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Textiles Recycling Expo set for 2025 in Belgium

July 11, 2024

A new event was announced, the Textiles Recycling Expo, and it is set for June 4–5 2025 in Brussels, Belgium. It is supported by EuRIC, Fedustria, ReHubs, the Textiles Recycling Association and Plastics Recycling World, and organizd by AMI. AMI is also organizing the Plastics Recycling World Expos in Europe, the U.S. and India, scheduled …

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Better Cotton Conference 2024 emphasizes farmer empowerment, industry ambitions

July 10, 2024

The Better Cotton Conference 2024 concluded on June 27 in Istanbul, Turkey, where over 400 attendees from around the globe joined virtually and in person. “This year’s Better Cotton Conference has highlighted the crucial need for collective action in the cotton industry. The insights and stories shared over these two days emphasize that empowering farmers …

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Paradise Textiles and Nanollose announce R&D deal

July 8, 2024

Paradise Textiles, the material science hub of Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based Alpine Group, announced it has signed a deal with biotechnology company, Nanollose for the exclusive supply of its Nullarbor™ fibers. Under the non-binding term sheet for the joint venture agreement, Paradise will work closely with Nanollose, undertaking research and development to manufacture yarns and …

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Better Cotton announces 2024 Member Award winners

July 3, 2024

Better Cotton™, a worldwide cotton sustainability initiative launched in 2023, announced the recipients of its 2024 Member Awards.  The 2024 Member Awards were presented by Alan McClay, CEO of Better Cotton, and Eva Benavidez Clayton, senior director of membership and supply chain, and honored members who have significantly contributed to the cotton industry.  In the …

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ACSA announces partnership with global competitors to increase cotton value

July 1, 2024

The American Cotton Shippers Association (ACSA) announced it has joined the Brazilian Cotton Shippers Association and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association by signing a landmark Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement focuses on addressing matters of efficiency in the global supply chain, collaborating to enhance security within the cotton trade and recognizing cotton’s comparative sustainability to …

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AMT announces Engineering Services Department leadership appointments

June 28, 2024

Applied Manufacturing Technologies (AMT), a North American supplier of automation engineering based in Orion, Mich., specializing in advanced material handling, end-of-line solutions, on-demand engineering services and autonomous mobile robots for warehousing and logistics, has announced the joint appointment of Anna Jacobs and Mike Ingles to the position of Engineering Services Business Development Manager. “Anna Jacobs …

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Active Apparel Group announces commitment to decarbonization program

June 27, 2024

Active Apparel Group (AAG), an activewear and swimwear manufacturer based in Culver City, Calif., announced the company has committed to a structured approach to reducing its environmental impact across its global operations through an Environmental Management System (EMS). The EMS, built using the ISO14001 Standard Framework, incorporates key environmental policy commitments and has set targets …

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INDA announces registration, tabletop reservations open for Hygienix 2024

June 26, 2024

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), announced that absorbent hygiene professionals can register, sponsor or reserve a tabletop exhibit for the 2024 Hygienix™. The event will be held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 18-21, where industry leaders from around the world will gather for networking, presentations and business opportunities. …

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Partnership will scale up decarbonized, circular polyester

June 24, 2024

Hyosung TNC, sustainable textile maker, says that it has partnered with Ambercycle, a material science company, to become the first manufacturer in South Korea to introduce a textile-to-textile, circular polyester into supply chains. The collaboration advances the partners’ shared vision of a circular textile ecosystem that repurposes end-of-life products into high-performing fibers for brands looking to curb …

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Energy harvesting smart fabrics

June 24, 2024

Energy harvesting accounts for the largest market share of the global smart textiles market by functionality, according to a recent report by Impactful Insights. The report puts the value of the smart textile market at $4.1 billion in 2023, and anticipates its rise to $24.5 billion in 2032, indicating a insignificant CAGR of 21.5 percent. In …

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Messe Stuttgart’s Sun Shading Expo North America moves co-location debut with IFAI Expo to 2022

July 7, 2021

Messe Stuttgart announced that its new U.S.-based show Sun Shading Expo North America will not be held in 2021 as a separate trade show but will instead contribute its expertise in internal and external sun shading systems at IFAI Expo 2021 in the form of expert talks, open discussions and more. IFAI Expo 2021 will still take place …

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Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021

