Category: Wearables

Bainisha Body Motion Capturing using Printed Electronics

Posted by – May 15, 2015

Bainisha is a high-tech start-up dedicated to the development of a new paradigm in Body Motion Capturing. This interview, taken at the IDTechEx event on Wearable Technology, shows some of the product they are working on. Based on a thin hyper-stretchable film version of an Inverse Artificial Muscle, it delivers a set of new and hitherto unattained functionalities in terms of accuracy, speed & differentiation. The on-body concept guarantees an Absolute Body References Frame and hence sets a new standard for Medical Quality Data. Because the system has no "wake-up"-threshold and no filtering and/or damping combined with a +kHz capturing speed, it allows capturing such minute displacements as muscle tremor, pre-natal contractions, fatigue induced tremble etc... as well as explosive kinetics. Learn more about the technology and event at http://www.wearabletechnologyinsights.com

Microdul at IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage event

Posted by – May 15, 2015

Interview with Microdul at the IDTechEx Energy Harvesting & Storage event. Microdul AG is a specialist for high quality microelectronics with three business lines: Modules, Thick-film and Semiconductors. Microdul’s core competence is the production of cutting edge individual solutions in close cooperation with their customers. Their Semiconductors Group has experience in ultra-low power design of mixed-signal integrated circuits, which is particularly appropriate for energy harvesting and low-power sensor applications. To learn more about the event and energy harvesting see http://www.EnergyHarvestingJournal.com

Enfucell Printed Battery Powering Golf Sensor, Temperature Sensors and More

Posted by – May 11, 2015

Enfucell is a customized battery supplier to the printed electronics industry. The company has developed SoftBattery®, a thin, flexible and eco-friendly printed power source and at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe event in Berlin it showcased a range of products based on this battery. It includes a powered wireless golf sensor patch which was developed in a joint project with Qualcomm. The patch is attached to a golf club head for measuring acceleration and angular velocity. The acquired data is transferred via low energy Bluetooth (BLE) to an application on a mobile device. Enfucell battery powers the BLE data transmission without additional capacitor demonstrating the highest peak power capability in the industry. Battery is also fully integrated to the system.

The disposable patch is helping golf players to improve their swing. This is the first time that a player can actually get feedback from the club head. A fully integrated printed battery enables thin and light construction which does not interfere with the normal stroke. Thanks to the BLE communication, data can be analyzed on site on the driving range during a training session. The data is collected to and processed on an Android tablet.

A similar patch can be tailored for other racquet sports, shooting, bowling, etc. Enfucell is looking for partners for commercializing the product. The new product platform completes Enfucell application range with previously introduced temperature logger (collaboration with NXP) and iontophoresis patch (collaboration with The Ionto Team, Spain). Also these products have fully integrated Enfucell battery technology. All of these are shown in the video. To learn more see http://www.PrintedElectronicsWorld.com

Mifree Memory LCD and E Ink Smartwatches

Posted by – May 7, 2015

Using ST Microelectronics ARM Cortex-M4, MediaTek MT2502 ARM7EJ-S or Ingenic MIPS, using Sharp Memory LCD, E Ink or regular LCD, pricing from below $50 to $100 for an MT6572 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 based Apple watch clone running Android. Mifree says that they are currently shipping more than 100 thousand smartwatches per month out of their smartwatch factory. Mifree also shows how they can add a PCB to a classical style watch to make it smart.

You can contact Mifree here:
http://en.m-free.cn/lxwm_detail/&i=1&comContentId=1.html

$70 GOCLEVER CHRONOS ECO Smartwatch with 20-day battery life and always-on Sharp memory LCD display

Posted by – May 3, 2015

GOCLEVER CHRONOS ECO vibrates and displays notifications from the Smartphone. Using the dedicated Android/iOS application, users can choose which notifications from which app to vibrate and display. The display is always on using the Sharp Memory LCD technology, provides pretty impressive contrast for indoor and outdoor use with backlight that can kick in on touch and on lifting the wrist. With an amazing 20-day battery life with the always-on display always active, thanks also to the Nordic Semiconductor ARM Cortex-M0 processor, GOCLEVER CHRONOS ECO is to be available in May for around $70 on Ebay and Amazon in most of the EU.

