Batteries by the Square Yard

Batteries by the Square Yard

One problem with wearable technology and other mobile devices is that they require power to operate. For low-power devices, energy harvesting can be a solution, but most require stored electricity which is why we rely so heavily on batteries. Imagine that you simply...
Intel Taps AiQ for Smart Fabrics

Intel Taps AiQ for Smart Fabrics

Intel is expanding its plans for the wearable Health Tech market. At the Code Conference this spring, the company showed a prototype shirt that — coupled with a small plug-in Edison-powered processing unit — can record and transmit heart rate and other...
Nano-Bio Gets Big Boost

Nano-Bio Gets Big Boost

I know, “Nano-Bio” sounds like it might be something Mork would say to Mindy, but it’s a serious keystone for just about all future Health Tech products. It refers to the field of nano-biotechnology, which is growing by leaps and bounds in the labs...
Open Sesame, Thanks to Your Implant

Open Sesame, Thanks to Your Implant

They chip horses, don’t they? And dogs and cats and cows and all sorts of pets and domesticated animals. Why not people, too? That’s the question posed by the folks at Dangerous Things, who have developed their xNT implantable RFID chips that you can...
A Safe Way to Power Implanted Devices

A Safe Way to Power Implanted Devices

  Implantable devices can do a lot of good for a variety of medical applications. They can be sensors that record and report on various conditions and events within a patient’s body. They can also provide stimulation to power a heart’s pacemaker, or...
Low-Power Sensor Chip Needs No Battery

Low-Power Sensor Chip Needs No Battery

Energy harvesting collects power from ambient sources, such as heat, light, or motion, and converts it into another form of energy. In most cases, it produces electricity to do useful work or to be stored for use later. One missing piece, however, is computing...