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 …

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, …

“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 …

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, …

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 …

Thermoplastic tape is self-bonding

March 10, 2017

Braeön (pronounced “brawn”) is a high-strength, paper-thin, lightweight plastic ribbon that molecularly fuses to itself in about a minute. The material is a combination of thermoplastic fibers and a thermoplastic polymermatrix. The ribbon is heated and pressed by hand to form a desired shape; the self-bonding plastic molecules recouple and harden when the material cools. The developers of …

Nanofiber strengthening improves composites

March 2, 2017

Nanofiber applications engineer Dr. Gareth Beckermann at Revolution Fibres, New Zealand, says significant advancements have been made by using nanofiber interleaving veils to increase the impact strength, delamination resistance and fatigue life of composites. Dr. Beckermann notes findings reveal that nanofiber veils may outperform thermoplastic toughening particles and microfiber veils. Nanofiber veils may also improve the …

Smart bandages can help identify infection

February 24, 2017

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the development of a smart bandage that improves wound management by indicating healing problems. Many of the signs of infection, such as redness, swelling,  and increased temperature and discharge can be subtle and difficult to interpret. The CSIRO bandages respond to the need for early …