Taking on the wearables challenges

November 13th, 2023

AFFOA showed a newly developed material for smart products in their booth on the show floor at Advanced Textiles Expo in Orlando. It describes the material as a “flexible, roll-to-roll, inkjet manufacturable, RF metamaterial for wearables.” Photo: Janet Preus.  The Emerging Technologies Conference, part of the Advanced Textiles Association’s annual Expo, revealed the diversity in […]

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ATA’s Emerging Technologies Conference begins Oct. 31

July 17th, 2023

The Advanced Textiles Association (ATA) presents its Emerging Technologies Conference beginning Oct. 31 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., and continuing through Nov. 2 as a part of Advanced Textiles Expo 2023. Presentations will begin at the opening lunch at 11:30 and continue throughout Expo 2023.  Scheduled presentations Jeremy Husic, senior staff engineer, […]

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Scientists devise a sensing sweater for industrial robots

June 12th, 2023

Photo: Provided by the researchers, Carnegie Mellon University.  Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have designed a smart sweater for a robot that can immediately stop moving if it accidentally makes contact with an adjacent human worker. To keep from accidentally hurting their human coworkers, many industrial robots have sensors that detect physical contact with people or other […]

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Smart Fabrics Summit calls for proposals

November 28th, 2022

The 2023 Smart Fabrics Summit is set to take place April 11–12, 2023, at North Carolina State University (NC State), Raleigh, N.C. The two-day event, sponsored by the Advanced Textiles Association and the Wilson College of Textiles, NC State, will feature educational sessions, product showcases, tours of the college’s facilities, and networking opportunities.  Industry participants […]

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Progress through collaboration

April 25th, 2022

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) presented and exhibited at the Smart Fabrics Summit, showing AFFOA advanced functional fiber preforms and advanced fibers demonstrating semiconductor devices (LED chips) embedded into fibers. The Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) continues to be in the forefront of new developments in technologies for advanced textile systems. Michelle Farrington, […]

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Workforce, supply chain and manufacturing

April 11th, 2022

Printed antenna designs are optimized for improving efficiency of communication close to the body. The NEXT Research Lab at NC State works with researchers from Penn State University in the design of these antennas to support wearable electronics. This year’s Smart Fabrics Summit zeroed in on the industry’s most important issues, building a new in-person […]

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Centennial College receives smart fabrics funding

April 11th, 2022

Centennial College, Toronto, Canada, and its partners have received $4 million in multi-year funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to develop products for the global e-textile market, as well as to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the transportation, food production, energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. Centennial's Technology Access Centre (WIMTACH) was […]

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Smart Fabrics Summit convenes in late March

March 14th, 2022

The Smart Fabrics Summit will be held at North Carolina State University (NC State) in Raleigh, N.C. The university’s Wilson College of Textiles is co-organizer of the event with the Industrial Fabrics Association International.  This year’s Summit offers two days of educational sessions, product showcases and networking opportunities, March 28–29. Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. […]

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A new way with wearables

February 22nd, 2022

Nextiles manufactures all of its products locally in New York and the tri-state area. The company specializes in compression clothing products, such as arm and knee sleeves for acute joint measurements and limb movement. Photo: Nextiles The innovation driving wearables and mass adoption is undeniable. According to Gartner Research, spending on wearable devices grew to […]

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Registration for Smart Fabrics Summit 2022 opens

December 13th, 2021

Registration is now open for the Smart Fabrics Summit 2022, which will be held at North Carolina State University (NC State), Raleigh, N.C. March 28-29. This event offers education, product showcases, facility tours and networking opportunities.  Speakers currently scheduled include:  Dr. Amanda Mills, a fusion designer and project coordinator in the Nano-EXtended Textiles (NEXT) research […]

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