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MIT researchers develop second skin that makes you look younger

MIT Second Skin

Everyone wants to maintain their youthful appearance till eternity, but that isn’t possible, is it? It is indeed possible if we are to believe what scientists at MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, Living Proof, and Olivo Labs have developed. Even though their invention is only a temporary fix to having youthful skin sans any wrinkles, sagging or marks. With almost 10 years into the research of this magic material, the researchers have finally created cross-linked polymer layer (XPL) which is almost invisible and comfortable to wear.
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StretchSense fabric sensor – Wearable that functions like your second skin

Strechsense fabric seensor wearable

Strechsense fabric sensor wearable

StrechSense, the maker of a wearable sensor system that has fabric which registers the user’s movement has successfully been demonstrated at the WT Conference being held in Munich. The winner of WT Innovation World Cup 14/15 that recognizes some of the best wearable gadgets in the world. This wearable fabric sensor can be used for sports, medical applications, motion tracking industry and fitness tracking along with other applications too.
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Hyperspectral camera detects skin cancer in under 5 seconds

cancer detecting hyperspectal camera by VTT

Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have developed a lightweight hyperspectral camera capable of detecting skin cancer, their precursors, skin tumors and actinic keratosis in a matter of few seconds. The camera covers a large field of view, approximately 12 cm at any instance of time enabling detection of larger areas of skin for any early signs of cancer. The camera reveals what is not visible to the eye and gives the user any sign of early cancer, helping in taking the course of action for prevention of the skin cancer.
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MIT researchers create bio-skin that reacts to sweat, suggests future of self-ventilating clothes  

MIT BioLogic

Researchers at Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab, led by PhD student Lining Yao, are using ancient bacteria to create synthetic material called BioLogic, which moves, expands and contracts when it is exposed to moisture. The bacteria discovered some 1000 years back in Japan is called Bacillus Subtilis natto. While testing various microorganisms in the lab, Lining Yao discovered that natto bacteria expanded and contracted when exposed to moisture – this is when she was struck with the idea to try and use this bacterium to act like a machine instead of an unpredictable organism.   Read More…

DermoScreen iPhone app detects skin cancer at early stages

DermoScreen iPhone app detects skin cancer

Having cancer can be the worst thing that can happen to an individual and if it is skin cancer then it is even worse. Efforts to detect skin cancer at the earliest possible stage is something that researchers around the globe are looking for, and Hyperspectral Camera is one example of that. And now George Zouridakis, a professor of engineering technology at the University of Houston has developed an app that uses your iPhone as a skin cancer detector. DermoScreen app that functions with an accessory that goes by the name Dermoscope, magnifies the iPhone camera view and tracks for any signs of melanoma.
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Unique material will protect soldiers from chemical weapons

nanotubesuite LLNL

Military personnel involved in missions in adulterated environments are in grave demand of breathable clothing, which is lightweight yet very effective. While current military gear is heavy and does not meet the critical demand to perfection, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California have developed a highly breathable fabric that is more breathable and lightweight. Made to be used in military uniforms, the material is just like a second skin that can even protect a person from viruses and chemical weapons. Read More…

Another wearable tattoo that shows your vital body functions

e-skin wearable tattoo

Wearable technology is going to influence our daily chores in a big way, if already it hasn’t started doing so. One application of this is the use of electronic tattoos that is still in the infancy stage, but none the less impactful. Going by this notion, a team headed by Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo have developed a prototype e-skin which is the thinnest so far at just 3 micrometers. The artificial skin embraces any part of your body and lies on your skin like a food wrap. It has a LED display which displays user’s vital stats like heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
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Temporary Biometric Tattoo tracks your health stats in real-time

Chaotic moon Biometric Tattoo

Wearable technology is hitting us all in a big way and it won’t be surprising if it is the next big revolution. Some might even say that it is already a revolution with wearables changing the complexion of electronic gadgets. Sensor-enabled tattoos and electronic ink have already given us a reason to believe that wearable tech is going to be our second skin in the near future. For example the skin thermometer tattoo or sweat monitoring tattoo. Austin-based company Chaotic Moon is developing a prototype that will be loaded with sensors for collecting all the vital data from your body for prime health and fitness.
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Exoskeleton that harnesses body energy and aids in stress-free walking

Exoskeleton device by NC State engineers and UNC Chapel Hills School of Medicine

Self-powered exoskeleton that assists in walking and running

Walking and running like a super-human has always been your fantasy, hasn’t it? Exoskeletons and other contraptions have been trying it hard for the last decade with impressive results. Another effort to improve your motor skills while walking has come to light and it is also aimed at people with walking anomalies or the elderly section of society. NC State engineers and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine have developed an exoskeleton which helps in preserving energy while walking and releasing it when needed.
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