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Testing program to be offered at IFAI Expo

April 24, 2017

Once again in 2017, IFAI Expo will offer a Testing Program in cooperation with the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Textiles, this year supported by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). It will feature two certificate options, as well as demonstrations and Q&As for new market segments. The program includes: …

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AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24, 2017

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) held its annual international conference in Wilmington, N.C., March 28–30.  It was the largest gathering in ten years with 280 attendees. Enthusiasm was evident during the daytime proceedings and at receptions held in the evenings, which had 20 exhibitors involving testing instrument makers, and chemical and …

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Mesh draws water from the sky

April 24, 2017

UN-Water, the United Nations’ water agency, estimates that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be affected by water scarcity, according to an article in Smithsonian magazine. The article says that scarcity disproportionately affects women and girls, who in many regions are responsible for finding water—often for hours each day. A series of mesh fog collectors may be …

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Making any surface an interface

April 24, 2017

The creators of Welle (pronounced vell-uh) wanted to maximize control of devices and applications. The MaxusTech team came up with a way to allow users’ hands to draw letters and other symbols on any surface to create an interface to control smart devices, such as lights, TVs, speakers, doors, thermostats, cameras, curtains and fans. Welle …

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IP for innovators

April 24, 2017

Wearable technology faces rising legal questions. Wearable technology is impacting the college and professional sports industry at every level from fitness training to spectator engagement. With the trend set to increase over the next five years, it is worthwhile to ask, “What could this mean for intellectual property (IP) and data ownership?” Consider the audience …

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New polyester dyeing process developed

April 24, 2017

Swiss companies Schoeller and Textilcolor have collaborated to create a new auxiliary concept used in polyester dyeing. “Ecodye” technology is said to accelerate the dyeing process and, in turn, cut costs and preserve the environment. Used on polyester yarns and piece goods, Schoeller says that it will shorten the heating phase, which can accelerate the …

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Danish recycling company announces transaction

April 21, 2017

Really, a Danish sustainable materials company founded by Wickie Meier Engström, Klaus Samsøe and Ole Smedegaard in 2013, recycles wool and cotton from the fashion and textile industries to create new materials. The company announced that Danish manufacturer of design textilesKvadrat had acquired 52 percent of the operation. Really’s products are tapping symbiotic relationships in the textile …

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Biosteel in adidas performance shoes introduced

April 20, 2017

The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe was unveiled as adidas and AMSilk announced a partnership that will explore the use of Biosteel fiber in performance products on a larger scale. adidas notes that this innovation as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability within the sports textile industry. The shoe features an upper made from …

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Oerlikon enters strategic partnership

April 19, 2017

The Manmade Fibers segment of the Swiss Oerlikon Group is entering into a strategic partnership with the Italian company Teknoweb Materials s.r.l., which is aimed at extending both companies’ nonwovens portfolio to include disposable nonwovens. Teknoweb uses its Arvell Technology manufacturing process to produce spunbond-airlaid nonwoven wipes. Arvell Technology dispenses with hydroentanglement and subsequent drying, …

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Walmart pushes for technology and talent

April 18, 2017

As part of reviving manufacturing, Walmart has advocated for developing talent and technology. Speaking recently to a standing room only audience at the 2017 international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) in Wilmington, N.C., Joe Quinn, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Walmart, presented a case for growing talent and …

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AATCC conference examines new textile developments

April 24, 2017

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) held its annual international conference in Wilmington, N.C., March 28–30.  It was the largest gathering in ten years with 280 attendees. Enthusiasm was evident during the daytime proceedings and at receptions held in the evenings, which had 20 exhibitors involving testing instrument makers, and chemical and …

Featured

IP for innovators

April 24, 2017

Wearable technology faces rising legal questions. Wearable technology is impacting the college and professional sports industry at every level from fitness training to spectator engagement. With the trend set to increase over the next five years, it is worthwhile to ask, “What could this mean for intellectual property (IP) and data ownership?” Consider the audience …

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Patent law for innovators

April 7, 2017

Protecting the technologies and products that drive growth in the textile industry. Is innovation a key component of your business plan?  Will you distinguish yourself with unique product offerings? Whether protecting our men and women in uniform, advancing the treatment of medical conditions, or adding to a more sustainable tomorrow, innovation fuels the growth of textile …

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Are smart textiles ready for the real world?

