Wearables of the Future

Monday 25 February - Thursday 28 Feburary, 2019
NEXTech Hall 8.0, Stand 8.0K31, Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

​The integration of technology with accessories such as bands, watches, glasses, clothing and implants, has resulted in an enhanced intra- and interconnectivity among humans and their environment. The future is on our doorstep thanks to recent technological advancements but requires a step-change in the building blocks of wearable technologies. Thanks to its sensitivity to any subtle variation in its surroundings, graphene may soon enable seamless integration of new smart health devices or environmental sensors.  Graphene is part of a future where wearables will play a key role in our lives. 

Graphene Pressure Sensing Insole – Cambridge Graphene Centre, University of Cambridge
Graphene foam in insoles can track the pressure distribution across the foot for sports analysis and podiatry. The lightweight graphene-embedded foam responds to variations in pressure for convenient tracking in all types of shoes. Smart shoes allow detailed performance monitoring and make us dream of new ways of interacting with our electronics.

Touch Interface T-Shirt– VTT
Graphene is well suited to printing conductive tracks and areas onto flexible surfaces, such as plastic sheets, paper or fabrics. The shirt integrates graphene-based, electrically conducive areas that function as capacitive touch sensitive electrodes.

Flexible Graphene Supercapacitors
Graphene supercapacitors store large amounts of energy and can charge and discharge rapidly. Graphene's excellent electrical properties allow super-fast energy transport and storage of up to 100 times more energy. Graphene supercapacitors will enable superfast charging of mobile devices and make high power more portable.

Graphene UV Sensor Patch: Wearable, Real-Time UV Sensing for Smart Skin Protection  – ICFO

Graphene delivers a versatile light detection platform, capable of being integrated into a fully flexible solution. This technology allows us to integrate sensors that monitor our exposure to UV light, which is harmful to the skin and has been associated with many irreversible health conditions such as melanoma. A flexible graphene patch couples a UV detector NFC chip that communicates directly to your mobile phone.

Transdermal Fitness Tracking Patch: Accurate Self-Tracking of Multiple Vital Signs in a Single Device - ICFO
Wearable health trackers rely on optical sensors as the key component used to monitor vital signs. ICFO's flexible multi-vital signs health trackers can conform to any surface, delivering an all-in-one solution with high measurement reliability. This graphene-based technology can surpass the current limitations thanks to the combination of its optoelectronic and mechanical properties.

Transparent Flexible Force-Touch Human Machine Interface – Atomic Mechanics
A transparent, force-sensitive graphene and plastic film allows accurate pressure detection. The laminate film is so ultra-thin that it can be formed onto 3D surfaces and integrated into flexible devices. This technology can therefore be used as an electronic skin that can allow any surface to become highly responsive to its environments for applications in healthcare, robotics, gaming, digital music making and industry 4.0.

Brain-Machine Interfaces: A New Generation of Biomedical Devices – ICN2, IMB-CNM CSIC, BIST, CIBERBBN
Flexible graphene can be used in brain implants that record and stimulate brain signals on the surface of the brain. These implants are more comfortable and sensitive while less invasive thanks to graphene's flexibility. High-performance brain implants will improve the understanding and treatment of neural diseases and progress towards brain-machine interfaces.

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Publishing date: 30 June 2020 15:54