The Quell is a device from Boston, Massachusetts-based Neuromatrix that claims to have brought relief for chronic pain to 81% of their users. The device involves the main unit bing put into a belt that has space for electrical contacts. These are used with a gel-based pad on the other side and wrapped around one's leg to deliver mild electrical pulses that trigger release of natural pain blockers from the brain. It costs US$249 and is currently on sale only in Canada and the US. The device also includes an optional app for advanced sleep tracking functions.
For more information visit : www.neurometrix.com
Duratouch Wristsense allows wearables to detect if the wearable is being worn or not. Going through the plastics, it allows to reliably know if the smartwatch or the sports band is being worn, which can then allow the device's software to turn off other sensors such as heartrate, tracking, when it's not being worn by the user.
An interview with Firstbeat at the IDTechEx Wearable USA exhibition. Firstbeat is a provider of physiological analytics for sports, fitness and wellbeing. Firstbeat technology measures the heartbeat for insights on exercise, stress, sleep and recovery. For more information, visit http://www.firstbeat.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
A video interview taken with Muhammad Farooq of The University of Alabama at the IDTechEx Wearable USA event, presenting his poster “A Wearable Sensor System for Monitoring of Food Intake”. BitWearLabs is a University of Alabama spin-off. The AccuBite is a food intake tracker that analyses eating habits - the sensor pairs with a smartphone app to provide actionable feedback. For more information see http://bitwearlabs.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
An interview with NanoVivo, Inc. at the IDTechEx Wearable USA exhibition. NanoVivo, Inc., is a Silicon Valley-based health monitoring company, focused on the design, engineering and development of wearable wellness, fitness and health monitors based on photonics technologies. In 2015, NanoVivo introduced a monitoring device that can non-invasively measure through skin, integrating real-time blood chemistry monitoring into a wristwatch. Applications include: monitoring chronic diseases, blood count testing, food/nutrition, digital cosmetics, diet monitoring, athletic performance, pregnancy monitoring, food safety, etc. Data can be wirelessly uploaded to the Cloud for remote monitoring by physicians. For more information see http://www.nanovivomd.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
FlexEl develops battery solutions for companies that have unique power, biocompatibility, form factor or other requirements. FlexEl aim to facilitate the market entry of emerging technology products through battery innovation. For more information see http://www.flexelbattery.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
Interview with BeBop Sensors at the IDTechEx Wearable USA event. BeBop uses smart fabrics to create sensor solutions for OEMs. Where things or people interact, BeBop Sensors comprehend force, location, size, weight, shape, motion and presence across any size, resolution and geometry. BeBop uses a proprietary Monolithic Fabric Sensor Technology that integrates all of the sensors, traces and electronics into a single piece of fabric. BeBop technology senses and displays 3D maps of pressure, bend, location, rotation, angle, and torsion. For more information see http://www.bebopsensors.com/ and http://www.IDTechEx.com
Garmin Varia Vision is a Smart Glass for Bicyclists, it is a water-resistant, very light module at only 29.7 grams that can be attached to the side of any sunglasses and it can mounted in the left or right side of your existing cycling glasses, support display the navigation and rider’s peripheral vision on the in-sight screen, support vibration notification for all incoming calls, message navigation cues and other alerts, it comes with a glove-friendly touch panel on the side for users to change different information on the screens of the Smart Glass. The battery life is up to 8 hours. Reference price will be around $400, starts shipping in the next few weeks.
Engineered Materials Systems won “Best Commercialization Award” at IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA. This award was given for the use of their stretchable conductive ink in the successful commercial product MIMO Baby, made by Rest Devices. Rest Devices developed breakthrough wearable technology that combined capacitive sensing, blue tooth transmission of real-time biological data, and a clever way to integrate chip and power. What they lacked was a conductive ink that would meet their requirements of soft, stretchable and durable. Engineered Materials Systems submitted their flagship silver conductive ink, CI-1036 which worked very well according to Rest Devices engineers and was a key enabler to commercialization of MIMO Baby. CI-1036 is applied to proprietary film and insulated with a proprietary top-coat. This combination is reported by Rest Devices to withstand 90 wash/dry cycles of the MIMO Baby kimono with the failure mode not due to the conductive circuitry. Engineered Materials Systems, Inc. (EMS, Inc). is a global manufacturer of conductive inks, insulators, conductive adhesives for the printed electronics market. EMS has developed a highly stretchable/ flexible conductive ink for wearable electronics. For more information see http://emsadhesives.com/ and http://www.IDTechEx.com