Scientists Create new Power Source for Wearable Technology

Published By : 17 Dec 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The global wearable technology market provides massive revolutionary technology options in the fields of health and fitness, industrial growth, infotainment, and the military as well. Earlier left as a mere fictional piece of writing in the earlier moments, the global wearable technologies market is no longer restricted to the books.

The global wearable technologies market contains multiple types of products, including smart glasses, heads-up displays, smart watches, smart sensors, and activity monitors. A vast amount of innovativeness in the global wearable technologies market has been displayed in the healthcare industry. Constant research and development has helped change the way most healthcare products work, such as incorporating wearable tech into glucometers, wearable health patches, and drug delivery systems that are controlled wirelessly. The other end of the medical table has doctors making use of the Google Glass to live stream operations for medical students in universities, from his/her operating room.

Numerous companies operate in the global wearable technologies market, including Zephyr, Google, Sony, Abbott, Adidas, Nike, Garmin, Eurotech, and Suunto. Each company has created massive strides in the global wearable technologies market in terms of innovating and commercializing wearables for ordinary people to use.

With that in mind, the upcoming breakthrough in the global wearable technologies market can be considered to be highly potent in advancing the utility of wearables in all industries. So far, wearable electronics are usually limited by garments when it comes to power sources. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have successfully created microsupercapacitors that are shaped into wires and are flexible enough to be woven into clothes. The electronic devices can be connected to a grid of these capacitors, which are connected in either series of parallel.

Liming Dai, Macromolecular Science and Engineering professor and one of the researchers working on the technology, said that generating the necessary power and storing it in wearables is restricted to the fixed area of clothing. For that reason, they created radially-aligned nanotubes of titanium oxide mounted on titanium wires which acts as the main electrode. The capacitance can easily be increased by increasing the surface area of the electrode.

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