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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 11
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.
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 15 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.