March 24, 2017

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be turning. Première …

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Better together

March 10, 2017

Collaborative efforts support growth in the smart textiles industry. The more high tech an industry is, the greater the range of expertise it may need. Advanced textiles, particularly smart materials, are a prime example of this. Textiles often undergo a variety of processes requiring specialized skills and equipment, so collaboration is essential to the industry. …

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Energy harvesting steps up

February 24, 2017

Recent university and scientific lab research from around the world has focused on the potential of kinetic energy harvesting methods, but it may be too soon to see wide-spread commercially viable production. “We set out to answer the question of whether you can get useful amounts of electrical power out of something that looks like …

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Textile integration of piezoelectric energy harvesting

February 10, 2017

Breathing is the most consistent source of kinetic energy in the human body, as it produces a large circumferential displacement in the chest, even during sleep. This oscillation is one of few mechanisms in the human body that can also be exploited non-invasively for energy harvesting. The National Science Foundation’s ASSIST (Advanced Self-Powered Systems of …

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What “going circular” means for the apparel and textile industry

February 10, 2017

The apparel and footwear industry is forecast to generate double-digit growth to 2020 according to business analysts McKinsey & Co. One of the challenges is reconciling this growth with sustainability initiatives. As this report states it, “Sustainability and rapid business growth are not compatible; to pretend otherwise would be disingenuous.”  The solution proposed is an …

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Stronger possibilities

January 20, 2017

Carbon nanofibers and graphene can play a role in constructing Space habitats using robotics. The use of robotically-assisted additive manufacturing involving a mixture of carbon nanofibers, graphene and other polymer nanocomposites will allow the construction of lightweight and impervious sealant barriers, ultra-strong supports, airlocks and even bulkheads for future Space habitats and colonies within dormant …

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Keeping up with carbon

January 6, 2017

A rapidly growing demand for carbon fiber is stressing market ability to provide. Although carbon fiber as a commodity has been around since the late 1960s, only in the past 10 years can there truly be considered a dynamic market of real substance with steady growth potential. A market report published in Reinforced Plastics Nov/Dec …

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Testing program to be offered at IFAI Expo

April 24, 2017

Once again in 2017, IFAI Expo will offer a Testing Program in cooperation with the North Carolina State University (NCSU) College of Textiles, this year supported by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC). It will feature two certificate options, as well as demonstrations and Q&As for new market segments. The program includes: …

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Oerlikon enters strategic partnership

April 19, 2017

The Manmade Fibers segment of the Swiss Oerlikon Group is entering into a strategic partnership with the Italian company Teknoweb Materials s.r.l., which is aimed at extending both companies’ nonwovens portfolio to include disposable nonwovens. Teknoweb uses its Arvell Technology manufacturing process to produce spunbond-airlaid nonwoven wipes. Arvell Technology dispenses with hydroentanglement and subsequent drying, …

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Walmart pushes for technology and talent

April 18, 2017

As part of reviving manufacturing, Walmart has advocated for developing talent and technology. Speaking recently to a standing room only audience at the 2017 international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) in Wilmington, N.C., Joe Quinn, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Walmart, presented a case for growing talent and …

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Auto racing FR undergarment to be introduced

April 17, 2017

Alexium International Group Limited has partnered with Benwel Inc., a South Carolina–based uniform developer, to introduce a fire retardant undergarment for the auto racing industry. The garment is treated with both Alexiflam and Alexicool technology. The companies expect that the combination of fire retardant and phase change materials in one product will meet the comfort …

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Active sportswear spurs waterproof breathables market

