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Scientists create comfortable e-skin wearable that lasts for a week

A group of Japanese scientists have created an “inflammation-free, lightweight, stretchable” e-skin sensor capable of lasting for up to a week, published in Nature Nanotechnology this week. The new development could open the way for medical wearables that track heart-rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar throughout the week, without being invasive to the user. See […]

Wearable sales to double by 2021, says IDC

The wearables market, outside of smartwatches, is still in its infancy stage. Research firm IDC expects to see its sales double in four years, with smart clothing and hearables expected to be the two new trends. Smartwatches will remain the dominant driver of wearable sales, going from 71.4 million sales currently to 161 million in […]

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When smart clothes start chatting up smart cities

For those wishing never to be lost in the crowd again, U.K. researchers are developing connected clothing that will turn its wearers into mobile sensors for smart cities. Scientists at Southampton University are developing smart clothes that interact with the wearer’s urban environment. See also: Are smart clothes the future of wearables? The wearable technology […]

Where are all the women in tech? They’re in wearables

While we read about the gender gap in technology almost every day, it’s worth championing a sector that seems to have a strong showing of talented women in tech – the wearables industry. Women have an extensive history in the wearables field: There’s Leah Buechley, inventor of the Lily Pad Arduino; academics like Dr. Rosalind Picard, founder, […]

Wearable innovation is coming to first responder technology

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate  has announced the selection of 10 start-up companies to be part of EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology, an accelerator program designed to bring start-ups, accelerators, and other strategic partners together in a common research and development effort. The program operates in conjunction in conjunction with TechNexus and its partner […]

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U.S. backs research into smart shirts for emergency responders

The U.S. government is funding an Internet of Things (IoT) project that is developing sensor-based smart shirts for first responders. Fed Tech Magazine reports that the Department of Homeland Security is bankrolling research into wearables that can track the health of firefighters and other emergency crew in near real-time. See also: Canada’s health wearables coming […]

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Got a hot body? Now you can charge your device

One of the biggest wearable bugbears, in my opinion, is the constant need to charge a smartwatch or fitness tracker every few days. Luckily, a new research project from North Carolina State University has shown a possible way to charge wearables without having to take them off everyday. The researchers, led by associate professor of […]

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Are smart clothes the future of wearables?

The current market for wearables is all focused on the wrist. Fitbit has the most sales in the wearable industry with its slew of fitness trackers, and the Apple Watch is surging up the sales leaderboards. But is this the future of the wearable industry? A lot of pundits and startups don’t think so, many […]

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Fashion deal signals a new era in connected clothes

For those deafened by the silence of their wardrobe, a new technology partnership will enable connected clothes to keep you regularly updated with news from your t-shirt drawer. As reported by Quartz, London-based Internet of Things (IoT) startup Evrythng forged a deal with clothes-maker Avery Dennison to connect 10 billion pieces of clothing to the internet. […]