Gore rainsuit, uniform at Farnborough Airshow

July 18, 2018

W.L. Gore & Associates Inc will showcase aerospace and defense textile solutions at the Farnborough International Airshow, July 16–22, 2018. A recent release states that Gore’s innovations involve combining dielectric expertise with fluoropolymer materials to create protection and safety for aerospace and defense applications. The company will be showcasing GORE Military Fabrics for clothing and footwear created to …

Skin patches: the advantages of the ultimate wearable

July 11, 2018

Electronic skin patches could well be described as the ultimate wearable electronic devices. They deploy electronic components, including sensors and actuators with appropriate processing, energy storage and communication, directly onto the body, typically attached using an adhesive. Therefore, along with smart apparel and perhaps implantable devices, they serve as one of the most direct means …

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 …

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 …

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 …

MIT develops pressure-sensing photonic fibers

June 11, 2018

Compression stockings and bandages are essential elements in the treatment of various medical conditions, and applying the optimal pressure to stimulate blood flow for a given condition is a key to successful treatment. Now a team of MIT engineers led by assistant professor Mathias Kolle has developed pressure-sensing photonic fibers that some day may be …

New Brooks shoe built on biomechanics

June 1, 2018

Brooks Running Company has announced that the company’s first personalized running shoe, the Brooks Genesys, will be available in the U.S. in early 2019 and globally soon after the U.S. launch. The shoe is created based on an individual’s biomechanics captured by HP Inc. FitStation technology, which gathers data from 3D foot scans, dynamic gait …

Kappler offers an economical disposable biohazard suit

May 25, 2018

Protective apparel maker Kappler has developed an economical suit to protect healthcare responders against the Ebola virus and other biohazards. Technicaltextiles.net reports that the NFPA-certified suit, ProVent Plus, a use-and-dispose product, provides protection for emergency responders and healthcare workers faced with Ebola-infected body fluids and other biohazards. The product is distinctive for being economical and …

Textile finish to regulate body temperature launched

May 21, 2018

Textile finishing company Devan Chemicals has launched its patent-pending “Moov&Cool” technology. Called a “cool comfort technology,” the innovation has the potential to improve athletic performance for both amateurs and professionals by helping to regulate core body temperature. The product consists of a multi-functional polymer technology that absorbs heat during performance and improves the moisture management …