May 10, 2021

Registration is open for IFAI Expo 2021. IFAI Expo celebrates the 100th anniversary of the show this November, and you won’t want to miss it! After a long hiatus of in-person events, this year’s show is the perfect place to reconnect with your industry. Register now to get the Early Bird rate! Early Bird rates end …

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Standard for active illumination developed in Europe

November 16, 2020

In a session at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020, “Smart Textiles Standardization, Active Illumination,” Dr. Jan Beringer, senior scientific expert Hohenstein Group, explained the new standard for active illumination that will soon be implemented in European Union countries.  Organizations worked together to develop the standards. It is notable, he said that both textile and electronics industries …

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Textile industry leaders call for policy changes to support U.S. production of PPE

November 13, 2020

The U.S. textile industry has stepped up to meet the demand for face masks, medical gowns, wipes and other products necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic, but it needs policy changes from Washington so that the U.S. is not caught off-guard again in a future crisis, according to association leaders speaking at Industrial Fabrics Association …

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The larger issues in respiratory protection

November 12, 2020

Dr. Bryran Ormond, assistant professor, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State explained respiratory protection in an “Ask an Expert” session with Jing Liang, Medical PPE Consulting LLC. Dr. Ormand has typically worked in the area of chemical and biological protective equipment, but with the onslaught of the pandemic, began to focus on respiratory protection generally, …

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Surgical gowns require extra manufacturing considerations

November 11, 2020

All surgical gowns are not created equal, and a Nov. 11 presentation at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 helped sort out the differences. The finer points of surgical gowns were discussed by Dr. Martin King, a professor at the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University, and Jing Liang, president of Medical PPE Consulting LLC. …

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Rodgers: Textiles are the “T” in STEM

November 11, 2020

How do you create a channel from research to application? How do you create a pathway toward understanding complex human problems across supply chains and market sectors? STEM—a curriculum based on teaching science, technology, engineering and math—has branched out from basic chemistry and biology and physics classes, into collaborative efforts, including textiles, according to Stephanie …

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E-textile testing and standards are evolving

November 11, 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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Guidance offered in commercial insurance market

November 10, 2020

Wildfires, hurricanes, a pandemic and civil unrest have wreaked plenty of chaos on the commercial insurance market in 2020. Steve Christenson, with Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, offered guidance to business owners Nov. 9 at IFAI Virtual Expo 2020. “The business insurance market has been going through several changes this year,” says Christenson, with U.S. …

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How to make your business attractive to a buyer

November 6, 2020

Thinking about selling your business—either to an outside party or the next generation? Then it’s time to start considering how your equipment and processes fit into your succession plan. Jonathan Palmer, the second-generation owner and CEO of equipment supplier Autometrix, and Autometrix director of global sales Truy Pham, led an educational session at IFAI Virtual …

Features

Energy harvesting smart fabrics

June 24, 2024

Energy harvesting accounts for the largest market share of the global smart textiles market by functionality, according to a recent report by Impactful Insights. The report puts the value of the smart textile market at $4.1 billion in 2023, and anticipates its rise to $24.5 billion in 2032, indicating a insignificant CAGR of 21.5 percent. In …

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Textiles and alternative energy

June 10, 2024

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the amount of renewable capacity added to energy systems around the world grew by 50 percent in 2023, reaching almost 510 gigawatts (GW), with solar PV accounting for three-quarters of additions worldwide. The IEA forecasts that U.S. solar power generation will grow 75 percent from 163 billion kilowatt …

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Evolving heat

May 27, 2024

The textile-heated garment industry is revolutionizing how we stay warm. Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is at the forefront of developments in the types of heat sources used, particularly how they are controlled for optimal comfort and efficiency.  Heat sources in textiles Disposable hand warmers, popular for their immediate heat via the exothermic oxidation …

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Keeping cool

May 13, 2024

Thermal control is one of the basic functions of textiles for apparel. The key association is that it affords comfort, so it can be tempting not to properly prioritize it, given its other performance factors. Now, from sportswear to workwear, new and hybrid fiber and fabric technologies are offering advances for a range of markets. …

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Trade and market dynamics in advanced textiles

April 22, 2024

Textile trade in developed economies is imbalanced and it is a deficit one. While this is the trend, compared to the trade in manufactured goods, trade in advanced technologies offers another picture, which is optimistic. In the case of aerospace and warfare systems, the U.S. has a trade surplus. The advanced textiles industry should model …

