Horizontal and vertical programming

September 8, 2014

There’s a lot going on in this year’s Advanced Textiles Conference, running Oct. 13–14. A good cross-section of markets is well represented in the conferences symposiums, as well as in-depth sessions on specific materials and technologies. The conference, which opens one day prior to IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo and Advanced Textiles Expo, will be held …

Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 13–14

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference Oct. 13–14 offers two days of programming on technical markets and applications featuring three focused tracks: textiles in the medical industry, safety and protective products, and smart fabrics and applications. Additionally, several programs are of general interest to advanced textiles industry participants. Dr. Behnam Pourdeyhimi of the Nonwovens Institute and North …

Sportswear comes alive

Athletes and their trainers gather biometric data from the growing number of textile products with interactive technology. The seamless integration of “self-centric technology into everyday life” is where opportunity lies, Stéphane Marceau proclaimed in an April article he wrote for VentureBeat. “We can discover and challenge our physical boundaries, uncover our inner athletes and outperform …

Garmatex introduces IceSkin™ cooling fabric

Garmatex Technologies Inc., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, a maker of scientifically-engineered performance fabrics and apparel technologies, has announced the launch of IceSkin™ technology, an advanced cooling fabric designed to help wearers function in extreme weather conditions by regulating body temperature. IceSkin uses natural jade minerals in combination with Garmatex’s CoolSkin® quick dry, microfiber filaments to harness …

Keeping cool and mobile in a hot chopper

For 16 years, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) has provided microclimate cooling for helicopter pilots flying into desert or jungle heat. The pilots plug into the systems and are able to keep cool. However, the tethers that connect them to the aircraft-mounted cooling systems can become tangled and limit free or …

KizON wristband tracks a child’s location

LG has announced a wristband tracking device for children. Using GPS and Wi-Fi, the new KizON wristband is designed as a wearable for preschool and primary school children, providing real-time location information that parents can track on their smartphones. Additionally, with One Step Direct Call, parents can communicate with their children, or children can dial …

Green Theme wins award for “dry” water-repellent treatment

Green Theme Technologies LLC was recognized as an R & D 100 Winner by R & D magazine for its ChemStik® technology, a water-repellent treatment for performance outdoor apparel. While prior methods used “wet” chemistry, ChemStik technology, created with the support of Under Armour Inc., is “dry” and free of solvents and volatile organic compounds. …

Watson’s launches copper-based bodywear

Watson’s®, a company known for thermal bodywear and cold weather base layers, has launched its Core 29 line of copper-based bodywear, with technology that cross-links the copper element into the fibers of athletic wear and undergarments, permanently affixing natural healing, anti-odor and anti-bacterial properties. Used in the medical and military fields, the copper technology is …

Smart textile drivers and turning points

According to a Grand View Research report released in January, protection and military applications accounted for the largest market share (27.5 percent) for smart textiles in 2012. The rest of the pie was split among architecture (20.6 percent), sports/fitness (17.3 percent), transportation (14.8 percent), fashion and entertainment (12.4 percent), and medical (7.3 percent). But University …

Fiber pavilion constructed using a novel winding technique

The Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE) of the University of Stuttgart have constructed a bionic research pavilion as part of a series of research pavilions which showcase the potential of novel design, simulation and fabrication processes in architecture. The project was planned and constructed within …