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No-Charge 3D Printed Wearables Could Soon Become A Reality


Imagine never having to look for a charger to power up your smartwatch or wearable bracelet. Sounds too good to be true? Considering the strides researchers and engineers are making in the field of 3D printing and wearables, it might soon become a way of life for us.

As spoken about at various IT conferences in Las Vegas, the 3D printing market has grown by leaps and bounds and made an entry into the fields of construction, healthcare, architecture, and education, to name a few. Given the multiple benefits it brings to the table, including speedy prototyping, reduced costs of manufacturing, flexible design, as well as lighter parts, it makes sense for wearable devices companies to be interested in it.

The wearable tech, industry too, is flourishing. Such devices help consumers monitor their wellness levels by themselves, which proved to be a blessing in disguise during the pandemic. From counting the number of steps they take on a daily basis, keeping track of their blood pressure, to recommending hydration, it has the potential to usher in a revolution in how people take care of themselves and their overall health.

Wearables that run without being charged

Engineers at the University of Arizona have come up with what is known as a “biosymbiotic device.” It has shown promise in running continuously without needing to be recharged. This development can bring about a transformative change in how we use wearables in our day to day lives.

With the help of 3D printing, they have introduced the possibility of making wearables as per the health needs of individuals and deploying wireless power cashing to allow the device to run all the time. It is powered by a wireless system that must be in range. However, the device also comes with a power storage unit that will keep it running for a specified period of time, sans the system.

As you must be aware, the wearables presently available in the market can track only a few health markers because they can only be worn on the wrist. However, with the help of 3D scans, MRIs, as well as CT scans, the research team has shown how devices can be customized to fit different body parts. For instance, if a patient’s body temperature has to be monitored all the time, wearable sensors can be developed for placement under the arm.

Interestingly, biosymbiotic devices have proved to be quite effective in tracking changes in temperature, as well as movement due to their hypersensitivity. Given that these devices run 24/7, healthcare professionals get to access valuable and meaningful pieces of data instead of sporadic readings. Experts believe this could be the key to more accurate health monitoring and better medical decisions.

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Pragya Kandpal is a member of the Internet 2.0 Conference’s organizing team. The conference, which will take place in 2022, will bring together some of the most influential tech experts and leaders to shine a light on technological breakthroughs, scam and fraud prevention on the internet, and the latest happenings in the realms of artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing and augmented reality.