April 7, 2017

Market interest in apparel that protects active people from the elements, but doesn’t trap sweat, will continue. Information from Global Market Insights Inc. (GMI), reported in an article by David Bradley on materialstoday.com, suggests consumers’ increased demand for environmentally friendly products, general market growth in sportswear, and more people taking up extreme, mountain-based sports could …

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Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 combines two major events

April 6, 2017

More than 2100 attendees and 193 exhibitors gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Fla., March 12-15, for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the largest show in the geosynthetics industry. This year’s event combined the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference into an “super-event” held once every six years. “We had a great show and …

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IT techies foray into technical textiles

April 6, 2017

In what seems to be a surprising reversal of a trend, some engineers are switching from information technology to the manufacturing sector. Over the past two decades, India has gained a reputation as an IT giant, with its skilled IT engineers spread across the globe. Now two IT engineers have combined skills and place to …

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Growth in reflective materials market projected

April 5, 2017

According to a new report by Grand View Research Inc., the global value of the reflective materials market is anticipated to reach $31.14 billion by 2025. The study notes rising demand in high-visibility fabric for workplace safety and traffic management. Applications for reflective materials include manufacturing architectural glass, solar panels and windows, as well as a range of apparel …

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TeXtreme spread tow fabrics for airlines

April 3, 2017

HAECO reports that calculation, simulation and manufacturing support reveal the use of TeXtreme may reduce the weight of the company’s airplane seats by 20 percent while maintaining mechanical properties. Reducing weight within planes promises to create savings in fuel costs for airlines. TeXtreme describes the spread tow fabric as an “ultra-lightweight, carbon fiber product.” The …

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Use of smart textiles increases globally

March 31, 2017

Technological collaborations among companies have contributed to the growth of the global smart and interactive textile market, reports www.fashionatingworld.com. On the basis of the end user, the global market is segmented as: medical, healthcare, military, aerospace, transportation, and others. Developments in newly crafted textiles have led innovators to invent many smart textile applications such as color-changing …

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New jeans stimulate skin revitalization

March 14, 2016

The latest products manufactured in partnership by Italian clothier Calzedonia and Emana®, the smart-yarn developed by the global business unit Fibras of the Solvay Group, look like standard jeans, but feature a polyamide yarn incorporated with bioactive minerals that, in contact with the body, facilitate heat exchange which boosts skin microcirculation, thereby improving the skin’s …

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September 2014

September 9, 2014

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June 2014

June 14, 2014

Texworld USA has announced a full roster of complimentary seminars organized by Lenzing Fibers, producer of man-made cellulose fibers Knitting Industry | article Graphene Flagship Announces large influx of partners through competitive call Graphene Flagship | pdf Oct. 1, 2014 deadline for EUREKA water tech Cluster ACQUEAU call for projects Eureka Network | article

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May 2014

May 15, 2014

dd{margin-bottom:.75em;} Researchers look for more eco-friendly chemicals used in textile manufacturing Research and Markets | article Environmentally benign single-layer breathable Nanowebs developed Commodity Online | article “Thinnest feasible membrane” is extremely light and breathable ETH Zurich | article Forbes gets interested in smart textiles and wearable technology Forbes | article

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February 2014

February 7, 2014

Electronic textile cushion This short video shows an electronic textile cushion recently produced by Ioannis Anastasopoulos of the Advanced Textiles Research Group, Nottingham Trent University, U.K.. The LED chips and interconnects have been fully integrated into the fabric structure. “Power pocket” could do more than store your phone Scientists at the University of Southampton are …

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December 2013

December 16, 2013

Wearable Computing: Adaptive Tech to Blink and Bling Wearable computing, creative use of e-textiles—developed by someone amazingly young! Chinese giant takes control of Pakistan’s Masood Textile Chinese textiles conglomerate Shandong Ruyi Technology Group has acquired a 52 percent share of Masood Textile Mills (MTM) based in Pakistan.

