Collaboration develops wearable exosuit

May 26, 2017

Virginia Tech and nationwide retailer Lowe’s have collaborated to develop a lift-assisting wearable exosuit, designed to increase safety for store employees as they lift products. The technology uses soft and flexible electronic elements, making the suit wearable. Alan Asbeck, assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech, with a team of eight …

Sleeping Bag Sleeve wards off mosquitos

May 22, 2017

The new OFFIS Textile Ltd. Sleeping Bag Sleeve is meant for use in wet conditions, especially high flood areas, where insects are widespread. Most serious fever diseases, such as yellow fever, malaria and the Zika virus, are transmitted by insects, notably mosquitoes. The company says that its new 240-by-80 cm sleeping bag sleeve will reduce the …

Hyosung launches MIPAN Robic fine

May 19, 2017

Hyosung has announced a new yarn that it says has 15 to 20 percent higher tenacity than regular nylon in the same deniers. The MIPAN Robic Fine yarn family ranges from 7–15 denier. Hyusong envisions the new yarns will be used for higher tensile strength and abrasion resistance in workwear, military uniforms and bags, backpacks, …

Pitch a tent in a boat

May 18, 2017

Raptor Boats Platform XL combines a boat and a tent, providing anglers with shelter from the elements. The boat is designed for a two-person tent, but the Platform XL features 15 D-rings to accommodate a range of tents or bivouac sacks. The platform is constructed of four inflatable air decks that form the boat’s base. Eight …

HeiQ Fresh NKU tackles VOCs

May 12, 2017

HeiQ’s founding story involves hiking through the Swiss Alps, smelly tech-shirts and unhappy girlfriends. Since then, HeiQ has focused on odor control In textiles. The company’s latest product, HeiQ Fresh NKU, is meant to capture and transform volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The compnay says that the working principle of the technology behind HeiQ Fresh NKU …

Shape-shifting “smart” sofa reconfigures itself

May 9, 2017

The latest version of a shape-shifting sofa called Lift-Bit was unveiled recently at Milan Design Week 2017. Lift-Bit is a collection of individual upholstered stools that can be assembled as a sofa. Motion-tracking sensors allow each segment of the sofa to be controlled—to turn the sofa into a bed, chaise lounge, group of armchairs or …

Portable bridge responds to emergencies

May 2, 2017

Simeon Ortmüller’s portable bridge may provide crucial minutes to emergency responders who need to access areas cut off from transportation routes. Ortmüller is a young German industrial designer. The bridge, named ACCESS, is anchored to both sides of the moving water. Then the bridge rolls out across the water, led by a flexible floating jetty …

Stainproof footwear for artists

April 28, 2017

Created by design brand FRST, the STAGEPOSTER pack is specifically tailored for artists to protect their feet from getting stained by paint and other materials. The team has introduced shoes with their own detachable covers. An impermeable nylon surface and waterproof lining make the cover splash-proof. The cover promises to protect artists not only from paint and sprays, but …

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 …

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 …