Auxetic Wear shoe adapts to the wearer’s foot

August 22, 2022  |  What's New?

In a reinterpretation of classic shoe design, Berlin- and Munich-based design studio Wertel Oberfell’s Auxetic Wear introduces a 3D printed shoe that utilizes an auxetic structure to adapt itself to the ergonomics of its wearer’s foot. Combining traditional shoemaking with modern technology,…
Glove senses objects and attaches like an octopus

August 9, 2022  |  What's New?

Humans aren't good at grasping things underwater, but new research reveals how nature could lend us a helping hand. Scientists at Virginia Tech have developed a glove for grasping things underwater with rubber suckers and a sophisticated sensing capability that mimics an octopus’s unique muscular …
Twisted soft robots navigate mazes independently

August 9, 2022  |  What's New?

Researchers from North Carolina State University (NC State) and the University of Pennsylvania have developed soft robots that can navigate complex environments such as mazes without input from humans or computer software.
Bionic clothing integrates AI to expand mobility 

July 25, 2022  |  What's New?

Bionic clothing brand CIONIC has collaborated with Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar and his firm fuseproject to unveil the Neural Sleeve, designed to improve mobility. The FDA-cleared “bionic” leg wearable uses artificial intelligence (AI) to enable greater independence for those living w…
Researchers suggest new light-emitting fabric solution

July 11, 2022  |  What's New?

Canadian researchers may have found how to develop light-emitting fabric based on principles taken from typical ultrasheer tights (known as “pantyhose” in North America). Current approaches to producing light-emitting apparel can involve stiff diodes, wires and optical fibers within the textiles…
A smart “onesie” provides information on infants’ movement 

July 11, 2022  |  What's New?

A new innovation makes it possible to quantitatively assess babies’ spontaneous movement in their natural environment. Researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed a smart jumpsuit or “onesie” that accurately measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants from the age o…
New fire shelters could better protect wildland firefighters

July 11, 2022  |  What's New?

North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers found that four new designs for shelters to protect firefighters trapped in wildfires could increase the survival time inside the shelter compared with the current industry standard. In lab simulations of wildfire burn-overs—where a wildfire s…
Textile-based filter could remove carbon dioxide

June 27, 2022  |  What's New?

North Carolina State University researchers found they could filter carbon dioxide from air and gas mixtures at promising rates using a proposed new textile-based filter that combines cotton fabric and an enzyme called carbonic anhydrase, one of nature’s tools for speeding chemical reactions.
Reebok introduces its first adaptive shoes

June 27, 2022  |  What's New?

Reebok has teamed up with Zappos Adaptive to launch a sneaker collection specifically designed to empower people with disabilities. Named ‘Fit to Fit’, the adaptive footwear is envisioned for functionality and inclusivity without compromising on style. There are two sneaker models in the coll…
Self-powered smart pillow tracks sleep

June 27, 2022  |  What's New?

Many people who struggle to get enough sleep could benefit from monitoring their sleep, but they have limited options for doing so. In a new study in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, one team describes a potential solution: a self-powering smart pillow that tracks the position of the head.…