Gaining warfighter advantage with flexible hybrid electronics

April 26th, 2021

Air Force Staff Sgt. Adam Bowen inspects the temperature sensor inside the air intake of an F-16C Fighting Falcon, a potentially dangerous confined space. Wearable FHE sensor monitors are evaluated and developed for these and similar environments to monitor and ensure warfighter health and safety. Photo: Air Force Tech. Sgt. Clinton Atkins. FHEs and advanced […]

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The challenge and possibilities in e-textiles

November 23rd, 2020

As part of the advanced textiles education at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, Dr. Amanda Mills, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University, discussed e-textiles in her presentation, “Textile Electronics: Product Design.” Putting all the elements together for an e-textile product is “a balancing act,” she said, stressing the importance of “innovation at every level,” starting […]

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E-textile testing and standards are evolving

November 11th, 2020

At the 2020 Virtual Expo session, “Ask the Expert: Textile Electronics Testing and Standards,” Jesse Jur, a professor at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, discussed how standards and testing continue to evolve due to the evolution of textile-based electronics (e-textiles). Jur said that standards have long been a vital resource for […]

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A vision of the future in advanced textiles

November 9th, 2020

Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles education notes industry progress and new opportunities.  by Janet Preus The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) opened the advanced textiles education sessions of Virtual Expo 2020 with topics designed to support the successful research, development and commercialization of new, advanced textile technologies and products. The first session was presented by […]

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Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles education begins

November 3rd, 2020

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) opened the advanced textiles education sessions of Virtual Expo 2020 with a presentation by Dr. Sasha Stolyarov, CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA). His presentation, “The Development of Advanced Functional Fibers and Fabrics” outlined the progress made in AFFOA’s mission to “rekindle the domestic textiles industry” with its coordinated […]

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DIY comes to e-textiles

October 12th, 2020

by Janet Preus I’ve written about e-textiles numerous times over the past few years. There’s a reason for that. At first it was my own fascination with a technology which could transform a host of textile products. (I may still have my heated socks that required wires running up my leg, attached to two "D" […]

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The expanding world of e-textiles

October 12th, 2020

IPC E-Textiles Summit covers innovations, markets and business advice. by Janet Preus A large group of presenters and attendees participated in IPC’s two-day conference on e-textiles recently, sharing insights about new technologies, the business of e-textiles, markets and trends. The textile industry, generally, has been quick to respond to industry needs throughout the course of […]

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An energized market

September 28th, 2020

E-textile technologies have taken their place in the larger textile arena.  by Janet Preus In the midst of the reworking of so many segments of the textile industry due to the pandemic, one market segment has been able to stay focused on the basics of what it does: e-textiles, and now conductive fibers and yarns. […]

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LOOMIA recognized for “World Changing Idea ”

May 4th, 2020

E-textile innovator LOOMIA was awarded an honorable mention in two general categories by Fast Company and their World Changing Ideas for 2020. The award honors products, concepts, companies, policies and designs that are pursuing innovation for the good of society and the planet.  The company, with offices in New York City and Palo Alto, Calif. designs and manufactures […]

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Researchers investigate washability in smart textiles

March 9th, 2020

Enhancing usability of smart textiles is necessary for improved user acceptance, and washability is a key requirement, especially concerning textile integrated conductor tracks, a new study concludes. Those tracks, it says, “exhibit a higher level of integration into the textile substrates compared to other, often removable components of smart textiles.” The article was published by […]

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