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Silk could improve sensitivity, flexibility of wearable body sensors

Silk could improve sensitivity, flexibility of wearable body sensors

Aug 21, 2017 United States
Scientists report they are on the cusp of using silk, one of the world's most coveted fabrics, to develop a more sensitive and flexible generation of multi-purpose devices that monitor a slew of body functions in real time.
Smart underwear prevents back stress

Smart underwear prevents back stress

Aug 11, 2017 United States
Engineers have combined the science of biomechanics and advances in wearable tech to create a smart, mechanized undergarment.
Clothes intertwined with nanotech will treat eczema

Clothes intertwined with nanotech will treat eczema

Aug 2, 2017 Portugal
Tiny capsules embedded in the clothes we wear could soon be used to counteract the rise of sensitive skin conditions.
New smart clothing technology

New smart clothing technology

Jul 28, 2017 United States
Available as a suite of premium and high-performing stretchable electronic inks and flexible substrates, Intexar is seamlessly embedded directly onto fabric using standard apparel manufacturing processes to create thin, form-fitting circuits.
Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots

Soft and stretchy fabric-based sensors for wearable robots

Jul 18, 2017
A team of researchers has created a highly sensitive soft capacitive sensor made of silicone and fabric that moves and flexes with the human body to unobtrusively and accurately detect movement.
Tethered soft exosuit reduces metabolic cost of running

Tethered soft exosuit reduces metabolic cost of running

Jun 9, 2017 United States
Researchers have demonstrated that a tethered soft exosuit can reduce the metabolic cost of running on a treadmill by 5.4%.
Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit

Researchers design moisture-responsive workout suit

Jun 5, 2017 United States
A team of researchers has designed a breathable workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to an athlete's body heat and sweat. These flaps, which range from thumbnail- to finger-sized, are lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in humidity.
Highlights from CPES 2017

Highlights from CPES 2017

May 30, 2017 21
On May 24-25th 2017, James Hayward from IDTechEx attended CPES 2017. The event brought together an excellent group of both Canadian and international speakers to discuss several key areas in the printed and flexible electronics space. This article will address each area in turn, including smart packaging, IoT, structural and 3D electronics and textile/wearable electronics.
Off-the-shelf, power-generating clothes are almost here

Off-the-shelf, power-generating clothes are almost here

May 29, 2017 United States
A lightweight, comfortable jacket that can generate the power to light up a jogger at night may sound futuristic, but materials scientists could make one today.
Grant for smart textiles

Grant for smart textiles

Apr 21, 2017 1
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.