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My Skin Track UV from La Roche-Posay (photo: L’Oréal)

L’Oréal and La Roche-Posay launch “My Skin Track UV“ wearable skin and sun safety sensor


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L'Oréal (Clichy, France) recently announced that La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV—the first battery-free wearable electronic to measure UV exposure—is now available through Apple. This marks the first time My Skin Track UV, which was developed by L'Oréal’s Technology Incubator and unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, will be available to consumers in the US. With a precise sensor that measures individual UV levels and a companion app that tracks exposure to pollution, pollen, and humidity, the launch of My Skin Track UV allows users to make more informed choices when it comes to their skin.

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The Multi-Tech Commuter Jacket (photo: Butler Technologies)

Lubrizol collaboration produces commuter jacket with warmth on demand powered by flexible electronics


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The MTC Jacket is the result of impressive multiple-partner collaboration between leading experts including Lubrizol, Principled Design, ACI Materials, and Butler Technologies that took the project from concept to completion in just nine months. The project underscores the importance of systems thinking in the development of novel wearable electronics – combining design, material science, applications know-how, and value chain partners having the right mindset and capabilities – to quickly turn innovative ideas into prototypes and then commercial scale realities. 

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A semi-passive hydrogel-based contact lens powered up by an RF wireless coupling (photo: imec)

Imec, Ghent University and SEED demonstrate electronics in hydrogel-based soft lenses


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At the imec technology forum Japan (ITF Japan 2018), imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, the Ghent University (UGent), and contact lens manufacturer SEED Co., Ltd. announced that they have developed a contact lens with an integrated LED light, including an ultra-thin silicon microchip, radio‐frequency (RF) antenna for wireless energy transfer, and stretchable thin‐film interconnections. Different from the traditional contact lens-type wearable devices made of non-water-containing material, this novel device is made of hydrogel-based material.

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