Safe travels with wearable bug repellent

January 13, 2020

New Orleans-based Pang Wangle has partnered with Insect Shield© to reimagine travel wraps and leggings as wearable bug repellent. This is in response to the threat of dengue and other diseases spread by insects. CEO Jennifer John says that not many people are aware of the option and are happy to try it, once they realize that …

BeBop Sensors launches VR/AR haptic glove

BeBop Sensors announces the Forte Data Glove, a virtual reality (VR) haptic glove designed to provide users realistic experiences when touching a table or robot as well as a piece of velvet or a person’s face.  The new glove is integrated and designed for Oculus Quest, Oculus Link, Oculus Rift S, Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality, HTC Vive Cosmos, HTC Vive Pro, …

Blueprint for nanomaterials in wearable sensors published

January 8, 2020

Physicist Dr. Conor Boland at the University of Sussex has published a “blueprint” to help scientists understand how to evaluate and optimize the effectiveness of nanomaterials used in real-time health monitoring devices, a recent article in Printed Electronics World reported.  Dr. Boland’s paper explores the dilemma concerning the fact that the further a material can be stretched, …

Lenzing refines REFIBRA

December 20, 2019

Lenzing’s latest REFIBRA technology features a scaled production of virgin TENCEL Lyocell fibers using post-consumer cotton waste, stated a recent news release. The first phase of the technology upgrade increased the composition of pulp made from upcycled cotton scraps collected from the garment manufacturing process to up to 30 percent. Now in the second phase, Lenzing …

Covestro material enables fully recyclable shoes from TPU

December 9, 2019

Polymer manufacturer Covestro has developed a material using thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), enabling the automated, lower-cost production of fully recyclable shoes. Traditional shoe manufacturing requires several steps, because a variety of materials need to be sewn and glued together. This makes production time consuming and expensive, but it also impacts end-of-life recyclability. 3D printing, however, has paved …

Lyrcra launches FitSense for swimwear

December 5, 2019

Lycra has launched its new Lycra FitSense technology for swimwear. A recent article in KnittingIndustry reported that the technology is screen-printed onto fabric containing Lycra fiber. The aim is to eliminate extra weight and seams that could restrict movement or cause discomfort.  Lycra FitSense contains the same molecule as Lycra fiber, but in liquid form, which can be screen-printed for …

Nottingham grad designs thermal-regulating “cocoon” for babies

December 3, 2019

Developing countries, refugee camps and disaster relief zones often do not have the resources needed to establish Neonatal Intensive Care Units, so that low birth-weight babies face a much higher risk of death. Fergus Vaux, a recent product design graduate at Nottingham Trent University, U.K., has designed a product to address this need.  Offering a …

Ford uses 3D knitting technology for seamless seat covers

November 25, 2019

Ford Motor Co., based in Dearborn, Mich, is exploring the idea of letting customers design their own seat covers, add custom touches such as pockets and padding, and use more breathable materials for summer, made possible by 3D, flat-knitting technology. According to knittingindustry.com, the group’s European subsidiary Ford of Europe is using the technology to …

CORDURA introduces MoveX stretch fabrics

November 19, 2019

CORDURA brand has introduced MoveX CORDURA NYCO, a range of stretch fabrics from Sapphire Mills. Innovation in Textiles reports that the new fabrics are said to offer specifically engineered enhanced stretch solutions to provide dimensional stability and chemical resistance required for garments subjected to higher-temperature washing.  The MoveX range is designed to offer excellent stretch and stretch-recovery properties as well as the …

American Silk Mills unveils ASM Loft™

November 15, 2019

Sparked by an industry need for affordable luxury, American Silk Mills, High Point, N.C., introduces ASM Loft™. This is the first product to be introduced with the company’s partnership with parent company, Sutlej Textiles and Industries Ltd. The collection benefits from the innovative designs of American Silk Mills and the efficient and skillful production of …