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CPI is using its state-of-the-art equipment and industry expertise alongside Pireta Limited to support the scale-up of wearable technology in textiles (photo: CPI)

CPI works with Pireta to develop new smart clothing

The UK-based Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is collaborating on a project to support the development of next-generation smart clothing.  Working with Pireta Limited, CPI is using its industry expertise in the printed electronics sector to aid scale-up of wearable technology in textiles.


OLED microdisplays are reported to be an ideal solution for AR and VR applications (photo: Fraunhofer FEP)

Fraunhofer FEP: Electron beam patterning for high-resolution full-colour OLED displays

OLED microdisplays are increasingly establishing themselves in consumer-ready wearables and data glasses. In order to meet the requirements for higher efficiency, higher contrast, and higher resolutions in these applications, Fraunhofer FEP (Dresden, Germany) scientists have developed a new micropatterning approach for OLEDs on silicon substrates. This might eliminate the use of colour filters and shadow masks in the future and allow full-colour displays to be developed by means of a new process. An increase in efficiency and considerably broader colour gamut have already been demonstrated in first experiments. The results will be presented at the Fraunhofer FEP booth and during the poster session at IMID 2018 in Busan, South Korea, on 29-31 August 2018.


A Deep Activity bracelet (photo: VTT)

VTT aims to take the accuracy of wearable activity trackers to a new level

With the explosion in popularity of wearable activity trackers in recent years, people have access to a huge variety of stats and analysis tools to help them set personal goals and track their performance. But there is a problem: many of these devices are way off the mark when it comes to accuracy. According to the experts at the Finnish research centre VTT, the answer to this challenge lies in the algorithms that form the backbone of the software in these devices; improve the number crunching and you can provide users with a smart solution that not only accurately tracks activity, but also learns as it goes along.


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