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Wearables

Aira jacket gives a massage on the move

What if you could get a massage while you’re walking around running errands? That’s the idea behind Aira (pronounced era), a “mobile massage suite” that helps work your tired back muscles while you’re out and about. Perhaps the best part is that no one will even know you’re wearing it because it looks like an average hoodie. A prototype Aira jacket was shown off this week at IFA in Berlin.Read More

Million Mile Light turns running strides into light

Runners have plenty of options for lighting, from simple, purpose-built runners' lights, to lighted hydration packs, to LED running shoes, to neon-glow belts and beyond. Typically these lights are powered by replaceable or rechargeable batteries, which can leave you in the dark. The all-new Million Mile Light from startup Positively Human makes you the battery, keeping the light flashing so long as you're running. Read More

Fully-flexible touchscreen wristband slated for 2016 launch

Wearables, to be true to their name, should ideally be devices that are comfortable and easy to wear, like a snug scarf or a soft pair of socks. But many devices laying claim to the wearable tag don't quite meet this brief. The Wove Band could be an exception. Billed as the "world's first flexible touch display," the design combines a flexible E Ink display with a proprietary digital fabric developed by Chicago-based Polyera over a ten year period.Read More

Combat+ Sync wireless headphones also work as two-way radios

When it comes to exercise or physical activity, some people prefer solitude to do their own thing. For many others, these experiences are enhanced by including music and/or friends. Soul Electronics has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new product that caters to such people by combining wireless audio and personal communication. The Combat+ Sync headphones allows users to enjoy music and talk to each other through built-in walkie-talkies.Read More

Researchers create soft, weavable LED fibers for truly flexible wearable displays

Electronic displays for integration with clothing and textiles are a rapidly developing field in the realm of wearable electronics. However, flexible LEDs designed to form part of an elastic or deformable coating for clothing or apparel – even displays specifically designed to be directly bio-compatible – still rely on a hard substrate on which to layer the appropriate electroluminescent material. Now researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created a fiber-like LED that can be directly knitted or woven to form part of the fabric itself.Read More

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