Using what’s available

October 11th, 2021

By Janet Preus Scientists know that the body generates a lot of energy, and if that energy could be harvested efficiently, a person could conceivably provide the energy needed to power devices he or she is carrying. For workers in the field, warfighters, athletes, people with medical conditions and others, this kind of technology could […]

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Heart monitoring shirt made with flexible carbon nanotube fibers

October 11th, 2021

A newly developed conductive thread can be sewn into fabrics with a regular sewing machine. Photo: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University. Researchers at Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, Houston, Texas, have successfully woven flexible carbon nanotube fibers into clothing for accurate and more comfortable heart monitoring. The lab of chemical and biomolecular engineer Matteo Pasquali reported in the […]

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Providing your own power

October 11th, 2021

New energy harvesting technologies show promise for successful commercialization.  Biofuel cells that can harvest energy from sweat are in a wearable microgrid developed at the Center for Wearable Sensors, UC San Diego. Photo: Lu Yin. by Marie O’Mahony, Ph.D. Power and efficiency are not the only drivers of energy harvesting technology for e-textiles. Bulk, weight, flexibility, […]

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A new class of human-powered bioelectronics

October 11th, 2021

Researchers at UCLA have created a new bioelectric device that relies on magnetism. Photo: University of California Los Angeles.  A team of bioengineers at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering has invented a novel, soft and flexible, self-powered bioelectronic device. The technology converts human body motions, from bending an elbow to subtle movements such as a pulse […]

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New, eco-friendly dying process for jeans developed

October 11th, 2021

A sample of denim that was dyed using a new, more environmentally friendly technique. Photo: University of Georgia.  As much as consumers love blue jeans, few may realize their favorite casual clothes are not environmentally friendly to manufacture. Specifically, the process by which they're dyed is the problem. A new coloration technique, however, has been […]

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IFAI introduces member benefit program and Expo discount offer

October 5th, 2021

IFAI has announced a new benefit for IFAI members in the United States: the IFAI Health and Benefit Insurance program. In light of the announcement, IFAI is also offering members a 25% discount on any IFAI Expo registration type to attend the show and learn more about the new benefit.  Use the code 21EXMD25 when registering for IFAI […]

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Hybrid Air Vehicles announces passenger service

September 27th, 2021

Photo: Hybrid Air Vehicles British manufacturer Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) is bringing a new – and quite luxurious – option into the passenger transportation market. Billed as the “world's largest aircraft,” the company expects its Airlander 10 to be ready for passenger transportation in 2025. The exterior looks just like a very large airship, but the […]

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New fabric heats on one side and cools on the other

September 27th, 2021

Set against an ordinary cotton T-shirt, a square of a new experimental textile illustrates how it can be reversed to either heat or cool. Photo: Zhejiang University/ Westlake University Scientists from China's Zhejiang University and Westlake University have created a jacket out of an experimental, reversible fabric that can both heat and cool the wearer. The […]

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Catching up with nature

September 27th, 2021

by Janet Preus A relatively new success story in the world of advanced textiles is that of phase change materials. They’ve even earned their own acronym – PCMs, which, in fact covers quite a range of materials designed to provide specific functionalities by responding to various environmental conditions. At the heart of PCMs are the […]

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Textiles’ role in the phase change material success story

September 27th, 2021

Schoeller Textil AG’s bionic c_change® climate membrane actively reacts to the ambient temperature. Photo: Schoeller Textil AG.  Material advances: the next phase by Seshadri Ramkumar, Ph.D. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its mutating variants, continues to rage worldwide, but it’s not the only pressing global issue. Climate change, too, has impacted nature and contributed to catastrophic fires and […]

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