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Changes in trade classifications are now underway

April 8, 2024

Every five years, the World Customs Organization (WCO) updates the International Harmonized System (HS) used to classify imported and exported goods. Effective January 1, 2022, a change was made to the interpretation of textile materials considered to be impregnated, coated, covered or laminated with plastics. This can impact rates of duty, not only for the textiles, themselves, …

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Tackling the tough challenges in e-textiles 

March 25, 2024

Can printed electronics (PE) and flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) offer e-textiles direction that overcomes the design, manufacturing and sustainability challenges facing the industry?  The annual conference and trade show LOPEC (Large-area, Organic & Printed Electronics Convention) was recently held in Munich with 176 exhibiting companies from 28 countries and more than 2,400 visitors from 48 countries. …

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Growth engines in advanced textiles

March 11, 2024

The advanced textiles industry is comprised of a majority of small and medium enterprises (SME), which also form a growth sector for the industry. But its development and growth depend on being nimble and creative. In the post COVID-19 era, major economies, such as the U.S., U.K. and India, are supporting the rejuvenation and growth …

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AI and textiles: it’s already here

February 26, 2024

Editor’s note: Two researchers with expertise in advanced technologies—and smart textiles, in particular—responded to questions about artificial intelligence and its future in the industry. Irmandy Wicaksono (IW) is a research assistant in the MIT Media Lab and lead author of a paper presenting 3DKnITS. Caitlin Knowles, Ph.D., (CK) is an e-textile device engineer with the Advanced Functional …

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AI’s promise for the textiles industry

February 12, 2024

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a kitchen table discussion point these days in many households, and it’s gained global prominence since serious discussions on this subject surfaced in the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. While AI has been touted as an enabler of growth, concerns are surfacing regarding privacy issues and hence the …

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Textiles Recycling Expo set for 2025 in Belgium

July 11, 2024

A new event was announced, the Textiles Recycling Expo, and it is set for June 4–5 2025 in Brussels, Belgium. It is supported by EuRIC, Fedustria, ReHubs, the Textiles Recycling Association and Plastics Recycling World, and organizd by AMI. AMI is also organizing the Plastics Recycling World Expos in Europe, the U.S. and India, scheduled …

Industry News

Better Cotton Conference 2024 emphasizes farmer empowerment, industry ambitions

July 10, 2024

The Better Cotton Conference 2024 concluded on June 27 in Istanbul, Turkey, where over 400 attendees from around the globe joined virtually and in person. “This year’s Better Cotton Conference has highlighted the crucial need for collective action in the cotton industry. The insights and stories shared over these two days emphasize that empowering farmers …

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Better Cotton announces 2024 Member Award winners

July 3, 2024

Better Cotton™, a worldwide cotton sustainability initiative launched in 2023, announced the recipients of its 2024 Member Awards.  The 2024 Member Awards were presented by Alan McClay, CEO of Better Cotton, and Eva Benavidez Clayton, senior director of membership and supply chain, and honored members who have significantly contributed to the cotton industry.  In the …

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INDA announces registration, tabletop reservations open for Hygienix 2024

June 26, 2024

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), announced that absorbent hygiene professionals can register, sponsor or reserve a tabletop exhibit for the 2024 Hygienix™. The event will be held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 18-21, where industry leaders from around the world will gather for networking, presentations and business opportunities. …

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SPESA announces early bird registration open for 2024 Executive Conference

June 12, 2024

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) announced the opening of early bird registration for the 2024 Executive Conference set for Oct. 8–10 at Le Mount Stephen in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Early bird registration is open until Friday, July 12. “Montréal is an exciting location for the 2024 Executive Conference,” says Michael …

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2024 Global Fiber Congress and Innovation Days announced

June 10, 2024

The 63rd Dornbirn Global Fiber Congress (GFC) and the 4th Innovation Days will take place from Sept. 11-13, 2024 at the Kulturhaus Dornbirn in Dornbirn, Austria. In addition to advances in the topics of fiber innovations, circular economy and sustainability, the focus this year will be on advanced technologies in the energy sector. Event highlights: …

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INDA releases 2024 Nonwovens Supply Report

