“SHIFT” from acoustic panel to shelving

April 9, 2018

A new retail shelving system called SHIFT is made from up-cycled end-of-life textiles from the fashion and textile industries. When folded against a surface, SHIFT serves an acoustic wall panel. Photo: LAYER. Benjamin Hubert’s London design agency LAYER will be launching a flexible, retail shelf system for Danish textile manufacturer

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Digitally woven textiles copy origami paper structures

March 26, 2018

This illustrates the Archifolds y-series product accomplished by origami techniques translated into a digital weaving process. Photo: josefien eikenaar. Studio Samira Boon collaborated with the TextielMuseum’s TextielLab in Tilburg, the Netherlands, and Professor T. Tachi from the University of Tokyo to translate traditional paper folding into digital weaving techniques. The

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Muskin “leather” is grown from fungus spores

March 12, 2018

Fashion accessories, such as handbags, have been made with a substitute leather called muskin. Photo: Raghunath Rajaram / GradoZero Espace. The production of leather and textiles is often a resource-heavy process, and the industries are responsible for diverse impacts, including human, animal or ecological, depending on the material type and

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Cephalopods may be the key to better camouflage for soldiers

March 12, 2018

The color-changing capability of cephalopods may help researchers develop more effective camouflage for soldiers’ uniforms. Photo:  Wikipedia/Hans Hillewaer. U.S. Army Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms could benefit from a new study about cephalopods. A research team led by Leila Deravi at Northeastern University has set out to discover how the stealth

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Waterproof boots are made from corn

January 22, 2018

Your new rain boots could offer something quite distinctive; the smell of popcorn while doing chores or stomping through puddles. These nature-inspired, waterproof boots are made from rubber and recycled non-food-grade corn. They’re designed by Sebastian Thies and manufactured by the German company nat-2™ in Italy. Besides the distinct smell

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“The Shoe That Grows” designed for children

January 8, 2018

Photo: The Show That Grows. In 2007, Kenton Lee was living in Nairobi, Kenya. One day he noticed a little girl wearing shoes that were way too small for her feet. Lee wondered, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand, so that kids always

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NASA’s BEAM textile module will stay on the ISS

December 20, 2017

BEAM is shown expanded on the tranquility nodule of the International Space Station. Photo: NASA. NASA has decided to keep the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on the International Space Station (ISS). The textile module will stay attached to the ISS through 2020, or possibly longer. The ISS crew’s studies

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Soft robot “muscles” draw inspiration from origami

December 11, 2017

Wyss Institute, Harvard University Researchers from the Wyss Institute, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed origami-inspired robot muscles that can lift up to 1,000 times their own weight. According to TechCrunch, the researchers say that the new, soft, robotic artificial muscles

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Pleated fabric canopy tops a floating church

December 6, 2017

Rendering by Denizen Works. The Diocese of London has commissioned architecture studio Denizen Works to design an unusual means of reaching church-goers: a floating church. The studio will collaborate with Turks boat builders to construct a canal boat church, meeting parishioners and neighbors where they are along the waterways. A

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Researchers create an energy-harvesting bio-battery

November 20, 2017

Researchers have created a bio-solar panel that could be scaled up as functioning wallpaper. Photo: Imperial College London Researchers at Imperial College London have created a two-in-one solar bio-battery and solar panel by printing living cyanobacteria and circuitry onto paper. The photosynthetic microorganisms have been used as ink and printed

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