Nextiles launches smart fabric software development kit

July 26, 2021  |  What's New?

Textile manufacturing startup Nextiles is launching a Software Development Kit (SDK) that will allow a variety of industries to have access to their novel human movement analytics captured through Nextiles’ smart fabric. The company blends traditional sewing techniques with printed circuit boards …
Washable, battery-free, wearable alternative developed at Purdue

July 26, 2021  |  What's New?

Purdue University engineers have developed a new spray and sewing method that makes it possible to transform any conventional fabric items into battery-free wearables that can be cleaned in a washing machine. The Purdue News Service reports that these smart clothes are powered wirelessly through a f…
Commercial, high-altitude ballooning gets a lift

July 12, 2021  |  What's New?

Space Perspectives has launched its first test flight from the Space Coast Spaceport in Florida, located adjacent to Kennedy Space Center. The June 18 un-crewed flight, lasted about six-and-one-half hours, reaching a maximum altitude of 108,409 feet. It splashed down as scheduled in the Gulf of…
Engineers create a programmable fiber

June 28, 2021  |  What's New?

Researchers at MIT have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. The digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity, according to a repor…
Inkjet printing could be a new strategy for making e-textiles

June 28, 2021  |  What's New?

In a new study, North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers demonstrated they could print layers of electrically conductive ink on polyester fabric to make an e-textile that could be used in the design of future wearable devices.  Sources at the university report that since the print…
Super elastic sensor developed

June 14, 2021  |  What's New?

The laboratory of photonic materials and fibre devices (FIMAP) department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne [EPFL]) research institute recently proposed a new, patented way of preparing flexible sensors. Led by EPFL associate professor Fabien Sorin, the project team developed a …
HeiQ launches antiviral surgical mask

June 9, 2021  |  What's New?

Global materials innovator, HeiQ, has launched HeiQ MetalliQ, a surgical mask technology that destroys viruses and bacteria tested, as much as 100 percent efficacy. The mask contains an ultra-thin pure copper coating applied via a high-tech vapor deposition process, which converts a minute amount o…
Microneedle patch shows promise in treating MRSA skin infections

May 24, 2021  |  What's New?

Assoc. Prof. Georgios Sotiriou and Ph.D. student Jill Ziesmer  at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet have created a microneedle device that provides a localized treatment for MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) skin infections.  These potentially serious infections are usually tr…
A “smart foam” could give machines a sense of touch

May 24, 2021  |  What's New?

As smart as robots and machines are becoming, the sense of touch and the ability to feel complexities in the machine’s surroundings is still reserved for humans. But a team of researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have now invented a “smart foam” that can give machi…
Shape.Care sensor gloves support weightlifting goals

May 10, 2021  |  What's New?

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 mon…