‘Smart bandage’ can detect infection

April 12, 2021  |  What's New?

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 c…
Researchers develop conductive cellulosic thread

March 22, 2021  |  What's New?

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, doc…
Test results announced for new antiviral chemical

March 19, 2021  |  What's New?

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 perf…
New knitting technique adds bulk to WHOLEGARMENT knitwear

March 17, 2021  |  What's New?

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 d…
A breakthrough for soft robotics

March 8, 2021  |  What's New?

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 …
New fastener idea takes inspiration from mushrooms

February 22, 2021  |  What's New?

Because hook-and-loop fastening materials such as Velcro® can damage the materials as the fastener is pulled apart, researchers got to work on an alternative inspired by mushrooms. The 3D-printed fastener that comes from work done at the Netherlands’ Wageningen University has no stiff hooks a…
New biomedical tape uses origami techniques

February 22, 2021  |  What's New?

Minimally invasive surgeries are generally performed via small incisions using miniature cameras. Surgical tools are threaded through the body to remove tumors and make repairs in the body. But it can be difficult to properly seal an internal wound or tear. Taking inspiration from origami, MIT engin…
Face mask designed to kill the coronavirus is launched

February 8, 2021  |  What's New?

Face masks have become a part of life since the pandemic began, because they’re the most effective means to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Claros Technologies, St. Paul, Minn., a spinoff from the University of Minnesota, has developed a mask that it says is capable of killing the …
Touch surfaces for interiors shown in concept car

February 8, 2021  |  What's New?

Auto manufacturers’ concept vehicles increasingly exhibit car cockpits with no mechanical switches or buttons. The solid, seamless and gently curved surfaces are, instead, equipped with functions activated by touch. Concealed under the surface are control elements that only become visible when req…
RxFiber announces patent for medical device fiber

February 8, 2021  |  What's New?

RxFiber LLC has announced that it has been issued a U.S. patent directed to methods related to the production of high-tenacity fibers for use in sterilized medical devices. The company’s fiber is marketed as RxFibron HT©. The company is actively seeking potential partners to license or purchase t…