Wūru Wool brings blister prevention secrets to the U.S.

September 12, 2018

Outdoor and endurance athletes may appreciate the blister-preventative properties of loose lanolin-rich wool, to be available this fall from New Zealand by Salt Lake City based brand, Wūru Wool. While New Zealanders have used loose wool for decades to reduce soreness, minimize blisters, regulate temperature, and keep feet dry, Wuru says that it’s the first …

Unique SAF needlefelt nonwoven now available

September 10, 2018

Technical Absorbents has announced the launch of a new superabsorbent fabric. The patent-pending 100 percent SAF needlefelt nonwoven is now commercially available, according to the manufacturer. Superabsorbent SAF™ needlefelt  fabrics latest development is “truly unique,” the company says, containing only SAF and no other synthetic, natural or binder fibers. The company expects it to “open …

Carbon nanotubes collect real-world data

September 6, 2018

A team of engineers at the University of Delaware (UD) is developing next-generation smart textiles by creating flexible carbon nanotube composite coatings on a wide range of fibers, including cotton, nylon and wool, an article in Printed Electronics World reports. Their work is documented in ACS Sensors and demonstrates that the sensors have the ability …

SensationWool Sock for pain relief is introduced

September 5, 2018

A recent release announced the introduction of Kentwool’s Sensationwool Sock, a therapeutic sock designed for the relief of foot pain. The new sock features the company’s combination of superfine Merino wool with Nufabrx nylon, which is infused with capsaicin and a synthetic cooling agent. This combination of warming and cooling ingredients aims to provide temporary …

Graphene-coated jacket prototypes released

August 30, 2018

Graphene is invisible and a single atom thick, yet reported to be the strongest, most conductive and lightest material ever discovered. But it is also expensive to produce at scale, difficult to work with and is found primarily in research labs. Despite the hurdles of working with the substance, Vollebak is releasing graphene-coated jackets as …

Peelaways sheets for home and health care launched

August 24, 2018

After more than three years in development, Peel Away Labs has presented its waterproof multilayer bed sheet, a recent release announced. Peelaways sheets are designed to be changed by simply pulling down the sheet from one corner, to peel away the old sheet and reveal a fresh one underneath. Health experts say sheets in the home …

Data-storing shirt is possible, researchers say

August 20, 2018

Imagine a standard shirt that functions as data storage. Researchers from the University of Washington were recently successful in developing a smart textile made with conductive yarn that works without any external power source, so that a garment made from it can be washed and ironed. In a report on Knittingindustry.com the researchers believe that …

Researchers weave fabric with optoelectronic diodes in its fibers

The latest development in textiles and fibers is a kind of soft hardware that you can wear: cloth that has electronic devices built right into it. MIT reports that a team of researchers has embedded high speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices, including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and diode photodetectors, within fibers that were then woven into a …

Silk composite helps artificial skin last longer

August 6, 2018

Artificial skin-like systems can be used in place of animals to test pharmaceuticals and cosmetics or to model how wounds heal. But commercially available human skin equivalents (HSEs), typically last about one week before degradation begins. A new matrix, however, could enable longer-terms studies of human skin responses over weeks or even months and be …

New hats use brrr° cooling technology

August 3, 2018

Team headwear brand The Game announced a new line of hats made with brrr° cooling technology to keep athletes and consumers cool and comfortable. The hats will use the technology’s three cooling effects: cooling minerals combined with active wicking and rapid drying technologies to move heat away from the body. The companies report that the …