Shape.Care sensor gloves support weightlifting goals

May 10, 2021

A new smart device has made it possible to ditch the notebook and pen in the gym and turn the tracking of an exercise regimen over to personal training gloves with sensing technology. Shape.Care is a comprehensive system designed to support amateurs and professionals in weightlifting training by monitoring all aspects of a workout, to …

Thermoelectric device charges itself with body heat

Despite the continued development and commercialization of various wearable electronic devices, such as smart bands, progress with these devices has been curbed by one major limitation: they regularly need to be recharged. However, a new technology developed by a South Korean research team shows significant potential to overcome this limitation for wearable electronic devices. The …

Huvis mass produces graphene fiber

April 26, 2021

South Korean fiber producer Huvis has begun to mass produce a dyeable graphene fiber. Until now, high-purity graphene fiber has been possible only in the research phase, and most of the graphene fiber commercialized so far has either had substandard graphene content, or it is fiber that’s coated with a graphene material. Working with its …

PolyU develops super-elastic conductor for wearable electronics

April 12, 2021

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) has developed a highly permeable and super-elastic conductor that can be used for wearable electronic devices and withstand wearing for a long period of time. This novel conductor is fabricated by coating or printing liquid metal onto an electrospun elastomeric fiber mat, which offers high permeability, stretchability, conductivity and electrical …

Swiss scientists to launch a self-disinfecting mask

Scientists from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and Swiss research and development company Osmotex AG have developed a mask that disinfects itself at the push of a button. According to information provided by ZHAW, the prototype of the mask made from electrochemical textiles has an antiviral effect of more than 99 percent.  Prof. Chahan Yeretzian, …

‘Smart bandage’ can detect infection

University of Rhode Island (URI) assistant professor Daniel Roxbury and former URI graduate student Mohammad Moein Safaee have created a continuous, noninvasive way to detect and monitor an infection in a wound by imbedding nanosensors in a “smart bandage.”  “Single-walled carbon nanotubes within the bandage will be able to identify an infection in the wound by detecting concentrations of …

Researchers develop conductive cellulosic thread

March 22, 2021

Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a thread made of conductive cellulose, which can be used in textiles that generate electricity.  “There is a real need for organic, renewable materials for use in electronic textiles,” says Sozan Darabi, doctoral student at the Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Chalmers. “Miniature, …

Test results announced for new antiviral chemical

March 19, 2021

DiOX, a company based in Ireland that develops fabric finishing chemicals, announces successful testing of its new antiviral fabric chemical D4. Due to the pandemic, “an increased emphasis on cleanliness and sanitization will influence purchase decisions above price, environmental impact and performance,” says business unit lead, Dave Evans, responsible for the DiOX’s new anti-viral fabric chemical …

New knitting technique adds bulk to WHOLEGARMENT knitwear

March 17, 2021

Japanese knitting machine manufacturer Shima Seiki announces a new knitting technique that offers more bulk to WHOLEGARMENT knitwear and offers additional versatility. By combining two different yarns between outside and inside, the company says that it is able to achieve multi-functional garments depending on the yarns used. Using Japanese paper yarn on the outside and …

A breakthrough for soft robotics

March 8, 2021

Soft robotic clothing that could help people to move more easily is a step closer to reality with the development of a new flexible and lightweight power system for soft robotics. Researchers from Bristol University, Bristol, U.K., have successfully demonstrated a new electro-pneumatic pump that is soft, bendable, low-cost, easy to make and about the …