Wearable Technology

"First Few Days" Backpack Filters Water, Generates Power for Emergencies

When disaster strikes water sources are often contaminated and the electric grid is down, meaning no clean water and no power. To get by until relief arrives, victims need drinkable…

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Reebok's "CheckLight" Device Alerts Athletes to Severity of Head Impacts

A growing body of research is revealing that head impacts during sports can cause major trauma and damage. Wearing a helmet is critical, but hits to the noggin, even smallish ones, can…

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9 Wearable Technologies That Will Give You Real-Life Superpowers

Photo by Shutterstock SUPERMAN You don’t have to be Superman to deflect bullets off your chest. Scientists have developed a way of bulking up an ordinary T-shirt to create…

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3D-Printed Exoskeleton Could Change the Future of Fixing Broken Bones

As it stands now when you break a bone, a technician wraps your limb in plaster – it’s cheap, moldable to your limb and hard to take off, which means you’re stuck in…

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Polar Bear's High-Tech Neckwear Captures Video, Answers About Climate Change

Tasul the polar bear is the latest animal research scientist and is cooperating with the U.S. Geological Survey to help learn more about how the bears move. Tasul lives at the Oregon…

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Ministry of Supply's Socks Use Coffee-Infused Fibers to Neutralize Smells

Summer swelter have your feet in funk? Ministry of Supply is launching a line of men’s dress socks that are engineered to eliminate sweat and odor while providing all-day comfort…

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Yes, You Can Buy a 3D-Printed Bow Tie

Here’s one way to one-up those Billyburg hipsters: swap your fabric bow tie for a three-dimensionally printed one. Monocircus’s dapper accessory doesn’t need excessive…

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The "Hand Tree" is a Portable Air Filter You Wear on Your Wrist

There’s no way to control the quality of your air when you’re walking around in the city or working near machines. But air pollution is so bad for our health that there has…

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Handyscope is a Smartphone Body Scanner That Checks for Skin Cancer

When you think your mole has grown or a spot emerges on your skin, it’s best to get into your doctor right away to get it checked out. But getting an appointment that isn’t…

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Solar Power Goes Couture With Pauline van Dongen's Avant-Garde Wearables

POWER SUITS Van Dongen says her designs mimic human skin cells, which show a similar layering. Some of the modules contain up to 48 flexible solar cells, enough to restore a typical…

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Transgenic Silkworms Spin Fluorescent Fibers for Glow-in-the-Dark Wedding Dress

One Japanese lab is hard at work producing glow in the dark silk. But the soft skeins aren’t treated after the silk worms have spun their lot, but instead are being produced directly…

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UC Davis Scientists Develop Waterproof Fabric That Drains Away Sweat

Photo by Shutterstock Summer heat waves are around the corner, and so to are baskets of sweaty, smelly laundry. Scientists at UC Davis have invented a fabric that may help to combat the…

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Vodafone's "Power Shorts" Use Body Heat to Charge Your Cellphone

No need to worry about running down your cellphone battery this festival season. Vodafone’s “Power Pocket” promises to keep peripherals pumping on little more than…

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NeuroKnitting Creates Personalized Scarves Based on Your Brainwaves

You already knew that you could wear your heart on your sleeve, but what about your brain on your neck? Artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet have teamed up with researcher Sebastian…

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EPA, NIH Award $100K to Conscious Clothing's Wearable Pollution Monitor

Most cities and towns monitor their air quality, but it’s usually only in a few spots and doesn’t alert us to dangerous locations where pollution may be higher. Wanting to…

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Nike, NASA, Team Up With USAID to Crowdsource Fabrics of Tomorrow

Traditional manufacturing processes of fabrics we use in clothing, personal products and the like, include the overuse of water, toxic chemicals used in the process and the harmful…

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Color-Changing Glove Alerts Wearer to Presence of Invisible Toxins

Come in contact with toxic substances while working in a lab and you’ll literally be caught red handed (or blue in this case). New gloves are being developed now at the Fraunhofer…

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Interactive Clothes Hangers Offer Fashion Advice to Japanese Shoppers

SMART HANGER Japanese retailers are hoping that the hanger will promote consumer spending in a notoriously depressed market. “The hanger is being introduced by apparel makers who want…

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