Japan’s new solar-powered “Second Skin” device revolutionizes wearable tech

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It looks more like a band-aid than a watch.

Advances in wearable tech have been pretty impressive lately, but the device described in a new Nature study blows the competition out of the water. While the Apple Watch is now equipped with an FDA-approved EKG sensor and companies like Samsung are going out of their way to make smartwatches look like fashion statements, the device described in the paper, published Wednesday, puts both to shame. This heart-sensing device has no wires, requires no charging, and is so small that it can wrap around a rat’s heart.

Study co-author Kenjiro Fukuda, Ph.D., a research scientist at Japan’s RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science is quick to say that his device represents a big step forward for wearables. It looks more like a band-aid than a watch, and it’s thinner than a piece of cardboard.

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Skinny Player – MP3 Player Shaped Like a Band-Aid and Powered by Body Heat

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Skinny Player

This MP3 player is extremely rudimentary — it only has one button: a Play/Stop button. Yeah, this thing is more basic than an iPod shuffle. The Skinny Player, as it’s called isn’t powered by a battery though. It runs off of your body heat. (Pics)

 

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