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NASA'S Wearable Robot Suit - Business Insider

NASA'S Wearable Robot Suit - Business Insider | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
NASA's X1 Robotic Suit will help astronauts exercise in space and help paraplegics walk back on Earth.
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3D Printed, Fashionable Back Braces Encourage Kids With Scoliosis To Wear Them - PSFK

3D Printed, Fashionable Back Braces Encourage Kids With Scoliosis To Wear Them - PSFK | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
Personalized medical devices for young adults improve the chances of treatment success.
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Crave's USB-chargeable vibrator doubles as a necklace pendant

Crave's USB-chargeable vibrator doubles as a necklace pendant | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
San Francisco start-up Crave has launched a stainless-steel vibrator that can be worn as a necklace and charged via a USB port on a computer.
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Explores the tension of private and public for the wearer and the viewer.

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Wearable Tech Regulated as Medical Devices Can Revolutionize Healthcare | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers

Wearable Tech Regulated as Medical Devices Can Revolutionize Healthcare | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
Across the developed world, healthcare systems face tremendous challenges driven by increasing costs, increasing demand (due to changing demographics, increasing longevity and greater incidence of chronic conditions) and big improvements in addressing complex, previously untreatable conditions. Most healthcare systems are on an economically unsustainable path as healthcare consumes an ever increasing portion of the GDP.
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As long as these wearables deal with being wearable and do not become another device that patients dislike then great!

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A Straightforward Method for Making Wearable Tech

A Straightforward Method for Making Wearable Tech | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it

Considering the pace of technological growth in recent decades, the convergence of humans and machines seems a foregone conclusion. Yet, unlike most machines, the body is far too flexible and squishy for modern advanced materials. So it falls on researchers to develop new stretchable technologies that are easily manufactured and relatively inexpensive.


Recently, a biomedical engineering team at Purdue University developed a methodology to generate zigzag patterns out of conventional wire that can extend up to five times in length. The wires can be utilized as conductive interconnects between sensors, allowing for flexible networks or meshes to be embedded or wrapped around 3D objects.


“This compares to only a few percent for an ordinary metal connection,” said Professor Barak Ziaie, leading the research in the press release. “The structures are also highly robust, capable of withstanding thousands of repeated stretch-and-release cycles.”


Even more intriguing, the approach utilizes a standard sewing machine to fabricate the system.


Using water-soluble thread, the technique involves stitching wire in zigzags onto standard transparencies used with overhead projectors.


A commercially available elastomer called Ecoflex is poured over the sheet and allowed to solidify. The thread is dissolved with warm water, allowing the flexible polymer with the embedded wires to be separated from the transparencies.


To demonstrate how their approach could be used for medical devices, the team generated a sensor system that wraps around a urinary catheter balloon - as the balloon inflates, the sensor gauges the strain.


This flexible system can measure much greater expansion than conventional approaches that employ rigid metal films that permit only small percentages of stretching before breaking.


The findings, to be published in a forthcoming paper, were reported at the Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop.


more at http://singularityhub.com/2014/06/10/simple-sewing-machine-has-high-tech-role-in-future-soft-machines/



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Edelkoort: The rise of the 'Entertraining' and Active wear - Fashion - Fashion-news

Edelkoort: The rise of the 'Entertraining' and Active wear - Fashion - Fashion-news | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“ Edelkoort: The rise of the 'Entertraining' and Active wear, “This is the first time we hold a separate forum for active wear,” opened trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort”
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Nike abandons the FuelBand: What does this mean for wearables?

