August 3, 2015 — There are two major challenges to the widespread adoption of wearables and next-generation devices such those in progress at TE Connectivity’s Wearable Labs, the panelists said. The mature infrastructure is in place, Langston said, but getting data from the device to a place where it can be used is still a challenge. Battery life is also a concern, since batteries need to be smaller and charge very rarely. LeBoeuf said that researchers at North Carolina State University’s National Science Foundation-funded ASSIST program are working on packaging for energy harvesting. The devices in the future might charge wirelessly as well. Langston and his colleagues at TE believe that if people wear a device integrated into their clothing, they shouldn’t have to plug it in. Read More
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