Devan R-Vital® CBD-infused textiles hit the market

September 12, 2019

With the recent launch of Acabada ProActiveWear, CBD-infused textiles are now available. The fabric treatment behind the CBD-infused textiles was developed by Devan Chemicals, a Belgian company specializing in functional finishes for textile markets. Devan launched its CBD (Cannabidiol) fabric treatment at Heimtextil 2019 in Frankfurt as part of their R-Vital® range of microencapsulated active …

Bally Ribbon Mills introduces E-WEBBINGS®

September 9, 2019

Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) has introduced E-WEBBINGS® e-textile product base, specifically designed to serve as a customizable base for a wide range of smart textile applications within the Internet of Things (IoT). These smart textiles serve as the foundation layer to which electronic intercommunication technology is integrated directly, and they allow for smaller final product …

Scientists laser print graphene supercapacitors

The next generation of waterproof smart fabrics will be laser printed and made in minutes. That’s the future imagined by the RMIT University researchers behind a new e-textile technology. The team of scientists reported they have developed a cost-efficient and scaleable method for fabricating textiles embedded with energy storage devices. In just three minutes, the …

Window film molecule captures the sun

August 26, 2019

A window film could be capable of offsetting the worst midday heat and distributing that heat evenly from morning to evening, thanks to a specially designed molecule. The molecule is part of a concept that researchers at Chalmers University of Technology call molecular solar thermal storage, or MOST. Lead researcher, chemist Kasper Moth-Poulsen, envisions office complexes and airports …

Lunar landing anniversary marked with special socks

August 19, 2019

EnerWear marked the 50th anniversary of the first mission to the moon by creating their “Lunar Lander” socks, made with patented Outlast fabric that was tested in Space. A recent news release from the company says the new socks are crafted from phase-changing materials that can absorb, store and release heat for thermal comfort. The …

Scientists test “artificial muscle”

August 12, 2019

A group of researchers from China and the U.S. have enabled a foil paper doll to do sit-ups, by adding a crystalline organic material to a polymer to make it more flexible. The polymer covalent organic framework, or polyCOF, was used by the scientists to build their version of an artificial muscle. To make conventional COFs, the scientists …

Wearable air conditioning in development

August 9, 2019

The Sony Startup Acceleration Program has generated a new textile technology. The Reon Pocket is a small device designed to provide wearable air conditioning. Operating via Bluetooth, the device slips into an undershirt that includes a pocket at the base of the neck and connects to an app that gives users control of the temperature via a …

Lemon fragrance released in a textile will mask sweat

August 8, 2019

Researchers at the University of Minho in Portugal have modified cotton fabric to emit a lemon smell upon contact with sweat. A story in sportstextiles.com reports that Carla Silva, Artur Cavaco-Paulo and colleagues wanted to develop two strategies for releasing citronellol, a lemongrass-derived scent used in some insect repellents.  The first approach involved an odorant-binding protein …

Textiles team up with technology for smart medical products

August 7, 2019

by Pamela Mills-Senn Take operating room (OR) technology. In today’s ORs, one might find an array of smart surgical tools, augmented reality devices and precision robotics that assist surgeons in performing the most complex and exacting of procedures. Patients are greatly benefiting from these advancements, but this isn’t the only medical area where technology is …

SDL Atlas shows new textile testing products line

August 6, 2019

SDL Atlas showcased at ITMA 2019 a new line of textile test materials, RemoteAccess, and the newly redesigned Vortex M6, a recent news release says. The Vortex M6 incorporates a full-color touch-screen controller that uses English and Chinese. RemoteAccess is a system for tracking real-time testing progress of instruments. The app is available for download …