Oki Electric Cable Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), an OKI Group company specialising in electric cables, announced the launch of its stretchable flexible printed circuits, "Stretchable FPC." The product is part of the new Oki Electric Cable product line-up introduced in June 2019.
Imec (Leuven, Belgium), a leading research and innovaton hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies, and its spin-off Bloomlife have unveiled a prototype of the world’s first wearable 5-channel electrocardiogram (ECG) chip to continuously and accurately monitor fetal heart rate and mobility, two important indicators of a baby’s wellbeing. With the development of this chip, a major hurdle has been taken in the creation of a wearable ECG system that can accurately measure the fetal ECG as early as week 20 in a woman’s pregnancy.
From pace counters in shoes and fitness trackers with vital data measurement to cable-free earbuds while being on the phone, devices are only as good as their energy supply, which has to be reliable and long-lasting. Coin cells from VARTA Microbattery GmbH (Ellwangen, Germany) are frequently used in these wearables: the CoinPower cells.