Sportswear comes alive

September 8, 2014

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 …

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 …

Smart textile wearables have to look good, too

Industry experts in the field of smart textiles and wearable technology recognize that functionality may drive the development of a product, but style, fit, comfort and appearance must be taken seriously, too. Style is important in all clothing, says Dr. Lucy Dunne, University of Minnesota. “However, “style” is difficult to define and contextually specify,” she …

Manufacturers of aeronautics go above and beyond

April 2, 2013

Manufacturers of aeronautics and aerospace products fill demanding and diverse performance requirements Sources remain mum on what it is about the fabric in Superman’s cape that allows him to fly faster than a speeding bullet. However, we know quite a lot about the Red Bull Stratos pressure suit that allowed Felix Baumgartner to survive his …

Progress in protective products

October 1, 2012

Fabrics offer better comfort and functionality, meeting growing demands for safety in a variety of environments and markets Work environments of many types pose hazards that can result in injuries. The safety and protective segment of the specialty fabrics industry works to develop high performance products that prevent illness and injury from germs, chemicals, fire, …