June 7, 2024

The Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry (INDA) announced the publication of the 11th edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report. Based on extensive research, producer surveys and interviews with industry leaders, the report provides a comprehensive view of the North American supply of nonwoven materials including the key metrics of capacity, production and …

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EURATEX, industriAll Europe announce project to promote partnerships in European textiles industry

June 4, 2024

EURATEX, a European textile member association based in Brussels, Belgium, and industriAll Europe, a trade union representing workers in the mining, chemical, energy and textile industries, announced the launch of a joint project supported by the European Commission called Stitch Together. It is a two-year Europe-wide project to promote social partnerships in the European textiles …

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UNIFI announces 2024 REPREVE Champions Of Sustainability Award winners

June 3, 2024

UNIFI Inc., a producer of recycled and synthetic yarns headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., announced the 2024 REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability Award recipients. These annual awards celebrate the industry members who have recycled over 40 billion plastic bottles into new products through REPREVE. The 2024 Champions of Sustainability award winners are: “Our partners share our vision …

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INDA announces 2024 WOW Innovation Award finalists

May 30, 2024

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) announced the three finalists for the World of Wipes Innovation Award® (WOW). The WOW Innovation Award will be presented at the annual WOW International Conference, June 17–20, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis in Minneapolis, Minn. The winner will be announced Thursday morning, June 20.    The three …

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FLOAT designed for moving on the Moon

June 24, 2024

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) 2024 Phase II awardee Ethan Schaler has proposed the first lunar railway system to provide reliable, autonomous and efficient payload transport on the Moon. The Flexible Levitation on a Track (FLOAT) system is a durable, long-life robotic transport system—a function that will be critical to the daily operations of a …

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Color-changing resin material is heat-activated

April 22, 2024

Artist and designer Kim Mesches has unveiled his “Collection 5,” featuring garments made of a color-changing resin with a technology activated by heat. The material is a mix of thermochromic dyes, pigments and other ingredients, which are then mixed with hardened resin to create the garments.  For example, on sunny days the garments change themselves …

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U.K. firm launches second-generation invisibility shields 

April 8, 2024

Following the successful development of functional invisibility shields in 2022, U.K.-based Invisibility Shield Co. has launched its second-generation invisibility shields on Kickstarter. Among the products is the “Megashield,” which the company claims is the largest one ever created. According to a report on designboom.com, more than four years ago the company focused on refining optical …

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E-skin can produce tactile feedback

March 25, 2024

In recent years, materials scientists and engineers have introduced increasingly sophisticated materials for robotic and prosthetic applications, including a range of electronic skins, or e-skins, designed to sense the surrounding environment and artificially reproduce the sense of touch. As explained on techxplore.com, researchers at Tsinghua University in Beijing recently introduced a new dual-modal tactile e-skin that could …

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Interactive pavilion knitted with smart yarns 

February 26, 2024

An interactive installation that combined textile arts, smart materials and engineering and received a 2023 Black Rock City Honorarium at the 2023 Burning Man. Set against the vast and surreal backdrop of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, Burning Man is an annual gathering that transforms the flat, barren expanse into a vibrant playground for artistic …

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Augmented reality T-shirts demonstrated at Art Basel

January 15, 2024

Avery Dennison has completed a project with NRVLD, a community-based agency comprised of artists, technologists and media personalities supporting disruptive innovation. Innovation in Textiles reports that the company created limited edition augmented reality T-shirts worn by the NRVLD executive team during an immersive event held during Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2023. The 30 …

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New inks make it possible to draw stretchable LEDs

September 11, 2023

Although we’re hearing more about stretchable electronics, the fabrication of such devices’ components is far beyond most people’s abilities. Now, however, scientists have created inks that let anyone draw stretchable LEDs onto various surfaces, including fabric, using regular ballpoint pens. The inks were produced at Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., by a team led by Assoc. …

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Streetwear is made from preserved seaweed 

June 12, 2023

Inside The Reykjavik EDITION hotel in Iceland, fashion designers Tanguy Mélinand and Drífa Líftóra unveiled their collection of clothes stitched from harvested and preserved Icelandic seaweed. The designers collaborated with SEAWEEDWORKS, a project founded by creative director Charlie Strand, to spotlight the potential uses of seaweed in art, fashion, design and technology for the special exhibition. Before Tanguy Mélinand conceived his pieces, he …

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Biomimetic soft “seed robot” can navigate through soil

