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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …