Wearable devices have taken the spotlight lately, with some big names such as google ready to invest in this piece of computing ring the market is expected to boom in the coming months. From keeping a track of medical records to a more advanced feature like flood/earthquake warnings the wearables are set to make a difference in 2016.
The market already possesses some of these wearable gadgets like Fitbit Flex for tracking distance/steps or Athena which is aimed at keeping women safe. All wearables have the same working principle apart from fashion and functionality, is to observe and report. But where to report? They keep updating the recorded data on the cloud, which can be accessed anytime using any smart device.
Many companies are jumping onto the wearable computing bandwagon, some big companies like Apple and Microsoft working on their own wearable device, benefiting the consumers with a fair amount of innovation and state of the art technology.
But what lies in the bottom line is the main powerhouse of the wearable tech.
Dr. Rogers and a team of researchers from the South Korea, China and US have invented a set of batteries and solar cells. But not just some batteries these cells not only look like skin but also thin and soft. These batteries or cells can be applied to the skin like a Band-Aid. These latest batteries will not only power the wearable technologies but also overcome the barriers faced by them.
These batteries developed are basically miniaturized solar cells and lithium batteries. The device is about 2.5 mm thick and has been initially tested to monitor the skin temperature during exercises and bathing.
The team envisions to use this technology in a wide range of applications including military and medicals by monitoring the patient’s vitals, through ECG, temperature, BP etc. With its ability to monitor temperature this device could help in the prevention of conditions such as hyperthermia and frostbite.
The demonstrated device in the journal only has a lifetime of a few hours which can be increased with further improvements and research and according to the specific requirements.
Dr. Rogers expects to roll out the commercial versions of the technology in about two years.
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