsoft, in collaboration with researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of Southampton. The undergarment, which is the result of a study titled Food and Mood: Just-in-Time Support for Emotional Eating, features sensors in its cup pockets and side panels that detect changes in heart rate, skin temperature and stress levels. This data is then transm...
Wirelessly power wearables
Wireless power coils for wearables are now available from Würth Elektronik. The company are offering two transmitter coils and three receiver coils which are adapted to the already existing standard chip sets for the WPC Qi standard, making it easy to use already available designs by exchanging the coils for wearables.
Wearable electronics patents growing at 40% annually
There have been 41,301 patents published on wearable electronics from 2010 through May 2015 and filings are growing at a CAGR of 40%. However, there are gaps in the portfolio, particularly with respect to flexible electronics, say Lux Research.
Wearable collars make sure the cows come home
A wearable tracking collar created by Cambridge Industrial Design (CID) is enabling farmers to locate exactly where their dairy cattle are, helping better manage grazing patterns and milk yields. Commissioned by True North Technologies, the collar is part of a pan-European project that also involves Teagasc (the Irish government agricultural research agency), Institute d’Laval in France and Agroscope, Switzerland.
Sleep better with smart EEG sensor headphones
Kokoon is the first headphone comfortable enough to be slept in and smart enough to know how and when to adjust music as users fall asleep and wake. Audio is one of the best ways to help us relax and switch off naturally. Sleep clinics prescribe thousands of audio based techniques daily and millions of us use audio to relax each day. For the first time we can listen to our music, audiobooks or sleep techniques comfortably in bed without fear that...
Control your TV with your mind
YouTube and BBC iPlayer content can now be controlled using the power of your thoughts. MindRDR TV, developed by This Place, is a thought interface which connects Neurosky’s EEG brainwave sensor to popular video platforms. Organisations are experimenting with this technology to explore its potential, which could include making TV more accessible.
Bikini prevents sunburn using UV sensor
The ever growing market for wearble technologies now features a bikini that prevents the wearer from getting sunburnt. The Connected Bikini, from Spinali Design, features an embedded sensor which warns the user when they have spent too much time in the sun.
Platform to focus on miniaturisation for wearables
Valtronic will attend IMAPS’ advanced technology workshop on Electronic Packaging for Wearable Electronics, scheduled to take place at the Doubletree Suites in Austin, from 15th to 16th June 2015. Valtronic team members will highlight Compendium Solutions, an implant and physiological connectivity platform that focuses upon miniaturisation of electronics due to the small nature of today’s wearables.