From brand new discoveries to product improvements, we’re recapping all the worthy news in the wearable world.
Wearable socks powered by… what?
Researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE) just gave a whole new meaning to “energy-from-waste.” Socks have been embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells (MFCs), allowing them to be transformed into a wearable energy generator. Powered by urine (yes, you heard that right), the socks are able to generate electricity by pumping urine when the wearer walks, which in turn stimulates the fuel cells and powers a wireless transmitter that sends signals to a PC. (Source: CNBC)
Drug-free nausea treatment worn on the wrist
ReliefBand Technologies, a therapeutic technology company established in July 2015, just received $5 million in funding to back their first product, the ReliefBand. The wearable device is designed to alleviate nausea from a variety of sources, like morning and motion sickness, chemotherapy, and post-op sickness. ReliefBand will be available to the masses over the counter for $89.99, and is poised to target a range of markets, such as maternity, cruise ship and travel consumers. (Source: PR Newswire)
Huawei may be getting a makeover
Changes are coming to the Huawei Watch, according to sources for 9to5Google. In addition to creating a female-targeted watch, the Chinese company is also developing a second-generation watch for release in 2016. The former is supposedly launching at CES 2016, and will mainly feature aesthetic differences, such as modified bands and new watch faces. Details are scarce, but more news is expected in the near future. (Source: 9to5Google)