New loom promises make-at-home textiles

November 8, 2017

“Doti” desktop loom may add scale to cottage industry weaving. The Dot-Matrix Fabric Printer, nicknamed “Doti,” is an open-source, desktop jacquard loom designed for textile production at home. Pamela Liou is developing Doti as a project resident at Eyebeam, a nonprofit studio for collaborative experiments with technology located in Brooklyn,

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Saving money by 3D printing at home examined

November 7, 2017

Michigan Tech researchers set out to determine if the average U.S. home could save money by using a desktop 3D printer versus buying products from online retailers. An article by Beau Jackson at 3D Printing Industry outlines the findings. The researchers used NinjaFlex filament in an upgraded FlexyStruder extruder. The

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Carbon fiber roof appears to float

October 23, 2017

The Steve Jobs theater lobby is covered by the largest, self supporting fully carbon fiber roof in the world. Photo: © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners A lens-shaped carbon fiber roof weighing 80.7 tons seems to float above the lobby of the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park in

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Architectural exhibit is an ultra-thin, self-supporting structure

September 25, 2017

Photos: © studio NAARO Architect and artist Marc Fornes has created “minima | maxima,” a site-specific installation made of ultra-thin powdered aluminum in composite layers. Not exactly “fabric,” but the TED Fellow’s concept in construction mimics the behavior of fabric, but with a structural strength that almost defies gravity. The

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Floating Cloud is also a lamp

September 6, 2017

Photo: Richard Clarkson Studio Floating Cloud, a magnetically levitating ambient lamp, merges the levitation technology developed by Dutch company Crealev with the form and function of the Cloud product of Richard Clarkson Studio LLC, Brooklyn, N.Y. The result of the collaborative project is a lamp, constructed of PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate), polyester

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Jewelry functions as little robots

August 21, 2017

Used in a climate reactive clothing application, the devices move downwards to unfold the hood when they detect an increase in temperature. Photo: Jimmy Day, provided by MIT. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab are investigating how accessories can be made into mobile, adaptable “assistants.” According to the Media

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Fabric-wrapped structure surrounds award-winning “mediateque”

August 7, 2017

Photos: Nakanimamasakhlisi A few years ago, the city of Tbilisi in Georgia announced a competition to build “mediatheque” in several spots of the city. The first completed project was in Vake Park, which has now been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2017. The entire building is surrounded

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Museum of Modern Art features digitally knit solar installation

July 24, 2017

Photos: Jenny Sabin Studio. A digitally knit structure, installed within the courtyard of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), was the winner of MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The annual initiative tasks creatives with designing a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating and water. “Lumen,” by the Jenny Sabin Studio is

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KI ecobe debuts a modular shoe

July 10, 2017

KI ecobe has developed a new modular shoe designed to transition from home to outdoors, to work and back again. Each part serves a different function of support or comfort. The ecobe insole, outsole, inboot, shoelaces and KI strap can be mixed and matched for a possible 10,215 combinations of

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Interactive Bodyscape lights up movement

June 26, 2017

A small gyroscope tracking shoulder movements sends data to a small microcontroller that illuminates LEDs. Photo: Behnaz Farahi An interactive, 3D printed high-fashion garment was inspired by the behavior of the human body, says its creator, Behnaz Farahi, Los Angeles–based designer and technologist. As the wearer moves, “Bodyscape” lights up

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