Tagged: Sensors

Altra IQ running shoe tracks your running routine, acts as real-time coach

Altra IQ running shoe

There are fitness wearables that collect and analyze your running data, now a shoe visions to do just that. Altra Running has come out with a new Altra IQ running shoe, which can collect data about the wearer’s running stride to make them better informed of their personal running habits. The Altra IQ is embedded with razor thin multi-sensor system, which is placed (very secretly) in the shoe’s midsole with a transmitter to track running exactly down to wearer’s technique. The shoe comes with iFit app, which receives the data from the shoe over Bluetooth and then offers real-time coaching in addition to aggregation and analysis of data. Read More…

US teen builds laser-based automatic baseball umpire to become better pitcher

Laser baseball umpire

There is an endless debate on use of robot umpires to replace or assist on-field umpires to call ‘ball or strike’ in baseball. That however has not stopped a 13-year-old Virginia-based soon-to-be eighth grader from developing an automatic umpire to help him and other young baseball players to become better pitchers. There are thousands of kids across the United States who play baseball at some level; unlike most of them content with the present facilities, Nick Anglin built himself a laser-equipped umpire called Strikey Sensors that indicates a ball or strike. Read More…

Teenager invents iAid, navigation device for the visually impaired

iAid navigation device

There have been a few inventions to assist the visually impaired live a more independent life and navigate better in their environment. Yet, iAid – a combination of a sensor-embedded belt and joystick, developed by 18-year-old Alex Deans is special and ingenious. iAid features four ultrasonic sensors embedded on a belt that scan for potential obstacles using sound, and the information is transmitted to a handheld joystick, which rotates by itself in order to indicate which direction to go. The joystick can be felt rotating with the fingers, and Alex say “it’s like some holding the hand to lead you to the destination.” Read More…

Wearable Womanliness-Boosting bra helps you snap perfect selfies

Wearable Womanliness-Boosting Bra

Most women are dissatisfied with the options given to them by lingerie companies, leading to lack of confidence. However to boost women’s confidence, Japanese lingerie maker Triumph has come up with the strangest undergarment we’ve ever seen, the Wearable Womanliness-Boosting bra. It is a concept bra with skirt; the complete set is designed to give you pep talks and help you to take perfect selfies. Read More…

FingerSynth – A bone conductive wearable that creates music on touch

FingerSynth wearable

We have seen quite a few strange instruments in the past that don’t have any practical use but still managed to excite us. FingerSynth wearable musical instrument is another one straight out from the realm of technological absurdness. Not that it is something worthless, but an amalgamation of wearable technology and audio. Developed by Gershon Dublon from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, FingerSynth is a half glove loaded with series if finger rings connected to a box that sits like a bracelet on the wrist.
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Skin embracing wearable that generates electricity by muscle movement

triboelectric sensor

Wearables that are self-powered and make use of natural sources of energy are in demand, and for obvious reasons. Current age wearables require power sources that are lighter, thinner and flexible enough to fit inside the complex form-factor of wearable devices. Keeping that in mind, the National University of Singapore has developed a wearable device that is powered by muscle movement, and measures just the equivalent of a postage-stamp. It is capable of generating 90 volts of voltage just by gentle touch of a finger.
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Engineers develop flexible sensors to determine heart oxygen levels

Organic wearable device by UC Berkeley

Engineers at UC Berkeley have come up with a pulse oximeter sensor that measures blood oxygen levels, arterial oxygen saturation and heart rate with pin-point accuracy. As opposed to other pulse meters in the market this wearable sensor is thinner, cheap and flexible enough to be worn like a band. This gives the wearable sensor more flexibility in terms of portability and use.
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Bionic Bra automatically adjusts the support level according to breast movement

Bionic bra

Professor Julie Steele from the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Professor Gordon Wallace and Dr Sheridan Gho at the Innovation Campus at the University of Wollongong have invented a Bionic Bra that will revolutionize this age old accessory for women. The bra is loaded with sensors and actuators that detect the movement of breasts and determines the amount of support and tightening to be provided for comfort at all times. It is made from a smart yarn that does all the sensing and sets the bra into action.
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Smart lithium-ion battery that warns you before overheating or other hazardous problems

Smart lithium ion battery

Lithium-ion batteries have changed the way we go on about our daily routine interacting with gadgets and commuting from one place to the other. They have in a way opened up new avenues for developing battery powered gizmos that power the 21st century. But Lithium-ion batteries carry their risks as well. There have been many instances when lithium-ion batteries have exploded without warning creating a threat to lives and property. People around the world have reported exploding phone, in flame laptops and car batteries catching fire unexpectedly. Addressing this problem very seriously, a team headed by Yi Cui, associate professor of material science at the Stanford University have developed a smart lithium-ion battery separator that warns the user before overheating or bursting into flames.
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Shape-shifting robots will get smarter with the sensor enabled robotic fabric

Robotic fabric by Rebecca Kramer Purdue University

Researchers headed by Rebecca Kramer at the Purdue University have developed robotic fabric loaded with sensors that can contract or expand depending on the requirement. This new class of active clothing could have many applications that could make us more super-human. For example it could assist us in moving faster or give added strength and endurance or perhaps pave way for spacesuits that counteract the effects of space travel and atmospheric pressure. Just a couple of days ago we came across the Shrink-wrapping spacesuits which eliminates the need for those bulky spacesuits, and this robotic fabric is even one step ahead.
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