Biodegradable patch could help heal broken bones

July 26, 2021

Scientists have studied the use of electricity in healing wounds, including bone fractures, but as that requires surgically implanting and removing electrodes powered by an external source, a better means of delivering electricity to bones was needed. Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have now developed that needed improvement in the form of a biodegradable …

Nextiles launches smart fabric software development kit

Textile manufacturing startup Nextiles is launching a Software Development Kit (SDK) that will allow a variety of industries to have access to their novel human movement analytics captured through Nextiles’ smart fabric. The company blends traditional sewing techniques with printed circuit boards to create a smart fabric that allows for biomechanic and biometric sensing. Industry …

Washable, battery-free, wearable alternative developed at Purdue

Purdue University engineers have developed a new spray and sewing method that makes it possible to transform any conventional fabric items into battery-free wearables that can be cleaned in a washing machine. The Purdue News Service reports that these smart clothes are powered wirelessly through a flexible, silk-based coil sewn on the textile. “By spray-coating …

Commercial, high-altitude ballooning gets a lift

July 12, 2021

Space Perspectives has launched its first test flight from the Space Coast Spaceport in Florida, located adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. The June 18 un-crewed flight, lasted about six-and-one-half hours, reaching a maximum altitude of 108,409 feet. It splashed down as scheduled in the Gulf of Mexico. The test flight carried a number of scientific payloads, …

Engineers create a programmable fiber

June 28, 2021

Researchers at MIT have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. The digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity, according to a report from the MIT news service.  Yoel Fink, professor of …

Inkjet printing could be a new strategy for making e-textiles

In a new study, North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers demonstrated they could print layers of electrically conductive ink on polyester fabric to make an e-textile that could be used in the design of future wearable devices.  Sources at the university report that since the printing method can be completed at room temperature and …

Super elastic sensor developed

June 14, 2021

The laboratory of photonic materials and fibre devices (FIMAP) department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne [EPFL]) research institute recently proposed a new, patented way of preparing flexible sensors. Led by EPFL associate professor Fabien Sorin, the project team developed a method that can embed different types of microstructures in “super-elastic” fibers, forming fibers …

HeiQ launches antiviral surgical mask

June 9, 2021

Global materials innovator, HeiQ, has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a surgical mask technology that destroys viruses and bacteria tested, as much as 100 percent efficacy. The mask contains an ultra-thin pure copper coating applied via a high-tech vapor deposition process, which converts a minute amount of copper into vapor, allowing it to be deposited evenly to surround …

Microneedle patch shows promise in treating MRSA skin infections

May 24, 2021

Assoc. Prof. Georgios Sotiriou and Ph.D. student Jill Ziesmer  at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have created a microneedle device that provides a localized treatment for MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) skin infections.  These potentially serious infections are usually treated by an antibiotic injection. However, injecting the medication sends it throughout the patient’s bloodstream, which can cause side …

A “smart foam” could give machines a sense of touch

As smart as robots and machines are becoming, the sense of touch and the ability to feel complexities in the machine’s surroundings is still reserved for humans. But a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have now invented a “smart foam” that can give machines more than a human touch. Called …