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…
Thermoelectric device charges itself with body heat

May 10, 2021  |  What's New?

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 sig…
Huvis mass produces graphene fiber

April 26, 2021  |  What's New?

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 w…
PolyU develops super-elastic conductor for wearable electronics

April 12, 2021  |  What's New?

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 elastomer…
Swiss scientists to launch a self-disinfecting mask

April 12, 2021  |  What's New?

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…