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Grant for smart textiles

Grant for smart textiles

Apr 21, 2017
An engineering professor doing pioneering research in smart textiles has won a highly competitive grant from the National Science Foundation.
Soft sensors for smart textiles

Soft sensors for smart textiles

Mar 17, 2017 Switzerland
Researchers have succeeded in producing optic fibers for sensors that are ideal for textiles.
Can e-textiles take the next step towards the mass market?

Can e-textiles take the next step towards the mass market?

Mar 15, 2017 Worldwide
Over the past 20 years, e-textiles have progressed from an academic curiosity to an important technology platform generating revenue for companies globally. In particular, the industry saw strong growth for several years up to 2015, with successful launches of many new products from a series of players.
Living sensors at your fingertips

Living sensors at your fingertips

Feb 27, 2017 United States
Engineers and biologists have teamed up to design a new "living material" — a tough, stretchy, biocompatible sheet of hydrogel injected with live cells that are genetically programmed to light up in the presence of certain chemicals.
The little black graphene dress of the future

The little black graphene dress of the future

Jan 31, 2017 United Kingdom
The future of fashion could be a little 'black' dress made of graphene that changes its colour and design on the whim of the wearer.
Wearable stretch sensors making underwear into underwearables

Wearable stretch sensors making underwear into underwearables

Jan 30, 2017 3 New Zealand
Most of us have heard the example of wearable tech's adoption failure, where we abandon our gadgets after a few weeks to end up in our underwear drawers. But ironically, maybe this is exactly where wearable technology should be.
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Updates from CES 2017

Updates from CES 2017

Jan 12, 2017
A team of IDTechEx analysts attended CES 2017 in the first week of January. Our aim was to cover all of the latest updates and trends in each of the topics that we cover. In this exclusive premium article, we report our observations in the VR, AR/MR, smartwatch & fitness tracker, sensors, air quality monitoring, displays and haptics spaces.
Back to the Future inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing

Back to the Future inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing

Nov 16, 2016 United States
Marty McFly's self-lacing Nikes in Back to the Future Part II inspired a scientist who has developed filaments that harvest and store the sun's energy — and can be woven into textiles.
Hexoskin lands $2.4 million space medicine contract

Hexoskin lands $2.4 million space medicine contract

Oct 31, 2016 Canada
The Canadian Space Agency is awarding a new contract to Carré Technologies to continue advancing technology on Astroskin, an innovative bio-monitoring system for use aboard the International Space Station.
Beaver-inspired wetsuits in the works

Beaver-inspired wetsuits in the works

Oct 14, 2016 United States
Engineers have now fabricated fur-like, rubbery pelts and used them to identify a mechanism by which air is trapped between individual hairs when the pelts are plunged into liquid.
Multilayer 3D printing to add conductive properties to fabric

Multilayer 3D printing to add conductive properties to fabric

Oct 7, 2016 1983 Israel
A successful test for 3D printing of conductive traces onto a treated fabric.