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Heat and Motion-Powered Wearable Electronics for Improved Health

Working with industry and regional stakeholders, National Science Foundation (NSF) centers aim to commercialize technological innovations. At International CES 2015, members of the NSF's Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) demonstrated nanotech-enabled, wearable health and environmental monitoring devices they have developed with NSF support. Tom Snyder, Director of Industry Programs at ASSIST, explains how key components - human body energy harvesting (heat and motion), physiological sensing with electrodes and electronics integrated into textiles, and ultra-low power radio communication - combine to form wearables of the future.