May 8, 2023

Researchers at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova have created what they say is the first 4D-printed, biomimetic, biodegradable, soft robot that changes shape in response to humidity and can navigate through soil. The researchers say the device has great potential as a new means of monitoring the environment. Photo: Istituto Italiano di Tecnología. 4D …

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Zebra stripes inspire smart, wearable electricity source

April 24, 2023

The zebra’s distinctive appearance has been the source of much scientific debate, from its role in predator confusion, to how it can deter horsefly bites. More recently, it was found that the animals can raise the fur of their black segments to transfer heat away from the skin for temperature regulation. Scientists are taking the zebra debate in this …

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Passive cooling fabric protects from thermal radiation

June 24, 2024

In an effort to counter rising heat waves induced by climate change, researchers have created a wearable fabric that can reduce heat from the sun and thermal radiation from nearby buildings. The fabric, named spectrally selective hierarchical fabric (SSHF), selectively emits mid-infrared radiation through a specific atmospheric window, significantly reducing heat absorption from the environment. …

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Bally Ribbon Mills partners with NASA

May 27, 2024

In partnership with NASA, Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) recently developed the 3D Orthogonally woven 3DMAT Quartz Material for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) compression pads. The 3DMAT Quartz Material was recently named the 2023 NASA Government Invention of the Year. The company designs, develops, and manufactures specialized engineered woven fabrics, which include high-performance products with …

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Based on user’s data, elbow brace is customized

May 13, 2024

The +/- Brace is a user-centered, customizable elbow brace produced by combining additive 3D printing and subtractive laser-cutting technology. Designed by Nils Sorger during an internship at WertelOberfell, the brace can relieve pain, promote comfort and reduce the risk of injury or irritation during demanding physical tasks or sport activities.  Taking the user’s data and existing users’ …

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Machine learning used to create a fabric touch sensor

May 13, 2024

A new study from NC State University combines three-dimensional embroidery techniques with machine learning to create a fabric-based sensor that can control electronic devices through touch. Integrated into the fabric of a piece of clothing, the sensor can activate and control electronic devices, such as mobile apps, entirely by touch. The device is made up of …

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Nanodiamonds used in high tech textiles for cooling 

May 13, 2024

Researchers from RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) are using nanodiamonds to develop high-tech textiles that can help people wearing the textile cool down faster. In the study, they coated the fabric made from cotton with nanodiamonds using electrospinning, a voltage-driven technology. As reported on designboom.com, the study found that high-tech textiles with nanodiamonds can help the wearer …

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Robotic glove for rehabilitation introduced

April 22, 2024

Shenzhen XFT Medical Ltd. (XFT Medical) and U.K. product design and development company Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd. (IDC) have partnered to launch the Hand Rehabilitation Glove, a training device designed to aid patients recovering from strokes or hand disabilities. The neoprene glove combines electromyograph feedback and flexible robotics to support patients in training and repairing dexterity.  …

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New soft robots could self-navigate unknown spaces

March 25, 2024

Researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have developed a new soft robot design that engages in three simultaneous behaviors: rolling forward, spinning like a record, and following a path that orbits around a central point. The device, which operates without human or computer control, holds promise for developing soft robotic technologies that can be …

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Thermal shielding technology for military unveiled

March 11, 2024

Carrington Textiles has revealed a new technology for the defense market called “Stealth,” which is designed to advance thermal signature management via a highly conductive textile technology for superior thermal shielding on the battlefield. Stealth is engineered with a patented fabric technology that manages dynamic energy waves for mission-critical security and protection, mitigating the thermal signature …

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Nextiles Launches AI-powered Intensity Zones 

February 26, 2024

Nextiles, a smart fabric technology provider for coaches and athletes, has announced its Personalized Intensity Zones, a new algorithm to track stress for Nextiles Arm Sleeve and App users. The new product provides immediate feedback on how hard each athlete throws. The algorithm assigns a zone from 0 to 10 for every repetition and provides coaches an …

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Artificial muscle fibers could serve as cell scaffolds

February 12, 2024

In two new studies, North Carolina State University (NC State) researchers designed and tested a series of textile fibers that can change shape and generate force like a muscle. In the first study, the researchers focused on the materials’ influence on the artificial muscle’s strength and contraction length. The findings could help researchers tailor the fibers …