Flexible sensors and batteries for a new class of medical devices

A device that can measure changes in skin quality too slight to be detected by human touch. Materials scientist Canan Dagdeviren tells us the new promising opportunity that this flexible material can bring:


Flexible batteries

Top: Dagdeviren’s stretchable skin sensor for detecting early signs of cancer.

Bottom: Flexible, implantable devices that harvest energy from the movement of organs.

HAND REHAB – Smart Experiences

The Light.Touch.Matters (LTM) glove concept takes advantage from the novel light/touch material to create a meaningful scenario in which training and rehabilitation activities become smart and playful. The idea behind LTM glove is to provide users with an interactive self-rehab tool measuring personal improvements in hand mobility and reducing the recovery therapy at the gym. The smart device gives information about the correct execution of the exercises by sensing pressure and bending of the fingers and responding in lighting feedbacks. It also shows the progress you make during the exercise. This is a relevant societal issue. The device become part of the body like a wearable, and has therefore the potential of becoming very familiar; feeling reassuring and supportive. A specific set of motion exercises is possible to select with an LTM app for glove. This will be programmed based on therapists’ exercises suggestions and depending on the condition. Some help increase a joint’s range of motion or lengthen the muscle and tendons via stretching. Other exercises strengthen muscles around a joint to generate more power or to build greater endurance. These are helpful for inflammation of the tendons (tendinitis) and no painful arthritis conditions. The concept has a great potential in the occupational therapy by select cognitive training exercises. Elements of gamification, or enhanced sensory experience, may contribute to a longer-lasting encouraging experience.


Emotional Interfaces – from commands to conversation

What are the most significant cultural, commercial and design challenges that our clients will face over the next 12 months?

FJORD with the help from their colleagues at Accenture have distilled their thinking to nine key trends that reflect the impact of digital on the real world and explore how this will shape both consumer expectations and service design.



Stretchy, conductive films made of novel nanobuds could bring touch sensors to more surfaces.

Transparent films containing carbon nanobuds—molecular tubes of carbon with ball-like appendages—could turn just about any surface, regardless of its shape, into a touch sensor.

  • By Kevin Bullis on December 8, 2014 @MIT technology review
  • Photos courtesy of Canatu




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