wearable tech

Fabric as the new software

Everyday items like watches and backpacks can now be turned into wearable technology. But what if high tech fibers and fabrics could set new expectations for how we use and wear our apparel? Yoel Fink, director of MIT’s research laboratory of electronics joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

SciTech Now Episode 431

In this episode of SciTech Now, we explore the challenges of drawing extinct animals like dinosaurs; fabric as wearable technology; how blind fish can help humans with sleep problems; and the digestive power of goats.

SciTech Now Episode 429

In this episode of SciTech Now, we explore how a wearable device can read your brainwaves; a look at tires made from lettuce; how noise pollution disrupts wildlife ecosystems around the globe; and researchers at one university are observing how fish populations are impacted by pollution, development and erosion.

A wearable guides the visually impaired

Technology for the blind tends to rely heavily on auditory cues to convey information. Now WearWorks, a Brooklyn, New York based technology company is developing a device that communicates to the visually impaired through touch. Keith Kirkland, CEO and Co-Founder of WearWorks joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss this topic.

Scitech Now Episode 423

In this episode of SciTech Now, we explore the virtual world at the largest VR Entertainment center; a wearable device that guides the visually impaired; an online senior center creating a platform for socialization from the comfort of home; and a look at researchers in Texas, who are analyzing Alzheimer’s disease and the role of […]

SciTech Now Episode 335

In this episode of SciTech Now, the Cahokia State Historic Site in Illinois is using new technology to unearth an ancient city; a team at Carnegie Mellon University is creating the next generation of wearable electronics; a look into a mighty marine microbe; and the white-nose syndrome that’s hitting west coast bats.

Engineering smart tattoos

From smartwatches to Bluetooth shoes, electronic wearable devices have exploded in popularity. Now engineers are working to create lighter, thinner, and more efficient electronics. A team at Carnegie Mellon University has even created a printable smart tattoo that can monitor body functions.

Are you into wearable tech?

One in five Americans currently owns a piece of wearable technology. So, who’s buying the trendy devices and how are they being used?

SciTech Now Episode 219

In this episode, we explore the usage and benefits of wearable technology; architect Jeffrey Pelletier takes us inside his Lego room and reveals some real world applications of the toy; a global initiative to create marine sanctuaries offers hope for oceans; and new drugs may be able to outsmart germs resistant to antibiotics.