Microsoft Research and PhD students at MIT Media Lab have created a series of wearable devices made out of gold-leaf tattoos. The smart tattoos turn the wearer's skin into a new interface, enabling it to be used as a touchpad to control a mobile device, a display, or with the help of an NFC chip, a wireless communications device. MIT calls the technology DuoSkin, which it describes in a new paper as a "fabrication process" using gold metal leaf to create functional wearables for the skin.
The wearable Galvanic Skin Response skin system, MAXREFDES73#, is a wearable system recently released by Maxim. It's a mobile system that uses the MAX32600 wellness measurement microcontroller to measure impedance as well as temperature, making it an excellent fitness tracking device
Researchers have developed a stretchable, battery-free health monitoring patch that can be laminated onto the skin and operated using wirelessly transmitted power.
A rash is a noticeable change in the texture or colour of your skin. There are numerous causes including allergies, medications, cosmetics and certain diseases, such as chickenpox and measles. While the usual concerns for gadget buyers focus on specifications, with the advent of fitness trackers, consumers can add considerations about their own skin sensitivity to the list. Fitbit made the news back in 2014 with the recall of its Force wearable fitness tracker (pictured on the right) after some users developed rashes on their wrists. The device had been on sale for just five months and was supposed to be the high-profile successor to the Fitbit Flex.
Earlier this week, researchers at MIT Media Lab, in collaboration with Microsoft, announced the development of DuoSkin, a temporary metallic tattoo that allows users to control their mobile devices. The “on-skin user interfaces” can be designed as fashionable, jewelery-like adornments, turning people into a glittery tribe of artfully tattooed techies. Swipe a finger across the metallic design on your forearm, and you can scroll through information. Or use your mobile device to read data stored on your skin. And why not? Skin is such an accessible platform. And we all have plenty of it.
Scientists have developed a new wearable sensor that can detect lactate levels in your sweat and help predict problematic conditions such as muscle fatigue, stress and dehydration when you exercise.
While the cosmetics industry is striving for solutions that would make connected packaging affordable, did a design student invent the first connected beauty accessories? Fashion student Lucie Davis, a BA Jewellery Design undergrad at London’s Central Saint Martins school, has come up with a way to do just that. Her ’Oyster Card Acrylic Nails’ project features a stylish manicure that also doubles as an Oyster card - the travel pass used to get around the UK capital.
On Thursday, Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences announced a collaboration to harness the power of IoT technology and nutrition science to provide new insights into healthy living. This collaboration aims to combine IoT, scientifically validated bio sensors, advanced multi-modal technology, and comprehensive nutritional approach to provide people with entirely new awareness into health and wellness. In addition, the collaboration aims to empower individuals to better manage their own health and wellbeing by providing relevant and contextual recommendations around nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness, to help individuals live healthier and better lives.
A collaboration between researchers at the University of British Columbia and Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland has developed a microneedle device for drug monitoring. The device is in a form of a patch that’s stuck onto the skin, painlessly pushing microneedles through to sample the interstitial fluid.
A new stem cell-attracting “regenerative bandage” can help wounds heal up to four times faster. The bandage, from a team at Northwestern Engineering, was designed with diabetics in mind, who often develop hard to heal, lower-limb ulcers or wounds. The bandage is made up of a polyethylene glycol that has been combined with a protein called SDF-1. This protein attracts stem cells to the site of the injury, which promote the creation of new blood vessels and speed healing. The bandage is liquid at room temperature, but will solidify to a gel consistency when exposed to body heat, and can also be cooled back to a liquid for easy removal from the skin.
Developed for use on medical implants, the innovative “Black Silicon” material kills bacteria with a bed of nails, reducing the chances of an infection. The Black Silicon is lined with microscopic nails that will tear apart and destroy the tiny bacteria cells, while leaving the larger animal cells intact. In tests on lab animals, the black silicon material was able to kill pathogenic bacteria while leaving monkey kidney cells undamaged. The black silicon was inspired by the team’s investigation of dragonfly wings, which keep themselves free of bacteria via a similar surface of tiny spikes.
Researchers have developed a non-invasive method of treating burns and preventing scarring by using short bursts of electrical fields. The technique was created by teams from Tel Aviv and Harvard University to help prevent the proliferation of collagen-producing cells that cause burn scarring. Called partial irreversible electroporation (pIRE), the process involves using high-voltage, non-thermal electric fields sent in microsecond pulses that partially destroy the collagen-producing cells in the wound. In tests during five sessions over a six-month time period, the technique showed a 58% decrease in scarring.
Researchers at Tuft’s University have created a new smart thread able to detect how a wound is healing and alert doctors to any complications. The thread-based diagnostic device is equipped with sensors able to measure specifics such as strain and temperature as well as glucose levels and pH. This array allows the thread to analyze tissue strength and detect the body chemistry that indicates how well the wound is healing. The smart thread was also able to send its collected data to a paired device via a wireless transmitter. Though the smart thread is still being tested, the team believes it could have significant applications in wound healing as well as personalized health monitors.
A new antimicrobial unisuit designed for rowers in the Olympic Games could give athletes an edge over local bacteria. Designed by a team from Philadelphia University, the seamless unisuit features a fiber blending technology with anti-microbial materials woven into it. Besides helping to fend off bugs and pollution, the suit also resists external moisture without reducing its wicking capabilities. According to Mark Sutherland, co-designer of the suit, “The seamless construction and other innovations in the unisuit take it to another level of technology in performance wear.”
An app developed by Shiseido Co. can determine whether you have a smile that lights up a room or are a regular poker face--and everything else in between. The cosmetics giant announced June 21 that it will test the app on about 5,000 flight attendants from Japan Airlines Co. from July through September to evaluate the degree and quality of one’s smile captured with a tablet device.
The smartphone application Spinali Design interacts with an RFID sensor and UV sensor embedded in the bikini or swimsuit. It collect all the necessary data to optimise your tan. A special function helps men to find their place in a brand for women: Valentine’s function! It sends the message to a boyfriend's smartphone so he knows when to apply the cream to his girlfriend's skin! The €149 price includes the RFID sensor, the Spinali Design UV sensor and the app.
Violet is said to be the first wearable that tracks daily vitamin D production, monitors sun exposure and alerts the user to potential skin damage The app determines the wearer’s skin type and measures its safe UV exposure level. It vibrates to alert the wearer when this safe level is about to be reached Funded by Indiegogo, the wearable is currently on offer at $65, which the company says represents a 50% discount