Devan Chemicals launches natural technology to make textiles free from pet allergens

June 30, 2018

Over the past few decades, pets have been climbing up the social ladder and have moved from outdoor protectors to indoor family members. The American Pet Products Association estimates that 65 percent of U.S. households own a pet, with cats and dogs being the most popular. In Europe, more than 30 percent of households own …

NCTO applauds tariffs, asks for further action

June 29, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO) praised the Trump administration’s announcement imposing Section 301 tariffs on China related to the transfer of American technology and intellectual property, a recent release from NCTO says. “As per our recommendation, NCTO is pleased that almost all textile machinery products were removed from the final list of tariff …

Sensors measure small amounts of metabolites to detect disease

June 27, 2018

Australian National University (ANU) scientists have designed tiny optical sensors that could allow doctors to diagnose people’s health in real time. The sensors are reported to be 50 times thinner than a human hair and are expected to help doctors detect diseases such as diabetes earlier, and to better manage a range of chronic diseases, …

AstroRad radiation protection vest to travel around the moon

June 25, 2018

Protective equipment manufacturer StemRad announced recently that NASA and the Israel Space Agency have signed an agreement for the launch of StemRad’s “AstroRad” radiation protection vest aboard NASA’s EM-1 mission around the moon. AstroRad is the company’s second product, built on the technology of StemRad 360 Gamma, a wearable shield developed to provide protection from …

Textile-based robots

Harvard researchers collaborate in developing soft, wearable robotics for hands. Soft, wearable robotics is an emerging field which looks at methods of enabling functional, powered support to assist human movements using lightweight, low-profile and flexible materials such as textiles. A diverse team of researchers in the Harvard Biodesign Lab at the Wyss Institute for Biologically …

NFPA-certified terrorism response suit launched

Protective apparel manufacturer Kappler has introduced DuraChem 500, a terrorism response suit certified by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). According to the company, the new suit meets the NFPA 1994 Class 1 Chem-Bio standard, designed to protect first responders against chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) hazards. DuraChem 500 is certified to the Class 1 …

Nut shells used for natural textile dyes

Basque outdoor brand Ternua has announced the launch of a project which will see it collect nut shells to be used to make natural dyes for its products. The initiative is supported by Spain’s Dept. of the Environment and by the regional government of the Gipuzkoa province, with the cooperation of the province’s National Cider …

Facial recognition technology used in adidas display

Adidas has commissioned designer Behnaz Farahi to create a display case with the ability to “read” facial expressions and respond to them. According to the designer, the emotive display called “Mesolite” was designed to showcase an adidas concept shoe. The name is a reference to Mesolite crystals, which it closely resembles in its appearance. The project is …

Archroma signs agreement with UET Lahore

June 22, 2018

Archroma and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, Pakistan, have signed a memorandum of agreement, a recent release stated. Both partners will prepare students for the challenges of the textile industry through in-house training sessions, developmental projects, and research in textile applications and methodologies. The memorandum of agreement was officially signed at a …

Cork thread proves versatility in design win

June 20, 2018

Lexus International announced 12 finalists for this year’s Lexus Design Award. Among the young designers’ projects to be recognized, was DIGITALAB’s “CO – RK system,” which was one of the four prototype winners. The creators call it a generative system that connects cork thread, a low-tech, sustainable material, with generative design to create products and …