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November 2013

November 12, 2013

Structuring shade Shade structure reduces heat gain – for an entire building. The nanosilver debate A court ruling addresses limiting nanosilver in textiles. Call to reduce toxic chemicals Ecotextile online reports that the Natural Resource Defense Council has called for a new ‘Five Step Program’ to reduce the use of toxic chemicals in the global …

Of Interest

October 2013

October 8, 2013

“Knitted Light” A project at the Swedish School of Textiles uses three-dimensional patterns to create textile surfaces with complex properties that are capable of reflecting, filtering and transmitting light. Answer your glove Bluetooth phone gloves have been available in the marketplace for a while. Are they calling to you?

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September 2013

September 10, 2013

KYMIRA Sportswear Not every observer buys into the claims of this sportswear company. It uses a new, but quite credible technology. What do you think? New nanomaterial increases yield of solar cells Researchers have optimized the nanostructures so that a solar cell provides more electricity and loses less energy in the form of heat. Paper-thin …

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August 2013

July 31, 2013

The ultimate in a customized shoe The ‘DNA 3D printed shoe’ will be designed according to the individual’s foot contours and how that person moves. Under the sea Three Massachusetts research facilities will receive funding to help find out if undersea ”kites” can reliably produce renewable energy. Bountiful bamboo One researcher’s fascination with textile engineering, …

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Making any surface an interface

April 24, 2017

The creators of Welle (pronounced vell-uh) wanted to maximize control of devices and applications. The MaxusTech team came up with a way to allow users’ hands to draw letters and other symbols on any surface to create an interface to control smart devices, such as lights, TVs, speakers, doors, thermostats, cameras, curtains and fans. Welle …

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Foldable touch screens could expand sensor capabilities

April 13, 2017

Picture a tablet that you can fold into the size of a phone and put away in your pocket. Or a “skin” that can sense your body’s movements and vital signs. A new sensor developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC) could help make advanced devices with these capabilities common. UBC reports that the …

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Duoskin enables accessible e-tattoos

April 7, 2017

In her research as an engineer and artist, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao blends aesthetic and cultural perspectives into the design of on-body electronics. Currently a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab, she is leading a project to make on-skin interfaces accessible to everyone.  MIT’s Duoskin is a process that enables anyone with access to a …

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Design studio develops new shape-shifting materials

April 4, 2017

Universal Everything has developed a series of short, pasted-hued films, each featuring a different product idea that the studio describes as “emerging technologies of flexible displays, shape-shifting materials and context-aware functionality.” The films have been used on plates that can display the nutritional makeup of the food placed on them and as architectural pillars that …

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Running on the red planet

March 24, 2017

Y-3 has the answer for people wondering what they’ll wear on their feet the next time they land on Mars. Designer Clement Fernandes has come up with a solution to the 21st-century problem, creating a pair of Y-3 SpaceX concept shoes specifically designed for running on the Red Planet. The shoe uses an upper made …

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New from StretchSense: ‘underwearables’

March 10, 2017

StretchSense has announced its latest sensor designed specifically for tight-fitting undergarments like compression clothing or underwear. Sensors in garments worn very close to the body promise to give repeatable and more precise data about the user’s breathing; steps walked or distance run; posture; training technique; muscle tension; and health. Sensors placed in underwear have an additional …

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Thermal conductivity + elasticity = “thubber”

February 24, 2017

Carmel Majidi and Jonathan Malen of Carnegie Mellon University have developed a thermally conductive rubber material that they’ve nicknamed “thubber.” According to information provided by the Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering, the new material is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits a combination of metal-like thermal conductivity and elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue. And it can stretch over six times …

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Smart phone app helps design a custom dress

February 10, 2017

The H&M-backed Swedish fashion house Ivyrevel has teamed up with Google and MediaMonks to create a personalized garment based on data gathered by a smartphone app. Ivyrevel calls the technology “Coded Couture.” The company says it works on the philosophy that fashion and technology go hand-in-hand. When you want a new dress to wear to …

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Interactive jacket designed for connecting

January 6, 2017

Design entrepreneur Henk-Jan Room has created an interactive jacket that’s meant to promote more meaningful human connections. The jacket connects to a smart phone and to social media via an app. The wearer can select preferences with the app, and based on these choices, the jacket communicates through light with other people as soon as …

