Robotic gripper is precise—and gentle

February 21, 2022  |  What's New?

Most grippers work by applying pressure to an object from either side, but this approach won’t work with soft, fragile items and could damage them. A new robotic gripper, however, has found a solution using an ancient Japanese art form.
E-textile makes large touchscreen applications possible

February 21, 2022  |  What's New?

Smart textiles have become more sophisticated in the last few years but have remained somewhat limited in size and scope. Now a team of researchers, led by scientists at Cambridge University, has woven together a 46-inch textile display, loaded with LEDs, sensors and energy storage.
Dual action textile cooling technology launched

February 3, 2022  |  What's New?

Swiss high-performance textile provider HeiQ has announced the launch of a new dual action textile cooling technology, HeiQ Cool, which the company says is the world’s first textile technology to deliver both instant contact cooling and continuous evaporative cooling.  Addressing the importan…
Invoxia unveils biometric health collar for dogs

February 3, 2022  |  What's New?

French tech company Invoxia has unveiled a biometric health collar that can monitor a dog’s vitals, activity and location. With a long battery life and precision GPS tracking, the owner of a dog with an existing health condition, in particular, may find the collar’s ability to sense and trac…
Scientists unveil a stretchy battery that’s also washable

January 24, 2022  |  What's New?

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) have created what could be the first battery that is both flexible and washable, a device that will work even when twisted or stretched to twice its normal length, or after being laundered. According to information provided by UBC, the battery,…
High-tech sleeping bag could solve vision issues in space

January 10, 2022  |  What's New?

The University Texas Southwestern (UTSW) has been involved in a brain pressure project that NASA says is critical to its mission to Mars. According to press information from UTSW, scientists there have created a sleeping bag designed to help solve vision issues that occur when astronauts experience …
Commercial applications possible for fabric that adapts to sweat

January 10, 2022  |  What's New?

Japanese performance material developer Teijin has announced a knitted fabric that it says can “respond to perspiration” to increase breathability and eliminate clamminess. The company says the new “self-adjusting fabric” will come to market in its 2023 fiscal year and predicted it would bec…
Mask fabric glows when exposed to traces of the coronavirus

December 20, 2021  |  What's New?

Japanese researchers have developed a mask filter that will glow in the dark indicating traces of coronavirus on the mask. Led by Yasuhiro Tsukamoto, Kyoto Prefectural University, the researchers turned to the ostrich for a simple detection system.  Knowing that ostriches can produce various an…
Infection activates silver nanoparticle wound dressing

December 20, 2021  |  What's New?

Although silver is highly effective at killing bacteria, it can also be toxic to humans in large amounts. A new wound dressing has been created that will release its silver nanoparticles only when infections are present. Currently being developed at the University of South Australia, the dressing is…
NASA heat shield features a new design architecture

December 13, 2021  |  What's New?

by Debra Cobb Heat shields are a critical part of vehicles for space exploration, enabling science payloads to safely pass through the atmosphere of distant worlds. NASA’s deployable heat shield design called ADEPT (Adaptable, Deployable, Entry and Placement Technology) is one such component. Key …