Nike abandons the FuelBand: What does this mean for wearables? | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“ The wearables industry will likely continue to consolidate as companies choose to join a side or get out of the way. With the recent news, Nike did both.”
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Could 3-D Printing Disrupt the Eyeglasses Business? | Qmed

Could 3-D Printing Disrupt the Eyeglasses Business? | Qmed | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“ Qmed (formerly Medical Device Link) is the world's first completely prequalified supplier directory and news source for medical device OEMs. Find medical device suppliers and IVD suppliers who are FDA-registered, ISO 13485- and ISO 9001-certified. Qmed is also the home of Medical Product Manufacturing News and the most relevant breaking news for the medical device industry.”
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Ce pendentif intelligent filtre le brouhaha ambiant pour rendre les conversations audibles aux malentendants

Ce pendentif intelligent filtre le brouhaha ambiant pour rendre les conversations audibles aux malentendants | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“ La technologie ne cesse d'évoluer ! Des ingénieurs viennent de concevoir un nouvel appareil auditif sous forme de collier. Il permet aux personnes malentendantes de suivre une conversation ou bien de l'enregistrer pour la réécouter plus tard. DGS vous”
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Wearable Electronics Pave Way for Smart Surgeon Gloves

Wearable Electronics Pave Way for Smart Surgeon Gloves | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“ New wearable electronics could become smart surgical gloves that allow surgeons to feel and do everything using their fingertips. Such electronics could even include electronic ...”
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The Original Wearable: OMSignal talks smart shirts and context - SlashGear

The Original Wearable: OMSignal talks smart shirts and context - SlashGear | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“SlashGear The Original Wearable: OMSignal talks smart shirts and context SlashGear If you're going to try to take wearable technology mass-market, is there a better model to copy than the clothes we've been wearing for centuries?”
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Plastics Today

Plastics Today | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it

"We asked ourselves, what do users want and then looked for the materials and design concepts that can deliver that," says Knopow. "We borrowed a lot from the automotive industry," he adds, "and used ABS on the outside of the walker and ABS with a leather-like texture on the inside. It needed to look nice, but it also had to be as light or lighter than current walkers, which typically weigh around 15 pounds. The material and monocoque design helped us to achieve the aesthetic and structural integrity and weight that we wanted," says Knopow. He and his partner have applied for a patent on hollow-plastic walker technology."

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I am all for choice and I am interested in new designs of anything that enables a journey from A to B. They've made it lighter -  that's great! they've made it take up less room when packed in the car-  good good! ... Yet I still feel they've missed a trick here.


Why in healthwear? well -  all these devices that  enable our walking such as rollators and sticks and crutches become a part of us, we wear them, as much as use them. Therefore designers do need to think about the wearability factor of such objects. 


So yes this is a move further down the road of desirable wearable health devices [sorry for pun] but if it answered a few more questions then this could have become a really innovative device.

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Tension - Orthotic Brace by Marina Scheinberg » Yanko Design

Tension - Orthotic Brace by Marina Scheinberg » Yanko Design | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
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Clothes will fit to size "at the push of a button" within five years

Clothes will fit to size "at the push of a button" within five years | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
Micro-robotics and 3D-printing are poised to revolutionise fashion, says the designer of Lady Gaga's bubble-blowing Anemone dress
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Neck Frame by Andrew Lee McConnell could be worn like "a second skin"

Neck Frame by Andrew Lee McConnell could be worn like "a second skin" | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
A neck injury inspired Andrew Lee McConnell to develop this wearable protective brace concept that could help prevent impact-related injuries.
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Naomi Kizhner's jewellery harvests energy from the human body

Naomi Kizhner's jewellery harvests energy from the human body | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
Naomi Kizhner has come up with a concept for a jewellery collection that converts kinetic energy from the body's involuntary movements into electricity.
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iHealth: Meet the new wearable 'dream team' Apple hired from fashion, fitness & medicine

iHealth: Meet the new wearable 'dream team' Apple hired from fashion, fitness & medicine | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
As Apple gears up for a new battle in the hotly-contested wearables market, AppleInsider offers a look at the platoon of fashion, fitness, and medical experts that have come to work in recent months for Cupertino's largest taxpayer.
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What no contemporary jewellery designers!?

