IARPA launches SMART ePANTS program

May 23rd, 2022

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) recently held a Proposers’ Day in Arlington, Va., and virtually. Its purpose was to introduce the SMART ePANTS program to potential proposers and to provide information on technical requirements and program objectives. The program is being instigated to develop sensor systems that can record and store audio, video and […]

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A new method for prototyping wearable sensors

April 11th, 2022

A stretchable “smart mesh” made from the two-mode cutting fabrication process. This device could be applied in skin-mounted sweat extraction and sensing. Photo: Peisheng He/UC Berkeley.  Engineers at the University of California Berkeley have developed a means that will enable medical researchers to prototype test new wearable sensor designs faster. Typically, researchers would build island-bridge […]

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E-textiles prove their worth in diagnostic medical applications.

December 13th, 2021

Sensors integrated into leggings make EMG monitoring unobtrusive and comfortable for the wearer. Photo: DITF. by Marie O’Mahony Smart textiles are having an increasing impact on medical textiles. In a presentation at IFAI EXPO 2021, Carsten Linti from the German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) outlined some of the institute’s R & D […]

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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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E-textiles: where we are

November 12th, 2018

With breakthrough technologies and standards under development, it’s been a turning point year for e-textiles. IFAI’s Expo 2018 in Dallas in October offered a good variety of topics in its presentations and a range of products across advanced textiles markets. Medical and health, protective and safety, smart fabrics, solar textiles and military applications were among […]

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Extraordinary workwear

August 7th, 2017

VR and AR industries offer high-tech solutions for demanding work environments There was a time when “workwear” meant basically suits and coveralls, but the sector is now recognised as covering a broad field that stretches from spacesuits to medical workers. Providing protection, comfort and identification are standard, but it is challenging for the textile industry […]

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