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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Smart textile can alert emergency services if wearer is injured

April 23rd, 2020

U.S.-based smart fiber maker Supreme Corp. has created a wearable that can monitor vital signs and impact detection and raise the alarm if the wearer is injured, for instance in a car accident or an assault. The system uses smart yarns combined with a skin patch that can assess changes in vital signs, which allows […]

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Wearables are here to stay

October 23rd, 2015

Interest, investment and applications in wearable technology show significant growth patterns. IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in October offered attendees a variety of opportunities to learn about the current and projected market, new product offerings and breakthrough technologies in the wearable technology sector. IFAI’s market research manager Jeff Rasmussen reported that the worldwide […]

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USA Rugby to use SKINS compression wear

September 25th, 2015

Encinitas, Calif.-based sports compression-wear developer SKINS has partnered with USA Rugby, the sport’s national governing body in America, as an official supplier of compression product. SKINS will provide USA Rugby men's and women's national teams with compression garments for training, travel and recovery. SKINS compression garments have been engineered to apply the greatest amount of […]

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Wearable textiles get Department of Defense boost

September 15th, 2015

The smart/wearables textiles sector will get a boost with U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) funding. U. S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has announced the creation of the National Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Hybrid Electronics. According to the U. S. DoD, “FlexTech Alliance,” a consortium of 96 companies, 41 universities, 14 state and local organizations, […]

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Convention eyes wearable tech advances

August 19th, 2015

The rapidly growing market for wearable technology will be the focus of Sourcing at Magic, a trade show and conference slated Aug. 16-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The value of the global wearable-technology market is predicted to reach $20 billion this year and $70 billion by 2025, according to the conference presenters. Wearable […]

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Printable, elastic conductors offer wearable possibilities

July 10th, 2015

A new elastic, printable and highly conductive ink developed at the University of Tokyo holds the potential to facilitate electronic apparel, such as sportswear and underwear, incorporating sensing devices to measure such biological indicators as heart rate and muscle contraction. Current printed electronics—transistors, light-emitting diodes and solar panels—can be printed on plastic or paper, but […]

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INVISTA and workout attire for the workplace

July 7th, 2015

As activewear becomes more common in the workplace, Wichita, Kan.-based fiber maker INVISTA has joined emerging designers to explore the fashion potential of outdoor wear. Based on consumer insights, and with help from fashion tech startup Manufacture New York (MNY), INVISTA combines new designs with fabric and fiber innovations, namely T400® technology by LYCRA® and […]

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“Wearables for Good” challenge accepting applications

June 29th, 2015

UNICEF Innovation, New York, N.Y., has partnered with San Francisco, Calif.-based product strategy and design firm frog and Cambridge, England-based technology company Arm Holdings PLC to launch the “Wearables for Good” challenge. Open to anyone from students to engineers, the challenge invites the global design, technology, business and social communities to identify and develop solutions […]

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Wearables infringement claim names well-known brands

April 24th, 2015

In January this year, Sarvint Technologies Inc. filed complaints for patent infringement in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against a number of leading brands including Adidas North America, Ralph Lauren Corp., Textronics Inc. and Victoria’s Secret Stores. Sarvint is not an immediately recognizable name in the field, so how is it […]

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