BMW unveils interactive textile interior

July 13, 2020

Dutch custom textile manufacturer ByBorre has developed the fabrics for BMW’s future interactive car interior. As presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a concept car cabin module donned the BMW i Interaction EASE, the car company’s expression of the “mobility experience of the future.”  With a new car cabin concept …

Workout hoodie protects from germs at the gym

July 1, 2020

ProSane Wear has developed a new workout face and sweat towel hoodie that provides an effective way to protect the face from germs when working out at the gym or jogging. Sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, the company says the hoodie is the first of its kind, combining performance, style and hygiene into a single …

Electroceutical fabrics found effective against coronavirus

June 22, 2020

A preprint paper published recently by scientists from Indiana University suggests a fabric which eradicates the infectivity of coronaviruses on contact by generating an electric field. In the fight against Covid-19, protective personal equipment has played a central and critical role for the safety of healthcare workers. However, the virus can attach to the surface of PPE …

Transparent surgical masks to be produced

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have mentioned that using face masks can be a problem when treating Deaf and Hard of Hearing patients. Now a team of researchers from the Swiss interdisciplinary research institutes EMPA and EPFL, in its EssentialTech Center, has developed a completely transparent surgical mask made from a biomass-based material and has created …

Wearable speaker can be worn while running or cycling

June 19, 2020

Developed by Kiev-based industrial designer, Ivan Zurba, this wearable sound system is designed to become a part of you during your exercise routine. Unlike typical portable bluetooth speakers, this device clips on the user’s forearm, allowing the user to listen to music on the move, whether walking, jogging or cycling. According to an article on designboom.com, The device …

Kenzen’s body heat sensor system helps ensure worker safety

June 8, 2020

Smart PPE developer Kenzen has launched a real-time worker heat monitoring system. The Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) system includes a wearable device worn by workers on their arm which alerts both the worker and their supervisor when core body temperature is too high.  Real-time alerts allow for immediate intervention and worker safety from …

Engineers design “wearable air conditioning” for soldiers

One day, soldiers could cool down by using “wearable air conditioning,” an on-skin device that can achieve around 11°F of cooling to the human body. Designed by engineers at the University of Missouri, the device can also monitor blood pressure, electrical activity of the heart and the level of skin hydration.  This breathable and waterproof device delivers …

Serge Ferrari develops fabric virucidal technology

French material manufacturing company Serge Ferrari Group has developed and patented a virucidal technology for composite membrane surfaces that the company says is capable of eliminating coronaviruses by up to 99.5 percent.  Relying on the properties of silver particles, the company has found a way to prevent fabrics from becoming propagation sources for viruses and bacteria. When …

Livinguard announces treatment against coronavirus

May 25, 2020

Swiss hygiene company Livinguard has announced that its technology for disinfecting textiles has been shown, through scientific testing, to destroy human coronavirus 229e. The new research revealed that textiles treated with Livinguard’s technology can destroy pathogens of all kinds upon contact, including human coronavirus 229e, and the protection is sustained through multiple uses and washes.  …

FDA grants approval for AR Tech’s isolation unit

AR Tech, Fontana, Calif., has received emergency approval for the use of its Patient Isolation Transportation Unit (PITU) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. PITU is designed to temporarily isolate and transport patients with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection. “There is no adequate, approved and available alternative to the emergency use of the …