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‘Luma’ pendant is a fuzzy fiber-optic light ball

December 19, 2016

For artists Kevin Siwoff and Lisa Park, light is a material that can be pulled apart, strand by strand. In their latest collaboration, the two have created the “Luma” pendant—a sculpture that emits a calming and dreamlike light through thousands of fiber optic hairs. Siwoff and Park’s work is directly influenced by their 2015 sound-responsive installation “Luma,” …

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Mesh draws water from the sky

April 24, 2017

UN-Water, the United Nations’ water agency, estimates that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be affected by water scarcity, according to an article in Smithsonian magazine. The article says that scarcity disproportionately affects women and girls, who in many regions are responsible for finding water—often for hours each day. A series of mesh fog collectors may be …

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Biosteel in adidas performance shoes introduced

April 20, 2017

The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe was unveiled as adidas and AMSilk announced a partnership that will explore the use of Biosteel fiber in performance products on a larger scale. adidas notes that this innovation as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability within the sports textile industry. The shoe features an upper made from …

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NC State researchers develop touch-sensitive fabric

April 14, 2017

Researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University have developed elastic, touch-sensitive fibers with the ability to interface with electronic devices. Michael Dickey, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NC State and the author of the study says, “We have created soft and stretchable fibers that can detect touch, as well as strain and …

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Solar-powered “skin” developed

April 7, 2017

A new way of harnessing the sun’s rays to power synthetic “skin” could help create advanced prosthetic limbs capable of returning the sense of touch to amputees. According to a report in Energy Harvesting Journal, engineers from the University of Glasgow have already employed graphene in an electronic covering for prosthetic hands; now those engineers …

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LEGO-compatible tape introduced

March 30, 2017

Design studio Nimuno has created a LEGO-compatible tape that turns everyday surfaces into LEGO building surface. The tape, called Nimuno Loops, is flexible, can be cut, and features reusable adhesive backing. Users can build vertically, around wall corners, on curved surfaces or windows, or on the flat surfaces of other LEGO blocks. After more than a year of research …

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Levi’s and Project Jacquard on the move

March 24, 2017

Denim took on new dimensions when Levi’s and Google teamed up months ago to create a smart denim jacket. The Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket uses Google’s Project Jacquard technology to turn the cycling jacket into a smart wearable. By weaving conductive Jaquard yarn into the denim, the companies have created a soft fabric that has the ability to …

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Three new products from Beaulieu Fibres Intl.

March 23, 2017

Beaulieu Fibres International, a European supplier of polyolefin fiber, will launch three new products in 2017. Starting in May 2017, Meralux fibers will be added to the Meraklon product portfolio. The company’s tests showed nonwovens made with the new fiber combinations have a higher loft/bulk. The product’s coverage should provide nonwovens with softness and a closed surface, …

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“Magic Calendar” connects to a smart phone

March 22, 2017

Kosho Tsuboi, a Japanese design studio, has created Magic Calendar, a tactile paper calendar that connects to the Internet. Made from high-resolution electronic paper, the calendar syncs with a Google calendar via a mobile device. The smart calendar is antireflective so it can be viewed from all angles and lasts three months on a single charge …

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MISSION launches first temperature-control apparel line

March 21, 2017

MISSION asserts scientists have found the human body uses upwards of 80 percent of its metabolic energy to regulate temperature, leaving significantly less energy for performance, endurance and stamina. The new VaporActive line of apparel for men and women is engineered to help accelerate thermo-regulation, so the body can use its energy more efficiently for performance, …

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Coats Signal reflective tapes promote safety

March 15, 2017

Coats Signal, by U.K. yard and thread producer Coats, is a range of reflective tapes for workwear, protective clothing, apparel and accessories. When illuminated by a light source, the product helps to enhance visibility at dusk, at night or in difficult weather conditions. In combination with fluorescent elements, the tapes should improve daytime and low-light …