You can read more about it at http://www.goclever.com/uk/products,c1/smartwear,c114/chronos-eco,a455.html

DuPont Microcircuit Materials and Wearable Technology, interview with IDTechEx

Posted by – April 27, 2015

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (DuPont) shows some of their latest offerings in printed electronics at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA 2014 event, including a T-Shirt that monitors the oxygen level, heart rate and temperature of the wearer. This is enabled by their stretchable, washable conductive ink materials. Their materials are used for many applications, from glucose test strips, (where their sisters company DuPont Teijin provides the substrate) to antennas for wireless RF systems. This video was taken at the world's largest event on Printed Electronics, hosted by IDTechEx. For more information see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Printed Electronics Europe takes place in Berlin April 28-29th 2015

Teiimo Wearable Leather Jacket at the IDTechEx Wearable Technology event

Posted by – April 25, 2015

Teiimo shows an electronics system embedded in a jacket. The jacket has two zone heating embedded into it, in addition to a hands free system and speakers. This is aimed at convertible drivers. The battery system is a flexible lithium ion battery so that the users do not feel it. Learn more about this product in this video. This interview was made at the IDTechEx Wearable Technology event. For more information see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Printed Electronics Europe takes place in Berlin April 28-29th 2015

Canada R&D NRC Printable Electronics initiative – interview at IDTechEx Printed Electronics

Posted by – April 25, 2015

The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and technology development. NRC's Printable Electronics (PE) initiative coordinates key industrial areas - materials, ink, printing, ICT and digital manufacturing - as a springboard for a competitive, sustainable and large-scale PE sector in Canada. Working with commercial partners, NRC has established a product development and demonstration capability to give its customers a decisive competitive edge in producing PE products for world markets. NRC seeks new partnerships for collaboration on product-driven applied research. NRC's current PE research priorities encompass Functional Materials, Functional Devices and Functional Imprinting. Learn more in this interview made at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics USA show. For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Printed Electronics Europe takes place in Berlin April 28-29th 2015

Impressions of IDTechEx Wearable Technology event from Ortiz Industry

Posted by – April 25, 2015

Wearable Technology LIVE! event interview hosted by IDTechEx. For more see http://www.IDTechEx.com

Printed Electronics Europe takes place in Berlin April 28-29th 2015

$199 Allwinner Glass, better than Google Glass on Allwinner A33 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7

Posted by – April 22, 2015

Allwinner launches their sub-$200 Google Glass platform based on their Allwinner A33 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, designed by Taiwanese design house Coretronic, it integrates the same optical prism engine optics and design as Google Glass, takes 5 megapixel pictures and 720p video with its built-in camera, with a built-in touchpad on the side for navigation in Android, it builds in a 680mAh battery. Also comes with WiFi, BT4, GPS and classic sensors, it could also work with voice control (all depends on Android support). The $199 end consumer price that I write here in the title depends on what the distributors and the brands decide to sell it for, it depends on design house costs to production volume to brand who sells it to consumer's demand, the $199 price is me being enthusiastic and overly optimistic based on what I expect can be the demand, on what I expect some brand could decide to mass produce and sell large quantities for, based on what I know of the cost of Allwinner A33 (cheapest tablets sell below $30) and the expected cost of the microdisplay engine).

You can contact the design house for this Allwinner Google Glass here, thanks for letting them know you watched my video:
http://www.coretronic.com/en/company01.php
http://www.coretronic.com/en/contact.php
Sales Contact:
Ms. Reina Hu
TEL : +886-3-35772000 Ext. 7626
E-Mail : sales@coretronic.com