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Wearable Technology

Pollution-Sensing "Aegis" Parka Includes a Respirator to Help You Breathe

We’ve seen a carbon-monitoring LED dress, an air-purifying gown, T-shirts that register airborne pollutants, and even an armored “bubble” that keeps you coddled in a…

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PackH2O: A Collapsible Backpack for Transporting Water in the Third World

WATER-BEARERS Greif claims that WaterWear is the world’s first purposed-designed water-transport product that is economically viable for both developing economies and… …

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Fighting Skin Cancer Could Soon be as Easy as Slathering on Moisturizer

Photo by Shutterstock A $2.99 tube of moisturizer from your neighborhood drugstore could soon deliver gene-regulation technology for treating skin cancer and other ailments, according…

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An Ordinary Cotton T-Shirt Could Someday Charge Your Cellphone

Photo by Shutterstock That Hanes Beefy-T you’re wearing could someday power your mobile device—that is, if researchers at the University of South Carolina have anything to do…

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Dahea Sun's Cabbage-Dyed Dresses Change Color to Indicate Rain's pH

PURPLE RAIN Although clean air regulations have significantly reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide over the past 30 years, acid rain remains a threat to public health.…

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Energy-Generating Knee Strap Could Spell the End of Batteries

Photo by Shutterstock Time for the energy industry to pull itself up by the knee straps: A group of scientists in the United Kingdom have developed a novel energy-harvesting device that…

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Tweet From Your Pants With Alphyn Industries' SF-Made Smartphone Jeans

SMART JEANS The straight-cut jean, according to Alphyn Industries, fuses traditional denim-making techniques with 21st century utility and aesthetics. Informed by military innovations,…

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Issues With Incontinence? These Innovative Undies Won't Give You Away

It’s no secret that seniors are the fastest growing population worldwide. With age, however, comes its own raft of issues, including a decline in bodily functions. Among the most…

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Mantis Shrimp Inspires Lighter, Stronger Military Body Armor

Photo by Shutterstock With its technicolor carapace and bug-eyed expression, the mantis shrimp could pass for a character in a Disney movie. Don’t underestimate its appearance,…

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Atton Conrad Creates His Dazzling Dresses Entirely Out of Light

Here’s a new textile we bet you’ve never tried: photons. Atton Conrad, an art photographer based in London, created a series of luminous gowns using nothing but light.…

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High-Tech Sports Bra Knows When You're About to Have a Heart Attack

Photo by Shutterstock Monitoring your cardiac health will soon be as easy as slipping on a sports bra. Engineers from the University of Arkansas have developed a wireless system that…

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Energy-Harvesting Chip Turns Any Shoe Into a Cellphone Charger

Photo by Shutterstock Even the rattiest sneaker can become an energy-harvesting powerhouse, thanks to an ultrathin crystal chip that converts footfalls into electricity. Developed by…

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"Hacked" Virtual-Reality Goggles Helps Visually Impaired Avoid Obstacles

A nondescript head-mounted display could soon spell fewer bumps and bruises for people with moderate visual impairment, thanks to researchers from the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.…

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Recycled From Film Slides, Emily Steel's LED Dress Will Light Up Your Night

Need the perfect frock for your next movie premiere? Emily Steel’s “Little Slide Dress” is positively cinematic. The Victoria University of Wellington student…

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U.S. Scientists Harness Thousands of Invisibility Cloaks to Trap a Rainbow

Photo by Shutterstock Harry Potter’s disguise of choice isn’t just for stalking the halls of Hogwarts sight unseen. Scientists from Towson University and the University of…

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Stick-On "Zio" Patch Diagnoses Irregular Heartbeat in Cardiac Patients

It may look like a Band-Aid, but the “Zio” cardiac monitor can help emergency-room patients avoid unnecessary follow-ups, according to a new study by Scripps Health.…

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Air-Conditioned Bulletproof Vests Keep Police Officers Cool in the Heat

Kevlar vests may be able to stop bullets in their tracks, but they’re also impermeable to water vapor. Translation? The police officers who wear them have to remain cool under…

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USDA Develops Eco-Friendlier Anti-Stink Treatments for Clothing

Photo by Shutterstock The U.S. Department of Agriculture isn’t exactly known for its bleeding-edge fashion, but don’t count the federal agency out just yet. Researchers from…

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