Category: Wearables

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UICO DuraTouch all-weather touch solutions at SID Display Week 2017

Posted by Charbax – September 10, 2017

UICO is a touch screen technology company that makes all-weather touch screens and touch surfaces for wearables, durables, and IoT smart devices. This video highlights many of their innovative touch screen and touch surface solutions that they demonstrated at SID's DisplayWeek 2017. They show some of the great retail and B2B products that feature their touch screens including an off-the-shelf retail boat GPS fishfinder with a 7" touch screen that they put under a running shower to show touch working with water pouring on the screen and without false touching. They show another device with a 10.1" touchscreen that works with super thick winter gloves. They show that their touch screens work with regular gloves and require no special capacitive tips. UICO shows an array of fitness bands and smart watches in production like Garmin HR+ that use their touch screens so you can swim, shower, and use the device with sweaty fingers. They explain that their patented IP is a combination of software, firmware, algorithms and other aspects of touch screen technology making it possible for touch to work with tons of water, thick gloves, sweat and saline, and through very thick cover lens materials for "industrial-grade" applications. When showing their wearable device solutions including AMOLED and PMOLED on-cell solutions, they boast achieving the lowest power consumption industry-wide.

Binay Bajaj, UICO's Vice President of Marketing, demonstrats a highly-unique implementation of their touch technology in a joystick. The joystick is able to sense the user's hand around it and thus preventing mistakes if the user is not properly engaged. They explain that duraTOUCH surface provides a new level of safety and control. Their touch surfaces work with leather, wood, fabric, plastic and other dielectric materials, and many automobile companies are looking at this solution for touch on car interiors, car doors and trunks, touch on steering wheels and more. Some of UICO's customers are implementing touch on fabric to enable touch controls in various types of clothing worn outdoors for both consumers and the commercial safety and security markets. UICO's touch surfaces, like their touch screens, work with thick gloves, water, sweat, and solve other problems inherent to capacitive touch.

UICO is a full-service, technology and manufacturing company and offers customers complete touch screen solutions and broad customization options. They also showed a 15.6" screen and discussed other larger screens sizes being launched in 2017 and 2018 along with new PMOLED and on-cell solutions. They are located in Silicon Valley and Chicago.

eMagin CEO Andrew Sculley, OLED microdisplays for next gen Consumer VR HMDs

Posted by Charbax – July 12, 2017

eMagin Corporation is the first and leading manufacturer of the world's brightest active matrix OLED-on-silicon microdisplays. eMagin serves a variety of industries and has developed OLED microdisplay technology that enables next generation Consumer VR HMDs, First Responder applications including search and rescue and firefighting, Commercial products including medical imaging devices and Military products supporting ground soldiers, 3D simulation and training, aviation, etc. eMagin was founded in 1996 and has been a leader in advancing OLED microdisplay technology. Their latest breakthroughs include; 2K x 2K microdisplay first demonstrated in 2015 and Direct Patterned Displays with brightness exceeding 4000 nits. Filmed at the SID Display Week.

Henkel Stretchable electronic materials used to make formable, non-flat circuits

Posted by Charbax – July 8, 2017

Henkel AG & Company, KGaA, is a German chemical and consumer goods company headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. It is a multinational company active both in the consumer and industrial sector. Founded in 1876, the DAX 30 company is organized into three globally operating business units (laundry & home care, beauty care, adhesive technologies) and is known for brands such as Loctite, Persil, and Fa amongst others. In the fiscal year 2016, Henkel reported sales of 18.7 billion euros and an operating profit of 3.172 billion euros. More than 80 percent of its 51,350 employees work outside of Germany. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!

Doppel Rhythmic pulse wrist wearable to stay calm and focused

Posted by Charbax – July 8, 2017

Doppel creates a rhythmic pulse that you feel on the inside of your wrist as a heartbeat like vibration. We do not simply perceive this rhythm, but we entrain to it - a faster rhythm makes us feel more alert, and a slower one calms us down. The effect is similar to listening to upbeat or slower music. But with doppel, there’s no noise and no distraction. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!

Jenax J.Flex, Flexible Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery

Posted by Charbax – June 27, 2017

Jenax J.Flex is an innovative flexbile battery freeing design limitations without sacrificing power enabling new form factors for flexible smartphones, flexible wearables and other ideas for flexible future devices based on Li-Ion Gel polymer electrolyte enabling rapid movement of lithium ion with no overheating, high energy density, low internal resistance and that can be stable even with bending fatigue. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show!

Google Keynote at SID Display Week 2017, Clay Bavor, VP of Google VR/AR

Posted by Charbax – June 9, 2017

Google is Enabling rich and immersive experiences in virtual and augmented reality, presented by Clay Bavor (at Google since 2005), Google Vice President of Virtual Reality where Google works to create an efficient and scalable software platform for rich VR and AR services to be powered by high performance, power-efficient ARM CPUs, GPUs, sensors, and where Google is also working with the Display insutry to bring amazing new ultra high resolution VR and AR displays to the market. As you can see in this video of the keynote, at the SID Display Week, Google announced they are working with Sharp to create ultra-high resolution LCD displays for VR optimized for very low lag time. Google also works to create 20megapixel per eye prototype VR and AR displays, amounting to 2.5x 4K resolution per eye. And Google is working with ARM and other companies to bring foveated rendering technology to not require the 100-150Gbit/s bandwith for VR and AR content once the microdisplays have such high resolution, this method involves using a camera to track where the eye is focusing and render a very high resolution of exactly what you’re looking at while keeping the resolution and detail lower for where you are not looking at directly, and doing all that accurately with minimal lag time.

Bainisha body motion capture using flexible wearable sensors and electronics

Posted by Charbax – May 21, 2017

Bainisha shows their body motion capturing in their high performance wearable systems consisting of wearable second skin patches for remote motion capturing, in which batteries, antennas, electronics and sensors (including both the Bainisha sensor and IMU’s to form a hybrid system) are embedded, that can be worn 24/7 up to 3 weeks, delivering a 4D super accurate topological map of the measured body part for top level analytics. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show.

Himaero, Emotional Jewel, Made in Italy

Posted by Charbax – May 21, 2017

Himaero presents their first Jewel prototype fully Made in Italy, silver fully handcrafted by the Italian master goldsmith Corrado Di Giacomo and and Murano glass by the Murano glassmaker Stefano Busato, encapsulating technology able to interpret the mood and the emotions of the users, and to change appearance accordingly. Filmed at the IDTechEx Show.

Flex (Flextronics) Flexible electronics, wearables, augmented reality

Posted by Charbax – May 9, 2017

Flex (formerly known as Flextronics) is the world's second largest global electronics manufacturing services (EMS), original design manufacturer (ODM) company by revenue, after Foxconn to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Headquartered in Singapore and has manufacturing operations in over 40 countries, totaling approximately 200,000 employees.

Highly conductive textiles for wearables by the Korea Institute of Material Science

Posted by Charbax – May 9, 2017

KIMS project group consisting of Korea Institute of Materials Science (KIMS), Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), Jinwoo Textile Co. Ltd., and Alink Co. Ltd. is established for developing industrial production systems of highly conductive textiles and thin films which are applicable to flexible and wearable electronics. Filmed at the IDTechEx show.