Archive for the ‘wearables’ category

Apr 17, 2024

Scientists Invented a Bizarre New Material That Gets Tougher When You Hit It

Posted by in categories: materials, wearables

I found this on NewsBreak: Scientists Invented a Bizarre New Material That Gets Tougher When You Hit It.

Apr 16, 2024

Limitless is a new AI tool for your meetings — and an all-hearing wearable gadget

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, wearables

The Limitless Pendant is part of the whole Limitless system, which the company is launching today. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering: yes, it’s very much a reference to the movie.) Siroker’s last AI product, Rewind, was an app that ran on your computer and would record your screen and other data in order to help you remember every tab, every song, every meeting, everything you do on your computer. (When the company first teased the Limitless Pendant, it was actually called the Rewind Pendant.) Limitless has similar aims, but instead of just running on your computer, it’s meant to collect data in the cloud and the real world, too, and make it all available to you on any device. Rewind is still around, for the folks who want the all-local, one-computer approach — but Siroker says the cross-platform opportunity is much bigger.

“The core job to be done is initially around meetings,” Siroker tells me. “Preparing you for meetings, transcribing meetings, giving you real-time notes of meetings and summaries of meetings.” For $20 a month, the app will capture audio from your computer’s mic and speakers, and you can also give it access to your email and calendar. With that combination — and ultimately all the other apps you use for work, Siroker says — Limitless can do a lot to help you keep track of conversations. What was that new app someone mentioned in the board meeting? What restaurant did Shannon say we should go to next time? Where did I leave off with Jake when we met two weeks ago? In theory, Limitless can get that data and use AI models to get it back to you anytime you ask.

Siroker and I are talking the day after the first reviews of the Humane AI Pin came out, and he’s careful to differentiate his company’s approach from these all-encompassing AI tools. “We’re trying to do a few things exceptionally well, not be a mile wide and an inch deep,” he says. “We’re not, you know, trying to reinvent the wheel with lasers.” His plan is to integrate into all the apps you use and put Limitless inside of those apps; you should be able to take notes in Notion or get action items in Slack, he thinks, instead of having to go to some other app entirely. “Why would I even have to make you log into my cloud based app, when I could just have you show up to the thing you’re already using?”

Apr 14, 2024

A Solar cell you can Bend and Soak in, Water

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, solar power, wearables

Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science and collaborators have developed an organic photovoltaic film that is both waterproof and flexible, allowing a solar cell to be put onto slothes and still function correctly after being rained on or even washed.

One of the potential uses of organic photovoltaics is to create wearable electronics — devices that can be attached to clothing that can monitor medical devices, for example, without requiring battery changes.

However, researchers have found it challenging to achieve waterproofing without the use of extra layers that end up decreasing the flexibility of the film.

Apr 8, 2024

World’s First Real-Time Wearable Human Emotion Recognition Technology Unveiled

Posted by in categories: engineering, wearables

Professor Jiyun Kim and his team at the Department of Material Science and Engineering at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) have developed a pioneering technology capable of identifying human emotions in real time. This cutting-edge innovation is set to revolutionize various industries, including next-generation wearable systems that provide services based on emotions.

Understanding and accurately extracting emotional information has long been a challenge due to the abstract and ambiguous nature of human affects such as emotions, moods, and feelings. To address this, the research team has developed a multi-modal human emotion recognition system that combines verbal and non-verbal expression data to efficiently utilize comprehensive emotional information.

Mar 31, 2024

Wearable AI: will it put our smartphones out of fashion?

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, wearables

Portable AI-powered devices that connect directly to a chatbot without the need for apps or a touchscreen are set to hit the market. Are they the emperor’s new clothes or a gamechanger?

Mar 26, 2024

Explained: AlterEgo—a Device With Which You Can Communicate With Machines With The ‘internet In Your Head’

Posted by in categories: internet, robotics/AI, wearables

This article is almost a year old, yet still wildly interesting.

An MIT scientist developed a wearable BCI device that allows users to access the internet with their minds.

The wearable device records neural signals as and when a person hears or thinks of words.

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Mar 21, 2024

Smart rings’ ultra-precise movement tracking take wearable technology to the next level

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, wearables

There is a lot of hype about smart rings right now—Samsung is due to release a Galaxy ring, and there is unsubstantiated speculation that Apple is considering a ring too. But why would you want a smart ring in the first place?

Mar 21, 2024

Tiny magnetic implants enable wireless health monitoring when paired with wearable device

Posted by in categories: chemistry, computing, health, wearables

In a study published in the journal Science Advances, researchers from Peking University have unveiled a miniaturized implantable sensor capable of health monitoring without the need of transcutaneous wires, integrated circuit chips, or bulky readout equipment, thereby reducing infection risks, improving biocompatibility, and enhancing portability. The study is titled “Millimeter-scale magnetic implants paired with a fully integrated wearable device for wireless biophysical and biochemical sensing.”

Mar 21, 2024

Liquid metal may point way to wearable ultrasound devices

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, wearables

The best-known byproduct of ultrasound—so named because its frequencies exceed the range of the human ear—is, in fact, not audio but visual: 2D imagery, often of a fetus maturing in the womb. But ultrasound has also found a place in other corners of the medical realm, from assessing blood flow to examining suspicious lumps and diagnosing disease.

Mar 16, 2024

UCLA’s AI wearable empowers speech for vocal cord impairments

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, robotics/AI, wearables

UCLA bioengineers create thin, flexible neck device translating larynx muscle movements into audible speech.

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