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Ringing Bling: Connected Jewelry Keeps You in Contact | Gadgets, Science & Technology

Ringing Bling: Connected Jewelry Keeps You in Contact | Gadgets, Science & Technology | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
In wearable electronics, smart jewelry is an up and coming sector. Functional electronic devices that also happen to be beautiful are making their way into our ...
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Another contribution to cyber jewels. It can be argued that it's good to have options, however this object allows function to overshadow the concept and uses a very narrow understanding of jewellery to achieve this concept.
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Binauric BOOM BOOM - Tremendous Only

Binauric BOOM BOOM - Tremendous Only | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“ Parlons design avec cette superbe enceinte portable qu’est la BOOM BOOM. En collaboration avec BINAURIC, le designer MATHIEU LEHANNEUR a développé ce petit accessoire dont vous aurez du mal à vous passer. Elle tient dans la main, grâce à sa forme arrondie, ses multiples faces font qu’elle pourra se poser dans n’importe quel sens, sa sangle […”
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The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology - Design Milk

The Next Black: The Future of Clothing and Technology - Design Milk | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“ The concept of clothing is about to change profoundly with the integration of wearable and customizable technology woven directly into everything we wear.”
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A Straightforward Method for Making Wearable Tech

A Straightforward Method for Making Wearable Tech | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
Considering the pace of technological growth in recent decades, the convergence of humans and machines seems a foregone conclusion. Yet, unlike most machines, the body is far too flexible and squishy for modern advanced materials. So it falls on researchers to develop new stretchable technologies that are easily manufactured and relatively inexpensive.Recently, a biomedical engineering team at Purdue University developed a methodology to generate zigzag patterns out of conventional wire that can extend up to five times in length. The wires can be utilized as conductive interconnects between sensors, allowing for flexible networks or meshes to be embedded or wrapped around 3D objects.“This compares to only a few percent for an ordinary metal connection,” said Professor Barak Ziaie, leading the research in the press release. “The structures are also highly robust, capable of withstanding thousands of repeated stretch-and-release cycles.”Even more intriguing, the approach utilizes a standard sewing machine to fabricate the system.Using water-soluble thread, the technique involves stitching wire in zigzags onto standard transparencies used with overhead projectors.A commercially available elastomer called Ecoflex is poured over the sheet and allowed to solidify. The thread is dissolved with warm water, allowing the flexible polymer with the embedded wires to be separated from the transparencies.To demonstrate how their approach could be used for medical devices, the team generated a sensor system that wraps around a urinary catheter balloon - as the balloon inflates, the sensor gauges the strain. This flexible system can measure much greater expansion than conventional approaches that employ rigid metal films that permit only small percentages of stretching before breaking.The findings, to be published in a forthcoming paper, were reported at the Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems Workshop.more at http://singularityhub.com/2014/06/10/simple-sewing-machine-has-high-tech-role-in-future-soft-machines/

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3D Printed, Fashionable Back Braces Encourage Kids With Scoliosis To Wear Them

3D Printed, Fashionable Back Braces Encourage Kids With Scoliosis To Wear Them | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“Personalized medical devices for young adults improve the chances of treatment success.”
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Alex Wiltshire opinion column on wearable technology

Alex Wiltshire opinion column on wearable technology | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
The success of wearable technology depends on aesthetics, but with designers failing to grasp the baton can Apple make a difference with Beats and Nike.
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Demo of mind-controlled exoskeleton planned for World Cup

Demo of mind-controlled exoskeleton planned for World Cup | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
“The World Cup opening ceremony next month in Brazil in and of itself will be enough to make June 12 a standout for athletes and their fans but yet another eye-opener may make the Sao Paulo stadium opener long remembered globally.”
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Custom 3D Printed Wrist Splint Can Help People In Undeveloped Regions

Custom 3D Printed Wrist Splint Can Help People In Undeveloped Regions | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
These 3D printed wrist splints are custom made so they fit the patient perfectly. They are strong, lightweight and inexpensive (once you have the equipment)
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Movie: Eric Klarenbeek's Mycelium 3D-printed fungus could build houses

Movie: Eric Klarenbeek's Mycelium 3D-printed fungus could build houses | shubush healthwear | Scoop.it
Eric Klarenbeek, who made a chair out of 3D-printed fungus, says the technique could be used to create larger, more complex structures.
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