Safety in style: the foldable bike helmet

January 16, 2019

Even though a bike helmet is essential for protection, many people won’t wear one because it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient or not particularly attractive. Two former SpaceX engineers hope to change that. Co-founders David Hall and Jordan Klein have introduced Park & Diamond™, a helmet that looks and feels like a traditional baseball cap—yet complies with U.S., …

Devan presents findings on Moov&Cool

January 9, 2019

Textile finishing company Devan Chemicals has presented further findings on its Moov&Cool® “cool comfort” technology for the apparel/sportswear market. The patented polymer technology was first introduced in 2018. Moov&Cool provides a cool comfort feel through a combination of durable heat absorption capacity, thermo conductivity and a unique, balanced moisture transfer system. In addition to a …

U.S. Army researches hand warming without gloves

Scientists from the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) are developing a new device, the Personal Heating Dexterity Device (PhD2) for warming hands and fingers in cold weather without the help of gloves. The problem with working in freezing temperatures is the inevitable trade-off: either warm hands or dexterous fingers, but both has …

Graphene may enhance smart fabric viability

January 2, 2019

A team at the University of Exeter’s engineering department has developed a new technique that may make incorporating electronic fibers into clothing an everyday manufacturing occurrence. It’s anticipated that graphene, known as the thinnest material on the planet, could make that possible. By weaving graphene-based fibers directly into the fabric, researches are eliminating the need …

Vegan “leather” footwear launched

December 31, 2018

German family-run brand Thies has launched a footwear line made from “olivenleder,” a vegan leather created from olive leaves. The shoes are created via a process offered by wet-green®. Developed by a company of the same name, the product is a plant-based concentrate produced from an aqueous olive leaf extract. This patented method for producing leather uses the …

Flexible TPE body protection introduced

December 17, 2018

The French company Hexaflex has developed a patented padding technology based on hexagonal-pyramidal shapes molded with TPE, a recent release says. The design uses a thermoplastic elastomer compound from KRAIBURG TPE and is intended to provide flexibility, lightweight and full articulation characteristics of the modular system for shock- and vibration-absorbing applications for sportswear, personal protection …

Serge Ferrari project creates an outdoor oasis

December 14, 2018

Improving the water system on Penn State University’s main campus included replacing the water tower, and with its replacement came the opportunity to create an oasis-like area. The new water tower includes a seating and stage area covered by Flexlight Xtrem TX30-III membrane from Serge Ferrari, the company says. Initial design of the tensile structure …

Teijin develops breathable textiles

December 12, 2018

Teijin Frontier has developed a polyester, high-gauge knitting material laminated with a breathable film to produce thin, lightweight and breathable textiles. Textiles laminated with breathable film are widely used for functional sportswear, due to their waterproofness and stretchability. The new material is compact, form-stable and moisture-permeable. It has a glossy, translucent appearance and a smooth …

BeBop Sensors wins Time magazine award for smart gloves

December 10, 2018

BeBop Sensors, a creator of smart fabric sensor technology, has won Time magazine’s Best Inventions 2018 Award for its Forte Wireless Data Glove, a recent release announced. The wireless data glove incorporates haptics and sensing designed for applications in the industrial, medical, virtual reality (VR), gaming and design markets. Patrick Lucas Austin, technology columnist for Time, thinks the ability …

New “barefoot” performance socks launched

December 6, 2018

The KinisTM Nomad 804 is the latest offering of barefoot performance socks from Kinis, designed to allow the wearer’s feet to move freely and function naturally. The company says that ncorporating the Nomad 804 in training exercises will gradually strengthen the wearer’s feet, which ultimately will support overall improved mobility and balance. The Kinis Company …