Nano-Care launches germ-destroying “wipe-on glass”

November 30, 2018

Nano-Care Deutschland AG has launched the third generation of ultra-thin coatings, “wipe-on glass.” The company believes the product may provide protection against “the most substantial problem the 21st century faces: pathogen microorganisms.” A recent release reports the barrier is effective against hospital germs including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as odor-causing bacteria, mold, fungi …

Coloreel wins SKAPA prize

November 29, 2018

This year’s winner of the SKAPA prize is Joakim Staberg who developed Coloreel, a machine for digital thread coloring that dyes threads while in production, a recent release says. Joakim Staberg received this year’s award of 500,000 krona from the Foundation SKAPAs chair, Minoo Akhtarzand, and one of Sweden’s well-known innovators, Håkan Lans. The award …

NCTO testifies at USMCA public hearing

November 27, 2018

The U.S. International Trade Commission held public hearings in Washington, D.C., as part of its investigation into the likely impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on the U.S. economy. National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) president and CEO Auggie Tantillo testified on the General Manufacturing panel on Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, the hearing’s second day. Tantillo prefaced his …

Drone-operated fire rescue net introduced

November 26, 2018

A group of six students from Guangzhou, China, has designed a concept called NET GUARD that’s a combination of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and cloth net for rescuing people from fires in high-rise buildings. When the drone and net combination receives a distress signal, it uses GPS to pinpoint the location of the fire. …

Bio-digital urban curtain designed to fight climate change

London-based architectural and design studio ecoLogicStudio recently revealed a large-scale installation it calls “photo.synth.etica” during Dublin’s Climate Innovation Summit 2018. Created in collaboration with climate-KIC, prominent EU climate innovation initiative, the urban curtain aims to accelerate solutions to global climate change by capturing CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it in real-time: approximately one kilo …

Flexible sensor maps blood oxygen

A team of engineers at the University of California (UC) Berkeley has developed a new flexible sensor that can map blood oxygen levels, potentially monitoring oxygenation of skin grafts and oxygen levels in transplanted organs. With this new sensor, doctors may be able to gather real-time information about a patient’s healing. This healing cannot occur …

Advances in smart medical textiles

Successful new developments and designs have prompted encouraging growth rates, but challenges remain. A series of novel developments in medical textiles see smart textiles coupled with smart design to deliver benefits to both patients and medical professionals. With the medical textile market predicted to grow at a CAGR of 4.23 percent during the period 2018-2022, …

Lubrizol collaboration produces Multi-Tech Commuter Jacket

The Lubrizol Corp., Wickliffe, Ohio, has unveiled its fashion-functional Multi-Tech Commuter (MTC) Jacket that provides the wearer with warmth-on-demand, without added weight or bulk. The jacket is the result of a multiple-partner collaboration among experts in the wearables market, including Lubrizol, Principled Design, ACI Materials, and Butler Technologies. The partnership took the project from concept …

Textile is designed to shred bullets

Echelon Materials has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the production of its proprietary loom required to produce TiTek, a recent release from the company says. TiTek is a patented lightweight, flexible fabric designed to shred high-powered conical/rifle rounds. According to the company, the fabric responds to today’s increasing threats on law enforcement personnel from …

Flexible TPE body protection developed

November 23, 2018

The French company Hexaflex has developed a patent-padding technology based on hexagonal-pyramidal shapes molded with TPE, a recent press release from the company says. The design uses a thermoplastic elastomer compound from KRAIBURG TPE and is intended to provide flexibility, light weight and full articulation characteristics of the modular system for shock- and vibration-absorbing applications …