Polartec unveils cycling apparel kit

March 1, 2018

Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador is one of only six riders to win the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana—the Grand Tours of cycling, something he has accomplished more than once. Contador also helps young cyclists develop championship skills through his Alberto Contador Foundation, which manages Continental, Under-23 and Junior cycling …

Puffy Kachula: multipurpose comfort

February 1, 2018

What do you get when you mix a highly functional outdoor blanket with a puffy jacket? How about a blanket that is fashionable enough to wear as a wrap, yet practical enough to keep you warm and cozy in all kinds of conditions? That’s the idea behind the Puffy Kachula, a new design from Coalatree, …

Solar jacket charges itself to glow

Nick and Steve Tidball, twin brothers and founders of Vollebak, have created a jacket made from material that can be charged to glow in the dark by exposing it to almost any light source. The Solar Charged Jacket stores light to glow in the dark, and protects from driving rain and winds. The company, Vollebak, …

Exo-skeleton supports overhead work

Workers who must raise their arms over their heads for long periods of time know how strenuous it can be. Even though many companies have eliminated long-term overhead work, in some industries it can’t be avoided. To aid workers who deal with this type of manual labor long term, the Hohenstein Institute, Bonnigheim, Germany, has …

Folded fabric sculpture

The London Design Festival is an annual event that promotes London as the design capital of the world. It showcases the exciting and often cutting-edge work of artists, architects and designers at exhibits and installations in locations around the city. The Victoria & Albert Museum, the world’s leading museum of art and design, was the …

Fabrics that store information

One day soon, the most sought-after feature in a new jacket may not be the style, color or its ability to keep you warm—it may be the garment’s unique capability to store information. Researchers at the University of Washington are using off-the-shelf conductive thread to create fabrics and fashion accessories that can store data from security codes …

Immigration art in Minnesota skyways

The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. The call to “huddled masses, yearning to breathe free” has been a source of inspiration for people around the world to emigrate for a better life. Artist Nancy Ann Coyne wanted to explore the meaning of home for immigrants in Minnesota. A native New Yorker, Coyne was also …

Backpack repairs itself

What happens if you’re out on the trail and your backpack gets punctured? It’s not a problem if you’re carrying the Wolverine Pack, a utility pack made with a self-healing textile. Developed by Slughaus, a San Francisco, Calif.-based design firm, the Wolverine owes its healing capabilities to FuseFabric™ technology. The regenerative fabric is created using …

Balloon network provides internet

January 1, 2018

For many, internet access is common and logging in is second nature. But more than half of the world’s population is still without access. Google is committed to remedy this and has developed Project Loon, a network of balloons that can provide internet coverage to people in rural and remote locations. It works like this: …

The tent roof for cars

MINI Cooper owners with the spirit of the open road can carry their tent with them and erect it right on top of the car. Designed by AUTOHOME®, an Italian specialist in automobile roof tents, the Air Top™ Roof Tent works with the MINI Countryman and other models. The beauty of the design is that …