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Hybrid technology: a new approach to design and production

August 1, 2017

When technology and textiles intersect, it’s not surprising that the nomenclature often has us scratching our heads. Just what do we call this stuff? Smart textiles? E-textiles? Something else? Are they all the same? If that’s not enough of a conundrum, we’ve got something else to add to the lexicon: “hybrid technology.” The term was …

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Wearable electronics technology developers, textile designers and fashion brands join forces to make smarter clothing

July 1, 2017

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a slow but sure evolution of wearable electronics, including smart textiles, designed primarily to monitor body functions and communicate with the Internet of Things. But a great many of them were not especially wearable, and some never made it out of the lab. The tide, however, seems to be …

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Wearable technology for safety in the mining industry

June 1, 2017

In the mining industry, safety challenges demand the latest developments in wearable technology. The Chilean mining disaster of 2010 saw 33 workers trapped 2,300 feet underground for 69 days. Their ordeal made headlines across the world, and amidst the jubilation of their survival there was a stark reminder that mining remains one of the most …

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Property protection

May 1, 2017

How small firms can learn to recognize and head off product piracy. Most American businesspeople understand that the theft of intellectual property is a big problem—one that costs U.S. firms $300 billion a year. For decades, I have counseled my small and mid-size clients that this is a problem that should concern them … but …

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New technology from Japan

March 1, 2017

On the future of Japanese high-performance and high-function fibers. IFAI Japan, in collaboration with IFAI, conducted a Japan Technical Seminar at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C., to introduce new technologies and ideas. The Japan Chemical Fibers Association (JCFA), which consists of members of world-leading chemical fiber manufacturers (including Teijin Ltd., Toray Industries, Kuraray, Co. …