Electronics & Semiconductors

A new wearable technology—for plants

Plants can't speak up when they are thirsty. And visual signs, such as shriveling or browning leaves, don't start until most of their water is gone. To detect water loss earlier, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Materials ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Tiny devices pave way for self-charging smart tech

Self-charging smartwatches and health trackers could be a step closer following the development of tiny mechanical devices powered by movement, a study suggests.

Robotics

Study finds surprising way to make walking easier

Findings describe a novel way to reduce the energy people spend to walk, as much as by half, which could have applications for therapy received by patients with impaired walking abilities.

Engineering

Folding design leads to heart sensor with smaller profile

As advances in wearable devices push the amount of information they can provide consumers, sensors increasingly have to conform to the contours of the body. One approach applies the principles of kirigami to give sensors ...

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