Segmented Batteries Are Pliable

Segmented Batteries Are Pliable

At a recent CES show in Las Vegas, I met someone who was developing a smart insole to measure the pressure forces at multiple locations on the subject’s foot. As we discussed the design challenges, she said “The biggest problem is figuring out where to put...
Sun-Powered Wearable

Sun-Powered Wearable

One of the challenges for wearable devices is getting power to them. You can include a battery, but this will need to be recharged or replaced when it runs down. Researchers have explored harvesting energy from sources including body heat, motion, and ambient radio...
Health Tags Disappear until Needed [video]

Health Tags Disappear until Needed [video]

  After the cool factor wears off with health and wellness wearables, ease of use and unobtrusiveness matter more when people move to the next thing and get on with their lives. In order to convince most people to continue to use wearables and to attract new waves of...
Whither the Smartwatch?

Whither the Smartwatch?

Back in the dark ages of direct mail (when people used to write paper letters and we shopped using printed mail order catalogs), people railed against “junk mail” just like they do today. Only back then they complained about wasting trees; now they...